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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Poperings Hommel Bier
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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 42
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a chalice, at around 45-50 degrees F. Poured a soapy, white head about an inch thick, eventually forming a dense cap. Lots of lacing. The beer is dark straw or gold with small bubbles, a bit cloudy (but the yeast was disturbed). The aroma is of citrus, grass, hay, and perhaps a little clove or spice, but I find it a bit muted. Flavors of lemongrass, resin, and citrus seem to dominate at first, supported by honey and a definite graininess. The beer finishes exceptionally dry, almost puckeringly so. Something like a hoppy saison or a really, really hoppy tripel. Carbonation is highly evident throughout. Presents as a light bodied beer, and quite refreshing.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a large head and some lacing.
Nose shows huge doughy Belgian yeast and accompanying spicy phenols. Pretty bold, very Belgian.
Similar flavours, but a lot sweeter (candi sugar?) and with some added apples and pears. Alcohol is noticeable.
Carbonation is too high.

Photo of philosobeer
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap at the hopleaf recently, and though it wasn't the first time, I had the sudden realization that I have not appreciated this beer like it deserves. I bought a couple bottles last week and finally have the chance to drink it and review.

A // It's cloudy, orangey-pale and has a white head. The head diminishes during drinking considerably, with some lacing. A good but not a great looker.

S // Malt sugars and grain, some yeast and bread flavor. A little bit of fruitiness but it's really overtaken. By what, you ask? By this beer's main feature -- it's spicy, herbal qualities. Hops, but very distinctive hops. Very, very alluring.

T // Incredible! The malt comes in strong and nice. A little bit of the sort of fruitiness you get in (say) chimay white, but just a little. Strong herbal and spicey character. Herbs and spices like coriander, peppercorns, and parsley. It dries out like mad, crazy dry. Despite all this, the alcohol is incredibly well hidden (see D below). Complex and satisfying.

M // Crisp and effervescence makes for good mouthfeel. Somewhat hefty, but goes down well. Nicely done.

D // I feel like I could drink these through the rest of the afternoon and with all sorts of things. I can't, because it's 7.5% abv. But it feels like I could and tastes like I could. Would go well with something hearty, like a stew. Couldn't pull that off any better.

Overall, an amazingly good beer. I would buy it by the barrel-full.

Photo of farrago
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Frothy off-white head is semi-loose with a fair bit of larger bubbles, quickly brings it down from over two fingers to a thin coating across the surface, the lacing is wispy but there. Light orange to yellow color, hazy with close to full opacity, a few beads here and there visible. Earthy, peaty, tarry nose with lichens, tree bark, black tea leaves, brown rice before slowly switching gears into lemon, orange pith, biscuit, white pepper and a small core of apricot, white peach, yellow apple, white grape fruit scents, lasts well. Full-bodied, the carbonation is gentle and pushes things out towards your cheeks. Clove, pepper, yeast and country style multi-grain bread trump the damp earth, forest floor matter components, still the grapefruit, orange citrus more dry pith than zest or juice. The apricot, peach, apple fruit not that sweet, spiked by cinnamon notes. Then maybe witch hazel and banana as it warms. Never fully loses the earthy, wet grass dimension but doesn't seem unclean.

Photo of MarcGetty
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Popperings Hommel is an outstanding beer that has slowly become my guilty (expensive) pleasure since first trying it 8 months ago at Max's Belgian Beer Fest in Baltimore. To me, it has the perfect balance of hoppiness without being too hoppy, with tons of non-hoppy flavor, and the last sip is easily as good as the first sip.

Popperings Hommel pours a nice gold color, with a bit of head, but not too much. It is the taste and drinkability that it truly excels. If you ever have the chance to try it, please, do so.

Photo of drabmuh
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is yellow and hazy with a big white head of medium and large bubbles that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate.

Aroma is bready with some piny hoppiness and some sweetness. I think I know exactly how this Belgian IPA will taste.

Eh, I was wrong. Beer is weak in the flavor department and in the bitterness department. Medium to light in body, some esters on the mid palate but the finish is non-existent. The forward flavors are weak and subdued. Make an IPA... seriously.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours and orange golden colour with a white fluffy head that retains well and laces nicely.

S - Floric notes an hopps backed up with apple and pear.

T - Plenty of hops and some nice light fruit notes with a little bitterness on the finish. The hop does not overpower the yeast and sweetness in this beer and leaves the spice to wonder.

M - Light body with medium carbonation.

D - My favourite Belgian IPA, because of it subtleness and balance. This really is the benchmark of the style that non belgian examples just cannot match for whatever reason.

Photo of busterthecat
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into stemmed ale glass.

