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Poperings Hommel Bier | Leroy Breweries

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Brewed by:
Leroy Breweries

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 Alieniloquium
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a plastic Solo cup.

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange with a huge overflowing white head. Excellent lacing. Excellent retention.

Smell - Huge grassy hop flavor that plays very nicely with the Belgian esters. Sweet malt comes through a lot, but doesn't smell heavy. Probably will be sweet.

Taste - And it is. Hoppy, but not as much as the aroma. Grassy and herbal again. Sweet malt comes through a lot and drops off for a bitter, grainy finish.

Mouthfeel - Sweet, but not thick. It almost dries out at the end. Well carbonated.

Overall - Good. I find it tough to review Belgian IPAs. They're supposed to be sweet-ish, but I don't always want them to be. Good hop profile in this one, though.

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

Mmm...interesting to try a highly rated Belgian IPA to juxtapose with The Quiet American.

Pours a nice lemonade colour with a hint of orange in the middle. Good head/lacing.

Smell is massive hydroponic leafy green hops. Lots of pilsener malt, almost sweet; a la Duvel (note I may be talking complete rubbish here). Lots of Belgian esters, bit of alcohol.

Taste is Belgian, pilsener malt/alcohol. Mouthfeel is finely Belgian, enjoyable.

Overall a good beer.

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Photo of RudyD
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of RichH55
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely hazy, deep blonde with hints of reddish amber and a thick champagney head. The smell is explosive, a strong herbal hop presence and wonderful sweet grain aroma, also some slight skunky sourness and phenolic alcohol tones in the back. The taste is as crisp as any beer I have ever tasted, a huge amount of carbonation stings the tongue and the palate opens to fresh herbal hop melody and estery light fruit yeast character. Very well balanced and as refreshing as any beer one could put up against it. The mouthfeel is superb, absolutely perfect for what is being attempted, massive amounts of crisp carbonation and an extremely dry finish to let the glorious hops finish the show.

Overall, this is a superb ale, not ordinary by any means, but just downright delicious and refreshing as hell. Just another reason to love those belgians.

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Photo of Jose9e
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of revo
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of pjs234
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a bottle shop in Brussels at the suggestion of some folks.

A very fizzy voluminous white head forms and slowly fades. Slightly hazy straw/gold color. Not much in the way of lace.

Aroma is nice and a blend of lemon peel and some candied sugar.

Initial sweetness immediately segues to some strong bitterness over an undertone of light fruit. The bitterness is really impressive and lays heavily on your tongue. At the tail end you get a touch of the candied sugar sweetness and some more lemon peel. *after I posted my review I was reading some others and saw someone note that they tasted honey. I agree and wanted to add this.... edit complete*

There is a slightly fizzy nature to the carbonation that seems to match the nature of the head. Not astringent but more on that side of the spectrum. This seems to match the bitterness and compliments each other.

A nice little beer. Not sure I call it as epic as some others, but it’s real nice.

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Photo of gshackles
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Aethien
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25cl bottle poured into a Palm snifter.

Golden yellow with a good sized white head that leaves a nice amount of lacing around the glass.

Smells like fresh green apples, Belgian yeast, lemon zest, some tartness, grains and honey. Almost like a geuze.

Smooth and creamy feel, lots of hops that balance out well with the fruits and honey sweet, there's some tartness in there that combined with the high carbonation keeps it fresh and easy to drink. The sweet and sour gradually fade away leaving a strong and dry bitterness.

Overall this is a refreshing and a little different beer, very enjoyable.

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Photo of AronVietti
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pourd from a 25cl bottle, best by date of October 2013, into a tulip glass.

A: 1 inch head that settled into a nice layer on top of the beer, lots of lacing. Slightly hazy and with a light orange color, like roasted corn.

S: Spice and phenol's , orange and honey.

T: Some nice malt/cracker that immediately falls into some citrus and then finishes with a bitterness that is also citrus, like lime zest.

M: Plenty of carbonation, and great body for the style, not nearly as thin as expected with the ABV.

O: This is a beer that could get me in trouble. The ABV is masked by the body and citrus flavors from the hops. I also really love the nose, could smell this beer for hours.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.95/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml caged and corked. May 2013 freshness date.

