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

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RATINGS: 1134   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (2883) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2005
Hazy yellow gold color, with a big rocky white head, leaving good lacing, very floral, leafy, earthy, fruity, pale malt and spiced hops aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with floral hops, leafy, piney and hoppy character, pale malt, note of dryness leading toward a hop bitterness finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
schuimkroaat (413) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 22, 2005
33 cl bottle, bottled March 05. Hazy amber with a galore of very fine lines of vivid bubbles. Persistant, frothy, snow white head which sticks well to the glass. Warm(ing), sticky, very hoppy aroma with hints of orange peel. Dry and hoppy flavour; but also rather malty in the beginning, flowing into fresh fruity tartiness into sharp, dry, oily hop bitterness which remains in the aftertaste. Somewhat astringent mouthfeel. Nice, but not really rich and a bit boring. This sample was actually very young (3 months), I presume it gets better on ageing. It used to be even more bitter a couple of years ago, though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - JUN 22, 2005
[Bottle] Yellow to golden coloured, light hazy, large white head. Strong hops aroma, spicy, light peppery, weak fruity (ananas?), wood, resin. Hoppy taste, bitter, spicy, weak yeasty. Medium bodied, easy to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 Pours a cloudy light orange color with a thick white head. Very good aroma and flavor of citrusy and spicy hops, spices, yeast and brett. The body is light to medium with a dry mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. I was afraid that this beer would be hops and not much else but I’m surprised too find such depth in it, very interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2005
Bottled at Het Amsterdammertje, Gothenburg) Golden colour with a thick white head that leaves some pretty good lacing. Hoppy nose. Watery, slight fruity, quite bitter flavour. Light to medium bodied.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2005
750mL white paper wrapped bottle. Poured with an immense white frothy, lasting head in a cloudy golden hue. Aroma is of pure skunk. Nothing but light skunked hops. Obviously dissapointing. Flavor was better thoug. Nice malt/hop combo with just a bit of estery/fruity Belgian character. Hop finish was strong and lingering though. Mouthfeel was moderately full and carbonation was fine. A decent attempt at satisfying American hopheads with a Belgian ale, but please keep this beer from skunking. One would think the paper wrapper would have done so, but apparently not.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (11926) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 6, 2005
Draught
Slightly hazy yellow, creamy white head. Sweet yeasty, berry-like nose with some spices. Quite thin mouthfeel, but balanced malt and hop character. Yeastyness mixed with fruity hops. Propably looses some bitterness on draught.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Lot 000009

Looked terrific, with a hazy golden body filled with champagne effervescence, topped with a creamy white, lasting head and a healthy dose of rusty yeast later on. Aromas were odd, starting dry and musty with grapes and citrus, moving to moldy cheese and ending with "elderly man that needs a bath". Lemon sour and slight bitter flavor with a creamy mouthfeel and a short, dry finish. (There was an aftertaste of buttered popcorn, but not in the overbearing way that diacetyls can choke you... rather soft and pleasant.) Overall, curiously appealing.

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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Bottle from Whole Foods. This is at the upper end of the North Carolina alcohol % scale until we get rid of those pesky Baptist bastards. Pours hazy pale gold with huge, creamy white head. The head kept on coming and coming out of the corked bottle, like an army of Bangkok whores. Aroma of huge hopcit, bready malt, some Brett, and some medicinal aroma unlike any I have ever encountered (it’s like pine cones steeped in coriander and Nyquil.) Tastes hoppy, Bretty, citrusy, with a bready finish that includes coriander, orange zest, and some honey sweetness. The finish is dry and hoppy, and gets dryer and hoppier and fruitier as it warms, yet it never loses its complexity and balance. This bottlle cost me 10 bucks, and I’m going back to get the remaining 2 bottles from Whole Foods tomorrow. Delicious!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2825) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
On tap a the moan and dove... Aroma:Spices,citrus.... Appearance:Golde head... Flavor:Spicy and fruity,lemon...


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