Poperings Hommel Bier
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IPA - Belgian
Ranked #15
Ranked #5,335
4.05 | pDev: 11.36%
Leroy Breweries
Poperings Hommel BierPoperings Hommel Bier
Notes: Hommel beer brewed with Hallertau and East Kent Goldings hops from Belgium’s hop growing region
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"More Hops than a Bouncing Bomb...", Barnes Wallis, 1940.

OK, I made that up, but this beer is hoppy - very hoppy. Comes in a distinctive brightish green labelled small brown bottle, to prevent lightstrike, oh not thats wrong!! - it is to stop people who handle it from becoming hop-struck. Pours well from the bottle, large crusty head that leaves a nice white lace on the glass sides. The nose smacks of freshly cut hops, very floral and pungent. A bitter start, middle and a hoppy lingering bitter finish. My bottle had a slight haze when poured, which I have never ever experienced before, but nothing that detracted from the overall experience, probably kept a tad too cold. I find also that it belies it strength at 7.5%, the bitter-hoppiness probably masks the alcohol to a certain extent.
A great "Beer Ambassador" for the hop-growing area within West Flanders. I find I prefer it on draft - if you ever get chance, try it from the tap, deep in its homeland at the Palace Hotel in Poperinge, then have a hop-flavored Genever to finish with.

Oct 06, 2002
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Squire from Mississippi

3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light gold color with solid white cap and lacing.

Aroma of homemade yeast bread with something slightly sweet and fruity like a ripe pear in the background.

Taste is a beautifully complex melange of flavors that to me match the aroma yet the whole is more complex and elegant. It took about half a glass to realize the ABV was 7.5% but that was in feel as there is no apparent alcohol in the flavor. Hops are just enough to provide a balancing bitterness and become a bit bolder by the finish and into the aftertaste.

Full texture and balancing carbonation.

Overall another fine Belgian Blonde that upholds the traditions of that remarkable brewing Country.

Oct 07, 2017
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RockyTopHeel from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at my new favorite Chicago bar, Hopleaf.

Served in a tulip glass, this brew came to the table a rich, hazy yellow-orange in color with a decent-sized white head. Aroma of spices, wheat, herbs, and some light fruit elements.

Very, very crisp and peppery-dry (is that a hint of cumin?), this makes a nice quaff along side moules and a a well-spiced steak frites. There's an awful lot to like about this beer.

May 31, 2006
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Kraken from Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Harp 20oz pint glass. Sloth has gotten the best of me as I have yet to buy any kind of real glass wear. Massive spuming head rises immediately to the top of the 20 oz glass and sticks around quite a long time leaving great lacing. Beer pours a nice amber color. Nose is light hops, sweetness, very light malts. Slight iron taste initially on the tongue, followed by light sweetness and hop bitters. Nice overall mouth feel, and drinkability.

Jun 14, 2008
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samEBC from Belgium

3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jan 22, 2012
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the Brass Rail with dinner. Ksak beside me with a Vigneronne.

A: The ale is a pale straw color, hazy enough to be opaque, although there isn't much head to be seen.

S: The nose is a sickly sweet combination of Belgian yeast, candi sugars and a good dose of earthy hops. Man, I really dig the Belgian IPA aroma.

T: The tripel flavors stand out at the expense of the hops. They are sweet, an excess of pale candi sugars, and in control from the start. Hops and the Belgian yeast follow, sweet before the earthy hops add a floral zest. The combined package of hops, yeast, and candi sugars isa treat.

M: The mouthfeel starts out sweet before turning mildly bitter. The earthy hops are subtle but work.

D: The beer doesn't feel like 7.5%, at least at first. I went through the glass rather quickly and felt it in the long run.

Mar 13, 2010
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AronVietti from California

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pourd from a 25cl bottle, best by date of October 2013, into a tulip glass.

A: 1 inch head that settled into a nice layer on top of the beer, lots of lacing. Slightly hazy and with a light orange color, like roasted corn.

