Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Vedett Extra Ordinary IPA

When in Italy one usually doesn’t think about IPA and/or Belgian beers, nor would a person think of a Belgian IPA. But while I was in Napoli I came out of my hotel (hotel piazza bellini) and a found small restaurant next door that had a good selection of beers. There I found a Vedett Extra Ordinary IPA, 6.0% ABV brewed by Duvel Moortgat in Belgium. Vedett pours a deep orange color with a two finger white head that stays for a short while and then fades in thin lacing. I found there to very small amounts of sunlight coming through the glass with a medium amount of carbonation Vedett is more like a traditional American IPA in that it has more of a hop flavor present than you average Belgian IPA. I found a light bitter hop flavor with touches of oranges with a piney taste. The bitterness of Vedett is now overly powerful, it is just enough to let your taste buds now that it is there, and it’s an IPA. But as the beer warmed up a bit the bitterness came through and became a bit more present. That is mush like all IPAs. The mouth feel is medium but has a slight risen stickiness to it. Vedett finishes nicely with a lower hop flavor and a little more of the piney orange. Aftertaste is more piney orange and a soft but light bitterness that lingers just a bit on your tongue. I have never seen Vedett Extra Ordinary IPA in my area of the USA but I have seen it in other parts of the US. I am glad I had Vedett Extra Ordinary IPA. I give it an A. Vedett is a good solid Belgian IPA. So if you find Vedett Extra Ordinary IPA I really recommend trying it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

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