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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Photo of ConchobarNessa
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this Belgian masterpiece is incredible. It has a nice hazy quality to it, small champagne like bubbles and nice consistent lacing that is topped off with a great head with some staying power. It would have scored higher if not for the fact that there is some visible particulate in this beer, not enough to be felt but it will definitely settle on the bottom.

The smell is fruity and sugary, reminiscent of most good Belgian fruit ales. When talking about the quality of many aspects of these types of beers, smell is a big part of it and this is the smell you are usually looking for. It is rather easy to pick out notes of apple, pear and grapes along with a solid background of grain.

As for the taste... Superb tastes of apples, pear and grapes paired with pure cane sugar and some spice. This beer has layered flavors. The initial sugar soon fades and is replaced with a bit of sour green apples. And then the hops come in. Its a big surprise because I would've expected grains. Nope. All hops, clearly noble Belgian hops. Exceptional.

This is a wonderful beer, the fact that it pulls some surprises for a Belgian beer is a great surprise and is very compatible with the North American palate. This thing is a must try.

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Photo of endovelico
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a golden, somewhat hazy brew with thick white head that holds reasonably well. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Medium high intensity. Fresh aroma of wet hops and vegetables on the front with some citrus and flowers on the back. Warming up reeks of alcohol. Underwhelming.

Taste: Medium to medium high intensity. Earthy, musky, vegetable hop flavours, grapefruit and hay on the front and not much else.

Palate: Chewy. Medium to medium high carbonation. Medium to medium full bodied. Medium high bitterness. Alcohol noticeable, mainly because of bitterness. Carbonation too high.

Overall: A decent brew but unremarkable in my opinion. I think this style (BIPA) has so much to offer and so many ways to go around and try and find something unique that i really can't in good conscious say that i see this as a anything other than a malty hoped up brew.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is golden yellow. Hazy. Nice white soapy head that crowns the beer. Nice looking. The aroma presents notes of belgian yeast(typical of belgian beers). Some floral notes there. I would have thought the aroma to be stronger. It is good, but appears to be weak in intensity. It isn't bad 'tho. On the taste, the first sip shows notes of metal... the finish is very dry with belgian yeast. Easy to drink and very refreshing. A good beer for the summer. I like this and it isn't heavy has belgian beers could be sometimes.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller stemmed tulip. Poured a murky red brown with a three finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, bread, and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, banana, and subtle wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. The flavors on this one were really well balanced and refreshing which is a welcome change for this style for me. The aroma was also quite inviting and pleasant to the nose. Really glad I finally got around to buying and drinking one of these. Might be buying a few more to keep in my fridge year-round.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has the nose of a high-quality, high-sugar Belgian, with rich fruity notes (pear, apple, white grape, citrus zest), and a hint of a toasted grain backing.

On the tongue, the sugars come across in full force, bearing not only the same fruit flavors noted in the nose, but leading off with brown sugars and hints of caramel. The sweeter sugars soon fade off, revealing not the expected grain base, but a sourness reminiscent of Flemish ales (though nowhere near as powerful) that comes across as apple cider. The hops really come into play during this phase, adding a bitterness to the sour notes that nicely fills the mouth and fuzzes in the nasal passages. A toasted grain base does back all of this, but tends to get lost in the pantheon of larger, more powerful flavors. The aftertaste is a continuation of the flavors present in the ale's latter phase.

Overall, this is an excellent ale, and I liked the inclusion of both sweet and sour notes. Well worth trying.

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

A - Pours with two fingers of slightly off-white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam settles quickly and leaves moderate lace on the glass.

S - Grassy, herbal hops with some underlying yeast notes of clove, pepper, and some sweet malt.

T - Peppery yeast and thick, sweet pilsner malt up front. Some pineapple and strong clove notes come out in the middle along with a bit of grassy hop flavor. The phenolic yeast continues to dominate in the finish with more thick malt and moderate bitterness.

