Poperings Hommel Bier | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

799 Ratings
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 IckyT2012
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden with a few fingers of white head and sticky lacing coating the glass.

S - Floral and grassy hops with some spice, banana, wheat malt and citrus zest.

T - Floral and grassy hops, spice, wheat malt, candi sugar, citrus and lemon zest.

M - Light body with good carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Notes of both wit and Belgian pale in this beer. Tasty.

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Photo of da_beers
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maxpower
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle pours a hazy orange color with a nice off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Flowery, citrus aromas, citrus, honey and pear flavors. Medium bodied with a soft and smooth mouthfeel, finishes dry with some bitterness, very drinkable for the alcohol content.

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Photo of Spikester
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy very pale gold with three fingers of fifteen minute head retention. Rings of lace follow the drop of the liquid.
Smell is yeast malts spicy hops.
Taste is yeast malt sweetness medium bitter spicy hops.
Mouthfeel is light with alright carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and mildly bitter.
Overall an excellent beer but a bit expensive. A special treat if you will.

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Photo of safaricook
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

golden orange body, slightly murky due to the yeast sediment, some fine carbonation. two fingers of almost completely white head with medium to fine bubbles, reduces after some time two a layer, leaves some lacing.

smell of Poperings hops, sweet light malt, yeast, bread, fruity

taste is light malts sweetness with some fruitiness, has quite a strong bitter aftertaste for a Belgian beer but still nothing compared to an American IPA. No sign of the 7.5ABV anywhere.

smooth carbonation, nice refreshing, medium body, oily

I really like this beer especially since I drank from tab sitting outside in the sunshine after a bike tour through the hop gardens around Poperinge. Very drinkable with a dangerous high 7.5ABV.

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Krey213
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Aethien
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25cl bottle poured into a Palm snifter.

Golden yellow with a good sized white head that leaves a nice amount of lacing around the glass.

Smells like fresh green apples, Belgian yeast, lemon zest, some tartness, grains and honey. Almost like a geuze.

Smooth and creamy feel, lots of hops that balance out well with the fruits and honey sweet, there's some tartness in there that combined with the high carbonation keeps it fresh and easy to drink. The sweet and sour gradually fade away leaving a strong and dry bitterness.

Overall this is a refreshing and a little different beer, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Todd
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rare, hoppy Belgian beer. Sweeter than an Orval and stronger at 7.5%. Liken this to a hoppy triple, but easier to drink and more refreshing. Poperings is a hop region and this brew is obviously blessed by its local hops. The area is known for its role as one of the largest battle fields in the World Wars (so I was told when in Belgium).

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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle to oversized wine glass. Batch C and best before date of 12/10, all notched at the bottom of the label.

A: A fast rising foamy 2 finger off white cap, excellent retention, sits above a persimmon colored body. Hazy and murky, this body is heavily yeasty, with particles of various sizes floating about. Excellent lacing.

S & T: Average malt content, grains (wheat?) and pale. The hops have middle of the road intensity, mainly flowers, grass and lemons. There are some spicy, yeast-born aromatics working in tandem with a doughy and sweaty contribution. Semi fruity, with standout flavors of apple and pear. Lightly sweet mid-palate and lightly bitter.

M: The body is medium with carbonation being medium-high as plenty of fine fizzy bubbles clean the tongue. Dry, semi bitter finish.

D: A solid brew recommended by the owner of my local bottleshop. Comfortably in the Belgian IPA category, but I think a bigger hop content would not only solidify that designation but also improve the rating in the smell and taste departments. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of tommy5
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of srv33
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale cloudy gold, fantastic lacing, quarter inch fine foam head that doesn't dissipate. Scent of cloves, fig, citrus, and fine belgian yeast. Taste is of gentle but prominent hops, pepper, sweet citrus, and yeast. Mouthfeel is very smooth and thick, almost creamy, just what I'd expect from a good belgian brew. Very well balanced too, and it has a very fine, light sort of carbonation. A unique IPA, overall a phenomenal brew, highly recommended.

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Photo of dar482
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a cloudy deep gold color.

Taste wise, it has a wheat flavor like Belgian wheats. It doesn’t come with a sour like De Ranke XX, another Belgian IPA. It does not have a hoppy finish like that beer either.

I would say this leans more towards a powerful Belgian wheat than the weird flavors you would get in another Belgian IPA.

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Photo of atsprings
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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 JerzDevl2000
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back at Top Hops in New York, having never tried this before. I was expecting this to be a "benchmark" beer that would serve as an example as to what other Belgian IPA's should aspire to and for the most part this fit that bill. The flavor was a little too complex for me but the drinkability was there and I was also hard-pressed to remember when something this light in hue had a pour that was this memorable!

The pour to this was astounding as the fluffy head, dark golden hue, cloudy appearance, and bubbles on the *side* of my pint glass all combined for an extremely pleasing first impression. The lacing was up to snuff as well, as lots of soapy layers made themselves felt once I worked my way through this. Not a strong aroma to this beer but there was some yeast and apple to be found in the nose. Both of those were present in the taste, along with the grassy hops, pear, candied sugar and booze underneath everything else.

