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

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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slayer85 (1044) - Firenze, ITALY - SEP 14, 2013
750 ml bottle. A hazy medium blonde beer, with a huge, frothy, lacing, fully lasting white head. The aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain/bread, crackers), moderately to heavily hoppy (flowers, grass, herbs, hint of grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of lemon, orange, straw. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety/smooth texture, average/lively carbonation, dry and very long finish with heavy bitterness, lightly alcoholic. Although I prefer the regular version, this is an ultra-clean, quaffable, nicely complex ale from one of the best Belgian producers.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (1973) - Hirakata, JAPAN - SEP 10, 2013
Draught at Belmont Station in Portland, OR. Wonderful lemon & peach nose, with some sweet yeast rising. Clear medium straw color, puffy white ice cream cone head. Great fruit in initial (balanced and tangy) / bittering hops emerge almost immediately / goes smooth in final and then bitter intensity remains for a good long while. Medium body. Has good balance but the fruity flavors are so well delineated. Great!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brinehart (204) - Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2013
It's a beautiful beer, but just not a lot to it beyond the very bitter finish. Some complex floral (lavender?) ester mid-palette and a bit of lemon zest in the nose but that's about it. And those are a stretch that I really had to look for.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (4447) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2013
14/VIII/13 - 75cl bottle @ Internationaal Streekbierenfestival 2013 (Zwevegem) - BB: n/a (2013-771) Thanks to Domien for sharing today’s beers!

Clear light blond beer, big fizzy aery head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: bit soapy first, floral, citrus and agrum fruits, grapefruit, sweet summer fruits, little exotic. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: pretty bitter start, grassy hops, citrus, very dry, apple skin. Aftertaste: bitter, almost medicinal, bit soapy, citrus, grassy, very bitter (for a Belgian brew, that is ;-).

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (5341) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2013
Bottle (75 cl) from Hop Duvel. Gent, Belgium. Clear pale golden, large white head. Grainy, peppery and orangey aroma, some floral and gerbal hops. Light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Dry with wonderful, firm, lingering bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (7875) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2013 Draft through a few glasses to make a session. Lightly hazed effervescent gold with a fine-bubbled rocky white head. Grassy, floral, lemon focused aroma. Pithy strong bitterness and a dry pale malt core give this one an intense hoppiness that would be excessive for me if it the hops weren’t so vibrant and gloriously juicy, zingy and floral. Doughy / bready pale malt gives it the smell of an active bakery... De Ranke yeast once again gives this beer a softness and rusticity that is really rare to find in beer, not just Belgian ales. Soft body, creamy soft carbonation, bitter, off-dry, wonderfully expressive. Another winner for me on first taste, though I leave it open for bottle samples (i always assume that bottle fermentation gives Belgian beer added punch and life from the yeast). With how quiet nose is on this draft sample I can’t wait to get a full effervescent pour from a fresh bottle. When they will show up in CO who knows. In short, it compares very well with XX but has noticeably more bitterness and thankfully little else different, at least not different enough to notice without doing a side by side. That will come if CO ever sees bottles. I do suspect that the draft pour is less yeasty, seems that way from what I recall of the last few batches of XX. I love De Ranke yeast but maybe I love it’s quieter character in this amazingly hopped Belgian blonde. Update: bottles from Belmont Station are skunked!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirLimpsalot (2066) - SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2013
@Akkurat: trevlig kryddig doft med toner av peppar och koriander. Smaken är besk men ändå trevlig. Fin balans. Tydlig krydda utan att bli parfymerad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (3586) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2013
75 cl. bottle sampled @ GBF 2013. With 3 X’s I was expecting a totally brutal hop onslaught esp. considering just how hardcore hop harvest beers can be when had fresh. Instead I got a more balanced, rounder and frankly even better version of the already pretty great XX. Hazy orange with a white head. Smell is sweet peaches, oranges, white bread yeast, fruity, very round with small grassy hop flourishes, white pepper,… Taste is bubblegum, bitter peach, slight grass and flora hops, light caramel, touch white bread, hops, pepper, touch citrus, cloves. Full bubblegum. Really good but unfortunately for the USA but that is also probably why this one is so good. Thx! to the RB Crew for sharing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (2783) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 17, 2013
at gents bierfestival . pours fuzzy yellow, very small foam . smell is sweet, not bitter at all taste IS bitter. also some fruityness. still no american -style aromatic IPA , but very decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (2744) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2013
Slighlty hazy golden colour, white head. Aroma of hops, Belgian yeast, bubble gum and cloves. Bitter hoppy flavour, European hops, sweet malt touch, light resin. Lingering hop bitter flavour, resin and floral notes.
(From 75cL bottle @ ZZT-ish VIII / BBT I. Thanks for sharing, Countbeer!)


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