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


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RATINGS: 1189   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
bhensonb (11056) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 6, 2006
My bottle was only a year old. The malt is somewhat overwhelmed by the huge citrus hop character. But what’s the point of malt? Isn’t it just sugar that didn’t ferment? I taste a bit of apricot. The bitterness persists. And persists. Makes the super hoppy American ales seem hopped with oils rather than fresh hops. It’s really great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2006
On Tap: Light Gold Coloring with White Frothy Head. Fruity, and Lightly Sweet Aroma. Initial Notes of Banana, and Plenty of Them, Belgian Yeast, Light Spices. Finishing with a Healthy Helping of Hops and Hints of Pepper. Very Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Tap at Concordia Ale House. Colden colored with a decent white head. Great lacing is left behind. Funky belgian aroma with earthy hops thrown in. Lighter bodied with pleasant carbonation. Full of hops in taste. Sharp, spicey, somewhat acidic. Slight balance with malt bill. Interesting, decently done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2005
This one may have been past its prime, or not stored well, I dunno. I just couldnt get into the lack of balance in this one. The malts were not really there. What you were left with was a nice bit of pepper and lemongrass, and sharply bitter hops. Acidic. Interesting, would like to try again and rerate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 24, 2005
750ml bottle. Pours a golden color with a big foamy white head. nose is very dry, hoppy, lightly spicy. Taste of sour citrus, lightly spicy, some mild funkiness, and a very bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2005
Bottle (330ml). "The Hoppiest Beer of Belgium." Poured near-clear pale gold with an average fizzy-foamy white diminishing head. Aroma of sweet lemon malt, a bit sour, maybe some hops backing up the mild spice - light, but intriguing. Taste - OMG - sour black pepper for days, funky fresh pungent hops, light malt backing, spices, sour like an unblended lambic - fantastic! Mouthfeel is lightly syrupy, lightly carbonated and acidic - very surprising brew - you owe it to yourself to try one of these.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2005
Hazy golden ale with a thick white head. Delightful frsh hops aroma, direct from the field. Intense hops and grapefruit in mouth, without the californian c-hops characteristics (not as floral). Very dry, with little sweetness, strong alcohol comes out more. Doesnt have the left coast edge, but it still took my breatha way. Excellent with the Herve doux, which brought out more sweetness to the ale. Bottle at Moeder Lambic, April 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Bottle. Poured a medium golden with a rather well-retained white head. Nose had spicy notes, floral hoppage, pine, caramel, and lighter fruits (pears and apples come to mind). Bitter all around the palate with a funky, dry quasi-lambic feel to it. Flavors picked up where the aroma left off, with a bit more action from the crisp fruits. Finish was dry with some floral bitterness. Solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Otje (677) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2005
lovely hopsy beer. golden with a fluffy white head, very lively. aroma: grassy, flowery and perfumy hop, a little fruity and malty. taste: bitter, grassy, herbal, malty and a bit sweet. finishes long bitter and fruity(greenery). medium bodied and lots of co2. nice bitter ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
[500 ml bottle, 10.0c]
Tasted with the guys from Institut de la Bière.

Discret but hoppy aroma. bitter flavor, (duh!) long lasting hop finish. Nice overall.

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