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 Cs1987
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light amber, 1 finger of white head with good retention.

Smell - Complex odour, with a mix of fruits and spices.

Taste - Mild for a Belgian ale, with citrus and light spices.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability - Surprisingly drinkable.

Overall - A good beer, but I was expecting more flavour.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a very cloudy dark gold with a thick off-white head overflowing on top. Great retention; left lots of sticky lace globs on the glass. Scents of earthy tones, some light yeast, pineapple, and lemon zest. The resiny-hop scent characteristic of Amer. IPA's is absent. Not a bad thing.

The body is full and creamy. Carbonation level is a little lower than I'd like. A little slick going down. Nice earthy bitter flavors in this one. No sharp hops, but just a nice subtle bitterness that doesn't last long and is not grating at all. Mild honey flavor in there as well. Some yeasty aspects noted. Definitely Belgian. I liked this offering. Probably one of the better of the styles that I've had. Recommend.

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

Served in a snifter at the Brass Rail with dinner. Ksak beside me with a Vigneronne.

A: The ale is a pale straw color, hazy enough to be opaque, although there isn't much head to be seen.

S: The nose is a sickly sweet combination of Belgian yeast, candi sugars and a good dose of earthy hops. Man, I really dig the Belgian IPA aroma.

T: The tripel flavors stand out at the expense of the hops. They are sweet, an excess of pale candi sugars, and in control from the start. Hops and the Belgian yeast follow, sweet before the earthy hops add a floral zest. The combined package of hops, yeast, and candi sugars isa treat.

M: The mouthfeel starts out sweet before turning mildly bitter. The earthy hops are subtle but work.

D: The beer doesn't feel like 7.5%, at least at first. I went through the glass rather quickly and felt it in the long run.

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Photo of plaid75
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at DEK's, Rocky Point, New York.

Poured a light copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a potent ester and a peppery hop spice.

The taste consisted of a sharp hop spice, light sweetness and eatery musty yeast.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style and well carbonated.

Overall a very nice earthy hop forward ale.

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Photo of crossovert
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Best before: C 10/12.

It has no trouble forming a massive white head upon pouring. The beer is a murky copper color, I swirled the yeast, and that is why it isn't as clear.

The hops in this one are incredibly fragrant and perfumey,they smell like noble hops, just more than you usually find in an ipa. But they aren't that strong as far as how much of them you smell in ratio to the other scents of this beer. There is also a large hit of spicy yeasty smell, pale malt, and sugar.

The taste is smooth, decently hoppy and very tripel like. It is like a tripel with a huge hop bitterness in the end. The hops aren't so prevalent in the flavor other than their bitterness, which is a bit of a knock on this one. The yeast is lightly spicy and the malts provide a sweet backbone.

It isn't my first choice for this style but it isn't bad.

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

pours a simply beautiful but slightly hazy golden/yellow slight orange color with a nice 2 finger head that recedes rather quickly to a white fresh looking ring with nice clinging lace on the side..the smell is slight clove with a stronger citrus hop and spice smell..i also smell various fruits like bananas and pears ..the taste is a blend of hops and malts and citrus and yeast not bitter at all as it warms has a little sour taste that is good..this is easy drinking it is a little sweet/sour( it changes as it warms) and syrup tasting unlike the smell..overall its a great ipa nicely balanced crisp and clean with a medium mouth feel..its not one to drink alot of in one sitting IMO... but one to try..i enjoyed this one

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review # 300! Had to do something interesting, so here it is. Belgian IPAs can be amazing, or bad IMO. It completely depends on how the hops meld with the malts, yeast, and other flavors.

A: A huge rising head of 3 fingers, with fluffy creamy head that sticks around for a while, and leaves a slight lacing when it finally does shrink. A hazy and yeast chunked bright pale orange color.

N: Nice. A blend of nice Belgian malts, sweet malts, some wheat, blended with with hops, some bright but low alpha citrus hops, some orange, nice bright malts too.

