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 DrinkSlurm
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into its own Hommel tulip at a cafe in a small town in Belgium. Pours a hazy straw with nice white foam. Great yeasty hop aromas, slight citrus notes. Taste is slightly hoppy, peppery, citrusy, yeasty... a lot of complex flavors with this. Really great traditional belgian IPA..not overly hopped, but you get the full flavor and characteristics of the mellow hops. Well worth a try!

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Photo of champ103
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Down House in Houston, TX

A: Pours pretty much clear golden/orange color. Maybe a bit of haze, but not much. A small white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Light lace.
S: Phenolic, peppery yeast. Bread and biscuit. Light grassy hops. Not much else I can comment on.
T: Follows the nose with peppery yeast and bready flavors. Light hops that are floral and grassy.
M/D: A light to medium body. A bit to thin and watery. Not hard to drink. I finished my glass without a problem. Though not something I am coming back to often.

This seems pretty ho hum. I was hopping for some brighter hop characteristics with a crisp and dryer body. I have had pretty hoppy beers from Belgian breweries. This seems to subdued and mild, even for a non hop head like me. One that loves bright, crisp, non bitter hops that can be a great asset for the style. This ain't it.

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Photo of srv33
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale cloudy gold, fantastic lacing, quarter inch fine foam head that doesn't dissipate. Scent of cloves, fig, citrus, and fine belgian yeast. Taste is of gentle but prominent hops, pepper, sweet citrus, and yeast. Mouthfeel is very smooth and thick, almost creamy, just what I'd expect from a good belgian brew. Very well balanced too, and it has a very fine, light sort of carbonation. A unique IPA, overall a phenomenal brew, highly recommended.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light yellow with yeast flakes in suspension. Smells sweet, cotton candy, fig. I could smell the carbonation, if that makes sense. Tastes biscuity, slight black pepper, and of the peel in orange marmalade. Refreshing carbonation. You do not pick up on the hops as you would in a US IPA. Reminds me more of a Belgian strong pale ale than an IPA. A great beer.

I’ll have another.

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Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a good head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of yeast, grain and herbs. There is a bit of citrus along with malt sweetness and fruit in the background.

T: Taste of the malt sweetness upfront then a bitterness with yeast and fruit mixed in. The finish is dry with a bit of a lingering sweetness.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy texture. The 7.5% ABV is well hidden.

O: Good beer for the style, but the bit a bit too sweet for me to really enjoy.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, best before date is a bit cryptic, but the markings suggest a best before of 11/13, so we're good!

A - pours a big fluffy head of a few fingers (and risk of overflowing if one isn't careful). The beer is straw colored, very slightly hazy and shows lots of small effervescent bubbles.

S - the nose is interesting with some fresh grassy hops and clove-ester and yeast. Smells almost liked a hopped hefeweizen.

T - fairly strong hops profile, at least moreso than many other Belgians I've had. The hops are a bit tea-like and herbal, and the bitterness really dominates and endures. It's got a bit of Belgian yeasty skunkiness mixed in, especially on warming, but the hops rule. Very dry in the finish.

M - mouthfeel is simultaneously light but also fluffy. It's got some sharp carbonation, but it isn't overpowering.

Overall this is a very interesting beer. Unable to guess from the bottle what it is (i.e. how descriptive is Hommel?), I wasn't sure if this was a highly hopped Belgian Strong Pale or something even more experimental. It was a nice drink, and would be a great warm weather beer, though the well hidden 7.5% ABV pushes it a little out of the session zone. Tasty!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank at the Beerfeast at the Flying Saucer on the Lake.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of Belgian yeast notes, as well as some spices, grass and citrus which I guess comes from the hops. The flavor is very similar, with a lot of grass and citrus notes, as well as some spicy and slightly funky Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice, best by 4/2013. Pours extremely peppery cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice thick cap that lasts. Some nice thick soapy lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big lemon, pepper, herbal, grass, apple, bread, orange, apricot, earth, slight funkiness, and big yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of big lemon, orange, pepper, grass, pear, herbal, bread, banana, earth, apricot, and yeast spices. Nice amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, light fruits, pepper, herbal, grass, bread, and yeasts spices on the finish for a good bit. Really great balance of spicy flavors with sweetness; with a very nice amount of complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly creamy and extremely crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Very easy to drink due to the great flavor balance. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian IPA! Great flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth. I will be having this again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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 -1.7%
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 Siriusfisherman
4.26/5  rDev +6%
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 Reagan1984
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Aethien
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +9%
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 +23.1%
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%
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 roblowther
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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 -6.5%
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 -17.9%
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 metter98
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation with lots of dark yeast particles floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of yeast and peppery spices in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness. The spices linger through the finish and aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather yeasty, but it’s easy to drink and a good representation of the style.

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Photo of mj001jk
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tart citrus on nose, fresh hops with a metallic edge. The mineral character continues on the palate, sour and finishing with a long tart green apple that refuses to go away, in a good way. This is not the malty Belgian IPA you are used to, but rather all about freshness, crispness and drinkability. Pair with Thai or Indianfood.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pale golden yellow body. Moderate sized white fluffy head. Receded after a few minutes. Spotty lacing left on the glass.

S: Floral hops, bready malts, quite grainy, light citric notes.

T: Orange, bready malts with a little residual sweetness, floral notes, a bit of chalkiness toward the finish.

M: Smooth carbonation, medium bodied, nice weight to it until the finish. It has a chalky-dryness to it that is a slight impairment. I don't mind the chalk in the flavor, but on the tongue it's a bit much.

O: A nice moderately hoppy Belgian ale. Houblon Chouffe is the better widely available offering in the "Belgian IPA" style group.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking hazy gold color. The head was fluffy and white. The retention is pretty strong here where the lacing doesn't really do too much. The smell of the beer isn't overly hoppy, there is a surprising sweetness in there actually. It smells rather grainy with just a touch of citrus in there. The taste is a bit on the metallic side in the very beginning of each sip. The flavors changes nicely as it settles on the tastebuds. It's got a super mellow hoppy bitterness to it. The mouthfeel of the beer is very smooth but has a really nice carbonation to it also. Overall this was impressive to me. I wasn't sure how much I would like it but I'm very glad I got to try it. I would drink it again if it was around.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Two finger head that has risen out of the glass. Golden yellow orange haziness with no clarity and a moderate amount of bubbles coming up throught the center of the glass. The head has reduced and left some nice and clumpy lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: I am just getting sweet malts, bready malts, apples, and Belgian candy. Light citrus and grapefruit aroma in the rear too. A lot of sweetness before the citrus hops.

Taste: Fruity esters, apples, pears, carammel candy, bready malts, light citrus, vanilla, and bitterness. A nice blend of flavors in this beer. A little tart too.

Mouthfeel: low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, a little chewy, smooth, and easy to drink. A nice drinking beer that is meant to sip.

Overall: I received this for volunteering four months ago at the BBF and what a treat it is. I am very happy to have gotten this in my volunteer box and will be looking for more of it in the future. Label may look strange, but the beer is far from strange and very delicious.

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Photo of Reaper16
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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Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
4.02 out of 5 based on 793 ratings.
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