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


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RATINGS: 1356   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBeer45 (1390) - Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2007
750ml Bottle with white wrapper with correct bottle information, label was for a 11.2 oz bottle, best by 10-20-07 and 6% alc.: faint white wine and apple cider fragrances on cork, white foam creeped up the bottle neck till I poured the medium honey gold and yellow with orange edges and a glow, some haze with many specks floating around, lots of bread and pilsner malt aromas, some flowery hops, sweet and grassy fragrances, effervescent in the glass, pilsner and pale malt flavors, some fruit flavor, small to medium hop bitterness with citrus, this beer was aged towards the end of its ‘Best By Date’, maybe the hops had fallen out? This beer wasn’t as hoppy as I expected, I want to try a fresh bottle to compare, there is a bitter sour taste in the finish, some bittery spices and faint pine needles hiding in there, finish is pretty dry on the tongue, malt flavor stands out when cold but the hops appear up front after the beer has warmed up, aroma was more interesting then the flavor, lots of carbonation on the palate, not as hoppy as expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Bottle. Pours hazy yellow orange, white head. Aroma is funky, musty bleu cheese, rice. Flavor is hoppy, citrus, slightest of bitter bleu cheese, wheat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
This beer poured a rich cloudy fall orange with massive white head. Wheat nose whose faint bitterness was neither as strong or as hoppy as I’d hoped. Heavy malt body with bitter hop on the mid palate and finish with some sweetness slipping in on the finish. Far from the hoppiest beer in Belgium but not a bad beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JayNW (12) - Crewe, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2007
Has the smell and appearance of typical many Belgian blondes. However, at first sip the hoppy bitternes hits full on. I really like hoppy beer of this extreme but I guess this is not for all. Well brewed and an excellent thirst quencher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2007
Golden color with a nice large white head. Good carbonation. Aroma is dominated by the bitterness of the hopps. Very hard to distinguish anything else. The bitterness I find of course back in the taste but not as overwelming as I would expect from the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4731) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2007
Yellow and poured with a big head. Very bitter with no other flavours making any noticeable impact. Full mouth-feel which lingers for some time. A distinctive beer but to bitter for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - JUN 25, 2007
The aroma has a tint of citrus behind the hop. At first the flavor is fresh the hops gives it a bit of tones from flowers. I must admit the palate and appearance is not good, it’s like a pilsener, but the flavor is nice so is the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bisse123 (1) - DENMARK - JUN 23, 2007 does not count
The dominant bitterness from the hop makes this beer stand out from ordinary Pilsener-typed beer. This bitter is definately a try if you worship the hoppy taste. :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2008 This is an excellent beer that perfectly balances it’s bitter hoppiness with a smooth malty flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - JUN 19, 2007
A very hoppy beer. I love this one. The bitterness of the taste is splendid. Drunk it as well from draft as bottle.

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