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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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669 Ratings

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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 42
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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Photo of MikeGill
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%

25cl. bottle poured into standard pint glass.

A little research reveals that this beer is from the #1 hop growing region in Belgium. Hommel is the local word for Humulus which is the botanical name for the hop plant.

Cloudy bright golden yellow with subtle traces of orange at the edges. Small dense head with good retention. Smells of honey, citrus, and anise with a subtle farmhouse quality (some hay and wood)

Great balance between sweetness and bitterness. Flavors of honey, chamomile tea and minerals with a little bit of middle eastern spices lurking. Bisuity malt with well intergrated hops and a refreshing drinkability. Earthy dry finish. This beer has a way of disapearing quickly.

MikeGill, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of thekanna
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Had at Granville Moore's in DC. Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear yellow bordering on orange with a thin finger of head and decent lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Strong citrusy, tart smell. Lots of fruit and floral aromas here.

T: A bitter, herbal hop taste throughout mixed with slightly sour citrus flavors and possibly an Asian pear or two. A bit of yeast and hop bitterness at the end, but the alcohol is amazingly well masked.

M: Good amount of carbonation. Slightly juicy body with a dry, crisp finish.

D: Excellent; like the complexity despite the consistent undercurrent of bitter hops. I usually like Belgian IPAs because of the layers of flavor you can peel away; American IPAs are more of a one-trick pony.

thekanna, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

I drank this on tap at the Map Room into a Poperings tulip.

The beer is cloudy gold with a huge head, at least 3 fingers. The head remains forever, and there is tons of carbonation as the head comes back vigorously when you swirl the glass. The lacing is awesome.

The aroma is a nice comples hoppiness.

The taste is great, very light and drinkable with a ton of flavor.

This is an oustanding beer.

jrallen34, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Dodo2step
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%

P- Barley's and Hops in Pittsburgh

A- a lemon meringue color that is cloudy. Yeasty floaties are present throughout the body of the beer. A luscious 2 finger head rises just to the rim of my point. Sticky and mountainous lacing.

S- sour granny smith apple with pear fruity esters to trail the aroma. smells like a champagne. not as flowery as others have wrote but i get some sort of yeasty aroma.

T- a dry yet sour grass and apple type of flavor. More like wheat grass mixed with granny smith apple. Not bad but not overly great. yeasty as well and carbonated.

M- carbonation and dry. Grassy type of texture and feel to it. sweet yet sour.

D- not bad but the flavor is not for me. If you like Belgian IPA's then this is right up your alley. I prefer the american IPA's

Dodo2step, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev 0%

My 450th review... And I'm met with a very healthy "pop" upon removing the cork...

A - An huge fluffy elegant pure white head comprised varying sized bubbles reminiscent of soapy suds with a rocky top... World class retention... A bright candied lemon yellow color with a faint orange hue... An ever so faint haziness... Very minute carbonation slow paced carbonation bubbles rise throughout... Rings of white cling to the sides of the glass as the session progresses...

S - Yeasty... A delicate but definitive funkiness... Fresh cut grass... Golden apple... Pear...

T - The taste is rather subdued... The hops are not as nearly pronounced as I would have expected... Earthy... Lemon zest... Banana... Pears... A vague spiciness... Well balanced and loaded with subtle complexity...

M - The slightest bit of carbonation touches the tongue... Light to medium bodied...

D - Insanely quaffable... Classy and sophisticated... Smooth... Even... Delicate...

philbe311, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%

The flavors are highly hopped and can feel a touch of honey in the aroma that is quite characteristic. Like any India Pale Ale that respect, we also find the purifying force of hops in the tasting, this one tinged with a character of yeast rather pronounced. In conclusion, an archetype of the strong hoppy beer that will appeal to all, slightly beaten.

ThaCreep, Jan 02, 2010
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

Has this beer gone bad?...Far from it.
This super-carbonated bottle rivaled me upon every single pour into the glass--even getting the cap off was a bit of a challenge. Before the first sip, this yeasty Belgian brew is awaiting me with a primal, primitive, sexual, gritty body...I can't wait.

Smells of a sweet champagne, nice honeysuckle, flowery, dry aroma. The taste is the same...beautiful sweetness right up front. But the real majesty of this ale is what comes thereafter. A nice slow, mature warmth--this reminds me of a winter's night barleywine.

This is a sipper--otherwise, far too overwhelming. Please, try this out.

