Poperings Hommel Bier | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
Belgium
brouwerijvaneecke.be

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hommel beer brewed with Hallertau and East Kent Goldings hops from Belgium’s hop growing region

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

BEER STATS
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405
Ratings:
789
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
15.92%
 
 
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Photo of Gajo74
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Belgian B Cafe, NYC.
Pours an amber orange with a frothy head. Cap retains well. Lots of lacing.
A unique bouquet of muted tropical fruit flavors, along with a faint musky quality; pear, papaya, passion fruit, even coconut milk. Floral, honeysuckle and vanilla bean. Light spice, lemony twang and, at times, a faint metallic aroma.
The taste is somewhat different. The palate is dry, earthy, rustic, grassy, herbal and mineral like. Light cracker malt backbone.
Some sweetness in the finish. The hops presence is of some significance as it provides an herbal and grassy feel and a touch of bitterness. Medium bodied and velvety in the mouth feel.
It feels more like a hoppy Belgian Pale Ale than a Belgian IPA. Nevertheless, an interesting brew I'm glad I tried.

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Photo of Spikester
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy very pale gold with three fingers of fifteen minute head retention. Rings of lace follow the drop of the liquid.
Smell is yeast malts spicy hops.
Taste is yeast malt sweetness medium bitter spicy hops.
Mouthfeel is light with alright carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and mildly bitter.
Overall an excellent beer but a bit expensive. A special treat if you will.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before November 2017.

Pours a clear light gold with loads of foam that settles to aboot a half inch.

Smells of earthy malt with spicy and grassy hops. The sweet side could be also an addition of honey.

Tastes like it smells. Almost. I taste some bready/cracker in addition to the earth and honey. Bitterness does translate to light spicing and grass. Even keeled beer here and pretty drinkable. I like it.

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Photo of MrDell
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

23.07.2016
Poperings hommel bier
Belgian IPA – 7.5% - 330ml bottle - Best before 17.05.2018

From the hommel bier website:
Since many centuries the Southern part of West-Flanders has been known as an Agricultural region, with a solid reputation for its grains and also for the hops.
During World War I the entire region around Ieper was completely bombarded to the ground. Life as we knew it, and all economical and agricultural activities came to an end. This black page in our history was maybe best described, by the Canadian poet Lt Colonel John McCrae (1872 –1918) in his World famous “on Flanders fields”
Shortly after the great war, with a lot of hard work, people rebuild the area and after a while the hops have replanted in the Poperinge region. Very soon we were able to harvest the hops (hops is called hommel in our dialect)and the production and export started again. This interesting history is well illustrated in the Poperings hop museum: www.hopmuseum.be
Every 3 years the city of Poperinge has a Hops procession, and by the end of the 70’s they decided that they were looking for a worthy ambassador to represent the hops culture. Combining al his knowledge and craftsmanship Karel Leroy introduced in 1981 poperings hommelbier, that immediately shook the Beer world.
This top fermented Ale with refermentation on the bottle can’t be compared with any other type of ale and is therefore known as a Special Ale.
This refreshing gold colored ale has a honeysuckle sweetness that is nicely balanced by a full solid hops bill. It also has a late, spicy, cumin-seed, dryness, that amazingly enough never gives you a dry after mouth feeling.

Appearance: Perfectly clear, golden ale with a white head that dropped from 3 fingers and fluffy to just keeping the surface of the beer covered and sing fluffy around the edges. A mixture of tiny bubbles on outside of glass and large ones in centre make up the carbonation.

Aroma: Fruity, yeasty notes of apples and oranges. Some citrus fruits from the hops and also some sweet honey notes are present.

Taste: As with the aroma, its juicy oranges upfront, then a little sweetness before a moderately bitter finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. A very refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little prickly from the carbonation, leaves the palate dry.

Overall: Throughly enjoy this one. A lovely, refreshing, well balanced ale that hides its ABV. of 7.5% very well. Could sink a few of these on a Summer’s afternoon.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 330 ml. bottle with an expiration date of 08/04/2017. Sampled on July 9. 2016.

