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Poperings Hommel Bier | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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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 rkhaze
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a big, large bubbled head. The head got chunky as it fell and left sparse lacing.
Smells of sweet malt, spicy floral hops, a bit of orange citrus fruits and a tart lemony yeast aroma.
Taste was the same as the smell but it was sweeter on the palate.
The sweet pale malt segued into the citrus fruits and finished with a pleasant floral bitterness and a refreshing yeast presence. Clean and fresh tasting with a good balance of flavors. Outstanding!
Light bodied with a thin but creamy mouthfeel and loads of carbonation.
The 7.5% abv was non existent. Scary drinkability that was only hindered by the sweetness. Great job!

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

Sampled on tap at Beer Circus in Croydon, London.

This beer poured a clear, golden amber color with white foam that settled to a steady film that coated the glass. The smell was fruity and spicy and malty. The taste was sweet and sugary with some spice (coriander?), a bit of hoppiness, and a good malty backbone. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and modest carbonation. The aftertaste was hoppy with a sweet fruitiness. This was an interesting beer.

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

Comming from near Poperinge this beer should have something.... hops!

Great appearance with great head and a nice golden colour.

Smell: hoppy, yeasty; great!

Taste: dry, little malt and fresh, maybe missing a lilte body.

Aftertaste: nicely bitter; not overwelming though.

A beer from which you can drink more then one and always a good choice in a bar! Not having the absolute hoptouch though wich it gives on the label!

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkish cloudy organe in color with a pillowy off-white head and a persistent lace. Light spiciness to the nose with a fruity, citric hop boquet. Moderate-full in the mouth, slightly creamy in texture but well-carbonated. The pale malt has a restrained fruitiness which emerges with warmth. Mid-palate develops a slightly bready character which, when combined with the spicy finish, gives this beer just the slightest hint of a gingerbread cookie character. Nicely bitter finish, spicy hops with hints of orange peel. A fine beer.

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Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sandy yellow-grapefruit, flecked with yeast floaters. The bone colored head has rise and stick to spare.
Aromatic of honeyed kiwis, peppercorns, and lemony hop.
Begins with a brief pale malt crispiness, then onward unto tropical fruits. Pineapples, mangoes, and, again, kiwis, all seemingly glazed with a brown sugar crust. Assertively spicy midway with notations of thyme, pepper, and clove. Gains heft late, with a flaked maize and dilute spiced rum impression of heat. Withered hop closer. Bitterness is minimal, but there a suggestion of fibrous stalks and grapefruit rinds.
Medium in body and seems to grow as it warms. It's a bit gooey towards the finish, though its airy otherwise. Nonetheless, this is a fine, drinkable ale with a good amount of flair.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at De Dulle Griet in Ghent.

Appearance: Opaque, yellow/orange with thick, lacy white head.

Smell: Definately hoppy, with a little bit of apple esters. A great change of pace here in Belgium.

Taste: Went down really crisp, with a little coriander and maybe cumin, and a great, dry hop finish. If you like IPAs, and I do, chances are you'll enjoy this one. It's different, and it's good.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

4yr old 750mL. Pour is a cloudy golden with champaign effervescence and an eternal foamy and rocky white head. Sediments float around. Truly beautiful. Spicy aroma(cloves), yeasty, fluffy with tones of tangerine, herbs, must. Very aromatic. Gentle warming sensation in the belly. Malt is toasty, biscuity, honey-sweet. Moderate bitterness from the beautifully mellowed poperinge hops. Awesome rich mouthfeel, totally silky, velvety, luxurious. Very elegant belgian ale.

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

This beer is supposedly the hoppiest available in Belgium, though I heard the same about de ranke XX bitter.

It pours a pale gold color with frenetic carbonation and suspended yeast chunks. The head is huge and pure white, it leaves masses of lace. The aroma is of aroma hops, sweet kandi sugar, and some pleasant and understated medicinal notes. The taste is of floral aroma hops, Theres lemony, herbal and cedar hop notes. A well structured maltiness is evident behind the hops. Theres the sweetness of Kandi Sugar and also some funky Belgian yeast, with melon flavors. There also a pleasant medicinal character thats reminiscient of Orval.

