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 nick76
2.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is metallic and malty with plenty of grassy hops. There is also yeast and fruit. The appearance is cloudy gold with a large head and lots of particles in it. The flavor is astringent but like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall it's not even average. I would not drink again.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

huge white head 3 inches, plus great lace, hazy yellow orange amber. Great looking Belgian IPA. Egg white fluffiness.

Yeast is there, smells are bubblegum and bananas, very nice.

Nice layed back flavor, like the nose, nothing great.

Fine, fine, slightly disappointing, body is ok, a bit flat after the big head, drinkability ok, better IPA's out there from US makers.

Looks much better than it ends up tasting. Have had this on tap, much better.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 bottle into open beer challice. Approx. 40 degrees.

A) Bright Gold, dense and cloudy. Can't see through it. White lacy, lingering head

S) Initially smelled like a bud light. YIKES! After the initial alcohol evaporated, it was all Belgian... sweet bread pudding, raisons

T) I really enjoyed this IPA. Unlike it's 'Bruin' cousin, this one is sweet with orange citrus that finishes slightly bitter, hence the IPA.

M) Bottle conditioned, effervescent carbonation. YUM!

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

Pours with a tight, pure white head that never goes down and leaves mad lacing. Cloudy burnished gold with lots of sediment and obvious fizz. Nose of fresh yeast and a character best described as perfume: flower, oil and spice; almost like sandalwood. Taste is lemon honey cough drop - both sweet citrus and medicinal herb - with grainy apple malts. Spicy, bitter orange hops at the end that cuts very dry. Creamy feel. ABV is not obvious but hits fast.

Can this be called a Belgian IPA if it pre-dates any US influences? I thought the style meant taking cues from American craft brews, but this beer is from just after the War, according to the website.

Regardless, this is a quenching, complex, hoppy beer with a kick. Enjoy in summer, but don't make any plans for the afternoon.

2nd tasting, 8-13-11: Struck by the mineral feel - lean, salty, crisp - the phenols, and the chewiness in spite of being light. Compared to Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor: drier, more hoppy and hotter. Initial rating had this a bit lower than GCH, and that's about right.
More like a hoppy Belgian pale ale. (and not even that hoppy.)

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

On tap at Max's during 72 hours of Belgium.

The beer pours a slightly hazy color with good head retention and lacing. The beer smells attactive, with honey, cherry and light citrus. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except there is almost a flowery flavor to this beer, I assume from the hops. The beer is quite light on its feet, and is exceptionally drinkable.

A very nice IPA, one that will enjoyed and preferred by those who don't like their IPA's to be overly bitter. Nevertheless, this is a very nice Belgian IPA and is much better on tap then it is out of the bottle.

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

On-tap 2/12/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, hops, light malts, citrus and bananas.

T: The taste is very well-balanced, with strong but not overpowering hops bitterness up front that is tempered by a citrus & banana sweetness. There's a hearty Belgian yeast character and the malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer and I could drink a few, but it's not one that would select over too many others.

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Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours an orange-ish lemon yellow color with a creamy white head. The head sticks around for a while before settling into a thin pancake of bubbles on top. Lots of sticky lacing.

The smell leans more toward a trippel than IPA, with light fruits - pears and oranges - dominating with a sweet Belgian candy sugar backbone with hints of floral aromas.

Tastes good. Smooth light fruit flavors with hints of citrus. The ending is equal parts sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. This goes down easily, though there's not as much IPA in the Belgian IPA as I'd hoped.

Overall this is a tasty beer but I think it's about halfway in between a trippel and a Belgian IPA. The hops are there but not as crisp as I was expecting. Worth a shot.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden with a few fingers of white head and sticky lacing coating the glass.

S - Floral and grassy hops with some spice, banana, wheat malt and citrus zest.

T - Floral and grassy hops, spice, wheat malt, candi sugar, citrus and lemon zest.

M - Light body with good carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Notes of both wit and Belgian pale in this beer. Tasty.

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Photo of douggoodavage
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A huge billowing three finger head. An awesome lacing that lasted long after the beer was gone. A cloudy dark golden beer unfiltered and alive with yeast. Bubbles rise up from bottom of glass for several minutes.

