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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Ratings: 698
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 42
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 woosterbill
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -4.2%
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 +8.1%
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
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
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
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -2.5%
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
3.75/5  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
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -10.4%
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
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle to oversized wine glass. Batch C and best before date of 12/10, all notched at the bottom of the label.

A: A fast rising foamy 2 finger off white cap, excellent retention, sits above a persimmon colored body. Hazy and murky, this body is heavily yeasty, with particles of various sizes floating about. Excellent lacing.

S & T: Average malt content, grains (wheat?) and pale. The hops have middle of the road intensity, mainly flowers, grass and lemons. There are some spicy, yeast-born aromatics working in tandem with a doughy and sweaty contribution. Semi fruity, with standout flavors of apple and pear. Lightly sweet mid-palate and lightly bitter.

M: The body is medium with carbonation being medium-high as plenty of fine fizzy bubbles clean the tongue. Dry, semi bitter finish.

D: A solid brew recommended by the owner of my local bottleshop. Comfortably in the Belgian IPA category, but I think a bigger hop content would not only solidify that designation but also improve the rating in the smell and taste departments. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of thecarster1
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a snifter, one plus finger head fades slowly to a creamy lace cover and head on the glass, hazy ochre, lots of floaties.

s- huge nose, sharp, peppery, lots of that notorious belgian yeast, lemon, clove, banana.

t- the nose is echoed here, banana, peppery, lemon, sharp hops, slight alcohol noted.

m- creamy medium body.

d- these belgian ipas always challenge my palate, and this was a drinkable one, gotta say that i preferred the houblon chouffe.

Photo of gpogo
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Coppery gold with a large off-white head. Good head retention, lots of lace.

A- Lots of sugars, very sweet aroma. Earthy hop aroma as well.

T- Sweet malt with quite a nice bitterness. As it warms the bitterness comes out quite a bit. Kindof reminded me of a Tripel on first sip.

M- Medium body with high carbonation.

D- A friend of mine recommended this to me, and I would gladly recommend this to anyone. Had it with a big pasta dinner, went with it wonderfully. Quite quaffable.

Photo of Cs1987
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light amber, 1 finger of white head with good retention.

Smell - Complex odour, with a mix of fruits and spices.

Taste - Mild for a Belgian ale, with citrus and light spices.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability - Surprisingly drinkable.

Overall - A good beer, but I was expecting more flavour.

Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a very cloudy dark gold with a thick off-white head overflowing on top. Great retention; left lots of sticky lace globs on the glass. Scents of earthy tones, some light yeast, pineapple, and lemon zest. The resiny-hop scent characteristic of Amer. IPA's is absent. Not a bad thing.

The body is full and creamy. Carbonation level is a little lower than I'd like. A little slick going down. Nice earthy bitter flavors in this one. No sharp hops, but just a nice subtle bitterness that doesn't last long and is not grating at all. Mild honey flavor in there as well. Some yeasty aspects noted. Definitely Belgian. I liked this offering. Probably one of the better of the styles that I've had. Recommend.

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

Served in a snifter at the Brass Rail with dinner. Ksak beside me with a Vigneronne.

A: The ale is a pale straw color, hazy enough to be opaque, although there isn't much head to be seen.

S: The nose is a sickly sweet combination of Belgian yeast, candi sugars and a good dose of earthy hops. Man, I really dig the Belgian IPA aroma.

T: The tripel flavors stand out at the expense of the hops. They are sweet, an excess of pale candi sugars, and in control from the start. Hops and the Belgian yeast follow, sweet before the earthy hops add a floral zest. The combined package of hops, yeast, and candi sugars isa treat.

M: The mouthfeel starts out sweet before turning mildly bitter. The earthy hops are subtle but work.

D: The beer doesn't feel like 7.5%, at least at first. I went through the glass rather quickly and felt it in the long run.

Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at DEK's, Rocky Point, New York.

Poured a light copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a potent ester and a peppery hop spice.

The taste consisted of a sharp hop spice, light sweetness and eatery musty yeast.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style and well carbonated.

Overall a very nice earthy hop forward ale.

Photo of crossovert
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Best before: C 10/12.

It has no trouble forming a massive white head upon pouring. The beer is a murky copper color, I swirled the yeast, and that is why it isn't as clear.

The hops in this one are incredibly fragrant and perfumey,they smell like noble hops, just more than you usually find in an ipa. But they aren't that strong as far as how much of them you smell in ratio to the other scents of this beer. There is also a large hit of spicy yeasty smell, pale malt, and sugar.

The taste is smooth, decently hoppy and very tripel like. It is like a tripel with a huge hop bitterness in the end. The hops aren't so prevalent in the flavor other than their bitterness, which is a bit of a knock on this one. The yeast is lightly spicy and the malts provide a sweet backbone.

It isn't my first choice for this style but it isn't bad.

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a simply beautiful but slightly hazy golden/yellow slight orange color with a nice 2 finger head that recedes rather quickly to a white fresh looking ring with nice clinging lace on the side..the smell is slight clove with a stronger citrus hop and spice smell..i also smell various fruits like bananas and pears ..the taste is a blend of hops and malts and citrus and yeast not bitter at all as it warms has a little sour taste that is good..this is easy drinking it is a little sweet/sour( it changes as it warms) and syrup tasting unlike the smell..overall its a great ipa nicely balanced crisp and clean with a medium mouth feel..its not one to drink alot of in one sitting IMO... but one to try..i enjoyed this one

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review # 300! Had to do something interesting, so here it is. Belgian IPAs can be amazing, or bad IMO. It completely depends on how the hops meld with the malts, yeast, and other flavors.

A: A huge rising head of 3 fingers, with fluffy creamy head that sticks around for a while, and leaves a slight lacing when it finally does shrink. A hazy and yeast chunked bright pale orange color.

N: Nice. A blend of nice Belgian malts, sweet malts, some wheat, blended with with hops, some bright but low alpha citrus hops, some orange, nice bright malts too.

T: More malty than I expected. Lots of sweet malts, Belgian malts. Some spices and bright malt flavors. Some fruits too, raisin and others. Sweetness that gives the feel of 10-11% abv, but doesn't hit like it. A little chewy on the malts as well. A very slight bitterness, orange and pale hops, as well as a little citrus, but very light.

M: Semi medium body with lots of carbonation.

F: Finishes slightly pale and bitter, a little more so than the taste. A little dryness comes in, but not too much as a little of that sweet malt flavor lingers, as well as syrupy. A little chewy flavor lingers too. Still waiting on the nice hops, but seeing as how Belgians tend to sit in warehouses and shelves for a while, and being an IPA it may be contrasted. I also noticed it has best before 09/09, so it's older than it should be. I'll have to see if I can find a fresh one, or have it on tap somewhere.

Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 698 ratings.