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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

682 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 682
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 41
Gots: 35 | 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 Toddv29424
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Toddv29424, May 11, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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'.

goodbyeohio, May 09, 2005
Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

woemad, May 09, 2005
Photo of OatherS
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

OatherS, May 02, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

rhoadsrage, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of marcobrau
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

marcobrau, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of downes51
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.

downes51, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of SheepNutz
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.

SheepNutz, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of inebrius
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.

inebrius, Jan 20, 2005
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
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!!

cerevisiaephilus, Dec 24, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
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.

GClarkage, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of rkhaze
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!

rkhaze, Dec 10, 2004
Photo of UncleJimbo
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.

UncleJimbo, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of paterlodie
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!

paterlodie, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of mzwolinski
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.

mzwolinski, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of cokes
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.

cokes, Oct 06, 2004
Photo of Goldorak
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.

Goldorak, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
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.

Rastacouere, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
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.

kbub6f, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of Zorro
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.

Zorro, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
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.

Dukeofearl, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of aracauna
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.

aracauna, Jun 05, 2004
Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 682 ratings.