Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Ratings: 699
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 42
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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 Erdinger2003
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
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
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
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 -4.9%
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 -1.7%
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
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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%
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 +1.2%
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 -1.2%
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%
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 -0.5%
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
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of sinistrsam
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden body, unfiltered with sediment throughout. Huge foamy head, white, excellent lacing and some champagne bubbles. Aroma was absolutely excellent, wheat and honey, heavy on citrus and clove, vanilla and grassy floral hops.
The taste was somewhat disappointing after such a great aroma; spice first (clove, citrus), then alcohol. Honey and hops, fading into a rather dry, grassy aftertaste which was more sour than sweet.
The mouthfeel was bitter and dry at first and faded into a watery and bland feel. Mild carbonation at first and none later. Takehome message: this ended up bitter and very sour. Therefore, drinkability was kinda limited.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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).

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!

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.

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.

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?).

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.

Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.