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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

684 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 41
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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Photo of rrwiltse
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured nicely into tulip glass. Nice 1" head, stuck around for a while--HUGE bubbles! Pleasant orange color. Aroma was nearly non-existant. Good mix of citrus and spices, just a light, flavorful touch. Interesting and sour mouthfeel. A good beer, nothing great or special though. Worth a try, easy drinking.

rrwiltse, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of Bierschenker
2.85/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A slight misty blonde. First a large head with some big bubbles. Disappeared quite quickly, and left some thin white lacing, still with big bubbles. Some carbonation running through and yeast floating around.
Scent is bitter-sour. Smells a bit like dishwashing water.
Taste is very dry and sour, overpowering hops (bitter) (logical when you call your beer Hommel bier), quite sour, oxidising, lots of yeast.
Aftertaste is quite the same. Bitter hops and yeast.

Not really my kind of beer.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Bierschenker, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of granger10
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a semi hazy orangish yellow color with a medium foamy head. Moderate lacing and head maintains quite well. Aroma is Belgian spices and bitter flowers. Some yeast funk for sure. Citrus and honey round it out. I can tell I'm going to enjoy this beer. Taste follows suit. I get some of those bitter estery hoppy flavors right away. They maintain themselves nicely and provide a good balance to every other flavor that comes and goes. English toffee, pears, grapefruit, bananas, cloves, yeasty funk. It seems to come in that order and the flavors will mix and then one gets cut out. Alcohol comes towards the end and drives right through the hops and yeast. Nice little acidic finish rounds out the experience. This beer has a semi-bitter but moreso hoppy base and sweeter flavors on top until the end. I really enjoyed it and could drink quite a few of these in succession.

granger10, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz with notches on the label indicating best before 10/07 purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a tulip.

Bright brass under a tall head of white. Lively carbonation gives it strong retention. Lots of wispy lace.

Sweet and sour nose with sharp spices and some fruity esters and chalky yeast notes. Slight musty aroma in the background. Very nice.

Sharp and a bit tart upfront with leafy hops and a fruity middle that has a spicy edge. Enough malt flavors to keep everything in balance. Nice dry to puckering finish that retains some of the yeast flavors. Wow! I have to give this a five. It hits every note perfectly for the style.

Medium body. The carbonation gives it a lively mouthfeel. Exceptionally drinkable. I would like to do a side by side with this and La Fin du Monde. Highly recommended.

ypsifly, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of pio
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

large sized white head rests over an ashen active liquid. it bears very little chill haze. the well supported head becomes craggy and uneven. the foam sticks to the glass as if clinging for life, sometimes in chunks.
scents of light malts and earthy hops are predominant in the complex aroma of the beer. an intriguing spice and woody notes play along from the yeast esters, the hops or maybe wild yeast or barrel aging. a hint of burlap or mousiness is also noticeable but not unplesantly so. curacoa or lemon noted. my impressions are that it's like a wildflower perfume wafting from the field down into the cellar. it smells like a saison to me. inviting.
dry, light and active flavors and feelings permiate the palate with just a whisper of fruity sweetness that dries coyly and reveals mineral water and noble hop flavor. a zesty and slightly sour citrus flavor is evident. finishes with some herbal and woody bitterness, but not much.
plesant light body with sparkling, at times prickly, effervescence. the mouthfeel here plays critically i feel because the beer isn't packed with flavor and really needs to be flawless in this aspect. any chewiness or oiliness would be devastating to such a delicate balance.
a beauty of a beer, drinks like a saison and is very refreshing.
750ml caged and corked (watch those eyes).

pio, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of stouty1
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very Wit Beir'ish. I smell and taste citrus and corriander mixed a nice hoppy taste. Full head that lasted through half the beer and then dissapated to a nice ring around the rim with a fine lace across the top. There is a lot to this beer and I am happy I have tried it. Definitely worth another look or two!

