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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Poperings Hommel Bier
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708 Ratings

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Ratings: 708
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 43
Gots: 48 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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4/5  rDev -1%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy golden-orange hue with a 2-finger cap of frothy ivory foam. Nice looking beer.

Smell: sweet malt with a definite Belgian-style character. There is a little floral/noble hop character to the aroma, but it's not overpowering. Overall, I rather like it.

Taste: sweet malt balanced with quite a bit of earthy, noble bitterness. It's just a very well-balanced, nicely bitter Belgian pale ale in my opinion; the IPA bit is a bit oversold, I think. Still, an extremely well-balanced and tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation. It's a tad light in body to be bodaciously creamy, but it is pretty darn close. This thing is just teetering on the edge of becoming excellent.

Overall: a delightful beer. I love a good strong Belgian pale ale, and this fills that bill as well as bringing in the bitterness to back up the stylistic sweetness. A great beer.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 21/11/11

A golden liquid with some tiny particles being moved around by a shitload of bubbles barfing off the bottom of the glass, massive half a glass of head retains very well ending up looking like soapy water and leaves a few partial rings of lace followed by random patches

S yeasty pear with a healthy helping of hops and some tropical notes

T some citric rind and peppery spice that's quite nice to go along with what I smell, not sure where the booze is hiding and just a little toffee on the finish

M heavy for the color at first and then quickly fluffs up, a little bits to it and nice aftertaste lingers, no heat at all

O pretty solid brew with that lovely Belgian flair, I could drink this again

not cheap but I don't feel ripped off, this ones worth a try for sure

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a semi-transparent gold with a fluffy white cap that quickly fades into a collar. Some yeast floaties are suspended. Catered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of dried apricots, caramel, doughy yeast, and spicy pepper.
Taste is of the aromas with a caramel and vanilla blast on top of challah bread and golden raisins.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, sweet, with a semi dry finish.

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3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured into a stem glass, a hazy golden color with a nice cap of foamy white head. Aroma of sweet pale malts, honey, light fruity esters, and sunshowers in a flower garden. Taste of honey and sweet malts up front, with an almost instantaneous blast of spice and citrusy goodness, bready, Belgian yeast, pepper, cloves, pears and peaches. Complex and tasty, and quite light in the mouth. Nice and drinkable.

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4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy straw colored beer. Moderate lacing. Minimal head.

Smell: Some hop aroma. Malts present as well. Funkiness there as well. Pretty complex

Taste: Hoppy, Estery, Fruity. This is one great beer

Mouthfeel: MEdium bodied. Nice balance to the taste

Overall: one of the best belgian IPA's I've had. Actually this is the best belgian IPA I've ever had.

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Burgundian bottle, corked and caged. Bumblebee beer, eh? More of a mouthful to spit out in English, I'd say.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw colour, with a multitude of slick, puffy, and foamy off-white head, which leaves some random blotches of sudsy lace around the glass as it readily (for the general style) recedes.

It smells right upfront of acrid yeast, of the Belgian persuasion, initially muddling a decent grassy, earthy hoppiness, all underwritten by a sweet clove-tinged sugary malt. The taste is pale malt, still rather sugary, but immediately lost in the edgy, fairly astringent grassy, weedy hop notes that ensue. Skirting here and there amidst the larger players is some much milder yeast, as well as an understated booze warming.

The carbonation is tame, but well aerated and a tad frothy at times, the body medium-light in weight, and fairly smooth. It finishes somewhat off-dry, with the malt doing its best to remain relevant, and the yeast and remaindered hops still large and most definitely in charge.

A decent IPA, rendered Flanders-style, though not as zingy as some of its brethren/competitors. The yeast has a lot to do with that, as does the hops' nature, I would imagine. Oh, what the hell: "Ayeeee chee waaawaaa!" - and according to an encounter with Marge, he's Belgian: Aye yi yi!

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4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this Belgian masterpiece is incredible. It has a nice hazy quality to it, small champagne like bubbles and nice consistent lacing that is topped off with a great head with some staying power. It would have scored higher if not for the fact that there is some visible particulate in this beer, not enough to be felt but it will definitely settle on the bottom.

The smell is fruity and sugary, reminiscent of most good Belgian fruit ales. When talking about the quality of many aspects of these types of beers, smell is a big part of it and this is the smell you are usually looking for. It is rather easy to pick out notes of apple, pear and grapes along with a solid background of grain.

As for the taste... Superb tastes of apples, pear and grapes paired with pure cane sugar and some spice. This beer has layered flavors. The initial sugar soon fades and is replaced with a bit of sour green apples. And then the hops come in. Its a big surprise because I would've expected grains. Nope. All hops, clearly noble Belgian hops. Exceptional.

This is a wonderful beer, the fact that it pulls some surprises for a Belgian beer is a great surprise and is very compatible with the North American palate. This thing is a must try.

Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 708 ratings.