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


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RATINGS: 1177   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.

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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wvhoran (203) - Tasmania, - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle. Golden blonde with a firm white head. The aroma is grassy with a nice fresh noble hop profile. Low malt profile in this beer, and as suggested in the name there is a strong bitterness. So simple. Not overly impressed--perhaps it is a curse to have such incredible hoppy beers from outside of Belgium in the year 2014.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bozo_skeleton (485) - Grenoble, FRANCE - AUG 24, 2014
Blonde trouble jolie collet. Aromes legers fruits et fleurs. Amertume finale contrebalancée par le discret cote fruité. Agréable, surtout en terrasse du Poech...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimonBeer (102) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2014
(Drinking date: 22 August 2014) Clear golden colour with a nice white big layer of foam. Smells like a hoppy pilsener beer. Not a really intense aroma. Really bitter taste, but not too bitter. Really good! Fresh, bitter beer. The mouthfeel is perfect. Medium carbonation with a bit of a watery body. Combines good with the fresh taste. This is a really good, refreshing, delicious bitter beer! Total score: 3.9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikske79 (1105) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 18, 2014
Ik ben normaal geen fan van al te bittere bieren, maar dit was echt een heel lekker bier

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (184) - CANADA - AUG 7, 2014
Pours a hazy, intensely bright sunny yellow with a massive pillowy white head that after a full ten minutes’ pouring had finally settled down to three fingers, gradually falling back to a thin skim and minimal lacing. Nose is big and complex, dominated by brett hay and dusty funk, with apples and pears, citrus, and floral hops contributing. Taste is mildly sweet and spicy, with the promised emphatic bitter finish. Mouth feel is light and dry, with sustained prickly carbonation (perhaps assisted by my etched Spiegelau IPA glass). I’m pretty sure that’s nothing like what it’s “supposed” to taste like when young, but wow, does the brett ever make this beer a handful! Hay and barnyard funk, dry and bitter, with elements of cider and champagne coming through. I’d like to try it fresh on draught as well, but as it stands it’s an excellent beer, albeit one with barely any IPA characteristics at all. Similar to Orval, but with far less dark fruit and malt, or perhaps like a lighter Nómada Gato Negro.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
giorgos_gtc (87) - GREECE - AUG 2, 2014
It is not something special. Enough grass abd herbs in the taste. Not the same strong aroma but very beautiful appearance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (1595) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 31, 2014
On tap at Bridge Tap House in STL. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with one finger of white head. Aroma is slight corn and bitter hops. Flavor is slightly bitter and slightly astringent. But nice. At least it has some flavor. Decent beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (993) - - JUL 30, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 8-23-12- Served on tap in a 10 oz tulip Appearance – Served a lightly hazed yellow color straw color with a one finger white head. The head faded rather fast to give a nice level of lacing. Smell – A grassy and herbal hop aroma are the most potent. Mixed with these however is a nice sweet fruit aroma of some tropical fruit and some aromas of a spicy and yeasty nature. Taste – The flavor begins of a hoppy and malty flavor. The hop flavor is largely grassy and lemon hop. The maltiness remains constant throughout with the hop changing its profile some. While initially almost entirely of grassy and lemon flavors, soon some pine and grapefruit come to the tongue. At the end a light yeasty and somewhat spiced sweetness come to meet the hoppy flavors, rounding out the taste nicely. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that is just slightly above average. The higher carbonation is quite fitting and suits the blend of hop and Belgian flavors well. Overall – A tasty and easy drinking Belgian IPA. Nice hop flavor profile and a nice aroma; give it a go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1175) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2014
330mL bottle BB 12/12/18...!? Hazy blonde body, pours a big dense white head. Nice aroma; ripe pears & apricots, husky cereal malts, hay, spicy clove & white pepper phenolics. Medium body, quite drying, finishes somewhat quickly, lively carbonation. Body offers plenty, possibly not as expected; pale malt sweetness is abruptly assaulted by notes of dried herbs, peppery earthy spice, tobacco, hop resin, with mild undertones of light fruits. Dry finish, assertive bitterness cuts through hard with a minerally note lingering. Totally not what I was expecting. Certainly has the "Belgian" yeasty component to it, but for the most part a British style golden ale/pale bitter. Tasty stuff mind you!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pdoorr (63) - - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle 33 CL Pours gold hazy with a big frothy head. Aroma is yeasty and citrusy. Taste is hoppy, refreshing with a light sweetness and a long bitterness in the aftertaste. High carbonation with medium body.

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