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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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Ratings: 682
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 41
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 GreenCard
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!

GreenCard, May 14, 2004
Photo of tjd25
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.

tjd25, May 10, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
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.

Mitchster, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
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!

francisweizen, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of bditty187
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.

bditty187, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
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.

CRJMellor, Mar 02, 2004
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GCBrewingCo, Feb 25, 2004
Photo of gnaussea
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

gnaussea, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of nomad
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Monk’s Cafe.

nomad, Jan 10, 2004
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3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*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.

Popsinc, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

beerguy101, Oct 12, 2003
Photo of Gavage
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gavage, Oct 01, 2003
Photo of crookedhalo
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

crookedhalo, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of steelreign
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

steelreign, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Bighuge, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

feloniousmonk, Jul 12, 2003
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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mickeymac, Jun 18, 2003
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

WVbeergeek, May 20, 2003
Photo of Naerhu
4.95/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

huge white head, opaque dark yellow body. Stalky/floral slightly sweet aroma.
Slightly sweet with a whole bouquet of wild flowers. Agressive bitterness balanced brilliantly with firm malt body and sligth sweetness.
Medium body and lovely mouthfeel. Extaordinarily easy to drink and the most dangerous beer i have ever had the pleasure of drinking.

Naerhu, May 17, 2003
Photo of marc77
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear golden hue when decanted off the yeast. Effervescent, champagne esque, prodigious streams of bubbles support a sea foam like thick, billowy, airy, white head that collapses slowly into a rugged, stiff layer that leaves dense, muddled lace. Sweet, ripe pear and tangerine esters upfront in aroma, followed by mildly earthy hops and must. Granny Smith apple acetaldehyde adds a tart contrast. Sugary honeydew and mellow alcohol spice emerge as the beer breathes. Enticingly aromatic, unique, yet soft on the nose. A pleasure to inhale. Mild honeyish sweetness is perceived at first in flavor then is ensued by a combination of sugar dusted lemon and juicy melon. Sweetness is then tapered by both mild hop bitterness and drying, peppery ethanol. Subtle floral, and ripe fruit melange mid palate lends a perfume laced sweetness. Light in body, and perhaps a bit underwhelming on the palate. Very well attenuated, perhaps due to the copious use of sucrose. Hop and fruit character fades late, leaving an lingering extension of simple residual sweetness to fill the near void. Finishes sweet, thin and lightly peppery. Hommel is a unique, enjoyable brew that starts out rich and multi faceted in character, but slowly peters out to finish lackluster. Nonetheless, taken altogether this is a fine beer well worth a try.

marc77, May 11, 2003
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fine looking nebulous golden orange color on the pour, the head is modest, creamy and an off white in color, the lace left behind a nice coating on the glass, with lots of dross floating around in the beer. Yeast quite evident, somewhat sweet and sour, vinous is the nose, start is sweet, thickly malted, top is middling in feel to the palate. Finish has a delicate acidity, the hops delightful in their spicy bite, dry somewhat bitter aftertaste, a quite quaffable beer.

Gusler, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of HopheadEd
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, hazy yellow, with a big fluffy head that settles to a good 1/2 inch, then slowly fades to a 1/4 inch. The lacing is thick, and barely leaves any glass showing. Very slight aroma of sweet fruits and spices. The first sip is creamy, very smooth. The carbonation produces an unbelievable amount of tiny bubbles, enticing on the tongue. Creamy mouthfeel, with a hoppy, spicey finish that suits me quite well, thank you. A "hoppy" Belgian; very different, very good, very drinkable. As always, much better as it warms.

HopheadEd, Apr 13, 2003
Photo of Hhawk06
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick frothy head matched with a cloudy gold texture. The grassy odor is strong, you could smell this from miles away. Wow! This was a lot smoother than I anticipated. It's hard not to appreciate the delicate balance of malt and unique hops. It finishes sugary yet not too sweet. Absolutely a fantastic brew.

Hhawk06, Mar 05, 2003
Photo of frank4sail
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Monk's on 2-8-03.

Pale straw color. White as a ghost head and lace. The head is lasting as as well as its lace effects. Pungent hop light malt nose. Medium mouth. Upfront smack you in the face malt taste which is followed by a wave of crispy light hop flowers on the tongue. This is a very hoppy belgian. Since it is made in the hop growing area of belgium (Poperings) I would consider it their tribute to the hops... well maybe.. anyway it is wonderful and has a persistant hop presence. It is very drinkable and with its medium body and well rounded flavor I could drink them all day...

frank4sail, Feb 18, 2003
Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 682 ratings.