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 Cannoneer
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To my taste, this is the quintessential hoppy beer. It does not get better (i.e. - more balanced, more flavorful, yet not overpowering or lip-puckering) than this.

Pours rich light amber color with a medium head. The immediate aromas are those of fresh hay, caramel and grass. First layer of taste is strong on hop-induced herbal character, yet it is not only about hops - it balances the hoppy taste perfectly with more warmer undertones of apple pie. Quite appetizing and appetite-provoking. Secondary layers are those of pine needles and wormwood, with nice, dry finish that calls for more.

Best matches are earthy flavors - cheese, roasted veggies, crusty bread or crackers, salami with stout mustard. Exceptional beer.

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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 GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Hommelbier tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a meringue-like one finger cap of foam. Large sheets of lace stuck to the glass.

S: Earthy floral aroma that leads into aromas of honey, mild citrus, clove, yeast, and grassy hops.

T: Flavors of grain, honey, clementines, clove, belgian yeast, biscuts, pepper, flower petals, and hoppy grass clippings. Unbelievably interesting flavor profile!

M: Smooth and creamy. The rather carbonated nature of this beer doesn't at all detract from the mouthfeel. Oily and slick but not syrupy. Just about perfect.

D: Off the chart! There are so many different and interesting flavors and aromas in this beer almost anyone can find something to love here. Seriously. All of the various layers of this beer compliment each other so well. This is Van Eecke's grandslam beer.

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Photo of Jason
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

25cl brown bottle with a freshness date at the bottom of the label, the label hops a hop farm on the edge of a city.

Appearance: Adorning a beautiful Brussels style lace, off white and sticky with a very good retention. Slightly hazed orange golden hue.

Smell: Sweet grain, almost honey-like, aroma is covered by a thick blanket of oily herbal hop and medicinal phenol along with a steady stream of spice and fruity esters. Fresh and very aromatic, pleasing to the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Huge bold crispness from a high level of carbonation within the medium body. Lots of hop flavour and more than enough bitterness to hold the malt as well as fruitiness back. Long drawn dry malt character that goes from a cracker-like flavour to a mealy biscuit. Oily hop with a heavy handed herbal flavour hits the palate hard, fruitiness is juicy in the center with some alcoholic esters. Finish with a long trail of hop flavour and puckering dryness.

Drinkability & Notes: First off this gets to be a Beeradvocate Pick. This is an odd ball of the bunch as far as Belgians go being the amount of hop character that is there, I for one love it. Last trip to Belgium I quaffed many of these in Antwerp and could not get enough.

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Photo of jmc44
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hommel snifter-type glass. Pours a hazy orange-y color; slightly offwhite head that is an excellent lacer and is always present.

Aroma is of floral hops over hints of light citrus, earth, and fruit. Absolutely beautiful aroma. Very sweet.

Taste is a bit spicy, with some malty sweetness and bready flavors. The hops are well pronounced but do not overwhelm the palate or the other aspects of the beer. Pretty highly carbonated lends to the crisp finish, bringing along the hop bitterness. Very well done.

It's got a medium body, slick, with active carbonation.

Very drinkable.

An absolutely wonderful, unique beer. Very glad Zot had this when I stopped in the other night.

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Photo of inebrius
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I could spend paragraphs just describing the funky shriveled white morel head that floats upon the surface of this hazed ginger juice, but I'll spare the casual reader--if there happens to be one--and store the image in my special place. A delicate bouquet of jessamine lollypops, honey and rich fruit cream-based desserts fill the nose before the velvety liquid washes across the tongue bringing a wave of maple sap supped from Autumn leaf. Soothing and sensual and now a clot of foam has dislodged from the liquid to adhere on pint sides and I think there is something furry morphing inside it.

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Photo of wl0307
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted this beer on tap last week at the Beer Circus, East Croydon, London. The strength is 6.0%, slightly weaker than the bottled version.

A: in a weissbier glass it pours a slightly hazy, dark golden hue, with beautiful, slowly-ascending fizz like a sparkling-wine, and a very very thin, white neck full of fine bubbles, leaving nice and tight layers of lacing along the way.
S: lightly spiced, profound and deep-running honeyish, date or date-cake, figs, lightly sweetish malts, lightly caramelised sugar... overall an extremely fruity note against a malty body and spicy hop aroma~~ extremely pleasant...
T&M: creamy texture of mixed malt and spicy hop flavour upfront, followed immediately by fruit ester and an almost woody kind of yeasty taste. A more spicy flavour sneaks through, decorated with a sweetish orange-zesty flavour. Some sugary touch reveals in the end, whereas the dryish hoppy edge is also well-retained. The mouthfeel is lively as well as creamy, as a result of mix of neat hops, charming malts plus a stiumalting spicy kick.
D: overall, despite its softer aroma than the bottled version, this well-balanced hoppy blond ale is excellent on tap. Refreshing, quaffable, yet also complex and flavoursome. Extremely drinkable!

