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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 42
Gots: 32 | 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 AlexJ
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%

Draft pour into an over-sized Gulden Draak tulup, nice. Pale cloudy beige in color with a frothy, bubbly head of off-white.

Aroma is somewhat dry and bready with saison or farmhouse yeast, green fruits, lemongrass, and herbal noble hops.

Flavor is quite the same. A pale malt base with flavors of underbaked bread, water crackers, and pepper follow with notes of green apple and mint jelly, rustic yeast notes, and noble hops that are grassy, herbal, and dry. Not hoppy enough to be categorized here. More of a BSPA crossed with a dry Saison.

Body is medium, loosely carbonated and airey on the palate with a slippery, smooth texture. Decent but doesn't stand out to me.

AlexJ, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Pours a light, hazy golden amber -- saison color -- with a delicate white head that leaves some nice lace. The aroma is less forward with the hops than some Belgian IPAs and seems to straddle the line between that style and a highly hopped saison. Some sweet malts compose the base of the aroma, with some farmhouse yeast thrown on top, but the fruity-minty hops are a great topping. On the palate, smooth malts, expertly mixed with juicy, minty hops from the get-go, plus a wonderfully full bodied yeast element that grows into the mid-palate. The finish is active with hops and yeast, and envelops the palate in a blanket of fruit and herb flavors. Delicious. Mouthfeel is fully carbonated and nicely balanced between smooth malts and some rough residual hop oils. Overall, this is fantastic stuff. I don't think it's quite hoppy enough to be a Belgian IPA, but regardless of the category, this is a tasty, balanced, expertly executed brew. More, please.

geexploitation, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev -1.2%

hazy pale golden with a really foamy white head that holds well and leaves tons of lace. smell is hoppy, but not as hoppy as i hoped. what did i expect from a belgian beer? perfumy, minty and lemony hops ride on a bready malt scent that is just barely sweet. sweetness is faint and smells like unripe pear and apple. hops are definitely the highlight here in the taste department. reminds me of herbal lemon mint tea riding on a majic pilsner malt carpet. just a hint of bitter in the finish, the medium body really feels medium because, unlike a lot of bpa's, this one is not supercarbonated, which usually gives the heavier beers a lighter feel. a nice beer, and certainly nothing "wrong" with it... this 750ml came in a nice tin with pictures of beer and hop fields on it. i just fear that i fell prey to marketing and picked it up for the tin, not it's reputation as a great great beer. fun to try, but i don't think i'll be revisiting this one anytime soon. give me a chouffe any day of the week.

timtim, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of mmmbeer
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%

750 mL green, cork-n-crown bottle, best before A/4/08 - served in a tulip. The first pour reveals a translucent orangey/peach hue with lots of floaties, and it becomes more opaque with subsequent pours. The beer has medium carbonation and two inches of off-white head that deposits lace which would look better if the glass were spotless and if I weren't constantly swirling to take in the aroma. The components of which are wonderful noble hops (spicy/perfumy and green/piney notes) on top of subdued pale malts. On the palate, there is a toasty/bready malt base, but this is quickly overshadowed by a substantial perfumy/floral and piney hop dose, imparting a big bitterness that increases as it warms, but never overwhelms. There are also medicinal phenols, crisp green apple, and hints of cork on top of a nice, conditioned, medium-full body that has lively carbonation from start to end, and leaves a medium finish. I love these hopped-up Belgians, and this is a fine example that is worth revisiting at some point.

mmmbeer, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of marcpal
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

11.2oz poured into Hommel goblet.

A: Hazy, golden with substantially thick head.

S: Belgian yeast came through here and citrus far more than any recognition of hop characther. Not very enticing for the style.

T: Albeit, not a Belgian IPA fan but this one was lacking in the taste I was hoping for. The spices and citrus were overly wheaty and yeasty. I could have had off bottle, but the hop presence was just not there. Not impressed

M: A bit overdone in carbonation, not too enjoyable.

D: I wouldnt have another but I can see it being better if categorized as a different style- the yeastiness was just too unpleasant.

marcpal, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.3/5  rDev -43.2%

I was pretty excited by the appearance and aroma of this beer, but was pretty severely disappointed with my first (and second, third, etc) sip at the taste. I wouldn't recommend this beer.

