Poperings Hommel Bier | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Poperings Hommel BierPoperings Hommel Bier

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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

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Photo of pwoods
2.24/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to mattt for this extra.

11.2oz. brown bottle, poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark yellow with pretty hazing. Big 2+ fingers of pearly white head forms and holds nicely. Some lacing here and there.

S: Smells more like a wit or Belgian pale more than anything. Very spicy from the yeast with a little bit of banana and maybe some wheat. Some floral hops.

T/M: More of the floral and grassy hops with some below average bitterness. Still, very similar to a Belgian pale or a witbier. Malts tasty a little wheaty with a touch of sweetness. The spicy yeast nearly takes over. Body is very much on the lighter side and seems almost watered down.

D: I had high hopes for this but it just didn't do it for me. I can't even honestly give it style points.

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Photo of BarrelO
2.3/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. Best before March 2010.

A: The best thing about this beer. Light orange with a big BSPA head that leaves a good amount of lacing. It's all downhill from here, though.

S: Some faint traces of spice and hops. Unfortunately, they're completely overwhelmed by a rancid phenolic aroma.

T: I can definitely sense some nice fruity and hoppy notes in the background. But again, they're buried under an avalanche of phenols that makes this pretty much undrinkable. The nicest thing I can say about the taste is that it doesn't linger long on the palate.

M: Acceptably light.

D: Drain pour. What a letdown.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.36/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was pretty excited by the appearance and aroma of this beer, but was pretty severely disappointed with my first (and second, third, etc) sip at the taste. I wouldn't recommend this beer.

This beer poured a hazy orange with a towering cumulus-cloud head of miniscule bubbles that reminded me of Duvel's head. Aromas I got were a bit odd, but the aroma was the high-point of this beer...I got something that reminded me of dirty socks, a sour fruit (like sour cherry) smell, and some lemon zest. Flavor was thin and highly cereal-y, and this cerealness lingered in the back of my mouth in an unpleasant way. Mouthfeel was a bit thin. Overall I was not impressed with this.

Not recommended.

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Photo of corby112
2.48/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden yellow color with a thin white foamy head that quickly dissapears. Arom is kind of bland with hints of light crisp fruit and a strong alcohol presence. Carbonated up front, tickling the tounge with a sweet light crisp fruit center and dry alcohol warmth in the finish. Subtle hop and apple notes.

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Photo of JBogan
2.52/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a slightly murky bronze with nary a head or lacing in my glass.

Smelled of hops and citrus fruits.

Tasted mostly the hops, with some sort of "earthy" presence as well. Not too pleasing in this department.

Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side and flat.

There was nothing really "offensive" about this beer, nor was there anything particularly memorable, except for that slightly metallic and earthy taste.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.54/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

served on-tap @ The Foundry, Kansas City, MO, into a tulip glass

Pours a nice, even, golden color. It looks almost lager-ish, actually. Not a lot of head on this pour, but what's hear is fairly thick and frothy.

The smell is all sorts of awkward. This beer smells like the yeast strain has run amok; the phenolic character is way out of control. It smells like a mix between a Barbie doll and chalky candy like Valentine's hearts or candy cigarettes. It's plasticky and gross.

The taste fares better, but not by much. The hops provides bitterness but little in the way of true flavor. The malts make for a sickly-sweet finish. Along the way is that heavy phenolic character. This beer seems out of whack and unfocused to me.

The mouthfeel is fine, is arguably the finest part of this beer. It's a true medium-bodied beer that is pleasant to swish around in your mouth (flavor excluded). Overall, though, this is a disappointment. It strikes me as a cluttered, indecisive beer whose yeast has run roughshod over everything else.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.54/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Orangish golden with a large head and thick rings of lacing.

S - Gumball and hay with some light maltiness. Not a lot going on here, but it isn't bad.

T - Slightly funky, horse blanket, I think it is actually spices combining to give this. It is rather sweet too. Aftertaste is somewhat funky with a musty straw flavor. Dissappointing and watery.

M - Smooth, thin to medium bodied, pretty refreshing.

D - Meh. This beer is lacking in flavor. It just strikes me as not being a full enough flavor - more like water with additives than a beer. I don't think I will have again.

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Photo of asabreed
2.68/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

25 cl bottle into a Brooklyn snifter / tulip, split with friends. Best by 11/07 date notched, so we'll see how this holds up.

Appearance: Lighter orange, mildly hazy, a few floaties.

Smell: Sourness, skewed fruit esters, mild citrus, herbal tea, and some old sponge funkiness.

