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Poperings Hommel Bier | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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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
Ranking:
#3,068
Reviews:
413
Ratings:
815
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
4.28
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
81
Trade:
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Photo of hopley
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gajo74
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Belgian B Cafe, NYC.
Pours an amber orange with a frothy head. Cap retains well. Lots of lacing.
A unique bouquet of muted tropical fruit flavors, along with a faint musky quality; pear, papaya, passion fruit, even coconut milk. Floral, honeysuckle and vanilla bean. Light spice, lemony twang and, at times, a faint metallic aroma.
The taste is somewhat different. The palate is dry, earthy, rustic, grassy, herbal and mineral like. Light cracker malt backbone.
Some sweetness in the finish. The hops presence is of some significance as it provides an herbal and grassy feel and a touch of bitterness. Medium bodied and velvety in the mouth feel.
It feels more like a hoppy Belgian Pale Ale than a Belgian IPA. Nevertheless, an interesting brew I'm glad I tried.

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Photo of jrfehon33
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Bitterbill
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before November 2017.

Pours a clear light gold with loads of foam that settles to aboot a half inch.

Smells of earthy malt with spicy and grassy hops. The sweet side could be also an addition of honey.

Tastes like it smells. Almost. I taste some bready/cracker in addition to the earth and honey. Bitterness does translate to light spicing and grass. Even keeled beer here and pretty drinkable. I like it.

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Photo of BenBreeg
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrDell
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

23.07.2016
Poperings hommel bier
Belgian IPA – 7.5% - 330ml bottle - Best before 17.05.2018

From the hommel bier website:
Since many centuries the Southern part of West-Flanders has been known as an Agricultural region, with a solid reputation for its grains and also for the hops.
During World War I the entire region around Ieper was completely bombarded to the ground. Life as we knew it, and all economical and agricultural activities came to an end. This black page in our history was maybe best described, by the Canadian poet Lt Colonel John McCrae (1872 –1918) in his World famous “on Flanders fields”
Shortly after the great war, with a lot of hard work, people rebuild the area and after a while the hops have replanted in the Poperinge region. Very soon we were able to harvest the hops (hops is called hommel in our dialect)and the production and export started again. This interesting history is well illustrated in the Poperings hop museum: www.hopmuseum.be
Every 3 years the city of Poperinge has a Hops procession, and by the end of the 70’s they decided that they were looking for a worthy ambassador to represent the hops culture. Combining al his knowledge and craftsmanship Karel Leroy introduced in 1981 poperings hommelbier, that immediately shook the Beer world.
This top fermented Ale with refermentation on the bottle can’t be compared with any other type of ale and is therefore known as a Special Ale.
This refreshing gold colored ale has a honeysuckle sweetness that is nicely balanced by a full solid hops bill. It also has a late, spicy, cumin-seed, dryness, that amazingly enough never gives you a dry after mouth feeling.

Appearance: Perfectly clear, golden ale with a white head that dropped from 3 fingers and fluffy to just keeping the surface of the beer covered and sing fluffy around the edges. A mixture of tiny bubbles on outside of glass and large ones in centre make up the carbonation.

Aroma: Fruity, yeasty notes of apples and oranges. Some citrus fruits from the hops and also some sweet honey notes are present.

Taste: As with the aroma, its juicy oranges upfront, then a little sweetness before a moderately bitter finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. A very refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little prickly from the carbonation, leaves the palate dry.

Overall: Throughly enjoy this one. A lovely, refreshing, well balanced ale that hides its ABV. of 7.5% very well. Could sink a few of these on a Summer’s afternoon.

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

Photo of prisdefer
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 330 ml. bottle with an expiration date of 08/04/2017. Sampled on July 9. 2016.

It pours most amber-orange with a slight cloud and a modest white head.

Big sweet and toasted malt aroma with a hint of green grapes but also an interesting moss-like character. Low hop profile but I get some spice.

Medium body.

Sweet toasted taste up front with an herbal finish that linger for a short moment. Quite delightful actually.

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Photo of shelby415
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of ninaturner
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matt141
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Antyk
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled
Slightly hazy yellow body with white head that retreats to the edge of the glass
Aroma of burnt sugar and hints of sour pear
Caramel and sour flavour but muted compared to aroma
Solid beer

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Photo of Beginner2
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a classic, big rocky head and blonde. Smells mostly malt, but I pick up enough hops.
Taste is hoppy as advertised, but it is so refined and well-balanced that the hops do not set me off kilter. A certain sweetness that may come from the brewer's sugar. And Feel is a dry, dry, and a bit of sweet.
OA: This went well with a light summer meal and a spicy tomato sauce on pasta. Actually, Hommel Bier reminded of several spicy saisons; a compliment since I consider saisons one of the best styles to complement food.

Poperings Hommel is on the "1001" list and deserves to be. A balanced beer that uses lots of hops but, then, don't over-assert themselves. Then that beer is my friend.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Way too dry; had to drink a glass of water after this one.

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

Photo of Gharker
4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of leroybrown10
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 815 ratings
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