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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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BA SCORE
90
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701 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 41
Gots: 40 | 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 sloejams
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -0.2%
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.

Photo of GreenWBush
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of texashammer
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of maxpower
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of Absumaster
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of wl0307
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Photo of rajendra82
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of DogFood11
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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

Coruscant lemon-amber. The forecast calls for yeast flurries for the remainder of the day. Multiple sources of superfine carbonation appear on the bottom of the glass, resulting in bubbles that rise slowly through the particulate storm. An incredible looking cap of sticky, cream colored foam sits atop the beer and thick daubs of lace grace the glass. Fantastic.

The nose is sweeter, more lemony and less clovey than most others BSPAs that I've run across (note: the beer has since been reclassified as a Belgian IPA). Spicy yeast is still a large part of the nose, but it isn't the 800 lb. gorilla that it can be in some beer of this style. The hops are of the floral-herbal-fruity variety and lead me to believe that I'm gonna like this one.

Poperings is more hoppy bitter and less malty sweet than most of its co-stylists. There's a nice interplay between the barely toasted pale malt and the herbal, teasingly bitter hops. I'm guessing that there isn't much candi sugar present. Fruit, while not abundant, is an intergral part of the whole. Which fruits? Apples, peaches and pears.

Bitterness maintains its heading throughout with an increasing sugary sweetness coming into play on the finish. All aspects of the flavor profile are there to be appreciated: sweet, bitter, spicy and fruity. One only has to focus on each in turn for it to come into crystal-clear focus. Yet another good point is that there's isn't a trace of alcohol.

Poperings Hommel Bier is different and is a better beer for it. The hops play a much more prominent role than they do in most BSPAs. Of course, to a hophead, that means that it's in perfect balance. I had a good time with this one and will be sure to look for it again.

Photo of twilight
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't I smelled this one before?

Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet for the geographical between the two breweries. A light pillow of a head that goes down to a 1/2 inch foam sitting atop a very nice orange. The aroma is quite exceptional. Well, I only say this because it reminds me of my last homebrew. Orange and hop. You can smell the bitterness on this one. The yeast and malts also are reminiscent of a saison. One can only hope the Belgian Candi goodness also comes through, as the sweetness and grassiness I associate with Belgian beer is also present in the nose.

The taste is wholly unexpected. Comes down smooth initially with some sweetness, but mostly notes of orange peel and hops. Perhaps this is what happens when you use tons of Belgian hops. You get a orange peel bitterness as compared to certain American hops that give a piney grapefruit flavor. The hops are very present in the finish which begins with a hint of bubblegum and a very earthy bitterness balanced with a sharp hoppiness through to the end.

This would be a perfect hoppy saison, actually. Yum. Mouthfeel is great. Carbonation doesn't interfere, and the initial smoothness is very deceptive with regards to carbonation. Drinkability should go down because of high alcohol content, but, really, this is a marvellously enjoyable brew. Three hoorah's for Belgium's hoppy beers!

Photo of Toddv29424
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color that never seems to settle, with a generous head. Smell is tasty like grapes and a touch of sweet fruits. The taste is also really pleasant... hoppy is the best way to describe it. There is also a touch of sourness like grapefruits or wine. Even though it is paler than most belgians, it is really enjoyable and easy going. There is a slight peppery sensation at the very end of the beer that really makes it nessisary for another sip!

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours from the tap into a proper glass looking all golden yellow.. clumpy settled wispy foam.. layers and layers of sticky lacing are present before i have a chance to drink and it's not going anywhere. almost no carbonation in this beer.. still appears beautiful in the chicago sunlight. smells sweetly malted with candi sugar. very belgian. the famous belgian hops don't come through in the nose but provide a nice bitter twang in the flavor. the hops help to counteract a tart lemon and heavy blonde maltiness. this beer finishes smooth, nice for the afternoon.. mild lingering bitterness is nice for something called 'poperinge'.

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

330ml bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $3.85. The same beer run also saw a purchase of a St.Bernardus Abt.12, so apparently I'm doing my bit for Watou's economy.

Poured a cloudy, light copper color, with a big fluffy white head. Lots of lace.

Smell is of grapefruit, pepper, sharp hops and mildly sweet malts. This is going to be one of the more bitter Belgian pale's I've consumed, I'm guessing.

And that guess was right. This is one of the hoppier examples of the style I have tried. There's a strong peppery, grapefruit sour flavor at the beginning of the taste, which is almost immediately accompanied by a malty sweetness that is only just subordinate. Any more maltiness, this would lose its distinctive bite, any less, it would seem out of whack. There is also a pleasing hoppy dryness at the swallow. What's not noticeable is the moderately high alcohol percentage.

Mouthfeel is exactly what one would expect for the style. No unpleasant surprises here.

This is rather nice. It probably won't appeal to a Belgian beer newbie, as it's a little too sharp tasting for someone whose only experiece is with, say, Duvel (not knocking Duvel, its just a little easier on the palate than this). Though it will never replace St.Bernardus Abt. 12 as my all-time favorite Belgian beer, I quite like it.

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

330 mL bottle with a yellowish green label with hops pictured on it.

Appearance: Cloudy golden with one finger head that laces nicely.

Smell: Sweet odor. Sugary/honey.

Taste: Sweet flavor as well. Understated, not too strong.

Mouthfeel/Drinkabilty: Not bad. Wouldn't mind having another.

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

(Served in a Chalice)
A-Pure snowy white head that is very smooth and lasts. The body is a nice hazy orange color with a strong carbonation.

S- fruity aroma to start with a hint of spiciness and some faint hop notes. Some slight prune notes but more light perfume fruit like pears and apples stand out.

T- A bit of grapefruit starts off but bold spiciness persists and a nice faint floral hop taste. hidden in the taste are some honey flavors but they are not the strongest. Moderate bitter finish put pretty clean finish overall.

M- Medium body but a cream carbonation mouthfeel. No alcohol is noticed in the mouthfeel.

D- This is a nice peppy beer. It doesn't have a lot of bold fruit flavors but the multiple flavors are faint compared to the spiciness. I would like to see a hint of malt or alcohol round out this beer and give it a little more depth.

Photo of marcobrau
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got the chance to try this beer on tap at the Map Room in Chicago, which presented the beer in its own glass (nice touch). This hazy, golden ale had a wonderful, bright white, delicate head of foam with lots of facing, and an intense herbal aroma that was hard to describe -- a combination of smells, some mint, some woody hop spice, maybe even a slight hint of eucalyptus(?) -- it actually reminded me of the the combination of smells that indundate the sense whenever I walk in the the apothecary shop my wife likes to visit. I almost enjoyed the aroma more than the flavor of this beer; I couldn't keep my nose out of my glass. The flavor of this beer echoed the aroma in some respect, lots of sort of vaguely herbal flavors, backed up by a crisp maltiness, but nothing that I could really pin down. I like this sort of complexity in a beer. The mouthfeel was absolutely silken and the body was just about right. Overall, a very drinkable Belgian Strong Pale Ale that would have downed faster if hadn't been for the wonderful aroma.

Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.