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

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RATINGS: 1356   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
XX Bitter or Extra Extra Bitter is a blond, bitter ale containing 6.2% vol. Alc. Itís famous for itís 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.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Date: 04/11/2002
Mode: Bottle
Source: Wild Wing Cafe, Marietta

Appearance: frothy head,
Aroma: spicy malt aroma,
Flavor: bitter malt flavor,
Overall: a cross between a belgian and an IPA
-------- /> Date: 08/22/2008
Mode: draft
Source: brick store

Appearance: cloudy dark yellow, big creamy white head, thick lace,
Aroma: big hoppy and spicy aroma,
Flavor: dry malt flavor, lots of phoenolic spicyness, lots of hoppy flavor, the phoenolics and hops double team to keep it very dry and bitter, long bitter and spicy finish,
Overall: abusive

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 8/20
Rating: 2.4/5.0
Drinkability: 5/10
Score: *4

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1569) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2007
Really spicy hop aroma. Very light body. Crisp, and hoppy with medium bitterness. grassy and spicy. well balanced. one of the few belgian ales iíve liked in a long time. I could session the fuck out of this.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeranarchist (231) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2007
Bottle. Wauw, what a nice surprice. Normally I donít dig the pale belgian ales.. but this... itís fantastic! Incredibly fruity aroma with notes oranges, grass, hops, hay and yeast. Very good bitter flavour, quite tart and crispy, a long bitter & dry finish. Great for sipping and really great as a thirst quencher!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2007
Hazy golden-yellow in colour, large long lasting white coloured head, fluffy, excellent lacing, vigorous visible carbonation. The aroma is bretty, yeasty and musty, lots of citrus, white pepper, spicy with some floral hops thrown in as well. The flavour is quite hoppy, excellent bitterness, floral and grassy, good citrus bite, spice, herbal, yeasty. Rather bitter mouthfeel, medium body, high carbonation. Finishes quite long, bitter, quite dry as well. Really good stuff, a spicier Orval for sure (if thatís even possible). Iíd get more of this if it wasnít so expensive.

750ml bottle from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/new-york target=blank>Beers Of The World in Rochester, New York for $13.69.
Purchased on June 30, 2006 and opened on June 14, 2007.
Best before June 2010.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 21, 2007
there was a guy dressed as capatin morgan, his buddy had a plastic duck strapped on his left shoulder. they had swords that made cool noises that lit up. there was a large breasted drunk girl being very loud as she tried to get her hands on the captains sword, she settled for the pistol. i watched, sniffed this dry gem and talked to a guy that was sucking down coors light like it had an answer in it. nice dry funk with a stale (in a good way) hop scent. amazingly balanced beer finished very dry and had me searching for another. light fruit notes, white grape, some lemon too. the brett character is not overwhelming, and i kept thinking this was an amazing balance of flavors as i watched the scene around me unfold. a perfect beer to start the night off with.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2007
pours a hazy golden color with bit frothy head. very hoppy aroma of fresh greeness with some citrus coming through. mouthful is very hoppy and bitter with crispness to the finish and a little lingering bitter as well. this is a very nice hoppy belgian...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - AUG 13, 2007
Bottiglia da 33cl al Pub del Duca; colore chiaro, schiuma poco persistente. Aroma luppolosissimo, cosž come il sapore: una birra volutamente íesagerataí ma comunque eccezionale. Finale amarissimo.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2015 Iíve had it numerous times, and it has become the standard of excellence for hoppy Belgiian blonde ales. It is not only the perfectly novel idea (low gravity, pale malt, LOTS of fresh hops), but the beer is produced with such skill that some batches are absolutely flawless. not every batch, and sometimes even great batches go uncared-for by the industry. there are occasional duds, but when itís on, there is nothing else like it in the world.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rune (10503) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2007
330ml bottle at Plan B, Copenhagen. Good white creamy head retention, blanketing the glass. Clear amber body colour. Spicy aroma that includes clove and coriander plus citric hops. Rounded hop bitterness on a high level with some spice additions. Well bodied and rich in mouthfeel. Food friendly (a great tuna sandwich) (02.08.2007).

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2007
11.2oz Bottle $3.99 Binnyís Willowbrook Best before date: 4/10 XX Bitter pours a deep hazy golden. The gold absolutely glows in the light becoming more of a straw golden. Massive amounts of tiny carbonation bubbles rise to the surface creating a big three finger dense white creamy head and keeping it there for ages. As the head ever so slowly recedes I get sheet lacing so thick itís impossible to see through it. This is one amazing looking brew. Aroma is big and juicy. Candi sugar and biscuity malts greet the nose up front. Grassy hops come along rather quickly and floral hop aromas show up on the finish. Dusty yeast is splashed around throughout always in the background but always there. Strong wafts of gritty pear and granny smith apple rise into the air as well. An excellent smelling ale. Flavor is right on par with the aroma. Biscuity malts create a solid background with a sprinkling of candi sugar sweetness. The dusty yeast shows up mid palate along with pear skins and granny smith apples. For being an older bottle the hops are still very apparant showing up on the finish with a very welcomed grassy, spicy nature. Excellent! The mouthfeel is absolutely alive. High natural carbonation tickles the tongue and gets it ready for the hoppy finish. Light body from the use of candi sugar. The swallow is dry and leaves you wanting another drink immediately. The drinkability is off the charts. This glass I poured myself is disappearing far too quickly. I find myself wanting to gulp it down. XX Bitter, in my opinion, is one outstanding ale. Absolutely delicious with a nice hop bitterness on the finish. I feel like running to the store and picking up more of these right now. Two thumbs up. Iím anxious to try others from De Ranke. 7/28/07


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