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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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90
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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
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Belgium

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 Antilochus
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first 'Belgian IPA'. Purchased at Utobeer in the Borough Market. 7.50% abv, 25cl.

Poured a translucent amberish yellow, big rocky white head. Bits of lace.

Aromas of funky belgian yeast, candy sugar, alcohol, sourdough, candied fruit. A touch of flowers. Very tripelish... not getting much hop notes here.

Weird mouthfeel - light and syrupy at the same time... sort of fizzy. Flowery hops come back, sweet pale malt and candy sugar tripel notes. Hard cider. Belgian yeast. Boozy warm finish. A hint of citrus rind, yeasty bitterness. Not bad, but not particularly IPAish.

Antilochus, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at HopLeaf in Chicago. Pours amber and clear with a lasting hug whitish head on tap. Smell is lightly funky and belgian yeasty. Taste is dusty, floral, hoppy and saison like with a thinnish body and medium carbonation. Pretty flavorful, and not bad at all.

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of daftafne
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I went to popering last year as it has a train station near to westvleteren. I had known that popering was famous for their hops although was struggling recently because they were expensive and had trouble finding buyers.

Poured into a Unibroue Tulip glass with one finger of cream colored head. Dull gold appearance. Did not have a terribly strong smell but had a floral character. Not too many spices - just full-on hops. A good beer, I'm glad I got to try the hops from popering - but I am a bit disappointed. Not my favorite belgian IPA but worth a try.

daftafne, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of Kraken
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Harp 20oz pint glass. Sloth has gotten the best of me as I have yet to buy any kind of real glass wear. Massive spuming head rises immediately to the top of the 20 oz glass and sticks around quite a long time leaving great lacing. Beer pours a nice amber color. Nose is light hops, sweetness, very light malts. Slight iron taste initially on the tongue, followed by light sweetness and hop bitters. Nice overall mouth feel, and drinkability.

Kraken, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of SLeffler27
2.85/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enormous, lemon meringue head with amazing staying power drifting atop a cloudy orange-gold brew as a continuous stream of tiny bubbles drift upward.

Hoppy lemongrass comes to mind.

Slight bitterness, very subtle, albeit astringent.

Cleansing and carbonated, similar to champagne.

Light. Worth a try. See what you think. Perhaps I got a bad batch.

SLeffler27, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of white head sitting on top. Decent retention, no real lacing.

Nice aroma, definitely some typical belgian scents. A floral and grassy hop profile is dominant with a touch of spice.

Taste is lacking. A dull citrus taste that is only slightly bitter. I'm kind of disappointed up front, but it defniitely started to grow on me.

Mouthfeel is just shy of medium bodied and well carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. Alcohol is moderate and flavors are simple but unimpressive. Easy to consume, but lacking intensity.

Goliath, May 31, 2008
Photo of pwoods
2.2/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to mattt for this extra.

11.2oz. brown bottle, poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark yellow with pretty hazing. Big 2+ fingers of pearly white head forms and holds nicely. Some lacing here and there.

S: Smells more like a wit or Belgian pale more than anything. Very spicy from the yeast with a little bit of banana and maybe some wheat. Some floral hops.

T/M: More of the floral and grassy hops with some below average bitterness. Still, very similar to a Belgian pale or a witbier. Malts tasty a little wheaty with a touch of sweetness. The spicy yeast nearly takes over. Body is very much on the lighter side and seems almost watered down.

D: I had high hopes for this but it just didn't do it for me. I can't even honestly give it style points.

pwoods, May 27, 2008
Photo of bjoyce12
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice. Able to purchase a 12 and a 22 at Marty's in Newton, MA. Pours a dark golden, not copper, not amber, definitely a dark golden colour. Huge foam, had to wait for it to dissipate. Great aroma; malts and sweet grass, and noted a touch of honey/molasses. Excellent taste. Many undertones of citrus, slight malt, a grassy aftertaste. Light, excellent summer brew, and at 7.5% ABV not a killer, yet still able to deliver superb taste on several levels. Keeping this one on my short list.

bjoyce12, May 19, 2008
Photo of stulowitz
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The memories start hitting me as soon as I look at the bottle. I first tasted this when playing a gig in Diksmuide after having sampled Westvleterens best at Cafe In de Vrede.

Hazy golden appearance with a rocky white head. Notes of fruit and caramel in the nose. Sweet to the taste but has a firm bitterness to make it balanced.

For my taste, this beer is a well balanced belgian strong golden rather than an IPA, but I am not the style police.

This is a great beer and it brings back awesome memories. Thats what it´s all about!

stulowitz, May 01, 2008
Photo of largadeer
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Golden with a slight haze and a massive stream of carbonation rising from the bottom and all sides of the glass. The head filled up the entire upper 3 inches of my tulip, leaving behind thick sheets of lace as it slowly settled into an thick and dense half-inch head.

Smell: Apple pie, fresh bread and herbs. Fruity but not particularly sweet.