JTWILDOATS, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of Offa
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

This is an excellent, hoppy Belgian ale.

Lightly hazy amber, it has a huge, faintly off-white head steadily shrinking to a permanent, 1/2 inch foamy top, leaving some weak foamy lace.

The aroma is fruity, yeasty, with typical Belgian elements such as banana, clove, grain, and a hint of freshly cut green grass.

The taste is slightly meaty, with a lightly fruity, warm but restrained alcoholic quality, a light, but firm maltiness with some grain, hint of coriander, citrus, but otherwise a lot of grassy-leafy hops, some spiciness. It's balanced in bitterness and sweetness, a bit on the drier side. It has a slight oiliness.

Offa, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

Caged and corked 750

A: Nothing short of the epic artic landscape you expect from a Belgian IPA. Head dissipated after 20 min which is poor for the style but better for drinking. Sticky lacing. Hazy golden amber color.

S: Nice mix of the tripel with some fresh grain. The hops are well integrated into the nose. A balanced Belgian IPA? Why not?

T: The thing that stands out in this beer is the citrus that comes through from the hops. Usually it is straight bitterness but this was a welcome surprise.

M: Feels light for the style. This would be great on a hot summer day.

D: I was impressed. I went in expecting nothing and was surprised. I would have this again in a heartbeat.

aerozeppl, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of CHickman
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a cloudy amber orange color with a massive fluffy 2 finger cloudy white head which was full of bubbles that lasted a long time and faded slowly; left decent spotty lacing that slid down the glass fast. The second half of the bomber was cloudy brownish orange with a ton of sediment floating in it and looked like a completely different beer from the first pour/half.

Smells of flowers, floral hops, orange peel, sweet malt, light yeast and sugar, cinnamon or some candy like sweetness. Pretty soft nose that’s sweet and slightly funky.

Tastes sweet and malty, with hints of spices, sweet malt, floral hops, orange peel, grapefruit, coriander, honey, grass and yeast; has the distinct yeast funk to it, yet it's smooth and balanced with a nice combo of malt and hop flavor and a very mild alcohol presence that sneaks up on you.

Mouthfeel is fizzy with high carbonation, a creamy and smooth feel on the tongue, a medium body and real watery flow to each sip, like this was meant to drink fast.

A very good beer to me which I always find well balanced, full of flavor and easy to drink; a definite session beer and a recommendation to try this brew as it’s good on it’s own and very good with a meal.

CHickman, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of pinotboy007
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

200th review: enjoyed on the deck in early fall heat.

A - Into a Duvel tulip: nice deep, hazy gold color with a white, dense crown that settled over time to a thick cap and modest lace. No floaties.

S - Belgian ale for sure - modest grassy hops, malt and sugar. Also has a bit of a Saison-like funk going on.

T - Delicious ale; World Class. Splendid rendition that's like a cross between Orval and Duvel. Beautifully balanced hops and malt with a sophisticated "Band Aid" accent. Wow.

M - Very soft, creamy, and dense but still manages some slickness; lip-smacking.

D - At 7.5% ABV, this is probably as good as it gets for a Belgian. Almost too drinkable. (Notice that I said "almost.") :)

pinotboy007, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of Rayek
4.05/5  rDev 0%

Poured into a Tulip.

A: Hazy apricot. Mild carbonation supports a voluminous bone white head. Retention is adequate and lots of lace is left behind.

S: Musty, fruity and spicy. Apples, pears and green grapes provide sweetness. Anise, coriander, clove and even a hint of juniper provide the spice. A musty yeast funkiness rounds things out.

T: Starts out with apples and pears. A spicy coriander and lemon zest bitterness provides nice balance. A sourdough bread quality adds to the complexity. On top of all that is an almost perfume like floral flavor. Finishes a bit warm, with lingering coriander and anise spice.

M: The lightness of the body belies the beer's strength. Carbonation feels a bit too high even for this style.

D: This is a deceptively strong beer, which seems to be a hallmark of this style. It goes down easily. My glass was gone in what seemed like record time for a beer of this strength. An excellent pickup.

Rayek, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of CHADMC3
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours a pale, but hazy golden yellow with copper hues and a big, frothy white head packed with foam that dissipates leaving a big white lacing.

Aroma consists of citrus zest, faint yeast, floral hops, and pine.

