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

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RATINGS: 66   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (3693) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2013
25 cl. draft @ Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Had this again very fresh this year, it seems. Pale golden with a very creamy white head. Nose is pretty interesting, big floral hop profile, plastic hops, grass with a touch of caramel malts,… Taste is bitter plastic (50/…) / floral (…/50) hops, touch herbs, faint spices, touch hay, barn, faint white berries, raw, slight caramel,… way less brutal than the 2012 was. Easy to drink, still less startling than the XX & 2012 fesh. Way bellow the startling XXX.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19327) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2013
Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm. Hazy pale amber, rich firm head. Huge floral grassy hop aroma. Mid dry with solid body and soft mouthfeel. Elegant despite the onslaught of hopas. Evident marzipany yeast character, the doughy grainy malt shines through. Marked but mild resiny bitterness. Remains the archetypical BIPA.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
malmostoso (9) - BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2013 does not count
Bottle at home, bought directly at De Ranke. Pours a lovely orange with nice head disappearing quickly. Aroma is very hoppy, as you would expect. The bitterness of the beer is great and balanced by the malts. After every sip the bitterness lingers on the tongue inviting to go back for more. Very fizzy with a bitter finish. Absolutely great.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (7979) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 18, 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. Altogether this is another delicious quaffer from one of the best brewers in the world.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (5406) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
finol (2145) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2013
Draught at Akkurat. Pours hazy golden with a White head. Nice tuttifrutti hops, belgian yeast very drinable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jerre (2633) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (3727) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11056) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2014
Hazy dark golden with a big white head. The aroma has lots of spicy and herbal hops, some spicy, yeasty notes, fruity notes and a touch of malt. Dry and hoppy flavour, with bready malt, and a lovely bitter finish

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (2035) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2014
Flaska från SB. Gyllenfrägad och klar tills bottensatsen går i och grumlar ölet en smula. Välbalanserat och friskt krispig med belgisk jäst, hö, gräs, lätt grapetouch men även lite krusbär, lime, mango, passionsfrukt gröna druvor, lätt men rejäl maltbas med lite vetekex. Lätt saazbeska. Riktigt trevlig. Ett generöst öl som man lätt dricker en flaska av men som man gärna delar med någon.


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