Hop Verdomme
Brouwerij Kerkom

Hop VerdommeHop Verdomme
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Style:
IPA - Belgian
Ranked #295
ABV:
7%
Score:
83
Ranked #41,470
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 11.7%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
43
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Brouwerij Kerkom
 
Belgium
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83
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Notes: This beer is a response to the very bitter beers that are brewed worldwide. The description IPA is not here for India Pale Ale but for Incredible, Powerful & Amazing . Instead of mostly American hops we use 7 Flemish hopping from the Flanders Fields.
Obviously we taste a beer that is very bitter here but one that does in " balance "is so drinkable and is inviting to the next ....
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The_Bujon from Ireland

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light amber, with small head. Lacing is very good.

Aroma packs hops and malts in equal measure, very appealing. Perhaps a touch of artificial sweetness, but not too significant.

Taste follows suit, bold hops, tamed by the malty flavour. A little bitterness at the finish which lingers into the aftertaste.

Refreshing on the palette, very easy to drink and hides the 7%abv very well. Uber Quaffable.

Overall a very solid and well balanced brew. Not exceptional in any one department, but equally unable to fault it. 4/5 all day long.

May 28, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- Deep amber slightly hazy and pours with a 1Cm white head. (ps. Holding up fine + lacing near the end 15mins later).
S- It has a piquant brightness to it, and some toasty notes.
T- Bright hops, that build and build then right on cue some rich body appears, with a final minor dry zing in the finish. The hopping is trad; so no citrus/fruity/wha'eva other weird modern hop-bomb drama going on here, this one is more sophisticated.
F- It's nice. It's notably hoppy but trad hops, ie hops that taste like hops used to before genetic modding came along. As the Description suggests, this has *balance*, the 7% ABV helps underpin decent and balancing rich side here.
O- IPA, and over to the hoppier side of things but doing it in a mature and balanced way. No hop-hammering, squint inducing bitter-beer challenges or youthful misplaced lychee, grapefruit or whatever else nightmare concepts. So yes, I like it :)
Bought from BelgiumInABox Antwerp/BE for home delivery to me in London/UK. 330ml bottle BB: 09/04/2023

May 11, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color, somewhat cloudy and with a well retaining head.
A pleasant aroma that is earthy and fruity. Aromas of melon, peach and citrus, both hoppy and watery, are complimented by notes of grass and peppery spice.
The taste opens with a full cracker and bready malt backbone, moderately sweet yet with that well attenuated Belgian dryness. The malt allows the hops and yeast to shine, both in good balance with each other. As the hops flavors open up, they impart a moderate but assertive bitterness, grassy and floral flavors and citrus, orange and grapefruit brightness. Estery notes of melon and peach, along with modrrate peppery phenols.
Medium bodied, well balanced and with a lively carbonation. Typically dry Belgian finish, lightly peppery, yet with a crisp citrus hops IPA quality.
I thought this was a very tasty Belgian IPA and I’m surprised its ratings are so low. Sure it’s not a juicy hazy hops bomb, however, it shows a great balance of Belgian and classic IPA qualities.

Aug 23, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the one year beyond it's best by date bottle, it pours a hazy amber with a minimal head, although it struggles to leave some lacing. Pleasant Flemish hop scent in the nose. The mouth gets an ever so slightly bitter taste, not unpleasant, with a lingering light hop flavor. Interesting.

Jul 26, 2018
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Continental hop aromas. Spicy, grassy. Not pungent. No cat pee. Just pleasant. A bitter kick but not too much. Belgian malt sweetness. Hoppy Belgian ale. Ok but not great.

Aug 08, 2015
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Copper with swirls of rusty yeast within like hurricane from a satellite. Topped with 3 fingers of yellow beige head.



S: Pineapple candy, pine, light black pepper.



T: Citrus, turpentine, pineapple, gold, light pine, big dull bitter finish.



M: Thick and syrupy with lots of foamy carbonation.



O: Ok as in an 8 out of 10 Belgian IPA. Love the picture of Jesus drinking beer with his disciples on the label. Got in Kunming, drank here April 16th, 2015.

Apr 16, 2015
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PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yellow, amber, slightly turbid.
The head of a large fine bubble with a few larger holes. Glass paints quite a long time.
The aroma of tropical fruits are very faint floral notes and hop.
The taste, however, is a big hit of bitterness (80 IBU) and for the moment there are touches of fruity, floral and something like dried tobacco. Each sip of sour ending to finish a raise. Gentian, which Verdomme Hop is its backbone is dry, grassy, long, long and long.
Behind and slightly pulls. To sum up, cool IPA has helped me digest disputes dinner.

