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

Nearly clear light gold color. Continuous moderate head that leaves some fine lace.

Far more sour than bitter aroma; mild Belgian yeast also present.

The flavor matches the aroma exactly. Sour malt base with a yeasty bite with a light bittering hop. Interestingly, there isn't much hop in the aftertaste; again, it's mostly sour. The body tilts to the thinner side, but there's also a lighter than usual carbonation. Overall, I would not call this a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of Brianjames16
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice hazy orange amber color. Big 2 finger rocky head. Lacimg sticks well to the glass.
S- Aroma is nice fruity esters. Coriander, orange peel and sugars.
T- Wonderful balanced taste here. Fruits (citrus, lemon, orange) on the palate. Great tasting Belgian.
M- Medium body with good carbonation.
D- Easy drinker. Could sit with one or two a night.

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Photo of zeff80
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with a three-finger, off-white head of thick foam. It left sticky rings of patchy lace.

S - It smelled a little musty with floral notes. There were also some sugary sweet aromas.

T - It tasted musty and spicy with a floral taste. Good caramel flavor, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is an interesting beer. I couldn't decipher the date markings but I wonder if the mustiness was due to age.

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

A - Hazy dark yellow pour into a La Guillotine snifter with a two-finger thick white head (4)

S - Citrus hops, Belgian yeasts and some fruity notes were detected on the nose (4)

T - Upfront sweetness with some flavors of Belgian yeasts; the middle was fruity with suggestions of peach and maybe apricots. Mild flavors of hops and a slight bitterness on the finish (4)

M - Between light to medium bodied thickness with slightly high carbonation and a foamy smooth texture (4)

D - Very refreshing and easy drinking; fairly good flavors and feel but not much flavors from the hops were detected (4.5)

As a Belgian IPA and supposedly a pinnacle example of the style, I am a little disappointed in what this has to offer. The hops were too mild for me to pick up much hop flavors. On the whole this felt like an average tripel crossed very lightly with an IPA which is not well hopped. It is still a good beer nonetheless but I'm not so sure if it really lives up well to its style.

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Photo of SirSketch
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A bit of a gusher when I uncorked the 750mL bottle and poured out a clumpy, shaving cream head. Dark straw color with some haze.

S - I love this aroma! Big crushed grain smell much like that of a malty pils, but a wheat element. A lot of 'outdoor' aromas, including a straw-like yeast character and musty hops, but somehow retains a vibrant nose.

T - Surprisingly sweet with a bold Belgian yeast character. Great use of hops: a firm bitterness and raw hoppy flavor. Small splash of citrus, too.

M/D - Medium, silky mouth with a great fizz to finish. If only a little drier I would have scored it even higher. Overall, a very impressive beer.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The original belgian IPA (or so they say)

Pours golden opaque with a tiny bit of visible lacing and a one finger head that quickly dissipates.

Smell is a nice mix of yeast and fruity, citrusy hops and subtle orange peel - bit like a saison/ipa, there is a tinge of metal that dissipates with time - not amazing nose.

taste is a pleasant mix of dry hops, spice and a bit of bready malts, more orange peel at the finish. However, there is a prominent metalic taste that dissipates as it warms but is constantly there, really not a good addition, but tasty other than that.

Mouthfeel is smooth, not thick or not light.

Honestly, I expecfted a lot more from what people said about this beer - doesn't even begin to compare to Houblon Chouffe.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish body with real good frothy head that dies slow with lace. A spicy, sour grape/tart fruit and citric hop aroma as well as yeasty; something like apple or pear in as well. Little bit of sugariness for sweetness and some spices come in as well. Great balance comes to my mind, especially for the Belgian take on this style. Slightly smooth and creamy, the beer is light-bodied but still has a carbonation that makes the beer sharp and pronounces the citric hops which abound. Great balance is achieved with tart fruit tastes like grape skin, apple and pear. Clove and pepper round out the body which has a good candi-sugar and caramel sweetness as well a grainy, bready touch. Easy to drink with good fruit and sweetness while still maintaing a large hop edge, this beer finishes real crisp and is a must for anyone who appreciates Belgian ales.

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Photo of DPFRD
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, served in a St. Bernardus Goblet.
A- Substantial Head that reduces down to about a 1/4" leaving some nice lace on the glass. Deep golden hue accented by the haze created by the sediment and turbid carbonation.

S- Sweet and fruity followed by a hint of hops and bread finishing with a hint of yeast. The warmer the beer gets the yeastier and grassier it becomes.

T- Comes off bitter, backed by malts, then opens up with a sour grassy notes the warmer it gets.

