krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught: Aroma of alcohol, citrus, hops, grass, and apples. Poured a golden yellow color with a tiny white head. Very hazy. Opaque. "Looks like cloudy piss." Bitter, metallic alcohol flavor. Like sucking on a penny. Medium body. Smooth creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Metallic finish. Overall, not very good.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Hazed then murky gold with a foamy white head. Nose is a mix of fresh fruits: pineapple, lemon, orange and mango. Soft, with a little perfume. A slight funk with later pours. Sharp, tiny carb work the tongue before giving way to a creamy hop truffle. Lemon and lime pith with bits of caramel. Dry bready aftertaste. You know its a Belgian but hops seem to balance the yeast. A most interesting brew that continued to change with each glass over an hour.
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - NOV 25, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 I’ve tasted it both on tap and in bottle. Bottled version deserve some point less...Little hop aroma, nice appearance, harsh mouthfeel. Too resinous. A nice appetizers though.
KnutAlbert (6665) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
American IPA meets Belgian ale?
No, it’s not a double IPA, but it is a very nice extra hopped Belgian beer. Fine malty base, great grassy hoppiness. About time we had some big hoppy beers from the big Belgian players.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2008 750mL bottle. Pours a murky golden brown color; fluffy, textured white head with great retention and lacing that coats the glass. No brett to speak of in the aroma, predominantly dry yeast and a pronounced barnyard funk; no hops; very reminiscent of Fantome funk, but quite reserved. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: plenty of funk and dry yeast character and very well integrated Belgian sugar; but, honestly, this comes off as more than a bit musty, cobwebby and stale; there’s a slight jolt of citrus or piney hops, and a miniscule show of brett; very well-made, but a somewhat flabby and boring Belgian ale; plenty of green apple and resolved sugar coming through mid-palate. Still, musty. Medium, green apple and Belgian sugar finish; very dry and yeasty.
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - NOV 5, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The commercial description states, “does not want for balancing maltiness.” Nothing is truer. Hop heads rejoice, there is a Belgian beer worthy for your collective palate. Pours a great fluffy white head, and super bitterness hits your nose – like Victory’s Hop Wallop for Belgian beer fans. Overall, not that bad – actually very enjoyable, the yeast strain they use is real workhorse of the brew, anything less this beer might be rather bad.
Dogbrick (11313) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Odds and Ends Tasting II on 10/19/07: Hazy honey color with a medium bone white head that diminishes steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass. Yeast and hops in the nose, with bits of malt. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with grassy hops and yeast flavors, as well as some malt in the background. The finish is dry and hoppy with a yeast/hay aftertaste. De Ranke has chosen an interesting characteristic on which to differentiate this beer from its Belgian bretheren. All in all it is a worthwhile effort.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold with a thick, bubbly white head. Aroma is metallic and hoppy. Perhaps a touch of yeast. Rounded fruity taste with sour plums and greengages. Sweet malt and the yeast continues. Sharp bitter finish.