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

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RATINGS: 1171   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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4.1
   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (1507) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (558) - - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1147) - 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!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pdoorr (58) - - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
traviske (1) - - JUL 11, 2014 does not count
Lekkere bittere smaak met een hint van citrus. Ik drink het nu van het vat en er zou wat meer spuit mogen zijn.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chefseanjudd (28) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2014
I read a review of this beer which described it as orval with everything turned up to 11. I disagree. This beer is orval with the bitterness turned up to 11 and none of the nuance. Perhaps with a few more months in the bottle it could be better but the intense bitter finish would take some getting used to.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (630) - CROATIA - JUL 7, 2014
On tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Pours hazy golden with white head. Hoppy fruit aroma and flavor. Dry bitterish finish. Not your typical Belgian, but nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
flying_pig (913) - SCOTLAND - JUL 7, 2014
330ml Bottle from Beers of Europe website (£2.09):
Tonnes of yeast & floral notes upfront, subtle hops as well & plenty of fruits coming through. Apples, some pear, lemon & orange all feature with plenty of pepper & spice backing them up. The smell wasn’t the strongest initially but at the same time it wouldn’t be considered weak either, the balance seemed good. I got some grain & a slight touch of alcohol with plenty of bitterness.
Slightly cloudy, bright amber to orange with a 1cm, foamy white head that holds well. Head retention is good with it reducing slightly to hold at just under half a cm & covers the surface of the beer, with plenty of bubbles rising to the top too.
Spicy with a very bitter taste that was only hinted at in the aroma, the taste goes well beyond that with some hops coming through too. The yeast from the nose featured strongly here as well with some pepper & a few fruits like apple & pears.
Smooth with solid, high carbonation & a medium body. The beer is a very dry & sharp tasting one with an intensely bitter finish.

I wasn’t too sure about this one really, I quite enjoyed the aroma & how the taste started out but I wasn’t a fan of the incredibly bitter finish to the beer. Despite the fact that the name should have been an indication, nothing in the smell prepared me for just how bitter the taste of this one would end up. Drinkable but not one I’ll go back to.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
witthatsbier (209) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2014
Pours a yellowish cloudy with thin white head aroma is dry grain with citric taste is powerful bitter with lemon notes and long bitter finish good body top rate beer very bitter for a belgian ale,a little less bitter on draught highly reccomended

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1334) - SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2014
Pours hazy yellow low white head Aromas of citrus, cilantro, grass, bread Taste has nice citrusy tone with a good bitter ending


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