Brewed by Brouwerij De Ranke
Style: Belgian Ale
Dottignies/Dottenijs, Belgium


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2013 version: XX Bitter hops with Saison De Dottignies malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (7965) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle. Hazy gold with a white foam. Aromas are biscuit with minerals and lemon. Yeasty with oranges and hints of pineapple. Leafy pine with floral notes. Flavours are bittersweet lemon with green notes and a nice leafiness. Nutty lager like malts with some peachiness. Spritzy yeast on the palate with a lightly fruity bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (5341) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2013
Bottle (75 cl) from Etre Gourmet. Almost clear golden, with medium white head. Hoppy and phenolic aroma with herbs and some peppery notes. Light to medium bodied, high carbonation. Dry with firm bitterness. Very much like the ordinary XX Bitter but with a darker colour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (13696) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle @ Vinoble Dalumvej, Odense. Pours hazy golden with a small creamy head. Lots of yeast and green herbal hops. Estery. Quite conservative and disappointing. Full bodied

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29135) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2013
Draft. A hazy dark golden beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma has notes of malt, hops, and straw. The flavor is sweet with notes of hops, malt, and citrusy hops, leading to a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (4460) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2013
(Keg at Pikkulintu, 20131208) The beer poured golden and hazy. Its head was small and white. Aroma had fruitiness, Belgian style yeast, spiciness and ripe tangerine. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were spices, fruitiness, Belgian style yeast, grassy hops, sweetness and bitterness. Aftertaste had Belgian style yeast, spices and suprisingly acrid bitterness. The beer was very nice until the acrid finish hit my tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (3647) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
Draught @ Pikkulintu, Helsinki

Pours orange with a smooth foamy head. Aroma of hops, grass, lemon, malts and earthy notes. Taste is smooth, hoppy and grassy with hints of lemon, yeast, earthy notes and saison notes. Finish is smooth, malty and grassy with hops, yeast and earthy notes. Quite nicely hopped and tasty Belgian IPA/saison hybrid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
laiti (5521) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2013
Draught @ Pikkulintu
Soapy aroma with grassy hops and some fruitiness. Flavour is soapy with grapefruit, some minerals and grass. Feels slightly watery on some sips. Good Belgian IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (3032) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
Tap @ pikkulintu. Deep golden, white head. Citrusy, floral, hoppy, yeasty, bubblegum in aroma. Flavor has wheat, floral hoppy notes, yeast, citrus. Very dry, bitter finish. Tasty.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (12440) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
Tap @SBWF 2013
Deep orange color, small white head. Fruity aroma, some candyish notes. Light to medium-bodied. Belgian yeasty-malty backbone, "green" fresh hops, attacking XX Bitter -like hoppyness. Somewhat restless. I have not been the big fan of earlier Hop Harvests and this is not an exception.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
yespr (30734) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2013
From tap. Pours hazy orange with a small white and lacing head. Aroma is bubblegum estey, light fruity. Sweet, bubblegum, fruity and dry estery. Bitter and slight herbal, lasting bubblegum note.

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