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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Tap at Monk’s Cafe. Cloudy yellow. Aroma of yeast, Pears and herbal hops. Flavor is mostly sweet, with a bitter finish. Medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9400) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - FEB 3, 2007
Bottle: Hazy, golden coloured, small, stable creamy off-white head; giant intensive floral to resinous hoppy nose, gulp...! Soft MF; the flavour is an explosion of dry bitterness; lingering floral-aromatic-bitter-dry finish, balanced by a little sweetness. Chapeau ! Beautiful ! Why can’t other belgian brewers use these beautiful hops..................

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2978) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2007
bottle sampled with stegosaurus pours a golden yellow with a medium head aroma of fruity hops & spices taste is sweet and very hoppy with a bitter but not unpleasant finish

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1378) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 26, 2007
UPDATED: APR 2, 2008 A golden pale ale that almost looks like a pils. Light, dry and hoppy. But I must say: not as hoppy as advertised. Hoppy for a Belgian ale, yes. Hoppy for an IPA or American pale ale? You decide. It was somewhat bitter for me, but not XX bitter. Maybe one X bitter. A nice, dry ale--even now I’d like another--but less sharp than I’d hoped, that’s all.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2007
well carbonated with a slight white head and a golden color. the taste starts a little malty and finishes with a strong hoppy bitter flavor that does have some complexities. not all that well balanced. good beer overall

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (6024) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2007 Bottle. Golden & cloudy appearance with a long-ending white foam. Aroma strongly dominated by citrus hops, along with some tropical fruit maltiness and some yeast. Wonderful bitter aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkMagus (473) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Lightly hazy, bright golden-yellow color. Pure white head, settling down but not completely disappearing. Strangely sweet and malty aroma, with some interesting hop qualities... also a bit of citrusy and soapy elements. Extremely pronounced hop flavors, on top of a malty, sweet, Belgian-yeast base. Some citrus, flowers, spices, and some vague woody smokiness. Very astringent, bitter finish. Definitely a refreshing change from the typical ultra-sugary Belgian beers. Interesting, complex, a bit odd... but definitely worth drinking again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
750ml bottle, and the best before date is not notched out. Oh well. Pours a slightly hazy pale, straw-like color with a good two fingers worth of foam that fades slowly to a solid cap. The lacing is broken and in quite large chunks. Smell; very earthy hops in this one, with some vague hints of citrus. There’s a touch of pepper in here as well. Taste; as with the nose, the hops have a very earthy feel to them, but the citrus is a little bit more pronounced, and comes off lemony. A bit of caramel malts are present to go along with the peppery spices. Initially the hops and crbonation came off as a bit harsh But as this gets warmer, the hops become more floral, and the carbonation smooths out a lot. Mouthfee/Drinkabiity; as I said above, at first this was a bit harsh with the carbonation, but that settled down to become pretty smooth, with medium body. The drinkability ends up pretty very good on this one.

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 (1736) - 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.


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