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


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RATINGS: 1328   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dark (39) - FRANCE - AUG 16, 2015
Le classique de chez De Ranke ! Pas besoin de faire compliqué pour produire une bonne bière : 1 ou 2 malt il me semble, 1 houblon en fleur (hallertau) et roule ma poule ! Blonde trouble avec une mousse abondante, carbonation ok, nez frais à la fois levuré et citronné, c’est surtout l’amertume ici qui marque durablement le palais. C’est frais, c’est sec tout en gardant une forte identité belge. Amateurs de bières douces et consensuelles, fuyez, c’estle genre de bière qu’il est possible de consommer toute une soirée et qui ne tape pas trop sur la tête (6%). Mon commentaire sera peu objectif, mais j’adore cette bière et puis c’est tout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EdKing (2230) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2015
So I’ve had this a few times but not rated it yet for some reason. First drunk in Mother Kellys, when I found it a bit hard to ’get’. Dry and bitter. But it’s been lingering on my palate and now I find I keep going back to it. Drank two on successive days at GBBF 2015. Colour is clear bright amber, medium white foam head. Nose is big hoppy and Belgian yeast character. Hops are grassy, straw, herbal, lemon, little spicy. Then there’s bread, toasted grain, honey, from the malt. Yeast is floral, perfumed. Taste is strong, dry, bitter hop, sweetness, floral, perfumed, grassy, straw. Has a real big bitter dry kick. Lovely stuff and addictive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirstyrabbit (1535) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 10, 2015
Bottle. Cloudy golden body, tall diminishing head. Dry hoppy aroma with some lemony aspects. Dry bitter taste with lemon peel and some pale malt. Not juicy or malty enough to support the dryness. It’s a classic beer but I’m not feeling it. Not nearly as complex as Orval or some other legendary hoppy Belgians. Could have been a trendsetter back in the day but today it’s average. It lacks funkiness or some other distinctive feature that could make it memorable. Quite meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChtiBreizh (323) - Rennes, FRANCE - AUG 8, 2015
Light pale, hazy, with a good fluffy head. Aroma is citrusy, orange, grassy, bittering hops, hints of belgian yeast. Medium to low sweet, with a dry and medium to heavy bitter finish. Soft carbonation, smooth. A good very hoppy ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3582) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle at Aaron’s Pre-Wedding Bash. Pour is Hazy golden with a big white head and good lacing. Big grassy, herbal hoppy, biscuit, minerallic, straw, lemons, and hay in the aroma. Taste is big straw, grass, hay, noble hoppy, some biscuit, and chalk with a crisp finish. Light body with high carbonation. Highly dry - effervescent and slightly hoppy. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Towey1989 (958) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear straw colour with a foamy white head. Aroma of toasted malts, banana, some bread, slight Belgian yeast, subtle lemon, grass and herbal hops. Taste of toasted, bready malts, grapefruit, some lemon, subtle apple, slight straw, a little Belgian yeast and spicy, herbal hops. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. A crisp, spicy, herbal bitterness in the finish. A flavourful, crisp, bitter beer. Refreshing and can taste the great ingredients used. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (5317) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 22, 2015
330ml bottle. Slightly milky, golden colour with huge, frothy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, white head. Grassy hoppy aroma with a slightly floral touch, yeasty hints of pollen, a minimally peppery spicy yeasty touch. Taste is bone dry, grassy bitter hoppy with mineral touch, mild yeasty overtones with a touch of pollen and white pepper. Nice and simple, a bit unilateral.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (4290) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2015
Tap. Golden with two finger head. Medium body. Grassy with a bit of citrus. Moderate bitterness. Fairly dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fashawn (492) - Montesarchio, ITALY - JUL 13, 2015
Alla spina al Craven road di Benevento. Piccola delusione, visto il naso carico di agrumi e di erba. Bello l’aroma, pulito ed elegante ma in bocca è una birra piatta, che passa dall’ingresso di miele alla parte amare e quasi speziata senza alcun intermezzo. Birra normale, niente di che

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kajser27 (629) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 10, 2015
Cloudy, amber-yellowy, small to medium off white head. Aroma is pale malt, grass-straw, bit of citrus and more spices. Taste is low+ sweet malty, bit of caramel, quite spicy and peppery,straw and some citrus, medium to strong bitterness, slight tartness. Very dry finish and a lasting bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied, moderate+ carbonation. Nice and refreshing.

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