This beer poured a hazy orange with a towering cumulus-cloud head of miniscule bubbles that reminded me of Duvel's head. Aromas I got were a bit odd, but the aroma was the high-point of this beer...I got something that reminded me of dirty socks, a sour fruit (like sour cherry) smell, and some lemon zest. Flavor was thin and highly cereal-y, and this cerealness lingered in the back of my mouth in an unpleasant way. Mouthfeel was a bit thin. Overall I was not impressed with this.

Not recommended.

BeerBelcher, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of brendan13
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%

750ml corked and caged bottle.
A - Poured into an over sized wine glass a hazy golden orange colour with a massive fluffy white head that hangs around for a fair while.
S - A nice smell coming of this - spicy, light fruit, floral & grassy. Some Belgian yeast esters.
T - Some of the smell but the Belgian Tripel flavours come through a lot more.
M - Medium bodied, quite a dry finish.
D - A nice beer - shame it's so hard to find as at $11 a bottle when found is pretty good here.

brendan13, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of mdagnew
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

500ml bottle bought from Redmonds, Dublin... poured into a Hommel Bier glass...

Poured a very pale, crystal clear, golden colour. White head poured big, thick and foamy then faded to good thick frothy coating... Big sporadic carbonation bubbles drift to the surface... no real lacing...

Aroma - Very strong floral notes - lots of lily... grassy and herbal hops, lots of spicy fruits (grapefruits, pears, apples), quite perfumed, very light pale maltiness, bready and yeasty, some medicinal notes, anise traces, cloves, very peppery, some rosewater hints...

Taste – Nice mellow floral and perfumed hop bitterness, good fruitiness (light oranges, apples, pears, lemons), sea salt notes, nice light floral honey sweetness, grassy, strong herbal notes, some butteriness, peppery, some yeastiness...

Feel - Fairly smooth then a little sharp bite comes through... light bodied... extremely refreshing and drinkable even at 7.5%

Overall - An outstanding, and pretty different, Belgian IPA... recommended....

mdagnew, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of IPAcraig
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

I picked this beer up in Nashville a month ago. Enjoying before the Saints game on MNF. Poured into my De Garre Snifter. Nice lacing.

Pours a medium hazy gold with a massive four finger pillowy white head.

Aroma has the very pleasant Belgian fruit smell, complimented by a slightly spicy (saaz) hop character. The hop aroma is light, yet bigger than any other Belgian I have had.

This has a nice malty, biscuit base. It has a nice dry, sweetness ... perhaps a bit tart. Finally, this beer has that great fruitiness and hop character mentioned in the aroma. The hops are more pronounced in the flavor, but it is more of a bitterness than hop flavor.

Prickly, tingly carbonation.

Awesome drinkability. As with most Belgians, the flavor is not very powerful or overpowering, but somewhat light and balanced. I will have to get more of this beer.

IPAcraig, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

11.2oz Bottle
Sam's Chicago

Popering's Hommel pours a surprisingly clear copper with minimal amounts of suspended yeast. Large active rising carbonation bubbles rise to the big dense three finger head. The carbonation keeps the head strong. Leaves a few drink rings here and there. This beer looks delicious.

Fruity esters greet the nose right off the bat but it's a little tough pulling out the aromas through the dense head. Pear and apple with a healthy sprinkling of dusty yeast spiciness.

Flavor is very much like the aroma. The pear seems to be a little on the juicier side along with a nice tartness. Mild clove comes out toward the finish that adds a needed touch. Pale malts really let the fruitiness shine. Slight metallic twang on the swallow. No hops though. Wait! As this glass gets lower and lower the hops show themselves with a quick and spicy bite.

Medium to light mouthfeel with a velvety smoothness. Moderate carbonation keeps the beer moving along at a healthy pace. After about half a glass you can feel the bitterness wash over the tastebuds.

Easy drinking refreshing Belgian Pale. One that goes down far too quickly.

The body and flavor are close to expectations but the hop presence just isn't there like I'd hoped. Again, as the glass shrinks the hops show more and more. I'd love a 750 of this. Still an excellent all around beer.

joe1510, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of goschool
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

Appearance: The pour is a cloudy gold with a small white head that fades away pretty quickly.

Smell: The nose is a less than spectacular summary of the beer's flavor that captures none of the energy and nearly ignores the hops as secondary character. Aromas of spices, yeast, and apple are all muted and the hops barely make a statement.

