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

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RATINGS: 1263   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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 13, 2006
on tap at the publick house in brookline, MA for the HopHead throwdown. aroma is mild maltiness, not a ton else. looks blonde/gold, slight cloudiness. this is great. bitterness throughout is high but not sharp. medium body. this is great. would love to try it at the source (i imagine the aroma packs more punch before it gets shipped over here).

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2006
Tasted at Vinens Verden... One of personal favorits. Hazy golden colour. Huge bitterness with great hoppy nose.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4833) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Very good. Lots of a hops for a Belgian, but it canít compare to Hop It! or Chouffe Tripel IPA. The hops are balanced, and very floral. The comparison to Orval is appropriate. Light bitterness compared to an IPA, but a pleasant and light beer. Aftertaste is of sweet fruit. I didnít get the barnyard.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2006
bottle. yellow color. big head. very bitter and hoppy. quite spicy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2006
[cask at GBBF 06] Hoppy aroma, floral notesm perfume, brett, smooth, full body and a very dry finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5962) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Bottle: Wow. Awesome. Light golden. Very tart hop-lick to this lightly colored brew. Almost Saaz-y. Bit of bubblegummy texture, but smooth and silky. This is excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2118) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Bottle from Joe (degarth) Thanks! Pours out a lively yellow color with a thick fat head on it. Smell is sweet, yeasty, hoppy, and pine. Taste is sweet and hoppy and very refreshing. Very pleasing, and as for Belgian Ales, this is great. Smooth and excellent and lively mouth feel. Could probably chug this beer, but its worth savoring. Nice

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 29, 2006
(bottle) Hazy light gold with generous white head. Hops aroma. Flavor is pine hops with yeast and some mustiness- interesting combination.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7194) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Bottle. Straw-yellow color with a huge white head. Light citrus hop aroma with lots of woodsy/earthy backing. Nice bitterness combined with a Belgian yeastiness. Malty - light caramel with citrus and earthy hops and a nice spicy yeast backing. Easy drinking. Dry finish. This one goes too fast.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CEZ (403) - Milano, ITALY - JUL 28, 2006
Light amber colour, nice white head. Strong floral, herbal and yeasty (bread) aroma. Taste is dry, bitter and yeasty but sitll complex enough thanks to a rich spicy background mixing pepper, mustard, pine resin and some sweeter fruity notes (white grapes, vanilla). Similar to an Orval without the acidity. Heavily hopped but not too unbalanced. Medium body, long dry finish. Very nice hoppy brew.


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