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

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RATINGS: 1304   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.1
   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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hank86 (18) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 29, 2015
Nase: Koriander, leicht fruchtige Note; Geschmack: leichte Hefe, sehr trocken, floraler Hopfen, lang anhaltendes bitteres Finish ~~ Aroma: corander, fruity; Taste: yeast, very dry, floral hops, long lasting bitter finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (3950) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2015
4/25/2008 12:29:03 PM Bottle from Cracked Kettle. Wow. Golden body, gusher head, hoppy nose. Very hoppy taste. Also wheat, citrus, coriander and some grapefruit. Quite smooth. And finish very tangy.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (2879) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2015
11.2 oz bottle pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of caramel, citrus and floral. Taste is spicy yeast, citrus and malts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrOrla (919) - Odense C, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle at carlsens. Pours light hazy golden. Aroma if banana, caramel, hops, yeast, Belgian yeast. Taste is the same, quite bitter, spices, yeasty. 8 months old. Guess its better fresh

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suprchunk (2671) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Golden pour. White head. Plenty of lacing. Malty note with some hops in the background. Slight bitterness with a sweet malt backbone. Somewhat dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1743) - Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2015
Weird, weird beer. Pilsner malt imparts a German characteristic, and the hops reaffirm this, yet it still ends up kinda more like a Belgian blonde ale. I don’t know where to put it, but it’s solid.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dark (39) - FRANCE - AUG 16, 2015
Le classique de chez De Ranke ! Pas besoin de faire compliqué pour produire une bonne bière : 1 ou 2 malt il me semble, 1 houblon en fleur (hallertau) et roule ma poule ! Blonde trouble avec une mousse abondante, carbonation ok, nez frais à la fois levuré et citronné, c’est surtout l’amertume ici qui marque durablement le palais. C’est frais, c’est sec tout en gardant une forte identité belge. Amateurs de bières douces et consensuelles, fuyez, c’estle genre de bière qu’il est possible de consommer toute une soirée et qui ne tape pas trop sur la tête (6%). Mon commentaire sera peu objectif, mais j’adore cette bière et puis c’est tout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EdKing (2173) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2015
So I’ve had this a few times but not rated it yet for some reason. First drunk in Mother Kellys, when I found it a bit hard to ’get’. Dry and bitter. But it’s been lingering on my palate and now I find I keep going back to it. Drank two on successive days at GBBF 2015. Colour is clear bright amber, medium white foam head. Nose is big hoppy and Belgian yeast character. Hops are grassy, straw, herbal, lemon, little spicy. Then there’s bread, toasted grain, honey, from the malt. Yeast is floral, perfumed. Taste is strong, dry, bitter hop, sweetness, floral, perfumed, grassy, straw. Has a real big bitter dry kick. Lovely stuff and addictive.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirstyrabbit (1460) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 10, 2015
Bottle. Cloudy golden body, tall diminishing head. Dry hoppy aroma with some lemony aspects. Dry bitter taste with lemon peel and some pale malt. Not juicy or malty enough to support the dryness. It’s a classic beer but I’m not feeling it. Not nearly as complex as Orval or some other legendary hoppy Belgians. Could have been a trendsetter back in the day but today it’s average. It lacks funkiness or some other distinctive feature that could make it memorable. Quite meh.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChtiBreizh (213) - Rennes, FRANCE - AUG 8, 2015
Light pale, hazy, with a good fluffy head. Aroma is citrusy, orange, grassy, bittering hops, hints of belgian yeast. Medium to low sweet, with a dry and medium to heavy bitter finish. Soft carbonation, smooth. A good very hoppy ale.


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