Poperings Hommel Bier | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Poperings Hommel BierPoperings Hommel Bier

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
Belgium | website

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

Poured from a 25cl bottle into a Corsendonk glass. A deep golden color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Noticed air bubbles cling to the site of the glass more than other beers of this type.

I went out and bought a six pack of this after reading the great reviews on BA. This is a very smooth beer, but I was a little disappointed with the flavor ... maybe my expectations were too high. But definitely worth trying.

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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 CrazyDavros
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a large head and some lacing.
Nose shows huge doughy Belgian yeast and accompanying spicy phenols. Pretty bold, very Belgian.
Similar flavours, but a lot sweeter (candi sugar?) and with some added apples and pears. Alcohol is noticeable.
Carbonation is too high.

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

11.2 oz bottle. Best before: C 10/12.

It has no trouble forming a massive white head upon pouring. The beer is a murky copper color, I swirled the yeast, and that is why it isn't as clear.

The hops in this one are incredibly fragrant and perfumey,they smell like noble hops, just more than you usually find in an ipa. But they aren't that strong as far as how much of them you smell in ratio to the other scents of this beer. There is also a large hit of spicy yeasty smell, pale malt, and sugar.

The taste is smooth, decently hoppy and very tripel like. It is like a tripel with a huge hop bitterness in the end. The hops aren't so prevalent in the flavor other than their bitterness, which is a bit of a knock on this one. The yeast is lightly spicy and the malts provide a sweet backbone.

It isn't my first choice for this style but it isn't bad.

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Photo of stevoj
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grassy aroma and flavor on this beer. This is straight from the hops growing region of Belgium, but the hops aren’t overdone. This is very smooth for a Belgian Ale, no bite to it, but still very good.

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Photo of shand
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a nonic.

Time to try a Belgian IPA that's actually from Belgium, instead of American attempts on this style. This is a great looking brew, for sure. It pours a nice deep golden color crested by a huge, fluffy head that laces well. The aroma is entirely dominated by sweet, bubblegummy Belgian yeasts. Try as I may, I can't coax out any of the other wonderful scents other reviewers posted. Sweet Belgian yeasts. That's it. The taste on this is fairly nice, the hoppiness comes through much better, leaving the sweet yeasts as a backing role. There's also a nice floral character, but all this is let down by a fairly strong metallic note that comes through on the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, it's fairly light and creamy. The drinkability is quite good. Overall, an enjoyable brew. Perhaps a bit too heavy on the yeasts, especially on the nose, but otherwise good.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap and served up in a fairly thin tulip. Appearance was a kinda light yellow mixed with gold, with a white fluffy head. Aroma was of sour yeast and small amounts of hops.

The taste contained a little hop bitterness that combined with the sour yeast. Carbonation was light. I was expecting a little more of a punch with this strong belgian pale ale. Its an interesting, although maybe not great combination of flavors present in this pale ale. Wouldn't call it bad though, I would have it again.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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 AlexJ
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour into an over-sized Gulden Draak tulup, nice. Pale cloudy beige in color with a frothy, bubbly head of off-white.

Aroma is somewhat dry and bready with saison or farmhouse yeast, green fruits, lemongrass, and herbal noble hops.

Flavor is quite the same. A pale malt base with flavors of underbaked bread, water crackers, and pepper follow with notes of green apple and mint jelly, rustic yeast notes, and noble hops that are grassy, herbal, and dry. Not hoppy enough to be categorized here. More of a BSPA crossed with a dry Saison.

Body is medium, loosely carbonated and airey on the palate with a slippery, smooth texture. Decent but doesn't stand out to me.

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Photo of DPFRD
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, served in a St. Bernardus Goblet.
A- Substantial Head that reduces down to about a 1/4" leaving some nice lace on the glass. Deep golden hue accented by the haze created by the sediment and turbid carbonation.

