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De Ranke XXX Bitter

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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed especially for the Shelton Brothers “The Festival” 2013 in Portland, ME.

Limited kegs and 75cl bottles productions. Not to be confused with the regular XX Bitter.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (1734) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2014
Draught@Moeder Lambic 08/2014. Maybe it’s the keg, but this version didn’t taste all that more bitter to me than the bottled XX a couple of years ago. Pours green-inflected honey yellow. Grassy and bready aromas are well tucked away in a near-elegant malt body, with green and grassy, herbal hops permeating all the way, although never tasting dank or palate-numbing. Not much particular yeast finesse here as in XX. Fruity malt notes and some shy citrus rind make for very easy quaffing. Gentle, monodimensional De Ranke overall - interesting this should be a US export only .

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleigator (225) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 17, 2014
Has cloudy, pale yellow color, with small, persitant head. Aromas of grassy hops with a hint of pine above a spicy yeast base, which inherits a decent, slightly funky sourness. Taste is defined by a crisp, really bitter hoppiness, while fruity hints blend together well with the spicy, funky yeast. The brew is always in great balance, even during the finish, in which the hops turn a little slick and even more bitter, very dry but still balanced by earthy, almost wooden malts. Surprisingly bitter, pointing into an american IPA direction, considering the processed hop-onslaught.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle. Thanks to my buddy Jack for picking this up for me while on vacation in Oregon last month. Sadly, we no longer get De Ranke in NC. This beer does not disappoint. A tad sharper and more bitter than the XX. Pours orange with small white head that fades much faster than expected. Quite dry, sparkling, super crisp, straw, crockery malt balanced perfectly with herbal, earthy hops and that unmistakeable De Ranke yeast. Fuck yes. I need to find more bottles of this instant gem.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (3066) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2014
On tap at Örebro Ölcafé. Herbal and hoppy smell with a grassy aroma. Similar taste, hoppy with grass, herbs and hops. I also get something that reminds me of bubble gum. Strong bitterness. Slightly rough mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_est_deus (671) - örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
Dimmig, citron safts gul med ett tätt, vitt skum. Doft: Gräs, växter, humle, jäst,malt. Smak: Som doft + belgo.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikeyo1 (210) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle @ home. Backlog. Pours hazy orange with a fizzy white head. Fruity aroma with citrus, yeast, toast and some hay. Bitter up front. Grass, pine, oranges, wheat and white bread flavor. Finish is dry and has some coriander and a lasting assertive grape-like bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Salmoniform (657) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Hazy golden hue with fizzy shire head. Aroma is spicy hops, huge lemon, grassy, ripe limes. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium light body and zesty carbonation. Taste is dry throughout with a nice bitter following and dry finish. Overall this is a good brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (7068) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle. Low fluffy white and quickly disappearing head. Hazy dark yellow body. Odd malt straw bread aroma. Dry and powerful malt straw grass grapefruit pine flavor. High carbonation. Long dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8563) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Draft at Churchkey, 7/12/14. Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of dry pale malt, floral and herbal hops, jammy fruits. The taste is honey, herbal and floral hops, pale malts. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adasko (336) - Poznan, POLAND - AUG 20, 2014
In aroma it’s mostly hoppy and malty. It’s bright yellow color, a little bit hazy, with small head. In taste there is nothing else but bitterness. It’s not moderated or covered by anything. It’s very long but quite pleasant. The beer is very refreshing but runny in taste.


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