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Beer #88 – April 1, 2010: Poperings Hommel Ale

April 7, 2010

Beer: Poperings Hommel Ale

Brewery: Van Eecke Brewery, Watou, Belgium

Style: Belgian IPA

Serving Type: 11.2 oz bottle

Price: Unknown, part of a mixed gift pack.

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Glass Mug

Strength: 7.5% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Interesting, quite different from a traditional IPA, a little funky… not a beer you throw back a few pints of, but very tasty.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Very hazy orange-amber hue with a foamy off-white head.

Aroma: Mild orange, spicy, yeasty aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy with spritzy carbonation.

Taste: This ale starts with a mild orange flavor, with a hint of clover honey and tart pear.  It develops into a spicy, tangy middle, a touch funky, with dancing peppery notes on my tongue.  The finish is slightly bitter and somewhat drying.  This is a beer with the hoppy flavors of an IPA and the funky yeasty character of an unfiltered Belgian Strong Pale Ale… truly a great combination.

Pairing: The melding of an IPA and Belgian Strong Pale Ale means that this may work with pairings for either style, but with this interest and complexity, I’d just enjoy it all on its own.

Trivia: In the local dialect of west Belgium, “hommel” means hop, a quite appropriate name for this hoppy ale.

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