S: Spice and phenol's , orange and honey.

T: Some nice malt/cracker that immediately falls into some citrus and then finishes with a bitterness that is also citrus, like lime zest.

M: Plenty of carbonation, and great body for the style, not nearly as thin as expected with the ABV.

O: This is a beer that could get me in trouble. The ABV is masked by the body and citrus flavors from the hops. I also really love the nose, could smell this beer for hours.

Apr 16, 2012
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Whiskeydeez from Kansas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Oct 07, 2013
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GreenWBush from Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poperings Hommel Bier loses its bottled shell with a spumous and unrelentingly giant head and sizzling carbonation. After a good four minutes the head finally settles down atop the shaded gold body. Intense and pasty lace adorns.

Nose is strongly wheaty with candi sugar and intensely yeasty aromas. Underneath (and at warmer temperatures) lurks apricots and slight suggestions of tangerines. Significantly fruitier than most BSPA's I enjoy, but not the wicked hop-bomb I might have hoped for.

On the palate, however, hops do leave their mark. Taste is sublime, somewhat akin to Orval without the Brett. Initially yeasty, the flavor emphasis shifts towards an almost cinnamon-esque flavor of combined alcohol and subdued floral hoppiness. An almost IPA-like afterglow.
Unlike 95% of the Belgians I experience and enjoy in small doses, I could drink this all day and night.

Mouthfeel is almost milky at first and finishes oil-coated hoppy. Addictably dry.

Get this now, if you even just remotely like BPA's. Wicked good, and shows Belgian-style brewers not to fear the hops.

Feb 13, 2006
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Greenville, SC.
Slightly hazy golden body with a very good if bubbly head.
Lightly funky and yeast flavor with an attractive aroma that doesn't match.
fruity. Medium-light body.moderately bitter aftertaste.

Jun 23, 2016
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fishguyac from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Jun 04, 2013
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rkhaze from California

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a big, large bubbled head. The head got chunky as it fell and left sparse lacing.
Smells of sweet malt, spicy floral hops, a bit of orange citrus fruits and a tart lemony yeast aroma.
Taste was the same as the smell but it was sweeter on the palate.
The sweet pale malt segued into the citrus fruits and finished with a pleasant floral bitterness and a refreshing yeast presence. Clean and fresh tasting with a good balance of flavors. Outstanding!
Light bodied with a thin but creamy mouthfeel and loads of carbonation.
The 7.5% abv was non existent. Scary drinkability that was only hindered by the sweetness. Great job!

Dec 10, 2004
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spycow from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Mar 11, 2013
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Rwalford74 from Australia

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

May 31, 2013
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uturn from Florida

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked & caged bottle poured into a Maredsous glass.

A: This beer poured a hazy straw color with a fluffy 2 finger off white head which left a thick lacing on the glass.

S: The nose was of sweet citrus, leaning towards orange.

T: The taste starts off slightly sweet but ends up dry. In-between you pick up some spices and orange/lemon zest. In this beer you have what might be a Belgian tripel turned hoppy.

M: The mouthfeel had a medium creaminess with a good carbonation level which tickled your tongue.

D: The drinkability was very good and refreshing with no hint of the 7.5% abv as it was well hidden in this beer.

This is a top notch Belgian IPA. This beer improved greatly as it warmed up. I like the way the yeast improved on the flavor in the last pour from the bottle.

Apr 06, 2011
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mj001jk from California

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tart citrus on nose, fresh hops with a metallic edge. The mineral character continues on the palate, sour and finishing with a long tart green apple that refuses to go away, in a good way. This is not the malty Belgian IPA you are used to, but rather all about freshness, crispness and drinkability. Pair with Thai or Indianfood.

Feb 08, 2012
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Jan 10, 2014
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stulowitz from Iceland

4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The memories start hitting me as soon as I look at the bottle. I first tasted this when playing a gig in Diksmuide after having sampled Westvleterens best at Cafe In de Vrede.

