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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

651 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 36
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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putnam

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2002 06:07:20 | More by putnam
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hackmann

Michigan

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

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 19:23:22 | More by hackmann
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ypsifly

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 04:48:42 | More by ypsifly
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Theshooster

Korea (South)

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

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2012 04:54:19 | More by Theshooster
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MarcGetty

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 22:50:33 | More by MarcGetty
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brewerdrew

Maryland

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

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 22:20:02 | More by brewerdrew
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Bieniek30

New York

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

01-11-2014 03:40:59 | More by Bieniek30
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Geuzedad

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

09-21-2013 01:46:48 | More by Geuzedad
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apf

Utah

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

06-04-2013 04:21:57 | More by apf
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msondel

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

12-09-2013 00:57:19 | More by msondel
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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

03-23-2013 06:10:30 | More by grahamboudreaux
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TheSooz

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

12-28-2013 23:56:25 | More by TheSooz
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gshackles

New York

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

04-25-2012 02:27:02 | More by gshackles
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psoriasaurus

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

02-04-2014 20:32:32 | More by psoriasaurus
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philosobeer

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 20:57:56 | More by philosobeer
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pkalix

California

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

01-26-2013 00:59:38 | More by pkalix
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mrsimm

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

06-09-2012 02:14:58 | More by mrsimm
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ThisSpaceForRent

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

12-02-2012 08:44:17 | More by ThisSpaceForRent
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BradMacMullin

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

12-07-2013 23:52:05 | More by BradMacMullin
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cmeroles22

New York

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

01-12-2013 01:43:40 | More by cmeroles22
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swgwilt

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

10-24-2013 01:50:59 | More by swgwilt
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 20:35:27 | More by mmmbeer
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

good lacing goes with nice hazy film. over reddish amber

rich malt backbone. butterscotch aroma and spicy belgian-yeast aroma. meadowy!

certainly bitter, and hoppy flavored, buti don't know how i feel about the "IPA" designation. it's just not as hoppy as houblon chouffe or de ranke xx. or maybe it is: hops seems to grow with time here

mouthfeel is good...holds up to the hopping. some lemon from the hops. good malt sweetness and pleasantly nutty, with butterscotch

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 00:19:15 | More by bruachan
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hotfive


4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer compelled me to register an account with BeerAdvocate to sing its praises. Thus, this is my first review here.

Since my first sampling, some eight years ago, and through intermittent encounters since, this beer has remained my favorite. It's definitely not a "drink six" or "drink every day" sort of a product, and it's rare to find it in small bottles, anyway. For me, it's always a treat. In my relatively limited experience, it compares only to a couple of the La Chouffe varieties in its distinctive flavor profile. Sadly, I'm inept when it comes to isolating "notes" and aromas and the like. I'd describe it as clean, yet complex; spicy, yet balanced; smooth, yet slightly bitter; and with a subtle yet all-encompassing citrusy profile from first scent through its finish.

An inspiring brew, to say the least, and wishing I could say more.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 02:03:07 | More by hotfive
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GreenWBush

Oregon

4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2006 16:15:03 | More by GreenWBush
Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 651 ratings.