stouty1, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured a brilliant copper color with a 2 finger head that sat nicely over top of the beer through the drink. Nose was spicey noble hop over a light spun sugar and caramel sweetness that I thought really worked well together. Flavor was light orange cirtus and spun sugar sweetness with a solid balance of herbal and spicey hop. Excellent balance and very clean. Feel was moderate with an amazingly fine carbonation that led to a silky smoothenss that I really liked. I found drinkability to be excellent. Balance was great and the noble hop character really worked well in this one. I'd like to see more hoppy beers made with this hop profile.

kmpitz2, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised that it's taken me til now to try this brew. A perfect summertime refresher. A lot of bold Witbier-like flavors with the wheat, corriander, orange, lemon, and buble-gum flavors and soft, velvet-ey texture. All this with that Belgian tart twant. Lightly sour, musky, earthy, and spicy. Much complexity for such a smooth and easy drinking beer. Very clean and crisp. I'll be drinking this one often.

BEERchitect, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of sloejams
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poperings Hommel has long been one of my girlfriend and I's most favorite Belgian Pales. It brings back memories of lazy weekend afternoons sitting on the patio of Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena. Tomorrow, the Belgian Beer Festival begins again at LBs, perfect timing for a bottle of this delicious nectar.

Firstly, I have to say that this beer is far better on draught. The bottled versions, or should I say - the bottled versions I've had - seem to stifle the taste a bit. The clean straw color is laced with a nice retaining head. The aroma is sweet - almond and vanilla notes. This one has a barnyard odor to it too - something unexpected.

The taste is fine, not as good as I remember but better than the smell woul indicate. Hopefully I can have this on draft again soon (Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Beer Festival?).

sloejams, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After previously having this on tap I'm interested to see how the bottle fares. Pours from the 11.2oz bottle a deep dark orange with a bountiful inch of craggly foam atop the brew. Strings of lacing decorate the glass as I inhale and get notes of sweet, fruity pale malts along with a hefty portion of herbal, grassy hops. The hops are really nice and vibrant, even a touch floral in the aroma.

First sip brings a crisp, pale fruity maltiness with a touch of graininess in there as well. Intertwined is a wonderful green, herbal hop presence that magnifies as it goes down. Hints of citrus and floral tones emerge. Wonderfully balanced with a great hop utilization. This is just a tasty brew all around.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Goes down easy and keeps me coming back for more. I wouldn't complain if this was produced in 750ml bottles! A hoppy Belgian brew that's well worth tracking down and trying.

orbitalr0x, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of GreenWBush
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poperings Hommel Bier loses its bottled shell with a spumous and unrelentingly giant head and sizzling carbonation. After a good four minutes the head finally settles down atop the shaded gold body. Intense and pasty lace adorns.

Nose is strongly wheaty with candi sugar and intensely yeasty aromas. Underneath (and at warmer temperatures) lurks apricots and slight suggestions of tangerines. Significantly fruitier than most BSPA's I enjoy, but not the wicked hop-bomb I might have hoped for.

On the palate, however, hops do leave their mark. Taste is sublime, somewhat akin to Orval without the Brett. Initially yeasty, the flavor emphasis shifts towards an almost cinnamon-esque flavor of combined alcohol and subdued floral hoppiness. An almost IPA-like afterglow.
Unlike 95% of the Belgians I experience and enjoy in small doses, I could drink this all day and night.

Mouthfeel is almost milky at first and finishes oil-coated hoppy. Addictably dry.

Get this now, if you even just remotely like BPA's. Wicked good, and shows Belgian-style brewers not to fear the hops.

GreenWBush, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Texashammer for hauling this bottle back from Belgium for me. You're the best, Jules.

Comes in a 250 ml bottle with pictures of hops on the label. So far, so good.

