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

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RATINGS: 1169   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. 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Bottle @ ōlbaren, Cph. Very nice nose of noble hops, notes of bakers yeast. Hazy yellow to orange body, with a medium white head. Earthy flavor, some oiney hop notes, very nice bitterness, one of the most hoppy belgians ive ever had.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2005
On tap at The Blind Pig, Champaign, IL. Hazy amber with frothy white head. Aroma was hops, herbs, spices. Astringent feel int he mouth. Flavor was bitter and harsh.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy yellow body with an average-sized white head. Aroma of florals, grass, and citrus (lemon, lime). Bitter, hoppy flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
motelpogo (6309) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 1, 2005
bottled. pretty pale with a faint greenish tinge. aroma of pine, orange pip, cobwebs, unripe apple and golf course. quite sour and dry and woody. i could taste something different with each sip - shitloads of hops and some frosty fruit sweetness. great stuff

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2005
Keg @ Akkurat, Stockholm 27 June 2005
Blonde and hazy with rich white head with medium retention. Dusty fruity aroma, lika a mix of north German pils and a blonde ale. A hoppy saisson, I would say. Rich fruity taste with herbal undertones. Dry, somewhat malty aftertaste with plenty of bitterness and a bit milk/cheese-like palatee. Rich in CO2.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bilbo (1) - Milano, ITALY - JUL 29, 2005 does not count
The hoppiest bier of belgium Incredible satisfaction Only for Hop lovers

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 A Mes rate: I must admit never bothering with this one before for what reason I just donít know. Itís really rather good. For a start I knew nothing about it and was quite amazed when I opened it and it pours like blonde, almost lager like. Aroma is pretty standard but with a nice creamy tinge. Iím not really sure what to say. One of those you could drink all day and go on a proper bender with. Would be a good start for people wanting to try Belgian beer methinks. Bitter and hoppy but not as overly so as the commercial description would lead you to believe. It does have a bit of the Orvals about it. Long tasty finish that leaves me wanting more. Not usually my thing but I could have a good go at a few of these.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oh6gdx (20252) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2005
Draught. Hazy yellowish nutbrown colour, creamy white head. Wheat, yeast and sour fruit in aroma. Huge hoppy fruitish flavour. IPA-like.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - JUL 18, 2005
750 ml. green champagne bottle. Corked & crowned. Place for freshness date on label, but none checked or marked. Poured out a hazy golden yellow color, with a humongous white, meringue like head. Aromas are of barnyard funk, horse blanket, and phenolics galore. Flavors are the same as the aromas. Slight citrus quality to it, as well as the classic Belgian Brettanomyces. Sour finish to it. Bitter, but not in the good sense. Bitter from the phenolics more than the hops. Ok to try, but I wonít buy it again, especially for $10 a bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 Cloudy golden-straw with a frothy white head that faded to a creamy sheet. Aroma of spicy, herbal hops, white pepper, yeasty phenols, and a hint of Brett. Plastic flavor like sucking on a roll of electrical tape. Hoppy for sure, but over-the-top phenolics almost kill this beer for me. By far my least favorite of the De Ranke beers.

Re-rate is pending given the obvious deficiencies in this bottle.


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