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

Never having this before, I figured I would try the Belgian beer labelled as "a pale with plenty of hops". The beer was a cloudy orange color with a wispy head. There was a great floral aroma with some citrus lingering around. The first taste blew me away, with the fine balance of sweetness and bitterness. Both lasted pleasantly on the tongue for a while, and then mellowed slowly away. My second taste seemed even better as my brain was realizing this is an incredibly perfected hopped Pale Ale. This is a must try on tap for anyone that can find it. I had two, which eliminated another Belgian selection for the evening, but I didn't care.

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

The appearance of this Belgian masterpiece is incredible. It has a nice hazy quality to it, small champagne like bubbles and nice consistent lacing that is topped off with a great head with some staying power. It would have scored higher if not for the fact that there is some visible particulate in this beer, not enough to be felt but it will definitely settle on the bottom.

The smell is fruity and sugary, reminiscent of most good Belgian fruit ales. When talking about the quality of many aspects of these types of beers, smell is a big part of it and this is the smell you are usually looking for. It is rather easy to pick out notes of apple, pear and grapes along with a solid background of grain.

As for the taste... Superb tastes of apples, pear and grapes paired with pure cane sugar and some spice. This beer has layered flavors. The initial sugar soon fades and is replaced with a bit of sour green apples. And then the hops come in. Its a big surprise because I would've expected grains. Nope. All hops, clearly noble Belgian hops. Exceptional.

This is a wonderful beer, the fact that it pulls some surprises for a Belgian beer is a great surprise and is very compatible with the North American palate. This thing is a must try.

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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 chinabeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
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 pio
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

large sized white head rests over an ashen active liquid. it bears very little chill haze. the well supported head becomes craggy and uneven. the foam sticks to the glass as if clinging for life, sometimes in chunks.
scents of light malts and earthy hops are predominant in the complex aroma of the beer. an intriguing spice and woody notes play along from the yeast esters, the hops or maybe wild yeast or barrel aging. a hint of burlap or mousiness is also noticeable but not unplesantly so. curacoa or lemon noted. my impressions are that it's like a wildflower perfume wafting from the field down into the cellar. it smells like a saison to me. inviting.
dry, light and active flavors and feelings permiate the palate with just a whisper of fruity sweetness that dries coyly and reveals mineral water and noble hop flavor. a zesty and slightly sour citrus flavor is evident. finishes with some herbal and woody bitterness, but not much.
plesant light body with sparkling, at times prickly, effervescence. the mouthfeel here plays critically i feel because the beer isn't packed with flavor and really needs to be flawless in this aspect. any chewiness or oiliness would be devastating to such a delicate balance.
a beauty of a beer, drinks like a saison and is very refreshing.
750ml caged and corked (watch those eyes).

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours and orange golden colour with a white fluffy head that retains well and laces nicely.

S - Floric notes an hopps backed up with apple and pear.

T - Plenty of hops and some nice light fruit notes with a little bitterness on the finish. The hop does not overpower the yeast and sweetness in this beer and leaves the spice to wonder.

M - Light body with medium carbonation.

D - My favourite Belgian IPA, because of it subtleness and balance. This really is the benchmark of the style that non belgian examples just cannot match for whatever reason.

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

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Dated best before 10/07. Body was a slightly hazy golden apricot with a cap of soapy white head. The label was a niceillustration of a hops field.

Smell was pears and candy sugar. Earthy, spicy hops.

Taste was hops and Belgian yeast. Well balanced for a Belgian strong pale ale (I usually think of them being heavier and sweeter). Crispy with a bitter, dry aftertaste. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel was fizzy with a body falling on the light side of medium. Very nice beer.

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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 twilight
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't I smelled this one before?

Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet for the geographical between the two breweries. A light pillow of a head that goes down to a 1/2 inch foam sitting atop a very nice orange. The aroma is quite exceptional. Well, I only say this because it reminds me of my last homebrew. Orange and hop. You can smell the bitterness on this one. The yeast and malts also are reminiscent of a saison. One can only hope the Belgian Candi goodness also comes through, as the sweetness and grassiness I associate with Belgian beer is also present in the nose.

The taste is wholly unexpected. Comes down smooth initially with some sweetness, but mostly notes of orange peel and hops. Perhaps this is what happens when you use tons of Belgian hops. You get a orange peel bitterness as compared to certain American hops that give a piney grapefruit flavor. The hops are very present in the finish which begins with a hint of bubblegum and a very earthy bitterness balanced with a sharp hoppiness through to the end.

This would be a perfect hoppy saison, actually. Yum. Mouthfeel is great. Carbonation doesn't interfere, and the initial smoothness is very deceptive with regards to carbonation. Drinkability should go down because of high alcohol content, but, really, this is a marvellously enjoyable brew. Three hoorah's for Belgium's hoppy beers!

