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Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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620 Ratings

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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%

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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Photo of Erdinger2003


3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The head is white and fairly thick, color is cloudy and brownish gray. The lacing is strong. The smell is fruity, sour, has apple, and a slight lemon, and wheaty body. Taste is a lemony sour that's not too sour. A little wheaty and a little bitter. Feels very carbonated and not too impressive. Overall it was OK to try, and I could get used to it, but it's too expensive to get used to it right now.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 03:04:32 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of Suds


3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew has a brilliant white head, filled with large bubbles, and a long-lived consistency. The beer has a clean and slightly sweet smell. I expected a more pronounced hop aroma, given the label. There’s certainly a little herbal and floral hop aroma, it’s just a little subdued. There’s a little citrus, yeast, and certainly a little caramel in the smell as well. The taste is clean, sweet, and a little peppery. There’s some yeast, and a little fruit as well. The spice and phenolic character stands out as you drink this brew. The finish is a little more hoppy than the rest of the brew, but there’s not a lot of bitterness. This is an interesting and straightforward beer. The hops are restrained, but that’s okay with me.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 01:42:41 | More by Suds
Photo of Hoplomachus


3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found a 750ml bottle of this tucked behind some triples and quads in the Belgian section at Total Wine. It was the sole bottle of its kind and I'd never seen it before. The label looked faded and there was a moderate amount of yeast sediment suspended in the beer itself, rather than settled at the bottom as one would expect.

I say this to preface my review because, despite the obvious aging and exposure to light, this beer was very enjoyable.

the appearance I rated a solid "okay" due to the floaters, but the color was a deep gold-orange with a slightly off-white head that fizzled down from two fingers to nothing in about three minutes in my Duvel tulip glass.

The smell was slightly skunky (an indication of improper storage and exposure to light) but that aside, Belgian yeast was the prominent aroma followed by alcohol. Unfortunately, the smell of hops was almost nonexistent.

This beer lacked the hoppy_bite that I so looked forward to (I miss last year's Duvel triple hop) but I have to say, the slightly hoppy Belgian ale was very enjoyable. Hoppier than a plain Belgian blonde/dub/trip but very balance

It is light like a blonde but still coats the tongue and throa, but it is nowhere near as thick as a stronger, darker ale. Not something light and crisp enough to enjoy after a hard days work in the summer sun, but definitely nice right now as the sun is setting and the humidity is dropping.

overall, a solid 3-3. 5

A good beer that I would recommend to a discerning enthusiast.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 00:34:17 | More by Hoplomachus
Photo of thecarster1


3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a snifter, one plus finger head fades slowly to a creamy lace cover and head on the glass, hazy ochre, lots of floaties.

s- huge nose, sharp, peppery, lots of that notorious belgian yeast, lemon, clove, banana.

t- the nose is echoed here, banana, peppery, lemon, sharp hops, slight alcohol noted.

m- creamy medium body.

d- these belgian ipas always challenge my palate, and this was a drinkable one, gotta say that i preferred the houblon chouffe.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 02:29:05 | More by thecarster1
Photo of swizzlenuts


3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A copper colour with a small head that retains very well.

S: smells like Belgian malts with a hint of hops.

T: A bunch of malts in this beer, and a lot of weird flavours. What is confusing is the metallic taste, which fades away as you drink. There isn't very much hops in this beer either. The flavours just don't taste very good to me. It's just missing something...

M: Creamy

D: Not really.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 01:27:20 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of rrwiltse


3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured nicely into tulip glass. Nice 1" head, stuck around for a while--HUGE bubbles! Pleasant orange color. Aroma was nearly non-existant. Good mix of citrus and spices, just a light, flavorful touch. Interesting and sour mouthfeel. A good beer, nothing great or special though. Worth a try, easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 22:18:57 | More by rrwiltse
Photo of JDV


3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at HopLeaf in Chicago. Pours amber and clear with a lasting hug whitish head on tap. Smell is lightly funky and belgian yeasty. Taste is dusty, floral, hoppy and saison like with a thinnish body and medium carbonation. Pretty flavorful, and not bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2008 19:37:46 | More by JDV
Photo of katan


3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A - Pours a deep dark orange-like color - with a very strong white head formation. Breaks down with a little film. Hazy and shows a little bit of bottle conditioning.

S - Very funky - fruity and wild, not very hoppy at all for a belgian IPA. Orange, citrus - really make this a strong beer.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, little bit of spiciness. Mid-stream gets a little more funky with the citrus like flavors coming through. Finishes acidic, more wild. I think this beer has been oxydized. I would almost say it has ruined this beer.

M - Very smooth and creamy texture, offset with a pretty strong carbonation. Little bit of acidity comes through. Alcohol is well hidden.