Hazy golden appearance with a rocky white head. Notes of fruit and caramel in the nose. Sweet to the taste but has a firm bitterness to make it balanced.

For my taste, this beer is a well balanced belgian strong golden rather than an IPA, but I am not the style police.

This is a great beer and it brings back awesome memories. Thats what it´s all about!

May 01, 2008
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cfitterer from Montana

3/5  rDev -25.9%

Nov 01, 2014
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lizfig from Texas

5/5  rDev +23.5%

Feb 10, 2012
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GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured slightly hazy golden yellow and then the yeast slipped into the glass leaving suspended black particulates . The head was white and lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was spicy and hoppy in the background with a citrus aroma.

The flavor was sweet then drying. There is a definite citrus flavor and plenty of bitterness to back up the malt.

The finish was dry and citrus peel bitterness lingers. The body was medium.

11.2 ounce bottle.

Feb 25, 2004
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jpiper from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Marked D | 3 | 10 - best by March 2010? Not sure when that means it's brewed.

Pours a beautiful golden yellow - depending on the light. As I pour I see particulate yeast in the bottom part of the bottle. Pour it in, I say, so I end with suspended tiny particles in the beer. No worries, I could've left a half inch in the bottle instead.

The head is thick - 1/2 inch in my snifter - not far off from a proper Poperings glass. A cloud-like cream head, dissipates to a sudsy consistent head with bubbles ranging from tiny to a few cm sized ones.

Plenty on the nose here - you can smell some sweet malt, but more so it's floral with plenty of sourness.

My first sip is a bit disappointing - not as I remembered it in Belgium. So, I'll put expectations aside and judge this one on its own merits. There is sourness on the tongue - sour cherries maybe. It's wonderfully balanced with sweet malts. The malt gives way to a very pleasant bitterness and hop profile at the end. It's dry and the aftertaste doesn't persist for too long. There's a little mineral at the end as well. Not overpowering or metallic, but it's there. No sign of alcohol.

This is one carbonated beer. Leaves an ethereal feeling on the tongue - many tiny bubbles.

A very drinkable beer. Very balanced and I love the sour flavors and aromas. Again, not as good as I've had in Belgium, but still a fine beer.

Nov 29, 2008
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DelicateDelirium from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Sep 05, 2012
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merlin48 from Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, goldenrod body shimmering with tiny bubbles of carbonation. Tall white head settles into a fine meringue with excellent retention and lavish patch lacing. Aroma is herbal and grassy, lending an outdoorsy, almost saison note. White pepper, mint, and herbal spring flowers are complimented by a hint of wild honey. Nice!
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, silky, with lively carbonation.
Taste is dry and hoppy bitter with pepper, mint, and herbs. A touch of honey provides balance. Dry and herbal, almost like a saison.
Clean and refreshing. Quite impressive. This is consistently one of my favorite Belgian ales, whether from a tap or bottle.

May 20, 2006
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BamaBeerBuff from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very cloudy dark orange with a massive ecru head that leaves thick lacing and a couple of thick sudsy chunks on the the side of the glass. Retention is great. Very cloudy and yeasty.

S: Lots of spice, phenols, lemony fruitiness, sweetness akin to clover honey. There's also a funk aroma that shows up intermittently which I really dislike, but it shows up randomly and only after a few wafts from the glass, curiously enough.

T&M: Sweet Belgian malt flavors up front followed by some light citrus flavor, and some customary light Belgian fruitiness (apple and pear). Spice, phenol, grassy hops, and a bit of alcohol all contribute late and on into the finish. Quite nice, but not quite as cohesive or symphonic as other Belgian IPAs I've sampled. Body is medium with a moderate carbonation, but texture is a bit chalky (is this from the large amount of yeast in suspension?).

D: Decently quaffable for the style. Another solid Belgian IPA, though for the price I'd probably stick with Houblon Chouffe.

Jul 31, 2009
Poperings Hommel Bier from Leroy Breweries
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 842 ratings