Poperings Hommel Bier | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

799 Ratings
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 John_M
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's during 72 hours of Belgium.

The beer pours a slightly hazy color with good head retention and lacing. The beer smells attactive, with honey, cherry and light citrus. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except there is almost a flowery flavor to this beer, I assume from the hops. The beer is quite light on its feet, and is exceptionally drinkable.

A very nice IPA, one that will enjoyed and preferred by those who don't like their IPA's to be overly bitter. Nevertheless, this is a very nice Belgian IPA and is much better on tap then it is out of the bottle.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy golden-orange hue with a 2-finger cap of frothy ivory foam. Nice looking beer.

Smell: sweet malt with a definite Belgian-style character. There is a little floral/noble hop character to the aroma, but it's not overpowering. Overall, I rather like it.

Taste: sweet malt balanced with quite a bit of earthy, noble bitterness. It's just a very well-balanced, nicely bitter Belgian pale ale in my opinion; the IPA bit is a bit oversold, I think. Still, an extremely well-balanced and tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation. It's a tad light in body to be bodaciously creamy, but it is pretty darn close. This thing is just teetering on the edge of becoming excellent.

Overall: a delightful beer. I love a good strong Belgian pale ale, and this fills that bill as well as bringing in the bitterness to back up the stylistic sweetness. A great beer.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.1/5  rDev +2%

Photo of WetCoaster
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very deep gold, almost orange. A loose, fizzy head. Short retention. Gets sticky and lacey. A bit cloudy.

Smell: Floral and sweet, but surprisngly hoppy and spicy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sort of a Belgian pilsner. The usual suspects are in the lineup -- yeast funk, a fruity sweetness -- but a bracing hop bitterness comes in and cleans house. How about that? Mouthfeel is heavier than you might expect, but still reasonably crisp.

Drinkability: Top-notch; great Belgian flavors, but the dry hoppiness removes any cloying sweetness or syrupy heaviness. Liked it.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden with a few fingers of white head and sticky lacing coating the glass.

S - Floral and grassy hops with some spice, banana, wheat malt and citrus zest.

T - Floral and grassy hops, spice, wheat malt, candi sugar, citrus and lemon zest.

M - Light body with good carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Notes of both wit and Belgian pale in this beer. Tasty.

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Photo of da_beers
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maxpower
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle pours a hazy orange color with a nice off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Flowery, citrus aromas, citrus, honey and pear flavors. Medium bodied with a soft and smooth mouthfeel, finishes dry with some bitterness, very drinkable for the alcohol content.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Chalice)
A-Pure snowy white head that is very smooth and lasts. The body is a nice hazy orange color with a strong carbonation.

S- fruity aroma to start with a hint of spiciness and some faint hop notes. Some slight prune notes but more light perfume fruit like pears and apples stand out.

T- A bit of grapefruit starts off but bold spiciness persists and a nice faint floral hop taste. hidden in the taste are some honey flavors but they are not the strongest. Moderate bitter finish put pretty clean finish overall.

M- Medium body but a cream carbonation mouthfeel. No alcohol is noticed in the mouthfeel.

D- This is a nice peppy beer. It doesn't have a lot of bold fruit flavors but the multiple flavors are faint compared to the spiciness. I would like to see a hint of malt or alcohol round out this beer and give it a little more depth.

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Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fine looking nebulous golden orange color on the pour, the head is modest, creamy and an off white in color, the lace left behind a nice coating on the glass, with lots of dross floating around in the beer. Yeast quite evident, somewhat sweet and sour, vinous is the nose, start is sweet, thickly malted, top is middling in feel to the palate. Finish has a delicate acidity, the hops delightful in their spicy bite, dry somewhat bitter aftertaste, a quite quaffable beer.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into its own Hommel tulip at a cafe in a small town in Belgium. Pours a hazy straw with nice white foam. Great yeasty hop aromas, slight citrus notes. Taste is slightly hoppy, peppery, citrusy, yeasty... a lot of complex flavors with this. Really great traditional belgian IPA..not overly hopped, but you get the full flavor and characteristics of the mellow hops. Well worth a try!

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Photo of gabrielsyme
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We got a magnum (!) of this, poured into a wine glass. A hazy golden with lots of white head, the smell is peppery, the taste is almost like a wit but with a fair amount of hops, more of the continental grassy type than floral American. good overall, not great

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Photo of BucBasil
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a branded tulip at Cafe de la Paix in Poperinge, Belgium.

A: An orange gold color topped with a 2 finger almost pure white head with good retention.

S: Very fruity. Hints of apple, pear, and grape. Floral hop character very fresh and light.

T: Nice hoppy character - fresh and slgithly floral with hints of light fruits and maintaining a good balance.

M: Crisp and refreshing. Especially nice after the bike ride from Ieper.

D: an above average offering, and a treat from the tap in the center of hop production in Belgium

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Photo of Radome
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 25 cl bottle.

A - Not quite crystal clear. Golden color. Fluffy off-white head with some lacing. Bottle conditioned with thick sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

S - Nice mix of aromas. Has the classic Belgian golden characteristics you'd expect, along with some crisp, green hops aromas. The hops are very prominent for a Belgian ale, but nowhere near the level of an American pale ale, let alone IPA.

T - Taste matches the smell perfectly. All the expected golden ale tastes are there, like clean malt and candi sugar. The hops bitterness is moderate, but much higher than a typical golden. There is some hop flavor, but it's not as prominent as the bitterness is.

M - Medium body, some alcohol burn appropriate for the style and the alcohol level. Carbonation is high but appropriate.

D - Overall a very interesting beer. It is a well-made Belgian golden beer with an elevated hop level. Hopheads who hear of it may be disappointed when they try it, but to me the hop level is enough to add complexity without totally knocking the beer out of balance.

