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


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RATINGS: 1369   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.

Kosmokrator's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kosmokrator (813) - - NOV 9, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2015 Limpido color oro chiaro con un fragile velo di schiuma bianca. Aroma con sentori di limone, fieno, biscotto e luppoli erbacei; gusto amarognolo, gentilmente luppolato e lievissimamente fruttato, molto intenso all’inizio ma che si indebolisce in fretta. Corpo medio-lieve, effervescenza vivace e struttura parzialmente acquosa: è piacevole ma manca qualcosa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ksiwzos (111) - GREECE - JUN 30, 2016
Saison like aroma with Citrusy and musty aroma with some botanical notes. Clear yellow to golden with medium to big white head that lasts and laces the glass beautifully. Light tart and medium to high hoppy taste. Finish is dry with spice notes and smooth bitterness. Not as bitter as expected but very nice brew... Light bodied, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlf (206) - DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016
Light golden color with big white head; aroma is delicate citric, some malt, some hoppy notes; taste is very hoppy with little sweetness leading to a spicy hoppy finish with some alcoholic notes, some gras, lingering bitterness; high carbonation with full mouthfeel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moolesen (445) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2016
Bottle 33cl. Cloudy yellow with a small white head. Aroma reminds me of saison yeast. Flavour is bitter, very bitter. Not aroma bitter, just bitter. Medium length.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
llkc (1379) - århus, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2016
Duft sødlig krydret frisk smag frisk sødlig krydret humle lidt appelsin lidt bitter

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AtronSeige (1164) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 3, 2016
Aroma: Medium coriander, lemon zest. Medium-light lavender, Appearance: Clear, light yellow body. Small, white head. Good retention. Small bubbles. Flavour: Medium-high bitterness. Medium coriander, peppery, floral, Dry finish with lingering spice and light bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light body. Medium-high carbonation, crisp Overall: Very bitter, but flavorful and complex. 330 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre! 25A. Belgian Blonde Ale - with extra bitterness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (449) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 28, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2016 330ml bottle. Pours a clear golden with a strong white head. Aroma is flowery, earthy, malty, some wild yeasts and citric notes. Taste is very clear, flowery, earthy, hoppy bitter. Flowery bitterness aftertaste. Very fresh and well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lello4ever (562) - ITALY - MAY 27, 2016
Bel colore biondo, torbido, poca schiuma. Bianca che sparisce presto. Al naso è una ottima ale, spezie, malto. Al palato ancora precisa, frizzantina, malto con un finale amarognolo. Note speziate, chiude secca. Ottima e gran Belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2698) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2016
Pours a hazy bitter orange color with a beady white head. Notes of apples, faint licorice, yarn, peanuts, and greenery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bartlebier (3255) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 26, 2016
Several 33cl and the odd 75cl bottle over the years, 2012-2016. A modern classic and a bit of a grower, even on the upper intermediate crafty palate: distills the spicy, herbal, nettle-y, wet polderland grasses of Hallertau and a contained dry Belgian saison-ish yeast into a tonic of a Belgian Bitter/Pale Ale. - Alcohol is kept in check and put to work at the service of dryness and hop flavour. Crisp biscuit malts, opening up to minimal cereal sweetness to offset the lovely bitter bouquet of chthonic hop flowers that keeps on building and developing. - Would love to see more European craft brewers make more out of their terroir and whole cone hops instead of bidding high on travel-stressed US West Coast C-pellets. - Degustational tip to let the palate and taste buds slowly season to the XX and its saison infrastructure: start at moderate chill (7-8), sample at least half at cellar temperature (10-12). Sessionable complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (360) - Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2016
Extrem hoppy. Grasig. Rezent. Spritzig und auch sehr sehr vielfältig. Erfrischend und toll. Vom Hahn beim ZYTHOS BEER FESTIVAL 2016. 0,1/1Jetson.

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