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

Pours a light, hazy golden amber -- saison color -- with a delicate white head that leaves some nice lace. The aroma is less forward with the hops than some Belgian IPAs and seems to straddle the line between that style and a highly hopped saison. Some sweet malts compose the base of the aroma, with some farmhouse yeast thrown on top, but the fruity-minty hops are a great topping. On the palate, smooth malts, expertly mixed with juicy, minty hops from the get-go, plus a wonderfully full bodied yeast element that grows into the mid-palate. The finish is active with hops and yeast, and envelops the palate in a blanket of fruit and herb flavors. Delicious. Mouthfeel is fully carbonated and nicely balanced between smooth malts and some rough residual hop oils. Overall, this is fantastic stuff. I don't think it's quite hoppy enough to be a Belgian IPA, but regardless of the category, this is a tasty, balanced, expertly executed brew. More, please.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Two finger head that has risen out of the glass. Golden yellow orange haziness with no clarity and a moderate amount of bubbles coming up throught the center of the glass. The head has reduced and left some nice and clumpy lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: I am just getting sweet malts, bready malts, apples, and Belgian candy. Light citrus and grapefruit aroma in the rear too. A lot of sweetness before the citrus hops.

Taste: Fruity esters, apples, pears, carammel candy, bready malts, light citrus, vanilla, and bitterness. A nice blend of flavors in this beer. A little tart too.

Mouthfeel: low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, a little chewy, smooth, and easy to drink. A nice drinking beer that is meant to sip.

Overall: I received this for volunteering four months ago at the BBF and what a treat it is. I am very happy to have gotten this in my volunteer box and will be looking for more of it in the future. Label may look strange, but the beer is far from strange and very delicious.

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Photo of mick303
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich caramel honey colour, highly effervesent, with a good amount of yeast sediment making it into the pour, head is a huge billowing foamy cap, with great lacing and excellent retention.

Smell has a very yeasty pleasant hop aroma, a bit of grapefruity citrus, pleasantly light, but fresh and zesty.

Taste is very solid. A initial zing of carbonation then a nice meaty yeasty character. Hope are not overly assertive, more an underlying bitterness that contributes a pleasant firm dryness throughout. There is a musty, sort of farmhouse/barn aspect. Pleasant fruit notes, tending again towards grapefruit. All round really good depth and complexity. Hops come through on the end for a tight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel has a creamy carbonation, a very firm and tight feel to it. Finish is crisp, dry and yeasty. Drinks quite lightly for the ABV, this is very refreshing and very balanced.

This was a great treat. Firm and balanced, it is a good composition of strong yeast, firm malt and bitter hops for an interesting and complex beer. More on the Belgium Ale side of the spectrum it combines a good amount of hoppiness to lend a nice bitterness, that works well.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

4yr old 750mL. Pour is a cloudy golden with champaign effervescence and an eternal foamy and rocky white head. Sediments float around. Truly beautiful. Spicy aroma(cloves), yeasty, fluffy with tones of tangerine, herbs, must. Very aromatic. Gentle warming sensation in the belly. Malt is toasty, biscuity, honey-sweet. Moderate bitterness from the beautifully mellowed poperinge hops. Awesome rich mouthfeel, totally silky, velvety, luxurious. Very elegant belgian ale.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a very nice trip into Belgium I stopped at a supermarket and picked up an 8 pack of this. Gotta love Belgium where beer this good is available everywhere, cheap and there is hype, special release dates and all that.

Poured into a snifter.

Is looking hazy yellow to orange. Comes with a thick two finger head that looks just wonderful.

The typical Belgian yeast strains is what hits the nose first. Spicy, citrus and floral notes with hoppy notes on the backside.

Great flavors that follow the nose pretty much. The bitterness in the end with a fairly dry finish.

Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Man, I love this one. Makes for a perfect summer ale to have for those summer backyard bbq's! Get it if you can.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color that never seems to settle, with a generous head. Smell is tasty like grapes and a touch of sweet fruits. The taste is also really pleasant... hoppy is the best way to describe it. There is also a touch of sourness like grapefruits or wine. Even though it is paler than most belgians, it is really enjoyable and easy going. There is a slight peppery sensation at the very end of the beer that really makes it nessisary for another sip!

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Photo of fourstringer
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Still car-less and hotel-bound in TX. Saw this forlorn-looking single in the fridge case after bumming a ride to the closest decent liquor store. Poured from a 330 mL bottle into an old-fashioned with a moderately-gentle hand. The label is notched: Best by 10/13. Or maybe 13/10? Lousy Smarch weather. We'll see how this goes...

A: Fine golden yellow with a tight, white head approximately 2 fingers thick. Impressive retention. Moderate lacing. Very effervescent - sediment was coursing around inside the glass the entire time. The amount of sediment is off-putting, but I suppose it's at least partially my fault, so I'll average the difference for the score.

S: Very inviting, delicate Belgian yeast. Surprisingly fresh hop aroma. Grass. Cracker. Light fruity notes. Light funk notes. Lemon.

T: Slight sweetness blooms into a marked European hop-type bitterness that lingers on-and-on. Very dry finish. Light malt, light fruit. Very nicely balanced. No trace of alcohol. Only delicious hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Very clean. Wow.

M: Moderately-high carbonation that really seems to work well with the bitterness and surprisingly full body. There is a definite creaminess.

O: This was superb. Upset I only have the one bottle. Maybe my expectations were low, given the age of this randomly encountered, lone single; but, I am very impressed. When I say, "Belgian Pale Ale", this is exactly what I envision.


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Photo of gdfan47
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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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4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has this beer gone bad?...Far from it.
This super-carbonated bottle rivaled me upon every single pour into the glass--even getting the cap off was a bit of a challenge. Before the first sip, this yeasty Belgian brew is awaiting me with a primal, primitive, sexual, gritty body...I can't wait.

Smells of a sweet champagne, nice honeysuckle, flowery, dry aroma. The taste is the same...beautiful sweetness right up front. But the real majesty of this ale is what comes thereafter. A nice slow, mature warmth--this reminds me of a winter's night barleywine.

This is a sipper--otherwise, far too overwhelming. Please, try this out.

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Photo of SirSketch
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A bit of a gusher when I uncorked the 750mL bottle and poured out a clumpy, shaving cream head. Dark straw color with some haze.

S - I love this aroma! Big crushed grain smell much like that of a malty pils, but a wheat element. A lot of 'outdoor' aromas, including a straw-like yeast character and musty hops, but somehow retains a vibrant nose.

T - Surprisingly sweet with a bold Belgian yeast character. Great use of hops: a firm bitterness and raw hoppy flavor. Small splash of citrus, too.

M/D - Medium, silky mouth with a great fizz to finish. If only a little drier I would have scored it even higher. Overall, a very impressive beer.

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Photo of dbexpert
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ah, yea, um, if you drink beer, if you respect beer the journey through a bottle of popering's hommel is time and money well spent, this is a well balanced dynamic beer, has a tremendous sweetness of malt quickly broken by a soft bite of hop with fat bubbles confusing the complex blend of a malty sweetness for ale lovers and fantastic hop aromas and bite without ruination of palate for hop heads, a must at least once!twice and more!

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a snifter. Pours a hazy copper color, with an ample while fluffy head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing align the sides.

Has a peppy, citric aroma, with notes of orange and cloves. The Belgian yeast gives it a nice smell.

Has a peppery taste up front, with a creamy sweet middle and a dry, hop finish. Orange, pineapple, and peach flavors really round this out nicely.

Medium-bodied, this beer has a very pleasant mouthfeel.

An excellent tasting beer, well balanced with a nice finish. Definitely give this one a try!

