Especially created and brewed in 1981, for the celebration of the 3 yearly hops festivities in Poperinge, our hoppy, golden-bronze, ale Hommelbier is worldwide considered to be a tribute to the art of beer craftsmanship.
Hommel is the local abbreviation of humulus, the botanical name for the hop plant. Poperings Hommelbier is made from a blend of winter, summer and aromatic pale malts, soft water, from our brewery’s own well; Brewers’ Gold and Challenger hops, both grown in Poperinge; and top-fermented with a very attenuative own grown yeast that precipitates quickly. It is primed with white sugar, and re-yeasted for bottle-conditioning.
This ale pours a cloudy straw yellow, with a tight and fleeting white head that left decent lacing. There’s a light but inviting green hop, yeast and pale malt aroma.
Palate entry is full-bodied, but refreshingly spicy and thirst quenching at colder temperatures. Mid-palate reveals citrus orange rind and grapefruit notes along with a honeysuckle sweetness that is nicely balanced by a solid Hallertau hop bill. It also has a late, spicy, cumin-seed, dryness, again from the hops.
The carbonation is light, small fresh bubbles Dough and yeast in the finish.