D- Very refreshing when served cold, delightfully wild when it warms... definitely worth a repeat.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a chalice, at around 45-50 degrees F. Poured a soapy, white head about an inch thick, eventually forming a dense cap. Lots of lacing. The beer is dark straw or gold with small bubbles, a bit cloudy (but the yeast was disturbed). The aroma is of citrus, grass, hay, and perhaps a little clove or spice, but I find it a bit muted. Flavors of lemongrass, resin, and citrus seem to dominate at first, supported by honey and a definite graininess. The beer finishes exceptionally dry, almost puckeringly so. Something like a hoppy saison or a really, really hoppy tripel. Carbonation is highly evident throughout. Presents as a light bodied beer, and quite refreshing.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a large head and some lacing.
Nose shows huge doughy Belgian yeast and accompanying spicy phenols. Pretty bold, very Belgian.
Similar flavours, but a lot sweeter (candi sugar?) and with some added apples and pears. Alcohol is noticeable.
Carbonation is too high.

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Photo of philosobeer
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap at the hopleaf recently, and though it wasn't the first time, I had the sudden realization that I have not appreciated this beer like it deserves. I bought a couple bottles last week and finally have the chance to drink it and review.

A // It's cloudy, orangey-pale and has a white head. The head diminishes during drinking considerably, with some lacing. A good but not a great looker.

S // Malt sugars and grain, some yeast and bread flavor. A little bit of fruitiness but it's really overtaken. By what, you ask? By this beer's main feature -- it's spicy, herbal qualities. Hops, but very distinctive hops. Very, very alluring.

T // Incredible! The malt comes in strong and nice. A little bit of the sort of fruitiness you get in (say) chimay white, but just a little. Strong herbal and spicey character. Herbs and spices like coriander, peppercorns, and parsley. It dries out like mad, crazy dry. Despite all this, the alcohol is incredibly well hidden (see D below). Complex and satisfying.

M // Crisp and effervescence makes for good mouthfeel. Somewhat hefty, but goes down well. Nicely done.

D // I feel like I could drink these through the rest of the afternoon and with all sorts of things. I can't, because it's 7.5% abv. But it feels like I could and tastes like I could. Would go well with something hearty, like a stew. Couldn't pull that off any better.

Overall, an amazingly good beer. I would buy it by the barrel-full.

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Photo of farrago
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Frothy off-white head is semi-loose with a fair bit of larger bubbles, quickly brings it down from over two fingers to a thin coating across the surface, the lacing is wispy but there. Light orange to yellow color, hazy with close to full opacity, a few beads here and there visible. Earthy, peaty, tarry nose with lichens, tree bark, black tea leaves, brown rice before slowly switching gears into lemon, orange pith, biscuit, white pepper and a small core of apricot, white peach, yellow apple, white grape fruit scents, lasts well. Full-bodied, the carbonation is gentle and pushes things out towards your cheeks. Clove, pepper, yeast and country style multi-grain bread trump the damp earth, forest floor matter components, still the grapefruit, orange citrus more dry pith than zest or juice. The apricot, peach, apple fruit not that sweet, spiked by cinnamon notes. Then maybe witch hazel and banana as it warms. Never fully loses the earthy, wet grass dimension but doesn't seem unclean.

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Photo of MarcGetty
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Popperings Hommel is an outstanding beer that has slowly become my guilty (expensive) pleasure since first trying it 8 months ago at Max's Belgian Beer Fest in Baltimore. To me, it has the perfect balance of hoppiness without being too hoppy, with tons of non-hoppy flavor, and the last sip is easily as good as the first sip.

Popperings Hommel pours a nice gold color, with a bit of head, but not too much. It is the taste and drinkability that it truly excels. If you ever have the chance to try it, please, do so.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is yellow and hazy with a big white head of medium and large bubbles that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate.

Aroma is bready with some piny hoppiness and some sweetness. I think I know exactly how this Belgian IPA will taste.

Eh, I was wrong. Beer is weak in the flavor department and in the bitterness department. Medium to light in body, some esters on the mid palate but the finish is non-existent. The forward flavors are weak and subdued. Make an IPA... seriously.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours and orange golden colour with a white fluffy head that retains well and laces nicely.

S - Floric notes an hopps backed up with apple and pear.

T - Plenty of hops and some nice light fruit notes with a little bitterness on the finish. The hop does not overpower the yeast and sweetness in this beer and leaves the spice to wonder.

M - Light body with medium carbonation.

D - My favourite Belgian IPA, because of it subtleness and balance. This really is the benchmark of the style that non belgian examples just cannot match for whatever reason.

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

Bottle poured into stemmed ale glass.

A- Pours a hazy orange with some head.

