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De Ranke XXX Bitter

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

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RATINGS: 159   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (1109) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2014
75cl bottle shared with a friend. Pale yellow/orange with a full white soapy head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice bittersweet taste. Citrus, herbs, hops and yeast. A decent Belgian brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wimpyjoe (4359) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
Draught @ Cafe Rose Red, Brugge. Pale amber-orange in colour with light citrus lemon notes alongside pale malts.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AbouAli (41) - Genève, SWITZERLAND - NOV 14, 2014
à comparé absolument avec la xx bitter. Malgré un houblonnage plus intensif l’accent est mis sur le late hooping et du coup l’amertume semble moins importante même si ce n’est pas le cas

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (2351) - BELGIUM - NOV 9, 2014
Limited special version of the classic XX Bitter, since 2013, with stable, snow white head and deep golden blonde colour. Aroma of apricot, grapefruit, tonic water, orange peel, apple, grass; dry fruity onset, citrussy freshness, after which a strong, long and dry, complex citrussy hop bitterness sets in, peppery and spicy, like in the regular version. Not necessarily hoppier or more bitter than the XX, but hoppy in a different, more ’American’ kind of way, I suspect.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suedehead288 (408) - BELGIUM - NOV 9, 2014
2014.11 - fles 75cl - bij Cis, fles van Wim - mooi weelderig wit schuim, helder goudkleurig - beetje geur van het putje (doch niet storend) - bijzonder smaakvol en bitter, of wat dacht u

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4175) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle from bieresgourmet.be webshop. Pours a hazy pale yellow body with a large white head. Nose is citric peel, grapefruit, straw, lime, lemon and hints of pale malts. Taste is pale malts, citric peel, bitter herbs, resin, grass and hints of straw, Belgian ale yeast and grapefruit. Medium body, high carbonation. Nice, citrusy and refreshing; this version carries the bitterness better than the regular XX bitter IMO.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3543) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2014
On draft at ChurchKey in D.C. Pours a hazy gold with a thick white head. Aroma of citrus and spices. Flavors of tropical fruits with some dusty notes. Bitter finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (19808) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2014
Keg at Pressklubben, Stockholm. Hazy golden, small head. Rich aroma of grassy hops. Dry and lightly fruity with medium body and firm, vital mouthfeel. Lots of grassy hops, notes of grain and marzipan. Long bitter finish. Superbly drinkable and elegant.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (1638) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2014
4 oz draft pour at ChurchKey. Hazy yellow with off-white head. Aromas of citrus, light tropical and stone fruit, floral notes. Tastes of citrus fruit and peel, bitter and piney notes, light tropical fruit, floral notes. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (8095) - Hasborn, GERMANY - OCT 19, 2014
Sampled @ Finest Spirits and Beer Convention Bochum 2014: Trübes goldenes Bier mit schöner weißer Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr grasig, hopfig, frisch. Geschmack bitter grasig, hopfig, frisch.


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