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

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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trappist1 (642) - Diest, BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2014
From tap @ Delirium. yellow golden blond, misty, small white head. nose: floral hoppy nose, gentle, subtile, nice and fresh. taste: yeast, hoppy taste, the power of this beer lies in, for me, the finish. Bitter, or what did you expect? Nice gently dry bitterness, not the one that takes you to the throat. But one that is nice, long and stretched. good overall MF. Before the finish, I have somehting that looks like want to be a sweet streak, adds to the complexity of the beer. Very round and rich. Great beer, subtile, complex, this one is not only bitter, this is one to discover. Step by step, on a long journey.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (4166) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAY 12, 2014
Harsh belgian yeast, carbonation in your face, herbal bitterness screaming. This is not a beginners beer. And that’s only the start because as soon as you set your lips to this blond bodied bastard the bitterness dries out your tongue and does a little mash pit on the taste buds. American (I)IPA’s can be bitter but almost always break out a caramel and sweet malt push -- De Ranke thinks nothing of that. No, this is not a balanced beer. Yes, it is hugely carbonated. I love it like I love a raw punk song or a scorching hot Tom Yum. (75cl bottle from Saveur Bière)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sissio (846) - Orsenigo, ITALY - MAY 12, 2014
Clear pale golden, rocky white head citric, hops, some cereals, simple malts, freshness light refreshing maltiness, citruses, malts, a bitter ending which evolves without getting overwelming in the aftertaste

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElManana (986) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 9, 2014
On draft @DeHeeren Van Liederkerke. Pours golden, with a nice white head. Taste is quite refreshing, good bitter aftertaste. Not bad!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (12118) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2014
Bottle. golden colour with a white head. Aroma is malt, hop, pine, grass. Flavour is dry, malt, hop, sugar, pine, grass. Bitter finish. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (1903) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2014
shared bottle. poured a hazy golden colour with a white head. lot of hops, grass, lemons, biscuit malts, grapefruit, grapefruit, crisp mouthfeel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jfb (4541) - Freising, GERMANY - APR 30, 2014
(bottle) pours a murky golden colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of straw, floral hops, light lemons and physalis, some black pepper and wheat. flavour is heavy herbal hops, some chamomile and mint, with hints of straw, talcum powder and peanuts. medium- to heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ambro206 (272) - ITALY - APR 29, 2014
La luppolatura dona aromi fruttati alla birra perfettamente bilanciati da una importante maltazione. Ne risulta una birra estremamente bilanciato e con un finale lungo e piacevole.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12171) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 28, 2014
Capped 750 from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours translucent gold with a white head. Fruity aroma. Med body. Flavor is earthy, yeasty, fruity. And quite bitter. Even a bit wine. Quite tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7323) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours blonde with a transient white head and a fruity banana aroma. There is a very bitter malt pale malt flavor with a dry earthy finish.


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