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

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RATINGS: 1252   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (2537) - 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
0486416906 (1) - Wondelgem, BELGIUM - MAR 20, 2015 does not count
this beer is a hop explosion. bitter with a long aftertaste but not a harsh one.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfredvik (1274) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2015
Clear, golden body with a creamy, off-white, long-lived head that leaves a good amount of foam on the glass. Moderate aroma of wet hay, generic fruits, Belgian yeast (a bit saison-ish, actually) and traces of rotten fruit. Quite strong flavour of tart fruits, bitter grapefruit (especially in the long finish), Belgian yeast, hops and pale malts. This is definitely more hoppy than most Belgian ales, and the hops are even more evident in the taste: following the light to moderate sweet initial taste there is a moderate+ bitter long-lasting finish. Crisp mouthfeel, light to medium body, dry and with a moderate carbonation. Nice!
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 4 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mat59 (7) - FRANCE - MAR 12, 2015 does not count
Frank bitterness. The palate is very refreshing thanks a lively carbonation. The yeast is interesting. Well done

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syfher (175) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle of 33cl, in a Trappist glass; drinked @Brassicole 2015. Wow. That’s a nice bitter beer : great aroma and taste of hop, but with the nice bitter aftertaste and palate. The Bitterness is really great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidtjm (767) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle. Pour is gold with a frothy head, aroma is fruity, apricot. Taste is strong bitter, yeasty, faint fruitiness. Very nice

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (3317) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 6, 2015
330ml bottle (Alus Celle, Riga). Clear yellow color. Medium size, yellowish white head, stays. Grassy hops, sweet malts, flowers, perfume, citrus in aroma. Malty, grassy, hay, faint citrus, packed with hops in taste. Medium plus plus bitterness in a nice way. Drying yeast and juicy citrus in aftertaste, perfect mix for quenching the thirst. Soft carbonation. Well done brew!

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdjuice (389) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - MAR 5, 2015
Slightly hazy pale gold with foamy white head. Aromas are kind of Saaz hoppy, not very pronounced hop aromas. Flavors start with some definite Belgian funk, hay, grassiness, then the hop bitterness takes over through the finish. No fruitiness here, kind of a cross between a Czech pilsner and a dry golden Belgian. Interesting, but the hop character is not my bag.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (1728) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAR 1, 2015
33cl bottle from cerveteca Lisboa. Hazy gold appearance. Nice medium head. High bitterness. Wasn’t expecting this bitterness, it’s nice! Medium body. Aroma is floral, yeasty, light fruit. Nice season beer!

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sam25 (6) - - FEB 28, 2015 does not count
Bottle poured into chalice glass at home. This is a really good and different Belgian ale. Not hugely strong flavours but a nice bitter taste mixed with a slight sweetness. Definitely not too dry at all. A very good light beer that seems to go under the radar a little compared to other Belgians. Could definitely drink a few of these!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olliejobbins (1185) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2015
330ml bottle. pours clear gold with quite a large pillowy white head. aroma is bitter, dry hops, a little yeast and some zesty fruits. nice dry bitter hops. smooth. medium carbonation and a fruity finish.


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