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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miguelblanco (13) - Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Gift bottle from friend - he bought from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a bright white puffy head that lingers. Lacing is scant but ornate. Aroma stinks (in a great way) of yeasty hoppy goodness. A touch of the funk, if you will. Clear bubbly and golden - almost seems to give off light it is so bright. The taste is not as bitter as I expected. Nothing to punch me in the mouth anyway. Definitely get that hop pop, but the grassy and citrus flavors really don’t overpower this lovely drinkable ale. It’s complex enough to be appreciated by beer lovers, but approachable enough to be an introductory beer for your new-to-real-beer friends and relatives. The finish is crispier than most goldens, but not so much as to make you make clicking sounds with your mouth after drinking. I’d buy this beer every time I see it and I’d drink it that day - not sure it’ll age well at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
R4N5H (599) - NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2016
33cl at Delirium Cafe, Amsterdam on 27-Apr-2016. Label - 6% ABV. Slightly hazy pale blonde colour with a medium sized white head. Aroma of floral hops, fruit and alcohol. Medium body and carbonation. Lots of citrus fruits, slightly sweet but a little hop bitterness. Pretty standard Belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pitch992 (72) - SLOVENIA - APR 23, 2016
spicy, citruy, some esters, low malt sweetness. golden, some haze, good retention. low sweetness, medium bitterness, low alcohol taste, some fruity estery, too dry. Medium bitterness, low sweetness. A bit too dry, some astringency as well but otherwise ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BobyFischer (266) - FRANCE - APR 14, 2016
Nez : levures fines et arômes d’houblons citronnés, notes d’émertume plus terreuse en arrière. Bouche : pareil, super corps léger mais suffisamment ample et un peu laiteux façon triple en plus soft. Grande bière qui valorise les houblons de chez nous (pas nécessairement besoin des trucs exotiques).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (1808) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2016
330 mL bottle shared by ebone1988. The pour is a foggy golden orange color with a frothy white head that falls down to a bubbly collar leaving some soapy lace. The aroma is very Belgian. There is a lot of clove, banana, and a maltiness that offers a little sweet input. There is a little marker felt that’s going on as well, and it’s petty interesting. The flavors are better. There is a bit of dank hop and a nice malty bitterness. It’s surprisingly good. It’s nicely done for sure. Definitely a heavy bit of bitterness. The mouth feel is light and crisp with a nice carbonation and a lingeringly bitter aftertaste. It’s not too shabby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (944) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is banana, clove, bubblegum, hops, juicy, some dust and barnyard. Appearance is amber golden, hazy, off white head. Taste is bitter, earthy hops, some bubblegum and banana and clove, pine, but mostly just really bitter. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, crisp carbonation, bitter pine aftertaste. Overall, this tastes a lot better than it smells.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huj (15) - BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2016
Pale color, nice carbo Very good taste of hops and good bitter. A very good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
spacecube (1561) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2016
330ml bottle, pours light hazy gold with a small bubbly head. Aroma is light caramel malts, spice, coriander and lemongrass, banana esters. Light body, thin texture and a long, dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdb84 (483) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2016
Pilsener pour with frothy head and nice carbonation. A: malts, lime, citrus, light yeast cheese, hay. Fresh. T: follows aroma, very well balanced, delicate malts with gentle fruity lacing. Bitter finish, some lime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (1956) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle at Cafe Bruxelles, Leicester. Golden and clear with a cloudy white head and lots of visible carbonation. Muted lemony-woody smell, with a tiny hint of barley sugar. Bitter taste with some sweetness around the edges. Some buttered yeast roll on the bitter herbal finish. Not crazy about this one in all honesty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajnepple (4656) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2016
11.2 oz single, bottled 21 months ago, poured into a tulip and purchased at the Craft Beer Cellar - Fort Collins. Light hazy golden appearance with a lingering white head and light lacing. Aroma of grassy hops, biscuit malt, hay/straw, toasted grain and light citrus zest. Similar flavor, adding a nice, clean, moderate bitterness. Almost medium in body with a dry finish. This has held up well and doesn’t expire for over 3 years, but I’d love to try a freshie.

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