Smell: Complex and unusual. Very sweet, citrus, acidic, hoppy, almost like a sweet white wine.

Taste:, Dry & citrus at first then like crackers & cereal followed by some hop bitterness. Not like an american IPA, no pop or assault on your taste buds. A nice refresing carbonation with hoppy accents.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: Smooth easy to drink. Pairs well with cheese not so good by itself.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: I must comment on the huge, chunky, bleach white whipped top on this bad boy. Dark golden colors with hits of yellow around and about the glass. Some fat friggen lacing plastered all around, no joke...random madness

S: hops are favorable, belgian candied treats are prominent. Has a spicy edge in the nose, ever so soft yellow fruits (banana, lemon)

T: this guy suggests soft bitter hops as the main factor. Malts profile is almost non-existent and finishes just on the sweet side of life. Palate is registering: yeast flavors that make me think of a honey baked bread, mild spiciness, delicate fruits of pear, apples, banana-take your pick

M: hops hang on, slight fruit acidic twang, body is relatively light and has a fizzy warming feeling to it. Easy drinker despite its active body

D: hop character is a nice touch with the belgian style body. Kind of a different style and in some regards missing a few things...but you must try this if you get the chance!
I bought this on a whim and had no idea it was a belgian IPA, I did not do my research and I am not disappointed!

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

So close to be amazing.

A - Deep cloudy ,light copper (is that an oxymoron?). Light head, minimal lacing.

S - a touch of fruit, slight grassy

T - mild IPA with a great mix of yeasty chewiness and mild hop bite.

M - Tight carbonation

D - You could have more than a few of these. great for the style. Really a solid offering.

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Photo of mgdurand
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love the fine, frothy sea-foam on this one, makes me want to pour vigorously just to I can inhale and slurp down more of the thick tongue-coating stuff. The suds taste like pure hops as I lick clumps of it off the sides of the glass and squish it into my cheeks. *Ahem* 'scuse me, but I'm really digging the top end of this beer.

Smell is thin, hoppy, grainy and less yeasty than most Belgians

Yeasty belgian taste exists full in the mouth; not of the same caliber as many from that land of hearty, helthy brews though this is not a bad thing. This beer is kind of a cross-breed with it's thinner body and hoppy intro. Not the heavy sweetness a lot of 'em have either, more light and citrus-fruity. Slightly metallic aftertaste, the only less-than pleasant aspect of this beer's taste for me.

Mouthfeel is perfect for my tastes, just enough carbonation and though it could be thicker for a
Belgian, this hoppier beer needs a thinner body to be in character. This was accomplished.

Drinkability is excellent, not so alcoholic, and the lighter nature of this beer, with its relative lack of fruity yeasty esters and less of that heavy sweetness, make it easy to quaff.

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

The beer has a lingering, aromatic head. Smells beautifully floral. Hoppy, but without the bitterness- unique. Avec Les Bons Voeux comes close and is probably even better. Well, the beer is better overall, but the aroma isn't. The mouth feel is lovely. A good mousse- tiny bubbles, not big ones like in a carbonated drink, but like in a fine champagne, so you don't need to burp after a mouth full. This is a fine bottled beer, but peerless on draught. Truly, truly, one of the world's finest beers.

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Photo of stcules
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First bottle (25 cl): chestnut honey color, hazy, with a beautiful white head, lacey.
But: heavy smell. Not the usual Hommel! Discarded.

Second bottle (75 cl): deep golden color, with some very thin floaties. White and creamy head, beautiful.
Fresh and pleasant smell, hoppy, with a hint of citric orange.
In the mouth a fresh hop explosion, some maltiness, well balanced. Pleasant and fresh.
Again strongly hoppy in the aftertaste, with pepper and orange notes. Some malty sweetness, well balanced again by the hop, that dominates. Thirst-quenching, and pleasant.
Definitely different from the first bottle. Why? Recipe change? Wrong batch?

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Photo of corby112
2.48/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden yellow color with a thin white foamy head that quickly dissapears. Arom is kind of bland with hints of light crisp fruit and a strong alcohol presence. Carbonated up front, tickling the tounge with a sweet light crisp fruit center and dry alcohol warmth in the finish. Subtle hop and apple notes.