Taste: The beer's flavors, for the most part, don't develop or evolve. The one exception is the dry spicy note that comes in strong, fades, but finishes strong. The hops make more of a showing in the taste then they do in the smell. Spicy and earthy hops come in and stay slightly out in front of spices, esters, apples, and a hint of bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied and dry with less than average carbonation, but the prickly spice aspect makes up for it.

Drinkability: Not bad, but not the wow beer I was hoping for. Belgian IPAs can keep their tripel characters with a more generous dose of hops.

goschool, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Best before: 4/08

Foggy golden orange. Beautiful color and a beautiful head too; tall and thick becoming clumpy around the edges and leaving generous lacing on the glass. Flowery, peppery hop aromas with a slight sugar cookie maltiness and yeast. The flavor is uncluttered...simple herbal hops, phenols, clean dry malts, honey and a well-rounded yeastiness. Some steely qualities here and there but no big deal. Smooth medium body...very mellow in many aspects, a little grassy in the aftertaste. Tolerably dry and moderately bitter. Laid back and very easy to drink.

wedge, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of bennetj17
4.13/5  rDev +2%

Bright gold color, clear, with massive carbonation throughout. Thick white foam on top, about 1/2 inch. Nice appearance. Grassy hops and earthy, herbal spiciness in the nose. Some light lemon zest is also in the mix. Pleasant and well-rounded.

The taste seems like a milder take on a Tripel, and perhaps a bit sweeter. Light spicy hops, clean citrus flavors. Very crisp with a medium bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is light but spritzy with a bit of creamy/foaminess.

This was very easy to drink, and thirst quenching for a hot summer day. Recommended...

bennetj17, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +2%

I have only had a few of the style but although different from my favorite American style these seem to have found a niche with me.Poured into a small tulip glass a hazed light golden with big blooming head leaving globs of lace as it settled very slowly.Big citrus notes in the nose very effervescent intertwined with some floral and yeasty tones very appetizing.Slightly phenolic(not something I really care for)and yeasty with a real herbalness and citric quality imparted from the hops good medium mouthfeel almost creamy in texture,it glides down quite easy and has nice hop flavors.

oberon, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of matjack85
4.13/5  rDev +2%

Comes in a small 350ml brown bottle with the freshness date notched at the bottom of the label. I don't know why Beer Advocate calls this Poperings Hommel Bier when every bottle I saw plus the actual picture of this bottle uploaded here clearly uses the word ale instead of bier, but in any case here is my review of it:

The pour produces a huge frothy white head that nearly consumed the entire ale glass, so be carefull with the pour. Once it settles down (which takes awhile), the beer takes on a pear yellow color with a tint of orange, and leaves an incredible amount of lacing on the glass. It's a really beautiful looking beer.

The smell is very faint, not much to it, but what there is of it smells like fruit, spices, and hops. While the smell of hops may be faint, the taste sure isn't. This beer is loaded with hops. It is actually a delicious mixture of sweet malts, citrusy fruits, and bitter hops with the hops being the predominant flavor.

Nice creamy mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation, and a dry and slightly alcoholic finish. Really easy to drink a bunch of these. A nicely crafted IPA which is a bit of a rarity in Belgium.

matjack85, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of atigerlife
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from a 11.2 oz into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a Light golden brown with orange hue. Opaque. Looks like light apple cider. Big, fluffy slightly off-white head that lasts forever. Great lacing. Small carbonation seen rising. Very interesting and beautiful to look at.

Aroma is sweet, fruits [pear, plums], malt and yeast.

Taste is very sweet, dartk fruits, citrus [orange peel]. No alcohol taste, which is surprising given the ABV. Dry at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy and cleansing. Creamy. Left my mouth quite dry at the end...not totally pleasant.

Overall, a very impressive brew. Very, very drinkable. I look forward to having more of this.

atigerlife, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

A - Orangish golden with a large head and thick rings of lacing.

S - Gumball and hay with some light maltiness. Not a lot going on here, but it isn't bad.

T - Slightly funky, horse blanket, I think it is actually spices combining to give this. It is rather sweet too. Aftertaste is somewhat funky with a musty straw flavor. Dissappointing and watery.

M - Smooth, thin to medium bodied, pretty refreshing.

D - Meh. This beer is lacking in flavor. It just strikes me as not being a full enough flavor - more like water with additives than a beer. I don't think I will have again.

mrasskicktastic, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of DESTRO
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

pours a cloudy golden color. small head. smells fruity, grassy. very "earthy". citrus. tastes a touch sour with grass/straw comming to mind. a little lemon here along with just the right amount of hops. first taste was a bit metallic, but this subsides. yeasty and just damn good. slick in the mouth, this is a fine brew. i am very impressed.

