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

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RATINGS: 1248   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 (2494) - 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidtjm (690) - 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 (3218) - 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 (373) - 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 (1682) - 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 (1163) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
artemb (16) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - FEB 18, 2015
Aroma: green melon, green herbs, witbier notes, flowers, dry perfume. Taste: herb bitterness, some harsheness. Light sourness in the aftertaste and long non-hop bitterness (medicinal plants). Overall this is a light blond ale with pleasant aroma and unbalanced bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hamirubi (103) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2015
My kind of hoppy beer (yet, only 65 EBU). Almost American style bitter beer. Great drink when you are thirsty. Citrus hints, light palate.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ned33137 (8) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - FEB 17, 2015 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2015 Very nice bitter ale. Real bitter, but with taste of fruits and dry non-bitter aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SinH4 (500) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 16, 2015
Golden color with big white head. Aroma is fruit esters, banana, tropical fruits, spices. Taste is lots of more fruits and heavily bitter. Not as aggressive as many other Belgian Ales. Very nice!


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