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


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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Bottle. Thanks Mike. Golden clear in color with a nice fluffy white head. Hoppy citrusy aroma. Coriander, orange peel. Flavor is hoppy citrusy. Light and refreshing. Very citrusy and hoppy. Finish is dry. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (5613) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2005
Bottled. Hazy orange, large and creamy head. Flowery perfume-aroma with notes of soap. Spicy and herby flavour; wormwood. A lot of bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2005
Oct, 2002: This one is not for me. Nice fuity aroma - oranges and lemons - but a crudely bitter taste. There are dry marmalade flavours, but other than that there’s not much reward for experiencing such a brutal dry hopping. I don’t regard a fat, sweaty Belgian shoveling sacks of bitter Brewers Gold hops into the brew and snarling: ’Take zat n zat n zat you stoopeed ’op ’eadz’ as a good example of artisanal brewing. [1.2]
Aug, 2005: GBBF. Well.... Bitter hops do take time to get used to. Three years later at GBBF: "Soft, citric and with marmalade qualities. Soft and delicious." [4.0]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2358) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Pours a bright golden yellowish color with a thick creamy white head. Aroma has that summer fuity scent to it. Pineapple,citrus,papaya and hops. Taste is very hoppy with hints of citrus and pineapple. Nice bitter taste. An excellent summer beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilsnerrogge (2500) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2010 Hazy, golden colour. Massive head. Fruity (pineapple) hop aroma. Somewhat fruity and -surprise, surprise- very bitter flavour. The bitterness lasts an eternity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8663) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2005
Hoppy, malty, like a golden, not too spicey, very attractive with retaining head in the glass. A bit of lemon, not too sour at all. If cellaring had an effect, it was a mellowing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 330ml bottle in Duvel glass. Warm yellow appearance, cloudy. Small head. Smells of hop yeast and sweet pollen. Bitter taste, a slight harsh acidity. Dry, sticky, juicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bart (2940) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 24, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2005 Golden yellow colour, average white head. Nice aroma, s,outh palate, hops, fruity taste. Little bitterness in the finsh. Nice Beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2005
Bottle. Golden-orange, unclear. One of the hoppiest belgian ales I’ve had. Tropical fruit, grapefruit, resins, chalky, long intense bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ingevara (804) - SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2005
Light and cloudy. Fluffy head. There are hops but the bitterness is not at all as apparent as I expected. The flavor isn’t very far from an ordinary decent lager, and the aroma is shallow.

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