Pour this hazy orange brew into a chalice and immediately the lively carbonation begins to break free. There is a steady column of bubbles rising from the center of the glass. The nose is fruity in the familiar Belgian sense, featuring citrus and light spice. The first sip reveals strong fruity notes and a touch of earthy spices, which are soon chased by a robust hop bitterness. There are some organic/mineral elements in the aftertaste. Progressively the bitterness begins to move its way forward along the palate, but continues to camp out in a long, partly astringent finish that later gives way to a faint honey-like sweetness.

Despite its appearance, the carbonation level does not reach an unpleasant level or impart any harshness. Rather, it serves to carry the bitterness through to the finish in the midst of what is on the whole a mostly easy, rounded mouthfeel.

With this beer, it seems that the hops serve mostly to provide bitterness rather than flavor. This is fine, since the Belgians are rather adept at dosing their brews with all manner of interesting and harmonious flavor elements. In the case of Poperings Hommel, I'm glad to see that Van Eecke has managed to combing strong, focused bitterness with fruit, spice, and a lingering sweetness, resulting in a most enjoyable, ever-evolving beer.

VoodooBrew, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of texashammer
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

out of the bottle, pours a pale golden orange in color with a good thick lasting rocky head, a little meringue-like. good Belgian hops in the nose, like Orval. crisp hops in the mouth but not bitter. Belgian yeast, alcohol, and a drying finish. light and quick mouthfeel leaves a little lacking, but a good and very unique Belgian beer.

texashammer, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of maxpower
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle pours a hazy orange color with a nice off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Flowery, citrus aromas, citrus, honey and pear flavors. Medium bodied with a soft and smooth mouthfeel, finishes dry with some bitterness, very drinkable for the alcohol content.

maxpower, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Middle of the road Belgian Ale. Pours out to a foggy golden color with a large white foam head. Good lacing in the glass. Higher level of carbonation. Aromas of sweet grain and clove, with a touch of lemony citrus. Nice. Taste was well balanced; starts off with flavors of dry malts, followed by a massive presence of spice and hops. Finished slighlty sweet and smooth. Mouthfeel was good, but could've had more "umph" to it, for lack of a better term. Drinkability was around average. Not bad. Worth a try.

Frozensoul327, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of Absumaster
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The name of the beer is free translated, hop beer from Poperinge, which is the area in Belgium where most hops are grown. The centre point of this beer is obviously hop.
Orange color, stabile head and lots of carbonation
Taste: This beer is dominated by lots of hop aroma, bitter, slight caramel and medium body, resiny. Aftertaste is fresh, slight metal (iron), hops.

All together a very good beer if you like hops!

Absumaster, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle. This beer pours out brownish yellow with a dense, rocky head. The aroma is sweet and malty with yeast and lemon zest. The flavor is somewhat malty with a sweet candy taste. Fruit and spice come in to give this beer a delicious, complex flavor. Very hoppy for the style. Mouthfeel is medium. This beer is really addictive. I would love to try this on tap.

beveragecaptain, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of wl0307
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted this beer on tap last week at the Beer Circus, East Croydon, London. The strength is 6.0%, slightly weaker than the bottled version.

A: in a weissbier glass it pours a slightly hazy, dark golden hue, with beautiful, slowly-ascending fizz like a sparkling-wine, and a very very thin, white neck full of fine bubbles, leaving nice and tight layers of lacing along the way.
S: lightly spiced, profound and deep-running honeyish, date or date-cake, figs, lightly sweetish malts, lightly caramelised sugar... overall an extremely fruity note against a malty body and spicy hop aroma~~ extremely pleasant...
T&M: creamy texture of mixed malt and spicy hop flavour upfront, followed immediately by fruit ester and an almost woody kind of yeasty taste. A more spicy flavour sneaks through, decorated with a sweetish orange-zesty flavour. Some sugary touch reveals in the end, whereas the dryish hoppy edge is also well-retained. The mouthfeel is lively as well as creamy, as a result of mix of neat hops, charming malts plus a stiumalting spicy kick.
D: overall, despite its softer aroma than the bottled version, this well-balanced hoppy blond ale is excellent on tap. Refreshing, quaffable, yet also complex and flavoursome. Extremely drinkable!

wl0307, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as a subsitute at no extra charge. Best before date 04/06. Pours a cloudy yellow/orange. There's a nice fluffy white head, tons of lacing afterwards. Scent is of sweet hops, The taste is sweet with a slight bitterness aftertaste. Light to medium body. This is an exceptioinal ale with a great drinkability factor.

