Vedett - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: stcules on 10-26-2003

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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 37
Photo of richmof
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The most overrated beer in Belgium. Just tried in a blind tasting with other Belgian lagers (Stella, Primus, Jupiler, Maes) and it came last (from everyone)!

Sudsy head dissipated into nothing - although its glass is by far the best of the lager glasses here. Very little on the nose except a mild scent of something chemically. On the palate its metallic, as well as being slightly malty and slightly dry. There is also a skunk quality. Its fine in the mouth and isn't so offensive that you wouldn't have more than one.

I say this as someone who used to order it by preference when looking for a lager here: stop wasting your money, Vedett is 100% marketing and 0% taste. If you are looking for a hoppy lager in Belgium, get Primus or Stella. If you are looking for a sweeter lager, get Jupiler. If you are looking for a malty lager, get Maes. There is no point paying extra for Vedett...except for the slick marketing.

Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this at a food festival in Belgium, on tap after a glass of wine and some raclette at one of the tents at the festival. It has a good color, and came with a strong head, but I noticed the glass was designed (Vedett glass) that I still got my 33cl even with the good head. Lemony flavor, and felt good in the mouth. I had two, the "whitest" beer I had drank in a while, it was very nice.

Photo of mirnsd
2.86/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer at a Christmas market in Avignon, France. I served it in a beer snifter.

Look- It poured a nice straw colour, quite fizzy. Had a bad head retention but it did lace ok.

Nose- Very lagery and hoppy! Reasonably fresh and a little bready and a touch smokey.

Taste- BIG pils malt taste, although still quite refreshing. Lemon and malt flavours really dominate this beer.

Mouthfeel- Very thin but matches the style really.

Drinkability- Very quaffable but not really groundbreaking. Could be a session beer if served on tap but I dont really get its purpose when it is bottled. Seems like its too focused on the marketing and the nice pictures on the bottle than the actual product.

Photo of ultrasupergenius
3.27/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at home, in a Duvel glass.

Clear, yellow / tinge of amber. Small head about 1/2 a finger high. Good looking beer.

Aroma of lager, honey, and fragrant herbs.

There is something a bit off (for my palette) in the taste department - reminiscent of Heineken. I believe it is one of the hops that they have used. Off flavor tends to linger a bit.

High carbonation gives this a sting at first. Thin and viscousm but not in a bad way. Something seems simple about this beer.

Certainly drinkable - and I would tend to think this would go down a bit too fast if not careful. I would consider this a suitable replacement if I ever felt in the mood for a Heineken. I just don't often find myself in the mood for a Heineken though - so for the most part this is an average beer that I would pass on for a relatively modest alternative.

Might be a good gateway beer for someone making their way from the mass produced American standards.

Photo of yesferro
4.13/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on several occasions last week in Belgium, all of them in bottles. When having this beer, keep in mind what style it is, and you will appreciate it a lot more. I had this during family visits, at houses of people who are usually stuck on Maes and Jupiler and this Vedett sticks out far above them. More taste, less soapy water flavor like a lot of the lesser euro lagers. This beer has the mouthfeel of Duvel and tastes like a euro lager grand cru. I really enjoyed this and hope to see this on the shelves in the USA soon.

edit/add on, just opened the one can I brought back from Belgium. It's one month away from it's due date and it is extremely fruity, this got better! Almost like a pear flavored lager.

Photo of tempest
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had an ice-cold bottle at Cafe Bizarre in Retie, BE. Served in a Vedett flute, it appears a brilliant light gold with bubbles shooting up the length of the glass. I have to say this is a masterful interpretation of the style. It's clean and refreshing, with a little bit of bready malt flavor. Of course, that means that while this makes for a great lawn mower beer, it's a very low-flavor beer.

Photo of darklordlager
3.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Oddbins on Woodlands Rd. in Glasgow.

Comes up with a 2" bubbly white head with great retention. It leaves brilliant lacing as it goes down the glass.

Smell is mostly hops with a slight medicinal scent laying in the background.