Taste: Flat orange and apple highly-candied sweetness, with a bit of perfume and flowery aromas, some herbal tea, and sourness. Hardly and finish, just dies.

Mouthfeel: Flat and sticky, with very little carbonation.

Drinkability: For a 7.5% Belgian with yeast hanging out in the bottom, this didn't hold up well. It doesn't seem to be a bad bottle either. Maybe this needs to be consumed fresh, but like I said, I thought it would at least be decent. Maybe I'll try and get a fresh one and re-review, but those of you who have it, I'd try it now if you're thinking of holding onto it, because it was an experience we all threw off my third floor balcony instead of finishing our small amounts in the glass.

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Photo of Bierschenker
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A slight misty blonde. First a large head with some big bubbles. Disappeared quite quickly, and left some thin white lacing, still with big bubbles. Some carbonation running through and yeast floating around.
Scent is bitter-sour. Smells a bit like dishwashing water.
Taste is very dry and sour, overpowering hops (bitter) (logical when you call your beer Hommel bier), quite sour, oxidising, lots of yeast.
Aftertaste is quite the same. Bitter hops and yeast.

Not really my kind of beer.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Photo of marcpal
2.76/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz poured into Hommel goblet.

A: Hazy, golden with substantially thick head.

S: Belgian yeast came through here and citrus far more than any recognition of hop characther. Not very enticing for the style.

T: Albeit, not a Belgian IPA fan but this one was lacking in the taste I was hoping for. The spices and citrus were overly wheaty and yeasty. I could have had off bottle, but the hop presence was just not there. Not impressed

M: A bit overdone in carbonation, not too enjoyable.

D: I wouldnt have another but I can see it being better if categorized as a different style- the yeastiness was just too unpleasant.

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Photo of nick76
2.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is metallic and malty with plenty of grassy hops. There is also yeast and fruit. The appearance is cloudy gold with a large head and lots of particles in it. The flavor is astringent but like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall it's not even average. I would not drink again.

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Photo of SLeffler27
2.89/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enormous, lemon meringue head with amazing staying power drifting atop a cloudy orange-gold brew as a continuous stream of tiny bubbles drift upward.

Hoppy lemongrass comes to mind.

Slight bitterness, very subtle, albeit astringent.

Cleansing and carbonated, similar to champagne.

Light. Worth a try. See what you think. Perhaps I got a bad batch.

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.91/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split a 750ml with Hopswagger.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a hefty white roof.

S - Stale grain, corn, skunky, old stale bread, mild grass.

T - Toasted grain, a metallic comes through pretty strong, phenolic chalky yeast, earthy pepper, lemon tartness, stale grain, low presence of eathy grassy hops, finishes spicy with bits of dried fruits.

M - medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish

Either this was past its prime or I'm missing something. Underwhelming along with lots of off putting metallic flavors.

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Photo of impending
3.04/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

33cl into a tulip. Pours a dull hazy butterscotch, minor dense head, minor lacing.

Aroma is sweetly estery yeasty. Little of the hops and a tiny hint of old sock.

Taste is underwhelming. Seems the bottle is saying best before July 11, just missed that mark and considering this is an ipa of sorts it's well past its prime. Still somewhat interesting yet bland. Strong metal in the aftertaste, nice until then. Thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a murky looking dirty brown-orange. A nice looking white head clings to the glass even as it recedes. Nose is yeasty, spicy, hoppy and a little perfumey. The mouthfeel of this beer is a little flat. Actually, very flat. The taste is decent enough. Some breadcake qualities. Some dulled passion fruit. Quelled lactic tartness. Something similar to a pumpkin spice. Truthfully though, not a lot of character in this Belgian brew.

Gotta throw out some props to LongBeachBum for sending this one my way though. Thanks.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

P: Golden with tints of orange and sudsy bubbles climbing to the top. Clunky and spotty floaters. Off white head that is soapy and thin.

S: Soap suds, cheap lite beer, citrus, subtle diluted spice and doughy lager yeast. After several whiffs faint 5 cent bubble gum flavor comes out.

T/M: Stale, slightly sweet fruity malt, skunk, rose hips, delicate citrus and finishes with a lasting sharp waxy cheddar cheese. Finish is dry and unappealing. Mouthfeel is light and spicy carbonation. Hops are very hard to find for an IPA.

O: Overall the taste and smell is cheap and stale. Im shocked by all the great reviews on this because I was disappointed. Lager yeast is more prevalent than the expected Belgian style. Pretty disappointed in this selection and I really want my money back. Don't waste your time.