T: More malty than I expected. Lots of sweet malts, Belgian malts. Some spices and bright malt flavors. Some fruits too, raisin and others. Sweetness that gives the feel of 10-11% abv, but doesn't hit like it. A little chewy on the malts as well. A very slight bitterness, orange and pale hops, as well as a little citrus, but very light.

M: Semi medium body with lots of carbonation.

F: Finishes slightly pale and bitter, a little more so than the taste. A little dryness comes in, but not too much as a little of that sweet malt flavor lingers, as well as syrupy. A little chewy flavor lingers too. Still waiting on the nice hops, but seeing as how Belgians tend to sit in warehouses and shelves for a while, and being an IPA it may be contrasted. I also noticed it has best before 09/09, so it's older than it should be. I'll have to see if I can find a fresh one, or have it on tap somewhere.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass pour and am met with a straw colored ale and a huge frothy white head with major staying power. Very fruity aroma with pears and apples as the main whiffs. Initial spicy taste with a fruity kick to create a nice combined blend. A touch of apple in the aftertaste. From the smell I was expecting more fruit but it was good nonetheless. At 7.5% this was extremely easy to drink but multiples would be rather hard to consume due to the tired taste buds.

Overall I was very happy to try this as I have seen it many times but never consumed it due to the no frills label. My mistake. Definitely worthy of a try.

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Photo of dgilks
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big malt aroma with lots of sweetness. Moderate banana esters and a hint of spiciness is good. The hops aren't as prominent as they could be.

Very cloudy, gold colour. A moderate sized, white head is good but it could be longer lasting.

Nice. A good amount of yeast character comes through providing a nice pepperiness. Banana esters are also coming through along with a hint of apple. The hops seem to add a fruity character and there isn't much bitterness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish is well balanced. I was expecting something a bit drier and lighter.

An eminently drinkable beer. My preferences for Belgian IPAs lean towards the American take on the style (an IPA brewed with Belgian yeast rather than a Tripel with some extra hops) but this is good nonetheless.

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Photo of steveja57
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is all about freshness. Bottles in the States have been variable but one time I had it on tap in Amsterdam. It was freshly written on the chalkboard beer list and the waitress said they had just tapped the keg that day. Boy! What a difference: great floral/citrusy hop aroma along with a grassy yeastiness. The beer was crisp, dry, slightly sour with great hop flavor, a fine mousse and a great finsh that balanced malt/alcohol sweetness and hop bitterness with a touch of tangy acidity. Outstanding!

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Photo of adamette
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 330 ML brown bottle that I bought, on the recommendation of Wally, for $3.49 a few weeks ago into my Duvel Green tulip glass. "D, 3, 10" stamped on the bottom of the label but I am not sure what that might mean, possibly a "best by" date.

A Three inch meringue like egg white head that clings to the inside of the glass over a great looking opaque yellow orange body with significant sediment floating about. Great look. 4.5

S Very nice Belgian yeast and light sweet, malt smell. Interesting, inviting. 4.0

T A distinct Belgian yeast taste over the expected light, sweet malt with a citrus pungeancy. Solid taste. 3.5

M As mentioned, a little bit pungeant with the citrus and a slight burn of alcohol with the rather surprising 7.5% ABV. 3.5

D Really easy drinking for the style really. I finished the 11.2 ounces within a few minutes. It is probably too expensive to drink very much of but if money were no object I could drink 3 or 4 of them. 4.0

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

25cl. bottle poured into standard pint glass.

A little research reveals that this beer is from the #1 hop growing region in Belgium. Hommel is the local word for Humulus which is the botanical name for the hop plant.

Cloudy bright golden yellow with subtle traces of orange at the edges. Small dense head with good retention. Smells of honey, citrus, and anise with a subtle farmhouse quality (some hay and wood)

Great balance between sweetness and bitterness. Flavors of honey, chamomile tea and minerals with a little bit of middle eastern spices lurking. Bisuity malt with well intergrated hops and a refreshing drinkability. Earthy dry finish. This beer has a way of disapearing quickly.

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Photo of thekanna
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Granville Moore's in DC. Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear yellow bordering on orange with a thin finger of head and decent lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Strong citrusy, tart smell. Lots of fruit and floral aromas here.