It pours most amber-orange with a slight cloud and a modest white head.

Big sweet and toasted malt aroma with a hint of green grapes but also an interesting moss-like character. Low hop profile but I get some spice.

Medium body.

Sweet toasted taste up front with an herbal finish that linger for a short moment. Quite delightful actually.

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Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled
Slightly hazy yellow body with white head that retreats to the edge of the glass
Aroma of burnt sugar and hints of sour pear
Caramel and sour flavour but muted compared to aroma
Solid beer

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Photo of stevoj
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grassy aroma and flavor on this beer. This is straight from the hops growing region of Belgium, but the hops aren’t overdone. This is very smooth for a Belgian Ale, no bite to it, but still very good.

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Photo of PainterChi
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: pale to medium amber, hazy, 1 finger yeasty head which disappears fast 3.5/5
S: flowers, honey, dought, cheese undertone 3.75/5
T: citrus, grapefurit, grass, honey, pleasant amount of bitterness, spiciness, belgian yeast, bread, cheese, molasses, dry 4.25/5
M: medium body, soapy, slightly oily, good amount of carbonation 4.25/5
O: well balanced beer to enjoy itsel, might pair well with pasta with cream sauce, fish, fried and salty food 4/5

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Photo of babaracas
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, hazy gold color. Smell: pear and stone fruit, floral, lightly soapy, notes of coriander and clove, honey ish sweetness. Taste: pear, light pepper and coriander, nectarine, earthy and herbal notes in the finish.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours fairly clear gold with a slight chill haze crowned by a 1” fluffy white foam collar.
S: Flowery, spicy hoppy nose.
T: Rich and bready light malts strongly seasoned with spicey hops.
F: Medium to medium light body, medium to medium high carbonation, crisp.
O: A few years ago I bought several of these and aged them. Dumb move. Drink fresh and it is incredibly good.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at TRIA Taproom in Philadelphia. Served in their stemmed tulip glass. Nice inviting smell and great taste. Kind of a hippy blonde ale. Super tasty.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a hazy darker straw body.
The aroma is just rip apples and pears, then dry grains and lemon. Nice.
The taste is spicy at first, then a dull bitter note and finishes grainy.
The texture is crisp with a nice fizz.
A nice beer.

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Photo of Cannybrew
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bright looking brew with amber colouring and tight white head. Solid lacing. Smells of oranges, leather, and a stroll down the Marrakech souks. Tastes sweet, dry, hoppy, delish. Feels Belgian. By that I mean thoroughly enjoyable, unique and satisfying.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the big bottle in a snifter. This fine golden ale pours a bright golden color with a fantastic frothy tight beaded head of bubbles that lingers quite awhile till finally settling into a 1/2 thick layer with NICE lacing. Nose of bittering and floral hops, sweet Belgian candy malts, and earthy yeast. Flavors follow the nose exquisitely sweet malts to the front and sides, with a mild bittering and leafy floral hop note. Flavors of lightly tart orange and peach blends in nicely with an earthy hop character that is exception. Smooth and creamy mouth feel with a lightly dry finish and sweet yet tart hop aftertaste. VERY NICE.

Cheers!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #75 (April 2013):

A classic and one of the hoppiest beers to come out of Belgium. There is a huge sense of terroir from the hops, such a unique character. Both Belgian beer lovers and hopheads flock to this beer, and so should you.

STYLE: Belgian IPA
ABV: 7.5%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Pale amber color, epic head

SMELL: Sweet hop oil, resin, tangerines, raw honey, earthy, yeast, estery, nutty yeast, medicinal

TASTE: Smooth, deep crispness, moderate-sized body, fluffy, very hoppy, earthy, mineral, leafy, dried grass, spicy, slight resin, faintly biscuity, apple skin, alcohol

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Photo of Wanne
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Colour is golden with a little bit of orange. Nice floral aroma. Taste is a bit sweet (honey?) that evolves into a nice bitterness (floral, perhaps a bit of orange too). Very nice, refreshing beer.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