D - Pretty easy drinking - but certainly not an IPA. A little bit filling due to the hefty carbonation. Alcohol is strong but well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 15:48:04 | More by katan
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw yellow and large foamy head. Not Orval foamy, but still foamy.

S: Light and fizzy like champagne, crisp apples, bitter white grapes, distinctly Belgian.

T/M: Medium to high carbonation, some hoppiness, apples, pears, apricots, and an small lingering aftertaste of all of them.

A decent Belgian but a little too light and fizzy for my liking. Label is calming.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 00:00:25 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of kojevergas


3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap in Poperinge, Belgium, into a Poperings Hommel Bier goblet. Excess head was sliced off the rim by the bartender. Reviewed from notes.

A: Two finger head, nice thickness, but lacking cream. Clear honey-caramel colour. Appealing.

Sm: Nuts and pear. Very hoppy and complex. Wonderful. Excellent. Near perfect.

T: Simple hoppy body, with a buttery finish. Very "short" acts; this beer is not long on the tongue. It zips by very quickly. Nuts and pear do come through, but not as much as desired. Balanced but simple. Built well for the style. The alcohol doesn't surface at all, which is a nice effect.

Mf: Very coarse, but very wet as well. Strangely quick. I've never had a beer that slid down so quickly.

Dr: It goes right down, but there's hardly any time to enjoy it. Worth trying just to experience this strange effect. The smell is absolutely delightful, but sadly the taste doesn't live up to the scent's promise.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 22:36:59 | More by kojevergas
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle dated 4/06.

Pours a hazed golden-orange color with a fluffy white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Nice fruity and yeasty aroma with mild malt tones and a light hop smell.

Taste is mildly bready and fruity upfront with a slight malt taste. Leads into a medium bitterness and subdued hop flavor. Fairly bland.

Medium body, zippy carbonation.

Drinkable and completely forgettable. Maybe a bit past it's prime, but certainly not old. I'd give it a try again if I found a very fresh bottle or found it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 04:32:56 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of SidVicious619


3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 330ml into a chimay glass. Straw/hazy color with small lacing that disappears after 30 mins or so. Aroma is citrusy, yeasty spice, pear and lemon. Detected floral/earthy hoppiness. The taste in the beginning is tangy fruitlike flavors like pears, apples, lemon. Yeasty flavor comes towards the end with some peppery spiciness that has a touch of hops. Good carbonation and drinkable. Kinda mellow for my IPA taste buds but definitely will give another try.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 06:11:30 | More by SidVicious619
Photo of drabmuh


3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is yellow and hazy with a big white head of medium and large bubbles that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate.

Aroma is bready with some piny hoppiness and some sweetness. I think I know exactly how this Belgian IPA will taste.

Eh, I was wrong. Beer is weak in the flavor department and in the bitterness department. Medium to light in body, some esters on the mid palate but the finish is non-existent. The forward flavors are weak and subdued. Make an IPA... seriously.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 02:22:06 | More by drabmuh
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy straw colour and moderate head. Nose- sweet belgian candi sugar. Taste- very sweet. Residual sugars are noticable. Leaves a syrupy taste in the mouth Some bitterness in the finish. Mostly a super sweet tripel. Good desert beer. Drinkability is decent and carbonation is lower than expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 00:59:04 | More by oakbluff
Photo of drperm


3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trying really hard to rate this as a beer, and not to-style.
Bottle at the Raleigh Times Bar, 11 July 2009.

This is by far the least IPA of any "Belgian IPA" I've had, and that's what at first inspired me to give it a mediocre rating; on its own, though, as a brew, I still find it unoffensive but also un-inspiring: harmless, slightly bland, and largely forgettable.
Hop bitterness (or hop aroma, or hop snap) is mostly absent, and I'm left with a pleasant, but innocuous, generic Belgian-yeasted cloudy ale that reminds me of a non-coriandered barley-malt wit. Again, not unpleasant, but not at all what I was expecting.
And do NOT pair it with a reuben or a BLT. This is probably the first beer-food pairing I've ever had that flat-out did NOT work.

Skip this one and go straight for the Piraat.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 17:32:19 | More by drperm
Photo of champ103


3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Down House in Houston, TX

A: Pours pretty much clear golden/orange color. Maybe a bit of haze, but not much. A small white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace.
S: Phenolic, peppery yeast. Bread and biscuit. Light grassy hops. Not much else I can comment on.
T: Follows the nose with peppery yeast and bready flavors. Light hops that are floral and grassy.
M/D: A light to medium body. A bit to thin and watery. Not hard to drink. I finished my glass without a problem. Though not something I am coming back to often.