T: A bitter, herbal hop taste throughout mixed with slightly sour citrus flavors and possibly an Asian pear or two. A bit of yeast and hop bitterness at the end, but the alcohol is amazingly well masked.

M: Good amount of carbonation. Slightly juicy body with a dry, crisp finish.

D: Excellent; like the complexity despite the consistent undercurrent of bitter hops. I usually like Belgian IPAs because of the layers of flavor you can peel away; American IPAs are more of a one-trick pony.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this on tap at the Map Room into a Poperings tulip.

The beer is cloudy gold with a huge head, at least 3 fingers. The head remains forever, and there is tons of carbonation as the head comes back vigorously when you swirl the glass. The lacing is awesome.

The aroma is a nice comples hoppiness.

The taste is great, very light and drinkable with a ton of flavor.

This is an oustanding beer.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P- Barley's and Hops in Pittsburgh

A- a lemon meringue color that is cloudy. Yeasty floaties are present throughout the body of the beer. A luscious 2 finger head rises just to the rim of my point. Sticky and mountainous lacing.

S- sour granny smith apple with pear fruity esters to trail the aroma. smells like a champagne. not as flowery as others have wrote but i get some sort of yeasty aroma.

T- a dry yet sour grass and apple type of flavor. More like wheat grass mixed with granny smith apple. Not bad but not overly great. yeasty as well and carbonated.

M- carbonation and dry. Grassy type of texture and feel to it. sweet yet sour.

D- not bad but the flavor is not for me. If you like Belgian IPA's then this is right up your alley. I prefer the american IPA's

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Photo of philbe311
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 450th review... And I'm met with a very healthy "pop" upon removing the cork...

A - An huge fluffy elegant pure white head comprised varying sized bubbles reminiscent of soapy suds with a rocky top... World class retention... A bright candied lemon yellow color with a faint orange hue... An ever so faint haziness... Very minute carbonation slow paced carbonation bubbles rise throughout... Rings of white cling to the sides of the glass as the session progresses...

S - Yeasty... A delicate but definitive funkiness... Fresh cut grass... Golden apple... Pear...

T - The taste is rather subdued... The hops are not as nearly pronounced as I would have expected... Earthy... Lemon zest... Banana... Pears... A vague spiciness... Well balanced and loaded with subtle complexity...

M - The slightest bit of carbonation touches the tongue... Light to medium bodied...

D - Insanely quaffable... Classy and sophisticated... Smooth... Even... Delicate...

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The flavors are highly hopped and can feel a touch of honey in the aroma that is quite characteristic. Like any India Pale Ale that respect, we also find the purifying force of hops in the tasting, this one tinged with a character of yeast rather pronounced. In conclusion, an archetype of the strong hoppy beer that will appeal to all, slightly beaten.

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4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has this beer gone bad?...Far from it.
This super-carbonated bottle rivaled me upon every single pour into the glass--even getting the cap off was a bit of a challenge. Before the first sip, this yeasty Belgian brew is awaiting me with a primal, primitive, sexual, gritty body...I can't wait.

Smells of a sweet champagne, nice honeysuckle, flowery, dry aroma. The taste is the same...beautiful sweetness right up front. But the real majesty of this ale is what comes thereafter. A nice slow, mature warmth--this reminds me of a winter's night barleywine.

This is a sipper--otherwise, far too overwhelming. Please, try this out.

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

This is an excellent, hoppy Belgian ale.

Lightly hazy amber, it has a huge, faintly off-white head steadily shrinking to a permanent, 1/2 inch foamy top, leaving some weak foamy lace.

The aroma is fruity, yeasty, with typical Belgian elements such as banana, clove, grain, and a hint of freshly cut green grass.

The taste is slightly meaty, with a lightly fruity, warm but restrained alcoholic quality, a light, but firm maltiness with some grain, hint of coriander, citrus, but otherwise a lot of grassy-leafy hops, some spiciness. It's balanced in bitterness and sweetness, a bit on the drier side. It has a slight oiliness.

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

Caged and corked 750

A: Nothing short of the epic artic landscape you expect from a Belgian IPA. Head dissipated after 20 min which is poor for the style but better for drinking. Sticky lacing. Hazy golden amber color.