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Photo of WHROO
4.38/5  rDev +9%
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 Beeryce
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken while tasting this beer at Belgian Beer Café in Rio de Janeiro. Expertly poured from tap into Hommel goblet by “Bartender”; I put bartender in quotes and capitalized because the guy knows exactly how each beer they have on tap should be poured.

This beer has a wonderful dark golden-honey color with a creamy-white thick head that produces exquisite lacing. The nose is a fruity pungent alcohol that fades in its fruitiness to reveal a musty malty character.

The taste and mouthfeel are very nice, it is some how both thick and light at the same time. Each sip seams to start out light in taste, then melds to a spicy tongue coated flavor sensation. The aftertaste however is the best part, leaving a long-lasting buttery essence. As with the nose, the malty characteristics become more evident in taste as the beer warms with the hoppy brightness/spiciness fading.

This beer has great drinkabilty despite its high alcohol content. It’s pure Belgian, a beer to be sipped and enjoyed with each taste to be lingered on and pondered. I definitely want to try this one again before I return to the U.S., as where I live beer like this is damn hard to come by.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poperings Hommel Ale arrived in a tall Green 750 mL bottle. The beer was a bit hazy, orange, gold with a big cap of foam which filled half of the tulip glass. Definitely a nice looking brew.

A big earthy, yeasty nose. Pale malt along with clove and alcohol esters clear the nasal passages. The beer roils across the palate with medium body, revealing its flavors. A brush of biscuit malt is quickly overtaken by an assertive bitterness. Prickly carbonation scrubs the palate leaving it dry and wanting more of the tart, sour fruit flavors this beer provides. The hops are bitter and spicy the entire way down.

This is a big Belgian Ale. The mixture of earthiness, almost nutty at times, and tartness provides a unique and enjoyable ale from Belgium.

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Photo of AronVietti
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pourd from a 25cl bottle, best by date of October 2013, into a tulip glass.

A: 1 inch head that settled into a nice layer on top of the beer, lots of lacing. Slightly hazy and with a light orange color, like roasted corn.

S: Spice and phenol's , orange and honey.

T: Some nice malt/cracker that immediately falls into some citrus and then finishes with a bitterness that is also citrus, like lime zest.

M: Plenty of carbonation, and great body for the style, not nearly as thin as expected with the ABV.

O: This is a beer that could get me in trouble. The ABV is masked by the body and citrus flavors from the hops. I also really love the nose, could smell this beer for hours.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dont think there is any way to improve the appearance of this beer. Rich Frothy head with sticky lacing, Beautiful Orange slightly cloudy. Looks like a meal.

Smells spicy/fruit with hops in the background

Tasted like it smells with a hint of hops but well balanced with the spiced fruitiness and a bit of a grain/dry finish. Killer. This would be a great daily type beer. Its complex enough to keep your interest time and time again. Very smooth . No harshness whatsoever. Like most imports the price can be too much for daily consumption at 3.50 for a 11.2 oz bottle. Highly recomended if you can find it.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this on tap at the Map Room into a Poperings tulip.

The beer is cloudy gold with a huge head, at least 3 fingers. The head remains forever, and there is tons of carbonation as the head comes back vigorously when you swirl the glass. The lacing is awesome.

The aroma is a nice comples hoppiness.

The taste is great, very light and drinkable with a ton of flavor.

This is an oustanding beer.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Texashammer for hauling this bottle back from Belgium for me. You're the best, Jules.

Comes in a 250 ml bottle with pictures of hops on the label. So far, so good.

Pour this hazy orange brew into a chalice and immediately the lively carbonation begins to break free. There is a steady column of bubbles rising from the center of the glass. The nose is fruity in the familiar Belgian sense, featuring citrus and light spice. The first sip reveals strong fruity notes and a touch of earthy spices, which are soon chased by a robust hop bitterness. There are some organic/mineral elements in the aftertaste. Progressively the bitterness begins to move its way forward along the palate, but continues to camp out in a long, partly astringent finish that later gives way to a faint honey-like sweetness.