A- Pours a hazy orange with some head.

S- Sweet fruit. Yeast.

T- Lemon/ grassy hops come out with temp. Sweet fruit, yeast.

M- Mild. Not to lingering.

D- Easy to drink. No alc taste. A good beer, but not impressive.

Photo of InspectorBob
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Blue Monkey, Merchantville NJ. Poured into a Poperings tulip. Had an orange/gold color with about two fingers of off white head with fantastic lacing all the way through.

Very crisp and refreshing, some citrus hops, lemon grassy, earthy notes.

For 7.5% abv. the mouthfeel was very smooth and you don't get that alcohol bite on the finish.

The balance of the flavors of this beer was very nice. Very drinkable for me. I've had a few of these at The Monkey...

Photo of BucBasil
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a branded tulip at Cafe de la Paix in Poperinge, Belgium.

A: An orange gold color topped with a 2 finger almost pure white head with good retention.

S: Very fruity. Hints of apple, pear, and grape. Floral hop character very fresh and light.

T: Nice hoppy character - fresh and slgithly floral with hints of light fruits and maintaining a good balance.

M: Crisp and refreshing. Especially nice after the bike ride from Ieper.

D: an above average offering, and a treat from the tap in the center of hop production in Belgium

Photo of Cannoneer
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To my taste, this is the quintessential hoppy beer. It does not get better (i.e. - more balanced, more flavorful, yet not overpowering or lip-puckering) than this.

Pours rich light amber color with a medium head. The immediate aromas are those of fresh hay, caramel and grass. First layer of taste is strong on hop-induced herbal character, yet it is not only about hops - it balances the hoppy taste perfectly with more warmer undertones of apple pie. Quite appetizing and appetite-provoking. Secondary layers are those of pine needles and wormwood, with nice, dry finish that calls for more.

Best matches are earthy flavors - cheese, roasted veggies, crusty bread or crackers, salami with stout mustard. Exceptional beer.

Photo of bruachan
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

good lacing goes with nice hazy film. over reddish amber

rich malt backbone. butterscotch aroma and spicy belgian-yeast aroma. meadowy!

certainly bitter, and hoppy flavored, buti don't know how i feel about the "IPA" designation. it's just not as hoppy as houblon chouffe or de ranke xx. or maybe it is: hops seems to grow with time here

mouthfeel is good...holds up to the hopping. some lemon from the hops. good malt sweetness and pleasantly nutty, with butterscotch

Photo of RuudJH
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 25 cl.
Orange-brown colour, fluffy head
Smell is fresh and earthy: some citric hops, some grassy and earthy notes too.

Taste is bittersweetness. Malts and yeast dominate this brew. The hoppy notes are not as significant as expected, after smelling it.

Mouthfeel is quite watery, for a 7.5% abv.
However, the alcohol is not pronounced, and the finish is delicate and balanced.

Overall, this is a good brew.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a restrained cloudy copper color with a full creamy white head. Very nice retention and tons of lace sticking to the glass.

Smell: A very complex aroma - sweet grain, herbally hops, and tons of spicy notes.

Taste: The tongue is greeted with a honey sweet grain to start, with spice and fruity esters throughout. Herbal hops provide a nice foil to the honey grain.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful crispness from the tight carbonation. Each dry sip clears the palette and preps me for the next one. Medium body.

Drinkability: I really enjoy the balance of complex flavors in this beer. Definitely something I will come back to.

Photo of Brabander
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had seen this beer for many months during my visits to the abbey of St. Sixtus and a few weeks ago i decided to buy me a few at the Deca brewery in Woesten. There are a lot of Struise beers brewed but they also sell beers.

Anyway, back to the beer. Poured in a dutch beerglass the beer looks fine. Cloudy, somewhat darkyellow, fluid and a very nice broken white head.
Almost no carbonation, thats a pity.

The beer tastes good and refreshing. Floral hops and citrus fruit.

Enjoyable beer!

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a Belgian I tried years ago, but I don't remember being too wowed by it. Let's see how this tastes 15-17 years down the road...

Pours an effervescent apricot with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Some yeast sediment as the bottom half of the bottle is decanted. Zero lacing & head retention...

S: Grassy & lemony hops, apple skins & pears

T: Follows the nose, much dryness as well, slight phenol/earthy yeast component as well. Grassyness, lemons & pineapple as this warms, plus more pears, slightly chalky dryness as well. Fruittyness picks up in the finish, along with more pineapple & yeasy bite..

MF: Medium bodied, with slight slickness & fairly effervescent carbonation, great balance

Drinks easy, not my favorite Belgian IPA, but a great/tasty example of the style despite the green the bottle...

