Poperings Hommel Bier | Leroy Breweries

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Leroy Breweries

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 PatrickJR
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Murky yellow with a slight orangish tint. Three fingers of off white head rise. Retention is great; a thin cap remains throughout the duration. Great lacing as well.

S - Yeasty spice; coriander, pepper, lemon peel, and a bit of grass. Hops pull through with a mild herbal/citrus component but it's hard to distinguish through the yeast. Either way, it's quite appetizing. There's some simple pale malt in the background with a faint bready aroma. Mild to moderate phenols intertwine themselves with the spicy notes.

T - Pepper and indistinct spice from the nose mix with some subtle herbal/grassy hops. Spice is obvious but the hops are a little more hidden. Slight citrus pulls through mid palate with some semi-sweet pale malt. Simple bread flavors mingle with some saltiness and sourness to make for a relatively clean finish with some mild earthy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium low carbonation. Very smooth.

D - The numbers in this review may be somewhat arbitrary as I'm not sure what constitutes a "good" Belgian IPA. I'd always imagined and read them as hopped up tripels, and while Poperings Hommel Ale exhibits some hoppy characteristics and some tripel characteristics, it isn't a simple mix of the two; furthermore I understand that this brew was once classified as a BSPA. Though the hops never really take the center stage, it's extremely well balanced even if not a standout among Belgians. An enjoyable and somewhat challenging beer that I hope to revisit when and if I understand the style better.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very cloudy dark orange with a massive ecru head that leaves thick lacing and a couple of thick sudsy chunks on the the side of the glass. Retention is great. Very cloudy and yeasty.

S: Lots of spice, phenols, lemony fruitiness, sweetness akin to clover honey. There's also a funk aroma that shows up intermittently which I really dislike, but it shows up randomly and only after a few wafts from the glass, curiously enough.

T&M: Sweet Belgian malt flavors up front followed by some light citrus flavor, and some customary light Belgian fruitiness (apple and pear). Spice, phenol, grassy hops, and a bit of alcohol all contribute late and on into the finish. Quite nice, but not quite as cohesive or symphonic as other Belgian IPAs I've sampled. Body is medium with a moderate carbonation, but texture is a bit chalky (is this from the large amount of yeast in suspension?).

D: Decently quaffable for the style. Another solid Belgian IPA, though for the price I'd probably stick with Houblon Chouffe.

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Photo of TheCyturn
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As I only drink Belgian beer, I'm not very used to bitter beers.
Looks good. Nice amount of foam and a beautiful golden color.
Smells great too. Very hoppy,but also very mild. There's enough sweetness to balance the hoppiness.
Taste: well balanced. A very pleasant bitterness and touch of honey. After each sip I enjoyed the aftertaste for a few minutes.
I think this was my first Belgian IPA ,but I'm sure I'll buy this one again.

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Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a lovely amber hue which leaves a distinct creamy two finger head which leaves prominent sticky lacing all down the glass,this beer smells of beautiful freshly herbal,rose boutiques with beautiful fresh elegant hop aromas like it they have just been harvested,the taste of this beer has no bitterness at all to it and could def not be classed as full IPA or even a Belgian IPA but never the less a beautiful floral hoppy showcasing of a beer with a sweet finish definately not bitter at all and very easily drinkable.

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Photo of drperm
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trying really hard to rate this as a beer, and not to-style.
Bottle at the Raleigh Times Bar, 11 July 2009.

This is by far the least IPA of any "Belgian IPA" I've had, and that's what at first inspired me to give it a mediocre rating; on its own, though, as a brew, I still find it unoffensive but also un-inspiring: harmless, slightly bland, and largely forgettable.
Hop bitterness (or hop aroma, or hop snap) is mostly absent, and I'm left with a pleasant, but innocuous, generic Belgian-yeasted cloudy ale that reminds me of a non-coriandered barley-malt wit. Again, not unpleasant, but not at all what I was expecting.
And do NOT pair it with a reuben or a BLT. This is probably the first beer-food pairing I've ever had that flat-out did NOT work.

Skip this one and go straight for the Piraat.

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Photo of Wheelinb
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not the typical taste you would expect from an IPA. This had a nice crispness to it. Lots of citrus going on but more like orange than grapefruit. And while the hop bitterness is present its not overwhelming, you get a lot of grassiness with this beer. This was unexpected in a good way. A nice beer to have while sitting on the patio in the summer.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.5
A gentle pour yeilds a finger of loose white head over a slightly hazy dark gold to amber coloured body.

Smell - 4.5
A simply lovely aroma of sweet biscuity malt, honey and rose-like floral hops.