Slightly more spiced/pepper taste than the aroma led on, again a nice citrus zest such as orange or lemon, and fresh yeast as well. The hops are there in the background, and very refreshing and well complimented.

Medium body with medium to moderate carbonation with a dry yet crisp finish.

Well-put together brew. Nice palate, easy to drink, and quite refreshing. Few beers are this light with this much flavor.

CHADMC3, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Another goody from the shelves of Ohoove's basement, this one shows an extremely cloudy tan amber color with a giant white fluffy head and lots of splotchy lace. The aroma is bready malt with light citrus (orange/lemon). Pleasant. The flavor brings a bright tart lemon yeast that bites the tongue. This mellows as you go and offers more malty nutmeg and some floral edges and clove. Well carbonated, decent drinker, refreshing, all around good stuff for the style.

Durge, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of Padron4KM
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%

Bottle no freshness date noted.
Hazy orange with a tight beige long lasting head.
Aroma is hoppy and fruity with an underlying musty yeastiness. I tried to decant without getting any yeast in the glass, but some may have escaped.
Flavor is sweet and fruity with nice hoppy finish.

Padron4KM, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with 2+ fingers of rich foam. Good looking lace.

Aroma is fruity (mostly lemony) and Belgian yeasty, with some spicy and grassy hops.

The Belgian IPA's I've tried tend to lean in flavor toward the country they were made in. That is, the Belgians have had a dominant yeast/spice character, while the Americans are much more hoppy. Poperings Hommel Bier seems like a perfect marriage of the two. Sweet malts, fruit, yeast spice, and grassy, herbal hop bitterness.

Medium body. Carbonation is appropriate. Pretty easy drinker, and a really interesting beer. Good stuff. Thanks to khiasmus for the recommendation.

Gyle41386, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of Beerzebub
4.13/5  rDev +2%

750ml bottle, best before 12-09. Poured in a big wine glass at 54 F/ 12 C.

Bright golden color with a bit of haze, and a good inch and a half of billowing white head, with pretty good retention, leaving thick pocked sheets of lace, like slices of Havarti. The second glass has quite a bit of sediment, which isn't disruptive but does seem to impart additional spiciness.

Aroma of spicy, floral, earthy, grassy hops, with sweet yeasty grain, black pepper, and a hint of lemon-scented Pine-Sol. Cohesive and good.

Complex-spicy-earthy hop flavor, with a good dose of grassy hop bitterness that's well balanced by a medium level of grainy sweetness. Spicy black pepper, caught up with the spicy hops, seems to be from the yeast. Some fruitiness, and some overt yeastiness. Balanced and tasty. Long fairly simply finish of spicy grain, with some lingering bitterness.

Soft, cushy, bottle conditioned texture. The well balanced hoppiness makes this refreshing and very drinkable; it helps that I enjoy a heavy dose of black pepper.

Beerzebub, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of patcoll
5/5  rDev +23.5%

I tend to love IPAs so a great bartender recommended this to me. Smell was an accurate introduction. Bold floral and citrus notes in the taste. Detected a hint of apricot. Extremely well-balanced. Mouthfeel was simple and light and let the balanced taste of hops be the hero. Drinkability was supreme -- I wanted nothing but this beer when I first tried it.

patcoll, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Murky yellow with a slight orangish tint. Three fingers of off white head rise. Retention is great; a thin cap remains throughout the duration. Great lacing as well.

S - Yeasty spice; coriander, pepper, lemon peel, and a bit of grass. Hops pull through with a mild herbal/citrus component but it's hard to distinguish through the yeast. Either way, it's quite appetizing. There's some simple pale malt in the background with a faint bready aroma. Mild to moderate phenols intertwine themselves with the spicy notes.

T - Pepper and indistinct spice from the nose mix with some subtle herbal/grassy hops. Spice is obvious but the hops are a little more hidden. Slight citrus pulls through mid palate with some semi-sweet pale malt. Simple bread flavors mingle with some saltiness and sourness to make for a relatively clean finish with some mild earthy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium low carbonation. Very smooth.

D - The numbers in this review may be somewhat arbitrary as I'm not sure what constitutes a "good" Belgian IPA. I'd always imagined and read them as hopped up tripels, and while Poperings Hommel Ale exhibits some hoppy characteristics and some tripel characteristics, it isn't a simple mix of the two; furthermore I understand that this brew was once classified as a BSPA. Though the hops never really take the center stage, it's extremely well balanced even if not a standout among Belgians. An enjoyable and somewhat challenging beer that I hope to revisit when and if I understand the style better.

