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

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RATINGS: 1263   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (995) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 9, 2015
bright yellow-orange with 3-inches of egg-shell head, frothy, moderate-to-slow rate of decay. Gets lightly clouded when some of the sediment is introduced from the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is giant lemon grass, cheesy herbs that sting the nostrils, touch of Dr. Bronners soap... interesting, and pungent. Body is light-medium-light, watery, slight grit and starch. Soapy, soft, medium-fat carbonation, light burn. Flavor is biscuits and bitterness, light astringency, but strong lingering bitter that is pure beyond simple sap and resin. Some sweet hay. Not a fan of the bitterness. I’m neutral on the aroma, which is interesting enough to keep me coming back. The overall flavor and aroma profiles are clean, light, complex, and appetizing, making it distinctly Belgian, and retaining many lost points.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
morri (240) - NORWAY - FEB 7, 2015
330ml bottle from Vinmonopolet Nesodden. Tiny white head with excellent lacing. Hazy yellow body. Aroma is spicy. Grapefruit, pepper and belgian yeast. Mostly bitter on the tongue.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
penstemon (198) - Nevada, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Pours pale yellow with a fine white head. Aroma is nectarine, lemon, grass, grapefruit, cracker, nice fruity Belgian yeast esters, and floral notes. Taste is Belgian yeast, dough, cracker, lemon, peach/nectarine, grass, floral, and med-high bitterness. Fine carbonation, punchy lingering bitterness, medium body. Finishes dry. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foffern (1381) - Bodø, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle at home. Has a slightly hazy straw colour with a big, soap-like, white head. The aroma is a little sweet with citrus, Belgian yeast, mowed grass, spices, wet hay and some smoke (!). The flavour has more Belgian yeast, citrus, hay and grassy hops. Has a slick mouth feel, and a solid but balanced bitterness. A great classic Belgian with a nice bitterness. A little strange with the smoke in the aroma (off-flavour?).

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (360) - GERMANY - JAN 25, 2015
Pours a big, bubbly head with a bright yellow color. Smells of wheat and soft yeast, with a coppery metallic hint on the back end. Underneath these dominant aromas, floral hops unfold, adding to the rustic character of this ale. The taste yields much more hops than the nose did, while the brew begins with bready, mellow malts. Hops are detectable from the very beginning, side by side with the malts, while its floral character adds to the slightly biscuity malt foundation. This gets wrapped up by soft, slightly spiced belgian yeast, creating a great, smooth mouthfeel, which got a certain crispness to it. Then the hops turn remarkably dry, along with the sweeter malts, while they intensify their floral, wet grass appearance. Hops become the center of attention, while this still drinks like a belgian ale, due to its distinct yeast flavor, with some peppery spices towards the finish, introducing an almost herbal dryness to the tongue. Finishes hop-forward, while malts and yeast handle the bitterness well, providing a convincing sweet, mellow, spiced counterpart.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ulysse (267) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 23, 2015
Aroma of Belgian white beer. Unpleasant middle taste of something that’s either strange hop or bacterial infection. Bitter aftertaste. By far not the bitterest beer I’ve had.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
florent.janssens (194) - - JAN 23, 2015
Elle usurpe un peu son nom, son amertume arrive en arrière goût et est moins puissant que la majorité des IPA. Un très léger goût de blanche.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AGCostaNeves (43) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JAN 16, 2015
By pouring in tulip noticed a beautiful golden color and slightly cloudy with a white foam, dense, medium and persistent training. Very beautiful in the tulip. I noticed a most remarkable aroma of hops used, with beautiful herbal notes and yeast in this bitter and a subtle floral aroma and condiments. Interesting. Taking by its name, a Bitter such perceptions do not fit the style, if this is her style. However, I believe this beautiful beer is pulling slightly to the Belgian lands. The flavor is mild predominantly bitter with little malt of this feeling, which is roasted. The subtle bitterness is citrus, making it very pleasant. I could clearly notice slight sour notes with the presence of spices. Its aftertaste is slightly sour, bitter, but very soft. A beer with a velvety texture medium-low and medium body carbonation. With a high drinkability shown very light and refreshing. Honestly this is a beautiful beer distinctive style, befitting the great Belgian hopped. Great for summer in Rio de Janeiro!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
adamnowek (482) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2015
Really dry, really bitter, and really carbonated. Big soapy head. Nice light gold colour.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nealblind (972) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Gold pour some creamy white head. Aroma gold powdery honey barley, apples, black currants. Tastes peppery slight aspartame sweetness, resinous bitter. One of the more hoppy belgians. Still balanced.


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