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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 43
Gots: 51 | 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 GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.


Photo of vwcraig
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of EPICAC
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of malty
4.46/5  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.

Photo of brentk56
3.94/5  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

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.

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Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
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