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


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RATINGS: 1221   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
niquillis (1208) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
330ml bottle from Congress, Longton. Pours hazy amber. Very Belgian in hop style, decent but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruigo (1270) - PORTUGAL - OCT 17, 2014
33cl bottle. Cloudy pale orange colour with a generous white head. Malt, Belgium yeast and grassy aroma. Average carbonation and medium body. Taste is moderate sweet and really bitter with a dry and bitter finish. Overall, a very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (968) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle poured in a chalice. A: Pours a hazy beige color with a light white medium head which doesn’t leave many lacings S: Very Belgium. Belgium hops and yeasts are evident. Barley malts. The hops are citrus, grassy, earthy and stinging in the nose T: Pretty much as the smell. Very dry, earthy and bitter (very good) M: Medium body to an IPA. Medium carbonation D: High. Refreshing. The "low" ABV helps a lot and the bitterness is a must. Highly suggested to bitterness lovers [ BA Review @ 9/8/2010 ]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ForlornHope (100) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
33 cl bottle at home. Subtle aroma of floral hop with some malt. Pours a fine golden colour with a white head. Taste: exceptional. Initial sweet malt, then spicy, peppery bitter hop. Fine mouthfeel with a long, bitter finish. Overall an outstanding bitter from an outstanding brewery. Ace.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClubGonzo (4238) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle from bieresgourmet.be webshop. Slightly hazy golden body with a large rocky white head. Nose is floral fruity tones with red berries, straw, pale malts, wet grass and hints of biscuits, moss and Belgian sugary esters. Taste is pale malts, Belgian yeasty esters, floral straw tones and bitter grassy notes. Hints of honey, mild banana and red fruits. Light to medium body, medium to high carbonation. Despite being used to American IPAs, this does strike me as quite bitter - though not over the top. Decent, but I prefer the more mellow Belgian approach.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricksta_p (1355) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2014
Aroma of grass, citrus, lemon, hops. Flavour is grassy and hoppy with a nice and lasting bitterness in the aftertasts. Solid bitter and fresh Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saintjulien (163) - - OCT 5, 2014
herbs, hay, light sweetness, very bitter, lightly sour, medium body, thin feel, lively, long finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Labedz (5) - POLAND - OCT 2, 2014 does not count
Bottle 33cl. Cloudy gold, small delicate foam. Belgian ale, hops aroma. Dry and bitter. Little sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"this was a pretty decent beer. went quite nice w/bread and mushroom barley soup @whole foods. hops and belgian yeastiness in about even amounts. the hops are mainly bitter, and the yeast a little fruity, spicy, and earthy. i disturbed the sediment a bit, but it was a newish beer (6/10) so it was all good."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shark_Pants (266) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2014
Nice gold colour with big frothy white head. The smell is similar to a saison - funky belgian yeast, coriander, multigrain bread and honey. Taste, as the commercial description mentions, is very hoppy and bitter. Mouth puckeringly dry and bitter in fact, but in a good way. There’s some initial honey and malt sweetness and then the dryness and bitterness starts creeping in and then dominates the mouth. Light-medium bodied. Quite different to most belgian beers and enjoyable for almost that reason alone.

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