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

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RATINGS: 1288   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1369) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2006
bottle. hazy golden, orange pour iwth nice head. Moderate aroma of spice, hops, mild citrus and yeast. nice balance of hops and fruit. big dry bitterness throughout. fairly straight forward. enjoyable. spice rounds the mouth. yeast and bread notes as well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2006
(07.29.06) One pint 9.4 oz green bottle from Firkin’s, Libertyville, IL. Best by 12.20.06. Spicy malty aroma. Poured hazy orange with giant creamy white head. No discernable carbonation. Light-to-medium bodied Belgium golden ale that starts dry with light malt and hop flavor. Finished dry with light hop bitterness. On the thin side – could use some more malt to support the hops. Clean and refreshing, this is an excellent dry hoppy Belgium beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LinusStick (2990) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 Outstanding Belgian! As I always say, bittter is better! The huge bottle made me feel like I was drinking something other than beer, but the delicious hoppy taste with the almost citrusy ending reminded me that, yes...this was beer and an outstanding one at that. This is the first beer I ever had that required a corkscrew...most elegant. I felt like I should be having tea and crumpets with the Queen of England.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6763) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
golden pale yellow...goood subtle head,is there though...a quality bitter, a belgium bitter ..how very intresting...cloudy...balanced and beutiful, quality!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2006
Foggy, amberish color with a nice off white foam. Fine aroma’s of hops and fresh herbs. Some touches of cigare box and honey without the sweetness. The tatse is quit dry and has a delisious dry maltyness with a refreshing bitterness of hops. A very tastefull Belgian bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5077) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy, orangey yellow and a big white head. Hoppy and spicy coriander nose. Initial spicy sweetness quickly outweighed by heavy bitterness, leaving the mouth very dry. The Orval connection is there also. Good carbonation. A great craft beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2006
On tap, which is much better then from the bottle. Such a delicious blend of floral and citrusy hop flavors over a light crisp and bretty belgian golden. The carbonation really brightens up the hops and makes this such an aromatic brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2006
330 mL bottle. Clear straw color with thick white head that settles. Good lacing. Aroma is a sweet yeastiness with a citrusy hop aroma in the background. Mouthfeel is creamy. Taste is a pleasing meld of belgian yeastiness and hoppiness that ends bitter and dry. A refreshing, attractive-looking brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2006
From a paper wrapped 750 ml. capped cork green bottle, with a blurb, lot number and best before date on the paper wrapping, lot #000018, 12/08. Sampled at a cooler cellar temperature in a chalice. Poured a cloudy orangey golden with a foamy, creamy, bubbly topped white head that slowly settled into a thin sudsy lacing, a small amount of laced sticking. Aromas of wild, barnyard yeast, spicy, softly herbal hops, a light lemon citric, mineral and sweet pale malts. Good, bubbly carbonation and a crisp, dry, creamy smooth, carbonated medium-light bodied mouthfeel. Nice dry, crisp taste, wild yeastiness, mineral, lemon citric fruitiness, spicy and herbal, a nice brisk bitterness that lingers in the palate, and a dry yeasty, herbal and fruity malt finish. An excellent, yeasty, hopped up Belgian, very drinkable and highly quaffable, a must try.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - OCT 25, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2008 High time this rating got an update: First had a bottle that I think was a bit of a teenager—not fresh enough to show off how nice the hops were, not old enough to be dry and funky. But having had several more bottles of this since my first taste of XX, my opinion of this beer gets higher every time I try it. One particularly nice bottle at Dickies Grillhouse in Brugge sticks in my memory. So much lovely herbal minty hop character. A modern classic. (Previous Rating: Bottle. Cloudy straw yellow with an abundance of long lasting white head. Soft, minty-clean hop aroma. Toothpaste. Light body, firm carbonation. Brisk clean bitterness, pepper, lemon, rather dry and short flavor profile. Becomes a little chewy. An unusual beer. On it’s own, it struck me as kind of off balance. But with a lamb roast, it might be just the thing. 6/4/5/3 13)


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