Despite its appearance, the carbonation level does not reach an unpleasant level or impart any harshness. Rather, it serves to carry the bitterness through to the finish in the midst of what is on the whole a mostly easy, rounded mouthfeel.

With this beer, it seems that the hops serve mostly to provide bitterness rather than flavor. This is fine, since the Belgians are rather adept at dosing their brews with all manner of interesting and harmonious flavor elements. In the case of Poperings Hommel, I'm glad to see that Van Eecke has managed to combing strong, focused bitterness with fruit, spice, and a lingering sweetness, resulting in a most enjoyable, ever-evolving beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours very clear for the most part, until a sludge of dark brown yeast slurry makes a dash for escape. Preventing most of it from entering my glass, this leaves it a hazed bright golden bronze colour, with some floating sediment. Head froths and crackles down to a very light bubbling on the top. Good lacing. Body looks a little light, but that's probably not unexpected for the style. Looks very decent.

Nose is certainly more Belgian in character than hop-centric, although it is greener than usual. Big, crisp characters of holly and some spicy Belgian phenols. Slight clove and pepper. It has all those hallmarks of the unique hoppy Belgian style.

Mmm. Taste is much better. Subtle soft spice on the palate, lightly sweet fruits mid with a zing of citric lemon rind on the back. Pleasant mild bitterness, and a very clean and refreshing green organic character. Wonderful blend of flavours, but so subtly and expertly assembled. Gorgeous.

Feel is smooth and soft, and just pleasant.

Smooth, rich, flavoursome, but pleasantly unique. This is a lovely drop of beer--one which accentuates the Belgians' commitment to craft, not just extremity.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured a brilliant copper color with a 2 finger head that sat nicely over top of the beer through the drink. Nose was spicey noble hop over a light spun sugar and caramel sweetness that I thought really worked well together. Flavor was light orange cirtus and spun sugar sweetness with a solid balance of herbal and spicey hop. Excellent balance and very clean. Feel was moderate with an amazingly fine carbonation that led to a silky smoothenss that I really liked. I found drinkability to be excellent. Balance was great and the noble hop character really worked well in this one. I'd like to see more hoppy beers made with this hop profile.

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Photo of stouty1
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very Wit Beir'ish. I smell and taste citrus and corriander mixed a nice hoppy taste. Full head that lasted through half the beer and then dissapated to a nice ring around the rim with a fine lace across the top. There is a lot to this beer and I am happy I have tried it. Definitely worth another look or two!

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Photo of frank4sail
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Monk's on 2-8-03.

Pale straw color. White as a ghost head and lace. The head is lasting as as well as its lace effects. Pungent hop light malt nose. Medium mouth. Upfront smack you in the face malt taste which is followed by a wave of crispy light hop flowers on the tongue. This is a very hoppy belgian. Since it is made in the hop growing area of belgium (Poperings) I would consider it their tribute to the hops... well maybe.. anyway it is wonderful and has a persistant hop presence. It is very drinkable and with its medium body and well rounded flavor I could drink them all day...

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Photo of tmitch75
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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 boudreaux
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy, deep golden/bronze; head is tannish/off-white, with a full 2 finger, thick head that looks like mountain peaks; leaves magnificent lacing

S: sweet aromas, with some fruity malt notes; balanced with hoppy aromas, including floral, grassy, and herbal notes

T: crisp fruity malts up front, along with a grainy, earthy touch; followed by the grass/herbal notes; floral, citrus hops also come along beautifully

M: smooth and medium body; easy to drink, with a heavy, almost sticky aftertaste

O: Definitely a great Belgian style IPA; hoppier than other Belgian IPAs I've had, as well as being sweeter; pleasantly surprised. Don't miss out on this one!

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Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
4.02 out of 5 based on 797 ratings.
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