Brewed by Duvel Moortgat
Style: Pale Lager
Breendonk-Puurs, Belgium


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RATINGS: 402   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.57   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Vedett, a blond, light, well hopped premium beer with 5.2% alcohol content, is the cult Duvel Moortgat beer today: following its birth in 1945, it quickly acquired fame and recognition within an intimate circle of insiders in the Antwerp-Brussels region. But do not think for a moment that this oldtimer is thinking about retirement, quite the contrary. For the past years, Vedett has been going through a second childhood in a number of trendy cafés located mainly in big cities. The secret of its charm? A retro-look, a capricious taste, Vedett-allure and the "golden touch" of the brewery. These past years, the brewery armed Vedett with an innovative, hip, young and slightly absurd image. A successful strategy, especially with the youth: Right now, you'll find Vedett in Belgian Delhaize supermarkets and most Flemish cities as well as in Brussels. And the follow-up to the story? You can read it at www.vedett.com.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Inbreak (2605) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2014
Old rating rerated 12.12.2014, 0,33l bottle shared @ hotel room in Oslo:
Small shortlasting head, very light color. Aroma is mild grainy, weeds, wet grain, cereal, flowers, sour hay. Taste is mild floral, wet hay, weeds, flowers, paper, medicine, cereal. Little bitterness, harsh watery mouthfeel. So boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjik83 (857) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2015 33cl flesje via AH, Maastricht Alcoholpercentage van 5,2% Uitgeschonken in Keyte glas Pilsener conclusie: doordrink pilsje, grassig, redelijk hoppig, geen aangename reuk

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Ulysse (282) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 2, 2014
Strong carbonation. I’ve burped twice so far. There’s something in its taste which reminds me of my childhood trips to the farms. It tastes something that is very close to the cows. Probably the dung. That must be it.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
florent.janssens (198) - - DEC 2, 2014
Bière sans aucun intérêt.Odeur de transpiration. Palais inexistant. Goût très légèrement houblonné. Le goût n’est simplement pas bon, pas besoins de le décrire.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
edsspoon (714) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2014
Can - pale golden, lively body and a bubbly white head. Okay retention and okay lacing. Aroma of lager malts, butter and some hints of vanilla and flowers. Taste of lager malts, light grass, hints of lemon peel, a little dried fruit and a light bitterness. Medium body, medium carbonation. Well I feel stupid for expecting something good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sic1314 (4779) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2014
Poured straw with a disappearing off white head. Aroma of sweet grainy malt. Light body, flavour as the aroma, lightly sweet. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
yy0pp (813) - - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle. Clear pale golden color with nice white head. Aroma - Caramel, grain. Nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SarkyNorthener (2798) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2014
Can@the avion, aldridge. Golden beer with medium head. Arpma is grass, floral hops and pale malts. Taste follows suit with a crisp finish. Decent enough for a lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alengrin (3019) - BELGIUM - NOV 10, 2014
Moortgat’s most successful beer after Duvel, a standard lager named after a beer they made decades ago but now experiencing a remarkable come-back, using a gimmick in which you can have your picture printed on the back label (a couple of my friends actually did this). Qualifies as an ’export’ in the old Belgian sense of the word, i.e. pale lager bottled on 33 cl. Pale golden blonde colour, cristal clear with quiet fizz, under a moussy, snow white, sticky head. Aroma at first very much lightstruck (the familiar, horrible ammonia-like smell of cat pee) which lasts for an uncomfortably long time; otherwise rather weak, with hints of herbal and slightly soapy hops, slightly sourish graininess, some bready pale malt sweetness, young cheese, faint hint of iron but not disturbingly so. Taste begins neutral, minerally with strong and sharp, tingling carbonation, smooth, light malt sweet, grainy, thinnish palate, ’German’, leafy and somewhat peppery hop bitterness in the finish, lasting longer than usual in a pale lager and sort of making up for the neutral onset, bready maltiness lingering a bit as well. Finishes better and more crisp than it starts, I’d reckon this is slightly above average in Belgian standard macro lagers. Too bad for that awful lightstruck smell, though, but this never happens when you taste it from tap of course, which I’d recommend over the gimmick bottles; I will therefore take the tap version into account for this rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (998) - HONG KONG - OCT 25, 2014

330 ml green bottle bought at Market Place by Jasons in iSquare, Tim Sha Tsui.

Fairly pale golden yellow colour; Three-quarter finger head and white foam which fades in 40 seconds; Good sticky lacing with fizzy carbonation; Aroma of full lager malt, with strong thick bread, strong yeast, faint hint of wet paper, faint lemon and very light grass; Near zero sweet taste of moderate-to-light malt, with barley grains, white bread, lemon, close to moderate bitter hops and notable grass; Mid to light body. Slick and slightly thick palate; Mouth feel is more than a Pale Lager - very solid maltyness despite its underlying ‘light’ feel, certainly better than macros. No off-taste, sweetness is minimal, lots of carbo, plus mostly white breadyness and yeast. Pretty good!... Hoppiness is faint lemon and light grassy nose, very notable lemon and grass in taste. Moderate to low bitterness for an pleasant semi-finish; Fairly dry after taste. Very easy, and fulfilling to mouth.

Comments: I thought I was going to be put off by this hipster wannabe Pale Lager. As it turns out , it fulfills beyond macro Pales, half way through being a Premium Lager with some hoppy traits of a Pilsener. Almost faultless and easily enjoyable, I am pleasantly surprised. A keeper!

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