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Poperings Hommel Bier | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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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 cmeroles22
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of swgwilt
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Gharker
4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of philosobeer
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap at the hopleaf recently, and though it wasn't the first time, I had the sudden realization that I have not appreciated this beer like it deserves. I bought a couple bottles last week and finally have the chance to drink it and review.

A // It's cloudy, orangey-pale and has a white head. The head diminishes during drinking considerably, with some lacing. A good but not a great looker.

S // Malt sugars and grain, some yeast and bread flavor. A little bit of fruitiness but it's really overtaken. By what, you ask? By this beer's main feature -- it's spicy, herbal qualities. Hops, but very distinctive hops. Very, very alluring.

T // Incredible! The malt comes in strong and nice. A little bit of the sort of fruitiness you get in (say) chimay white, but just a little. Strong herbal and spicey character. Herbs and spices like coriander, peppercorns, and parsley. It dries out like mad, crazy dry. Despite all this, the alcohol is incredibly well hidden (see D below). Complex and satisfying.

M // Crisp and effervescence makes for good mouthfeel. Somewhat hefty, but goes down well. Nicely done.

D // I feel like I could drink these through the rest of the afternoon and with all sorts of things. I can't, because it's 7.5% abv. But it feels like I could and tastes like I could. Would go well with something hearty, like a stew. Couldn't pull that off any better.

Overall, an amazingly good beer. I would buy it by the barrel-full.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL green, cork-n-crown bottle, best before A/4/08 - served in a tulip. The first pour reveals a translucent orangey/peach hue with lots of floaties, and it becomes more opaque with subsequent pours. The beer has medium carbonation and two inches of off-white head that deposits lace which would look better if the glass were spotless and if I weren't constantly swirling to take in the aroma. The components of which are wonderful noble hops (spicy/perfumy and green/piney notes) on top of subdued pale malts. On the palate, there is a toasty/bready malt base, but this is quickly overshadowed by a substantial perfumy/floral and piney hop dose, imparting a big bitterness that increases as it warms, but never overwhelms. There are also medicinal phenols, crisp green apple, and hints of cork on top of a nice, conditioned, medium-full body that has lively carbonation from start to end, and leaves a medium finish. I love these hopped-up Belgians, and this is a fine example that is worth revisiting at some point.

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Photo of hotfive
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer compelled me to register an account with BeerAdvocate to sing its praises. Thus, this is my first review here.

Since my first sampling, some eight years ago, and through intermittent encounters since, this beer has remained my favorite. It's definitely not a "drink six" or "drink every day" sort of a product, and it's rare to find it in small bottles, anyway. For me, it's always a treat. In my relatively limited experience, it compares only to a couple of the La Chouffe varieties in its distinctive flavor profile. Sadly, I'm inept when it comes to isolating "notes" and aromas and the like. I'd describe it as clean, yet complex; spicy, yet balanced; smooth, yet slightly bitter; and with a subtle yet all-encompassing citrusy profile from first scent through its finish.

An inspiring brew, to say the least, and wishing I could say more.

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Photo of earthling
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poperings Hommel isn't as heavy or sweet as a lot of belgian beers and not nearly as hoppy as an American IPA. It goes well with comfort foods.

This is one of my favorite Belgian beers. I've had it both on tap and in the bottle. It seems to bottle and transport well.

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Photo of bruachan
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

good lacing goes with nice hazy film. over reddish amber

rich malt backbone. butterscotch aroma and spicy belgian-yeast aroma. meadowy!

certainly bitter, and hoppy flavored, buti don't know how i feel about the "IPA" designation. it's just not as hoppy as houblon chouffe or de ranke xx. or maybe it is: hops seems to grow with time here

mouthfeel is good...holds up to the hopping. some lemon from the hops. good malt sweetness and pleasantly nutty, with butterscotch

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poperings Hommel Bier loses its bottled shell with a spumous and unrelentingly giant head and sizzling carbonation. After a good four minutes the head finally settles down atop the shaded gold body. Intense and pasty lace adorns.

Nose is strongly wheaty with candi sugar and intensely yeasty aromas. Underneath (and at warmer temperatures) lurks apricots and slight suggestions of tangerines. Significantly fruitier than most BSPA's I enjoy, but not the wicked hop-bomb I might have hoped for.

On the palate, however, hops do leave their mark. Taste is sublime, somewhat akin to Orval without the Brett. Initially yeasty, the flavor emphasis shifts towards an almost cinnamon-esque flavor of combined alcohol and subdued floral hoppiness. An almost IPA-like afterglow.
Unlike 95% of the Belgians I experience and enjoy in small doses, I could drink this all day and night.

