Vedett | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium | website

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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3.4
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31.18%
 
 
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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in its own long and thin thumbler.

A: Pours a pale clear yellow color. Forms a modest white head. Low retention and few lacings left

S: Mild smell of sweet grains, lager yeasts and grassy hops.

T: Nice sweet grains upfront. Grassy hops. Lager yeasts. End is quite hoppy and bitter. In overall, a dry and crispy taste

M: Light body, medium carbonation. Good earthy hoppy aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. A good Lager like this is not something easy to find. Recommended

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Photo of woosterbill
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a Vedett flute-style glass at some random café in Brussels.

A: Crystal clear straw body under two fingers of creamy white head. Good retention, light lace. Solid.

S: Delicate pale malts - a little toasty - and some faint, clean yeast minerality. Slight herbal hoppiness. Light and pleasant (for the style).

T: Follows the nose - bready, toasty, herbal, dry, and clean. Very nice Euro lager.

M: Light-bodied, frothy, and soft. Great.

O: This one was a jolt at first, since I wasn't familiar with the beer ahead of time: the label just said "Blonde," so I was expecting a BPA, like Duvel Light. One whiff showed that it was in fact a lager, which was a bit of a disappointment, but it wound up being quite nice for its style. Better than Jupiler or Maes if you're in Belgium and just want something thirst-quenching.

Cheers!

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Photo of dbaker61
2.71/5  rDev -20.3%
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 zbellino
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
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 BMoldy
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
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 Boto
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Belgo; This one pours a crystal clear, light golden color. There was a large white head onit that drops off quickly. Some lacing. The aroma is decent. Some grassiness and faint malts. the taste is fairly crisp and clean, although a little light. No real bitterness at all. Easy to drink.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.87/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden blond, with a tiny white, bubbly head that settles to a soapy lacing almost instantly.

Sweet tasting, lots of corn & bread. Faint background smell of barely & a slight skunky aroma.

Sweet syrupy & grassy hops. Not verycomplex with some grain in there too.

Smooth feeling lager that is on the light side of medium bodied with a very slightly warm feel to it.

This is a very average beer that is overpriced at £4 a pint. Quite sweet and very well balanced overall but without anything to make it stick out. Overpriced!

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.21/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: The beer pours a clear golden color, with a large white head.
Smell: Malts, wheat and grass. Bit floral from the hops.
Taste: Malty sweetness at first, with clear presence of grains. In the aftertaste there is a nice spicy hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation, thin body
Overall: Very surprising brew. An very good example for the style

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Photo of fullsweep
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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 kojevergas
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I acquired a 330ml bottle of this at the Oslo microbrewery and pub in Salthill, Galway, Ireland. Poured here at low altitude into a half pint glass (generic). Reviewed from notes.

A: Clear yellow-blonde colour. Three finger head, thin and without cream. Good retention.

Sm: Very light scent of barley. Simple and not particularly appealing.

T: Balanced hoppy body with clean light cream finish. Built par for the style, but is nothing special. Certainly not as complex as I would like.

Mf: Smooth; coarse at the climax. Wet. It doesn't fit the flavours of the body perfectly, but it certainly matches them, just not to the point of accentuation.

Dr: Too expensive. 4.75 quid for a half a pint is highway robbery, even by Irish standards - and this isn't even in Dublin. Compared to other Belgian beers in the style, this is a very poor beer unworthy of your time, and especially your money.

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Photo of RuudJH
1.89/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not a fan of lagers, but I'll review this anyway.

Poured into a regular pilsner glass, it shows and breathes pilsner/lager.
A lot of big floaty bits in my glass worried me a bit: there are just lumps of sediment in this. Why?

Taste is very soapy. Maybe the hops are ok, but I'm not going to sample this further, because of that.

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Photo of richmof
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
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 SmokinSmyth
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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 mirnsd
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
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 ultrasupergenius
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
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 yesferro
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of darklordlager
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of EPseja
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
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 BlackHaddock
2.94/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of sewald
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
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 Sigmund
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
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...

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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