Photo of sellmeagod
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A ready to drink super Belgian with extra flavors to spare.

The lightish look might put you off a bit, and the scents at first is almost too much what you'd expect from a weak-end Belgian ale, but there are some apple smells noticeable.

The taste is smooth and apple as well. The 7.5 abv is not massive, but for how easy this one is to consume, I'd take this one every day. The large price tag is a major block for this.

Photo of goblue3509
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bright orange color with visible particles and a great two to two and a half finger head which gives way to lacing up and down the glass leaving rings after every drink. The smell is of belgium hops as well as a nice sweet malt backbone with hints of clove and citrus. The taste is of sweet malt with belgium hop bite that is not too bitter. There is also hints of yeast, clove, green apples, and cinnimon as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and full. The drinkability is great, so smooth, and such as nice flavor. You can easily have more than one of these.

Photo of woosterbill
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at Delaney's into a nonic half-pint.

A: The light amber body is mainly clear, but has its fair share of suspended particulates; above is an inch of vigorous white foam that recedes slowly and chunkily. I'm a fan.

S: Highly grassy + floral hoppiness balanced against dry, biscuity malt and a bit of fruity yeast esters. Pretty classic for a Belgian IPA, but not too exciting.

T: Bready malts, spicy/floral hops, and a cleanly bitter finish with mild fruity esters. Rather tasty, but also kind of muted.

M: Medium bodied with aggressive, yet delayed, carbonation. Nice.

D: Pretty good for the ABV.

Notes: Not the best Belgian IPA I've had by a long shot (that would be the inimitable Houblon Chouffe), but a solid example of the style nonetheless. I think this bottle may have been sitting in the Delaney's cellar for quite some time, as the hops were quite muted throughout. I'd be curious to try a very fresh bottle of this one.


Photo of daledeee
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy orange with lots of little yeast particles. Head was as good as you can get; white with lace on the glass baby!!

Nose is grainy which I find rather odd; some citrus and spice as well.

Taste makes up for the smell. Very nice Belgian malt and mild Belgian hops. So easy to drink!!! It is somewhat sweet with citrus. The body is rather heavy. Alcohol is not evident and this beer is too drinkable for my own good. Very nice beer. I think fresh is good with this one.

Photo of keithmurray
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle

Appearance is a hazy, orange colour

aroma - i'm picking up yeast, cinnamon, cloves, green apples, pears

taste - wow - this is kind of weird actually, not much like the smell, this is bitter, hoppy upfront, bready/biscuity, apricot, honey in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel - medium bodied,well carbonated, bitter upfront, slightly sweet in the finish

drinkability - price considered (~$5 per 11.2oz bottle), this was a bit of a disappointment, I believe this was my first sample of a Belgian IPA and it was a decent beer worth trying.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poperings Hommel Ale arrived in a tall Green 750 mL bottle. The beer was a bit hazy, orange, gold with a big cap of foam which filled half of the tulip glass. Definitely a nice looking brew.

A big earthy, yeasty nose. Pale malt along with clove and alcohol esters clear the nasal passages. The beer roils across the palate with medium body, revealing its flavors. A brush of biscuit malt is quickly overtaken by an assertive bitterness. Prickly carbonation scrubs the palate leaving it dry and wanting more of the tart, sour fruit flavors this beer provides. The hops are bitter and spicy the entire way down.

This is a big Belgian Ale. The mixture of earthiness, almost nutty at times, and tartness provides a unique and enjoyable ale from Belgium.

Photo of tigg924
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: blackish gold in color, cloudy, 1/2 inch head, moderate carbonation

Smell: apples, pepper, butter, and some light hops

Taste: apples, pepper, butter, Belgian spices, touch of caramel, and some light hops

Mouthfeel: sweet, dry, medium body with high carbonation

Drinkability: Very interesting taste for a Belgian IPA. I enjoyed this one a lot. The alcohol is very well hidden. I could have several.

Photo of earthling
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poperings Hommel isn't as heavy or sweet as a lot of belgian beers and not nearly as hoppy as an American IPA. It goes well with comfort foods.

This is one of my favorite Belgian beers. I've had it both on tap and in the bottle. It seems to bottle and transport well.

Photo of EkimGram
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-tan colour. Poured from large bottle into oversized wine glass. Translucent, thick head. Visible carbonation.

S: Has a hoppy yet sweet aroma. Some spices are also present. A little yeasty.

T: Mild flavour, hops are relatively subdued, a detection of spice is left on the back of the tongue. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Carbonated but not too much, smooth and pretty light.

D: Nice and light, would go well with dinner. Crisp and refreshing

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