Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 41
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V. visit their website

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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Burgundian bottle, corked and caged. Bumblebee beer, eh? More of a mouthful to spit out in English, I'd say.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw colour, with a multitude of slick, puffy, and foamy off-white head, which leaves some random blotches of sudsy lace around the glass as it readily (for the general style) recedes.

It smells right upfront of acrid yeast, of the Belgian persuasion, initially muddling a decent grassy, earthy hoppiness, all underwritten by a sweet clove-tinged sugary malt. The taste is pale malt, still rather sugary, but immediately lost in the edgy, fairly astringent grassy, weedy hop notes that ensue. Skirting here and there amidst the larger players is some much milder yeast, as well as an understated booze warming.

The carbonation is tame, but well aerated and a tad frothy at times, the body medium-light in weight, and fairly smooth. It finishes somewhat off-dry, with the malt doing its best to remain relevant, and the yeast and remaindered hops still large and most definitely in charge.

A decent IPA, rendered Flanders-style, though not as zingy as some of its brethren/competitors. The yeast has a lot to do with that, as does the hops' nature, I would imagine. Oh, what the hell: "Ayeeee chee waaawaaa!" - and according to an encounter with Marge, he's Belgian: Aye yi yi!

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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.

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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. corked green bottle with a best before: notched "C" 10-07 on front label. It pours a honey orange-amber with a two-finger bubbly white head. The head dwindles quickly to a surface film with some decent lacing initially.

Sweet corriander, fruity and spicy with a peppery finish. The smell is typically Belgian...very distinctive.

Sweet and spicy, floral fruity malt flavor filled with corriander that lends to a bubblegum turning bitter, as the hops take over the finish. Very tasty brew that smells and starts out sweet, then quickly turns crisp and bitter. Spicy bitter aftertaste, peppery and hoppy.

The mouthfeel smooths as it warms a bit, lots of body for a pale and a fair amount of alcohol that warms gently. Very easy to drink and a solid Belgian strong pale ale that's a treat, for sure!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation with lots of dark yeast particles floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of yeast and peppery spices in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness. The spices linger through the finish and aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather yeasty, but it’s easy to drink and a good representation of the style.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a simply beautiful but slightly hazy golden/yellow slight orange color with a nice 2 finger head that recedes rather quickly to a white fresh looking ring with nice clinging lace on the side..the smell is slight clove with a stronger citrus hop and spice smell..i also smell various fruits like bananas and pears ..the taste is a blend of hops and malts and citrus and yeast not bitter at all as it warms has a little sour taste that is good..this is easy drinking it is a little sweet/sour( it changes as it warms) and syrup tasting unlike the smell..overall its a great ipa nicely balanced crisp and clean with a medium mouth feel..its not one to drink alot of in one sitting IMO... but one to try..i enjoyed this one

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Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.