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Hommel Bier | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Hommel BierHommel Bier

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dry Hopped Belgian Pale Ale.

Added by DCon on 10-06-2011

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 331
Photo of Gambrinus83
2.39/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When I drink a Belgian the first thing I want to smell, taste and feel a bit of is a good amount of alcohol delivered from a generous amount of malt, this beer is definitely lacking in this category. The nose is muddled and the taste is almost bland. Further proof that some people really miss the mark when going for "belgians." You can try it for the experience, bit I would jot seek this beer out. Had on tap in a glass.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Hazy appearance, bright orange in color, head foams up like most belgian style beers, when it condenses it is thick like shaving cream and super frothy

S: The noce is all belgian yeast character, a distinct tartness comes through with a bit of spiciness as well, some biscuity malt too

T: The flavor is a huge letdown from the appearance and aroma, definitely has a fuller malt profile than I expected, the hops provide a pretty clean spicy bitterness that is also stronger than anticipated, the belgian yeast character is hidden until the end of the flavor profile and presents itself almost exclusively as a spiciness, all of these just don't mix that well to me

M: Strong carbonation, has a definite dry finish but still manages to feel full, not bad

O: I think this is an example of trying to experiment with a combination of styles that just ends up not working that well. Overall a decent beer, nothing "wrong" with it, but very average in the flavor department.

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Photo of mhaugo
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle decanted into an oversized snifter. 5.9% ABV.
Appearance: Soft, soapy head over a brilliant copper body. Beautiful (4.25/5).
Aroma: The first impression is one of Pacific Northwestern hops. The second is the spice and earth and fresh vegetation that one would expect from a pushy Belgian hop strain. There’s a touch of kumquat and apple cider on the backend. Very inviting (4/5).
Taste: Very little stands out. A little citrus, a little apple, and a little caramel. The American hops wind up in the aftertaste, and then gently fade to black. It’s light and refreshing, but not mind-blowing (3/5).
Mouthfeel: Light body, medium/high carbonation (3.75/5).
Overall: In Brew Your Own magazine, Jamil Zainasheff suggests that when you are designing a Belgian Pale Ale you should not “use citrusy or catty American-type hops, as they seem to clash with, rather than, accentuate, the phenols and ester from fermentation.” I think that’s a little bit of what’s going on here. I definitely don’t hate it, and I recognize it’s not trying to be the truest example of the style, but there is a touch of “clash” that I couldn’t put my finger on until I read Zainasheff’s comments. Ultimately this beer is kind of like me… pretty to look at, but built to be slightly disagreeable (3.25/5).

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Photo of MasterSki
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this one. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving ample glass-coating lacework behind. Transparent golden body.

S - Aroma is interesting, but I'm not sure what to make of it. There's plenty of standard Belgian pale flavors - spicy, phenolic Belgian yeast, honey, a bit of vanilla pale malt sweetness - but there's a very strange hop aroma that seems almost sweaty or onion-like. Did they use Summit hops in this? There was also a hint of alcohol that really shouldn't be present in a 6% beer.

T - The taste was far more in line with my expectations. Belgian yeast, toasted grains, a bit of honey sweetness, and a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. It's more enjoyable, but less complex than the aroma.

M - Medium body, medium-low carbonation, slightly grainy texture, and a clean, crisp finish.

D - A pretty solid Belgian Pale Ale that's marred by a bizarre and slightly unpleasant aroma. That being said it was a significant improvement over their Strawberry Rhubarb Tart. Passable, but I'm still waiting for Perennial to impress me.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a darker-than-expected dark orange color. Like a sunshine yellow-orange that has been color desaturated or something. I was expecting a very pale beer (ala Duvel or a saison or etc) but instead this beer looks like an amber ale. Which is totally fine. A fair amount of soft, eggshell colored head sticks around for a while.

Nothing about Hommel Bier's aroma is overpowering. It's a lesson in restraint: spicy, earthy hop aromas contrast with some more citrusy American hop aromas. The malts assert themselves with some honeyed amber malt aroma. The musk of the amber malt combines with the spicy hops to make an aroma that, if I were smelling this beer in a blind tasting, I might at first guess was rye. This is all balanced by a slight but important level of phenolic character from the Belgian yeast.

The taste also earns praise for its flavor restraint, but the balance is a bit out of whack. The dominant flavor for me is the amberish malt character. Sweet, grainy, musky -- this tastes like the best glass of Palm you've ever had. The hops -- light with lemon and a spicy, noble-like flavor -- don't keep the malt totally in check (especially for a beer whose name and logo refer to hops) but the flavor is well conceived. Same with the yeast. It's there and it works, but I wish it did a little bit more.

The mouthfeel is thinner and more watery than you'd expect for a beer with as much malt flavor as this one has. It's bordering on too thin, but manages to stay in the safe zone.