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Photo of jpiper
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Marked D | 3 | 10 - best by March 2010? Not sure when that means it's brewed.

Pours a beautiful golden yellow - depending on the light. As I pour I see particulate yeast in the bottom part of the bottle. Pour it in, I say, so I end with suspended tiny particles in the beer. No worries, I could've left a half inch in the bottle instead.

The head is thick - 1/2 inch in my snifter - not far off from a proper Poperings glass. A cloud-like cream head, dissipates to a sudsy consistent head with bubbles ranging from tiny to a few cm sized ones.

Plenty on the nose here - you can smell some sweet malt, but more so it's floral with plenty of sourness.

My first sip is a bit disappointing - not as I remembered it in Belgium. So, I'll put expectations aside and judge this one on its own merits. There is sourness on the tongue - sour cherries maybe. It's wonderfully balanced with sweet malts. The malt gives way to a very pleasant bitterness and hop profile at the end. It's dry and the aftertaste doesn't persist for too long. There's a little mineral at the end as well. Not overpowering or metallic, but it's there. No sign of alcohol.

This is one carbonated beer. Leaves an ethereal feeling on the tongue - many tiny bubbles.

A very drinkable beer. Very balanced and I love the sour flavors and aromas. Again, not as good as I've had in Belgium, but still a fine beer.

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

Pours a perfectly clear gold with two fingers of fluffy white head. The head drops a little but laces the entire way down. There are also a bunch of tiny grains-of-sand like particles that I assume would have been sediment had I not poured them. The appearance is nearly perfect.

Aroma is of rich malt and a good grassy hop background. The aroma isn't super-complex, but it's wonderful. Reminds me a bit of landbier. Very bready, like a freshly baked loaf of homemade wheat bread. I don't know what else to say about it, other than it smells great.

Flavor is much the same as the nose was, well-balanced with a good bready center and a distinct grassy finish. Very faint alcohol, but the hops in the finish take a lightly bitter tone, with a little grapefruit-bitterness. The light malt really carries the flavor along nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, carbonation is medium, finish is clean.

This beer is amazing. It has the intangibles it needs to make it world class. There's not one thing about it that I can point out and say, "that's awesome." But the whole thing comes together and forms this... I might could drink this every day for the rest of my life. And I'm really not sure why.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this is one i have always slept on , but tonight I tryed it

it poured a straw/yellowy familar color that I love

it has the body and look of a beer like vuuve, like comlicated light colored beer that has alot going on,

It is not overly hoppy, but I do really like it

a pretty good abv and very smooth, Im glad i finally checked this one out

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Photo of mnj21655
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle best by 12 09

Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold in color with 2 fingers of pillowy white head that exhibits great retention and leaves behind lots of lacing. Great aroma, somewhat subdued in terms of intensity but very complex. There is some sweet malt, some herbal hop notes, a smattering of fruity esters and a slight phenolic presence. Taste is really quite good. Good herbal/earthy hop flavor, a moderate bitterness and a wonderful drying malt character that is present throughout. Yeast character is relatively restrained but characteristic light fruity esters and lightly spicy phenols are present. Good mouthfeel with a medium boy and moderate carbonation. Drinkability is quite good. I'm not really sure if I'd classify this as a Belgian IPA (then again maybe my bottle wasn't at its freshest) but this is one fine bier. This brew seems to transform with time from a hoppy IPA to a more mellow and balanced Belgian bier.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark yellow color with huge fluffy white head, good retention and lacing.

Lots of yeasty esters in the nose - pepper and clove with faint banana. Light grainy malt smell hides in the background.

Light malt flavor but the spicy yeast profile is the focus here. Lots of flavors intermingle quite well. Creamy smooth mouthfeel with medium body.

A tasty Belgian that is well worth tracking down.

Tasted on 7/18/08.

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

A - Pours a medium gold color with a hefty amount of haze. The head is just a shade off white and tops out at just under an inch. Retention looks to be about average with thick rings of lace left in the glass.

S - Whiffs of alcohol and leafy hop. There is a big malty feel towards the middle. Picking up some cereal mixed with a little bit of graininess. Honey and yeast finish it out. Not bad. Could use more of a hop presence but still not bad.

