Poperings Hommel Bier | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

Poperings Hommel BierPoperings Hommel Bier
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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 mrchrisray
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.95/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml caged and corked. May 2013 freshness date.

Hazy gold, poured into a Bruery chalice, generates a big head easily, has good retention and lots of chunky sticky lacing. Appearance is the very definition of a Belgian golden ale.

Smells delightfully flowery and perfumy, with honey sweetness and fresh orange.

Can taste the funky Belgian yeast strain, complemented by bready malt with a bit of honey sweetness in the front palate, moving to orange hop flavor, coriander spice, and only a very slight bitterness in the finish. Just a slight metallic note from the yeast but that goes with the territory.

Body is medium with round bubbles of carbonation, has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Finishes a bit watery.

This is a delightful beer. I am enjoying the fresh orange expression due to the Hallertauer or maybe there's some additional orange rind thrown in. The bready malt and orange flavors complement the funky yeast. Really drinks smoothly and the ABV is just right at 7.5% Although this beer has a reputation for being hoppy, it is only mildly hoppy, with low alpha acid hops, and in the fruity, orange hop direction that I find increasingly enjoyable (Citra). I think this is a top example of a Belgian IPA brewed in a traditional hop growing area of Belgium, what's not to like? Not so easy to find in CA, glad I went to the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. Now, I hope to find this on draft sometime.

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Photo of rekel
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has the nose of a high-quality, high-sugar Belgian, with rich fruity notes (pear, apple, white grape, citrus zest), and a hint of a toasted grain backing.

On the tongue, the sugars come across in full force, bearing not only the same fruit flavors noted in the nose, but leading off with brown sugars and hints of caramel. The sweeter sugars soon fade off, revealing not the expected grain base, but a sourness reminiscent of Flemish ales (though nowhere near as powerful) that comes across as apple cider. The hops really come into play during this phase, adding a bitterness to the sour notes that nicely fills the mouth and fuzzes in the nasal passages. A toasted grain base does back all of this, but tends to get lost in the pantheon of larger, more powerful flavors. The aftertaste is a continuation of the flavors present in the ale's latter phase.

Overall, this is an excellent ale, and I liked the inclusion of both sweet and sour notes. Well worth trying.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap and served up in a fairly thin tulip. Appearance was a kinda light yellow mixed with gold, with a white fluffy head. Aroma was of sour yeast and small amounts of hops.

The taste contained a little hop bitterness that combined with the sour yeast. Carbonation was light. I was expecting a little more of a punch with this strong belgian pale ale. Its an interesting, although maybe not great combination of flavors present in this pale ale. Wouldn't call it bad though, I would have it again.

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Photo of alelover
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of vancurly
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a) Hazy pale honey, white coarse foam that sinks

s) Floral, musk candy maltiness, apple flesh. Warms to a mixed spicy profile. Very interesting and captivating.

f) Spicy profile, peppery, wattleseed, nutmeg. Brambly hops, slight alcohol. Every changing, and fascinating.

m) Medium bodied, good length, not cloying.

d) Very drinkable, particularly if you have the time to see it change as it warms in the glass.

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Photo of fdig23
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of ypsifly
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz with notches on the label indicating best before 10/07 purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a tulip.

Bright brass under a tall head of white. Lively carbonation gives it strong retention. Lots of wispy lace.

Sweet and sour nose with sharp spices and some fruity esters and chalky yeast notes. Slight musty aroma in the background. Very nice.

Sharp and a bit tart upfront with leafy hops and a fruity middle that has a spicy edge. Enough malt flavors to keep everything in balance. Nice dry to puckering finish that retains some of the yeast flavors. Wow! I have to give this a five. It hits every note perfectly for the style.

Medium body. The carbonation gives it a lively mouthfeel. Exceptionally drinkable. I would like to do a side by side with this and La Fin du Monde. Highly recommended.

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Photo of StoutBoi
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nomad
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear yellow beer, it pours a nice foam head sitting tight and long on top. Creates some thick and full lacing during the session.

Smells of bready malt with a dough-like softness and comforting sweet yeasty esters. Plenty of lemony zings and grainy floral scents over that from the hops. Tastes of floral hoppiness over a delicate-edged but muscular core of pale malt. Some other bitters within, but a delicate layering of light hop flavors: floral, lemons, herbal, where not one is stronger than the other, and lays back into the full malt profile. The mouthfeel is soft, full, smooth, and sturdy.

Far from straightforward, a European beer this hoppy is strange to taste, especially when it is hoppy in an American way, yet its yeast and malt backbone are undeniably Belgian. Phenomenal with food, for me its always a great pick at Monk’s Cafe.

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

330 ml bottle. This beer pours out brownish yellow with a dense, rocky head. The aroma is sweet and malty with yeast and lemon zest. The flavor is somewhat malty with a sweet candy taste. Fruit and spice come in to give this beer a delicious, complex flavor. Very hoppy for the style. Mouthfeel is medium. This beer is really addictive. I would love to try this on tap.

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Photo of Rwalford74
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice with best before 4/09 etched into the bottom of the bottle

A: Pours a hazy golden brown with a wispy one inch head that fades into a ring after a bit, not much lacing at all but quite a good deal of carbonation coming from all corners of the glass.

S: Seems quite a bit more yeasty than the other Belgian IPAs Ive tried recently, not any floral tinges really anywhere here that would indicate how hoppy this beer is.

T/MF: Quite dry and very bitter like dragging sandpaper over your tongue but in a good way. Initally has a very fruity almost mellon like quality but the hops just dominate after a few seconds in the mouth adding on stong and peppery spices all over the mouth with just a bit of grassyness the longer the beer lingers on the pallate. This is probably the driest of all the Belgian IPAs I've sampled thus far. Lighter bodied for as much alcohol is in the beer.

D: Not what I'd call refreshing in any sense of the word but this is still a well built and complex if a bit hoppy Belgian IPA.

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Photo of illini4x4
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of macesq
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of stogirelli
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of travolta
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of parintele
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of wdarcy77
4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of RMentair
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rvdoorn
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: The beer pours an orange color with a nice white head
Smell: Grain, grass, honey, orange zest, and very flowery hops.
Taste: Hoppy and fruity. Honey, orange zest, spicy and herbal. Aftertaste is very dry and bitter. Perfect balance
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, full crisp body
Overall: Great example of how a hoppy beer should be

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Photo of Beer-Ed
4/5  rDev -1%

Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
Beer rating: 82.5% out of 100 with 810 ratings
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