S- Sweet and fruity followed by a hint of hops and bread finishing with a hint of yeast. The warmer the beer gets the yeastier and grassier it becomes.

T- Comes off bitter, backed by malts, then opens up with a sour grassy notes the warmer it gets.

D- Very refreshing when served cold, delightfully wild when it warms... definitely worth a repeat.

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Photo of psinderson
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in traditional glassware.

Appearance: Clear golden amber with a thick white head that sticks around. Some lacing.

Smell: Definitely yeasty with a bit of hops in the background.

Taste: Huge metallic taste in the first sip. Subsequent tastes have no metallic taste. From what I understand, this is the type of hps that is used (poperings). There is some flowery hops flavor and a mild bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a nice clean feel.

Drinkability: If you can stand the initial metallic taste, drinkability is pretty good.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The original belgian IPA (or so they say)

Pours golden opaque with a tiny bit of visible lacing and a one finger head that quickly dissipates.

Smell is a nice mix of yeast and fruity, citrusy hops and subtle orange peel - bit like a saison/ipa, there is a tinge of metal that dissipates with time - not amazing nose.

taste is a pleasant mix of dry hops, spice and a bit of bready malts, more orange peel at the finish. However, there is a prominent metalic taste that dissipates as it warms but is constantly there, really not a good addition, but tasty other than that.

Mouthfeel is smooth, not thick or not light.

Honestly, I expecfted a lot more from what people said about this beer - doesn't even begin to compare to Houblon Chouffe.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 330ml capped bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a slightly cloudy golden color with orange highlights, topped by a bubbly stark white head that recedes quickly, leaving a bit of pretty lacing in its wake. Aroma of sweet Euro malt, herby Belgian yeast, and spicy Euro hops. Notes of pineapple, grass, and a touch of clove peek through. Palate is mainly semi-sweet, lightly fruity pale malt, with a muted presence of Euro hops and a touch of grass hanging around somewhere in there. Body is substantial enough to firmly hold the alcohol content, but can be foamy on the swallow if you're not careful. I don't know, I guess I was expecting more out of this beer. Not bad, but not something I'll go for very frequently.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad pour.

Nose is citric, grassy, green raisin, honey. Kiss of funky yeast. Not bad at all.

Very metallic, really drags the whole thing down for me. Raisin. Ripe grape. Clovey nips, but mild. Peppery. Hops cut through nicely, not over the top. Metallic imperfection fades a tad as I drink; about halfway. Still, it's there, and it messes up the otherwise nectar-like profile.

Medium body, little biscuity feel. Slightly sticky.

I'd like like to try again, see if the metallic flavor/compound is less present.

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Photo of endovelico
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a golden, somewhat hazy brew with thick white head that holds reasonably well. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Medium high intensity. Fresh aroma of wet hops and vegetables on the front with some citrus and flowers on the back. Warming up reeks of alcohol. Underwhelming.

Taste: Medium to medium high intensity. Earthy, musky, vegetable hop flavours, grapefruit and hay on the front and not much else.

Palate: Chewy. Medium to medium high carbonation. Medium to medium full bodied. Medium high bitterness. Alcohol noticeable, mainly because of bitterness. Carbonation too high.

Overall: A decent brew but unremarkable in my opinion. I think this style (BIPA) has so much to offer and so many ways to go around and try and find something unique that i really can't in good conscious say that i see this as a anything other than a malty hoped up brew.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honey gold color, slightly hazy. Small white head, with very small carbonation. Aroma is sweet, citrus, bubble gum and yeasty. A medium bodied Belgian strong ale. Malts are fruity and very yeasty. Hops are spicy. This is a very dry ale. Has a sort of champagne like quality to it. The yeasts and the carbonation are the major focus of this beer. A touch of alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The head is white and fairly thick, color is cloudy and brownish gray. The lacing is strong. The smell is fruity, sour, has apple, and a slight lemon, and wheaty body. Taste is a lemony sour that's not too sour. A little wheaty and a little bitter. Feels very carbonated and not too impressive. Overall it was OK to try, and I could get used to it, but it's too expensive to get used to it right now.

