Hommelbier Nieuwe Oogst Fresh Harvest 2014 – Brouwerij Van Eecke (Belgium)


Hommelbier Nieuwe Oogst Fresh Harvest 2014 – Browerij Van Eecke, 7.5% ABV, 75cl., (Poperinge-Watou, Belgium)

printed on the back of the bottle:

“1624 Watou, Flanders fields, even before Belgium was born, we already brewed in our traditional family brewery. 1981 hommelbier became the ambassador of the Poperinge Hops (which is called hommel in our local dialect). 2014 The heat in June and heavy rain in August, have marked this exceptional ale with unique malt and aromatic hop taste.”

  • Style: (fresh hopped) Belgian Ale
  • Taste: Cream-fizzy grassy lemon sweet barley soft bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $12.85 CAD (after 10% off) – 75cl., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes definitely

Visual: Hefty bottle, twisty wire cap and composite cork. Limited edition 2014. Pours golden yellow with  a large lasting super creamy head, 2cm retention, a ton-load of densely clustered fast activity. Impeccable.

Nose: elderflower, honey lemon citrus malt, very clean. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-micro bubbly-fizzy, subdued hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, tangy (MAIN) grassy fresh hops, lemon, sweet barley malt

Finish: burpy, soft bitter hops, grassy hop cone exhale.

Summary: Drinks incredibly smooth and creamy bubbly textured with enough body to make it interesting. A very nice meal beer, though you get somewhat bloated if you keep sipping. Great balance and liveliness inside the bottle.