Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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BA SCORE
90
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700 Ratings
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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 42
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of MalaMi
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Photo of thesarahfuller
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of LSUPT
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Demosthenes503
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Josiah2729
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of weeare138
4.3/5  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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.98/5  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.

Photo of Squelch
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Photo of ConchobarNessa
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of endovelico
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a golden, somewhat hazy brew with thick white head that holds reasonably well. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Medium high intensity. Fresh aroma of wet hops and vegetables on the front with some citrus and flowers on the back. Warming up reeks of alcohol. Underwhelming.

Taste: Medium to medium high intensity. Earthy, musky, vegetable hop flavours, grapefruit and hay on the front and not much else.

Palate: Chewy. Medium to medium high carbonation. Medium to medium full bodied. Medium high bitterness. Alcohol noticeable, mainly because of bitterness. Carbonation too high.

Overall: A decent brew but unremarkable in my opinion. I think this style (BIPA) has so much to offer and so many ways to go around and try and find something unique that i really can't in good conscious say that i see this as a anything other than a malty hoped up brew.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is golden yellow. Hazy. Nice white soapy head that crowns the beer. Nice looking. The aroma presents notes of belgian yeast(typical of belgian beers). Some floral notes there. I would have thought the aroma to be stronger. It is good, but appears to be weak in intensity. It isn't bad 'tho. On the taste, the first sip shows notes of metal... the finish is very dry with belgian yeast. Easy to drink and very refreshing. A good beer for the summer. I like this and it isn't heavy has belgian beers could be sometimes.

Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller stemmed tulip. Poured a murky red brown with a three finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, bread, and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, banana, and subtle wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. The flavors on this one were really well balanced and refreshing which is a welcome change for this style for me. The aroma was also quite inviting and pleasant to the nose. Really glad I finally got around to buying and drinking one of these. Might be buying a few more to keep in my fridge year-round.

Photo of jondeelee
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has the nose of a high-quality, high-sugar Belgian, with rich fruity notes (pear, apple, white grape, citrus zest), and a hint of a toasted grain backing.

On the tongue, the sugars come across in full force, bearing not only the same fruit flavors noted in the nose, but leading off with brown sugars and hints of caramel. The sweeter sugars soon fade off, revealing not the expected grain base, but a sourness reminiscent of Flemish ales (though nowhere near as powerful) that comes across as apple cider. The hops really come into play during this phase, adding a bitterness to the sour notes that nicely fills the mouth and fuzzes in the nasal passages. A toasted grain base does back all of this, but tends to get lost in the pantheon of larger, more powerful flavors. The aftertaste is a continuation of the flavors present in the ale's latter phase.

Overall, this is an excellent ale, and I liked the inclusion of both sweet and sour notes. Well worth trying.

Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of slightly off-white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam settles quickly and leaves moderate lace on the glass.

S - Grassy, herbal hops with some underlying yeast notes of clove, pepper, and some sweet malt.

T - Peppery yeast and thick, sweet pilsner malt up front. Some pineapple and strong clove notes come out in the middle along with a bit of grassy hop flavor. The phenolic yeast continues to dominate in the finish with more thick malt and moderate bitterness.

M - A fairly thick body, high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a very musty example of the style with a thick malt base. It seems to have an unusually high level of malt flavor and sweetness for a Belgian brewed beer and it is barely balanced despite the strong hop character. Not bad, but I tend to prefer Belgian IPAs that are brewed with American character hops to contrast the yeast and malt, those with grassy, continental hops are a bit too dull for my taste.

Photo of boudreaux
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy, deep golden/bronze; head is tannish/off-white, with a full 2 finger, thick head that looks like mountain peaks; leaves magnificent lacing

S: sweet aromas, with some fruity malt notes; balanced with hoppy aromas, including floral, grassy, and herbal notes

T: crisp fruity malts up front, along with a grainy, earthy touch; followed by the grass/herbal notes; floral, citrus hops also come along beautifully

M: smooth and medium body; easy to drink, with a heavy, almost sticky aftertaste

O: Definitely a great Belgian style IPA; hoppier than other Belgian IPAs I've had, as well as being sweeter; pleasantly surprised. Don't miss out on this one!

Photo of rvdoorn
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: The beer pours an orange color with a nice white head
Smell: Grain, grass, honey, orange zest, and very flowery hops.
Taste: Hoppy and fruity. Honey, orange zest, spicy and herbal. Aftertaste is very dry and bitter. Perfect balance
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, full crisp body
Overall: Great example of how a hoppy beer should be

Photo of impending
2.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

33cl into a tulip. Pours a dull hazy butterscotch, minor dense head, minor lacing.

Aroma is sweetly estery yeasty. Little of the hops and a tiny hint of old sock.

Taste is underwhelming. Seems the bottle is saying best before July 11, just missed that mark and considering this is an ipa of sorts it's well past its prime. Still somewhat interesting yet bland. Strong metal in the aftertaste, nice until then. Thin mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
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