S: Nice mix of the tripel with some fresh grain. The hops are well integrated into the nose. A balanced Belgian IPA? Why not?

T: The thing that stands out in this beer is the citrus that comes through from the hops. Usually it is straight bitterness but this was a welcome surprise.

M: Feels light for the style. This would be great on a hot summer day.

D: I was impressed. I went in expecting nothing and was surprised. I would have this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of CHickman
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber orange color with a massive fluffy 2 finger cloudy white head which was full of bubbles that lasted a long time and faded slowly; left decent spotty lacing that slid down the glass fast. The second half of the bomber was cloudy brownish orange with a ton of sediment floating in it and looked like a completely different beer from the first pour/half.

Smells of flowers, floral hops, orange peel, sweet malt, light yeast and sugar, cinnamon or some candy like sweetness. Pretty soft nose that’s sweet and slightly funky.

Tastes sweet and malty, with hints of spices, sweet malt, floral hops, orange peel, grapefruit, coriander, honey, grass and yeast; has the distinct yeast funk to it, yet it's smooth and balanced with a nice combo of malt and hop flavor and a very mild alcohol presence that sneaks up on you.

Mouthfeel is fizzy with high carbonation, a creamy and smooth feel on the tongue, a medium body and real watery flow to each sip, like this was meant to drink fast.

A very good beer to me which I always find well balanced, full of flavor and easy to drink; a definite session beer and a recommendation to try this brew as it’s good on it’s own and very good with a meal.

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

200th review: enjoyed on the deck in early fall heat.

A - Into a Duvel tulip: nice deep, hazy gold color with a white, dense crown that settled over time to a thick cap and modest lace. No floaties.

S - Belgian ale for sure - modest grassy hops, malt and sugar. Also has a bit of a Saison-like funk going on.

T - Delicious ale; World Class. Splendid rendition that's like a cross between Orval and Duvel. Beautifully balanced hops and malt with a sophisticated "Band Aid" accent. Wow.

M - Very soft, creamy, and dense but still manages some slickness; lip-smacking.

D - At 7.5% ABV, this is probably as good as it gets for a Belgian. Almost too drinkable. (Notice that I said "almost.") :)

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Photo of Rayek
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip.

A: Hazy apricot. Mild carbonation supports a voluminous bone white head. Retention is adequate and lots of lace is left behind.

S: Musty, fruity and spicy. Apples, pears and green grapes provide sweetness. Anise, coriander, clove and even a hint of juniper provide the spice. A musty yeast funkiness rounds things out.

T: Starts out with apples and pears. A spicy coriander and lemon zest bitterness provides nice balance. A sourdough bread quality adds to the complexity. On top of all that is an almost perfume like floral flavor. Finishes a bit warm, with lingering coriander and anise spice.

M: The lightness of the body belies the beer's strength. Carbonation feels a bit too high even for this style.

D: This is a deceptively strong beer, which seems to be a hallmark of this style. It goes down easily. My glass was gone in what seemed like record time for a beer of this strength. An excellent pickup.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, but hazy golden yellow with copper hues and a big, frothy white head packed with foam that dissipates leaving a big white lacing.

Aroma consists of citrus zest, faint yeast, floral hops, and pine.

Slightly more spiced/pepper taste than the aroma led on, again a nice citrus zest such as orange or lemon, and fresh yeast as well. The hops are there in the background, and very refreshing and well complimented.

Medium body with medium to moderate carbonation with a dry yet crisp finish.

Well-put together brew. Nice palate, easy to drink, and quite refreshing. Few beers are this light with this much flavor.

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

Another goody from the shelves of Ohoove's basement, this one shows an extremely cloudy tan amber color with a giant white fluffy head and lots of splotchy lace. The aroma is bready malt with light citrus (orange/lemon). Pleasant. The flavor brings a bright tart lemon yeast that bites the tongue. This mellows as you go and offers more malty nutmeg and some floral edges and clove. Well carbonated, decent drinker, refreshing, all around good stuff for the style.

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