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Poperings Hommel Bier | Leroy Breweries

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Brewed by:
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 mgdurand
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
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 +14.4%
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 -10.1%
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 -38.6%
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 +4.5%
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 +4.7%
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 +8.9%
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 +5.2%
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 +7.2%
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 -2.2%
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 +3.2%
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 -0.7%
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 +8.4%
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 -10.9%
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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a lightly hazy yellow-orange with a soft cap of white foam leaving extensive Belgian lace.

S: Floral hops, wildflowers, grass.

T: For the style the overt bitterness is light, but the great hop flavours are still there. Floral, ethereal character, almost like an APA brewed with Belgian yeast. Malt gives a nice light caramel sweetness, well balanced with the hops, a delicate brew. Liked it a lot, since the bitterness I thought melds better than the hoppier versions of this style like De Ranke or Cali-Belgique.

M: Very soft carbonation, feels like a 4% brew compared to a 7.5% which I was shocked at. Easy drinking, dry.

D: A very nice version of the style, hoppy definitely compared to a Belgian Pale, but to other BIPAs, quite light. The flavours are real good, a definite re-buy.

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Photo of beauweaver
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had previously tasted the Poperings Nunnebier and saw this on the beer menu at a Philadelphia Belgian tavern. I decided to try it and was not disappointed. They served it from the bottle in the appropriate glass. It looked appealing with a nice frothy white head. Then I took the glass to my lips and the flavors took me a little by surprise. The first few sips were malty and slightly bitter. It took me about a half glass to get used to the originality of the flavor. I ordered a second one and then I was hooked. You should try it. it's an absolute delight.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a very pretty light orange with an active white head. Smells of light citrus hops with some belgian doughey yeast. Definitely an ipa, but also definitely belgian. Taste is crisp and clean. Lots of sweet hop bitterness- some grapefruit and orange wit a spicy kick in there as well. Very crisp and very drinkable. Wish I picked up a few more of these.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy gold color with a decent head that sticks around a bit, and laces.
the aroma is mostly spicy yeast with some citrusy undetones. some slight floral hoppiness. maybe a touch wild smelling with a little astringent hay when it warms.
the flavor is a bit tangy with a good many light tangy fruits like pear, apple, and soft lemon. the yeast shows up in the middle with some light breadiness and a touch of spiciness, peppery clove mostly. the hops show themselves mainly towards the back and as an aftertaste, with a floral/herbal quality.
the mouthfeel is medium with delicate, but active carbonation.
the drinkability is good, it's has a pleasant unique flavor.

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Photo of Brad007
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale blond color into my Hopfenstark glass with a large head of foam that leaves lacing and looks appealing.

Aroma is mostly spicy and bready due to the yeast. Seems like a normal IPA but not much hop bitterness that I can detect.

Taste is spicy and the hop bitterness is present, overshadowing the spice in this ipa. Bready and a bit sweet as well. Nice.

Mouthfeel is bready with a bit of hop bitterness. Not overwhelming with carbonation either. I honestly don't understand the style but I think this is a very solid example.

Drinkability is very decent. Not overwhelming. Could use some aging but if you have the time and money to do so. Check it out.

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

750 ml bottle poured into my Hommel snifter, Poperings Hommel Ale is a hazy burnt gold with a large, very tight and creamy off white head the is long lasting, leaving some heavy chunks of foam and nice lacing.

Smell is heavy on the noble hops, some citrus, floral and spice, none overwhelming the other or overly pungent. A hoppy Belgian for sure, with a sour dough yeastiness as well.

Taste is fairly malty, bread dough, slightly sweet, but with a strong hoppy backbone, plenty of floral character and lots of spiciness, a bit earthy, with a fairly bitter finish. I've had this on draft a LOT at the Sharp Edge back in the day, but haven't had one in several years, and am really enjoying this, my first time from a bottle. Yeasty, with a tinge of metal on the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, chewy, medium-heavy body, with a crisp, dry finish. Definitely yeastier and creamier then on draught, with a more assertive hop character as well, thicker.

Drinkability is very good, this is the benchmark Belgian IPA IMHO, a great balance of Belgian blonde character and assertive, fresh hops, in aroma and flavor and not just bitterness. To me, the definitive classic of the style, regardless of what Piraat may claim! Although I haven't had one of those in several years either, again, only on draught at the edge...will have to revisit soon. The main knock on the drinkability is the yeastiness, which gets a bit thick towards the end of the glass, which is not something I recall from draught.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Poperinge. Poured a very nice golden amber with a two-finger head. Retention isn't fantastic, and it's left with a slight foamy film. Decent lacing.

Smells of hops and citrus primarily; taste is much the same, but with hints of malt and slight metallic phenols. Pretty good and surprisingly complex.

Mouthfeel is fairly average, though the slight carbonation make it interesting. Very drinkable beer overall; very refreshing and light compared to most of the other beers from the Watou area.

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Photo of therica
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served in Leuven Belgium.

A= slightly cloudy amber-yellow, fluffy head.

S= I was caught off-guard since the immediate scent reminded me of a slightly stale-water pond or our fish aquariums. I suppose that translates to "musty" or something, probably the usually-interesting Belgian yeasts and malts. Hops evident.

T= almost spicy-hot; sudsy-flat aftertaste, very different, an intersting variation on the unusual Belgian style.

M= Mildly bitter-honey aftertaste lingering.

D= probably a bit too stylish for my tastes other than having one, but I definitely having at least one to experience it.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at hopleaf in chicago

appearance: served in a goblet for $6, rather clear apricot body, light beige froth with moderate retention

smell: citurs hops, syrupy peach and apricot, orange peel, white pepper and spice

taste: dry, cumin and mustard seed, orange citrus hops, dry spicyness, white pepper, traces of green apple...sounded better on paper to me but a nice starter beer for the night

mouthfeel: dry

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the most impressive-appearing beers I have seen. Served in a tulip, it was an orange color with a thick white head. There was a thin stream of carbonation that arose from the bottom of the glass, which persisted the entire time I drank the beer. Other than the kudos for the appearance, this beer was only a little bit above average. The aroma was vaguely fruity and floral. I thought the taste was mostly bread-like, with only a hint of hops. Pretty good beer, not very IPAish.

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

330 ml bottle from Walnut Liquorette, on to the beer:

Deep cloudy blonde appearance with a fuzzy head that retains pretty well. The aroma is somewhat phenolic with a minty kick to it. In the taste, it's not very hoppy at all. Sweet with some clove and other baking spices. Hmm, still not many hops to be found. It's a good beer, but it doesn't seem to be an IPA, even by Belgian standards.

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Poperings Hommel Bier from Leroy Breweries
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 819 ratings
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