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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Ratings: 679
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 41
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V. visit their website

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 atigerlife
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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

mrasskicktastic, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of DESTRO
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 08, 2007
Photo of psinderson
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 31, 2007
Photo of jmc44
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of shivtim
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange/ deep straw color. Huge and dense foamy off-white head. Some chunky little swimmers, too. Nice!
Nose is yeasty citrus with slightly earthy and hoppy notes. Taste is heavy malts and bread up front, followed by nice hoppy oranges and a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is above average, and drinkability is good.

shivtim, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of montageman
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip. This beer has some massive head, incredible lacing, and is a gorgeous cloudy orangish apple cider color. It looks like a treat - very nice. Smell is complex - citrus (orange, lemon), some floral qualities, sour apple, and a little bit of bread. There is a very subtle citrus character in the taste along with nuanced hop notes along with a very nice dry finish. This is complex, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is crisp - there's lots of carbonation here, but it could use some more, maybe? I could drink a lot of this - a great beer. This is my first Belgian IPA review & I am totally impressed. Highly Recommended.

montageman, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle dated 4/06.

Pours a hazed golden-orange color with a fluffy white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Nice fruity and yeasty aroma with mild malt tones and a light hop smell.

Taste is mildly bready and fruity upfront with a slight malt taste. Leads into a medium bitterness and subdued hop flavor. Fairly bland.

Medium body, zippy carbonation.

Drinkable and completely forgettable. Maybe a bit past it's prime, but certainly not old. I'd give it a try again if I found a very fresh bottle or found it on tap.

MaltyGoodness, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Hommelbier tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a meringue-like one finger cap of foam. Large sheets of lace stuck to the glass.

S: Earthy floral aroma that leads into aromas of honey, mild citrus, clove, yeast, and grassy hops.

T: Flavors of grain, honey, clementines, clove, belgian yeast, biscuts, pepper, flower petals, and hoppy grass clippings. Unbelievably interesting flavor profile!

M: Smooth and creamy. The rather carbonated nature of this beer doesn't at all detract from the mouthfeel. Oily and slick but not syrupy. Just about perfect.

D: Off the chart! There are so many different and interesting flavors and aromas in this beer almost anyone can find something to love here. Seriously. All of the various layers of this beer compliment each other so well. This is Van Eecke's grandslam beer.

GbVDave, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful sunshiny hazy orange pour with a giant, very long-lasting head and great lacing.

Smells like somewhat run of the mill Belgian yeast and spice. No hint of alcohol. Not especially complex or intense, but solid.

Tastes like aged fruit complexities up front, moving into a whitepeppery yeast spice and ending on a nice kick of fruity Belgian yeast that taste like a combination of tangerines and Juicy Fruit gum.


mynie, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of vwcraig
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before on bottle was notched 4/06
Poured a cloudy and sediment filled hazy orange. Bright white rocky head that lasted to the end. Lively carbonation with tiny bubbles. Smells of sourish white grapes and a crisp grassy hop smell. Tastes like it smells but with a light metallic aftertaste. Very similar to Westvleteren Blond. Exceptional mouthfeel with the tiniest bubbles on tongue. Very drinkable and refreshing. Decent value compared to the Westy and more available too.

vwcraig, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap with an excellent meal at Aba-Jour in Ghent.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden with an orange tint. A thick, white head slowly fades leaving sheets of lace.

Smell: Fruity with hints of bananas and light citrus with peppery spice to match. Swirling brings out aromas of grassy hops.

Taste: Fruity and sweet with some citric tartness upfront, which is met by a peppery bite in the center. The finish has a moderate hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied, highly carbonated with a bit of oiliness from the hops.

Drinkability: A fine beer, nice balance bewteen "Belgian" flavors and hoppiness.

EPICAC, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of malty
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This baby is fresh as the label has best before 10-07 notched.

Pours a partly cloudy straw yellow color with a dense 1" white head with visible racing carbonation. Beautiful craggy lacework.

Scents of bright citrus & vanilla crème are dominant. After I swirl my 8 oz. trumpet shaped tasting glass I get a hint of faint rustic spices and a tad smidgen of that good ol' Belgian farmhouse funk. Some people, I believe, call it 'horse blanket'' maybe? Since I'm a city boy, I don't have an intimate knowledge of this.

Ahhh, I've been waiting for this... The flavors are very simplistic at first; bready maltiness and a clean, slightly citrusy hoppiness. As the flavors make it down the gullet, the hops really make their mark; gritty and dry with a white pepper component - very interesting. There's ever-so-gentle warmth provided by the stealthy 7.5% abv. A slight sweetness contrasts nicely against the fresh and rustic hop profile.