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Photo of glass_house
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Absumaster
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The name of the beer is free translated, hop beer from Poperinge, which is the area in Belgium where most hops are grown. The centre point of this beer is obviously hop.
Orange color, stabile head and lots of carbonation
Taste: This beer is dominated by lots of hop aroma, bitter, slight caramel and medium body, resiny. Aftertaste is fresh, slight metal (iron), hops.

All together a very good beer if you like hops!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"More Hops than a Bouncing Bomb...", Barnes Wallis, 1940.

OK, I made that up, but this beer is hoppy - very hoppy. Comes in a distinctive brightish green labelled small brown bottle, to prevent lightstrike, oh not thats wrong!! - it is to stop people who handle it from becoming hop-struck. Pours well from the bottle, large crusty head that leaves a nice white lace on the glass sides. The nose smacks of freshly cut hops, very floral and pungent. A bitter start, middle and a hoppy lingering bitter finish. My bottle had a slight haze when poured, which I have never ever experienced before, but nothing that detracted from the overall experience, probably kept a tad too cold. I find also that it belies it strength at 7.5%, the bitter-hoppiness probably masks the alcohol to a certain extent.
A great "Beer Ambassador" for the hop-growing area within West Flanders. I find I prefer it on draft - if you ever get chance, try it from the tap, deep in its homeland at the Palace Hotel in Poperinge, then have a hop-flavored Genever to finish with.

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Photo of Rayek
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip.

A: Hazy apricot. Mild carbonation supports a voluminous bone white head. Retention is adequate and lots of lace is left behind.

S: Musty, fruity and spicy. Apples, pears and green grapes provide sweetness. Anise, coriander, clove and even a hint of juniper provide the spice. A musty yeast funkiness rounds things out.

T: Starts out with apples and pears. A spicy coriander and lemon zest bitterness provides nice balance. A sourdough bread quality adds to the complexity. On top of all that is an almost perfume like floral flavor. Finishes a bit warm, with lingering coriander and anise spice.

M: The lightness of the body belies the beer's strength. Carbonation feels a bit too high even for this style.

D: This is a deceptively strong beer, which seems to be a hallmark of this style. It goes down easily. My glass was gone in what seemed like record time for a beer of this strength. An excellent pickup.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out to a semi-cloudy peachy golden with bits of gunk flittering about, forming a rocky white head with very good retention and excellent lacing. Aroma is absolutely tantalizing and makes me salivate...tart and acidic apple cider, basement must, pale malt and possible wheat husk, a mild cake-like sweetness...wow..this is what I like my Belgians to smell like. Mouthfeel is initially lightly spritzy, but gives way to a smooth malt body and tart finish. Medium-dense body. Taste begins spicy and phenolic, followed by apple cider tartness and funk, a hint of black marker, a notable metal twang in the middle, full sense of pale malt body and lightly syrupy sweetness, lingering mild bitterness, mellow tannic husk astringency, and not-to-bothersome cardboard character in the finish. As a matter of fact, my burps have a distinct cardboard taste. As it warms, the cardboard becomes more noticeable and would limit it's drinkability to maybe 3 of these.

This is a very good brew, reminding me of a hybrid between a Lambic and a Belgian Golden. The cardboard and tannins hurt its drinkability, however it's still quite enjoyable. This seems more properly labeled a Lambic, as it tastes spontaneously fermented.

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Photo of berkeleymaw
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of philbe311
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 450th review... And I'm met with a very healthy "pop" upon removing the cork...

A - An huge fluffy elegant pure white head comprised varying sized bubbles reminiscent of soapy suds with a rocky top... World class retention... A bright candied lemon yellow color with a faint orange hue... An ever so faint haziness... Very minute carbonation slow paced carbonation bubbles rise throughout... Rings of white cling to the sides of the glass as the session progresses...

S - Yeasty... A delicate but definitive funkiness... Fresh cut grass... Golden apple... Pear...

T - The taste is rather subdued... The hops are not as nearly pronounced as I would have expected... Earthy... Lemon zest... Banana... Pears... A vague spiciness... Well balanced and loaded with subtle complexity...

M - The slightest bit of carbonation touches the tongue... Light to medium bodied...

D - Insanely quaffable... Classy and sophisticated... Smooth... Even... Delicate...

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Photo of Gajo74
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Belgian B Cafe, NYC.
Pours an amber orange with a frothy head. Cap retains well. Lots of lacing.
A unique bouquet of muted tropical fruit flavors, along with a faint musky quality; pear, papaya, passion fruit, even coconut milk. Floral, honeysuckle and vanilla bean. Light spice, lemony twang and, at times, a faint metallic aroma.
The taste is somewhat different. The palate is dry, earthy, rustic, grassy, herbal and mineral like. Light cracker malt backbone.
Some sweetness in the finish. The hops presence is of some significance as it provides an herbal and grassy feel and a touch of bitterness. Medium bodied and velvety in the mouth feel.
It feels more like a hoppy Belgian Pale Ale than a Belgian IPA. Nevertheless, an interesting brew I'm glad I tried.

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Photo of Spike
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
4.02 out of 5 based on 799 ratings.
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