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

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RATINGS: 1166   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrunoSanchez (69) - Fermo, ITALY - APR 23, 2014
Belgian ale luppolata atipica tra le classiche belgians. Colore dorato con schiuma bianca e persistente. Al nato profumi di lievito e molto erbacea. Al palato corposamente media e bilanciata verso l’amaro. Il sapore ricorda alle mandorle verdi, fiori, erba e qualche lontana nota di pompelmo. Il finale rimane secco, amaro e pulito. Le birre come questa sono le "New Belgian" meno lievitose e più luppolate. Un vero regalo per il palato. Consigliatissima!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (2033) - NORWAY - APR 22, 2014
On tap at Fermentoren, february 14th 2014. Cloudy orange, big white head. Aroma of lemon, apricot, peppery yeast, crisp pale malt. Taste is slightly tart, pepper, citrus fruits and biscuit. Nice sharp bitterness, accompanied by a fruity aftertaste. Quite refreshing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swaroga (1247) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2014
Butelka 33cl. Piwo jest mocno gazowane o sporej białej pianie. Intensywne aromaty cytrusów, ziół i pieprzu zapowiadaja mocny charakter chmielowy tego piwa. Nie ukryte natomiast jest, że piwo ma typowe dla belgijskich drożdży estry. W ustach piwo zdominowane jest gorzkim smakiem podobnym do pestki cytryny i jabłka. Ogólnie piwo łatwo się pije.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (2963) - NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2014
Hazy pale blond. Hoppy aroma, also a bit soapy. Flavour is pleasantly crisp dry and bitter with citrusy edge. Good session beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joakgust (821) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2014
Bottle. Semi hazy blond beer with a large white head. Aroma is spicy with notes of cloves, pears, apricots and esters. Flavor is fruity with notes of citrus, apricots, pears and herbs. Dry refreshing yet warming mouthfeel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benderone (27) - FRANCE - APR 14, 2014
Bouteille 33cl de chez saveur biere, servie dans un verre Teku. D’apparence trouble et dorée, joli col de mousse blanche, abondante et stable. Bonne carbonation. Nez sur les céréales, la levure et les fleurs de houblon. Au palais, corps moyen, belle amertume astringeante, finale assez sèche et plutôt fleurie. Goût métallique en fin de bouche, persistant. Breuvage très correct.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamTheBarrel (376) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2014
500ml green paper-wrapped bottle, poured into a Tulip glass. Appearance is hazy goldenrod yellow with a medium sized off-white head that quickly dissipated, leaving a little lacing. Aroma of lemon and orange peels, banana and pears. Flavours of lemon and orange peels, banana, pears, toast and a hint of herbs and spices. Taste is light sweet and medium-heavy bitter. Palate is medium bodied, soft texture and average carbonation. Invigorating and indeed like the label hints more bitter than your average Belgian Ale. The name "XX Bitter" on the label however looks a bit tacky and makes you think of moonshine. Overall a good ale with classic style typical Belgian yeast characteristics.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (4698) - New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2014
Bottle. Well, a monster gusher, but I managed to catch it in time. Nose of sunny pils malt dwarfed by the rainbow sweetness of rock candy and some spicy yeast character. Pours bright golden with unavoidable yeast sediment and heavy carbonation, thin soapy white head . Full and airy body with strong carbonation, but does not lend refreshment or classic crispness. Relatively dry with nice low-level malt, but the strong bitterness is of a mineral and somewhat metallic character, coats the tongue like chalk and blots out everything else. Strange so think I’d ask for softer water in a bitter-focused beer, but there it is.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeterZD (9) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2014 does not count
Nice blond beer. Not too strong in alcohol content. It is described as the most bitter beer of belgium, so i was bit worried. But it is no nice, tingling bitterness, which made my tong tingle long after i took a sip. Really good one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brandman (2053) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 3, 2014
Semihazy golden body, offwhite head. Aroma is very hoppy and noble. Quite fresh and yeasty. Flavour has hard noble hoppiness and yeastiness. Sharp and floury palate.


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