3fourths (9019) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2015 Iíve had it numerous times, and it has become the standard of excellence for hoppy Belgiian blonde ales. It is not only the perfectly novel idea (low gravity, pale malt, LOTS of fresh hops), but the beer is produced with such skill that some batches are absolutely flawless. not every batch, and sometimes even great batches go uncared-for by the industry. there are occasional duds, but when itís on, there is nothing else like it in the world.
Rune (10838) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle at Plan B, Copenhagen. Good white creamy head retention, blanketing the glass. Clear amber body colour. Spicy aroma that includes clove and coriander plus citric hops. Rounded hop bitterness on a high level with some spice additions. Well bodied and rich in mouthfeel. Food friendly (a great tuna sandwich) (02.08.2007).
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best before date: 4/10
XX Bitter pours a deep hazy golden. The gold absolutely glows in the light becoming more of a straw golden. Massive amounts of tiny carbonation bubbles rise to the surface creating a big three finger dense white creamy head and keeping it there for ages. As the head ever so slowly recedes I get sheet lacing so thick itís impossible to see through it. This is one amazing looking brew.
Aroma is big and juicy. Candi sugar and biscuity malts greet the nose up front. Grassy hops come along rather quickly and floral hop aromas show up on the finish. Dusty yeast is splashed around throughout always in the background but always there. Strong wafts of gritty pear and granny smith apple rise into the air as well. An excellent smelling ale.
Flavor is right on par with the aroma. Biscuity malts create a solid background with a sprinkling of candi sugar sweetness. The dusty yeast shows up mid palate along with pear skins and granny smith apples. For being an older bottle the hops are still very apparant showing up on the finish with a very welcomed grassy, spicy nature. Excellent!
The mouthfeel is absolutely alive. High natural carbonation tickles the tongue and gets it ready for the hoppy finish. Light body from the use of candi sugar. The swallow is dry and leaves you wanting another drink immediately.
The drinkability is off the charts. This glass I poured myself is disappearing far too quickly. I find myself wanting to gulp it down.
XX Bitter, in my opinion, is one outstanding ale. Absolutely delicious with a nice hop bitterness on the finish. I feel like running to the store and picking up more of these right now. Two thumbs up. Iím anxious to try others from De Ranke.
arhythmt (69) - USA - AUG 1, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is quite nice; the only thing I didnít care for was the initial aroma of sour cherries. That was a bit odd. Otherwise, this is a slightly hoppy, slightly bitter, but fairly light beer with a lot of good character. Iíd drink it again anytime, especially after having it on tap!
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 Bottle at ōlbaren shared with Sune and others. Pours a haxy golden colour. Aroma of yeast and fruity hops with caramel. The flavour has plenty of hops and toasted caramel with a good fruitiness. Bitter long lasting finish. ---Shared with Nosiriwont 24th Jan. 07. Pours a huge bubbly and creamy well lasting white head. Clody golden colour. Very fruity pine bit sweet hoppy aroma. Dry fruity bitter grape fruit hoppy flavour finish. Dry hoppy grape fruit finish.
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The White Horse, Parsonís Green, late 2006. Hazy golden appearance goes well with the strong zesty fruit aroma. The mix of hops and orange peel in the flavour make it very refreshing but thereís malt to balance it. Very crisp, lingering aftertaste. Overall, highly drinkable.
Grovlam (4203) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Strange experience with this brew. Average thick off-white head that mostly diminished. Hazy looking body with a golden color. Good display of lacework. Aroma was heavy barnyard / cardboard, with light floral and grassy notes. The bitter hop dominates this brew, with what I am guessing to be a minimal use of aroma hops. Some spice and citrus like appearance can also be detected. Medium bodied with an average carbonation and dry texture. Moderated bitter flavor with light sweet notes. Bitter and dry almost dusty like finish that lingers.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
in the bottle at beertopia shelton brothers sample night. pours a dark gold with medium white head. has an intense hop aroma of orange rinds. very strong bitterness to flavor. it has a weird ester at the end that strings the taste out for a very long time. good malt sweetness to this beer, great lacing remains in the glass. yummy.
sunevdj (3891) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a lightly cloudy yellow with a small foamy head. Smells like a wit would :). Quite bitter. Lots of citrusy hops. Medium to heavy bodied. Short yeasty and bitter finish.
daniele (7721) - ITALY - JUL 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
amara amara amara decisamente orientata allíamaro del luppolo diventanto quasi balsamica corpo non importante persistenza lunghissima