The Taste has some pilsener maltiness up front, that fades into a balanced hopped bitterness. The bitterness sticks on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is about right for the ABV and style. It has some body but doesn't linger around.

I would say that this is a very sessionable beer. Not the most exciting beer in the world, but highly drinkable.

Photo of philipquarles
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice, perfectly clear gold with a small white head that disappears quickly. Lacing is actually good.

Smells of hops, pils malt, and that's it really. Taste is much the same, though the hops are more forward. Tinges of a metallic taste are present. No strong flavors at all.

Mouthfeel is actually very good for this style. Relatively thick and good carbonation make it pretty decent.

Overall, it's unoffensive and drinkable, but nothing really impressive.

Photo of EPseja
3.72/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bottle -- only one of 24 -- was given to me by a rep from Ommegang who was stuck working during the afternoon at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2007. It was his thanks to me for bringing him a glass of Dogfish Head Festina Peche run through a Randall of fresh peaches. Looks like I'm only the third American BA to review this one. Cool!

Served from a green 12oz. bottle (I think -- the label came off while spending a little time in a cooler) at just above fridge temperature in my spiffy Sam Adams Boston Lager Glass for maximum presentation.

A - Very pale, crystal clear light straw yellow in color, with a fluffy, marshmallowy snow-white head. Active carbonation not only from the etching on the glass, but as part of the beer's character as well. Lacing comes in sticky, cirrus-cloud rings and head retention is superb. The best looking EPL I've ever seen.

S - Crisp, clean European hoppiness with only a whisper of pretzel-like maltiness. Nothing earth shattering, but solid for the style.

T - A gentle Sodabread sweetness is immediate, followed by a crisp middle that is slightly drying and evenly hopped. At the back of the tongue, light citrusy malt notes can be detected. The swallow is nicely bitter without being overly dry or sweet. Refreshing.

M - Just better than watery coming in, with lively carbonation and a slightly "poofy" action that tingles the tongue. Swallow is frothy and satisfying, although just a smidge gassy in the belly. *burp*

D - For this style, I give a thumbs up to Vedet, even if I'm not a champion of Euro Pale Lagers. It's clean and refreshing, and easy to drink. On top of that, it's actually pretty enjoyable as well. Go figure! With Heineken as the most well known beer in this style, it's easy to see how many people might get turned off. This beer is a good reason to take a closer look, and flick the switch back on.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.94/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green 33cl dumpie bottle, bought at Tanner's in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. Best before 09-2007, drank 04-2007.

Poured into a Duvel glass it looked like a lighter version of it's brother, same large white head, but a much paler body. It is after all, a pale lager.

What aroma? A hint of wheat, if I am being kind.

Where have they hidden the 5.2%? It is a pleasant refeshing taste, but no alcohol could I detect. Disappointed really, not even a pilsner flavour, more Kolsch and light.

Because the taste is so weak, the mouthfeel is also poor in my opinion.

I was expecting a lot better from this beer (I am a shareholder of the brewery), I won't be buying it again.

Photo of sewald
3.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really interesting beer. Got it from a local pub. I think what drew my attention the most were the hop aromas. Other than that, it's pretty much an easygoing beer, really drinkable. The dryness of this beer makes you feel thirsty (thus, having some more, ehehe), pretty much like an IPA (although it has a higher ABV).

Malt and sweet flavor on finish. Golden yellow colour. Nice white, creamy head (Duvel-style, could not expect anything less, ehehe.) and intense carbonation.

Oh and I also liked that picture-in-the-back-of-the-bottle thing. Really appealing to youngsters :-).

Photo of Sigmund
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rerate bottle, bought at Vinmonopolet: With a brisk pour you get a very large and lasting head, and the carbonation is not too much after all. Fairly decent hops place this pils in the "slightly above average" category. I’m upping it 1 point. Original rating: 330 ml bottle, as Vedett Extra Blond, ABV is 5.2%. Courtesy of Cardinal, Stavanger. Also available in Norway in Vinmonopolet stores (bestillingsutvalget). The beer’s website is www.vedett.com . Served in Duvel glass (same brewery). Very pale colour, decent head. Moderately hoppy aroma, notes of cardboard and "dusty attic". Flavour is moderately hoppy - this is an average pils. A bit too carbonated for my taste.

