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

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RATINGS: 1390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
XX-bitter is our most bitter, high-fermenting beer. Despite its low alcohol content, it produces a very rich, long lasting, full flavour.

Taste: Very bitter but still balanced. Long-lasting, distinct hop taste.
Hops: Brewers Gold & Hallertau Mittelfrüh. 16°. 10 EBC. 60-65 IBU.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (13147) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2008 Bottle. Fantastic beer. Creamy off-white excellent fully lasting head. Orange colour. Fantastic hoppy aroma. The malt is not overpowered still. Heavy bitter flavor. Long fruity heavy bitter finish. Very creamy palate. Truly fascinating beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Pours a cloudy golden with an huge frothy off-white head that slowly settle as the glass empties. Aroma is typical Belgian yeast, strong earthy hops and lemons. Extremely refreshing citic flavor, some saltiness and big bitterness as well as some fruit (pear). Silky medium body, very astringent.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2008
330 ml bottle from trade with paco. pours hazy golden with a small white head that lingers. very hoppy aroma while still maintaining the usual possitive belgian characteristics. flavours are wonderful with citrus fruit and belgian sweetness and yeast leading to a satisfying bitter hop finish. a belgian i could have everyday.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2008
bottle: pours with a giant very active white head under that is a hazy yellow body.some great spider web lacing. aroma is a lovely sweet fresh fruit (tropical), some sugars and lieing behins is soem citrusy lemon. also a real earthy aroam not wuite funk but close. great refreshing aroma. flaovur is very nice some citrus hop bitter upfront into a almost sugaar sweet malt in the middle. then comes a earthy alomost bretty funkiness that levels into a very dry and bitter earth hop finish excellent beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2008
I wasnt all that impressed with this one. As refined as most Belgian beers are, I think I am too used to the American take on hoppiness. Had a little bit of a grainy taste to it, maybe it was the carbonation. Will not be grabbing this again anytime soon.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TrefwoordPunk (958) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a pale cloudy yellow with a medium white head and a hoppy aroma. The taste is dominated by mixed bitter hops, but there is some yeast and sugar to find in here too. A bitter hoppy finish makes this a very good Belgian beer. I love it!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2007
bottle - Pours hazy yellow with a big lingering, lacy head. The aroma is citrus and yeast with some mild hops. The taste is led by the dry, bitter hops. There’s some yeast and citrus in the background. It has a surprisingly light, almost thin body with high carbonation levels. It’s a decent quaff with a dry finish, but I’m not crazy about it.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dancatts (91) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Nice beer that had a strong bitter flavor and finish. Appearance was light with white head. Flavor was bitter and the alcohol came through very much in the flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2007
the XX is just marginally more appetizing looking than a wit beer--which i consider to be the ugly duckling of the beer world, that anemic milky yellow like bovine afterbirth. this one is certainly a well yeasted pour, part turkey gravy, part pilsner and wallpaper paste. but atop that jaundiced muck resides a classic belgian foam: tiny bubbles woven in a woolen nap as thick and tight as an icelandic sweater. the lace arcs elegantly down the glass like the smoky and fading tatters of fireworks dying in the night sky. gorgeous aroma of peach, packing paper and wheat porridge. the hops are dusty dry smelling and blushing with a blown kiss from the lord of brett. XX is full bodied and creamy with an edge of bright carbonation, rather dry, and flavored with enough putty-like yeast to plug a faucet leak. famously bitter for a belgian, the carbonation is the tooth and the hops are the nails, but the kind of raking they give the tongue is more like a massage, calming, delicious and salubrious. thanks to jeff (TAR) and cathy for this dreamy hour of drinking pleasure.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
750 ml bottle from bottletrek.com. Pours a light straw color with a 4 finger frothy head. Aroma of yeast and light spice/herbal like many belgium. Flavor of yeast and grass, a bit stale. Medium mouthfeel with a bitter finish. I am not sure why, but I was expecting more of an american style IPA, which this beer is clearly not. Hoppiest in Belgium? Very doubtful, but still a decent beer.


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