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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Ratings: 710
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 43
Gots: 49 | 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 dotlikeimpact
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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...

Photo of Cresant
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of Suds
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of Beeryce
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of ElGordo
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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

Poured a dirty cloudy orange with a huge thick creamy head, great retentention and lacing.

Smell is full of yeast and spices with some lemon and a touch of herbal hops.

Taste has a strong bit of yeast flavor with some pepper and clove spice flavors, with a bit of citrus and mild green hop flavor and a mild mustiness. Very much like other belgian pales, only laking some of the usual sweetness. A nice hoppiness, but not at all bitter.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a very dry finish.

A nice diversion from the norm, light and easy to drink, will enjoy more of these in the future.

Photo of instrumentality
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

During Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Fest II earlier this year, I invited a buddy along and he let me order his beers for him. After selection a couple "must haves," I went out on a limb and ordered one I had never heard of for each of us. I had the Duchesse du Bourgeone, he had the Popperings Hommel Ale. I was not too fond of my choice, but the couple sips I had of his tasted great. This will be the first time I've had one to myself.

This beer had a ridiculous amount of carbonation, as evidenced by its rapid escape from the bottle as soon as the cap was popped. However, I only lost maybe 1/4 to 1/2 of an ounce, so I wasn't too heartbroken. My Stone IRS tulip glass ended up being filled with about half liquid and half fluffy foam that took quite awhile to settle down to a lumpy lace. The liquid itself was somewhere between a golden and apricot color and was very bubbly and cloudy.

The odor was a mix of malt, biscuit, clove, and lemon. I waited a few minutes, sniffed again, and detected a bit of peach as well (and consequently bumped the smell rating up from a 3.5 to a 4).

The first sip was a bit abrasive. It had the flavor and the sting of pine needles, a bit of citrus and clove, and a lot of malt. No more peach was evident at this point.

Relative to what I've been drinking lately, 7.5% ABV doesn't seem like a whole lot, but I could definitely taste the alcohol in this one, and it burned a bit. Further sips didn't change my opinion much, although gradually, I began to detect what tasted of carob.

I don't know if this beer is just that much better on tap or if my palate was just happier making the adjustment from the Duchess to this vs. coming in clean, but I wasn't all that impressed. Despite the initial attack of alcohol and pine, it's pretty easy to drink, but the flavor doesn't really suit my tastes.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange in color with a large rocky white head. Sheets of lacing.

Smell is citrusy with underlying spice. Hoppy and to a lesser degree, medicinal.

Taste is hoppy with yeasty spiciness. Bready grainy malt. Finish is crisp and quite dry with lingering herbal medicinal qualities.

Mouthfeel has an unusual airy softness to it.

Overall a drinkable, but not outstanding brew. I had expected more flavor and complexity from a Belgian. I would recommend giving it a try.

Photo of dogfooddog
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is one of my favorite belgian blond beers, though I have not had it in at least 2 years. pours a light orange, very active carbonation in the glass

nose is very citrusy, subtle hints of pepper beneath, and maybe some character of the yeast as well.

taste is not as i recall, but in any event it is somewhat bitter hops up front, this fades out to an even more bitter finish. also present are some initial sweetness and citrus flavor, though that is dominated by the hops quite quickly. I do not recall this being so bitter in the finish, but in this case it certainly is.

however, further into the bottle my palate seems to adjust and the bitterness fades into a grassy yeasty taste, much more pleasant imho, and more like what i expected...

well maybe not as great as I remember, but in any event this and watou triple are 2 great beers imho.

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

Pours a really nice off white head, couple inches thick, into tulip. Lacing is awesome, sticks in strata around the glass, measuring your progress.

Smells of grains and spices. A little wet grassy, which lowers it from a five. Very complex.

The only part of the beer I didn't like as much. I thought the alcohol was way too apparent. Bitterness mixes in with hops and big carbonation. The dryness at the end wore on me, although the hop-malt character was terrific. Overall, I thought it was slightly unbalanced, but still had enough Old World charm to win me over.

