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


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RATINGS: 1374   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
XX Bitter or Extra Extra Bitter is a blond, bitter ale containing 6.2% vol. Alc. Itís famous for itís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11164) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2007
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Really nice, clean flavors and a brisk, bright hop finish. Nice gold color. Fruity and bitter too. Fine, quaffable stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2007
UPDATED: APR 28, 2010 10 month old bottle (BB 12/20011) Hazy golden body with a large, chunky white head, lasting with sticky lace. Big hoppy, floral, herbal nose with notes of bread, honey and horseblanket. The flavor is fairly dry, moderately bitter with apricots, herbs, grass, hay and dough. Medium body is soft with moderate, but gentle carbonation. Outstanding.

19 month old bottle (best before 09/2013). Insanely dry, super hoppy with tons of dank, funky brett. Seriously, how can beer be any better than this?!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2008 Gorgeous golden pour slightly cloudy with silky bubbles and a large white frothy head. Be careful when opening... mine sat still for couple weeks but went off like a bottle of bubbly. Metallic aroma, spicy, lots of hops, and lots of yeast like in a lambic, dusty. Sweet candi sugar and loads of noble hops and yeast, well balanced, super bitter. Palate is appropriate for taste. Unique

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2007
Bottle @ Beer Circus, Croydon. Pours hazy golden colour. Aroma is pear / nutty / spices. Taste is somewhat bitter although caramel comes through. Very well balanced beer and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2007
draft at map room. opaque golden brown body. sherbert aroma. tastes alright, pretty bitter and easy to drink. perhaps a little pedestrian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (7795) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2007
330ml bottle. Cloudy gold colour with a big, rocky white head that left tonnes of lacing. Aromas of yeast, pear and piney hops. The flavour was grassy with some sweet malt and a huge, bitter finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Lightly hazy, yellowish golden body. Seemingly infinite streams of rapidly soaring bubbles expose the obviously high carbonation level. Large, pillowy, snow white head with excellent retention. Only when the beer is 3/4 finished does the head finally settle to a thin film. Thick ribbons of lacing coat the glass. The aroma shows ample citrus hoppiness over a lightly sweet, yeasty background. Delicately toasted bready malts sneak their way into the nose, as does a hint of fresh cream. The flavor has a lightly toasted caramel malt base, with bitter, orange tinged hops, and a few drops of cream for smoothness. Medium body with a long, bitter, toasty finish. Intensely fizzy on the tongue, as the appearance suggests. Light and easy drinking. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TorbenH (1026) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2007
Bottle. Large white head, mostly lasting. Tiny particles. Light amber color. Dry textyre. Heavy yeasty aroma. Heavy bitter flavor.

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