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

Surprised that it's taken me til now to try this brew. A perfect summertime refresher. A lot of bold Witbier-like flavors with the wheat, corriander, orange, lemon, and buble-gum flavors and soft, velvet-ey texture. All this with that Belgian tart twant. Lightly sour, musky, earthy, and spicy. Much complexity for such a smooth and easy drinking beer. Very clean and crisp. I'll be drinking this one often.

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

This beer is supposedly the hoppiest available in Belgium, though I heard the same about de ranke XX bitter.

It pours a pale gold color with frenetic carbonation and suspended yeast chunks. The head is huge and pure white, it leaves masses of lace. The aroma is of aroma hops, sweet kandi sugar, and some pleasant and understated medicinal notes. The taste is of floral aroma hops, Theres lemony, herbal and cedar hop notes. A well structured maltiness is evident behind the hops. Theres the sweetness of Kandi Sugar and also some funky Belgian yeast, with melon flavors. There also a pleasant medicinal character thats reminiscient of Orval.

This beer is very hoppy but also no hop tea, it has a lot of malt characteristics to back it up. It has a smooth balanced aftertaste. Very enjoyable and worth trying for sure.

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

750, poured at Delirium Cafe in Brussels. This is a nice golden colour with a big fluffy head of white foam. Aromas are excellent and consist of freshly cut, medicinal/herbal hops, light, bready malts, and other belgian yeasts, sugars, and spices. The taste is hoppy up front with a nice malt precense on the back of the tongue, and a medicinal finish that is herbal yet not astringent. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the drinkability is very, very good!

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Photo of granger10
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a semi hazy orangish yellow color with a medium foamy head. Moderate lacing and head maintains quite well. Aroma is Belgian spices and bitter flowers. Some yeast funk for sure. Citrus and honey round it out. I can tell I'm going to enjoy this beer. Taste follows suit. I get some of those bitter estery hoppy flavors right away. They maintain themselves nicely and provide a good balance to every other flavor that comes and goes. English toffee, pears, grapefruit, bananas, cloves, yeasty funk. It seems to come in that order and the flavors will mix and then one gets cut out. Alcohol comes towards the end and drives right through the hops and yeast. Nice little acidic finish rounds out the experience. This beer has a semi-bitter but moreso hoppy base and sweeter flavors on top until the end. I really enjoyed it and could drink quite a few of these in succession.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking hazy gold color. The head was fluffy and white. The retention is pretty strong here where the lacing doesn't really do too much. The smell of the beer isn't overly hoppy, there is a surprising sweetness in there actually. It smells rather grainy with just a touch of citrus in there. The taste is a bit on the metallic side in the very beginning of each sip. The flavors changes nicely as it settles on the tastebuds. It's got a super mellow hoppy bitterness to it. The mouthfeel of the beer is very smooth but has a really nice carbonation to it also. Overall this was impressive to me. I wasn't sure how much I would like it but I'm very glad I got to try it. I would drink it again if it was around.

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Photo of JMad
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden wit a thick foamy off white head that loudly dissipated. Smells of assorted citrus peels, mainly lemon with some tangy Belgian yeast. It tastes great, lots of lemony op flavor with a hint of pine, banana and lots of yeast. The beer is light with lots of soft carbonation and a dry finish. This is a great beer, I could live off of these guys.

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Photo of malty
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This baby is fresh as the label has best before 10-07 notched.

Pours a partly cloudy straw yellow color with a dense 1" white head with visible racing carbonation. Beautiful craggy lacework.

Scents of bright citrus & vanilla crème are dominant. After I swirl my 8 oz. trumpet shaped tasting glass I get a hint of faint rustic spices and a tad smidgen of that good ol' Belgian farmhouse funk. Some people, I believe, call it 'horse blanket'' maybe? Since I'm a city boy, I don't have an intimate knowledge of this.

Ahhh, I've been waiting for this... The flavors are very simplistic at first; bready maltiness and a clean, slightly citrusy hoppiness. As the flavors make it down the gullet, the hops really make their mark; gritty and dry with a white pepper component - very interesting. There's ever-so-gentle warmth provided by the stealthy 7.5% abv. A slight sweetness contrasts nicely against the fresh and rustic hop profile.

Mouthfeel is splendid. Medium baody with a yeasty presence and ultra fine carbonation at a very playful level, keeping the dryness of the hops and gentle sweetness of the malt dancing through the long flavorful finish.

Drinkability is through the roof. I'm a fan of this beer and this is the first time I've tried it.

Overall a fantastic ale. It's got all the qualities of a graceful Triple with a little less sweetness that's replaced by a multi dimensional hop ensemble that makes this ale sing. It's quite a simple and subtle hand on one hand yet very complex and ambiguous on the other. Whatever face it's wearing tonight, I'm in love with it.

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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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Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
4.02 out of 5 based on 796 ratings.
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