This beer is very hoppy but also no hop tea, it has a lot of malt characteristics to back it up. It has a smooth balanced aftertaste. Very enjoyable and worth trying for sure.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three inches of creamy-white foam top a hazy, orange-gold (almost peachy) beer. The head collapses hillily and leaves psycho, clumpy coral. Nose is spicy, soapy, citrusy. Front is citrusy and buttery, leading to a metallic, soapy, fizzy middle. Finish is dry, metallic, bitter, buttery and alcoholic. With temperature, this really blossoms: more buttery and malty, fruitier with a really nice creamy finish. Interesting: full of character. Good, but not incredible.

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

Pours a clouded golden brew with some small yeast floaters.

Smell is sweet and spicy with a little sour scent too. Fruit smells of apples and coriander.

Taste is semi dry with a nice flavor of spice and a nice finishing bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable Belgian Brew.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden ale color with a good sized white head. Aroma is a nice blend of sweetness and light oily hops. Some orange notes- sweet citrus. Flavor is a hoppy, slightly bitter feel, pine-like, this is about the hops. They aren't overpowering, but they are the main point of this beer. Some bitter citrus notes. Quite enjoyable, and quite unlike most Belgians. I have had this on several occasions, and I note that sometimes I like it, and sometimes it does not grab me. I think this one is either an aqcuired taste, or is very sensitive to one's mood/conditions when trying it. But i do recommend it, if you can find it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy gold color, and is topped by an off white head. Quite a floral aroma, with notes of various herbs and spices, all of which seems to be hop derived. The beer is sharp and bitter, with herbal grassy hop notes in the flavor. I get notes of bergamot, hay, and a hint of honey in the finish. It is like a Belgian IPA. It is light bodied with lots of good hop character. Definitely a tasty beer.

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

I was highly impressed with this beer. I had it on tap at Monk’s in Philadelphia and brought home a couple of bottles to try. If the bottles drag down the score, I’ll come back and rerate. The aroma is strongly floral, it’s like gardenias minus the sickeningly sweet aspect. There’s a good bit of orange fruit mixed in and a lingering bitterness in the finish. The color is a cloudy yellow/orange with a stiff white head.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden color, big layer of creamy foam with great retention, good clarity, quite loose sediment

Aroma: green/floral hops, a bit skunky, clovey yeast note, a bit of caramelly malt, soapy, aroma that travels pretty far (smelled across the room)

Flavor: a dry and dusty malt backbone gives way to a hearty herbal hop flavor, then a biscuity flavor comes in just before a mild closing hop bitterness, minerally and a taste of iron, quite dry finish with a slightly soapy and grainy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, a tad astringent

Overall Impression: This is the fifth beer out of an 8-pack. Two of them so far have been a bit skunky. Not sure why because they are in brown glass. It's a good beer, though. And a great love-letter to the flavor of the hop. Sort of "real-ale"-ish!

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Photo of tjd25
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine dense head on a beautiful scintillating golden copper color. The smell is very hoppy and medicinal, with hints of weed. The taste reveals the floral aspect of the hops, very thick, but that leave a dry finish. Yeasty, the beer doesn't have the sweet notes that are often found in strong pale ales. Light hints of citrus too. The hops are very persistent in the mouth, but in an interesting way. A remarkable brew.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out to a semi-cloudy peachy golden with bits of gunk flittering about, forming a rocky white head with very good retention and excellent lacing. Aroma is absolutely tantalizing and makes me salivate...tart and acidic apple cider, basement must, pale malt and possible wheat husk, a mild cake-like sweetness...wow..this is what I like my Belgians to smell like. Mouthfeel is initially lightly spritzy, but gives way to a smooth malt body and tart finish. Medium-dense body. Taste begins spicy and phenolic, followed by apple cider tartness and funk, a hint of black marker, a notable metal twang in the middle, full sense of pale malt body and lightly syrupy sweetness, lingering mild bitterness, mellow tannic husk astringency, and not-to-bothersome cardboard character in the finish. As a matter of fact, my burps have a distinct cardboard taste. As it warms, the cardboard becomes more noticeable and would limit it's drinkability to maybe 3 of these.