M - A fairly thick body, high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a very musty example of the style with a thick malt base. It seems to have an unusually high level of malt flavor and sweetness for a Belgian brewed beer and it is barely balanced despite the strong hop character. Not bad, but I tend to prefer Belgian IPAs that are brewed with American character hops to contrast the yeast and malt, those with grassy, continental hops are a bit too dull for my taste.

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Photo of boudreaux
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy, deep golden/bronze; head is tannish/off-white, with a full 2 finger, thick head that looks like mountain peaks; leaves magnificent lacing

S: sweet aromas, with some fruity malt notes; balanced with hoppy aromas, including floral, grassy, and herbal notes

T: crisp fruity malts up front, along with a grainy, earthy touch; followed by the grass/herbal notes; floral, citrus hops also come along beautifully

M: smooth and medium body; easy to drink, with a heavy, almost sticky aftertaste

O: Definitely a great Belgian style IPA; hoppier than other Belgian IPAs I've had, as well as being sweeter; pleasantly surprised. Don't miss out on this one!

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

Look: The beer pours an orange color with a nice white head
Smell: Grain, grass, honey, orange zest, and very flowery hops.
Taste: Hoppy and fruity. Honey, orange zest, spicy and herbal. Aftertaste is very dry and bitter. Perfect balance
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, full crisp body
Overall: Great example of how a hoppy beer should be

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Photo of impending
3.04/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

33cl into a tulip. Pours a dull hazy butterscotch, minor dense head, minor lacing.

Aroma is sweetly estery yeasty. Little of the hops and a tiny hint of old sock.

Taste is underwhelming. Seems the bottle is saying best before July 11, just missed that mark and considering this is an ipa of sorts it's well past its prime. Still somewhat interesting yet bland. Strong metal in the aftertaste, nice until then. Thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of shand
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a nonic.

Time to try a Belgian IPA that's actually from Belgium, instead of American attempts on this style. This is a great looking brew, for sure. It pours a nice deep golden color crested by a huge, fluffy head that laces well. The aroma is entirely dominated by sweet, bubblegummy Belgian yeasts. Try as I may, I can't coax out any of the other wonderful scents other reviewers posted. Sweet Belgian yeasts. That's it. The taste on this is fairly nice, the hoppiness comes through much better, leaving the sweet yeasts as a backing role. There's also a nice floral character, but all this is let down by a fairly strong metallic note that comes through on the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, it's fairly light and creamy. The drinkability is quite good. Overall, an enjoyable brew. Perhaps a bit too heavy on the yeasts, especially on the nose, but otherwise good.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a snifter. Pours a hazy copper color, with an ample while fluffy head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing align the sides.

Has a peppy, citric aroma, with notes of orange and cloves. The Belgian yeast gives it a nice smell.

Has a peppery taste up front, with a creamy sweet middle and a dry, hop finish. Orange, pineapple, and peach flavors really round this out nicely.

Medium-bodied, this beer has a very pleasant mouthfeel.

An excellent tasting beer, well balanced with a nice finish. Definitely give this one a try!

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Photo of liamt07
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from ZorPrime, 330ml bottle into a tulip. Thanks Eric!

Poured a hazy orange, with a big fluffy white head which subsides to a light head, leaving behind some sticky lace and a nice collar. Tons of sediment. Nose is some citrus, some rind, orange, a big yeasty quality and a light milky quality that I can't quite figure out. Simple and pleasant. Taste is just as simple, orange and citrus with hints of pineapple and peach. Moderate hop flavour and strength, and some drying yeast in the finish. Good medium-full feel, solid bitterness and a light peppery carbonation. Quite nice!

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw yellow and large foamy head. Not Orval foamy, but still foamy.

S: Light and fizzy like champagne, crisp apples, bitter white grapes, distinctly Belgian.

T/M: Medium to high carbonation, some hoppiness, apples, pears, apricots, and an small lingering aftertaste of all of them.

A decent Belgian but a little too light and fizzy for my liking. Label is calming.

