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

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RATINGS: 1382   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2009
11.2oz bottle. Pours a pale slightly hazy gold with medium white head, fair lacing. Carbonation is a bit lively, but doesn’t have the creamy character of Orval. Aroma dominated by citrus hops, yeast, grass, and spices. Flavor matches well, but carbonation throws it off too much, almost has a soda pop carbonation that I do not find that pleasant. I will have to come back to this eventually out of the 750ml or draft.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ContemplateBeer (1985) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 20, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2016 12 oz. draft at Louisville Beer Store. Aroma: Light, dry hay and very light funk; big noble/lemony type hops. Appearance: Hazy light gold with a foamy white head that sticks around. Flavor: Dry, lightly funky hay up front with a big noble/lemony hop crescendo thereafter; the finish has an enduring bitterness. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, lively carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Worthy of it’s reputation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vighals (3036) - Sřrumsand, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2016
Tĺkete lys brun med fingerhřyt hvitt skum. Luktet sitrus og frukt, gjćr, lett karamell. Middels fylde og bitterhet. Tydelig karamell og noe gjćr. Lang.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PlutonowyMan (446) - POLAND - AUG 13, 2016
Kolor pomara?czowo brzoskwiniowy, zamglony, bia?a, wysoka na 2 cm piana, o ?redniej trwa?o?ci. Topnieje do niewielkiego pier?cienia i cienkiej warstewki. Aromat owocowy, s? pomara?cze, brzoskwinie, dalej miód i karmel, który raz za razem przykrywany jest przen lekko kwa?n? mandarynk?. Smak tak jak wy?ej, owocowy, karmel praktycznie jest schowany, do przodu wychodz? mandarynki i cytryny. W smaku ca?y czas obecna jest owocowa goryczka, sucha grapefruitowa, d?uga i zalegaj?ca - ale? jaka ona pyszna. Wysycenie wysokie a w?a?ciwie za wysokie.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puren (671) - Starogard Gd., POLAND - AUG 12, 2016
Prezentacja:
zamglone, złote, bardzo obfita piana od razu opada do obrączki nie zdobiąc szkła;
Aromat:
mechaniczna pomarańcza - mieszanina rześkiej pomarańczy, cukru kandyzowanego, żelaza, drewna i starego oleju (?) ;
Odczucie:
ciało średnie, wysoko nasycone, z goryczkowym finiszem;
Smak:
krótka owocowa słodycz przechodzi w aż gorzki cukier kandyzowany, długa wysoka karmelowa goryczka;
Ogólnie:
średnie piwko, choć ma bardzo ciekawy aromat.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
angel77 (2345) - oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 12, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2016 Botella 33 cl tomada en el Lupulo Junio 2012. (r1378). Fcpref febrero 2013. 6.2 vol suaves con ligeros sabores maltosos algo dulces. Normal.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (860) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2016

Aroma:
Medium aroma of malts, Belgian yeast, grain, orange and hops.

Appearance:
Turbid/opaque golden/amber beer with heavy yeast and with a slight/medium off-white head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, Belgian yeast and orange; ends slightly bitter and dry with grain and hops.

Overall:
This beer is rather intense, complex and balanced. The head disappears quickly however and the flavour could have had more depth. The more than usual amounts of hop for a Belgian Ale are what make this beer however.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OllieBBommel (1448) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2016
Bottle@home. Appearance: clear golden with white head. Aroma: malt, hops. Taste:malt, bitter. Palate: lasting body, medium carbonation. Overall: nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ysok02 (895) - MOns, BELGIUM - AUG 6, 2016
robe blonde, reflets dorés mousse crémeuse. Nez sur le houblon, les agrumes, la minéralité, le pamplemousse rose. Bouche ŕ l’attaque fraîche, houblonnnée, de la tension, une finale sur l’amertume du pamplemousse tout en restant équilibrée. Une belle bičre de soif, une bičre d’été.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MustangMarkF (244) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2016
This pours a golden body with minimal head. It has a really sweet smell but an overly bitter taste!! Lots of sediment in bottle

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rubin77 (916) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 20, 2016
F: average, creamy, average retention. C: deep gold, hazy, opaque. A: malty, floral, hint of basement like saison tones, light orange peels, dusty, yeasty. T: malty, big grassy/floral bitterness with basement tones long lasting, orange, dusty, hay, soapy, hint of brett, hay, quite complex, good balanced and interesting beer worth to try, 0,33l bottle from Carrefour in Brussels.


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