Mar 30, 2015
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed golden color with a white soapy froth that has excellent retention. The aroma is full of estery, Belgian yeast and earthy, herbal hops. The yeast has a bit of fruityness like peach or pear.

In the taste, more of the fruity, lightly spicy yeast and hops coming in with more spicy herb, pine, and citrus. There are elements of damp hay, bubblegum, white pepper, and chai tea from the hop/yeast interaction and the European pale malts used in brewing.

Smooth, medium to full bodied ale with a good medium-high level of carbonation. The finish is relatively clean and moreish if anything.

Overall, this is a really smooth Belgian IPA that has a lot more yeast character than American versions of the style. It takes away from the hops alittle bit, which is fine with me but may put others off. Just a hopped up Belgian pale.

May 04, 2014
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice three-finger head that settles slowly and in a rocky fashion. Webby, clumpy lace. Dark gold with a yeasty haze.

Low hop nose for the style. More sour than anything. I smell faint green olives and light Belgian yeast.

Sour malt flavor in the beginning but there's a strong black pepper-like hop bite in the swallow. Bitterness lasts a long time through the aftertaste. Belgian yeast flavors throughout the tasting. Good body with an elevated level of carbonation.

Mar 30, 2014
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soccerman7 from Vermont

3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Palm glass.

A - A golden hazy beer with a nice finger of head. Head disappeared quickly.

S - Pepper, gloves, spice, and hops. Touch of sweet bread.

T - A really nice Belgian ipa. Characteristic Belgian character and hops. Really nice balance with the character of the yeast and hops.

M - Very easy drinking and a little different take. Lingers pleasantly.

O - I would gladly buy this again when I see it. As someone stated this is a Belgian IPA not an American. Really well done and cost $3 a bottle. Worth trying

Feb 02, 2014
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Brenden from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a deep, both brightly shining and slightly hazy gold-orange color. A half finger of head keeps itself up pretty well and falls at a reasonable pace, leaving mostly spotting as it does.
The smell and the taste are essentially the same. It starts off with some dank, marijuana-like notes before distinctly Belgian notes of bubble gum, pale fruits and spices come out, but lightly. It comes together for a little more depth in the flavor. The bottle's claim that it's insanely hoppy shows how far ahead American brewers have come with hop integration, though this beer unquestionably is hoppy. It's simply not as hoppy as all that.
The hop character is pretty well integrated in the feel as well but not perfectly, as the pith draws a little too much chalkiness into the finish. Otherwise, it has a good body, about a medium level but fairly bright, nice crisp bite, and some smoothness before it goes that little bit harsh at the end.

Nov 02, 2013
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, copper-gold coloring that is slightly hazed, with a slow carbonation bubbling throughout. Filmy, sparse, whispy, white surface coat of head. Aromas of tropical fruit, melon, spearmint, bubblegum, and a cluster of spices, including clove, jasmine, and nutmeg. This nose is quite a jumble. Flavors are roasted forward, with a very tangy blast of tropical fruits, including melon, pineapple, mango, and grapefruit quickly following. Tangy caramel and toffee backbone, with a funky Belgian spice blend including bubblegum, cotton candy, clove, and all spice. The spices are more muddled than blended, and seem to clash with all of the tangy fruit characteristics. Light, smooth bodied, with a tangy sweet and lingering spice aftertaste. Slightly filmy and frothy finish due to the carbonation, with a tangy linger. This beer is all over the place.

Sep 18, 2013
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emerge077 from Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Started out nice enough, deep orange color, sticky lace in the glass and pretty good coverage.

Smells like bubblegum and cooked veggies.

Overly sweet, residual sugars, that stale bubblegum in a baseball card pack. Piney bitterness, aspirin and cooked greens. Medium bodied, sticky sweet, harshly bitter aftertaste. Tastes like a ham-fisted DIPA homebrew attempt with all bittering hops and a weird Belgian yeast strain. Terrible.

Aug 31, 2013
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beerdrifter from Germany

3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Clear yellow-orange pour with a one finger white head with minimal retention and lacing. The nose is all Belgian IPA. Citrusy and yeasty with hints of lemon, grass, white pepper, and a touch of banana. The taste follows suit and is pretty typical for a Belgian IPA. Lots of grass and citrus along with hints of bubblegum, soap, lemon, pine, and an off-putting taste of cleaning fluid on the finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat harsh and acrid with little to no balance and a dry, bitter, soapy finish. Overall, this was very disappointing. Kerkom is a fine brewery with some stellar beers, but this was not up to their standards.

Jul 08, 2013
Hop Verdomme from Brouwerij Kerkom
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 43 ratings