Wasatch, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange amber, huge head forms, lots of lace. Smell is sweet and malty, spices, hope and orange peel. The taste is malty and spicy, lots of hop presence, clean bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pretty full, nice carbonation, very smooth and dry. Tasty beer, one to try.

Viggo, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy peach colour tiny, yeasty particles throughout. This was topped by a fluffy, bright white head that settled quickly and produced plenty of lace. Complex aroma, quite malty and slightly vinous with a bit of apple fruitiness. Lemony citrus also added some depth, along with floral hops and a distinct yeast character. The bitterness was balanced slightly on the high side and became one of the dominant components in the finish. Still, there's some sugary sweetness and spice, but overall the flavour was quite mild. Along with bitterness, the off-dry finish had a nice peppery character. Moderately light body with some residual sugar that gave it a syrupy texture. Carbonation was on the high side and was maintained throughout. A tasty Belgian, fairly mild overall and surprisingly hoppy. Definitely one to try. Thanks Viggo!

DrJay, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of rajendra82
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came in 330 ml. brown bottle with a notched in best by date of April 2006. After popping the cap, I immediately noticed how active the carbonation was, as the beer formed a head in the bottle neck! After pouring in an oversized wine glass, the head was tall and crowning similar to Duvel, with the underlying beer clear golden pale amber in color but clouded up after the yeast introduction. The aroma was rather mild with sweet fruity malt (banana, peach), sugar, earthy yeast, and spicy and floral hops. The taste was exactly as initially indicated by the nose, with the malt, sugar, yeast, and hops in a delicate balance. Taste was like a concentrated witbier with above average level of hops. Celery and pepper like spicy hints in the aftertaste. Alcohol was quite well hidden, which made it much easier to drink than most other 7.5% ABV beers. A subtle and sneaky pleasure, well suited for a hot summer day.

rajendra82, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dont think there is any way to improve the appearance of this beer. Rich Frothy head with sticky lacing, Beautiful Orange slightly cloudy. Looks like a meal.

Smells spicy/fruit with hops in the background

Tasted like it smells with a hint of hops but well balanced with the spiced fruitiness and a bit of a grain/dry finish. Killer. This would be a great daily type beer. Its complex enough to keep your interest time and time again. Very smooth . No harshness whatsoever. Like most imports the price can be too much for daily consumption at 3.50 for a 11.2 oz bottle. Highly recomended if you can find it.

DogFood11, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large bottle caged and corked, that my wife returned from Belgium with, nice job. This one opens with a burst of energy and pours with the same spirit. Spritsy and livley. Light apricot in color and yeasty cloudy. The large head is snow white, dissolving to a thick film and leaving fine but slippery lacing. Nose here is citrusy and maybe a hint of pepper. this is a fine, yeasty, lemony, tasty and lively brew. Fruity and crisp up front and then balanced by citric drying hops, yum. Fine summer sipper. well worth a try.

Billolick, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on 30 Jun 05 Best by date; 17/03/07 (500ml brown bottle).
Appearence: hazy light amber to yellow body with yeast sediment under slightly off-white head.
Smell was hops (not surprisingly as 3 different hops used) with trace of honey.
Taste: somewhat floral and hoppy with a little rust, quite nice.
Mouthfeel pretty good making this a nice quaffable beer. It is also easily available to me in Dublin (€3.15 for 0.5L) so I get this once in a while.

Note: the label for English-speaking Europe says Poperings Hommel Beer (as apposed to hommel ale shown in BA picture), otherwise the same label.

JohnfromDublin, Jun 30, 2005
Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
89 out of 100 based on 684 ratings.