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


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RATINGS: 1205   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6174) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2006
(Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm, Mar 10) Colour is golden yellow, slightly hazy, with a firm white head. Very hoppy, fruity nose with lots of citrus and spices (clove?). Taste is fruity, bitter with more spices (clove again, maybe coriander). Finish is very long, very dry and very bitter. Nice and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
(Draft. Bottled. 03/2006). Skunky hop notes. Definitely hoppy -- but mostly in terms of bitterness with not so much no the nose. A relatively well balanced beer, very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 7, 2006
Orange colored, slightly hazy appearance. Little white head. Fruity, citric, bitter, dry and hoppy aroma. Medium to full bodied. Mild alcohol, fruits and citrus in flavor, ending is strongly bitter and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Bottle. Golden colored pour with a small head. Had a strong hoppy aroma. Wow, can I say bitter. I really like the bitter beers, but this was extremely bitter, not too bad, just real bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sregnar35 (974) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2006
RATING # 400. Pours with a great thick white head, with large bubbles. Aroma is body odor, were talking straight armpits here. Flavor is bitter, but nicely bready too, good yeasty flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2006
A wonderful beer. Basically tasted like a belgian IPA. Very drinkable and smooth but ccertainly full bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2006
BCA (from Bitter Virtue, drank in the month of bottling). Fabulous hoppy aroma - citiric marmaladey with a resiny undertone. Slightly sweet aroma which I cannot place I’ll have to get a few more bottles to try and identify it! At first the bitterness seems quite mild - it does build to a more tolerable level but never gets out of hand. Dry finish with dusty hop flavours and haunting flavour of the unidentifiable taste. I think the comparisons with Orval are unfounded, quite simply this is a different beer with different intentions and none of the subtelties.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2692) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2007 Rerate. 11.2oz bottle notched Best Before April 2010. Pours a hazy golden with a fading 1 1/2 finger white head. Aroma has a good amount of spicy dusty and earthy hops, some yeast, lemon and orange. There is a fair amount more bitterness in this compared to a lot of Belgians. Flavor is much the same with a tinge of orange hard candy. Lingering bitter finish.Carbonation is fairly low, light to medium bodied. Hmmm, I was actually expecting to rate this a fair amount higher--I guess not. Old rating follows.11.2 oz. bottle--best by July ’09.Pours a hazy light golden with a moderate sized white head, which quickly dissipates. Nose is of citrus hops and yeast. It is fairly hoppy, but not "remarkably hoppy." Also some spices and pepper. Aftertaste of bitter mustiness. Pretty good, but not as phenomenal as the ratings. 7-3-6-3-14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GG (2089) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Golden in color with a nice fluffy head. Takes awhile to go back down. Aroma is white pepper, hops, citrus and some sweet fruit I can’t pinpoint. Apricot in the flavor with hops (although not as bitter as you’d think with a tagline of Hoppiest Beer in Europe) and carbonation. Very drinkable and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Finally, hops! This pours a hazy yellowish amber with a light gray hue. The nose is piney and lightly citric. The first taste confirms this evidence of strong hops and it arrives with a sharp, ruby-red grapefruit tinge on the back of the tongue. This is followed soonafter by a light graininess and hints of yeast. The tastes end with a lengthy, trailing bitterness that dries the tonge and confirms my belief that I have finally found a great, hoppy Continental brew.

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