Taste - 4.0
Marvellous! For an IPA the bitterness is on the lower end of the scale, but still high for a Belgian. The balance is excellent, in terms of both sweetness-bitterness and in flavour. Tastes of rich biscuity and cakey malt, honey, mixed spice, orange zest, spicy hops, warming alcohol and a little fruity yeast. Finishes quite dry.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Persistent carbonation is lively and fine, creating a lush mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 4.5
The 250mL bottle goes in no time, I could easily drink several more!

I was worried whether this beer would taste as good imported as it was fresh in Belgium. Perhaps it is a couple of percent off, but it is still a magnificent beer, one of the best brewed in Belgium.

Edit: I've tried this since and was not as enamored. Still a wonderful beer, I'm looking forward to drinking it fresh in Belgium again.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

on-tap at deep ellum in allston, massachussetts. served in branded tulip. tasted mid-april 2009.

deep golden straw with slight haze. large fluffy head, becomes latte-like, then fades to a creamy thin layer. great lacing.

aroma of grassy, herbal euro hops, with light orange peel, ripe pear and hint of apple. bready malt center, dressed by a faint farmhouse character, with notes of damp hay, plus trace of herb/spice in the back with just a touch of phenols.

taste: nice, robust and complex mix of all of the above, finishing with moderate, grassy hop bitterness. touch of acidity before the finish too.

light to medium body, quite smooth throughout, with just touch of resins in the finish. prickly, spritzy carbonation is otherwise moderate but gives moments of fluffiness and is very refreshing.

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Photo of asabreed
2.68/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

25 cl bottle into a Brooklyn snifter / tulip, split with friends. Best by 11/07 date notched, so we'll see how this holds up.

Appearance: Lighter orange, mildly hazy, a few floaties.

Smell: Sourness, skewed fruit esters, mild citrus, herbal tea, and some old sponge funkiness.

Taste: Flat orange and apple highly-candied sweetness, with a bit of perfume and flowery aromas, some herbal tea, and sourness. Hardly and finish, just dies.

Mouthfeel: Flat and sticky, with very little carbonation.

Drinkability: For a 7.5% Belgian with yeast hanging out in the bottom, this didn't hold up well. It doesn't seem to be a bad bottle either. Maybe this needs to be consumed fresh, but like I said, I thought it would at least be decent. Maybe I'll try and get a fresh one and re-review, but those of you who have it, I'd try it now if you're thinking of holding onto it, because it was an experience we all threw off my third floor balcony instead of finishing our small amounts in the glass.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle picked up today at the COOP for a little less than $3.. Interesting that Matt got these in with large and small bottles... Poured into my New Belgium snifter while listening to Digweed's Transitions 3.

Rocky 3 finger head sticks around for quite a while.. great lace and cap... the brew is a hazy honey golden.

Nose is mildly phenolic with a nice mix of spicy hoppiness.. resembles a BSPA with more hops for sure.. pale maltiness with a whaff of green apple..

Flavor is very balanced between the bitter and malt.. spicy and sorta menthol notes play well with a fruity element that makes me think of pears.. grassy hops melt int a mild fruitiness with a sorta herbal finish that lingers for minutes.. the body is a lite/medium with an expected bright carbonation... Good and bordering on great across the board.... I will certainly be picking these up again... it's nice to have a BIPA in Boise that doesn't break the bank.


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Photo of brewdoc75
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden. Soft white head sitting on top. Head is everlasting due to the strong carbonation.

S: Cloves and phenolic esters at first. Delightfully fruity and faintly sweet. For an BIPA, the hops are pretty muted though. I do get some spicy floral tones.

T: Slightly sweet with some tartness. A lot of cloves and a bit of banana. The hops come towards the end with noble flavors of earthiness. Moderately bitter, but bit underwhelming the the hop department.

M: Very dry, but at the same time starts out creamy. The finish is crisp and the carbonation is strong.

D: This was a pretty good beer. I was a bit underwhelmed by the lack of hops. There are definitely some better Belgian IPAs out there. If you can't find them, this is worth a try.

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Photo of popery
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good Belgian IPA, but it has strong style competition. The beer pours a bright hazy gold with an excellent, puffy white head that leaves good lacing. The nose is a very sweet aroma of candied lemons and subtle earthy Belgian yeast. While there is a strong hop presence in the beer, it's not the hoppiest BIPA out there. The malt contributes a flavor of wildflower honey. The hops are grassy, lemony and floral. It's an interesting flavor profile, but the beer doesn't quite grab me like some BIPAs. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and it's a very easy beer to drink. I would love to have access to this stuff for cheaper.

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

At BJs Flanders beer tasting in Roseville.

A - Poured a light mahogany with a 2 fingered off-whte head. Dissipated immediately and left little lacing.

