Poperings Hommel Bier | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Poperings Hommel BierPoperings Hommel Bier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
Belgium
brouwerijvaneecke.be

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
800
Reviews:
408
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
79
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 800 |  Reviews: 408
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 -2.5%
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%
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 -6.7%
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%
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 -0.5%
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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Photo of Antilochus
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first 'Belgian IPA'. Purchased at Utobeer in the Borough Market. 7.50% abv, 25cl.

Poured a translucent amberish yellow, big rocky white head. Bits of lace.

Aromas of funky belgian yeast, candy sugar, alcohol, sourdough, candied fruit. A touch of flowers. Very tripelish... not getting much hop notes here.

Weird mouthfeel - light and syrupy at the same time... sort of fizzy. Flowery hops come back, sweet pale malt and candy sugar tripel notes. Hard cider. Belgian yeast. Boozy warm finish. A hint of citrus rind, yeasty bitterness. Not bad, but not particularly IPAish.

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Photo of JDV
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at HopLeaf in Chicago. Pours amber and clear with a lasting hug whitish head on tap. Smell is lightly funky and belgian yeasty. Taste is dusty, floral, hoppy and saison like with a thinnish body and medium carbonation. Pretty flavorful, and not bad at all.

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

I went to popering last year as it has a train station near to westvleteren. I had known that popering was famous for their hops although was struggling recently because they were expensive and had trouble finding buyers.

Poured into a Unibroue Tulip glass with one finger of cream colored head. Dull gold appearance. Did not have a terribly strong smell but had a floral character. Not too many spices - just full-on hops. A good beer, I'm glad I got to try the hops from popering - but I am a bit disappointed. Not my favorite belgian IPA but worth a try.

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Photo of Kraken
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Harp 20oz pint glass. Sloth has gotten the best of me as I have yet to buy any kind of real glass wear. Massive spuming head rises immediately to the top of the 20 oz glass and sticks around quite a long time leaving great lacing. Beer pours a nice amber color. Nose is light hops, sweetness, very light malts. Slight iron taste initially on the tongue, followed by light sweetness and hop bitters. Nice overall mouth feel, and drinkability.

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Photo of SLeffler27
2.89/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enormous, lemon meringue head with amazing staying power drifting atop a cloudy orange-gold brew as a continuous stream of tiny bubbles drift upward.

Hoppy lemongrass comes to mind.

Slight bitterness, very subtle, albeit astringent.

Cleansing and carbonated, similar to champagne.

Light. Worth a try. See what you think. Perhaps I got a bad batch.

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Photo of Goliath
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of white head sitting on top. Decent retention, no real lacing.

Nice aroma, definitely some typical belgian scents. A floral and grassy hop profile is dominant with a touch of spice.

Taste is lacking. A dull citrus taste that is only slightly bitter. I'm kind of disappointed up front, but it defniitely started to grow on me.

Mouthfeel is just shy of medium bodied and well carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. Alcohol is moderate and flavors are simple but unimpressive. Easy to consume, but lacking intensity.

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Photo of pwoods
2.24/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to mattt for this extra.

11.2oz. brown bottle, poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark yellow with pretty hazing. Big 2+ fingers of pearly white head forms and holds nicely. Some lacing here and there.

S: Smells more like a wit or Belgian pale more than anything. Very spicy from the yeast with a little bit of banana and maybe some wheat. Some floral hops.

T/M: More of the floral and grassy hops with some below average bitterness. Still, very similar to a Belgian pale or a witbier. Malts tasty a little wheaty with a touch of sweetness. The spicy yeast nearly takes over. Body is very much on the lighter side and seems almost watered down.

D: I had high hopes for this but it just didn't do it for me. I can't even honestly give it style points.

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Photo of bjoyce12
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice. Able to purchase a 12 and a 22 at Marty's in Newton, MA. Pours a dark golden, not copper, not amber, definitely a dark golden colour. Huge foam, had to wait for it to dissipate. Great aroma; malts and sweet grass, and noted a touch of honey/molasses. Excellent taste. Many undertones of citrus, slight malt, a grassy aftertaste. Light, excellent summer brew, and at 7.5% ABV not a killer, yet still able to deliver superb taste on several levels. Keeping this one on my short list.

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Photo of stulowitz
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The memories start hitting me as soon as I look at the bottle. I first tasted this when playing a gig in Diksmuide after having sampled Westvleterens best at Cafe In de Vrede.