250ml bottle from Beers of Europe (£1.99):
Another very nice Belgian offering here, this one was quite bitter but as I suspected not quite as bitter as some of the American style beers I've reviewed on here. There was a lot of spice and background fruits to this one that balanced the beer out well and the tart flavours started strong but settled down was the beer had time to open up a little. Overall a decent beer and one well worth picking up.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Prairie Artisan Ales teku glass. Toasted penny color with a bubbly white head. The nose is similar to a saison or tripel. Yeast, cloves, banana and apple. Tastes of sweet malts, banana, spice and a very slight touch of bitterness at the very end of the aftertaste. Medium mouth, but the carbonation gives it a dry crispness. For a beer with a fairly mellow taste, there's a lot of complexity. I really like how they've made an interesting beer without a lot of big flavors.

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Photo of JCarey
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Goregeous pale yellow, slight haze. Nice pillowy head that sticks around and decent lacing.

Big Sasion-y nose, similar to a Brooklyn Sirachi Ace

More Saison. Lemongrass, bubble gum, light but punchy hop.

Wouldn't consider this in the IPA trademark, but overall a great Belgian Pale/Saison.

*you really get the hoppy IPA-ness in the backend of the swallow, it's coming to me now*

Quite a fantastic beer, and cheap(8$ for 750mL) for being so highly rated by the bros.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back at Top Hops in New York, having never tried this before. I was expecting this to be a "benchmark" beer that would serve as an example as to what other Belgian IPA's should aspire to and for the most part this fit that bill. The flavor was a little too complex for me but the drinkability was there and I was also hard-pressed to remember when something this light in hue had a pour that was this memorable!

The pour to this was astounding as the fluffy head, dark golden hue, cloudy appearance, and bubbles on the *side* of my pint glass all combined for an extremely pleasing first impression. The lacing was up to snuff as well, as lots of soapy layers made themselves felt once I worked my way through this. Not a strong aroma to this beer but there was some yeast and apple to be found in the nose. Both of those were present in the taste, along with the grassy hops, pear, candied sugar and booze underneath everything else.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4/5  rDev -0.5%

What a completely unique beer. The hop character includes herbal, flowery notes unlike anything I've ever tried, and the Belgian yeast imparts a subtle spice character. Initially odd and off-putting, this beer really grew on me.

Smells a lot like it tastes - unique, spicy, and herbal

Beer was a little foamy when poured from the bottle, suggesting some issues with the bottle conditioning, but the mouthfeel was not negatively affected.

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Photo of ahommell
4.99/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Delirium Tremens Chalice.

A: Head is a 2 finger white fluff. Dissipates into sticky less fluffy head. Lacing good. Head is retained for quite some time. Hazy and orange in color.

S: Light yeast. Light grass to floral notes. Citrus is present. Wood. Hay

T: Belgian yeasts. Candi sugar. Grassy tones. Waxy Belgian warmth. FANTASTIC.

M: Soft like champagne. Light and fluffy yet still full bodied.

O: One of the most complex yet simple tastes I have had from the region. As my last name is "Hommell" (from the root Hommel) I might have bumped it up a point. However, this beer is absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of brewerdrew
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Simply Awesome . . .Nice Big Head with a crystal clear straw hue.

Awesome hop characteristics and mouthfeel.

Best Belgian IPA I've had to date. Belgian Notes are nicely balanced and not too overpowering.

Even has characteristics of really Hoppy German Pils which I love.

Highly recommended

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprised to find I'd never written about this before.

25cl Bottle: BBD 05/2015, poured @ home into my huge Judas glass on 5th 12 2013 during a Belgian tasting evening I had with myself!

Slight haze to the golden body, large white head.

it's hoppy in aroma and taste, but it's all subtle stuff compared to the 'new wave' of Belgian hoppy brews. This is an old friend who isn't going to let you down or upset you.

A true Belgian classic with very few beers like it anywhere in the world. High in alcohol for it's body depth maybe, but it still manages to hide the fact it sits at 7.5% ABV.

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