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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

651 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 36
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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downes51

Cyprus

3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review sample is from the large 75cl bottle. You get a wired cork which, in this batch at any rate, is quite hard to remove.

The appearance is excellent, clear, light orange with lots of foam. I would have given a 5 were it not for the murky yeast colouration you get towards the bottom of the bottle. Maybe the smaller bottles don't do that. The taste is pleasant enough, but with a slightly metallic after-taste which I did NOT take to at all.

Overall, I thought this beer was a little better than average but not deserving of some of the more enthousiastic previous reviews.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 14:25:47 | More by downes51
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a very light copper color with three heaping fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is very spicy and very hoppy. Lots of pepper and even some funk under a bed of hops. The taste is very odd. Some spices stick out, like pepper and ginger. Then there's the hops, which give it a good amount of bitterness. There's a touch of funk to the taste as well on the finish. It's very complex. The mouthfeel is frisky on the tongue, with good carbonation and thickness. The drinkability is good for a 7.5% brew as well. A unique beer that everyone must try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2005 03:28:50 | More by SheepNutz
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inebrius

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I could spend paragraphs just describing the funky shriveled white morel head that floats upon the surface of this hazed ginger juice, but I'll spare the casual reader--if there happens to be one--and store the image in my special place. A delicate bouquet of jessamine lollypops, honey and rich fruit cream-based desserts fill the nose before the velvety liquid washes across the tongue bringing a wave of maple sap supped from Autumn leaf. Soothing and sensual and now a clot of foam has dislodged from the liquid to adhere on pint sides and I think there is something furry morphing inside it.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 06:08:02 | More by inebrius
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice foamy head. Slightly floral aroma. Juicy chewy Yeasty medium mouthfeel. Nice Belgian pale. Nice Belgian anything. Sweet more than bitter, I like lemon. Drinkable. Satisfying way to Clean the palate. Could have another sometime. Thanks Radek for sharing. Had again ontap at Monk's, it was ust as good, more yeast in taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2005 04:46:50 | More by Sammy
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cerevisiaephilus

Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely gorgeous beer. A stunning pale orange color with streaming jets of carbonation building up a massive frothy snow cap of a head. Really beautiful. Leaves a very nice lacing on the glass as well. Crystal clear even after a trip from the store threatened to stir up the yeast.

Nice nose. Not as intense as I expected but still quite pungent. Nice fresh sharp herbal hops...very pleasant...noble hops I imagine...maybe Styrian though? Don't think its Saaz. I think Hallertaur or Spalt or something along those lines. Also get some nice candi sweetness and maybe just a hint of Belgian yeast character...just a touch fruity.

Really wonderful flavor. Really really fantastic. Incredibly thirst quenching. Very nice citrusy floral herbaly hops in the front. Very intense flavors but not super bitter. Definately a more subdued citral character than American hops may impart. Kind of a hard bitterness lingers in the finish under your tongue. Not perfect but its a nice feature of this beer. Very nice light candi flavors too with just a hint of belgian fruityness in the mid palette. .

Very nice light body. Very light and this is emphasized by the fairly heavy carbonation. But makes for a very refreshing beer.

I could drink this all night and I think after I bought the case BLIND today at the beer yard, I'm not going to be shy about hitting several of these up tomorrow on Xmas eve!!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2004 00:47:06 | More by cerevisiaephilus
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GClarkage

California

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/13/04- Purchased at Belltramo's Wine and Spirits in Menlo Park, CA

Presentation- 11.2 oz bottle with a 2004 experation date (or born on) don't know which. Poured into my Maredsous abbey glass.

Appearance- Absolutely huge head. One of the all time largest I have seen. Nice cloudy golden color with perfect lacing.

Smell- Very sweet smell with lots of spices in the background.

Taste- Damn, was expecting a bit better. Tastes a bit medicinal and metallic at the same time. Thins out while consuming and taste gets a bit better towards the end as it warms more. Wondering if my bottle is a bit old. Not horrible tasting, just a bit strange. A taste I wasn't expecting.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation level. A creamy finish and easy swallow.

