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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

679 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 679
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 41
Gots: 34 | 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 steveja57
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is all about freshness. Bottles in the States have been variable but one time I had it on tap in Amsterdam. It was freshly written on the chalkboard beer list and the waitress said they had just tapped the keg that day. Boy! What a difference: great floral/citrusy hop aroma along with a grassy yeastiness. The beer was crisp, dry, slightly sour with great hop flavor, a fine mousse and a great finsh that balanced malt/alcohol sweetness and hop bitterness with a touch of tangy acidity. Outstanding!

steveja57, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of putnam
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found this at Merchant's in Royal Oak. The photo of a hops farm on the label compelled me to try.
Murky, light brown, dried apricot color. Very subtle nose of over ripe melon, concrete, lemon syrup and minerals evolves as it warms to reveal dry pastry, fresh herbs and honey.
Not heavy or alcoholic tasting, there is a finely drawn outline of dusty spices, especially white pepper, that surrounds Red Delicious apple, citrus pith and parsley flavors. As it warms, honey stones, pie crust, baked apples and dried apricot flavors emerge. The finish is incredibly long and leans in a dry, herbal direction as it suggests peppery Nasturtium flowers and kind bud. Terrific stuff.

putnam, Nov 06, 2002
Photo of hackmann
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a poperings like glass
I found this ale just three years ago and love it.

Appearance: a hazy blend of gold and amber with a two finger egg-shell white head with plenty of lacing on the glass. Make sure to get that sediment off the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma: light floral hops, a twist of lemon rind, hint of fresh apple mash and pear, hint of sweet malts and Belgium yeast. Nice aromatic hops – sorry hopheads not bitter hops.

Flavors: let this ale warm a little after taking it out of the fridge for the flavor pop once it hits the 50 degree mark; floral, a rosy-floral note, hint of lemon meat – just a hint, a little fruity – white fruit like, a pinch of coriander, a dash (one dash) of pink peppercorn, low sodium saltine cracker, sweet malts – sweet dough like

Mouthfeel: good Belgian carbonation, there is an oily feel from the hops, the nice fizzy and oily feel gives it a semi-creamy feel, lingering floral and that twist of lemon rind on the aftertaste

hackmann, Feb 17, 2013
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.

ypsifly, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of Theshooster
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite Belgian blonde ales. Poperings or Poperinge as it is more commonly known is a beautiful little town in West Flanders that I have had the pleasure of getting to know over the last 4 years. The town takes pride in their ale and being situated directly south of Westvleteren and east of St. Bernardus in Watou, they have a lot to live up to.

A - Hazy, blonde, nice clean head

S - Sweet, floral, less powerful than Duvel

T - Perfectly balanced, refreshing, and sweet

M - Not too overpowering, medium bodied

O - A wonderful beer from a wonderful little town

Theshooster, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of MarcGetty
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Popperings Hommel is an outstanding beer that has slowly become my guilty (expensive) pleasure since first trying it 8 months ago at Max's Belgian Beer Fest in Baltimore. To me, it has the perfect balance of hoppiness without being too hoppy, with tons of non-hoppy flavor, and the last sip is easily as good as the first sip.

Popperings Hommel pours a nice gold color, with a bit of head, but not too much. It is the taste and drinkability that it truly excels. If you ever have the chance to try it, please, do so.

MarcGetty, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of seifer1886
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%

seifer1886, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of brewerdrew
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Simply Awesome . . .Nice Big Head with a crystal clear straw hue.

Awesome hop characteristics and mouthfeel.

Best Belgian IPA I've had to date. Belgian Notes are nicely balanced and not too overpowering.

Even has characteristics of really Hoppy German Pils which I love.

Highly recommended

brewerdrew, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of Bieniek30
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Bieniek30, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Geuzedad
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Geuzedad, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Igormatos
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Igormatos, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of apf
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

apf, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of msondel
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

msondel, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

grahamboudreaux, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of TheSooz
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

TheSooz, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of gshackles
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

gshackles, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of psoriasaurus
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

psoriasaurus, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of philosobeer
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap at the hopleaf recently, and though it wasn't the first time, I had the sudden realization that I have not appreciated this beer like it deserves. I bought a couple bottles last week and finally have the chance to drink it and review.

A // It's cloudy, orangey-pale and has a white head. The head diminishes during drinking considerably, with some lacing. A good but not a great looker.

S // Malt sugars and grain, some yeast and bread flavor. A little bit of fruitiness but it's really overtaken. By what, you ask? By this beer's main feature -- it's spicy, herbal qualities. Hops, but very distinctive hops. Very, very alluring.

T // Incredible! The malt comes in strong and nice. A little bit of the sort of fruitiness you get in (say) chimay white, but just a little. Strong herbal and spicey character. Herbs and spices like coriander, peppercorns, and parsley. It dries out like mad, crazy dry. Despite all this, the alcohol is incredibly well hidden (see D below). Complex and satisfying.

M // Crisp and effervescence makes for good mouthfeel. Somewhat hefty, but goes down well. Nicely done.

D // I feel like I could drink these through the rest of the afternoon and with all sorts of things. I can't, because it's 7.5% abv. But it feels like I could and tastes like I could. Would go well with something hearty, like a stew. Couldn't pull that off any better.

Overall, an amazingly good beer. I would buy it by the barrel-full.

philosobeer, Nov 29, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

pkalix, Jan 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

mrsimm, Jun 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

ThisSpaceForRent, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of BradMacMullin
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

BradMacMullin, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of cmeroles22
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

cmeroles22, Jan 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

swgwilt, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of mmmbeer
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL green, cork-n-crown bottle, best before A/4/08 - served in a tulip. The first pour reveals a translucent orangey/peach hue with lots of floaties, and it becomes more opaque with subsequent pours. The beer has medium carbonation and two inches of off-white head that deposits lace which would look better if the glass were spotless and if I weren't constantly swirling to take in the aroma. The components of which are wonderful noble hops (spicy/perfumy and green/piney notes) on top of subdued pale malts. On the palate, there is a toasty/bready malt base, but this is quickly overshadowed by a substantial perfumy/floral and piney hop dose, imparting a big bitterness that increases as it warms, but never overwhelms. There are also medicinal phenols, crisp green apple, and hints of cork on top of a nice, conditioned, medium-full body that has lively carbonation from start to end, and leaves a medium finish. I love these hopped-up Belgians, and this is a fine example that is worth revisiting at some point.

mmmbeer, Dec 09, 2007
Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.