DESTRO, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of soulgrowl
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%

Appearance: Big, pearly, sparkly head with good retention stands tall above a smoggy golden brass body with a haze of fine, sandy sediment.

Smell: Mild, almost annoyingly so as I sniff around for nuances. Apple juice, some bready yeast, a touch of clovey phenols, alcohol, subdued earthy-peppery hops. I am underwhelmed.

Taste: Lightly spicy with hops and alcohol, with a pleasantly dry grape juicy/champagne malt character and some solid, estery/spicy hops that linger on in the finish along with an earthy tang of yeast. Not bad, but is this really a "Belgian IPA"? Seems to me that the hop level of this beer is not high enough to warrant the label. Makes for a decent pale ale, but this is a little disappointing as an IPA of any kind. But maybe my IBU-ometer is just off whack since I used to live on the West Coast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, chewable and clean. A bit rough, too, but in a good way.

Drinkability: Even though I'm pretty disappointed with this beer, it's still good. Certainly worth a try, but not worth all the hype, in my opinion.

soulgrowl, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured into a Hommel tulip goblet. Pouring a nice light orangish cloudy color, with a nice thick fluffy white head. Smells of sweet malts and small notes of hops. It tastes fantastic, a bit sweet, hiding the alcohol notes with bitterness. I guess Belgium is on their way to IPAs!

OWSLEY069, May 31, 2007
Photo of July2Nov
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%

A: Golden yellow w/ a nice lace that tends to hold throughout the life of the brew.
S: Has a natural smell (grass) with a hint of clove.
T&M: Crisp while being a bit sweet. Has a oh so slight bitter finnish followed by a citrus aftertaste.
D: Two would be tops for me on this one. Overall, a nice brew that is best taken in slow, minimal doses.

July2Nov, May 18, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.13/5  rDev +2%

Best before Oct. 2007.

Hazy murky golden middle with lemony edges and a tall, rocky, marshmallowy, bright white head. Very nice lacing. Spritzy lemons, lemongrass, sea air, sour brett-ish funk, honey biscuit malt, and yeast on the nose. Harkens to Orval. Soft, wheaty, fruity, lightly-sweet taste up front. Minty-herbal hops around the edge. Hop bitterness grows around traces of malty banana sugar. Funky hop finish with notes of sea air, vegetables, and Belgian yeast. Sparkly, active mouthfeel on a medium body. Not bad at all.

alexgash, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of psinderson
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%

Served on-tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in traditional glassware.

Appearance: Clear golden amber with a thick white head that sticks around. Some lacing.

Smell: Definitely yeasty with a bit of hops in the background.

Taste: Huge metallic taste in the first sip. Subsequent tastes have no metallic taste. From what I understand, this is the type of hps that is used (poperings). There is some flowery hops flavor and a mild bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a nice clean feel.

Drinkability: If you can stand the initial metallic taste, drinkability is pretty good.

psinderson, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of macpapi
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%

Found a 11, 2 bottle on sale for $2 at the local party store. A good find.

Poperings Hommel Bier pours a dark golden color with a nice white head and bubble activity. Good lacing as well.

Smells of yeast and some fruit. Hops are muted, but pleasantly notable.

Tastes sweet and fresh. There is a nice yeast presence and the finish of fruit. Also a bit of hop presence. Decent balance.

Mouthfeel is bitter and highly carbonated. Pretty full.

This is a very nice Belgian. The hoppiness makes it a bit distinct from others of that country. Also a good balance of fruit and yeast. Pleasant if not the most fantastic beer. For the price I'd definitely buy it again.

macpapi, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of jmc44
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured into a Hommel snifter-type glass. Pours a hazy orange-y color; slightly offwhite head that is an excellent lacer and is always present.

Aroma is of floral hops over hints of light citrus, earth, and fruit. Absolutely beautiful aroma. Very sweet.

Taste is a bit spicy, with some malty sweetness and bready flavors. The hops are well pronounced but do not overwhelm the palate or the other aspects of the beer. Pretty highly carbonated lends to the crisp finish, bringing along the hop bitterness. Very well done.

It's got a medium body, slick, with active carbonation.

Very drinkable.

An absolutely wonderful, unique beer. Very glad Zot had this when I stopped in the other night.

jmc44, Mar 04, 2007
Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.