Taste & mouthfeel: Dry with flavors of green apple and bitter orange peel. The mouthfeel is champagne-like with intense carbonation. Hops come out quite a bit in the finish; herbal and earthy with moderate bitterness. A mineral-like flavor lingers on the roof of the mouth which quickly becomes tiring.

Notes: A bit torn about this one. It has its qualities but is fairly flawed overall.

largadeer, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of JBogan
2.53/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a slightly murky bronze with nary a head or lacing in my glass.

Smelled of hops and citrus fruits.

Tasted mostly the hops, with some sort of "earthy" presence as well. Not too pleasing in this department.

Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side and flat.

There was nothing really "offensive" about this beer, nor was there anything particularly memorable, except for that slightly metallic and earthy taste.

JBogan, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of ggaughan
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Orval chalice. Body was a hazy golden color with a slight white head but solid lacing and ring on the edge of the glass. The nose had strong citrus and grapefruit, hop notes. The taste had strong hop and citrus notes up front as well. Grapefruit. The beer is well rounded and dry to the finish.

ggaughan, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of oakbluff
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy straw colour and moderate head. Nose- sweet belgian candi sugar. Taste- very sweet. Residual sugars are noticable. Leaves a syrupy taste in the mouth Some bitterness in the finish. Mostly a super sweet tripel. Good desert beer. Drinkability is decent and carbonation is lower than expected.

oakbluff, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A copper colour with a small head that retains very well.

S: smells like Belgian malts with a hint of hops.

T: A bunch of malts in this beer, and a lot of weird flavours. What is confusing is the metallic taste, which fades away as you drink. There isn't very much hops in this beer either. The flavours just don't taste very good to me. It's just missing something...

M: Creamy

D: Not really.

swizzlenuts, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of ybnorml
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A golden yellow beer with a slight haze. Has a huge thick white head and nice sticky lace. The aroma is floral and herbal, reminded me dried herbs and flowers, with a light piney note in the background. The taste starts with a light grain malt character with hints of herbs tickling the sides of your tongue. The finish has a hint of piney hops and then goes down cool and refreshing.

ybnorml, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2006.
A local variety of hops (hop in flemish) is named hommel, used for this beer.
Appearance : orange color, with a beautifull white foam head
Smell : honey
Taste and mouthfeel : a taste of orange zest, spicy final
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong golden ale

thierrynantes, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour hazy golden yellow, fluffy white head that sticks around alot, a gentle lace that clings well onto the glass walls. Soft aroma of belgian yeast, fresh dough, and hops.

With a taste comes a rush of fresh continental hops and yeast blended to grain flavors similar to fresh french baguette straight out of the oven. Caronation helps to a dry-feeling finish, making it very refreshing and very drinkable.

bloberglawp, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden body hazed up by a shlew of fine particles and topped with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Sweetish, honeyed aroma laden with fruit esters, a bit of spice, and notes of grass, flowers, and light citrus.

Taste: Sweet maltiness with a touch of caramel and honey. Fair amount of the typical Belgian esters. Light floral and citrus hop flavors. There's never more than a mild bitterness. Spicy yeast hints. Hint of clove as you approach the grassy, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad! Note to self: try it again sometime.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Doomcifer
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decently clear bright golden color until the yeast goes in, then it's very murky. Love yeast. Extremely thick and rocky, huge, white head that goes absolutely nowhere. Tremendous lacing from the big, rocky head.
Smells of sweet, fruity malts, belgian yeast, banana, clove, candied sugars, Im not picking up much hops in the aroma. Smells like a standard tripel.
Taste is more fruity, sweet malts, bready, belgian yeast, phenolic, honey, slight hop finish but nothing much at all. Has a certain off taste in the middle though. Not sure what it is.
Mouthfeel is rich, very carbonated, with a dry, crisp finsh.
I would consider this pretty drinkable and enjoyable. It reminds me of a good Belgian Strong Pale Ale more than anything else though. Not to take anything away from this great brew but if I want a Belgian IPA, I'll first reach for Houblon Chouffe.

Doomcifer, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of errantnight
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good... but a Belgian IPA? Of course, the term is a relatively new one, and more appropriate to the Belgian style beers brewed with American hops, IMHO. Belgians brewing hoppy beers is NOT a new thing. It definitely defies a specific style-guideline, and it certainly shares the spirit of the new Belgian IPAs... but the hop character is more reminiscent of hoppy Belgian Saisons, with a slightly more substantial malt character and residual sweetness... towards a Belgian Golden Strong (but not Tripel).

Intriguing... and absolutely delicious.

Golden with beautiful white head, not as craggy or as rich as some, but good lacing.

Smell is sweet, fruity yeast with floral hops, and a bit of malty breadiness.

Tastes slightly rich and smooth, with a fantastic spicy dryness to the finish. Malt sweetness is balanced perfectly, and the beer is on the refreshing side.

