Poperings Hommel Bier | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
799 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:
799
Reviews:
407
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
78
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Feralerin
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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 Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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 CommonRider
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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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Photo of peagasus
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Scott1970
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of dbell23
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The 750ml bottle opened with a loud pop. Always a nice sound. Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy golden orange in color with large white head. Good head retention with good lacing. A very nice looking beer.

Smell is oh so nice. Honey, maybe apple, phenols, Belgian yeast, maybe a little hop bite. Really nice.

Taste is superb. Like a hoppy Tripel. A little fruity spice with mild hops to start, hoppy Tripel in the middle with a clean mild hop finish. There seems to be a mild honey undertone throughout. Very good and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is great. Perfect carbonation with a little smoothness. Nice smooth crisp finish if that's possible.

Overall an outstanding beer. Not many good Belgian ipas out there but this one is really good. Like most European beers the tastes are very subtle as compared to Americans that tend to be out front. I've had it a few times and will definitely be back.

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Photo of hlatimer266
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad pour.

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 PeetPP
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of MacStinson
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of BoneyardBrewer
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of champ103
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Down House in Houston, TX

A: Pours pretty much clear golden/orange color. Maybe a bit of haze, but not much. A small white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace.
S: Phenolic, peppery yeast. Bread and biscuit. Light grassy hops. Not much else I can comment on.
T: Follows the nose with peppery yeast and bready flavors. Light hops that are floral and grassy.
M/D: A light to medium body. A bit to thin and watery. Not hard to drink. I finished my glass without a problem. Though not something I am coming back to often.

This seems pretty ho hum. I was hopping for some brighter hop characteristics with a crisp and dryer body. I have had pretty hoppy beers from Belgian breweries. This seems to subdued and mild, even for a non hop head like me. One that loves bright, crisp, non bitter hops that can be a great asset for the style. This ain't it.

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Photo of grumpygerman
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of scottiethebody
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
4.02 out of 5 based on 799 ratings.
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