In this blog, we are going to talk about the final beer from the Perennial Artisan Ales that I got my hands on in the Chicago market. They have a few more beers that I believe will not be available just yet in this market. The beer that will be feature is their Hommel Bier. This brewery goal is take American and Belgian styles and do something different within reason. Hommel Bier is a Belgian Style Ale.
This beer pours into glass with huge carbonation just like your normal Belgian Strong Golden Ale. The head is very constant with a slightly cloudy golden color to the beer. It has species and slight circus smell. The taste is sweet and carbonation with a bit of a bitter aftertaste. It is kind of dry for the aftertaste. This beer is drinkable at anytime of the year. It has a nice spicy kicking in this beer just like your normal Belgian style. Just reading the description, I believe the spices are coming from the Belgian Yeast.
Here is description from the bottle:
In the hop capital of Belgium, Hommel is the word for Humulus, the plant genus where hops reside. Our Hommel Bier defies tradition by combining North American malts, Pacific Northwest hops, and a Belgian yeast strain. The result is a beer that combines earthy and spicy tones from the yeast with a slight orange note contributed by the hops. We think it’s buzzworthy.
Here is a few places on the web to get some information about this brewery:
Closing out the tap, this beer like their Saison. I honestly do not think it is a good value in a 750ml bottle. However, this beer has a lower ABV, which is 5.9%, then other Belgium or styel, it puts it at a value and drinkable then them. What I mean by that, you can drink all day and do not have to worry about getting tank. Duvel, for example, you will have to worry about the ABV because it is 8.5%. Since this is a small brewery, there will be a limited supply in the market (I am assuming. I could be totally wrong on this theory. I am just using my experience at searching for beers from smaller breweries. I hope I am wrong on this theory.). I believe craft beer drinkers will hunt this beer down even more then other beers that are easier to find. Go find this beer and let me know what you think. Enjoy it! Drink it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser