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


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RATINGS: 1192   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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XX Bitter or Extra Extra Bitter is a blond, bitter ale containing 6.2% vol. Alc. It’s famous for it’s very bitter and strong flavour. XX is being made with pale pilsner malt and loads of Brewers Gold and Hallertau hop flowers. A perfect combination that has been nationally and internationally praised. This ale has been a real trendsetter for the current comeback of bitter ales in Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jspronck (49) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2014
Hazy golden color with a large white head. Coarse bubbles quickly disappearing. Floral and fruity (elderberry) aromas. Pronounced bitterness. Dry bitter finish with a nice subtle fruity flavor. A bit too bitter for my taste but very well crafted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AntoineGRD (43) - - AUG 31, 2014
Robe orange pale troublée par un important dépôt de levure Arômes puissant de fleurs de houbon. Explosion de saveur houblonnées et puissante amertume

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
veceo (525) - CROATIA - AUG 31, 2014
Cloudy golden color, average sized white head. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. Aroma of coriander, grass, pine, yeast, malt, grapefruit. Surprisingly bitter, more bitter than sweet. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reynaldg (36) - - AUG 31, 2014
Beau dégradé de couleur allant du jaune à l'orange profond. Arôme houblon et fruit. Amertume marquée mais pas excessive, juste à ma limite de l'acceptable :-) --- Beautiful shades of color ranging from yellow to deep orange. Aroma hops and fruit. Bitterness marked but not excessive, just my borderline acceptable :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
angelkostvo (618) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 31, 2014
Pale yellow colour, 1 finger white head. Aroma of camomile, honey, Tilia. Taste is medium bitter. Light body, crisp texture, average cabonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wvhoran (256) - Tasmania, - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle. Golden blonde with a firm white head. The aroma is grassy with a nice fresh noble hop profile. Low malt profile in this beer, and as suggested in the name there is a strong bitterness. So simple. Not overly impressed--perhaps it is a curse to have such incredible hoppy beers from outside of Belgium in the year 2014.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bozo_skeleton (507) - Grenoble, FRANCE - AUG 24, 2014
Blonde trouble jolie collet. Aromes legers fruits et fleurs. Amertume finale contrebalancée par le discret cote fruité. Agréable, surtout en terrasse du Poech...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimonBeer (102) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2014
(Drinking date: 22 August 2014) Clear golden colour with a nice white big layer of foam. Smells like a hoppy pilsener beer. Not a really intense aroma. Really bitter taste, but not too bitter. Really good! Fresh, bitter beer. The mouthfeel is perfect. Medium carbonation with a bit of a watery body. Combines good with the fresh taste. This is a really good, refreshing, delicious bitter beer! Total score: 3.9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikske79 (1242) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 18, 2014
Ik ben normaal geen fan van al te bittere bieren, maar dit was echt een heel lekker bier

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (221) - CANADA - AUG 7, 2014
Pours a hazy, intensely bright sunny yellow with a massive pillowy white head that after a full ten minutes’ pouring had finally settled down to three fingers, gradually falling back to a thin skim and minimal lacing. Nose is big and complex, dominated by brett hay and dusty funk, with apples and pears, citrus, and floral hops contributing. Taste is mildly sweet and spicy, with the promised emphatic bitter finish. Mouth feel is light and dry, with sustained prickly carbonation (perhaps assisted by my etched Spiegelau IPA glass). I’m pretty sure that’s nothing like what it’s “supposed” to taste like when young, but wow, does the brett ever make this beer a handful! Hay and barnyard funk, dry and bitter, with elements of cider and champagne coming through. I’d like to try it fresh on draught as well, but as it stands it’s an excellent beer, albeit one with barely any IPA characteristics at all. Similar to Orval, but with far less dark fruit and malt, or perhaps like a lighter Nómada Gato Negro.

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