Hommelbier Nieuwe Oogst Fresh Harvest 2015
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Hommelbier Nieuwe Oogst Fresh Harvest 2015Hommelbier Nieuwe Oogst Fresh Harvest 2015
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Style:
IPA - Belgian
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 8.54%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
12
From:
Leroy Breweries
 
Belgium
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
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mwilbur from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a slightly dark orange hue with very active carbonation jets producing a 3+ inch bubbly white head with excellent retention.
S: Soft bready Belgian yeast, white pepper, soft citrus, dry resiny hops, cinnamon, clove, and a hint of toasted grain. With warming, more mint and herbal notes emerge.
T: Hmmm...not quite holding up here. Much more hop notes...and not all good. A bit overly bitter and resiny. White pepper, toasted grains, and astringent herbal notes. With warming, a hint of vanilla and brown sugar emerge which helps balance this a bit.
M: Light-medium body. Very dry and bitter...overly so. Herbal.
D: Started out strong, but didn't finish strong. The whole fresh hop meets Belgian yeast thing isn't quite working here...or maybe I should have waited until June 2016 as suggested on the bottle.

Mar 30, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in fall 2015. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts the whole glass. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Incredible appearance! Aromas and flavors of lemon, lime, orange peel, peppercorn, clove, pear, apple, pine, light banana, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of bright citrus/earthy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, orange peel, peppercorn, clove, pear, apple, pine, light banana, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spice and moderate pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, orange peel, peppercorn, clove, pear, apple, pine, light banana, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/earthy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very dry from carbonation and bitter/spiciness after the finish. High carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian IPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/earthy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Feb 28, 2016
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Rogerlb from California

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a beautiful bottle (from Tavour) into a tulip glass. Looks light gold with a large head, 4 fingers that slowly dissipates, rather thin conglomeration of bubbles. Lacing once I get going is slight.

Aroma is spicey fruit, a Belgian sweet, almost like watermelon. The flavor follows the IPA of the recipe, with a creamy bitterness followed with some nice hints of tea, sweet fruity taste more like candy than tangerine. The hops are preventing this from becoming too honey.

Finish is dry and, I'll be damned, more like wine. Is that grape coming through? A little boozy, definitely a sipper like most Belgians and session-style but the dry-hopping gives it an unexpected astringency and bite. Carb is a little heavy, a little boozy, especially when it warms.

Also the fruit hop character comes through better after 10 minutes. Heavier than other Belgians I've had, along with a hoppiness that almost overpowers but for a nice sweet aftertaste on my lips. A satisfying Belgian variant, the best of two worlds.

This appears to be the 2015 version of Van Eecke's Saphir Dry-hopped hommel biers. Very limited.

Feb 12, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at PreFunk. Light hazy orange,/golden pour. Slight, silky off white head. Light citrus (oranges) aroma, followed by malty, hoppy flavor, short, sharp, bitter finish. Creamy Belgian texture brought to an abrupt end by the dry hopping. Nice.

Feb 05, 2016
Hommelbier Nieuwe Oogst Fresh Harvest 2015 from Leroy Breweries
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 12 ratings