Great beer... try it.

errantnight, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of Big78CJ
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: I accidentally poured some sediment in so it is a murky brownish-orange-blonde. There is a healthy white, half-inch froth. Despite the murkiness, I see characteristic streams of bubbles rising to the top. This beer looks fantastic in the glass I got at Five Points Bottle Shop. I have video of this gorgeous beer that I took while drinking it at a bar in Poperings, waiting for the train to leave Westvleteren.

S: Ale/Belgian yeast and a bit sweeter smelling than most farmhouse ales. I can smell hay or cut grass too but I did cut my own grass a few hours ago so it might be that. Some lighter fruit, perhaps apricot, is sweetening the smell.

T: Very carbonated but not overly; appropriate for a saison. There is a refreshingly suprising (or reverse?) hop flavor. Poperings is known to grow the hops for this beer as well as the Westvletern (most noticeable in the 6). I taste fresh baked bread in the aftertaste as well.

M: Very refreshing and the carbonation does well to keep cleaning the mouth after each swallow. Light and easy to drink but full of flavor.

D: It is a tad pricey (~3.50/bottle) and a bit high-alcohol (7.5) otherwise I could see making this a session beer. It is very tasty. Perhaps it would be a good after-mowing beer...yummy!

Serving Size: 330ml bottle poured into Poperings Hommel Ale glass.

Big78CJ, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of Estarrio
4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My vision of the perfect afterlife includes sitting at the Galgenhuisje bar in Gent and drinking copious amounts of Hommel Bier (and perhaps a bit of the house Guillotine to provide some variety). I first tried this gem at my favorite spot in Belgium and I'm psyched to finally see it available locally (many thanks to Mike at Nikki's!)

I poured this directly from my cellar at 55 degrees into my favorite Chimay chalice.

This brew pours a golden, light-pumpkin, hazy orange color with a billowy, creamy head. Visible carbonation keeps the amazing head going throughout, while sticky lacings adorned the sides of the glass. A gentle swirl produces additional layers of thick lacing that seemingly envelop the glass. Subsequent pours produce a significant amount of sediment and “floaties”.

The aroma consists of candy-like caramel malt sweetness, a touch of vanilla, white pepper and coriander, clove, some yeast funk, raw sweet bread and a delightful bouquet of aromatic hops. A subtle champagne booziness

Sweet vanilla and caramel, funky, doughy yeast and slightly astringent grain flavors are rapidly engulfed by a poignant, yet delightfully balanced hop profile. Subtle hints of pepper, orange peel, lemon zest and coriander assist in rounding out the deep palate. Sweet postage stamp flavors are evident before a bitter, dry hop finish.

Well carbonated with a full, creamy mouthfeel, this beer is dangerously sessionable at 7.5%

This is an excellent beer and IMHO, the benchmark of a Belgian IPA. I was surprised and delighted to see this on tap at many establishments in Belgium. I certainly imbibed quite a few!

Estarrio, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of blakesell
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a belgian wine type glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy particulated gold with a mighty 3 finger head of foam that melts down to an iceberg crag in the middle and lacing on the sides.

Smell- Saaz sweetness (not oxidized) with that strong belgian yeasty scent. A fruity rind scent lingers on the nose.

Taste- Almost like a traditional pilsner in malt levels and hop sweetness. Belgian yeast and overhopping give this more of a quality of its own. Hopping isn't overpowering, but very balanced.

Mouthfeel- Light and creamy with no alcohol burn. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability- Very even though it has a somewhat high ABV. I could likely drink a six of this if I was in belgium at the brewery.

blakesell, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with some head that leaves good lacing on the way down. Nose is very unique. Smooth and even sweet tone, though not over done. Mild yeast beneath all of it, though not overpowering it all. Flavor is totally odd. Not your typical of the style. Slightly sweet but with a bitter tone and a strong earthy tone that...hey...my palate just isn’t experienced enough to be able to place. Slight alcohol invasion, though it is strong in a unique way. Dry edge and just totally interesting. If you want something different to try, this is one for ya. I’d love to try this one again farther down my beer road.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice with best before 4/09 etched into the bottom of the bottle

A: Pours a hazy golden brown with a wispy one inch head that fades into a ring after a bit, not much lacing at all but quite a good deal of carbonation coming from all corners of the glass.

S: Seems quite a bit more yeasty than the other Belgian IPAs Ive tried recently, not any floral tinges really anywhere here that would indicate how hoppy this beer is.

T/MF: Quite dry and very bitter like dragging sandpaper over your tongue but in a good way. Initally has a very fruity almost mellon like quality but the hops just dominate after a few seconds in the mouth adding on stong and peppery spices all over the mouth with just a bit of grassyness the longer the beer lingers on the pallate. This is probably the driest of all the Belgian IPAs I've sampled thus far. Lighter bodied for as much alcohol is in the beer.

D: Not what I'd call refreshing in any sense of the word but this is still a well built and complex if a bit hoppy Belgian IPA.

bluemoonswoon, Dec 23, 2007
Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
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