Drinkability- May have to try another one of these to make sure I didn't get a bad one. Otherwise, a decent beer with a bit of an odd taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2004 00:23:01 | More by GClarkage
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rkhaze

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a big, large bubbled head. The head got chunky as it fell and left sparse lacing.
Smells of sweet malt, spicy floral hops, a bit of orange citrus fruits and a tart lemony yeast aroma.
Taste was the same as the smell but it was sweeter on the palate.
The sweet pale malt segued into the citrus fruits and finished with a pleasant floral bitterness and a refreshing yeast presence. Clean and fresh tasting with a good balance of flavors. Outstanding!
Light bodied with a thin but creamy mouthfeel and loads of carbonation.
The 7.5% abv was non existent. Scary drinkability that was only hindered by the sweetness. Great job!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2004 00:36:12 | More by rkhaze
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Beer Circus in Croydon, London.

This beer poured a clear, golden amber color with white foam that settled to a steady film that coated the glass. The smell was fruity and spicy and malty. The taste was sweet and sugary with some spice (coriander?), a bit of hoppiness, and a good malty backbone. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and modest carbonation. The aftertaste was hoppy with a sweet fruitiness. This was an interesting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2004 05:26:21 | More by UncleJimbo
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paterlodie

Belgium

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comming from near Poperinge this beer should have something.... hops!

Great appearance with great head and a nice golden colour.

Smell: hoppy, yeasty; great!

Taste: dry, little malt and fresh, maybe missing a lilte body.

Aftertaste: nicely bitter; not overwelming though.

A beer from which you can drink more then one and always a good choice in a bar! Not having the absolute hoptouch though wich it gives on the label!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 15:08:13 | More by paterlodie
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mzwolinski

California

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkish cloudy organe in color with a pillowy off-white head and a persistent lace. Light spiciness to the nose with a fruity, citric hop boquet. Moderate-full in the mouth, slightly creamy in texture but well-carbonated. The pale malt has a restrained fruitiness which emerges with warmth. Mid-palate develops a slightly bready character which, when combined with the spicy finish, gives this beer just the slightest hint of a gingerbread cookie character. Nicely bitter finish, spicy hops with hints of orange peel. A fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2004 01:20:44 | More by mzwolinski
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sandy yellow-grapefruit, flecked with yeast floaters. The bone colored head has rise and stick to spare.
Aromatic of honeyed kiwis, peppercorns, and lemony hop.
Begins with a brief pale malt crispiness, then onward unto tropical fruits. Pineapples, mangoes, and, again, kiwis, all seemingly glazed with a brown sugar crust. Assertively spicy midway with notations of thyme, pepper, and clove. Gains heft late, with a flaked maize and dilute spiced rum impression of heat. Withered hop closer. Bitterness is minimal, but there a suggestion of fibrous stalks and grapefruit rinds.
Medium in body and seems to grow as it warms. It's a bit gooey towards the finish, though its airy otherwise. Nonetheless, this is a fine, drinkable ale with a good amount of flair.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2004 01:44:06 | More by cokes
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at De Dulle Griet in Ghent.

Appearance: Opaque, yellow/orange with thick, lacy white head.

Smell: Definately hoppy, with a little bit of apple esters. A great change of pace here in Belgium.

Taste: Went down really crisp, with a little coriander and maybe cumin, and a great, dry hop finish. If you like IPAs, and I do, chances are you'll enjoy this one. It's different, and it's good.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 23:45:44 | More by Goldorak
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

4yr old 750mL. Pour is a cloudy golden with champaign effervescence and an eternal foamy and rocky white head. Sediments float around. Truly beautiful. Spicy aroma(cloves), yeasty, fluffy with tones of tangerine, herbs, must. Very aromatic. Gentle warming sensation in the belly. Malt is toasty, biscuity, honey-sweet. Moderate bitterness from the beautifully mellowed poperinge hops. Awesome rich mouthfeel, totally silky, velvety, luxurious. Very elegant belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2004 03:08:47 | More by Rastacouere
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is supposedly the hoppiest available in Belgium, though I heard the same about de ranke XX bitter.

