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Poperings Hommel Bier | Leroy Breweries

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Brewed by:
Leroy Breweries

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 dar482
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a cloudy deep gold color.

Taste wise, it has a wheat flavor like Belgian wheats. It doesn’t come with a sour like De Ranke XX, another Belgian IPA. It does not have a hoppy finish like that beer either.

I would say this leans more towards a powerful Belgian wheat than the weird flavors you would get in another Belgian IPA.

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Photo of atsprings
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Raleigh Times served in a tulip glass a nice crisp straw yellow with a khaki head that diminishes to a ring and leaves decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is slight hops and yeast with a touch of sweet fruits and spice. The taste is a nice dry sweet fruit presence with a nice amount of citrus hops. The beer has a nice dryness that along with the bitterness leaves you craving the next sip. This is a very refreshing, thirst quenching beer.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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 Spikester
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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 safaricook
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

golden orange body, slightly murky due to the yeast sediment, some fine carbonation. two fingers of almost completely white head with medium to fine bubbles, reduces after some time two a layer, leaves some lacing.

smell of Poperings hops, sweet light malt, yeast, bread, fruity

taste is light malts sweetness with some fruitiness, has quite a strong bitter aftertaste for a Belgian beer but still nothing compared to an American IPA. No sign of the 7.5ABV anywhere.

smooth carbonation, nice refreshing, medium body, oily

I really like this beer especially since I drank from tab sitting outside in the sunshine after a bike tour through the hop gardens around Poperinge. Very drinkable with a dangerous high 7.5ABV.

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Krey213
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Aethien
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25cl bottle poured into a Palm snifter.

Golden yellow with a good sized white head that leaves a nice amount of lacing around the glass.

Smells like fresh green apples, Belgian yeast, lemon zest, some tartness, grains and honey. Almost like a geuze.

Smooth and creamy feel, lots of hops that balance out well with the fruits and honey sweet, there's some tartness in there that combined with the high carbonation keeps it fresh and easy to drink. The sweet and sour gradually fade away leaving a strong and dry bitterness.

Overall this is a refreshing and a little different beer, very enjoyable.

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Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sandy yellow-grapefruit, flecked with yeast floaters. The bone colored head has rise and stick to spare.
Aromatic of honeyed kiwis, peppercorns, and lemony hop.
Begins with a brief pale malt crispiness, then onward unto tropical fruits. Pineapples, mangoes, and, again, kiwis, all seemingly glazed with a brown sugar crust. Assertively spicy midway with notations of thyme, pepper, and clove. Gains heft late, with a flaked maize and dilute spiced rum impression of heat. Withered hop closer. Bitterness is minimal, but there a suggestion of fibrous stalks and grapefruit rinds.
Medium in body and seems to grow as it warms. It's a bit gooey towards the finish, though its airy otherwise. Nonetheless, this is a fine, drinkable ale with a good amount of flair.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy golden color. small head. smells fruity, grassy. very "earthy". citrus. tastes a touch sour with grass/straw comming to mind. a little lemon here along with just the right amount of hops. first taste was a bit metallic, but this subsides. yeasty and just damn good. slick in the mouth, this is a fine brew. i am very impressed.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at De Dulle Griet in Ghent.

Appearance: Opaque, yellow/orange with thick, lacy white head.

Smell: Definately hoppy, with a little bit of apple esters. A great change of pace here in Belgium.

Taste: Went down really crisp, with a little coriander and maybe cumin, and a great, dry hop finish. If you like IPAs, and I do, chances are you'll enjoy this one. It's different, and it's good.

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Photo of basica
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy dark yellow pour into a La Guillotine snifter with a two-finger thick white head (4)

S - Citrus hops, Belgian yeasts and some fruity notes were detected on the nose (4)

T - Upfront sweetness with some flavors of Belgian yeasts; the middle was fruity with suggestions of peach and maybe apricots. Mild flavors of hops and a slight bitterness on the finish (4)

M - Between light to medium bodied thickness with slightly high carbonation and a foamy smooth texture (4)

D - Very refreshing and easy drinking; fairly good flavors and feel but not much flavors from the hops were detected (4.5)

As a Belgian IPA and supposedly a pinnacle example of the style, I am a little disappointed in what this has to offer. The hops were too mild for me to pick up much hop flavors. On the whole this felt like an average tripel crossed very lightly with an IPA which is not well hopped. It is still a good beer nonetheless but I'm not so sure if it really lives up well to its style.

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Photo of gnaussea
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color, with a billowy, large bubble head that settles slowly, leaving a weak lace. Aroma is of citrus, light hops, and fruity esters. Taste is quite hoppy for a belgian, with strong, traditional, belgian-hop flavor that lingers throughout. Malt base is sweet. Overall, I'm quite pleased. Coming from the hop capital of Belgium, I didn't expect this brew to be so well balanced.

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +1.5%
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 +1.5%

Photo of WetCoaster
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maxpower
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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%
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%
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%
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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Poperings Hommel Bier from Leroy Breweries
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 819 ratings
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