More hops than I'm used to in a Belgian, and though I loved XX Bitter, I didn't take to this one quite the same. I'll definitely need to try another.

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The head is white and fairly thick, color is cloudy and brownish gray. The lacing is strong. The smell is fruity, sour, has apple, and a slight lemon, and wheaty body. Taste is a lemony sour that's not too sour. A little wheaty and a little bitter. Feels very carbonated and not too impressive. Overall it was OK to try, and I could get used to it, but it's too expensive to get used to it right now.

Photo of MiScusi
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap and served up in a fairly thin tulip. Appearance was a kinda light yellow mixed with gold, with a white fluffy head. Aroma was of sour yeast and small amounts of hops.

The taste contained a little hop bitterness that combined with the sour yeast. Carbonation was light. I was expecting a little more of a punch with this strong belgian pale ale. Its an interesting, although maybe not great combination of flavors present in this pale ale. Wouldn't call it bad though, I would have it again.

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle in a glass tulip goblet.

Appearance - Has a thick bubbly head that lingers for a long time. The color is a very dull and slightly hazy straw-like orange. The head eventually dissipates to a half finger silky head.

Smell - The smell is fairly bland compared to most Belgian ales I've had. I smell caramel, a slight alcohol burn on the nose, but not much. It is slightly fruity and floral, but not nearly as pronounced as most other Belgians. Medium scent of lemony hops, with a hint of the malt far in the background.

Taste - The flavor also falls behind other Belgians, unfortunately. This tastes very close to the typical American micro-brew ale, which is not bad, but not a traditional Belgian ale. Anyway right up front, I can taste caramel flavorings, a hint of the lemony hops, and a medium malty flavor that ends the sip and lingers in your mouth (until the next sip, that is!).

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is medium-high, but defintely not too much. The beer is smooth and velvety in the mouth.

Drinkability - High. This is one of the most tame Belgian ales I've had. It is a good brew, no doubt, but certainly lacking the intense flavor and complexity that, say, a St. Bernardus Tripel or Duvel has. Accordingly the drinkability is high. This stuff is very easy to drink, folks.

Overall I'm not too impressed with this ale. It's just a bit too...light, for my liking. It is a good beer, however, but far from the best.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-tinged golden color with a big soapy head that retains very well. Plenty of bubbles march up the glass, lots of different columns bubbling up at lots of different speeds. Sticky patches of lace were left on the sides of the glass. There's even a nice haze caused by almost-invisible specks of sediment. This one just looks tremendous.

Aroma brings a honey-like sweetness, rich hoppiness and wheaty earthiness to the nose.

The hops bitterness overrides the sweet candylike maltiness that's also present. What helps distinguish this from other beers is the essence of the bitterness. Its aged, woody, peppery smack upside the tastebuds would seem to be an acquired taste, and shows the hops bittering working in a slighty different manner than the norm.

Letting this warm helps bring out florals, spices and fruity sugars, giving it the balance that makes it taste best.

Mouthfeel is thin but not watery, carrying a good bit of crisp and zing thanks to the very excited carbonation.

Yet another beer that gives me reason to hold the Belgians on a pedestal above all others. And one of the more unusual ones, considering it's very hopped up yet also a few steps left-of-center from the typical hoppy beers we know and love.

Photo of Sigmund
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

250 ml bottle, bought in Frederikshavn, Denmark. Slightly hazy pale golden colour, large head. Nice hoppy aroma, some yeasty and wheaty notes too, hints of citrus and pineapple. Flavour has dominant hoppy notes but not much else, relatively tart and bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden, a refreshing beer despite its strength.

Photo of brushpig
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a 11oz bottle at the hopleaf bar in Chicago in a hommelbier tulip glass

Yellow hazy appearance with a white foamy head that left quickly.

The aroma was full a spices, hops and sweet fruit. Not like a lot of belium strong pale ales.

The taste was surprising, very hoppy, with peppers and a nice well balenced sweetness.

