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

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RATINGS: 1229   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2436) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 23, 2006
Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Starts balanced between bitter and sweet, hoppier than usual for a Belgian but nothing like the heavyhanded hops we get here. Smooth finish. Best before 4/2010 and this has only 6.2% ABV. $3.85 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2006
Bottle. Golden in colour with a large white head. Well balanced. Nice bitterness and with a slight sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 15, 2006
"Poured a nice gold color solid head with amazing lacing. Aroma was of hops and spices. Flavor was of yeast citrus and floral little wet dog flavor to it. Good beer not what i expected at all. "

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Poured a golden color with lots of sedimentation as we got to the bottom of the bottle. The head was great and the lacing was fantastic, all Belgian. The aroma was spicey and hoppy. The flavor was somewhat citrus-like, yeasty, apricots, floral hoppy, and maybe a touch of coriander. Lots of bitter hops in this one, pretty neat stuff, but not all that drinkable glass over glass.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2006
Bottle. Pours a cloudy white-orange body with a medium white creamy head. The aroma has creamy cookie-ish malt and lots of flavourful, slightly fruity, hops. Great spicey bitter sensation with some pine and citrus notes. Certainly skewed towards hoppiness but still easily palatable. Yeasty bread flavours as well in the mix. Great!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Draft- thank you Concordia Ale House! Goblet. Clear amber tan, with white wisps of frothing head. Aroma is earthy, herbal hops, with the Belgian yeast and candy sugar. Flavor of sweet caramel, candy sugar, yeast, which becomes emblazed by the hops- a citrus, piney, spicy flash that finishes clean, with great bittering that lingers on.. Certainly the hoppiest Belgian around!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4595) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 1, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 Pours a slightly hazy gold into a tulip. Bright white micro head with average retention. Fruit and skunk aromas. Lively and spicy with a lingering bitter hop finish. Very little malt -- excellent use of hops without the pine/citrus profiles used in the usa.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2006
tap @ dba. Incredibly thick moussey head over a beautiful golden beer. Thick lacy curtains that cling to the glass all the way to the bottom. Aroma of Saaz hops and a nice yeasty spiciness. Honeyish malts that perfectly complement the earthy spiciness. Creamy body noticed before a light earthy sweetness leading into a spicy and lightly resinous burst of hops. Long bitter finish. Lightly minerally finish as well. The best of the IPA-ish Belgians I’ve had to date.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aventinus (8) - Soest, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2006 does not count
Bottle. After drinking Guldenberg I also had to try this one. Cloudy, hazy yellow colour. And then just hops and bitternes. This one is too XX for me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 Robe blonde aux reflets orangés voilée surmontée d’une mousse blanche épaisse en dentelle qui persiste. Arômes acides de houblon citronné. Saveurs de malt caramélisé, de bonbon, de houblon amérisant acide et herbacé, d’agrumes. Surprenante.


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