Mouthfeel is splendid. Medium baody with a yeasty presence and ultra fine carbonation at a very playful level, keeping the dryness of the hops and gentle sweetness of the malt dancing through the long flavorful finish.

Drinkability is through the roof. I'm a fan of this beer and this is the first time I've tried it.

Overall a fantastic ale. It's got all the qualities of a graceful Triple with a little less sweetness that's replaced by a multi dimensional hop ensemble that makes this ale sing. It's quite a simple and subtle hand on one hand yet very complex and ambiguous on the other. Whatever face it's wearing tonight, I'm in love with it.

malty, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a bounteous head that lasts forever and deposits sheets of lace down the side of the chalice

Smell: Tangerine aroma with a distinct yeasty character; slightly perfumy

Taste: Opens with a peppery, hoppy character that has a touch of honey to it; mid-palate the honey and yeasty qualities build; after the swallow there is a biscuit flavor that is then subsumed by an earthy hops element that provides a dry finish; peppery aftertaste that detracts, however

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: A complex and quite different Belgian ale; worth trying for sure

brentk56, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of dotlikeimpact
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into the indefatigueable imperial pint glass.

Pours a yellow color with a good pure white head, chunky head characteristics, and good retention.

Smell is honestly not that great, some light malt, thats about it.

Taste is another matter entirely though. Sublte malt sweetness upfront with a great back of the throat hop profile. Damn this beer has hops! Good hoppy finish.

Overall this is not as good as some hoppy belgians (chouffe houblon, de ranke anything) but this still makes for a very enjoyable beer. Good profile the whole way round, just wish is was cheaper or had more balls, either or really...

dotlikeimpact, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Dated best before 10/07. Body was a slightly hazy golden apricot with a cap of soapy white head. The label was a niceillustration of a hops field.

Smell was pears and candy sugar. Earthy, spicy hops.

Taste was hops and Belgian yeast. Well balanced for a Belgian strong pale ale (I usually think of them being heavier and sweeter). Crispy with a bitter, dry aftertaste. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel was fizzy with a body falling on the light side of medium. Very nice beer.

Cresant, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of Suds
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew has a brilliant white head, filled with large bubbles, and a long-lived consistency. The beer has a clean and slightly sweet smell. I expected a more pronounced hop aroma, given the label. There’s certainly a little herbal and floral hop aroma, it’s just a little subdued. There’s a little citrus, yeast, and certainly a little caramel in the smell as well. The taste is clean, sweet, and a little peppery. There’s some yeast, and a little fruit as well. The spice and phenolic character stands out as you drink this brew. The finish is a little more hoppy than the rest of the brew, but there’s not a lot of bitterness. This is an interesting and straightforward beer. The hops are restrained, but that’s okay with me.

Suds, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle. Leaves a two plus finger head with excellent retention and excellent lacing. Body is a hazy gold. Looks great.

Smell - cloves, biscuity malt, saltine crackers, and spicy, herbal hops.

Taste - like the smell. Grassy, herbal hops, with malt biscuits and saltine crackers.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, some hop oil slickness, somewhat dry.

Drinkability - this is good, but not great.

ultralarry2006, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of Beeryce
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken while tasting this beer at Belgian Beer Café in Rio de Janeiro. Expertly poured from tap into Hommel goblet by “Bartender”; I put bartender in quotes and capitalized because the guy knows exactly how each beer they have on tap should be poured.

This beer has a wonderful dark golden-honey color with a creamy-white thick head that produces exquisite lacing. The nose is a fruity pungent alcohol that fades in its fruitiness to reveal a musty malty character.

The taste and mouthfeel are very nice, it is some how both thick and light at the same time. Each sip seams to start out light in taste, then melds to a spicy tongue coated flavor sensation. The aftertaste however is the best part, leaving a long-lasting buttery essence. As with the nose, the malty characteristics become more evident in taste as the beer warms with the hoppy brightness/spiciness fading.

This beer has great drinkabilty despite its high alcohol content. It’s pure Belgian, a beer to be sipped and enjoyed with each taste to be lingered on and pondered. I definitely want to try this one again before I return to the U.S., as where I live beer like this is damn hard to come by.

Beeryce, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 330ml capped bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a slightly cloudy golden color with orange highlights, topped by a bubbly stark white head that recedes quickly, leaving a bit of pretty lacing in its wake. Aroma of sweet Euro malt, herby Belgian yeast, and spicy Euro hops. Notes of pineapple, grass, and a touch of clove peek through. Palate is mainly semi-sweet, lightly fruity pale malt, with a muted presence of Euro hops and a touch of grass hanging around somewhere in there. Body is substantial enough to firmly hold the alcohol content, but can be foamy on the swallow if you're not careful. I don't know, I guess I was expecting more out of this beer. Not bad, but not something I'll go for very frequently.

ElGordo, Oct 19, 2006
Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.