Hommel Bier | Perennial Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
326
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
23.32%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
34
For Trade:
1
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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 StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a delightful little beer here, a clever take on an underwhelming Americanized style. this pours like champagne, clear light yellow and very brightly carbonated. its got a semisweet nose, with touches of honey and clover meadow cascading my senses. Belgian yeast more like a witbier than a pale, and just the right amount of hops to be sassy without being bold or brash. the taste is exactly as I described the nose, with some almost wild yeast elements creeping in, and more of the honey flavor without the sugar on the finish, fully fermented by what appears to be a very active and powerful strain of Belgian yeast. the feel is a little out of place, carbonated like a brut and finishing dry, its unexpectedly light in that way, and almost rushes me through the flavor journey. its super light and drinkable, especially at under 6% abv, but I would have liked the feel to be just a bit more relaxed. still, its just right for summer drinking, and is a great introduction to perennial ales for me. I will absolutely look forward to drinking more of their stuff and visiting their brewery my next pass through the gateway city.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a frothy head that sits atop the amber colored liquid

Smell: Belgian yeast commingled with earthy hops, peppery spice and orange peel

Taste: Opens rather yeasty and peppery, with a move toward and earthy and fruity hop flavor in the middle; the spices linger in the finish rounding out the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A really nice hybrid style beer - a bit of a Belgian pale, a bit of a Belgian IPA and a bit of a Wit

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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 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 jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lukahn (Reddit) for this interesting looking guy. This could be a big winner for me, or a let down, but we'll see.

I tried to pour carefully at first and at first it looked like it was doing OK, but suddenly it hits the uneven point in the neck and starts gurgling out of the mouth into big blotches in the glass and forces a huge fluffy 2 finger head. The head fades at a med pace with pot-marks, and lots of sticky lacing, leaving a billowy Belgian looking head that makes my nuts tingle. The beer underneath the pillowy head is a semi clear semi hazy tangerine orange-reddish colored, what I suspect is beer.

The nose has a really interesting blend of what it should, the nice Belgian yeast aromas and light hops. The malts are also there somewhere, hiding in the back in poor fashion like a 5 year old playing Hide and Seek and his entire torso is sticking out, with a light sweet reddish malt that wants to be behind the hops and yeast additions but is still in the foreground. However, the Belgian yeast takes the stage, with nice floral light spices, mild fruity esters, and a light fruity pear like aroma. the hops are also there to tickle the nose, with light floral notes, hints of a spicy beast underneath, and touch of a grassy demeanor. Nice balance between all of the above, and glad they didn't kick the booze up as that would upset the nice balance.

As it swishes into my mouth thoughts of fruit come to mind, it's fairly fruity overall, again yeast additions nicely come through. Whoa, waves of lots more flavors I can't put down on paper (or keyboard) fast enough so lets go quick with initial tastes, malts, floral hops, light earthy, floral yeast additions, etc. So the fruity flavors came in first wave as I mentioned before, light pear and almost apricot like fruit. The yeast also brings mild esters and hints of floral spices, earthy spices. The hops kick in quickly next overpowering the fruit, with a floral hop at first, then some grassy flavors with a hint of a spicy complexion, and even a light earthy hop touch. They even add a light hop oil feel. Malts take the rear again, with light sweet malts, golden Belgian like malts, and a juicy reddish almost caramel like malt. The finish gets slightly dry but stays a bit sticky sweet and gritty on the mouth, as the hops ramp up slightly with a bit more lupulin taste and earthy floral hops, and touch of the Belgian fruits and esters lingering all together, but not for too long.

Mouth is med bodied but a bit abrasive, tons of carbonation enough that surprises me it didn't overflow a bit when I popped the top, cause once you pop you can't stop... the flow of the overcarbonated beer.

Overall, again balanced fairly well with a lighter overall feel so that it doesn't get bogged down in booze and malty sweetness. A nice summer sipper that's full of flavor and softness, balance, etc. Nice malts that know their place, nice ester and floral additions from the yeast, and good hops to balance. Glad they didn't try to overpower any of the flavors, hops, malts, booze, sweetness, wrong yeast flavors, etc, even the esters weren't heavy. Nice job.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really happy to be able to try something from this brewery.

This is a nice Belgian Ale. Shouldn't it be a Belgian ipa though? It's a little sweet with the hop tones coming in the back as a decent accent. Carbonation is quite lively. After I pour the dregs in, the feel is quite smooth; silky almost.

This should be a Belgian ipa. I mean, hops are in the name. Ya know? Very glad I had the chance to try it. I'm looking forward to more from this brewery.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by noodleuser. Thanks man!

The beer is hazy and golden hued with a half inch or so of white head. The aroma brings spice, straw, grass, herbal scents, yeast. The flavor follows the nose to a tee. A touch of bready sweetness, biscuits, fruit, before finishing crisp and dry. Light to medium in body. A solid beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Alchemy, Madison, WI:

Pours hazed golden with a thin wispy head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of grain, cotton candy, orange, lemongrass, slight spice.

