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

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RATINGS: 1274   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Poured into a large beer goblet, it is a cloudy straw color. Gallons of white foam spurt everywhere. Now I am patiently waiting for the foam to die back. This might take a while... Aaaargh - now foam is oozing out of the top of the bottle. I pour more beer into the glass, resulting in more foam in the glass, and a longer wait. Hang on, the bottle’s spurting again... (Long pause) Finally! On to the beer! The aroma is hoppy, and also a bit pungeant - almost but not quite like a sour lambic. The flavor - a Belgian with hops. Lots of hops. A surprising amount of hops (for a Belgian). A prominent noble hop spice up front almost hides a light malt presence. A sharp, tart, and spicy flavor in the finish lasts a good long time. A little light in the body, perhaps.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1710) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow body with a two finger foamey head. Great look. Aroma is very peppery and reminds me of Fantôme BBB Dark White. Flavor is full of yeast and spice. Pretty smooth. Hoppy Belgian. Decently carbonated.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. Pours sparkling gold with a small white frothy head, mostly diminishing, fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (hay, meal, husky grain), average hops (grass, celery), average yeast (sweat, earth) with notes of banana, sour fruit and cooked vegetables. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness; sour citrus fruit, sweaty and earthy yeast, husky grain and straw malt flavors. Light bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation and a chalky finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cathschlag (48) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2006
Jaune «jus de pomme brut» pâle. Mousse abondante très légère. Beaucoup de fines bulles remontent à la surface. Bière trouble. L’amertume est très peu perceptible au nez, mais en bouche, elle est assez présente, surtout en finale. L’attaque est plus douce. On goûte plus le style «bière belge». L’effervescence est vive, ce qui surprend un peu pour une bitter. (Achetée au Half Time).

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of hops, belgian yeast, spices, and fruit. The flavor is bitter, spices, fruit, carbonation, and finishes dry. Good body, good brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2008 In short: A succulent crisp and extra hoppy bitter Belgian ale. Very tasty and never aggressive
How: Bottle 330ml (many many many of them). Always as fresh as possible
The look: Cloudy yellow-blonde body topped by a medium white head
In long: Great start. Aroma of holding a flowers bouquet in one hand and a pineapple in the other hand while standing in a dry non-coniferous forest. The body is very yeasty and even a bit wild. Some salty notes and although very much belgian this beer feels as crisp as a pilsner. The fruity character is interesting and I would describe it as citrus fruits peels, pineapples, lemony meringue and even some dried bananas. The hops are dry and floral with an assertive flower petals flavour. The finish is dry and salty with a short bitterness of medium-strong intensity. Fantastic brew. The label proudly states “The hoppiest beer of Belgium” but now with the American taking over the over-the-top hoppy beer this means as much as saying “the healthiest junk-food”.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1369) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2006
bottle. hazy golden, orange pour iwth nice head. Moderate aroma of spice, hops, mild citrus and yeast. nice balance of hops and fruit. big dry bitterness throughout. fairly straight forward. enjoyable. spice rounds the mouth. yeast and bread notes as well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2006
(07.29.06) One pint 9.4 oz green bottle from Firkin’s, Libertyville, IL. Best by 12.20.06. Spicy malty aroma. Poured hazy orange with giant creamy white head. No discernable carbonation. Light-to-medium bodied Belgium golden ale that starts dry with light malt and hop flavor. Finished dry with light hop bitterness. On the thin side – could use some more malt to support the hops. Clean and refreshing, this is an excellent dry hoppy Belgium beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LinusStick (2965) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 Outstanding Belgian! As I always say, bittter is better! The huge bottle made me feel like I was drinking something other than beer, but the delicious hoppy taste with the almost citrusy ending reminded me that, yes...this was beer and an outstanding one at that. This is the first beer I ever had that required a corkscrew...most elegant. I felt like I should be having tea and crumpets with the Queen of England.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6634) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
golden pale yellow...goood subtle head,is there though...a quality bitter, a belgium bitter ..how very intresting...cloudy...balanced and beutiful, quality!


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