Monday, August 9, 2010

Poperings Hommel Bier



Poperings Hommel Bier

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

Belgium

Belgian IPA
 

7.50% ABV





Commercial Description: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. (ratebeer.com)
   
General Pricing:750ml bottle, ~ $9.00

Background:I got this bier for father day from my son John. It was gift set of (2) bottles and a glass. I guess it’s about time I reviewed it.

Review:The bier pours a hazy golden straw color with a bright white head.

The nose is extremely inviting with light malt and floral hop aromas.

That is a very nice and refreshing Belgian IPA. It starts out sweet up front and then a nice effervesce over the tongue in mid-sip. The back-end is very easy drinking; smooth and easy to swallow. There is a nice hoppy finish; not bitter just good hop flavor.

This is really a nice Belgian IPA.

The rich head adds a nice creaminess to the mouthfeel.

I am really enjoying this one; another perfect summer ale.

We started around 45 degrees and we are now at 52. The flavors are not changing too much as it warms but it does seem a little smoother at these temperatures.

For a pale this is a very flavorful bier. Now that I think about it I assume a lot of this has to do with the hops. There is a nice floral hop flavor but there is really no typical hop bitterness.

I am very impressed with this bier. What a great find. I have to thank my son John for this one.

We are at 62 degrees and this is still one fantastic bier.

The bier has a great light malt and citrus flavors along with a very unique and dry hop finish. I am really liking this bier.

Well, it’s hard to believe but this 750 is almost empty; I only have a couple sips left. This was a very easy drinking bier.

I’m going for a B+ on this. It’s another excellent Belgian IPA. It does not have the complexity or flavors as Piraat or Houblon Chouffe  but it is non the less a great Belgian IPA.

I highly recommend this bier to any authentic Belgian IPA fan. And what I mean by that are actual brewed in Belgium IPA’s. So far I have not had an American brewed Belgian IPA that was anywhere near as good as the Authentic Belgians.

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