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Photo of newton99
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nose is citric, grassy, green raisin, honey. Kiss of funky yeast. Not bad at all.

Very metallic, really drags the whole thing down for me. Raisin. Ripe grape. Clovey nips, but mild. Peppery. Hops cut through nicely, not over the top. Metallic imperfection fades a tad as I drink; about halfway. Still, it's there, and it messes up the otherwise nectar-like profile.

Medium body, little biscuity feel. Slightly sticky.

I'd like like to try again, see if the metallic flavor/compound is less present.

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Photo of Suds
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew has a brilliant white head, filled with large bubbles, and a long-lived consistency. The beer has a clean and slightly sweet smell. I expected a more pronounced hop aroma, given the label. There’s certainly a little herbal and floral hop aroma, it’s just a little subdued. There’s a little citrus, yeast, and certainly a little caramel in the smell as well. The taste is clean, sweet, and a little peppery. There’s some yeast, and a little fruit as well. The spice and phenolic character stands out as you drink this brew. The finish is a little more hoppy than the rest of the brew, but there’s not a lot of bitterness. This is an interesting and straightforward beer. The hops are restrained, but that’s okay with me.

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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 Hoplomachus
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found a 750ml bottle of this tucked behind some triples and quads in the Belgian section at Total Wine. It was the sole bottle of its kind and I'd never seen it before. The label looked faded and there was a moderate amount of yeast sediment suspended in the beer itself, rather than settled at the bottom as one would expect.

I say this to preface my review because, despite the obvious aging and exposure to light, this beer was very enjoyable.

the appearance I rated a solid "okay" due to the floaters, but the color was a deep gold-orange with a slightly off-white head that fizzled down from two fingers to nothing in about three minutes in my Duvel tulip glass.

The smell was slightly skunky (an indication of improper storage and exposure to light) but that aside, Belgian yeast was the prominent aroma followed by alcohol. Unfortunately, the smell of hops was almost nonexistent.

This beer lacked the hoppy_bite that I so looked forward to (I miss last year's Duvel triple hop) but I have to say, the slightly hoppy Belgian ale was very enjoyable. Hoppier than a plain Belgian blonde/dub/trip but very balance

It is light like a blonde but still coats the tongue and throa, but it is nowhere near as thick as a stronger, darker ale. Not something light and crisp enough to enjoy after a hard days work in the summer sun, but definitely nice right now as the sun is setting and the humidity is dropping.

overall, a solid 3-3. 5

A good beer that I would recommend to a discerning enthusiast.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a snifter, one plus finger head fades slowly to a creamy lace cover and head on the glass, hazy ochre, lots of floaties.

s- huge nose, sharp, peppery, lots of that notorious belgian yeast, lemon, clove, banana.

t- the nose is echoed here, banana, peppery, lemon, sharp hops, slight alcohol noted.

m- creamy medium body.

d- these belgian ipas always challenge my palate, and this was a drinkable one, gotta say that i preferred the houblon chouffe.

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Photo of katan
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A - Pours a deep dark orange-like color - with a very strong white head formation. Breaks down with a little film. Hazy and shows a little bit of bottle conditioning.

S - Very funky - fruity and wild, not very hoppy at all for a belgian IPA. Orange, citrus - really make this a strong beer.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, little bit of spiciness. Mid-stream gets a little more funky with the citrus like flavors coming through. Finishes acidic, more wild. I think this beer has been oxydized. I would almost say it has ruined this beer.

M - Very smooth and creamy texture, offset with a pretty strong carbonation. Little bit of acidity comes through. Alcohol is well hidden.

D - Pretty easy drinking - but certainly not an IPA. A little bit filling due to the hefty carbonation. Alcohol is strong but well hidden.

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Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.
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