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

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RATINGS: 1134   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lucanna77 (25) - ITALY - FEB 18, 2014
Ennesimo ottimo prodotto di casa De Ranke che come sempre mescolano al meglio la tradizione belga con la luppolatura più spinta. Il risultato è un’ottima birra di un bel colore ambarto scarico sormontato da bella schiuma bianca e pannosa. Birra di facile beva, dissetante, speziata e con un ottimo gusto amaro.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4200) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3oz pour at Max’s Belgian Fest 2014. Pours a clear gold with a ring of white head. Nose has lemon, yeast, malt, cracker, grass. Flavor is malty, lemon, yeast, a little cheese rind, spicy hop. Bitter, zesty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (2720) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Enjoyed at When Pigs Fly after my meal. Nearly clear yellow, small head. Nose is lemons, light grapefruit pith and honey. Flavor has the citrus upfront with a yeasty backbone. The finish gives a soild bitterness that lingers. It’s lightly grassy with a big herbal hop bite. The body is lighter with a nice refreshing crispness. Still enough malt and honey tones to balance the brew nicely. Very well crafted.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
InPivoVeritas (195) - Bydgoszcz, POLAND - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with small white head. Great hop aroma - earthy, floral with some grassy and fruity (black currant) notes. Some belgian yeast aroma in the background. Pleasant, dominant bitterness. Medium - high carbonation, medium body. Good beer with great aroma and nice bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rikstar (563) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2014
0,33l fles meegebracht uit België. Geur is moutig met gist,hoop zit met op de achtergrond. Smaak is volbitter met een redelijke afdronk. Mist vooral de fruitigheid in de geur van een ipa, maar zeker geen verkeerd biertje

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bryanvdv (450) - - FEB 8, 2014
Goudgeel troebel lichte schuimkraag. Aroma is hoppig. Smaak is mooi mooi vol in de mond met een bittere afdronk. Blijft verder niet hangen.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
oliodnb (133) - ITALY - FEB 6, 2014
Golden belgian ale, typical yeast aroma with a distinctive herbaceous bitter taste very unusual for this style.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Anatole (86) - BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2014 Amertume prononcée, longueur en bouche impressionnante. Une des rares bières belge à offrir pareille amertume. Excellent !

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JanEric (960) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2014
Golden blonde, small head, hops in the nose. Bitter taste, like an IPA, it’s more a Belgian-style IPA than an ale. Full bodied, some tannines, nice with sweet fruit in the finish.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
WheatKing (1162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
Large bottle. Gold, big white head. Nose is skunk, grass, candi, lemon. Flavour has some Belgian lightness and lemon but whatever this was skunked beyond recognition... It went from shop (Strath, Victoria) to bag to fridge so who knows. So disappointing.


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