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

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RATINGS: 1169   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.


ormeas' rating

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ormeas (10) - Warsaw, - NOV 13, 2012
Cloudy golden yellow Aroma is mildly bitter yeast and hops Light to medium body, lively carbonation


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1145) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2014
330mL bottle BB 12/12/18...!? Hazy blonde body, pours a big dense white head. Nice aroma; ripe pears & apricots, husky cereal malts, hay, spicy clove & white pepper phenolics. Medium body, quite drying, finishes somewhat quickly, lively carbonation. Body offers plenty, possibly not as expected; pale malt sweetness is abruptly assaulted by notes of dried herbs, peppery earthy spice, tobacco, hop resin, with mild undertones of light fruits. Dry finish, assertive bitterness cuts through hard with a minerally note lingering. Totally not what I was expecting. Certainly has the "Belgian" yeasty component to it, but for the most part a British style golden ale/pale bitter. Tasty stuff mind you!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pdoorr (57) - - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle 33 CL Pours gold hazy with a big frothy head. Aroma is yeasty and citrusy. Taste is hoppy, refreshing with a light sweetness and a long bitterness in the aftertaste. High carbonation with medium body.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
traviske (1) - - JUL 11, 2014 does not count
Lekkere bittere smaak met een hint van citrus. Ik drink het nu van het vat en er zou wat meer spuit mogen zijn.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chefseanjudd (28) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2014
I read a review of this beer which described it as orval with everything turned up to 11. I disagree. This beer is orval with the bitterness turned up to 11 and none of the nuance. Perhaps with a few more months in the bottle it could be better but the intense bitter finish would take some getting used to.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (623) - CROATIA - JUL 7, 2014
On tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Pours hazy golden with white head. Hoppy fruit aroma and flavor. Dry bitterish finish. Not your typical Belgian, but nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
flying_pig (907) - SCOTLAND - JUL 7, 2014
330ml Bottle from Beers of Europe website (£2.09):
Tonnes of yeast & floral notes upfront, subtle hops as well & plenty of fruits coming through. Apples, some pear, lemon & orange all feature with plenty of pepper & spice backing them up. The smell wasn’t the strongest initially but at the same time it wouldn’t be considered weak either, the balance seemed good. I got some grain & a slight touch of alcohol with plenty of bitterness.
Slightly cloudy, bright amber to orange with a 1cm, foamy white head that holds well. Head retention is good with it reducing slightly to hold at just under half a cm & covers the surface of the beer, with plenty of bubbles rising to the top too.
Spicy with a very bitter taste that was only hinted at in the aroma, the taste goes well beyond that with some hops coming through too. The yeast from the nose featured strongly here as well with some pepper & a few fruits like apple & pears.
Smooth with solid, high carbonation & a medium body. The beer is a very dry & sharp tasting one with an intensely bitter finish.

I wasn’t too sure about this one really, I quite enjoyed the aroma & how the taste started out but I wasn’t a fan of the incredibly bitter finish to the beer. Despite the fact that the name should have been an indication, nothing in the smell prepared me for just how bitter the taste of this one would end up. Drinkable but not one I’ll go back to.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
witthatsbier (209) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2014
Pours a yellowish cloudy with thin white head aroma is dry grain with citric taste is powerful bitter with lemon notes and long bitter finish good body top rate beer very bitter for a belgian ale,a little less bitter on draught highly reccomended

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1333) - SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2014
Pours hazy yellow low white head Aromas of citrus, cilantro, grass, bread Taste has nice citrusy tone with a good bitter ending

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yy0pp (484) - - JUN 27, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2014 Bottle 33cl. Klub malých pivovarů. Pours hazy golden orange with a huge white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast with fruits, citrus, spices and some malt.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Timvim (51) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle @ home 20140626. Pours clear golden with a nice long lasting head. Aroma is floral,malt, and some high alcohols. Taste is Clean and bitter, pilsner malt with a crust hop bite. Some tones of belgian yeast esters lingers in the end. Nice and refreshing.


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