Poperings Hommelbier – Brouwerij Van Eecke (Belgium)

Poperings Hommelbier – Browerij Van Eecke, 7.5% ABV, 75cl., (Poperinge-Watou, Belgium)

info from ratebeer.com:

“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.”

  • Style: Belgian Ale
  • Taste: Unbelievable undetectable alcohol sweet liquid lager barley malt honey light hops
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $4.70 CAD (after 10% off) – 33cl., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: unlikely
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes definitely

Visual: Pours almost clear pale deep orange with suspended bits of yeast, super clustered activity like a snow globe, 0.5cm lasting frothy head.

Nose: light sweet floral liquid barley malt, light apple notes. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: super fine-smooth CO2, crisp bite

Mid-palate: metallic-lager liquid barley malt, (lvl-4-sweetness), light short tangy

Finish: grainy barley malt exhale, honey, subtle light bitter hops

Summary: Unbelievable that this is 7.5% – too smooth to be true. Not a ton of pronounced flavour but a superbly executed balance of ultra-creamy mouthfeel, barley-grain, plus a little extra citrus-floral notes from the hops that compliment the whole experience. 3/4 through and still amazed at how smooth it is.