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

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RATINGS: 1214   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. Itís famous for itís 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35735) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 2, 2008
Draught @ <a href=http://ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?eventID target=_new> Zythos Bier Festival 2008, Sint Niklaas, Belgium. Unclear light to medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, moderate to light heavy hoppy, citrus - lime, grass, moderate yeasty. Flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (020308)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (31626) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2008
33 cL bottle. Pours hazy yellow with huge white head. Aroma is hoppy, light citrus to lemon aroma. Flavour is light citrus fruity at first. Mild note of Belgian yeast. Dominant hoppy. Goes into a quite dry finish. Solid bitterness mixed with a light citrus fruity note.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29665) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2003
The aroma is a fresh hoppy and grassy one. The color is a hazy orange and it has a beutiful head. The flavor is sweet and very hoppy bitter. The palate is quite filling. A great beer - but not that Belgium.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2005
(Bottle 75 cl) Was this brewed by Deca for De Ranke all the time? Or did De Ranke do their own brewing in the early years. Well, this was clearly an early version - paper wrapping says Lot # 000001. Pretty, hazy honeygolden with a frothy almost fat head. Very refined spiciness in both flavour and aromas. And calling this "bitter" is no lie. Itís close to paralyzing my taste buds, hence I donít really sense the subtlety of this brew. Pity as Iím really an Orval afficionado. Must come back to this. 100299

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (21291) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2005
Bottled. Golden coloured with a medium sized white head. Hoppy aroma with fruity notes. Hoppy flavour with fruity notes. Long dry bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oh6gdx (20827) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2005
Draught. Hazy yellowish nutbrown colour, creamy white head. Wheat, yeast and sour fruit in aroma. Huge hoppy fruitish flavour. IPA-like.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19803) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2002
Sampled draught atAkkurat, Stockholm, Sweden.
Pale yellow. Flowery, spicy and sweet. Bold mouthfeel and harsh, resiny very bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17215) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2005
Hazy oeange colour, long lasting white head. Aroma of citrus and hops. Flavor of hops and citrus, some hints of yeast aswell. Aftertaste is bitter and some hints of the yeast. Very drinkable.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (15834) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2010
6th October 2008. Dry and pretty bitter! Not much else coming from the hops to alleviate the bitterness. Needs to be very cold to be at all drinkable!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2003
Blond color, creamy head. Nice aromatic hop in the nose; light cheesy ammonia. Poor malt, but very good hop extraction, tastes really like the flowers. Aromatic palate, of course; dry. Unusual, but I like it.


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