Beer #153 Popering Hommel Bier

 The Beer I forgot I had in My Refrigerator & I’m Sure Glad I found It! 

 

Popering Hommel Bier

 

Name:  Popering Hommel Bier

Style: Belgium IPA                      

Brewery: Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.   website

Country: Belgium

Region: Watou

ABV: 7.5% Abv

How served:  750 ml corked & caged bottle poured into a Maredsous glass.           

My Overall Opinion:  Very Good.

I paired this beer with: Grilled tilapia topped with a lemon zest and spicy olive oil.

Tasted on:  Wednesday January 12th, 2011  

Note: This beer poured a hazy straw color with a fluffy 2 finger off white head which left a thick lacing on the glass.   The nose was of sweet citrus, leaning towards orange.  The taste starts off slightly sweet but ends up dry.  In-between you pick up some spices and orange/lemon zest.  In this beer you have what might be a Belgian tripel turned hoppy.  The mouthfeel had a medium creaminess with a good carbonation level which tickled your tongue.  The drinkability was very good and refreshing with no hint of the 7.5%abv hidden in this beer.    This is a top notch Belgian IPA.  This beer improved greatly as it warmed up & I like the way the yeast improved on the flavor in the last pour from the bottle.

 From their website:  Poperings Hommelbier      

Despite the high quality of the abbey beer Het Kapittel, the favourite of the brewery remains POPERINGS HOMMELBIER.

In the area of Poperinge, which is a little town in the west of Belgium, harvesting hops is a main industry and art.  In the local dialect hommel means hop and therefore we have used the dialect to give our product a name: Poperings hommelbier.  In order to brew this beer, we use a blend of 3 types of hops.  In addition, the presence of hops in the beer are strong, enhancing its flavour and refreshing, slightly bitter taste.  Hommelbier is a beer with secondary fermentation in the bottle. Therefore, a layer of ferment is still present at the bottom of the bottle. This beer has a unique distinction of being a completely natural beer. In order to stir the layer of ferment, the beer is gently served in a glass, preferably at a temperature between 6°and8°C. We suggest keeping the bottles upright. Before serving the beer, bottles should be stored in a cool place, until they have reached the desired temperature.

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