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Vedett Extra Ordinary IPA

Rating: 4.15

My fifth beer from the Duvel Moortgat brewery now and the second that falls under the Vedett name, having previously tried their Vedett Extra Blond offering back in August of 2011, quite some time ago now. The beer will be my first new one from the brewery since trying their Duvel Tripel Hop 2014 (Mosaic) limited release in August 2014 so it’s about time I tried something new from them. This one is another beer that was included in an order I made from Beer52 recently and is actually the second of two Belgian IPA’s that I received, the other being a bottle of First World Problems from Stewart Brewing that I reviewed here previously. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Vedett Extra Blond when I tried it so I’m hoping this one offers a little more and comes out closer the the brewery’s flagship Duvel offering but that it quite an ask so I’ll be happy with it just being a decent offering that goes down well.

Vedett IPA

Appearance (4/5): This one pours quite a clear amber colour that is also quite light and it is topped with a two-centimetre tall, foamy white head that has quite a few bubbles showing as well. Retention is okay with the head eventually receding to sit about half its original size with a touch of lacing left on the side of the glass as well.
Aroma (7/10): Fresh smelling with a lot of early floral notes coming through alongside some nice citrus and lemon notes as well as a couple of hints of Belgian yeast in there too. It was a lively aroma with some pleasant tropical fruits including some pineapple, apricot and touches of spice towards the end as well.
Taste (8/10): This one carries on well from the nose with some good floral flavours and citrus plus the tropical fruits that come through a lot stronger at this point. There is a combination of pineapple and mango with some apricot and orange not far behind before some herbal flavours and a little bit of coriander start to come through. Towards the end I got some further spice, hints of banana before some earthy hops see things out.
Palate (5/5): Medium bodied and definitely a fresh beer on the palate with quite a crisp feel to it and very strong carbonation levels. The beer had some nice floral bitterness and touches of spice with a very dry feel, particularly at the end and overall the balance seemed to be a good one with a few hints of sweetness coming off the tropical fruits without dominating at any point; excellent stuff.

Overall (17/20): This one was a really nice Belgian IPA and one that I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would, it was certainly a step up from the bottle of First World Problems Belgian IPA that I also tried recently anyway. The beer was fresh and well-balanced with a nice hop bitterness, plenty of fruits and a few nice herbal touches towards the end; excellent stuff and definitely a beer that I’d go back to again.

Brewed In: Breendonk-Puurs, Belgium
Brewery: Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Belgian IPA
Abv: 6.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Beer52.com
Price: £1.62 (approx.)

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