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

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RATINGS: 1364   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (3613) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Murky orange/golden color with an island of silky foam. Taste is sharp and biting, Lots of hop presence here (but not overwhelming). Beautifully crafted and delicious beer.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (311) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lello4ever (512) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2689) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bartlebier (3217) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (290) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lebermilz (195) - GERMANY - MAY 21, 2016
On tap at Lager Lager. Hazy, dirty yellow, white head. Fruity, orange, a little pine. No fancy hops aromas. Intense dry bitterness. Medium carbonation. Sweet aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vickey9 (966) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 6, 2016
Pours a sparkly gold color with a medium fizz head. Nose is white grape, wood and gentle spices. Very dry stuff. Taste is bitter. Palate dominated by bitter hops tones, well balanced, cripsy, refreshing. Bitter finish. B@H

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
M_Sack (582) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2016
Bottle. Light hazy gold, minimal white head. Pineapple, honeydew, peach, banana, phenolics. The fruit flavours carry through in a greatly subdued sense, with terrific bitterness throughout and Belgian phenolics to finish. Very enjoyable beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
R4N5H (645) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pitch992 (85) - 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.


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