Overall, this is a pretty fine (and somewhat unique) Belgian Pale Ale. It wasn't particularly impressive, but I appreciate the focus. It looks to be a versatile food paring; I successfully paired half of this bottle with a dish of roasted Brussels sprouts and chestnuts in a brown butter/shallot sauce.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy with a big white head. Pale orange body.

Smell - Grassy hops and a little grainy. Doughy and Belgian sweetness.

Taste - Much grassier. Some citrus, but otherwise grassy and herbal. Drops off quickly though. A little bitter after a grainy malt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Very drinkable and tasty. I'm impressed.

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Photo of sholland119
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poperings Hommel Bier was one of my go to beers during our spring trip to Belgium so I could not pass up the chance to pick this up in Chicago.

A-Pours a hazy apricot with a rocky white head and huge stickiness. Fine carbonation leads to great head retention.

S-Earthy, nutty notes with a solid malt base. Not much hop presence.

T-A bit tangy and yeasty with some good bitter citrus hop notes. Grassy and earthy. As in the nose there's an earthy nut character that is rather unusual.

M-Medium bodied, nice dryness.

O-Pretty solid beer, if a bit odd.


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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Up from Jacksonville FL and stopped in at the brewery.

A: 1.5 thick white head on a golden body.

S: pungent hops and malts. Hint of Belgian yeast and musty/tart citrus.

T: on its own the beer is very good but in comparison to others I have had in the style, this one is underwhelming and less complex. Nice Belgian character but not much for supporting notes.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: drinkable but simple and not very memorable.

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Photo of Moose90
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a fairly vibrant and hazy orange hue into the glass, a billowy white head forms and settles to a nice little layer of suds on-top, lacing left behind is solid and consistent.

S — Smell is incredible and unexpected, with huge tropical notes of pineapple, guava, and melon, orange marmalade as well.

T — Unfortunately the aromas don't exactly carry though, I just get mild notes of fruit on top of a yeasty and bitter Belgian Pale base, lightly tangy, though mostly dominated by yeast.

M — Medium bodied, an acrid lingering finish as well.

O — Good overall, smell is really nice, but it doesn't translate to the flavor as well as I would have liked.

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Photo of Tone
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and a great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, citrus hops, slight sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong earthy malt, slight sweet malt, and a hint of citrus hops. Overall, great appearance, and decent aroma and body.

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Photo of farrago
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

You get a rich, frothy head of two fingers, somewhat airy so it starts dimpling right off and retention is average to average plus, off-white in color, randomly assigns big splotches of lacing to the glass, not consistent around the sides. The liquid is a coppery orange, more red tint than yellow, loads of effervescence, a cloud of hyperactive tiny bubbles churning inside. The nose has a decided leafy, earthy quality to it, metallic and with notes of cracked black pepper and sourdough bread crusts, there is a softer side featuring banana, flowers and peach pits, not getting much citrus, earthiness builds and gets close to asphalt or tar at times. Medium-bodied and firm, the carbonation is lower than would be expected based on visual inspection and it is dry and slowly paced from mouth entry through finish. Produces that metal, mineral to earth side in spades, the herbaceousness is not green and biting, more like fallen leaves, twigs and bark. Increase in sour oranges, decrease in flowers and pepper. The banana, bubblegum persists, low level of apricot, apple, peach fruit. Baking soda, bread crusts and toasted dough, not sweetly yeasty. The dryness impedes length of flavors, accentuates its bitterness. Refreshing in its own way, not really a personally favored style.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Minimal review, on tap:
Lightly hazy golden, nicely sustaining head.
Nose quite interesting bread and pine, lightly grassy floral (meadow).
Taste is a bit bland in comparison. Lighly fruity (pear), perhaps a hint of Belgian yeast esters, some noble hop bitterness.
Feel on the light side, buoyed but some carbonation. Given that, body relatively fuller.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber with a big fluffy white head with huge patches of lace.

S - Grassy and green hops, spicy, honey, phenolic, Belgian yeast, and sweet pale malt.

T - Strange green hop flavor at the start. Green and almost onion like. Spice, Belgian yeast, honey sweetness.

M - Medium body with high carbonation.

D - Confused by the weird hop flavor.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Check out that tightly woven head with bright white foam,Brussels lacing and about a half inch of thickness. It's a dull coppery color with moderate carbonation. That's an interesting melange of aroma with the Belgian yeast strain and a faint bit of piney hops. The flavor is strongly the Belgian yeast strain and then you get a bit of piney hops in the fade. The mouth is heavily carbonated,chalky and dry.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a mirky golden yellow, frothy white head, sticky lace, thin collar, thin cap.

S - Nice mix of malts, light hops, and yeast notes. Wheat, floral notes, and citrus. This beer really has a lot going on. The hops do not dominate the nose, but add complexity to the malts and yeast.

T - Again a mix of sweet bready malts, light citrus hops, and some funky banana yeast towards the end. There's also some spice in there as well, perhaps from the hops.

