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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Ratings: 708
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 43
Gots: 48 | 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 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

Photo of cakirkl
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip, been in the fridge for about 4 hours, then let it sit out of the fridge for about 7-10 min.

A - Pours a golden hue, maybe slightly copper-esque. Two finger fluffy white two finger head sticks around for a while. I'd venture to say it looks nearly like a hefe, except the head is a bit more sturdy and the body is clear. This is leaving a lot of sporadic lacing, which bumps up the score .5 points.

S - I don't know if my nose is off today or something, but I'm not getting much here. Very light apple and some citrusy notes. I'm getting a lot of nearly tangy/sweet pineapple. Still, it's not strong, and not anything near what I had hoped for.

T - Hoppy. Citrusy. Pineapple. It leaves a hoppy bitterness ever so slightly lingering after its gone. The hops aren't in your face like an American IPA, I really don't know how to describe this beer.

M - I'd say the mouthfeel is spot on. It's light and fluffy in the mouth. Small bubbles just add to the feel. This was the first thing I thought of when I had my first sip.

D - I think it's quite drinkable for 7.5%. Can't taste the alcohol, it goes down quite smoothly.

Overall: I'm not sure about this beer. I reviewed it well, as it was a good beer; it's just different. But I think it's different in a good way, it's not in your face, but definitely doesn't disappoint. A nice change from American IPAs.

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

On-tap at Monk's in Philly, served in a tulip. Went great with my bowl of mussels. I would have liked a bit more hop flavor and bitterness, but this was still a great Belgian ale. There's a mellow spicy flavor that never overwhelms the character, but certainly defines the beer with subtle pepper, dry herb, and lemon peel. For the strength, the body is still easy to drink (like it should be for the style). Overall, this is really a classic worth picking up.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 750 ml bottle. Sorry for the long review, but this is a strange brew that requires some description...

A slightly cloudy, gold/tan color brew with a fair head that dissipated fairly slowly. Nice lacing on glass. Thick sediment in bottle. Considerable sediment and almost reddish* chunks in the glass, even with a careful pour, enough to distract some from the appearance, but not enough to make it completely unappealing.

Quite sweet, somewhat spicy smell with plenty of hops, a slight touch of grain or hay, and a little lemon or citrus. Overall a pleasant smell.

It tastes of hops, spices, lemon and yeast with a touch of maltiness and a slight bit of an alcohol taste. There's a sweetness that lingers as well. Light to medium bitterness that doesn't really linger.

It's got a creamy, honey feel and plenty of carbonation. A very pleasant sensation on the tongue.

I would rate the drinkability average, and that's all. I'm not in a huge rush to buy another, as 750 ml was a bit overpowering. This is a beer that I would prefer to share (when served in this 750 ml bottle size). That being said, there's a specific beer buddy of mine who I'd like to try this one, tho I'm not sure what his reaction would be to this somewhat odd brew.

I would note that anytime the letters "IPA" are included in a beer description, I tend to either dislike it a lot, or at least not prefer it. That is not the case here. This beer is rather strange, but I actually liked it, despite the strange appearance and iffy drinkability.

*I looked at the sediment in several different lightings and even shone a flashlight thru it, trying to figure out what the heck were the "floaties." More experienced reviewers should probably ignore this observation, but I found it rather interesting, although not especially appealing.

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

Served from 25 cl bottle.

A - Not quite crystal clear. Golden color. Fluffy off-white head with some lacing. Bottle conditioned with thick sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

S - Nice mix of aromas. Has the classic Belgian golden characteristics you'd expect, along with some crisp, green hops aromas. The hops are very prominent for a Belgian ale, but nowhere near the level of an American pale ale, let alone IPA.

T - Taste matches the smell perfectly. All the expected golden ale tastes are there, like clean malt and candi sugar. The hops bitterness is moderate, but much higher than a typical golden. There is some hop flavor, but it's not as prominent as the bitterness is.

M - Medium body, some alcohol burn appropriate for the style and the alcohol level. Carbonation is high but appropriate.

D - Overall a very interesting beer. It is a well-made Belgian golden beer with an elevated hop level. Hopheads who hear of it may be disappointed when they try it, but to me the hop level is enough to add complexity without totally knocking the beer out of balance.

Photo of WhiteOak
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/09

A- A volcanic gusher upon cork removal. Hazy straw yellow with copious floating fine and coarse particles. Huge white head.

S- A powerful initial skunk smell burst from the bottle upon opening & from the first minute of the first glass. After blowing-off the skunkiness, nice classic Belgian aromas were revealed of yeast, sugared malt, cloves, banana.

T- Classic Tripel flavors of candied malt and yeast up front, with hops sharing the mid-palate, and hops dominating the dry, sour, lingering finish.

M, D- With the body of a Tripel, but drier and hoppier on the finish, it drinks accordingly. CO2 turned out fine for an exuberant gusher, and the ABV was undetectable.

Photo of CaptainPiret
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25cl bottle into a Corsendonk glass. A deep golden color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Noticed air bubbles cling to the site of the glass more than other beers of this type.

I went out and bought a six pack of this after reading the great reviews on BA. This is a very smooth beer, but I was a little disappointed with the flavor ... maybe my expectations were too high. But definitely worth trying.

Photo of runner72
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

serving - 11.2 oz bottle

pours with a nice white head. It laces the glass. Color is yellow with slight orange hue and cloudy with lots of carbonation. Aroma is very pleasant. citrus notes with a touch of vanilla and alcohol. Taste is decent, but not great. It has a little hop bite and aftertaste is a little phenolic. Mouthfeel is good with lots of carbonation. Overall, very good.

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

We got a magnum (!) of this, poured into a wine glass. A hazy golden with lots of white head, the smell is peppery, the taste is almost like a wit but with a fair amount of hops, more of the continental grassy type than floral American. good overall, not great

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