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

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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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2013 version: XX Bitter hops with Saison De Dottignies malts.


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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Dominated by a citrusy-crispness with belgian yeast and some spices, coriander.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
teddybeer (2244) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 19, 2014
Orange color with an off-white head with good duration. Aroma has yeasty notes, slightly fruity dominated by citrus and tangerine and flowery hops. Flavor is light bittery, fruity, some spicy and yeasty traces. The final is mild bittery with fruity aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Habanero (2664) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2014
Bottled. Pours clear, deep golden with an average, off-white head. Aroma of citrus, flowers, citrus and caramel. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and decent bitter. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A very nice Belgian.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ForlornHope (66) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2014
Aroma: musty, earthy, pine and vegetable notes. 750 ml bottle decanted to a jug, pale amber in colour with little head. Taste is bitter, with a little sweetness to balance and slightly sour. Good body, slightly oily in texture and a long bitter finish. A fine beer from one of my favourite breweries, the young hops are really quite evident.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6379) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2014
On tap at the Beer Emporium, Bristol, July 2014. Golden in colour, with a decent, white, head and moderate fizziness. Floral hops, some honeyed sweetness, apricot fruit, touch of green herbs and gentle finish. Good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daje (2556) - NORWAY - AUG 19, 2014
On tap at Den Tatoverede Enke, july 25th 2014. Dark golden body with a small white head. Malty caramel aroma with sweet fruits, taste is bittersweet, marcipan, tea leaves, peach, herbs, yeast. Short finish of herbs and malt. A bit boring.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8100) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2014 750ml bottled October 2013 (10 months old, taken from a cool, dark box, just to be sure). Quiet, airy nose shows floral Belgian noble hops well... mild spice / pepper, yeast is mostly neutral, malt is quiet toasty pale malt a pleasant cracker quality. This is supposedly the Saison grain bill with XX Bitter hop bill - not something I would guess, but it seems close to that if thought about. Juicy and succulent in the mouth, oily, refreshing, seemingly fresh and unaffected by age (though I suspect the quiet expression may be due to age, but definitely no oxidation). Remarkable mouth presence, filling, soft, just acidic enough to match the succulent sugars... it’s not as deep as XX Bitter or Saison de Dottignies, and shows a green wet hop character that I don’t find in XX BItter... that’s not a complaint, just a comparison.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jerre (2702) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 3, 2014
Taste more times (first end nov. ’13) from bottel 75 cl. Almost clear darkgolden to orange color, with a white to off-white head. Aroma malts, good hoppy, spice, some yeasty. Medium body. Taste: bit sweet, spice, fruits, very good (almost heavy) bitterness. Top.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (3787) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Amber colour with a large white head.
Aroma: Floral, grass, hops, grapefruit.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, yeast, grapefruit, fruit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (2163) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle@Borups - amber pour with small white head. Sweet barnyard citrus fruity, sweet malty, lovely floral tones, sweet earthy yeasts, herbal notes. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (5944) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2014
75 cl. bottle. Hazy orange colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of hops, fruit, herbal, malt, caramel and bitterness.


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