Poperings Hommel Bier | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

799 Ratings
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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2.54/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

served on-tap @ The Foundry, Kansas City, MO, into a tulip glass

Pours a nice, even, golden color. It looks almost lager-ish, actually. Not a lot of head on this pour, but what's hear is fairly thick and frothy.

The smell is all sorts of awkward. This beer smells like the yeast strain has run amok; the phenolic character is way out of control. It smells like a mix between a Barbie doll and chalky candy like Valentine's hearts or candy cigarettes. It's plasticky and gross.

The taste fares better, but not by much. The hops provides bitterness but little in the way of true flavor. The malts make for a sickly-sweet finish. Along the way is that heavy phenolic character. This beer seems out of whack and unfocused to me.

The mouthfeel is fine, is arguably the finest part of this beer. It's a true medium-bodied beer that is pleasant to swish around in your mouth (flavor excluded). Overall, though, this is a disappointment. It strikes me as a cluttered, indecisive beer whose yeast has run roughshod over everything else.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy golden-orange hue with a 2-finger cap of frothy ivory foam. Nice looking beer.

Smell: sweet malt with a definite Belgian-style character. There is a little floral/noble hop character to the aroma, but it's not overpowering. Overall, I rather like it.

Taste: sweet malt balanced with quite a bit of earthy, noble bitterness. It's just a very well-balanced, nicely bitter Belgian pale ale in my opinion; the IPA bit is a bit oversold, I think. Still, an extremely well-balanced and tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation. It's a tad light in body to be bodaciously creamy, but it is pretty darn close. This thing is just teetering on the edge of becoming excellent.

Overall: a delightful beer. I love a good strong Belgian pale ale, and this fills that bill as well as bringing in the bitterness to back up the stylistic sweetness. A great beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 21/11/11

A golden liquid with some tiny particles being moved around by a shitload of bubbles barfing off the bottom of the glass, massive half a glass of head retains very well ending up looking like soapy water and leaves a few partial rings of lace followed by random patches

S yeasty pear with a healthy helping of hops and some tropical notes

T some citric rind and peppery spice that's quite nice to go along with what I smell, not sure where the booze is hiding and just a little toffee on the finish

M heavy for the color at first and then quickly fluffs up, a little bits to it and nice aftertaste lingers, no heat at all

O pretty solid brew with that lovely Belgian flair, I could drink this again

not cheap but I don't feel ripped off, this ones worth a try for sure

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of weeare138
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a semi-transparent gold with a fluffy white cap that quickly fades into a collar. Some yeast floaties are suspended. Catered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of dried apricots, caramel, doughy yeast, and spicy pepper.
Taste is of the aromas with a caramel and vanilla blast on top of challah bread and golden raisins.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, sweet, with a semi dry finish.

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

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured into a stem glass, a hazy golden color with a nice cap of foamy white head. Aroma of sweet pale malts, honey, light fruity esters, and sunshowers in a flower garden. Taste of honey and sweet malts up front, with an almost instantaneous blast of spice and citrusy goodness, bready, Belgian yeast, pepper, cloves, pears and peaches. Complex and tasty, and quite light in the mouth. Nice and drinkable.

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Photo of Squelch
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy straw colored beer. Moderate lacing. Minimal head.

Smell: Some hop aroma. Malts present as well. Funkiness there as well. Pretty complex

Taste: Hoppy, Estery, Fruity. This is one great beer

Mouthfeel: MEdium bodied. Nice balance to the taste

Overall: one of the best belgian IPA's I've had. Actually this is the best belgian IPA I've ever had.

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

750ml Burgundian bottle, corked and caged. Bumblebee beer, eh? More of a mouthful to spit out in English, I'd say.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw colour, with a multitude of slick, puffy, and foamy off-white head, which leaves some random blotches of sudsy lace around the glass as it readily (for the general style) recedes.

It smells right upfront of acrid yeast, of the Belgian persuasion, initially muddling a decent grassy, earthy hoppiness, all underwritten by a sweet clove-tinged sugary malt. The taste is pale malt, still rather sugary, but immediately lost in the edgy, fairly astringent grassy, weedy hop notes that ensue. Skirting here and there amidst the larger players is some much milder yeast, as well as an understated booze warming.

The carbonation is tame, but well aerated and a tad frothy at times, the body medium-light in weight, and fairly smooth. It finishes somewhat off-dry, with the malt doing its best to remain relevant, and the yeast and remaindered hops still large and most definitely in charge.

A decent IPA, rendered Flanders-style, though not as zingy as some of its brethren/competitors. The yeast has a lot to do with that, as does the hops' nature, I would imagine. Oh, what the hell: "Ayeeee chee waaawaaa!" - and according to an encounter with Marge, he's Belgian: Aye yi yi!

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