Vedett Extra White - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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3.25/5 rDev -10.2%
Bought at 'Meny' in Trondheim, Norway. 330 ml bottle, and has a lower abv of 4,7% than the original at 5%.
For a beer it's very white, nice head with small bubbles. Hazy. Smells of banana and clove, some sitrus fruits, bready yeast. Taste profile is the same, starts off with a soft interplay between the fruity and spicy (primarily cloves) before the cloves takes over. Finish seems a bit sweet at first, but transitions into dryness. Where this beer goes wrong is mouthfeel - it's a little bit undercarbonated and the body is too light for my taste.
08-23-2014 17:53:10 | More by eskilgh
3.64/5 rDev +0.6%
16oz glass at MKT.
This beer appears a cloudy, pink-tinged pale straw colour, with the thinnest of thin caps of wispy lace, which leaves some attractive rocky promontory lace around the glass as things slowly bleed away.
It smells of semi-sweet wheat malt, orange citrus cream, savoury coriander, earthy yeast, and a bit of green vegetable astringency. The taste is still more or less sweet - not so crisp wheaty malt, muted white pepper and coriander spice, a hint of Certs menthol, and a fading acerbic yeastiness.
The bubbles are fairly underwhelming for the most part, the body medium-light in weight, and somewhat smooth, the yeast and edgy fruit mucking about a bit too much. It finishes off-dry, the sugary wheat carrying on, amongst a fading spice and yeast offset.
A simple witbier, to be sure - all the marks are hit, sure, but in a newbie-friendly, less than challenging manner. Easy enough to put back, but not something I could justify repeating over the course, of well, anything, especially today.
07-23-2014 20:31:48 | More by biboergosum
3.81/5 rDev +5.2%
Vedett is about as close to milky white as beer gets. This thing looks like used oatmeal water (which, technically, it kinds of is). And it has the complexion of a mushy bowl of oats too; the protein from all that grain makes for a haze so dense not even the world's most powerful telescope could penetrate. And yet, curiously, it struggles to sustain its head.
Though brewed with dried orange peel and coriander seeds, Vedett's potpourri-like bouquet has a few other notes to it too: notably lemongrass and dried oregano. It's not unusual for Witbiers to have such herbal or savory notes in addition to the spicy fragrance and citrus zest - and the best ones usually do contain elements of all four.
Vedett, as a few quick sips confirm, does indeed fall into the category of a well-rounded witbier. There is a firm grainy texture courtesy of the wheat, hints of an herbes de Provence profile that includes flavours of dried thyme and rosemary, zestful citrusy acidity, and a peppery quality that, while not spicy per se, enlivens the mouthfeel.
There's also a strong lemongrass-like taste that, in addition to the beer's inherently refreshing disposition, makes this an excellent candidate for many Asian dishes. It can handle and even smother the spice, it mimics the cuisine's use of citrus and fragrant herbs, and, as the Belgians discovered long ago with their mulles, it holds up exceptionally well to brininess.
Every Thai restaurant worth its springrolls aught to stock and showcase Vedett, or at least a witbier of comparable quality. Naturally, food is not necessary to enjoy a beer this zestful and quenching - the best pairing for this is thirst (which it quickly extinguishes). I enjoy the style year-round but found it especially gratifying today, under a blue July sky.
07-15-2014 23:05:20 | More by biegaman
3.55/5 rDev -1.9%
Purchased at the LCBO 4pk of 330ml bottles for $12.00. Served at 4deg C in a challis.
A- Opens really well. Pours a high white head. Unfiltered but really light colored. Unusual
S- Very nice yeast as expected from a white beer. Coriander
T- Light that is for sure. Not a Hoegaarden but good in it's own way. Yeast is there. It's Hoegaarden missing some ingredients.
M- Light on the tongue and dry.
O- Nice to have tried this. Will sip the other 3 as time passes but will not buy again
This ok white beer went well with... eggs with ham and toast
07-12-2014 14:11:13 | More by DaveBar
2.76/5 rDev -23.8%
Bottle: Poured a light yellow color ale with white hue and a large enough white head with OK retention. Aroma of light wheat malt and citrus notes is OK. Taste of weak wheat malt and light zesty undertone sis a bit weak. Body is light with good carbonation. Short on complexity and drinkability is just not high enough to compensate.
07-07-2014 20:42:36 | More by Phyl21ca
Vedett Extra White from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
82 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.