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

The "hommel" is the word for hops in region where this beer is produced.
Poured into my Hommel goblet. Light medium orange-gold tone, tangerine perhaps. Head on this brew is spetacular, putting many a IPA to shame. Thick rich and creamy, lots of lacing. Good carbonation levels in the body
Aromatically peaches, lemon, clove, pepper, orange, grainy-wheat almost, grass, freshness from the hoppy kick comes through. Honey also comes through and adds a bit of creamy sweetness. Bitter pilsner-like finishes the aroma.
Taste-apple, pepper, pear, spiced peach, grassy florals, light spice on the finish. Subdued lemon, orange,more bitter in flavor than the aroma. Malty honey-like creaminess adds body.
Lots of floral begin to emerge after several minutes-adding a fresh sweet/spicy note that is delicate and pronounced at the same time.
Mouthfeel is slightly sharp, finishing spicy and carbonated well. Medium, balanced, great beer overall.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap in Poperinge, Belgium, into a Poperings Hommel Bier goblet. Excess head was sliced off the rim by the bartender. Reviewed from notes.

A: Two finger head, nice thickness, but lacking cream. Clear honey-caramel colour. Appealing.

Sm: Nuts and pear. Very hoppy and complex. Wonderful. Excellent. Near perfect.

T: Simple hoppy body, with a buttery finish. Very "short" acts; this beer is not long on the tongue. It zips by very quickly. Nuts and pear do come through, but not as much as desired. Balanced but simple. Built well for the style. The alcohol doesn't surface at all, which is a nice effect.

Mf: Very coarse, but very wet as well. Strangely quick. I've never had a beer that slid down so quickly.

Dr: It goes right down, but there's hardly any time to enjoy it. Worth trying just to experience this strange effect. The smell is absolutely delightful, but sadly the taste doesn't live up to the scent's promise.

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Photo of DerekP
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 5/17/11

330 ml/11.2 fl oz bottle poured into goblet-like wine glass.

Appears cloudy blonde-gold with a creamy white head. Some visible carbonation, but a fairly opaque body.

Spicy esters of belgian yeast, ripe bananas and pineapple juice shoot forward in the nose. A woodsy aroma coupled with a warm alcoholic presence sits faintly in the backend. A nutty caramel aroma delivers as it warms up.

A bold graininess hits the palate first, followed by yeasty notes and a creamy, yet prickly hop finish. Citrusy hop oils linger a bit before prefacing a nut-dry finish.

Fruity ale characteristics in the feel of this brew. Delicate at first glance with a fiercer second opinion. Hops aid in creating a creamy body. Medium bodied on the lighter side.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a huge 4" head which took it's time settling. Straw yellow color with a faint haze to it. Smell is citrus and malt and hints of spice. Taste has more of the same as well as a decent acidic zing which makes the finish moderate length. Pretty lightweight in body. It's an excellent refreshing summer beer, lighter than so many of the other Belgian offerings.

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a pale gold with tangerine highlights when held to light, a luscious creme coloured head rises up, abundant lacing is left as it recedes.

Aroma-Spicy, lemony, grassy, floral; there's plenty of noble hop character here, plenty of sweetness as well. The Belgian yeasty-cloveyness is still there but more subdued than is typical; smells interesting.

Taste-Lightly sweet upfront with a kick of spicy noble hops that begins almost immediately, their herbal and lemony characteristics adding the majority of flavor. There's some frutiy/yeasty Belgian flavors there but they're largely a supporting act for the hops. Overall the flavor is extremely refreshing.

Mouthfeel-Very crisp carbination without quite being prickly with a medium-full body.

Overall/Drinkability-This is extremely drinkable beer and very refreshing, perfect spring weather beer.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a very nice trip into Belgium I stopped at a supermarket and picked up an 8 pack of this. Gotta love Belgium where beer this good is available everywhere, cheap and there is hype, special release dates and all that.

Poured into a snifter.

Is looking hazy yellow to orange. Comes with a thick two finger head that looks just wonderful.

The typical Belgian yeast strains is what hits the nose first. Spicy, citrus and floral notes with hoppy notes on the backside.

Great flavors that follow the nose pretty much. The bitterness in the end with a fairly dry finish.

Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Man, I love this one. Makes for a perfect summer ale to have for those summer backyard bbq's! Get it if you can.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 12/10.

Pours a murky honey orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small areas of lattice-like lace on the drink down. Smells of grape juice, honey, and sweet flowers. Taste is of bitter grape juice, honey, citrus zest, and a subdued floral bouquet. Slight hop bitterness after each sip that quickly fades. Mouthfeel has good carbonation and is crisp and clean with each sip. Overall. this is a good beer with nice fruit/floral characteristics.

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours an orangish-yellow, with a 1.5 finger white foam that has good retention.

S: Apples, pears, grass, and hops.

T: Surprisingly hoppy, but yet not very bitter, the pear character really is noticeable, with grass on the end.

M/D: Medium bodied, with a good carbonation. A pretty good Belgian IPA, not very bitter, but very tasty and well made.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours very clear for the most part, until a sludge of dark brown yeast slurry makes a dash for escape. Preventing most of it from entering my glass, this leaves it a hazed bright golden bronze colour, with some floating sediment. Head froths and crackles down to a very light bubbling on the top. Good lacing. Body looks a little light, but that's probably not unexpected for the style. Looks very decent.

Nose is certainly more Belgian in character than hop-centric, although it is greener than usual. Big, crisp characters of holly and some spicy Belgian phenols. Slight clove and pepper. It has all those hallmarks of the unique hoppy Belgian style.

Mmm. Taste is much better. Subtle soft spice on the palate, lightly sweet fruits mid with a zing of citric lemon rind on the back. Pleasant mild bitterness, and a very clean and refreshing green organic character. Wonderful blend of flavours, but so subtly and expertly assembled. Gorgeous.

Feel is smooth and soft, and just pleasant.

Smooth, rich, flavoursome, but pleasantly unique. This is a lovely drop of beer--one which accentuates the Belgians' commitment to craft, not just extremity.

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Photo of uturn
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked & caged bottle poured into a Maredsous glass.

A: This beer poured a hazy straw color with a fluffy 2 finger off white head which left a thick lacing on the glass.

S: The nose was of sweet citrus, leaning towards orange.

T: The taste starts off slightly sweet but ends up dry. In-between you pick up some spices and orange/lemon zest. In this beer you have what might be a Belgian tripel turned hoppy.

M: The mouthfeel had a medium creaminess with a good carbonation level which tickled your tongue.

D: The drinkability was very good and refreshing with no hint of the 7.5% abv as it was well hidden in this beer.

This is a top notch Belgian IPA. This beer improved greatly as it warmed up. I like the way the yeast improved on the flavor in the last pour from the bottle.

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Photo of rarbring
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear brass colored, a white head that leaves good lacing.

The smell is interesting, hoppy and earthy, stable, grass, dust and herring? (or maybe some herring spice ...)

Upfront a dextrose sweetness, white bread, green apples, peaches, white vinegar.

High carbonation, a fizzy feeling, fresh but yet a dry finish.

An interesting brew, to me it was lambic meets pils, and actually benefiting from both sides.

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Photo of Intrinsic
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into an Orval chalice and oddly enough, it looked like I was actually pouring Orval! Poperings Hommel looks absolutely delicious, a cloudy dark straw colour and medium head density so characteristic of Belgian IPAs. An almost perfect example.

I've tried many beers in my life, and this is one of the very few that deserves a 5.0 for smell. The complexity is staggering, with citrus and floral notes, spice galore and breads that make my mouth water. Wow.

I can't believe how impressive this beer is. The taste picks up exactly where the smell leaves off and none of the smell components are left out. I can taste the citrus and floral notes from the particular variety of hops they use, whatever that may be. There's loads of spice in there too, making for what may be one of the most interesting beers I've had the pleasure of drinking.

As if it couldn't get any better, Poperings Hommel feels like silk in your mouth, and glides down your throat with unnatural ease. Tiny bubbles of carbonation tease your tastebuds the whole time.

Overall, this beer definitely makes my top ten list. Unbelievable. I will buy this EVERY time I see it.

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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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