Poperings Hommel Bier | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
Belgium | website

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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402
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784
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
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Photo of brewerdrew
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Simply Awesome . . .Nice Big Head with a crystal clear straw hue.

Awesome hop characteristics and mouthfeel.

Best Belgian IPA I've had to date. Belgian Notes are nicely balanced and not too overpowering.

Even has characteristics of really Hoppy German Pils which I love.

Highly recommended

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprised to find I'd never written about this before.

25cl Bottle: BBD 05/2015, poured @ home into my huge Judas glass on 5th 12 2013 during a Belgian tasting evening I had with myself!

Slight haze to the golden body, large white head.

it's hoppy in aroma and taste, but it's all subtle stuff compared to the 'new wave' of Belgian hoppy brews. This is an old friend who isn't going to let you down or upset you.

A true Belgian classic with very few beers like it anywhere in the world. High in alcohol for it's body depth maybe, but it still manages to hide the fact it sits at 7.5% ABV.

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Photo of Rob_Arrieta
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good, solid Belgian ale. Reminds me a little of Duvel. Cloudy color, hoppy, rich taste. Goes down smooth, very little aftertaste. Good Belgian but not in the rarefied air class of a Westvleteren brew. Would try again. Purchased in Newton, MA at the Craft Beer Cellar.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Still car-less and hotel-bound in TX. Saw this forlorn-looking single in the fridge case after bumming a ride to the closest decent liquor store. Poured from a 330 mL bottle into an old-fashioned with a moderately-gentle hand. The label is notched: Best by 10/13. Or maybe 13/10? Lousy Smarch weather. We'll see how this goes...

A: Fine golden yellow with a tight, white head approximately 2 fingers thick. Impressive retention. Moderate lacing. Very effervescent - sediment was coursing around inside the glass the entire time. The amount of sediment is off-putting, but I suppose it's at least partially my fault, so I'll average the difference for the score.

S: Very inviting, delicate Belgian yeast. Surprisingly fresh hop aroma. Grass. Cracker. Light fruity notes. Light funk notes. Lemon.

T: Slight sweetness blooms into a marked European hop-type bitterness that lingers on-and-on. Very dry finish. Light malt, light fruit. Very nicely balanced. No trace of alcohol. Only delicious hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Very clean. Wow.

M: Moderately-high carbonation that really seems to work well with the bitterness and surprisingly full body. There is a definite creaminess.

O: This was superb. Upset I only have the one bottle. Maybe my expectations were low, given the age of this randomly encountered, lone single; but, I am very impressed. When I say, "Belgian Pale Ale", this is exactly what I envision.

Prost!

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Photo of Hoplomachus
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found a 750ml bottle of this tucked behind some triples and quads in the Belgian section at Total Wine. It was the sole bottle of its kind and I'd never seen it before. The label looked faded and there was a moderate amount of yeast sediment suspended in the beer itself, rather than settled at the bottom as one would expect.

I say this to preface my review because, despite the obvious aging and exposure to light, this beer was very enjoyable.

the appearance I rated a solid "okay" due to the floaters, but the color was a deep gold-orange with a slightly off-white head that fizzled down from two fingers to nothing in about three minutes in my Duvel tulip glass.

The smell was slightly skunky (an indication of improper storage and exposure to light) but that aside, Belgian yeast was the prominent aroma followed by alcohol. Unfortunately, the smell of hops was almost nonexistent.

This beer lacked the hoppy_bite that I so looked forward to (I miss last year's Duvel triple hop) but I have to say, the slightly hoppy Belgian ale was very enjoyable. Hoppier than a plain Belgian blonde/dub/trip but very balance

It is light like a blonde but still coats the tongue and throa, but it is nowhere near as thick as a stronger, darker ale. Not something light and crisp enough to enjoy after a hard days work in the summer sun, but definitely nice right now as the sun is setting and the humidity is dropping.

overall, a solid 3-3. 5

A good beer that I would recommend to a discerning enthusiast.

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Photo of spoony
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 250 ml bottle (dated January 2014 in the notched label) into a wine glass.

A-The brew pours with a fat finger of off-white head that hangs around for a bit. The liquid is speckled with particles and lightly cloudy with a golden color. A few bits of oily lace remain on the glass.

S-The smell is surprisingly doughy for an IPA. There is an herbal honey sweetness here, which is sort of unique and not entirely unpleasant, but kind of strange. Bitterness is mild and the hops come through as more citrusy and lemony than anything else.

T-The taste is less doughy than the smell and more sharp and spicy. The pale malts are still there, but hops show up in an earthy, herbal, funky, Belgian way. Bitterness is moderate to high for a Belgian IPA, but nothing like a US-brewed IPA.

M-There is an opening wave of prickly assertive carbonation, but once that fades, the brew settles on the palate. Feel is nicely matched with the flavors.

O-This is a very unique beer. I tasted two bottles and the second had far more bitter, sharp hops than the first, but both had a strange honey-herbal sweetness to them. I'm not sure that I actually liked this beer, but I was so intrigued that I was left wanting to drink it again.