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Photo of champ103
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Down House in Houston, TX

A: Pours pretty much clear golden/orange color. Maybe a bit of haze, but not much. A small white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace.
S: Phenolic, peppery yeast. Bread and biscuit. Light grassy hops. Not much else I can comment on.
T: Follows the nose with peppery yeast and bready flavors. Light hops that are floral and grassy.
M/D: A light to medium body. A bit to thin and watery. Not hard to drink. I finished my glass without a problem. Though not something I am coming back to often.

This seems pretty ho hum. I was hopping for some brighter hop characteristics with a crisp and dryer body. I have had pretty hoppy beers from Belgian breweries. This seems to subdued and mild, even for a non hop head like me. One that loves bright, crisp, non bitter hops that can be a great asset for the style. This ain't it.

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Photo of largadeer
3.14/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Golden with a slight haze and a massive stream of carbonation rising from the bottom and all sides of the glass. The head filled up the entire upper 3 inches of my tulip, leaving behind thick sheets of lace as it slowly settled into an thick and dense half-inch head.

Smell: Apple pie, fresh bread and herbs. Fruity but not particularly sweet.

Taste & mouthfeel: Dry with flavors of green apple and bitter orange peel. The mouthfeel is champagne-like with intense carbonation. Hops come out quite a bit in the finish; herbal and earthy with moderate bitterness. A mineral-like flavor lingers on the roof of the mouth which quickly becomes tiring.

Notes: A bit torn about this one. It has its qualities but is fairly flawed overall.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy straw colour and moderate head. Nose- sweet belgian candi sugar. Taste- very sweet. Residual sugars are noticable. Leaves a syrupy taste in the mouth Some bitterness in the finish. Mostly a super sweet tripel. Good desert beer. Drinkability is decent and carbonation is lower than expected.

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Photo of SidVicious619
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 330ml into a chimay glass. Straw/hazy color with small lacing that disappears after 30 mins or so. Aroma is citrusy, yeasty spice, pear and lemon. Detected floral/earthy hoppiness. The taste in the beginning is tangy fruitlike flavors like pears, apples, lemon. Yeasty flavor comes towards the end with some peppery spiciness that has a touch of hops. Good carbonation and drinkable. Kinda mellow for my IPA taste buds but definitely will give another try.

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Photo of drperm
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trying really hard to rate this as a beer, and not to-style.
Bottle at the Raleigh Times Bar, 11 July 2009.

This is by far the least IPA of any "Belgian IPA" I've had, and that's what at first inspired me to give it a mediocre rating; on its own, though, as a brew, I still find it unoffensive but also un-inspiring: harmless, slightly bland, and largely forgettable.
Hop bitterness (or hop aroma, or hop snap) is mostly absent, and I'm left with a pleasant, but innocuous, generic Belgian-yeasted cloudy ale that reminds me of a non-coriandered barley-malt wit. Again, not unpleasant, but not at all what I was expecting.
And do NOT pair it with a reuben or a BLT. This is probably the first beer-food pairing I've ever had that flat-out did NOT work.

Skip this one and go straight for the Piraat.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle dated 4/06.

Pours a hazed golden-orange color with a fluffy white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Nice fruity and yeasty aroma with mild malt tones and a light hop smell.

Taste is mildly bready and fruity upfront with a slight malt taste. Leads into a medium bitterness and subdued hop flavor. Fairly bland.

Medium body, zippy carbonation.

Drinkable and completely forgettable. Maybe a bit past it's prime, but certainly not old. I'd give it a try again if I found a very fresh bottle or found it on tap.

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Photo of rrwiltse
3.22/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured nicely into tulip glass. Nice 1" head, stuck around for a while--HUGE bubbles! Pleasant orange color. Aroma was nearly non-existant. Good mix of citrus and spices, just a light, flavorful touch. Interesting and sour mouthfeel. A good beer, nothing great or special though. Worth a try, easy drinking.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw yellow and large foamy head. Not Orval foamy, but still foamy.

S: Light and fizzy like champagne, crisp apples, bitter white grapes, distinctly Belgian.

T/M: Medium to high carbonation, some hoppiness, apples, pears, apricots, and an small lingering aftertaste of all of them.

A decent Belgian but a little too light and fizzy for my liking. Label is calming.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is yellow and hazy with a big white head of medium and large bubbles that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate.

Aroma is bready with some piny hoppiness and some sweetness. I think I know exactly how this Belgian IPA will taste.

Eh, I was wrong. Beer is weak in the flavor department and in the bitterness department. Medium to light in body, some esters on the mid palate but the finish is non-existent. The forward flavors are weak and subdued. Make an IPA... seriously.

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