S- Sweet fruit. Yeast.

T- Lemon/ grassy hops come out with temp. Sweet fruit, yeast.

M- Mild. Not to lingering.

D- Easy to drink. No alc taste. A good beer, but not impressive.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Blue Monkey, Merchantville NJ. Poured into a Poperings tulip. Had an orange/gold color with about two fingers of off white head with fantastic lacing all the way through.

Very crisp and refreshing, some citrus hops, lemon grassy, earthy notes.

For 7.5% abv. the mouthfeel was very smooth and you don't get that alcohol bite on the finish.

The balance of the flavors of this beer was very nice. Very drinkable for me. I've had a few of these at The Monkey...

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Photo of BucBasil
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a branded tulip at Cafe de la Paix in Poperinge, Belgium.

A: An orange gold color topped with a 2 finger almost pure white head with good retention.

S: Very fruity. Hints of apple, pear, and grape. Floral hop character very fresh and light.

T: Nice hoppy character - fresh and slgithly floral with hints of light fruits and maintaining a good balance.

M: Crisp and refreshing. Especially nice after the bike ride from Ieper.

D: an above average offering, and a treat from the tap in the center of hop production in Belgium

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Photo of Cannoneer
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To my taste, this is the quintessential hoppy beer. It does not get better (i.e. - more balanced, more flavorful, yet not overpowering or lip-puckering) than this.

Pours rich light amber color with a medium head. The immediate aromas are those of fresh hay, caramel and grass. First layer of taste is strong on hop-induced herbal character, yet it is not only about hops - it balances the hoppy taste perfectly with more warmer undertones of apple pie. Quite appetizing and appetite-provoking. Secondary layers are those of pine needles and wormwood, with nice, dry finish that calls for more.

Best matches are earthy flavors - cheese, roasted veggies, crusty bread or crackers, salami with stout mustard. Exceptional beer.

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Photo of bruachan
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

good lacing goes with nice hazy film. over reddish amber

rich malt backbone. butterscotch aroma and spicy belgian-yeast aroma. meadowy!

certainly bitter, and hoppy flavored, buti don't know how i feel about the "IPA" designation. it's just not as hoppy as houblon chouffe or de ranke xx. or maybe it is: hops seems to grow with time here

mouthfeel is good...holds up to the hopping. some lemon from the hops. good malt sweetness and pleasantly nutty, with butterscotch

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Photo of RuudJH
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 25 cl.
Orange-brown colour, fluffy head
Smell is fresh and earthy: some citric hops, some grassy and earthy notes too.

Taste is bittersweetness. Malts and yeast dominate this brew. The hoppy notes are not as significant as expected, after smelling it.

Mouthfeel is quite watery, for a 7.5% abv.
However, the alcohol is not pronounced, and the finish is delicate and balanced.

Overall, this is a good brew.

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

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a restrained cloudy copper color with a full creamy white head. Very nice retention and tons of lace sticking to the glass.

Smell: A very complex aroma - sweet grain, herbally hops, and tons of spicy notes.

Taste: The tongue is greeted with a honey sweet grain to start, with spice and fruity esters throughout. Herbal hops provide a nice foil to the honey grain.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful crispness from the tight carbonation. Each dry sip clears the palette and preps me for the next one. Medium body.

Drinkability: I really enjoy the balance of complex flavors in this beer. Definitely something I will come back to.

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

I had seen this beer for many months during my visits to the abbey of St. Sixtus and a few weeks ago i decided to buy me a few at the Deca brewery in Woesten. There are a lot of Struise beers brewed but they also sell beers.

Anyway, back to the beer. Poured in a dutch beerglass the beer looks fine. Cloudy, somewhat darkyellow, fluid and a very nice broken white head.
Almost no carbonation, thats a pity.

The beer tastes good and refreshing. Floral hops and citrus fruit.

Enjoyable beer!

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a Belgian I tried years ago, but I don't remember being too wowed by it. Let's see how this tastes 15-17 years down the road...

Pours an effervescent apricot with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Some yeast sediment as the bottom half of the bottle is decanted. Zero lacing & head retention...

S: Grassy & lemony hops, apple skins & pears

T: Follows the nose, much dryness as well, slight phenol/earthy yeast component as well. Grassyness, lemons & pineapple as this warms, plus more pears, slightly chalky dryness as well. Fruittyness picks up in the finish, along with more pineapple & yeasy bite..

MF: Medium bodied, with slight slickness & fairly effervescent carbonation, great balance

Drinks easy, not my favorite Belgian IPA, but a great/tasty example of the style despite the green the bottle...

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Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
4.02 out of 5 based on 800 ratings.
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