This is a very good brew, reminding me of a hybrid between a Lambic and a Belgian Golden. The cardboard and tannins hurt its drinkability, however it's still quite enjoyable. This seems more properly labeled a Lambic, as it tastes spontaneously fermented.

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

750, poured at Delirium Cafe in Brussels. This is a nice golden colour with a big fluffy head of white foam. Aromas are excellent and consist of freshly cut, medicinal/herbal hops, light, bready malts, and other belgian yeasts, sugars, and spices. The taste is hoppy up front with a nice malt precense on the back of the tongue, and a medicinal finish that is herbal yet not astringent. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the drinkability is very, very good!

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Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy peachy-honey hue, the white head was rocky and massive, it reached an apex of two and a half fingers in height. The head was a solid as concrete; it took a long moment to fade to half of its peak height. The subsequent lacing was minimal, that is disappointing. Visually this is an impressive ale. The aromas are very lively, pears, apples, a hint of fig, raisins, orange zest, lemon grass, and a pinch of pepper. The nose is impressive and inviting. The palate seems a bit lackluster in comparison to the bouquet. It needs to be noted my bottle is a few years old (best by: 01/02) and maybe the hoppiness has died a little. The remaining flavors are pleasant; it just lacks oomph. It is very dry, like Orval, with pear fruitiness, apples too. A little bit of lemon grass in the middle, some candy sugar sweetness, and a hint, just a hint of bread. The alcohol punch supplies some flavor and a little warmth to the belly. The aftertaste is a dull mix of sweetness and pepper. This is a tasty beverage, it seems to be a little under reviewed and under appreciated. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin and ordinary, the carbonation is big and full, as to be expected, medium in body. This is also highly drinkable and quite devilish considering the abv of 7.5%. The legend of Duvel strikes again! I wish I could find this beer locally; I purchased this 11.2-ounce bottle in Iowa City. I want to try a fresher bottle in the future, this one has aged very gracefully but I’d like to do a comparison.

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

Pours a haze orange and golden color with a relatively large white head and lots of chewy, sticky lace.
Aroma is some pale malt, grain, honey with some oily, citrus hops and fruity yeast in the background.
Flavor of dry biscuity malt and some fruitier malt that is somewhat subdued by the decent level of bitterness and relatively high alcohol hit on the back end.
Mouthfeel is very crispness and highly carbonated. Finishes with some solid hop bittering and dry alcohol hit. Sort of like a Trippel with oily hops.
Drinkability is high eve though I can't really place this beer in specific style.

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

The beer poured slightly hazy golden yellow and then the yeast slipped into the glass leaving suspended black particulates . The head was white and lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was spicy and hoppy in the background with a citrus aroma.

The flavor was sweet then drying. There is a definite citrus flavor and plenty of bitterness to back up the malt.

The finish was dry and citrus peel bitterness lingers. The body was medium.

11.2 ounce bottle.

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Photo of gnaussea
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color, with a billowy, large bubble head that settles slowly, leaving a weak lace. Aroma is of citrus, light hops, and fruity esters. Taste is quite hoppy for a belgian, with strong, traditional, belgian-hop flavor that lingers throughout. Malt base is sweet. Overall, I'm quite pleased. Coming from the hop capital of Belgium, I didn't expect this brew to be so well balanced.

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Photo of nomad
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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 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.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*on tap at Waterhuis aan de Bierkant in Ghent

Appearance: a golden pour with a small foamy white head

Smell: a semi-sweet and fruity nose. light apricot and peahiness.

Taste: a smooth and semi sweet flavour of light fruit, a hint of caramel and even some cotton-candy sweetness. A drop of honey is in there somewhere too.

Mouthfeel: very lively and well balanced

Drinkability: great drinkability even though it is a sweeter beer. i enjoyed it.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honey gold color, slightly hazy. Small white head, with very small carbonation. Aroma is sweet, citrus, bubble gum and yeasty. A medium bodied Belgian strong ale. Malts are fruity and very yeasty. Hops are spicy. This is a very dry ale. Has a sort of champagne like quality to it. The yeasts and the carbonation are the major focus of this beer. A touch of alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

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Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
4.02 out of 5 based on 792 ratings.
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