Popering's Hommel pours a surprisingly clear copper with minimal amounts of suspended yeast. Large active rising carbonation bubbles rise to the big dense three finger head. The carbonation keeps the head strong. Leaves a few drink rings here and there. This beer looks delicious.
Fruity esters greet the nose right off the bat but it's a little tough pulling out the aromas through the dense head. Pear and apple with a healthy sprinkling of dusty yeast spiciness.
Flavor is very much like the aroma. The pear seems to be a little on the juicier side along with a nice tartness. Mild clove comes out toward the finish that adds a needed touch. Pale malts really let the fruitiness shine. Slight metallic twang on the swallow. No hops though. Wait! As this glass gets lower and lower the hops show themselves with a quick and spicy bite.
Medium to light mouthfeel with a velvety smoothness. Moderate carbonation keeps the beer moving along at a healthy pace. After about half a glass you can feel the bitterness wash over the tastebuds.
Easy drinking refreshing Belgian Pale. One that goes down far too quickly.
The body and flavor are close to expectations but the hop presence just isn't there like I'd hoped. Again, as the glass shrinks the hops show more and more. I'd love a 750 of this. Still an excellent all around beer.
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