This a beer that is very drinkable even with a high ABV.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a hazy yellow-orange with thick white head that lingered with good lacing throughout the glass. Aroma was a mix of floral and clover, with hints of fruit, maybe oranges. Taste somewhat spicy at first, and the 7.5% alcohol was well hidden. As beer warmed at mid-glass, taste became more honey sweet. Had a good finish. Surprisingly good, smooth, tasty beer.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into hotel room glasses. This beer looked awesome, hazy golden liquid with thick clouds of foam and lots of carbonation.

The smell is similar to Saison DuPont, spicy and grassy. The taste is a little more hoppy than other Belgian pale ales I've tried, hinted at by the picture of a hops farm on the bottle...

Cool stuff, maybe not worth $3.50 per bottle when I can get a more flavorful St Bernardus Tripel at that price. But nice anyway.

Photo of WetCoaster
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very deep gold, almost orange. A loose, fizzy head. Short retention. Gets sticky and lacey. A bit cloudy.

Smell: Floral and sweet, but surprisngly hoppy and spicy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sort of a Belgian pilsner. The usual suspects are in the lineup -- yeast funk, a fruity sweetness -- but a bracing hop bitterness comes in and cleans house. How about that? Mouthfeel is heavier than you might expect, but still reasonably crisp.

Drinkability: Top-notch; great Belgian flavors, but the dry hoppiness removes any cloying sweetness or syrupy heaviness. Liked it.

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

750ml. corked green bottle with a best before: notched "C" 10-07 on front label. It pours a honey orange-amber with a two-finger bubbly white head. The head dwindles quickly to a surface film with some decent lacing initially.

Sweet corriander, fruity and spicy with a peppery finish. The smell is typically Belgian...very distinctive.

Sweet and spicy, floral fruity malt flavor filled with corriander that lends to a bubblegum turning bitter, as the hops take over the finish. Very tasty brew that smells and starts out sweet, then quickly turns crisp and bitter. Spicy bitter aftertaste, peppery and hoppy.

The mouthfeel smooths as it warms a bit, lots of body for a pale and a fair amount of alcohol that warms gently. Very easy to drink and a solid Belgian strong pale ale that's a treat, for sure!

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

Tasted at my new favorite Chicago bar, Hopleaf.

Served in a tulip glass, this brew came to the table a rich, hazy yellow-orange in color with a decent-sized white head. Aroma of spices, wheat, herbs, and some light fruit elements.

Very, very crisp and peppery-dry (is that a hint of cumin?), this makes a nice quaff along side moules and a a well-spiced steak frites. There's an awful lot to like about this beer.

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

Another beer purchased in Belfast ME. Pours hazy orange/brown color with a thick head that vanishes slowly/ Smells a bit citrusy. Tastes quite different like dried fruit, hops, a bit of citrus. A lot less sweet than I've had from other Belgians. Mouthfeel is pretty good, a little thin but not watery. Overall a very enjoyable and differnt tasting Belgian Ale. Only $1.99 a bottle, must get more soon.

Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, goldenrod body shimmering with tiny bubbles of carbonation. Tall white head settles into a fine meringue with excellent retention and lavish patch lacing. Aroma is herbal and grassy, lending an outdoorsy, almost saison note. White pepper, mint, and herbal spring flowers are complimented by a hint of wild honey. Nice!
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, silky, with lively carbonation.
Taste is dry and hoppy bitter with pepper, mint, and herbs. A touch of honey provides balance. Dry and herbal, almost like a saison.
Clean and refreshing. Quite impressive. This is consistently one of my favorite Belgian ales, whether from a tap or bottle.

Photo of haz77
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy gold with particles of yeast floating in it. Lively, large bubbles of carbonation at first and a foaming head which drops to form a thin layer, leaving behind some lacing.

S - Plenty of esters, cloves and some phenols.

T - Crisp and refreshing at first, ester come through then a medicinal and metallic flavour. Finishes bitter and dry with some alcohol warmth. Disappointing.

M - Medium body and fairly high carbonation at first, but it diminished quickly. Smooth.

D - Goes down easily, but I'd choose several other beers in the style first. I'll try it again at a later date.

Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.