It pours a pale gold color with frenetic carbonation and suspended yeast chunks. The head is huge and pure white, it leaves masses of lace. The aroma is of aroma hops, sweet kandi sugar, and some pleasant and understated medicinal notes. The taste is of floral aroma hops, Theres lemony, herbal and cedar hop notes. A well structured maltiness is evident behind the hops. Theres the sweetness of Kandi Sugar and also some funky Belgian yeast, with melon flavors. There also a pleasant medicinal character thats reminiscient of Orval.

This beer is very hoppy but also no hop tea, it has a lot of malt characteristics to back it up. It has a smooth balanced aftertaste. Very enjoyable and worth trying for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2004 04:56:17 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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kbub6f

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three inches of creamy-white foam top a hazy, orange-gold (almost peachy) beer. The head collapses hillily and leaves psycho, clumpy coral. Nose is spicy, soapy, citrusy. Front is citrusy and buttery, leading to a metallic, soapy, fizzy middle. Finish is dry, metallic, bitter, buttery and alcoholic. With temperature, this really blossoms: more buttery and malty, fruitier with a really nice creamy finish. Interesting: full of character. Good, but not incredible.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2004 00:34:23 | More by kbub6f
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Zorro

California

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

Pours a clouded golden brew with some small yeast floaters.

Smell is sweet and spicy with a little sour scent too. Fruit smells of apples and coriander.

Taste is semi dry with a nice flavor of spice and a nice finishing bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable Belgian Brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2004 01:27:12 | More by Zorro
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Dukeofearl

California

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden ale color with a good sized white head. Aroma is a nice blend of sweetness and light oily hops. Some orange notes- sweet citrus. Flavor is a hoppy, slightly bitter feel, pine-like, this is about the hops. They aren't overpowering, but they are the main point of this beer. Some bitter citrus notes. Quite enjoyable, and quite unlike most Belgians. I have had this on several occasions, and I note that sometimes I like it, and sometimes it does not grab me. I think this one is either an aqcuired taste, or is very sensitive to one's mood/conditions when trying it. But i do recommend it, if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2004 15:17:44 | More by Dukeofearl
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy gold color, and is topped by an off white head. Quite a floral aroma, with notes of various herbs and spices, all of which seems to be hop derived. The beer is sharp and bitter, with herbal grassy hop notes in the flavor. I get notes of bergamot, hay, and a hint of honey in the finish. It is like a Belgian IPA. It is light bodied with lots of good hop character. Definitely a tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2004 19:53:29 | More by Gueuzedude
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aracauna

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was highly impressed with this beer. I had it on tap at Monk’s in Philadelphia and brought home a couple of bottles to try. If the bottles drag down the score, I’ll come back and rerate. The aroma is strongly floral, it’s like gardenias minus the sickeningly sweet aspect. There’s a good bit of orange fruit mixed in and a lingering bitterness in the finish. The color is a cloudy yellow/orange with a stiff white head.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2004 06:09:04 | More by aracauna
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden color, big layer of creamy foam with great retention, good clarity, quite loose sediment

Aroma: green/floral hops, a bit skunky, clovey yeast note, a bit of caramelly malt, soapy, aroma that travels pretty far (smelled across the room)

Flavor: a dry and dusty malt backbone gives way to a hearty herbal hop flavor, then a biscuity flavor comes in just before a mild closing hop bitterness, minerally and a taste of iron, quite dry finish with a slightly soapy and grainy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, a tad astringent

Overall Impression: This is the fifth beer out of an 8-pack. Two of them so far have been a bit skunky. Not sure why because they are in brown glass. It's a good beer, though. And a great love-letter to the flavor of the hop. Sort of "real-ale"-ish!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2004 18:34:15 | More by GreenCard
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tjd25

