Poperings Hommel Bier | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
805 Ratings
Poperings Hommel BierPoperings Hommel Bier
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
Ratings:
805
Reviews:
410
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
79
For Trade:
1
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 805 |  Reviews: 410
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice foamy head. Slightly floral aroma. Juicy chewy Yeasty medium mouthfeel. Nice Belgian pale. Nice Belgian anything. Sweet more than bitter, I like lemon. Drinkable. Satisfying way to Clean the palate. Could have another sometime. Thanks Radek for sharing. Had again ontap at Monk's, it was ust as good, more yeast in taste.

 326 characters

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 12/10.

Pours a murky honey orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small areas of lattice-like lace on the drink down. Smells of grape juice, honey, and sweet flowers. Taste is of bitter grape juice, honey, citrus zest, and a subdued floral bouquet. Slight hop bitterness after each sip that quickly fades. Mouthfeel has good carbonation and is crisp and clean with each sip. Overall. this is a good beer with nice fruit/floral characteristics.

 505 characters

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking hazy gold color. The head was fluffy and white. The retention is pretty strong here where the lacing doesn't really do too much. The smell of the beer isn't overly hoppy, there is a surprising sweetness in there actually. It smells rather grainy with just a touch of citrus in there. The taste is a bit on the metallic side in the very beginning of each sip. The flavors changes nicely as it settles on the tastebuds. It's got a super mellow hoppy bitterness to it. The mouthfeel of the beer is very smooth but has a really nice carbonation to it also. Overall this was impressive to me. I wasn't sure how much I would like it but I'm very glad I got to try it. I would drink it again if it was around.

 741 characters

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of nmann08
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation with lots of dark yeast particles floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of yeast and peppery spices in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness. The spices linger through the finish and aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather yeasty, but it’s easy to drink and a good representation of the style.

 687 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised that it's taken me til now to try this brew. A perfect summertime refresher. A lot of bold Witbier-like flavors with the wheat, corriander, orange, lemon, and buble-gum flavors and soft, velvet-ey texture. All this with that Belgian tart twant. Lightly sour, musky, earthy, and spicy. Much complexity for such a smooth and easy drinking beer. Very clean and crisp. I'll be drinking this one often.

 407 characters

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Burgundian bottle, corked and caged. Bumblebee beer, eh? More of a mouthful to spit out in English, I'd say.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw colour, with a multitude of slick, puffy, and foamy off-white head, which leaves some random blotches of sudsy lace around the glass as it readily (for the general style) recedes.

It smells right upfront of acrid yeast, of the Belgian persuasion, initially muddling a decent grassy, earthy hoppiness, all underwritten by a sweet clove-tinged sugary malt. The taste is pale malt, still rather sugary, but immediately lost in the edgy, fairly astringent grassy, weedy hop notes that ensue. Skirting here and there amidst the larger players is some much milder yeast, as well as an understated booze warming.

The carbonation is tame, but well aerated and a tad frothy at times, the body medium-light in weight, and fairly smooth. It finishes somewhat off-dry, with the malt doing its best to remain relevant, and the yeast and remaindered hops still large and most definitely in charge.

A decent IPA, rendered Flanders-style, though not as zingy as some of its brethren/competitors. The yeast has a lot to do with that, as does the hops' nature, I would imagine. Oh, what the hell: "Ayeeee chee waaawaaa!" - and according to an encounter with Marge, he's Belgian: Aye yi yi!

 1,334 characters

Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap in Poperinge, Belgium, into a Poperings Hommel Bier goblet. Excess head was sliced off the rim by the bartender. Reviewed from notes.

A: Two finger head, nice thickness, but lacking cream. Clear honey-caramel colour. Appealing.

Sm: Nuts and pear. Very hoppy and complex. Wonderful. Excellent. Near perfect.

T: Simple hoppy body, with a buttery finish. Very "short" acts; this beer is not long on the tongue. It zips by very quickly. Nuts and pear do come through, but not as much as desired. Balanced but simple. Built well for the style. The alcohol doesn't surface at all, which is a nice effect.

Mf: Very coarse, but very wet as well. Strangely quick. I've never had a beer that slid down so quickly.

Dr: It goes right down, but there's hardly any time to enjoy it. Worth trying just to experience this strange effect. The smell is absolutely delightful, but sadly the taste doesn't live up to the scent's promise.

 941 characters

Photo of brentk56
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a bounteous head that lasts forever and deposits sheets of lace down the side of the chalice

Smell: Tangerine aroma with a distinct yeasty character; slightly perfumy

Taste: Opens with a peppery, hoppy character that has a touch of honey to it; mid-palate the honey and yeasty qualities build; after the swallow there is a biscuit flavor that is then subsumed by an earthy hops element that provides a dry finish; peppery aftertaste that detracts, however

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: A complex and quite different Belgian ale; worth trying for sure

 653 characters

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with a three-finger, off-white head of thick foam. It left sticky rings of patchy lace.

S - It smelled a little musty with floral notes. There were also some sugary sweet aromas.

T - It tasted musty and spicy with a floral taste. Good caramel flavor, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is an interesting beer. I couldn't decipher the date markings but I wonder if the mustiness was due to age.

 498 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - Light orange brew with a huge white head. Retention is standard. Good carbonation with a complex spicy aroma. Taste of hops is really present with good body. Taste of complex spice is really enjoyable. Overall, a really fine strong belgian brew.

 254 characters

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

 746 characters

Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice, best by 4/2013. Pours extremely peppery cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice thick cap that lasts. Some nice thick soapy lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big lemon, pepper, herbal, grass, apple, bread, orange, apricot, earth, slight funkiness, and big yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of big lemon, orange, pepper, grass, pear, herbal, bread, banana, earth, apricot, and yeast spices. Nice amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, light fruits, pepper, herbal, grass, bread, and yeasts spices on the finish for a good bit. Really great balance of spicy flavors with sweetness; with a very nice amount of complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly creamy and extremely crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Very easy to drink due to the great flavor balance. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian IPA! Great flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth. I will be having this again.

 1,236 characters

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

 216 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
4.02 out of 5 based on 805 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.