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

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RATINGS: 1134   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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaghana (3497) - Strasbourg (France), - JUL 7, 2010
Bottle 33cl. A cloudy yellow beer with white head and big particles. Smell is very citrus and yeast like. Aroma is fruity and typically Belgian yeast, very sweet, very bitter at the finish. The agrume is too present, not a great beer, anyway this beer is not a Belgian one but more an IPA.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (2728) - NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2014
Hazy pale blond. Hoppy aroma, also a bit soapy. Flavour is pleasantly crisp dry and bitter with citrusy edge. Good session beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joakgust (763) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2014
Bottle. Semi hazy blond beer with a large white head. Aroma is spicy with notes of cloves, pears, apricots and esters. Flavor is fruity with notes of citrus, apricots, pears and herbs. Dry refreshing yet warming mouthfeel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benderone (14) - FRANCE - APR 14, 2014
Bouteille 33cl de chez saveur biere, servie dans un verre Teku. D’apparence trouble et dorée, joli col de mousse blanche, abondante et stable. Bonne carbonation. Nez sur les céréales, la levure et les fleurs de houblon. Au palais, corps moyen, belle amertume astringeante, finale assez sèche et plutôt fleurie. Goût métallique en fin de bouche, persistant. Breuvage très correct.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamTheBarrel (317) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2014
500ml green paper-wrapped bottle, poured into a Tulip glass. Appearance is hazy goldenrod yellow with a medium sized off-white head that quickly dissipated, leaving a little lacing. Aroma of lemon and orange peels, banana and pears. Flavours of lemon and orange peels, banana, pears, toast and a hint of herbs and spices. Taste is light sweet and medium-heavy bitter. Palate is medium bodied, soft texture and average carbonation. Invigorating and indeed like the label hints more bitter than your average Belgian Ale. The name "XX Bitter" on the label however looks a bit tacky and makes you think of moonshine. Overall a good ale with classic style typical Belgian yeast characteristics.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (4626) - New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2014
Bottle. Well, a monster gusher, but I managed to catch it in time. Nose of sunny pils malt dwarfed by the rainbow sweetness of rock candy and some spicy yeast character. Pours bright golden with unavoidable yeast sediment and heavy carbonation, thin soapy white head . Full and airy body with strong carbonation, but does not lend refreshment or classic crispness. Relatively dry with nice low-level malt, but the strong bitterness is of a mineral and somewhat metallic character, coats the tongue like chalk and blots out everything else. Strange so think I’d ask for softer water in a bitter-focused beer, but there it is.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeterZD (8) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2014 does not count
Nice blond beer. Not too strong in alcohol content. It is described as the most bitter beer of belgium, so i was bit worried. But it is no nice, tingling bitterness, which made my tong tingle long after i took a sip. Really good one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brandman (1992) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 3, 2014
Semihazy golden body, offwhite head. Aroma is very hoppy and noble. Quite fresh and yeasty. Flavour has hard noble hoppiness and yeastiness. Sharp and floury palate.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crlnts (59) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 20, 2014
White head, big bubbles, little retention. Gold, not really hazy. Bitterness overpowering. A bit too dimensional for my taste. Medicinal nose and aroma - from the yeast. Can taste the malt. Light body. Dry and bitter aftertaste, sharp.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
g_georgiou (143) - CYPRUS - MAR 19, 2014
Hazy yellow body, white head. Citrus, floral, peach. Taste is sweet with bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trappist1 (349) - Diest, BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2014
dark golden color with an off-white head. very rich hop bitterness in the nose. Taste is highly bitter, dry and has bit of roasted nuts. Great long bitter aftertaste, very dry. Great bitter beer.


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