Photo of mdagnew
3.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle in Paris, March 2006...

Poured a clear light golden colour... White head poured very big and foamy and faded to nice thick layer...

Aroma - Spicy hops, grainy, light vanilla, zesty, grassy, slight fruitiness...

Taste – Lemony, slight earthiness, some honey creaminess, slight hop bitterness...

Feel - Quite smooth and dry. Light body. Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A pretty good beer... very drinkable... recommended...

Photo of mzwolinski
4.22/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This turned out to be one of the better Euro-lagers I've had. The lightest of golds in color, it is crystal clear with ampl carbonation and a decently-sized white very white head. Aroma is enticing -- grainy malts and hints of herbal hops. More of the same in the flavor, with a mostly grainy start and a flavorful, if mild, hop finish. Medium-bodied and quite drinkable. I'm not a big fan of the style, but if anyone can do it well, I guess it's Duvel.

Photo of Bierschenker
4.68/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this pilsner, it’s a great achievement for the brewery. Much better than their regular pilsner, the Bel-pils. It has an incredibly cool retro logo. And it is a beer that really appeals to young people. It is also commercialised this way. If you go to the website www.vedett.com, you will see that it is filled with a lot of crazy nonsense. Like the picture on the back of the bottle. I have noticed that the beer is also a stepstone for later duvel drinkers.

The beer has a lovely strong sweet hop odour. I served it in a large pilsner glass. It has a very clear golden yellow colour. When it poured out, it gave a huge magnificent fluffy white head. It diminishes as you go. But it leaves a complex lace structure on the glass.
When it is poured in, the carbonation shows a tremendous vividness. When in rest, it’s bubbling calmly.
The taste is refreshingly bitter hop like with some alcohol and slight traces of malts and grains.
The aftertaste is dry, with the same elements as the initial taste and some sugar traces at the end.

Great beer, one of my favourites.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Sampled at De Met in Halle (see BeerFly) on Easter Monday 28th April, 2005. Stubby “Duvelian” brown glass bottle with a black, red and white rather retro- looking label, as shown in the BA Avatar. Sampled from the correct Vedett glassware, which is a curved sided flute with an oval version of the main bottle label. Described as an “Extra Blond” and listed at 5.0%. Smudged Best Before Date but it finished in 06 so I guess I got a fresh-ish bottle!?!

Appearance: Pale straw colored body with the merest hint of a golden hue when held to the light. Nice looking bleached white head. Slaked foamy white lacing clings to the side of the curved glass and thanks to the geometric design, slides easily back down onto the surface of the brew to form a consistently thick looking ½” head at all times. Good levels of carbonation are boosted by many streamers.

Nose: Cut grass with fresh wheat tones and some meadow like freshness race out of the glass. Light in strength, but very inviting in character. Some grainy malts in the finish.

Taste: The tastes were almost a 180° reversal of the nose. Grainy malts break through at first; a delicate bitterness fills the middle whilst it finishes with some wheat, herbal tea and a light grain sweetness in the finish which all balances out extremely well.

Mouthfeel: Average body, Vedett lacks the usual “watery” feel of many Blonds; it retains a middle-of-the-road session feel.

Drinkability: An all round easy drinking brew, after a large meal earlier in Triangel in Halle, this brew was a perfect starter beer for the afternoon session. Slipped down easily, even on a full stomach.

Overall: Nothing earth shattering, and certainly not worth seeking out, but it is a tasty enough blond beer cum Euro lager that is a cut above many of its better known and more widely available Belgo-Macro counter-parts. It is a shame it is not more accessible; this is only the second time I have ever see this brew on 12 annual trips to Belgium. Worth trying if seen.

Photo of stcules
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Golden and limpid appearance, straw-coloured. Creamy foam, compact.
Smell of field's flower, and grass.
Drinkable and easy, some hop and hints of honey.
A pleasant beer, with a light body, and an aftertaste very light, with some herbs and hops.
A good "all-day" beer.

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