The taste is of sweet grain, cotton candy/bubblegum, orange peel and a noticeable hop bite in the finish.

It is light-bodied and effervescent.

It is sweet with a touch of orange and a drying hop character. A nice take on a Belgian Pale Ale!

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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 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 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.

7.6/10

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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 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 rhoadsrage
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(served in a globe glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy orange body with a gentle swirl of microbubbles and a snow white thick foam that sticks in rings to the glass.

S- The perfume peach green hops blend with fruity yeasty esters and it turns a bit grassy in the finish. The full aroma blends yeasty ester and hops together very well.

T- The dry crisp green hops flavor has a nice hop zing in the slightly dry finish and a gentle lemon flavor comes through as it opens up. There are some hints of pale malt and yeasty esters blended together underneath.

M- The light mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz that cleans the finish but no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The beautiful aroma is not matched by the flavor which becomes lost in the fizz. The flavor becomes more washed out by the fizz as the beer opens up.

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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 scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One finger of soft white head that slowly recedes.Nice thick film of foam. Good bubbling floating around a slightly hazey amber and copper colored hue. Good lacing too.

Spicey, faint citric hop aroma combines well with a yeasty dry fruit and toasted caramel malty aroma. The hop dominate the aroma, but overall is very balanced.

Mild toasty malts upfront. Cracker like crispness accentuated by the Belgian yeasts dryness and American, earthy and slight citric hop flavors. Such easy, carbonated, cleansing drinking. This beer is great and one I will buy again.

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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 cbutova
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft at Pizzeria Paradiso

A- Mostly clear deep gold body poured from tap to tulip. A white cap builds to just over a finger with good retention. Medium belt straps spotty lace down the glass.

S- Mostly Belgian yeast off the top with undercurrents of citrus and floral hops. Spices, herbs, light cracked grains, lemon zest and apricot hints.

T- For me the hops open up a little bit more at this stage with orange, flowery, grassy and herbal notes. The focus of the beer is still the Belgian aspects with spicy phenols, pepper, straw, pear and citrus zest. Malts are faint like the nose but some pale cereal feel.

MF- Crisp and light bodied with a frothy, slightly creamy texture. Carbonation on the high side suiting the flavor profile. Light bitterness from yeast and hops.

Pale Belgian yeast profile with obvious but not over the top floral and fruity hops. Seems like Belgian Pales have not and might never catch on with certain crowds but this is a good summer refresher.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at bainbridge barrel house

Mostly clear copper pour with thin wispy head resting on top. Retains well while leaving some rings of lacing on the glass.

Touches of well-placed juicy hops, citric fruit and toasted bread in the nose.

Immediately more expressive than I expect for the style, driven by some juicy hoppiness, orange peel and balanced bitterness. Nice backbone, bread crust, caramel and Belgian yeast. Finishes a little dry and hoppy.

Medium body, well carbonated, crisp and juicy on the tongue. I literally took two sips of this and wanted a full pour - extremely drinkable, flavorful and balanced.

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky tea colored brew with a substantial creamy egg shell colored head and lusciously laced. The aroma has a slightly orange citrus over grainy grass theme and a subtle bubblegum sweetness. A bit different but it quickly entices the palate. The flavor delivers very much what the aroma suggested with a very grassy attack but with a decided lemony-orange hop over a thin bready grain. The hops seep in with more and more gusto and a suggestion of clove. This really grows on me. It’s kind of more grassy bitter than I like but the citrus and grain balance it out pretty nicely. This is medium bodied at most with a somewhat frothy feel, very delicate, tingly carbonation. Nice stuff that leaves a bitter coat way back on your tongue. Recommended!

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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 DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tulip at iTap stl. Pours a golden color with nice thick foamy head. Really nice mellow hop and belgian yeast aromas. Some belgian funk and straw.
Taste is a bit over malty but nice crisp hop and somewhat slight citrus - orange maybe.
Nicely bitter and smooth. An all around good brew. Id recommend for those looking for a us version of its Belgian counterpart. Its just a bit maltier and less dry.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #62 (Mar 2012):

LOOK: Golden orange

SMELL: Earthy, leafy, soft resin, dragon fruit, yeast, faintly medicinal, peppery, floral, clementine pith

TASTE: Hop bitterness, leafy, tree bark, nutty yeast, orange peel, faint white peppercorn, kiwi, chalky, light melon rind, biscuity, mild warming alcohol, dry semi-bitter finish

Fresh and in your face, but without being aggressive. Depth and complexity won us over, and each sip made us think a little bit more. Hoppy Belgian Pale Ale with a generous and skilled hand adding Pacific NW hops. Best of both worlds?

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Photo of birchstick
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bialy's Range. Pours an amberish orange with a decent head that leaves a nice lacing on it. Smells of fruity, spicy notes in the aroma. Taste follows the nose well. Sweet lemon flavor and fruity up front, which turn into a nice spicy, earthy hop flavor. Ends with a bit of bubblegum flavor on the finish. Solid mouthfeel as it goes down. Good beer. Flavorful and easy to drink makes this a nice session beer. Good effort from Perennial.

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