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

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RATINGS: 1166   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
visionthing (2574) - Oslo, - FEB 12, 2013
33cl bottle from La Maison Belge, Puerto de la Cruz. Pours golden to orange with a large white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast with fruits, citrus, spices and some malt. Citric and yeasty, quite fruity, with a dry, hoppy and bitter finish. Well balanced and quite complex. Feels a bit like a slightly funky APA gone Belgian. Alcohol is very well integrated and this beer is dangerously drinkable. Long and bitter aftertaste with notes of citrus. Bitter and very refreshing!


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 (559) - 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 (898) - 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 (204) - 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 (1323) - 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 (506) - - JUN 27, 2014
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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Timvim (44) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (1271) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014
33cl bottle from Vanuxeem. Pours slightly cloudy yellow with decent white head. Fresh spice, hay and citrus aroma. Massive hop bitterness in the taste with a touch of yeast and a dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smalle (85) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 23, 2014
Hoppy aroma, but not very fruity. Floral. Taste: bitter, hops, grapefruit, although everything is a bit more toned down than in the XXX. Good beer, but a bit less interesting than the XXX in my opinion.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1258) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 22, 2014
Pours light hazy golden with a large frothy white head. Aromas of hay, honey, citrus, peach, passion fruit, lemongrass, slight funk. Taste is citrus, honey, orange, yeast, slight funk, lemongrass. Mouthfeel is slightly dry with medium carbonation.


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