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Photo of dogfooddog
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is one of my favorite belgian blond beers, though I have not had it in at least 2 years. pours a light orange, very active carbonation in the glass

nose is very citrusy, subtle hints of pepper beneath, and maybe some character of the yeast as well.

taste is not as i recall, but in any event it is somewhat bitter hops up front, this fades out to an even more bitter finish. also present are some initial sweetness and citrus flavor, though that is dominated by the hops quite quickly. I do not recall this being so bitter in the finish, but in this case it certainly is.

however, further into the bottle my palate seems to adjust and the bitterness fades into a grassy yeasty taste, much more pleasant imho, and more like what i expected...

well maybe not as great as I remember, but in any event this and watou triple are 2 great beers imho.

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Photo of Gervaise
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of olfolxholme
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into Ommegang "chalice" (similar to Stella Artois chalice shape)

A - Pours with a big puff of white foam. Beer is a slightly hazy golden hay color with hints of orange. Ok head retention and lacing.

S - Pilsner malt, faint yeast, some herbal/lemon-y hops. A bit of hay or grass. Pleasant.

T - Belgian yeast character and possibly candied sugar ... a wonderful lingering aftertaste... Great flavor. Hay, biscuity malts, honey... yum. Champagne-like.

M - Soft and subtle with a dry finish. Wonderful.

O - This beer was effing gorgeous. Delicate and delightful. Don't expect this to be an in your face IPA... it's more like a golden ale, and would definitely appeal to pilsner fans. Not a smack in the face (those are good, too) but just a wonderful mix of subtle flavors, aromas, and texture. Very accessible and still complex. Highly recommended.


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Photo of Reagan1984
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a bottle shop in Brussels at the suggestion of some folks.

A very fizzy voluminous white head forms and slowly fades. Slightly hazy straw/gold color. Not much in the way of lace.

Aroma is nice and a blend of lemon peel and some candied sugar.

Initial sweetness immediately segues to some strong bitterness over an undertone of light fruit. The bitterness is really impressive and lays heavily on your tongue. At the tail end you get a touch of the candied sugar sweetness and some more lemon peel. *after I posted my review I was reading some others and saw someone note that they tasted honey. I agree and wanted to add this.... edit complete*

There is a slightly fizzy nature to the carbonation that seems to match the nature of the head. Not astringent but more on that side of the spectrum. This seems to match the bitterness and compliments each other.

A nice little beer. Not sure I call it as epic as some others, but it’s real nice.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, best before date is a bit cryptic, but the markings suggest a best before of 11/13, so we're good!

A - pours a big fluffy head of a few fingers (and risk of overflowing if one isn't careful). The beer is straw colored, very slightly hazy and shows lots of small effervescent bubbles.

S - the nose is interesting with some fresh grassy hops and clove-ester and yeast. Smells almost liked a hopped hefeweizen.

T - fairly strong hops profile, at least moreso than many other Belgians I've had. The hops are a bit tea-like and herbal, and the bitterness really dominates and endures. It's got a bit of Belgian yeasty skunkiness mixed in, especially on warming, but the hops rule. Very dry in the finish.

M - mouthfeel is simultaneously light but also fluffy. It's got some sharp carbonation, but it isn't overpowering.

Overall this is a very interesting beer. Unable to guess from the bottle what it is (i.e. how descriptive is Hommel?), I wasn't sure if this was a highly hopped Belgian Strong Pale or something even more experimental. It was a nice drink, and would be a great warm weather beer, though the well hidden 7.5% ABV pushes it a little out of the session zone. Tasty!

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Photo of petewheeler
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a Light golden brown with orange hue. Opaque. Looks like light apple cider. Big, fluffy slightly off-white head that lasts forever. Great lacing. Small carbonation seen rising. Very interesting and beautiful to look at.

Aroma is sweet, fruits [pear, plums], malt and yeast.

Taste is very sweet, dartk fruits, citrus [orange peel]. No alcohol taste, which is surprising given the ABV. Dry at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy and cleansing. Creamy. Left my mouth quite dry at the end...not totally pleasant.

Overall, a very impressive brew. Very, very drinkable. I look forward to having more of this.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Blue Monkey, Merchantville NJ. Poured into a Poperings tulip. Had an orange/gold color with about two fingers of off white head with fantastic lacing all the way through.

Very crisp and refreshing, some citrus hops, lemon grassy, earthy notes.

For 7.5% abv. the mouthfeel was very smooth and you don't get that alcohol bite on the finish.

The balance of the flavors of this beer was very nice. Very drinkable for me. I've had a few of these at The Monkey...

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, best before 12-09. Poured in a big wine glass at 54 F/ 12 C.

Bright golden color with a bit of haze, and a good inch and a half of billowing white head, with pretty good retention, leaving thick pocked sheets of lace, like slices of Havarti. The second glass has quite a bit of sediment, which isn't disruptive but does seem to impart additional spiciness.

Aroma of spicy, floral, earthy, grassy hops, with sweet yeasty grain, black pepper, and a hint of lemon-scented Pine-Sol. Cohesive and good.

Complex-spicy-earthy hop flavor, with a good dose of grassy hop bitterness that's well balanced by a medium level of grainy sweetness. Spicy black pepper, caught up with the spicy hops, seems to be from the yeast. Some fruitiness, and some overt yeastiness. Balanced and tasty. Long fairly simply finish of spicy grain, with some lingering bitterness.

Soft, cushy, bottle conditioned texture. The well balanced hoppiness makes this refreshing and very drinkable; it helps that I enjoy a heavy dose of black pepper.

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Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
4.02 out of 5 based on 799 ratings.
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