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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 42
Gots: 43 | 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 ChainGangGuy
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of errantnight
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of Big78CJ
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Estarrio
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
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!

Photo of blakesell
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.32/5  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.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of AlexJ
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of geexploitation
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of marcpal
2.76/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.36/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Photo of brendan13
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mdagnew
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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....

Photo of IPAcraig
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of goschool
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wedge
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bennetj17
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of matjack85
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of atigerlife
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.54/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.