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

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RATINGS: 1302   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jerre (3014) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. @ ’t Kruiske (was long ago taste this beer) Aroma: hops, yeasts. Dark blond color, with creamy white head. Flavor:sweet malty with hoppiness to it along with fruit and yeast. Has a dry, bitter end. A little to bitter for a great public.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2613) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Bottle (bottled in Jan 2006). A medium golden color with a big foamy white head. A somewhat musty aroma with honey, pepper and flowers. Mildly hoppy at best compared to a good west coast IPA, but still impressive for the Belgians. It grew on me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fordest (2063) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Bottle from PP Belgian Beer Fest. Citrus aroams gave way to a flavor that was indeed bitter. Mostly bitter on the finish as other flavors included a bit of skunk. Not a favoirte

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 17, 2007
Cloudy yellow with a long lasting head which leaves a blanket of lace on the glass. Intersting combination of grapefruit and Belgian yeast in the aroma. The flavour is like a sample of Belgian beers in one glass with some added hops. Has elements of Orval and Saison. Rich spice and hops. There seems to be some variety as well bottle to bottle with some smoother and others rougher with more spice or hop flavour.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (7712) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 Bottled, Piper’s End. What a snout. leafy, sappy, geranium-ganja-mandarin-hoppy. Witbier hazy with fluffy suds and lace clinging to the glass. They say this is the bitterest beer in Belgium, and they’re not lying. Grapefruit-like units of bitterness, but aromatically fruity with it, and nicely balanced by a creamy malt softness lurking somewhere in the background. Have had this van t’vat in Erasmus in Brugge, but this is more complex and outrageously hoppy still. Beer of The Evening, hands down. (re-rate, 26/08/07) 750ml bottle. Big, silky, citrussy and coniferous. Like drinking the neat cordial a really good Pilsner is made from. Not as shockingly hoppy as it once seemed, but still a corker.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11552) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a small creamy white head. Aroma is very nice. Butter, yeast, alcohol, oak and very leafy, woody hops. Oily and full mouthfeel - feels as if it never actually touches your tongue... just sliding along less than a mm above it. Flavour is very powerful hoppy. Flowers, grass, some fruitiness and yeast.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (2973) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2007
330ml brown botlle. Pours lemony-golden, hazy with an exceptionaly creamy large head. Left light lacing. Earthy aroma with hints of leather and lemon with some floral sweetness. Good balanced flavour, noticable hops lend a little herbal flavour and medium bitterness, malts are crisp and pils like, there is a definate brett note. The finish is dry, hoppy, grapefruity. Medium body, light carbonation. Kind of reminded me of a mix of Orval and an earthy IPA. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 8, 2007
Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a large foamy/rocky white head that left lots of lacing. Aroma of had lots of perfumey hops, bready malt, earthy and floral. Hints of citrus yeast and some spiciness. Flavor is kind of vegetal, spicy, bitter but not as bitter as some aggressively hopped american beers. Has some lingering hop flavor mostly on the floral earthy side. Hints of citrus. Bitterness kind of lingers and brings forth some grapefruit and pine charateristics. Slightly tart and bitter. As this one airs out and my tongue got adjusted it grew on me the the vegetal flavors kind of diminished.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHIG (3968) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Bottle: Poured a golden amber with white head. The aroma is floral and perfume. Taste was tart and hoppy. Not as bitter as I expected from the name and description.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFGrind (1918) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Golden Belgian Ale with bold bitterness for the style. Hops are not the dominate flavor, yeast, malts and bitterness are well blended. Grassy, citrus flavors in this medium bodied ale. Consumed @ Monks in Philadelphia for $7.70 a pint. I was a bit peeved that Monk’s adds 10% tax to beer’s listed price AFTER you purchase it. I liked the beer though, and I bet Monk’s is one of the few places its served in Philadelphia.


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