Mouthfeel is almost milky at first and finishes oil-coated hoppy. Addictably dry.

Get this now, if you even just remotely like BPA's. Wicked good, and shows Belgian-style brewers not to fear the hops.

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Photo of mgdurand
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love the fine, frothy sea-foam on this one, makes me want to pour vigorously just to I can inhale and slurp down more of the thick tongue-coating stuff. The suds taste like pure hops as I lick clumps of it off the sides of the glass and squish it into my cheeks. *Ahem* 'scuse me, but I'm really digging the top end of this beer.

Smell is thin, hoppy, grainy and less yeasty than most Belgians

Yeasty belgian taste exists full in the mouth; not of the same caliber as many from that land of hearty, helthy brews though this is not a bad thing. This beer is kind of a cross-breed with it's thinner body and hoppy intro. Not the heavy sweetness a lot of 'em have either, more light and citrus-fruity. Slightly metallic aftertaste, the only less-than pleasant aspect of this beer's taste for me.

Mouthfeel is perfect for my tastes, just enough carbonation and though it could be thicker for a
Belgian, this hoppier beer needs a thinner body to be in character. This was accomplished.

Drinkability is excellent, not so alcoholic, and the lighter nature of this beer, with its relative lack of fruity yeasty esters and less of that heavy sweetness, make it easy to quaff.

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4.64/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of stulowitz
4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
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 Bergus
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely gorgeous beer. A stunning pale orange color with streaming jets of carbonation building up a massive frothy snow cap of a head. Really beautiful. Leaves a very nice lacing on the glass as well. Crystal clear even after a trip from the store threatened to stir up the yeast.

Nice nose. Not as intense as I expected but still quite pungent. Nice fresh sharp herbal hops...very pleasant...noble hops I imagine...maybe Styrian though? Don't think its Saaz. I think Hallertaur or Spalt or something along those lines. Also get some nice candi sweetness and maybe just a hint of Belgian yeast character...just a touch fruity.

Really wonderful flavor. Really really fantastic. Incredibly thirst quenching. Very nice citrusy floral herbaly hops in the front. Very intense flavors but not super bitter. Definately a more subdued citral character than American hops may impart. Kind of a hard bitterness lingers in the finish under your tongue. Not perfect but its a nice feature of this beer. Very nice light candi flavors too with just a hint of belgian fruityness in the mid palette. .

Very nice light body. Very light and this is emphasized by the fairly heavy carbonation. But makes for a very refreshing beer.

I could drink this all night and I think after I bought the case BLIND today at the beer yard, I'm not going to be shy about hitting several of these up tomorrow on Xmas eve!!

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Photo of rjvanston
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of montageman
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip. This beer has some massive head, incredible lacing, and is a gorgeous cloudy orangish apple cider color. It looks like a treat - very nice. Smell is complex - citrus (orange, lemon), some floral qualities, sour apple, and a little bit of bread. There is a very subtle citrus character in the taste along with nuanced hop notes along with a very nice dry finish. This is complex, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is crisp - there's lots of carbonation here, but it could use some more, maybe? I could drink a lot of this - a great beer. This is my first Belgian IPA review & I am totally impressed. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of Intrinsic
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into an Orval chalice and oddly enough, it looked like I was actually pouring Orval! Poperings Hommel looks absolutely delicious, a cloudy dark straw colour and medium head density so characteristic of Belgian IPAs. An almost perfect example.

I've tried many beers in my life, and this is one of the very few that deserves a 5.0 for smell. The complexity is staggering, with citrus and floral notes, spice galore and breads that make my mouth water. Wow.

I can't believe how impressive this beer is. The taste picks up exactly where the smell leaves off and none of the smell components are left out. I can taste the citrus and floral notes from the particular variety of hops they use, whatever that may be. There's loads of spice in there too, making for what may be one of the most interesting beers I've had the pleasure of drinking.

As if it couldn't get any better, Poperings Hommel feels like silk in your mouth, and glides down your throat with unnatural ease. Tiny bubbles of carbonation tease your tastebuds the whole time.

Overall, this beer definitely makes my top ten list. Unbelievable. I will buy this EVERY time I see it.

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Photo of Cannoneer
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
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 +14.4%
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 +13.9%
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 +13.6%
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 +13.6%
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 +13.4%
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 Cavalcavia
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable beer for daily consumption

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Photo of wl0307
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
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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Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 815 ratings
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