T - Alot of malt flavors going on with this one. Honey and doughnut really start it going. Grain, yeast, and maybe a touch of wheat quickly follow. Alcohol and mild hops / bitterness come in midway and give way to some spiciness and fruit (lemon mostly). Good but still no real hop presence.

M - Medium bodied with active carbonation. Finish is mostly sweet with just a tiny amount of dryness that shows at the very end.

D - Drinkability is good. Even though this isn't quite what I expected, it's still quite good. Flavorful, complex, fairly smooth...all things I look for in a good beer. Hops are just not there given this is an IPA of the Belgian variety. Recommended for the experience but I probably will not seek it out agian.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Though I've had this beer on only a handful of occasions (notably at Vlissinghe in Brugge and, more recently, at Brick Store Pub), it's a favorite - but one I've not had the chance to review. Picked up this 330ml/11.2 oz. bottle at New Seasons; poured to a 'La Chouffe' tulip glass. Label is notched, Best before: "C/4/09".

I'm not a big one on 'milestone' reviews, but this is #700 for me...

A: A fluffy pillow of rocky whiteness sits atop a hazed (actually sediment-filled) golden honey. Head crests at over 3-fingers and falls v-e-r-r-r-y slowly, leaving odd-shaped patches of lace. Plenty of tiny carbonation effervescing through the glass. Only poured 3/4ths of the bottle and still found a modest dusting of yeast on the bottom of the glass, with several larger bits mixed in.

S: Mmm...spicy, floral hops burst from the glass (and from the neck of the bottle). A musty yeast and a sort of astringent woody/grapevine quality. Traces of candi sugar, some ripe berry and a fleeting clove/raisin sweetness.

T: A little more blatant in the hoppiness/bitterness than I recall. Quite earthy, a dusty and dry hop infusion that dominates a subtle 'baked bread'. Imagine plump, leafy hop cones, fresh-cut from the bines and tossed straight into the kettle. A bit chalky and medicinal in the finish.

M: Medium/full thickness, a coating tingling feel that treads lightly until it reaches the back of the mouth, where it sits as tongue-curling twist. Busy mouthfeel around the edges. A vague notion of alcohol warmth, evidence of the 7.5% clout this one packs.

D: Satisfying ale that showcases the fresh hops and wild yeasts of the Belgian countryside. It's not one I'd like every day, but it's an excellent sipper now and then. Near the top of the heap when it comes to the evolving 'Belgian IPA' style.

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Photo of vancurly
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a) Hazy pale honey, white coarse foam that sinks

s) Floral, musk candy maltiness, apple flesh. Warms to a mixed spicy profile. Very interesting and captivating.

f) Spicy profile, peppery, wattleseed, nutmeg. Brambly hops, slight alcohol. Every changing, and fascinating.

m) Medium bodied, good length, not cloying.

d) Very drinkable, particularly if you have the time to see it change as it warms in the glass.

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

A: Fruity cloudy dark golden...millimetre carbonation makes one think there is hair in the drink (it is that thin its looks like a hairline. Haven't seen this in beer ever). Good 1 finger full head, recedes to a blotchy film, but nice foamy ring around the glass. Looks very fresh, fruity & inviting
S: Some phenol spices, quite sweet (honeyish). Fruity. fraction floral hops, alcohol as it warmed.
T: Loved it, little fruity...tasted only a fraction of floral hops. Very belgium yet not as strong in the classic phenol flavours...they are still there though. Alochol more prevalent as it warmed.
M: thin yet full...very well balanced, no bitterness yet not too sweet. Carbonation is alive but non agressive, little champagne feeling. Very enjoyable, cannot fault.
D: Excellent, could've would've just didn't have another too swallow...definately will have again.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml. 7.5% ABV. Pours a cloudy, peach color. Thick white foamy head. Very nice retention. A good amount of carbonation lending support.

Earthy and grassy hop aroma. Some lemon zest as well.

Pale malt starts things off, with hints of lemon zest. Strange earthy, grassy flavor seems to take over, and does not let up. A bit too much for me.

Light body with a good amount of carbonation. A bit of yeasty flavor in the back end.

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Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
4.02 out of 5 based on 805 ratings.
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