France

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine dense head on a beautiful scintillating golden copper color. The smell is very hoppy and medicinal, with hints of weed. The taste reveals the floral aspect of the hops, very thick, but that leave a dry finish. Yeasty, the beer doesn't have the sweet notes that are often found in strong pale ales. Light hints of citrus too. The hops are very persistent in the mouth, but in an interesting way. A remarkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2004 20:52:15 | More by tjd25
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out to a semi-cloudy peachy golden with bits of gunk flittering about, forming a rocky white head with very good retention and excellent lacing. Aroma is absolutely tantalizing and makes me salivate...tart and acidic apple cider, basement must, pale malt and possible wheat husk, a mild cake-like sweetness...wow..this is what I like my Belgians to smell like. Mouthfeel is initially lightly spritzy, but gives way to a smooth malt body and tart finish. Medium-dense body. Taste begins spicy and phenolic, followed by apple cider tartness and funk, a hint of black marker, a notable metal twang in the middle, full sense of pale malt body and lightly syrupy sweetness, lingering mild bitterness, mellow tannic husk astringency, and not-to-bothersome cardboard character in the finish. As a matter of fact, my burps have a distinct cardboard taste. As it warms, the cardboard becomes more noticeable and would limit it's drinkability to maybe 3 of these.

This is a very good brew, reminding me of a hybrid between a Lambic and a Belgian Golden. The cardboard and tannins hurt its drinkability, however it's still quite enjoyable. This seems more properly labeled a Lambic, as it tastes spontaneously fermented.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2004 00:18:43 | More by Mitchster
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750, poured at Delirium Cafe in Brussels. This is a nice golden colour with a big fluffy head of white foam. Aromas are excellent and consist of freshly cut, medicinal/herbal hops, light, bready malts, and other belgian yeasts, sugars, and spices. The taste is hoppy up front with a nice malt precense on the back of the tongue, and a medicinal finish that is herbal yet not astringent. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the drinkability is very, very good!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 20:53:56 | More by francisweizen
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bditty187

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy peachy-honey hue, the white head was rocky and massive, it reached an apex of two and a half fingers in height. The head was a solid as concrete; it took a long moment to fade to half of its peak height. The subsequent lacing was minimal, that is disappointing. Visually this is an impressive ale. The aromas are very lively, pears, apples, a hint of fig, raisins, orange zest, lemon grass, and a pinch of pepper. The nose is impressive and inviting. The palate seems a bit lackluster in comparison to the bouquet. It needs to be noted my bottle is a few years old (best by: 01/02) and maybe the hoppiness has died a little. The remaining flavors are pleasant; it just lacks oomph. It is very dry, like Orval, with pear fruitiness, apples too. A little bit of lemon grass in the middle, some candy sugar sweetness, and a hint, just a hint of bread. The alcohol punch supplies some flavor and a little warmth to the belly. The aftertaste is a dull mix of sweetness and pepper. This is a tasty beverage, it seems to be a little under reviewed and under appreciated. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin and ordinary, the carbonation is big and full, as to be expected, medium in body. This is also highly drinkable and quite devilish considering the abv of 7.5%. The legend of Duvel strikes again! I wish I could find this beer locally; I purchased this 11.2-ounce bottle in Iowa City. I want to try a fresher bottle in the future, this one has aged very gracefully but I’d like to do a comparison.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 22:54:05 | More by bditty187
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a haze orange and golden color with a relatively large white head and lots of chewy, sticky lace.
Aroma is some pale malt, grain, honey with some oily, citrus hops and fruity yeast in the background.
Flavor of dry biscuity malt and some fruitier malt that is somewhat subdued by the decent level of bitterness and relatively high alcohol hit on the back end.
Mouthfeel is very crispness and highly carbonated. Finishes with some solid hop bittering and dry alcohol hit. Sort of like a Trippel with oily hops.
Drinkability is high eve though I can't really place this beer in specific style.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2004 03:58:54 | More by CRJMellor
Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 651 ratings.