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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:
#3,015
Reviews:
413
Ratings:
813
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
4.28
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
81
Trade:
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Ratings: 813 |  Reviews: 413
Photo of FLima
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -7.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of hotfive
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
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 cmeroles22
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of thecheapies
3.96/5  rDev -2%
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%
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 +18.8%
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 -28%
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 -23%
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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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Feralerin
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of mick303
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Agent1
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
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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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of JMad
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
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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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Scott1970
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 813 ratings
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