Vedett Extra Blond | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium
duvel.be

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 10-26-2003

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46
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132
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
17.61%
 
 
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Photo of Douberd
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green stubby bottle of 330 ml, at home. Poured into a lager glass. ABV is 5,2%.
Pours a very clean and pale yellow colour, with two fingers of semi-frothy/semi-soapy head, with very good retention. Foam leaves quite a lace.Lively carbonation in the glass.
Aroma is grass and malts.
Crisp taste, mostly malty and grainy. Nothing too spectalurar. Short bitter finish.
Very thin body and quite high carboantion. Little dryness on the palate.

I guess it would make a difference if it was a really hot day out, this beer is quite refreshing, and highly drinkable in all its mediocrity, and maybe it would have scored a grade or two more, but unfortunately it's not.

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Photo of EPseja
3.72/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The color of gold almost clear. White, high foam, durable and adorned with glass is in plus for this Vedetta. Malt aroma with a slight smell of the toilet in the background and a slight hint of spice. Taste same as above, but this time no odor from the toilet. Gentian is another plus, long and intense, slightly grassy. High saturation.

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Photo of fullsweep
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL green bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Classic Duvel-shaped bottle, but completely different look to the label and of course, to the beer itself.

A: very pale, bubbly, clear lager; massively thick, foamy white head that dissipates relatively slowly leaving plenty of lacing.

S: sweet smelling, flowery; even though it's a lager it still has a very mild 'Belgian' scent to it.

T: sweeter than your average Euro pale lager; not a lot of complexity to the flavour--it's definitely a lager, just a bit more refined (in a good way)

M: definitely some carbonation there, but not the metallic bite of a canned lager; it also has a syrupy/sticky thickness to it that is not present in most lagers; it's definitely still a lager, but unlike many

O: an interesting and worthy take on a European lager from the Belgian brewing masters.

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Photo of darklordlager
3.14/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of interzen
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens chalice - BBE August 2015

Look: Pale straw colour with more head than a particularly heady thing. Seriously, there was so much foam at the top of the glass it looked like an ice cream.

Smell:Not much, really - whiffs of hops and citrus but that's about it. Maybe the head was getting in the way ...

Taste: Distinctly 'meh' - I'd call this a Belgian take on a classic Pilsner. There's hops in there, for sure, with a little bit of zing from the carbonation but really nothing to write home about.

Feel: Again, it drinks like a Pilsner - when you consider the sheer number of beer varieties that exist in Belgium you can't help feeling that this is a bit, well, insipid. Light, fizzy and ultimately somewhat forgettable.

Overall: Easy to drink but ultimately the wrong side of mediocre - I could imagine throwing a few of these back after a hot, summer bike ride but at the same time I'd not go out of my way to track it down. Interesting product from Duvel, but ultimately disappointing - leave the Pilsner-style beers to the Czechs and Germans, they do it much better.

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Photo of dbaker61
2.71/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cL green bottle. Brew date: June 15, 2011; best by June 15, 2012. 5% ABV, 11.6 deg. Plato.

Appearance: Very pale gold color. Crystal clear. Poured with one finger of soapy foam. Head had decent retention, leaving plenty of fluffy lacing.

Smell: Typical mass market lager smell; sweet with no real hops character. Grassy, bready.

Taste: More metallic than bitter, right up front. Almost no grain contribution. This is a one-note beer.

Mouthfeel: Light in body. Very dry finish. Adequate carbonation. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

Overall: Will quench a thirst, but not a lot of flavor. Pretty ordinary, in my opinion. I'll look elsewhere next time.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.68/5  rDev +39.7%
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!

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vedett lager pours with good head and great carbonation. Phenomenol head retention for a lager – what you would expect from Duvel!
The aroma is like a german pilser. Herbal hops with a certain mint character are present.

This Belgian lager has a german pils taste. Delicate grassy hops, sweet malt ... touch of bitterness at finish. Maybe the sweeter end of the German pils flavour spectrum.

Overall, a great pilsner. Up there with Bitburger, Radeburger, Veltins etc. Just a bit on the sweet side perhaps but nice for a contrast with more bitter German pils.

86/100

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Photo of BMoldy
2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted on 09/02/11. From notes:

A: Very pale gold (though at least it wasn’t straw) and extraordinarily clear. White 1” head that faded very quickly and left only some lacing and nothing sitting on top.

S: Some pale malts and the lightest spicy hop aroma. That’s pretty much it.

T: Very light in all ways. More flavor than a Budweiser, but not by much. Very sweet, with just a touch of bitterness at the end. Very slight adjunct taste, but that could be because the grain bill is really lacking.

M: Again, very light, but relatively clean. Kind of like drinking beer-flavored spring water. Decent carbonation.

O: DISAPPOINTED. I had this a few years ago and didn’t think it was that bad at the time, but my opinion has definitely changed as my palate has changed. This beer was light and drinkable, and for the most part lacked any adjunct taste, so that makes it a cut above the rest of the usual macro swill. Still, though, when in Belgium, a Jupiler is a much better bet for both money and taste.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of jonmikel
2.59/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A very transparent look. Smell is very soft, pretty non-existant. Taste is quite regular. The foam fades away quite quick. Feel is not bad, could be better, though. Overall, is a regular beer.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Slightly better than a main stream lager, but not by much. Refreshing with a slightly thicker than normal mouth-feel. A slight taint of wet cardboard mixed with a metallic after taste. Quite refreshing but at 5.2% alcohol, a bit strong for me as a session beer. Could have spent my money on something better.

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Photo of yesferro
4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

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Photo of richmof
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of sewald
3.87/5  rDev +15.5%
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 :-).

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Photo of Lemreway16
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It could be said that given the choice of excellent beers from Belgium this is a poor beer but it is not. It is a lightweight beer for sure but has a pleasant malt and hops after taste and is refreshing. In a nutshell it is a better quality beer for session drinking than say Heineken or Amstel.

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Photo of ultrasupergenius
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of zbellino
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this on bottle and tap all over Holland and Belgium.

It is probably the best "Pils" as they say on the mass market there. Even though it's really just a pale lager, and doesn't have the hoppage to be a true pils.

A: Really pale color like white-gold that one would associate with the style. But kind of washed out with little depth to the tint. No real lacing to think of, and a very light head that dissipates quickly, again a nod to the style.

S: Almost nonexistant. A bit of wheat.

M: Perhaps a dishwater consistency with a jubilant effervescence.

T: very characteristic, taste of some grain and malt, but not much hop at all to balance it out. The problem is that the typically grainy flavors don't really jump onto the palate.

O: Good for a session when you cannot find a superior beer.

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Photo of mirnsd
2.86/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerNoEvilSeeNoEvil
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 330ml cold can. Nice lager. Nothing to write home about but crisp and refreshing. Only subtle tastes of Belgium but it is there. Would be nice with food. I don't think this is intended to be a particularly flavoursome beer, more a refreshing cold one on a hot day.

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