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Photo of JayQue
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good beer!!! Pours a hazy orange color into my Chimay goblet from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle. Nice big delicately bubbly white head with better than average retention. Little lacing.

Smell is pretty good. Light fruit, mostly apple with some pear and Belgian yeast. Very inviting

Tastes great. Kind of like a lower .abv Tripel without the spices. Plenty of fruit, Strong yeasty taste (I always am reminded of ripe cheese when I encounter this level of yeast flavor in a good Tripel.) This is delicious and light. I could drink a ton of it.

Mouthfeel is rich, smooth and pillowy soft. There is a little IPA bitterness but not much. Apples, Belgian yeast, no hint of alcohol . You could drink this stuff all night!!!!

Excellent Belgian ale.

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Photo of rangerred
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy medium orange with a huge billowy white head. Some sediment from the bottom of the bottle sneaks into the glass. Abundent carbonation ensures the head remains throughout and leaves tons of lacing.

The aroma has a metallic note but is also clove and banana so typical of Belgian ales. Grassy and earthy hops poke through much moreso than in other Belgian beers.

The flavor is quite a bit more hoppy than I was expecting! Clove and yeast combined with Earthy hops leading to a very assertive and drying bitterness. A little tropical fruit flavor comes in towards the finish lingering along with the lasting bitterness. A very clean and dry finish.

Overall, I really feel like I could drink gallons of this beer all day. It is really that good. A great flavor and mouthfeel combined with a hefty bitterness makes this one extremely quaffable and well put together brew.

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Photo of newton99
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nose is citric, grassy, green raisin, honey. Kiss of funky yeast. Not bad at all.

Very metallic, really drags the whole thing down for me. Raisin. Ripe grape. Clovey nips, but mild. Peppery. Hops cut through nicely, not over the top. Metallic imperfection fades a tad as I drink; about halfway. Still, it's there, and it messes up the otherwise nectar-like profile.

Medium body, little biscuity feel. Slightly sticky.

I'd like like to try again, see if the metallic flavor/compound is less present.

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Photo of safaricook
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
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 dar482
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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 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 hackmann
4.86/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a poperings like glass
I found this ale just three years ago and love it.

Appearance: a hazy blend of gold and amber with a two finger egg-shell white head with plenty of lacing on the glass. Make sure to get that sediment off the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma: light floral hops, a twist of lemon rind, hint of fresh apple mash and pear, hint of sweet malts and Belgium yeast. Nice aromatic hops – sorry hopheads not bitter hops.

Flavors: let this ale warm a little after taking it out of the fridge for the flavor pop once it hits the 50 degree mark; floral, a rosy-floral note, hint of lemon meat – just a hint, a little fruity – white fruit like, a pinch of coriander, a dash (one dash) of pink peppercorn, low sodium saltine cracker, sweet malts – sweet dough like

Mouthfeel: good Belgian carbonation, there is an oily feel from the hops, the nice fizzy and oily feel gives it a semi-creamy feel, lingering floral and that twist of lemon rind on the aftertaste

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: clear, gold - white foamy head with great retention and fairly thick bands of lace from top to bottom - magnificent!

S: reminiscent of Saison Dupont and Houblon Chouffe - fairly prominent cooked brown rice aroma - dry brown grass - old wallpaper (but in a nostalgic way) - slight fruity esters - lighter: pale malt, noble hops, and cracked pepper

T: a touch less intensity of brown rice - familiar "Belgian spice" flavor with a mild cumin angle - celery or parsley or some piquant, fresh green vegetable (hops?) - mild (slice of white) toast - alcohol spice, mellow bitter hops in the aftertaste - a fruity bubblegum emerges with force later - some wonderful complexity, overall, but not much depth

F: smooth-ish body - mildly powdery, yet fairly clean and dry - light desiccant effect in the mouth - late, pleasing warmth, not hot

O: quite an excellent, memorable beer - tastes a bit "high-brow" - quite moreish - a little more malt (grain) flavor and depth would be nice, however, it's plenty balanced and solid for what it is - old favorite of mine - recommended!

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Photo of FLima
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amber orange color, a bit hazy. Thin head with low retention.
Aroma of yeast with banana notes, not so hoppy though a bit piney.
Mildly condimented, nice taste with a citric sensation and malt sweetness.
Zesty and spicy in an elegant way and with a high drinkability. Hints of orange, herbs and honey. Dry aftertaste, and here you feel a little bit more its hops. I am mentioning this as the title suggests a good deal of hops. So it felt to me more like a Belgian Blond Ale rather than a Belgian IPA. 7.5% ABV is unnoticeable. Very pleasant beer to drink, full of flavors and refreshing. Excellent.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2 month old bottle bought in Poperinge.
Poured with a finger of bright white head. I think the golden body is usually clear but I couldn't wait for the yeast to settle from the walk from the store to where I was staying before cracking this.
Aromas of honey, floral, apple, pear, banana, and herbal hops.
Hop bitterness grips the tongue for a second and feels good like drinking an American IPA before it washes away. It tastes very fruity and is spicier than the nose while being herbal as well.
Really enjoyed this little bottle of beer.