Hazy golden appearance with a rocky white head. Notes of fruit and caramel in the nose. Sweet to the taste but has a firm bitterness to make it balanced.

For my taste, this beer is a well balanced belgian strong golden rather than an IPA, but I am not the style police.

This is a great beer and it brings back awesome memories. Thats what it´s all about!

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Photo of largadeer
3.14/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Golden with a slight haze and a massive stream of carbonation rising from the bottom and all sides of the glass. The head filled up the entire upper 3 inches of my tulip, leaving behind thick sheets of lace as it slowly settled into an thick and dense half-inch head.

Smell: Apple pie, fresh bread and herbs. Fruity but not particularly sweet.

Taste & mouthfeel: Dry with flavors of green apple and bitter orange peel. The mouthfeel is champagne-like with intense carbonation. Hops come out quite a bit in the finish; herbal and earthy with moderate bitterness. A mineral-like flavor lingers on the roof of the mouth which quickly becomes tiring.

Notes: A bit torn about this one. It has its qualities but is fairly flawed overall.

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Photo of JBogan
2.52/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a slightly murky bronze with nary a head or lacing in my glass.

Smelled of hops and citrus fruits.

Tasted mostly the hops, with some sort of "earthy" presence as well. Not too pleasing in this department.

Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side and flat.

There was nothing really "offensive" about this beer, nor was there anything particularly memorable, except for that slightly metallic and earthy taste.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Orval chalice. Body was a hazy golden color with a slight white head but solid lacing and ring on the edge of the glass. The nose had strong citrus and grapefruit, hop notes. The taste had strong hop and citrus notes up front as well. Grapefruit. The beer is well rounded and dry to the finish.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy straw colour and moderate head. Nose- sweet belgian candi sugar. Taste- very sweet. Residual sugars are noticable. Leaves a syrupy taste in the mouth Some bitterness in the finish. Mostly a super sweet tripel. Good desert beer. Drinkability is decent and carbonation is lower than expected.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A copper colour with a small head that retains very well.

S: smells like Belgian malts with a hint of hops.

T: A bunch of malts in this beer, and a lot of weird flavours. What is confusing is the metallic taste, which fades away as you drink. There isn't very much hops in this beer either. The flavours just don't taste very good to me. It's just missing something...

M: Creamy

D: Not really.

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

A golden yellow beer with a slight haze. Has a huge thick white head and nice sticky lace. The aroma is floral and herbal, reminded me dried herbs and flowers, with a light piney note in the background. The taste starts with a light grain malt character with hints of herbs tickling the sides of your tongue. The finish has a hint of piney hops and then goes down cool and refreshing.

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

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2006.
A local variety of hops (hop in flemish) is named hommel, used for this beer.
Appearance : orange color, with a beautifull white foam head
Smell : honey
Taste and mouthfeel : a taste of orange zest, spicy final
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong golden ale

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour hazy golden yellow, fluffy white head that sticks around alot, a gentle lace that clings well onto the glass walls. Soft aroma of belgian yeast, fresh dough, and hops.

With a taste comes a rush of fresh continental hops and yeast blended to grain flavors similar to fresh french baguette straight out of the oven. Caronation helps to a dry-feeling finish, making it very refreshing and very drinkable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden body hazed up by a shlew of fine particles and topped with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Sweetish, honeyed aroma laden with fruit esters, a bit of spice, and notes of grass, flowers, and light citrus.

Taste: Sweet maltiness with a touch of caramel and honey. Fair amount of the typical Belgian esters. Light floral and citrus hop flavors. There's never more than a mild bitterness. Spicy yeast hints. Hint of clove as you approach the grassy, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad! Note to self: try it again sometime.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decently clear bright golden color until the yeast goes in, then it's very murky. Love yeast. Extremely thick and rocky, huge, white head that goes absolutely nowhere. Tremendous lacing from the big, rocky head.
Smells of sweet, fruity malts, belgian yeast, banana, clove, candied sugars, Im not picking up much hops in the aroma. Smells like a standard tripel.
Taste is more fruity, sweet malts, bready, belgian yeast, phenolic, honey, slight hop finish but nothing much at all. Has a certain off taste in the middle though. Not sure what it is.
Mouthfeel is rich, very carbonated, with a dry, crisp finsh.
I would consider this pretty drinkable and enjoyable. It reminds me of a good Belgian Strong Pale Ale more than anything else though. Not to take anything away from this great brew but if I want a Belgian IPA, I'll first reach for Houblon Chouffe.

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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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