S - Roses, caramel, and light citrus.

T - Rose, breadiness, caramel, dark sugars, and light citrus.

M - Full-bodied and malt dominated. Not as hoppy for a Belgian IPA.

D - Good overall, but expected more hoppiness.

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Photo of dbexpert
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ah, yea, um, if you drink beer, if you respect beer the journey through a bottle of popering's hommel is time and money well spent, this is a well balanced dynamic beer, has a tremendous sweetness of malt quickly broken by a soft bite of hop with fat bubbles confusing the complex blend of a malty sweetness for ale lovers and fantastic hop aromas and bite without ruination of palate for hop heads, a must at least once!twice and more!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured ontap into a hommel bier snifter. Run through "Sir Hops Alot", a filtering of cascade hop.

Mellow gold in color. Nice lace after every sip.

Flavors of citrus, lemon tea, and minerals with a light malt edge.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Drinkable, smooth and easy.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went into this one knowing nothing of the beer and not knowing really what to expect. I poured up absolutely beautiful! Moderately cloudy yellow-orange body with a gorgeous, tightly knit, two inch thick head that stayed that way for several minutes. Exceptional head retention. Smell was mostly spices, some mild cooked fruit, and little else. Taste was heavy on the spice and had that metallic after taste "thing" that some Belgians have, but I really did enjoy it. Mouthfeel was "medium" and rather assertive on the CO2. This was a really good beer that I am very glad I discovered.

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Photo of illidurit
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Hazy golden color with a large white crest of fine carbonation. Aroma is basic Belgian blonde with a nice hop influence. Typical banana and yeasty dough notes with a tart, citric character derived from the hops. Candied lemon and grass accents. Flavor is yeasty and biscuity with more lemon and grass. Also some phenolic character and a lightly bitter finish. Effervescent and pleasant mouthfeel, although a bit thin.

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Photo of SidVicious619
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 330ml into a chimay glass. Straw/hazy color with small lacing that disappears after 30 mins or so. Aroma is citrusy, yeasty spice, pear and lemon. Detected floral/earthy hoppiness. The taste in the beginning is tangy fruitlike flavors like pears, apples, lemon. Yeasty flavor comes towards the end with some peppery spiciness that has a touch of hops. Good carbonation and drinkable. Kinda mellow for my IPA taste buds but definitely will give another try.

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Photo of BarrelO
2.3/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. Best before March 2010.

A: The best thing about this beer. Light orange with a big BSPA head that leaves a good amount of lacing. It's all downhill from here, though.

S: Some faint traces of spice and hops. Unfortunately, they're completely overwhelmed by a rancid phenolic aroma.

T: I can definitely sense some nice fruity and hoppy notes in the background. But again, they're buried under an avalanche of phenols that makes this pretty much undrinkable. The nicest thing I can say about the taste is that it doesn't linger long on the palate.

M: Acceptably light.

D: Drain pour. What a letdown.

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Photo of Parrotshake
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The granddaddy of "Belgian IPA"s, as far as I know. It's a style that I'm massively interested in but outside of De Ranke XX Bitter (which I love) have no real idea about. Off we go...

Pours a dark honey colour with a huge head that recedes to a centimeter or so and stays there for the duration. A neat-looking spiral of white lace on the glass toward the end.

Has that typical Belgian spicy yeast smell - less spice but a somewhat sweeter - halfway to doughnuts. Grassy hop smell undercutting it all.

Opens with oily, pine-like woody hops, has a weird slightly pungent incense-like thing going on, then long biscuity malt. Finishes spicy with more of that incense/perfume character and a bit too much sweetness. Bitterness is there too, but somehow the sweetness and bitterness never quite integrate. Warm booziness after that. This is a little different to what I expected, but different in this case is definitely not a euphemism for "bad".

Drinkabiltiy is hurt by how cloying it is. Despite the atypical amount of hop flavor and bitterness (for a Belgian) this has a sweet, perfume kind of thing going on that doesn't necessarily keep you coming back. It's damn tasty for the first glass or two, though.

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Photo of atsprings
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Raleigh Times served in a tulip glass a nice crisp straw yellow with a khaki head that diminishes to a ring and leaves decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is slight hops and yeast with a touch of sweet fruits and spice. The taste is a nice dry sweet fruit presence with a nice amount of citrus hops. The beer has a nice dryness that along with the bitterness leaves you craving the next sip. This is a very refreshing, thirst quenching beer.

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Photo of nick76
2.85/5  rDev -29.5%
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 -10.1%
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 +5.4%
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 +2.7%
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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Poperings Hommel Bier from Leroy Breweries
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 826 ratings