PatrickJR, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

A: Pours a very cloudy dark orange with a massive ecru head that leaves thick lacing and a couple of thick sudsy chunks on the the side of the glass. Retention is great. Very cloudy and yeasty.

S: Lots of spice, phenols, lemony fruitiness, sweetness akin to clover honey. There's also a funk aroma that shows up intermittently which I really dislike, but it shows up randomly and only after a few wafts from the glass, curiously enough.

T&M: Sweet Belgian malt flavors up front followed by some light citrus flavor, and some customary light Belgian fruitiness (apple and pear). Spice, phenol, grassy hops, and a bit of alcohol all contribute late and on into the finish. Quite nice, but not quite as cohesive or symphonic as other Belgian IPAs I've sampled. Body is medium with a moderate carbonation, but texture is a bit chalky (is this from the large amount of yeast in suspension?).

D: Decently quaffable for the style. Another solid Belgian IPA, though for the price I'd probably stick with Houblon Chouffe.

BamaBeerBuff, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of TheCyturn
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

As I only drink Belgian beer, I'm not very used to bitter beers.
Looks good. Nice amount of foam and a beautiful golden color.
Smells great too. Very hoppy,but also very mild. There's enough sweetness to balance the hoppiness.
Taste: well balanced. A very pleasant bitterness and touch of honey. After each sip I enjoyed the aftertaste for a few minutes.
I think this was my first Belgian IPA ,but I'm sure I'll buy this one again.

TheCyturn, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev -1.2%

This beer pours a lovely amber hue which leaves a distinct creamy two finger head which leaves prominent sticky lacing all down the glass,this beer smells of beautiful freshly herbal,rose boutiques with beautiful fresh elegant hop aromas like it they have just been harvested,the taste of this beer has no bitterness at all to it and could def not be classed as full IPA or even a Belgian IPA but never the less a beautiful floral hoppy showcasing of a beer with a sweet finish definately not bitter at all and very easily drinkable.

ADZA, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of drperm
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%

Trying really hard to rate this as a beer, and not to-style.
Bottle at the Raleigh Times Bar, 11 July 2009.

This is by far the least IPA of any "Belgian IPA" I've had, and that's what at first inspired me to give it a mediocre rating; on its own, though, as a brew, I still find it unoffensive but also un-inspiring: harmless, slightly bland, and largely forgettable.
Hop bitterness (or hop aroma, or hop snap) is mostly absent, and I'm left with a pleasant, but innocuous, generic Belgian-yeasted cloudy ale that reminds me of a non-coriandered barley-malt wit. Again, not unpleasant, but not at all what I was expecting.
And do NOT pair it with a reuben or a BLT. This is probably the first beer-food pairing I've ever had that flat-out did NOT work.

Skip this one and go straight for the Piraat.

drperm, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of Wheelinb
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Not the typical taste you would expect from an IPA. This had a nice crispness to it. Lots of citrus going on but more like orange than grapefruit. And while the hop bitterness is present its not overwhelming, you get a lot of grassiness with this beer. This was unexpected in a good way. A nice beer to have while sitting on the patio in the summer.

Wheelinb, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of LittleCreature
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

Appearance - 4.5
A gentle pour yeilds a finger of loose white head over a slightly hazy dark gold to amber coloured body.

Smell - 4.5
A simply lovely aroma of sweet biscuity malt, honey and rose-like floral hops.

Taste - 4.0
Marvellous! For an IPA the bitterness is on the lower end of the scale, but still high for a Belgian. The balance is excellent, in terms of both sweetness-bitterness and in flavour. Tastes of rich biscuity and cakey malt, honey, mixed spice, orange zest, spicy hops, warming alcohol and a little fruity yeast. Finishes quite dry.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Persistent carbonation is lively and fine, creating a lush mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 4.5
The 250mL bottle goes in no time, I could easily drink several more!

I was worried whether this beer would taste as good imported as it was fresh in Belgium. Perhaps it is a couple of percent off, but it is still a magnificent beer, one of the best brewed in Belgium.

Edit: I've tried this since and was not as enamored. Still a wonderful beer, I'm looking forward to drinking it fresh in Belgium again.

LittleCreature, Jun 24, 2009
Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.