Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
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4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
09-08-2004 04:56:17 | More by CAMRAhardliner
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
08-28-2004 00:34:23 | More by kbub6f
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
08-14-2004 01:27:12 | More by Zorro
3.95/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
06-23-2004 15:17:44 | More by Dukeofearl
4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
06-05-2004 19:53:29 | More by Gueuzedude
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
I was highly impressed with this beer. I had it on tap at Monks in Philadelphia and brought home a couple of bottles to try. If the bottles drag down the score, Ill come back and rerate. The aroma is strongly floral, its like gardenias minus the sickeningly sweet aspect. Theres 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.
06-05-2004 06:09:04 | More by aracauna
3.93/5 rDev -2.7%
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!
05-14-2004 18:34:15 | More by GreenCard
4.18/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
05-10-2004 20:52:15 | More by tjd25
4.08/5 rDev +1%
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.
04-02-2004 00:18:43 | More by Mitchster
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
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!
03-30-2004 20:53:56 | More by francisweizen
4/5 rDev -1%
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 Id like to do a comparison.
03-07-2004 22:54:05 | More by bditty187
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
03-02-2004 03:58:54 | More by CRJMellor
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
The beer poured slightly hazy golden yellow and then the yeast slipped into the glass leaving suspended black particulates . The head was white and lasting to lace the glass.
The aroma was spicy and hoppy in the background with a citrus aroma.
The flavor was sweet then drying. There is a definite citrus flavor and plenty of bitterness to back up the malt.
The finish was dry and citrus peel bitterness lingers. The body was medium.
11.2 ounce bottle.
02-25-2004 00:36:11 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
Golden in color, with a billowy, large bubble head that settles slowly, leaving a weak lace. Aroma is of citrus, light hops, and fruity esters. Taste is quite hoppy for a belgian, with strong, traditional, belgian-hop flavor that lingers throughout. Malt base is sweet. Overall, I'm quite pleased. Coming from the hop capital of Belgium, I didn't expect this brew to be so well balanced.
01-12-2004 09:05:48 | More by gnaussea
4.18/5 rDev +3.5%
A clear yellow beer, it pours a nice foam head sitting tight and long on top. Creates some thick and full lacing during the session.
Smells of bready malt with a dough-like softness and comforting sweet yeasty esters. Plenty of lemony zings and grainy floral scents over that from the hops. Tastes of floral hoppiness over a delicate-edged but muscular core of pale malt. Some other bitters within, but a delicate layering of light hop flavors: floral, lemons, herbal, where not one is stronger than the other, and lays back into the full malt profile. The mouthfeel is soft, full, smooth, and sturdy.
Far from straightforward, a European beer this hoppy is strange to taste, especially when it is hoppy in an American way, yet its yeast and malt backbone are undeniably Belgian. Phenomenal with food, for me its always a great pick at Monks Cafe.
01-10-2004 21:57:43 | More by nomad
3.73/5 rDev -7.7%
Bottle - Light orange brew with a huge white head. Retention is standard. Good carbonation with a complex spicy aroma. Taste of hops is really present with good body. Taste of complex spice is really enjoyable. Overall, a really fine strong belgian brew.
01-05-2004 20:34:41 | More by Phyl21ca
3.68/5 rDev -8.9%
*on tap at Waterhuis aan de Bierkant in Ghent
Appearance: a golden pour with a small foamy white head
Smell: a semi-sweet and fruity nose. light apricot and peahiness.
Taste: a smooth and semi sweet flavour of light fruit, a hint of caramel and even some cotton-candy sweetness. A drop of honey is in there somewhere too.
Mouthfeel: very lively and well balanced
Drinkability: great drinkability even though it is a sweeter beer. i enjoyed it.
11-04-2003 15:32:16 | More by Popsinc
3.43/5 rDev -15.1%
Honey gold color, slightly hazy. Small white head, with very small carbonation. Aroma is sweet, citrus, bubble gum and yeasty. A medium bodied Belgian strong ale. Malts are fruity and very yeasty. Hops are spicy. This is a very dry ale. Has a sort of champagne like quality to it. The yeasts and the carbonation are the major focus of this beer. A touch of alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter
10-12-2003 03:42:04 | More by beerguy101
4.6/5 rDev +13.9%
Never having this before, I figured I would try the Belgian beer labelled as "a pale with plenty of hops". The beer was a cloudy orange color with a wispy head. There was a great floral aroma with some citrus lingering around. The first taste blew me away, with the fine balance of sweetness and bitterness. Both lasted pleasantly on the tongue for a while, and then mellowed slowly away. My second taste seemed even better as my brain was realizing this is an incredibly perfected hopped Pale Ale. This is a must try on tap for anyone that can find it. I had two, which eliminated another Belgian selection for the evening, but I didn't care.