M - Light body, soft carbonation, clean finish, refreshing.

O - Very enjoyable and quite sessionable. Something that has complexity yet doesn't shut you down after one pour. This one will be nice during the summer when you're tired of the regular old APA.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with plenty of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is three fingers of frothy ivory foam. Quite good.

Smell: very sweet malt with a hint of funk and a ton of hop aroma. Hops are citrusy, fruity, perhaps a bit funky and a little bit floral. Interesting combination; I quite like it.

Taste: big, sweet malt, with a whole lot of that floral character from the aroma. Almost soapy in flavor. Sweetness is a bit too high, even for the style. It's not bad, per se, but it's not particularly amenable to my palate.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and a pretty giant, mouth-filling creaminess. Great stuff.

Overall: texture is good, but I wish it had delivered a better flavor. If you are into floral gum candy or the like, then this beer may be for you. It is not for me.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Perennial. Served in a stemmed glass. Pours a medium copper body, one finger white head, good retention, not much lacing. Smells of pear, minerals, sulfur, cereal grain, touch of stonefruit, peppercorn, maybe a bit floral. Solid. Flavour is similarly solid; nothing truly stands out but it has a decent mix of flavours- picking out stone fruit, pepper, sulfur, pear, cereal grain, mild caramel. Not as much of the floral notes. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, good carbonation, very easy to drink, not too flavour-forward but still a decent complexity to things. It's as good a house beer as any.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours translucent medium amber, nice full head on top. Nothing special but looks nice.

Smells great--lots of bright, bitter orange citrus, some flowers and spice, dry champagne like yeast.

Taste is pretty similar, pretty bitter without being a hop bomb, lots of orange and some grapefruit, some dry spicy yeast.

This is a really solid beer, tasty and fairly original and easy to session.


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Photo of capra12
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with ricecracker poured into a slim pilsner glass.

Appearance: pours a cloudy brown straw color with 2 fingers of head. little lacing.

Smell: I get a hint of yeast, mildly roast malts and faint hops much like a belgian IPA.

Taste: much like the nose, opens with bittering hops, pale and mildly roasted malts. Belgian yeast comes into the flavor profile but does not really present a distinct flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: light bodied and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I would have this again on tap and recommend this to those seeking a solid belgian pale ale. Not much to say but a decent interpretation of the style.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Always a sucker for a beer with amazing carbonated action this built several inches of dense ivory colored foam. The body was bright yellow but a tad dingy.

Perfume, flower petals, roses, wheat, grains and a bit of honey touch the nose with a deliberate softness.

The flavor starts with honeysuckle and fresh peppercorns before it settles to a dry white wine, flower petals and light pear.

The feel is dry with a tangy sensation near the finish.

Nice, simple yet complex, but easy and light. Well done for the style.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Dad. No bottle date but worried I let this sit around for too long. Oh well. Pours a light copper/dark gold color with big fast creamy frothy head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Aroma of earthy yeast and hop, orange, pine, dirt, hay. Flavor is earthy yeast, straw, and maybe some stale hops. Probably let this sit a little long but not bad. Yeasty farmhouse funk. Easy drinking and plenty of carbonation.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 1839 Taphouse - Columbia, MO

A - Poured a hazy, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of spices, lemon and some caramel malt.

T - It tasted of lemon and some coriander. Sweet caramel maltiness with some grain flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty nice Belgian Pale. Curious to try the bottled version of it.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy gold body that has large head and lace patches due to carbonation. Aroma is mostly citric hoppiness and a touch of funk and yeast; not much of a malty aroma although bread/yeast come through. I found the beer to be slightly chewey and bready, smooth, even a little boozy, sweet malts and possible sweet fruits in there but mostly the beer is dry and very hoppy (citric/orange is prevelant). It is a good beer but I found the hoppiness slightly overpowering the rest of the beer and not a perfect balance.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bee on a hop, now i've seen everything. Review from written notes.

Deep orange color, hazy with visible streams of upward carbonation. Thin layer of white foam on the surface.

Grassy, herbal hop nose, slightly bitter, the hop smell seemed a little muted up against the Belgian yeast.

Moderately hoppy flavor, noble and grassy again. Yeasty and still a little bit "green", it leaves a fresh and young impression. Simple and clean malty base with a building grassy hop bitterness. Effervescent and quenching, medium bodied, clearly Belgian inspired. Something i'd try again, it's a nice hop-forward Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of draheim
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a really big pint glass @ Llewellyn's in Wildwood (proper glassware anyone?) Pours a coppery amber w/ a minimal head.

Aroma is floral with plenty of spicy and fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. Pretty standard Belgian pale ale smell.

Taste follows nose. Pale malt, Belgian yeast, w/ some floral and spicy undertones.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth, drinkable.

Overall a pretty average Belgian pale. Good but unremarkable.

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Hommel Bier from Perennial Artisan Ales
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