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Brewed by Van Eecke
Style: Belgian Ale
Poperinge-Watou, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1047   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Hommel is the local abbreviation of humulus, from the botanical name for the hop plant. Confusingly, it also means bumble bee in Flemish. Poperings Hommelbier is a hoppy, golden-bronze, ale. It is made from a blend of winter, summer and aromatic pale malts.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (628) - BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2012
La Poperings Hommelbier est un grand symbole de la Belgique, puiqu’elle évoque les champs de houblon de la région de Poperinge. En Belgique, pays de la bière, s’il est une plante qui doit être célébrée, en dehors de l’orge bien entendu au premier plan, c’est le houblon. Cette jolie plante sur ses poteaux perchée, est presque un symbole poétique de la Flandre, et à tout le moins une figure bucolique. J’espère que nous préserverons tout ce siècle encore ce grand monument à la gloire de notre patrimoine national : la bière. Nous sommes donc en présence d’une bière qui a beaucoup à défendre, et qui a couru de gros risques en s’appelant ainsi. Mais l’épreuve est largement réussie, nous le verrons, et félicitons déjà ce brasseur audacieux, la brasserie Van Eecke de Watou, un pays proche de Poperinge. Magnifique couleur dorée virant à l’abricot clair. Clarté qui se trouble d’un petit voile, parce que la lie agit dès l’ouverture de la bouteille. (Si vous prenez une 75 cl, faites attention à l’ouverture !!) Bulles très fines qui giclent partout, et réalimentent la mousse. Mousse donc bien vivante et très importante. Arômes superbes de malt d’orge (3 variétés), houblon (2 variétés), blé mûr avec une pointe d’abricot. Texture douce à soyeuse. La 1ère gorgée est admirable, et représente du vrai pain liquide... En 2ème bouche, on se remplit de grains d’orge à la volée, de céréales à pleine bouche, avec ces houblons très fins (du Brewers Gold et du Challenger). Le 3ème goût est soyeux, plein avec une amertume tout à fait exacte. La longueur est très belle, bien dosée, progressive (comme la musique). La levure est superbe, intégrale et intégrée. L’alcool est à la juste mesure. La finale se pointe surtout avec les houblons : quelle bonne idée, et surtout quelle belle louange à cette belle plante. Bière emblématique, on l’a compris, qui méritait bien son premier 5 .

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - NOV 7, 2007
Bottiglia da 33cl comprata da Ciobì, versa color biondo scuro con buona schiuma persistente. Aroma inebriante, favoloso, carezzevole e floreale; il luppolo fresco domina anche il sapore con note erbacee di complessità notevole, sapore che inizia però piacevolmente dolce e maltato; corpo leggero ma non acquoso. Fantastica, erano mesi che non mi capitava una cosa del genere fra le mani... ma non l’avevo già assaggiata??? Comincio ad avere il dubbio che fosse questa la mia ’scelta’ (aiutata da Sergio) ad Halloween dell’anno scorso. Se così è, buon anniversario Poperings Hommelbier; in caso contrario, grandissima scoperta.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Idler (3) - Wolverhampton, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2008 does not count
One of the greatest brews in the world. The hopping, which is perfumed rather than bitter makes it virtually unique, although Saison Dupont and Avec Les Bons Voeux are not dissimilar. It does not drink its strength either, and remains very refreshing. The bet place to drink it is t’Hommelhof in Watou, eating rabbit braised in Hommel Bier. Heaven.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
siscu (5) - barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 1, 2010 does not count
Fantastica!! Muy lupulizada con buen sabor persistente final.Buen color y sabor muy trabajado y refinado.Una cerveza con sabor fuerte pero no se le nota demasiado el alcohol.Una de mis favoritas!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EdwinLitzau (320) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 16, 2013
Wonderfull beer, had several (draught) during my stay in Poperinge. Nice, easy beer with white head and a great bitter taste.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thijzer (3) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2013 does not count
Tasty and bitter beer with a nice appearance and fair alcohol percentage. Got it in various locations around Belgium. Mostly the western regions sell it in the supermarket. Comes is 25cl and 75cl bottles. After pouring the beer, a fair amount of foams appears and stays for quite some time. A bit like Duvel but not so much. Taste: herbs, hops ofcourse and bitter, much CO2 but functional as the tastes fly around. All over a very tasty beer with enough alcohol to enjoy!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Simmie77 (10) - - FEB 18, 2014
One of those beers that just baffle you! I had the pleasure to taste this beer while on vacation next to the brewery in this little magical town that produces a lot af quality beers, Yesterday I was there as well, again... Home of the hop country that produces Westvleteren, St. Bernardus, Poperings Hommelbier, Watou, jejeje and so go on. This beer has a fruity pallet that serves you in every summer. With a BBQ, or after a feisty meal. Also in winter after a Christmas meal, or next to the fire place, this one you will enjoy. Either you like beers or not. This beer will serve you if you don’t like the hops from the Westvleteren 6 (Blond) and also when you are not that fond of the Weißbier from germany. 2% stronger but 300% more taste en ja ga maar eens Nederlands leren, prima biertje mijne heren!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
s_r (17) - FRANCE - OCT 4, 2014
Ma bière préférée. Subtile en tout point : du gout, de l’amertume bien dosé. Une belle robe et un joli nez. Rien à redire !

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2002
Re-Rate 10/08/02: Golden orange the color, the head resplendent, white, creamy, long lasting, the lace splendiferous as it clings to the glass. The sniff is sweet, citrus, light hints of bubble gum. The start is sweet, but the tartness, nay I say the sourness, hits before you can blink. Finish is grapefruity, cumbrously hopped, strikingly acidic, and the aftertaste is alcohol bitter. Maybe not meant for the weak of palate, but I love it, and it remains high on my master list at #39.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hansen (6768) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2003
Lots and lots of hops. It has a fine unclear golden colour. The head is big, but falls to quickly. At first the aroma has a bit of coriander, but after 5-10 min. in the glass, the coriander is substituted by a great hops-aroma. The same inpression is in the flavor. I really like the massive hopsaroma and -taste. Long finish, were a bit of the corinader is back. Soft palate.


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