Hazy gold, poured into a Bruery chalice, generates a big head easily, has good retention and lots of chunky sticky lacing. Appearance is the very definition of a Belgian golden ale.

Smells delightfully flowery and perfumy, with honey sweetness and fresh orange.

Can taste the funky Belgian yeast strain, complemented by bready malt with a bit of honey sweetness in the front palate, moving to orange hop flavor, coriander spice, and only a very slight bitterness in the finish. Just a slight metallic note from the yeast but that goes with the territory.

Body is medium with round bubbles of carbonation, has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Finishes a bit watery.

This is a delightful beer. I am enjoying the fresh orange expression due to the Hallertauer or maybe there's some additional orange rind thrown in. The bready malt and orange flavors complement the funky yeast. Really drinks smoothly and the ABV is just right at 7.5% Although this beer has a reputation for being hoppy, it is only mildly hoppy, with low alpha acid hops, and in the fruity, orange hop direction that I find increasingly enjoyable (Citra). I think this is a top example of a Belgian IPA brewed in a traditional hop growing area of Belgium, what's not to like? Not so easy to find in CA, glad I went to the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. Now, I hope to find this on draft sometime.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 250ml bottle with a BB of June 2013. Picked up from the York Wine & Beer shop.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A hazy golden-amber hue with floating sediment and strong carbonation. Forms a huge head of creamy white foam that remains for many minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet, fruity Belgian yeast with notes of banana and an alcoholic finish. Not much in the way of hops.

Tastes of light malt with a fruity yeast character and a dry finish. Slightly sweet. Notes of bananas and sugar. A dry, almost herbal bitterness upon swallowing, along with a warming hint of alcohol. The bitterness borders on harsh. Mouthfeel is excellent - not heavy, but thick and creamy with tingly carbonation. Coats the palate. The alcohol and yeast render it rather astringent. Aftertaste of fruity, boozy yeast and a dry bitterness.

Quite nice, but definitely not hoppy. More like a Belgian blonde or golden ale. However, I've come across other reviews comparing IPAs to this beer, so perhaps the example I have has faded or been mishandled. I'll try it again at some point. At any rate, it has a subtle, well-balanced character and impressive body that make it highly drinkable. Well worth sampling.

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Photo of maninmostlyred
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of morallybankrupt
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of roblowther
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged. It pours a cloudy pale gold with a frothy, sticky head that settles to a rocky foamy landscapy thing. Smells of medicinal phenols, sugar and citrus. taste is crisp apples, then quickly settles to a very pleasant biscuity earthiness. Very light, very refreshing. WOW! I like this a lot. Mouthfeel is tingly carbonation followed up by a finish slicker than a snake who graduated from oil wrestling academy. They have that. Overall a really great beer. I'm not sure the style definition of a Belgian IPA, but the hops are very subtle, just contributing flavor without that "in your face" bitterness I exprected. It is light, refreshing, and yet substantial. I'm adding this to the rotation for sure.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an effervescent golden with no head or haze. It smells...disappointing. There is a slight indication of hops, but nothing that would lead me to believe it was either Belgain or an IPA. The taste was a light honey sweetness with citrus zest, but still no hops. The mouthfeel was initially tolerable, but became syrupy sweet and gross after awhile. I would probably never try this beer again on tap, although maybe in bottles.

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Photo of katan
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A - Pours a deep dark orange-like color - with a very strong white head formation. Breaks down with a little film. Hazy and shows a little bit of bottle conditioning.

S - Very funky - fruity and wild, not very hoppy at all for a belgian IPA. Orange, citrus - really make this a strong beer.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, little bit of spiciness. Mid-stream gets a little more funky with the citrus like flavors coming through. Finishes acidic, more wild. I think this beer has been oxydized. I would almost say it has ruined this beer.

M - Very smooth and creamy texture, offset with a pretty strong carbonation. Little bit of acidity comes through. Alcohol is well hidden.

D - Pretty easy drinking - but certainly not an IPA. A little bit filling due to the hefty carbonation. Alcohol is strong but well hidden.

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Photo of HoppyMolly
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of brinch
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Poperings Hommel Bier from Leroy Breweries
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 819 ratings
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