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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1391   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
XX-bitter is our most bitter, high-fermenting beer. Despite its low alcohol content, it produces a very rich, long lasting, full flavour.

Taste: Very bitter but still balanced. Long-lasting, distinct hop taste.
Hops: Brewers Gold & Hallertau Mittelfrüh. 16°. 10 EBC. 60-65 IBU.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
spodude (10) - BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2006
This is by far the best beer i have tried in Belgium, a real Bitter, also available on tap :o)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
extrahoplover (7) - BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2011 does not count
Man, this is my BEST EVER ! When I don’t know what to drink, I open my fridge and I pour an XX Bitter. It’s always refreshing, surprising, dry, perfect... I have no words for that one, it is my best of all time... My church.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
vincent_vega (14) - - OCT 10, 2011
le seul défaut de cette bière: son étiquette. tout le reste est parfait. merci De Ranke

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 14, 2014
I haven’t ever come across a beer from Belgium that was hoppier. This beer is hopped with massive amounts of Brewers Gold and Hallertau hop varieties. Crazy refined bitterness. This beer is so bitter it almost tastes like poison and Some gunpowder but in a good way if you can believe that. Pours to a beautiful, hazy, very pale golden color with lively carbonation. Very small sediment with yeast. The nose is a spicy bitter hop and a tiny sweetness followed by waves of very flowery, herbal, and citric and the hop aromas are nice and intense. There are malt and yeasty flavors, and lots of herbal and lemon peel hop flavors on the tongue. Finishes with an extreme, intense, brutal, flowery and herbal hop bitterness that lingers and will make your face smile it is so bitter. This beer is brewed for the hard core beer lover. I can’t believe I scored this for $3.50. A little skunky European but fabulously crafted. If you love bitter beers, this is one, that just has to be experienced. Insane gastronomic perfection! This one floored me! It’s frickin’ NUTS!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2001
I LOVE this beer. So unusual for a belgian to be this hoppy. Not hoppy like an American ale but nice and dry. Seek this out and love like I do!!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tclowans (19) - rolling meadows, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 as close to perfect as I have ever had. great unfiltered color, huge white head that lingers. amazing hoppy flavor that is extremely strong without begin overpowering. flat out amazing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernest (7323) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2015 Jan 2015 750ml bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, rocky, white, fully lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cracker), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of lemon zest, pepper, gum, SweetTarts, dried pineapple, pencil shavings. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. About as close to perfect as beer can get. Might be the freshest I’ve ever sampled this beer, only five months from bottling (of course I had to order it from Belgium to get it younger than a year old), and wow is it lively! Beautiful complex nose, beautiful big lasting head with that luscious "alive" yeast haze, and THE perfect flavor balance for my tastes (I recently had a nearly equally fresh XXX Bitter, and as great as that is, this is easily my fave of the two). Insanely clean all around. It would be hard to pick between this and a stellar vintage of Saison Dupont for overall favorite beer, i.e. an ideal "stranded on a desert island" beer. One of the top ten, and maybe even top five, beers in the entire world.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 30, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 75cl bottle BBD 05/08 Straw color with massive white head. Cork, must aroma mixed with Saaz and lemon zest. Awesome mix of hops, yeast, farmhouse character, and malts. Fantastic lace. What a showcase. Sun Kill Moon. This stuff has it all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bilbo (1) - Milano, ITALY - JUL 29, 2005 does not count
The hoppiest bier of belgium Incredible satisfaction Only for Hop lovers

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - JUN 18, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2012 750 ml bottle (6% ABV). A hazy medium golden beer, with a huge, frothy, lacing, mostly alsting white head. The aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, biscuits), moderately to heavily hoppy (flowers, herbs, grass, lemon), lightly to moderately yeasty (barnyard, basement), with notes of pepper, hint of exotic fruits, orange and straw, hints of exotic fruits and tangerine. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texturte, lively carbonation, dry and very long finish with heavy bitterness. Simply an amazing beer. An oustanding mix of drinkability, balance complexity and above all cleanliness. Truly a forerunner of the Belgian bitter/IPAs trend.

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