Hommel Bier | Perennial Artisan Ales

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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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of capra12
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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 birchstick
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of Reaper16
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Sean9689
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking brew, orange-tan and a little hazy with lots of fine rising bubbles and a nice, lasting head.

Lots of spicy hops and Belgian yeast on the nose, along with a touch of maltiness and a little bit of earthiness.

Taste is very spicy, peppery, plenty of Belgian yeast, toasty grains, and a good crisp hoppiness.

Body is light, carbonation is pretty good, and there's a dry crisp grainy finish to it.

Overall it's a very nice beer that I'd happily have again.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into multiple glasses. Thanks to Matt for sharing!

A: Pours a golden amber with 1 1/2 fingers of bright white foam on top. Carbonation was ample and lace was plentiful.

S: Nice grassy aromas and fresh spicy hops.

T: See above. Hops took on a slightly citrus-y tone before the lightly toasy malt and slightly spicy yeast flavors came in.

M: Dry, spicy, peppery. Quite cleansing and prickly in the finish.

O: When you name your BPA "Hommel Bier", you have a lot to live up to. This lacks the floral yeastiness of its' namesake but I really dug the fresh grassiness it displayed. Very nice effort!

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3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
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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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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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3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the privilege of splitting this bottle with the legendary Bradley Mehlenbacher of Draco and the Malfoys on October 28, 2011, poured into Tulips from a 750 mL bottle.

A: The color was a fantastic cloudy dark amber. With its color it reminds me of Boulevard's The Sixth Glass which I hold great memories with. The head was even an intimidating 2 fingered head.

S: The head was dominated by hops, but they weren't even that strong. It had a minor citrus smell, but nothing to strong.

T: The taste was nothing spectacular. It was mostly hops with a kick of some slight spices in a Belgian-like variety.

M: It held a medium body and the carbonation fairly light.

O: I feel as if this is a great choice to get someone new into the beer scene, but it's nothing spectacular. It hits some nice notes, but it feels more like a session style beer rather than a special occasion style beer.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep copper-gold with two fingers of off-white head.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, light malts, tropical fruit and oranges.

The taste was light on the citrus side but offered a good amount of bready malts, yeast and a touch of spice and table salt.

Medium bodied and a touch dry with a moderate carbonation.

A delicious Belgian Pale. Perennial is off to a good start here in St. Louis.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perennial Artisan Ales Hommel Bier

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a 750ml bottle.

A – Pours a nice rich golden color with some slight haze and a nice amber and copper notes. Almost gives it an orange DIPA hue. There is a thin 0.25 inch head that is dense and kind of chunky but sticky. It recedes fairly quickly but not too fast. (4.0)

S – Wow! Aroma is delicious. Hop juice is pretty strong with some slight sweet notes. Including some mango notes as well as some slight tangerines. There is definitely citrusy hop resin in their as well as some slight hops. Similar to some Belgian IPAs. There is nice malt sweetness as well with some bready toasted character in the nose. Earthy and a bit yeasty. (4.0)

T & M – Wow. Very nice Perennial! Starts off with some earthy grain that gets quickly covered up by some grassy and earthy hops. Herbs and spices are present. There is some nice slight citrus notes as well as some mild tropical fruit notes. There is also some clove. The bready malt is refreshing and clean and flavorful but the hops really make this beer. Very similar to some Beligan IPAs. There is some nice spice and almost peppery note as well as a nice Belgian yeast overtone that dances well with the nice orangey hops. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp with a slight dry finish and some slight hop stickiness and bitterness on the back end. (4.5) (4.0)

O – Very good brew. The second one I’ve had tonight from them and they have both been amazing. This is very well crafted. You can tell they put care in their product as well as they try to be unique. Very good. (4.5)

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Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the International Tap House in Chesterfield, MO for $4 (Labeled Hommel & 5.9% ABV on their "Tap Board"). Poured from the Wooden tap handle with PERENNIAL written down it in black into a 14+oz Tulip Glass.

Aroma- Good amount of hop aroma from the beginning but malts are evident as well! Very well-balanced and has a bit of fruit character (possibly citrus but very faint). Belgian style, so the strength of the aroma is easy to take on but fun to try and nab characteristic.

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger head that has great retention! Has a deep copper color body that is clear but has such great color it looks semi-hazy. The lacing is tremendous on the walls of this Tulip.

Flavor- Has a slight fruit note from the beginning but very smooth and has tons of malt. The hops are medium flavored in here with a light bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Moderate Carbonation, Smooth, Creamy, and then has a nice peach taste after all the complexity passes on the palate.

Overall Impression- What a tremendous Belgian Pale Ale by Perennial! This one surprised me how greatly smooth and easy drinking it was! The peach taste on the backend was also very nice. Get to Perennial Ales & enjoy this soon!

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