10-01-2003 22:51:03 | More by Gavage
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
Poperings; the region in Belgium where they grow hops. This beer [dated best before 09/03] should be pretty good for a connoiseur of IPAs and other hoppy styles as well as Belgian lovers. Only expect Belgian in the mix of the flavors, hence its roots. Malty, yeasty, hoppy, and musty all describe this beer. Clear and orangy pilsener gold color with a puffy, rocky white head that lasts in the tulip glass. Very lemony, peppery, vinous aroma. Once the entire contents, sediment and all, is in the mix, the color becomes a hazier orange hue. The hops are beautiful in this beer; zesty and zippy and I think they are subsued so well by the offset of the malt. Blood orange sweetness interlaced with a gingery dryness that leaves you wanting the next sip... I've had this beer on draft and in the bottle. One of my favorite Belgian ales. I miss it being on draft.
09-29-2003 06:57:51 | More by crookedhalo
4/5 rDev -1%
A nice Belgian in every sense. The nice balance of hops and grain combined with the definite presence of the belgian yeast creates what is the prototype for this style. Huge bready aroma and bubbly palette, it finishes rather nicely with dry bite. I would recommend this one to anyone who is just starting to get into Belgians.
09-19-2003 19:45:11 | More by steelreign
3.03/5 rDev -25%
This beer pours a murky looking dirty brown-orange. A nice looking white head clings to the glass even as it recedes. Nose is yeasty, spicy, hoppy and a little perfumey. The mouthfeel of this beer is a little flat. Actually, very flat. The taste is decent enough. Some breadcake qualities. Some dulled passion fruit. Quelled lactic tartness. Something similar to a pumpkin spice. Truthfully though, not a lot of character in this Belgian brew.
Gotta throw out some props to LongBeachBum for sending this one my way though. Thanks.
09-01-2003 03:58:13 | More by Bighuge
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
Appearance: a bright, but cloudy gold, crowded with a myriad of microscopic swimmers dancing hither and thither about...head is the big, bubbly type of any good Belgian ale, lacey, fizzy...
Aroma: Sweetness and spice, loads of sugar, hints of fruit( orange, foremost) and sidenotes of sour, as well.
Mmmmm, big, quick hop attack, that fades and allows Mr. Malt to come to attention.
I'm picking up that thing that I find myself yearning for in my senses' memories, when I've been too long away from a good Belgian ale: the glorious taste of yeast, sugar, spice, malt, hops...a warm, bready feel, though lovely, uplifting.
The meager 7.5% starts to reveal itself, and is most welcome right about now.
Light/medium body, medium, tasty finish, taste overall is very mellow but sparkling with flavor, and displaying an unforgettable character.
I still don't know what a "hommel ale" is, but it doesn't matter, I liked it too well to care. I could go through quite a few of these, and be very happy!
thanks to PintofAle, big thanks!
07-12-2003 02:04:00 | More by feloniousmonk
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
Hazy gold with yeasty bits floating about, it pours with a relatively light head compared to some other Beglians. In addition to some pleasant fruit aromas and some spice, hops are quite assertive. A nice apple/pear flavor asserts itself up front, with the hops again making their presence known, along with that funky Beglian musty flavor. The mix is a bit surprising but comes together well. It really fills the mouth and drinks easily for the style and abv.
06-18-2003 22:01:40 | More by mickeymac
4.2/5 rDev +4%
Appears a golden tone with an orange tint along with a huge white foamy head. For a Belgium I must say there is a very full floral hop aroma mixed with spices and hints of the belgium yeast used here. I am falling in love with this beer with each sip, Taste is a perfect balance of flavors going on with herbal spices, and musty yeast tones and the sweetness characteristic of most belgiums mixed with tones of caramel, finished off with a healthy amount of hop bitterness. Medium bodied beer that dances on the palate, with a high carbonation leaving a smile on my face. Drinkability is amazing just watch out for this one at 7.5 it could get you without even noticing.
05-20-2003 06:59:55 | More by WVbeergeek
Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 663 ratings.