This seems pretty ho hum. I was hopping for some brighter hop characteristics with a crisp and dryer body. I have had pretty hoppy beers from Belgian breweries. This seems to subdued and mild, even for a non hop head like me. One that loves bright, crisp, non bitter hops that can be a great asset for the style. This ain't it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 22:56:49 | More by champ103
Photo of largadeer


3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Golden with a slight haze and a massive stream of carbonation rising from the bottom and all sides of the glass. The head filled up the entire upper 3 inches of my tulip, leaving behind thick sheets of lace as it slowly settled into an thick and dense half-inch head.

Smell: Apple pie, fresh bread and herbs. Fruity but not particularly sweet.

Taste & mouthfeel: Dry with flavors of green apple and bitter orange peel. The mouthfeel is champagne-like with intense carbonation. Hops come out quite a bit in the finish; herbal and earthy with moderate bitterness. A mineral-like flavor lingers on the roof of the mouth which quickly becomes tiring.

Notes: A bit torn about this one. It has its qualities but is fairly flawed overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 03:53:11 | More by largadeer
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

P: Golden with tints of orange and sudsy bubbles climbing to the top. Clunky and spotty floaters. Off white head that is soapy and thin.

S: Soap suds, cheap lite beer, citrus, subtle diluted spice and doughy lager yeast. After several whiffs faint 5 cent bubble gum flavor comes out.

T/M: Stale, slightly sweet fruity malt, skunk, rose hips, delicate citrus and finishes with a lasting sharp waxy cheddar cheese. Finish is dry and unappealing. Mouthfeel is light and spicy carbonation. Hops are very hard to find for an IPA.

O: Overall the taste and smell is cheap and stale. Im shocked by all the great reviews on this because I was disappointed. Lager yeast is more prevalent than the expected Belgian style. Pretty disappointed in this selection and I really want my money back. Don't waste your time.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 08:33:09 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of Bighuge


3.03/5  rDev -25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 03:58:13 | More by Bighuge
Photo of impending


2.95/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

33cl into a tulip. Pours a dull hazy butterscotch, minor dense head, minor lacing.

Aroma is sweetly estery yeasty. Little of the hops and a tiny hint of old sock.

Taste is underwhelming. Seems the bottle is saying best before July 11, just missed that mark and considering this is an ipa of sorts it's well past its prime. Still somewhat interesting yet bland. Strong metal in the aftertaste, nice until then. Thin mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 06:30:45 | More by impending
Photo of StaveHooks


2.88/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split a 750ml with Hopswagger.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a hefty white roof.

S - Stale grain, corn, skunky, old stale bread, mild grass.

T - Toasted grain, a metallic comes through pretty strong, phenolic chalky yeast, earthy pepper, lemon tartness, stale grain, low presence of eathy grassy hops, finishes spicy with bits of dried fruits.

M - medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish

Either this was past its prime or I'm missing something. Underwhelming along with lots of off putting metallic flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 00:46:11 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of Bierschenker


2.85/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A slight misty blonde. First a large head with some big bubbles. Disappeared quite quickly, and left some thin white lacing, still with big bubbles. Some carbonation running through and yeast floating around.
Scent is bitter-sour. Smells a bit like dishwashing water.
Taste is very dry and sour, overpowering hops (bitter) (logical when you call your beer Hommel bier), quite sour, oxidising, lots of yeast.
Aftertaste is quite the same. Bitter hops and yeast.

Not really my kind of beer.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 00:53:33 | More by Bierschenker
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

2.85/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enormous, lemon meringue head with amazing staying power drifting atop a cloudy orange-gold brew as a continuous stream of tiny bubbles drift upward.

Hoppy lemongrass comes to mind.

Slight bitterness, very subtle, albeit astringent.

Cleansing and carbonated, similar to champagne.

Light. Worth a try. See what you think. Perhaps I got a bad batch.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 21:39:08 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of nick76


2.85/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is metallic and malty with plenty of grassy hops. There is also yeast and fruit. The appearance is cloudy gold with a large head and lots of particles in it. The flavor is astringent but like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall it's not even average. I would not drink again.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 06:11:10 | More by nick76
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz poured into Hommel goblet.

A: Hazy, golden with substantially thick head.

S: Belgian yeast came through here and citrus far more than any recognition of hop characther. Not very enticing for the style.

T: Albeit, not a Belgian IPA fan but this one was lacking in the taste I was hoping for. The spices and citrus were overly wheaty and yeasty. I could have had off bottle, but the hop presence was just not there. Not impressed

M: A bit overdone in carbonation, not too enjoyable.

D: I wouldnt have another but I can see it being better if categorized as a different style- the yeastiness was just too unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 12:23:31 | More by marcpal
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