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Photo of hotfive
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer compelled me to register an account with BeerAdvocate to sing its praises. Thus, this is my first review here.

Since my first sampling, some eight years ago, and through intermittent encounters since, this beer has remained my favorite. It's definitely not a "drink six" or "drink every day" sort of a product, and it's rare to find it in small bottles, anyway. For me, it's always a treat. In my relatively limited experience, it compares only to a couple of the La Chouffe varieties in its distinctive flavor profile. Sadly, I'm inept when it comes to isolating "notes" and aromas and the like. I'd describe it as clean, yet complex; spicy, yet balanced; smooth, yet slightly bitter; and with a subtle yet all-encompassing citrusy profile from first scent through its finish.

An inspiring brew, to say the least, and wishing I could say more.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark gold with pristine clarity and an immense head of sticky lace-coat and tight density. An obvious 5.0.

A sneaky Euro-hop and some tart apple esters. Excellent yeast strain to identify the Belgique.

Simple ale with some spiky spice and a peak of hoppiness. Still pretty light (I'm used to Piraat or Houblon Chouffe), but flavorful with balanced sweet pale malts and estery fruits. Apricot, corn cereal, and ripe apple.

Really softly carbonated with some spicy prickle that plays around. Body is thinner than straight medium. Alcohol peels through.

Nice Belgian IPA. Borders on Belgian pale ale territory.

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

A: The beer pours a golden clear body with a some what thick white head that slowly fades away and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass. You can see a good amount of carbonation bubbles in this beer.

S: Sweet malt, light amount of hops and yeast

T: There is a good amount of sweet malt, fruity yeast flavors and the typical Belgian flavor. There is no hop flavor though, but man it does taste delicious.

M: There is a lot of carbonation and has a strong tingle on the back of the throat and tongue.

O: This is a very delicious beer and I would for sure get this beer again. So good and glad I was able to get my hands on a bottle of this

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Photo of Theshooster
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite Belgian blonde ales. Poperings or Poperinge as it is more commonly known is a beautiful little town in West Flanders that I have had the pleasure of getting to know over the last 4 years. The town takes pride in their ale and being situated directly south of Westvleteren and east of St. Bernardus in Watou, they have a lot to live up to.

A - Hazy, blonde, nice clean head

S - Sweet, floral, less powerful than Duvel

T - Perfectly balanced, refreshing, and sweet

M - Not too overpowering, medium bodied

O - A wonderful beer from a wonderful little town

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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 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 mick303
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich caramel honey colour, highly effervesent, with a good amount of yeast sediment making it into the pour, head is a huge billowing foamy cap, with great lacing and excellent retention.

Smell has a very yeasty pleasant hop aroma, a bit of grapefruity citrus, pleasantly light, but fresh and zesty.

Taste is very solid. A initial zing of carbonation then a nice meaty yeasty character. Hope are not overly assertive, more an underlying bitterness that contributes a pleasant firm dryness throughout. There is a musty, sort of farmhouse/barn aspect. Pleasant fruit notes, tending again towards grapefruit. All round really good depth and complexity. Hops come through on the end for a tight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel has a creamy carbonation, a very firm and tight feel to it. Finish is crisp, dry and yeasty. Drinks quite lightly for the ABV, this is very refreshing and very balanced.

This was a great treat. Firm and balanced, it is a good composition of strong yeast, firm malt and bitter hops for an interesting and complex beer. More on the Belgium Ale side of the spectrum it combines a good amount of hoppiness to lend a nice bitterness, that works well.

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Photo of Agent1
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A clear, pale yellow with ample head. Nicely carbonated; this beer is very active. Excellent lacing and impressive retention. This Belgian IPA appears to be filtered.

Smell - Aromatic malts are noticeable right away. Fresh Hallertau and vanilla stimulates the nose immediately. Very bright and refreshing. Zesty and crisply hopped. Great hop aroma.

Taste - Honey, bitter orange peel, fresh bread, rose pedals or marigolds, coriander, with a wonderful vanilla finish. Pale grains help create body, yet do not overwhelm and sit nicely within the overall tasting notes. Fresh bread, apple and pear. The yeast compliments the sugars and helps fill it out. Not only smells like Hallertau, but most likely brewed with it. The hops are quite acidic and crisp -- very nice. An impressive blend of spices and sugars.

Mouthfeel - Excellent use of carbonation. You can certainly feel this all across the palate. The bitter notes ring on the roof of the mouth and the sugars help stimulate all sides of the tongue.

Overall - This IPA is incredible when served chilled. Well-balanced and yet not too overpowering, this is a delicious Belgian gem done right.

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Photo of JMad
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden wit a thick foamy off white head that loudly dissipated. Smells of assorted citrus peels, mainly lemon with some tangy Belgian yeast. It tastes great, lots of lemony op flavor with a hint of pine, banana and lots of yeast. The beer is light with lots of soft carbonation and a dry finish. This is a great beer, I could live off of these guys.

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Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
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