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

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RATINGS: 237   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rask0lnikov (569) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 2, 2016
UPDATED: APR 8, 2016 Pale, bit hazy yellow colour. Modest white head. Aroma of hay and hops. Hoppy at first. Bitterness in the middle. Hoppy finish. Bit spicy aftertaste. Well balanced saison. Does not have flowery wheat basis. Hops making this beer good but the palate is not complex. It is still very well drinkable beer. Not 4.0 because of the slight sweetness. Chsracteristics were the same at the second tasting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (13062) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 25, 2016
750ml bottle (Koht Tallinn)
Lovely fresh hoppy aroma. Super fresh crisp hoppy taste. Lovely mellow palate, but full of character, soft bready malts, but super perfumey hops. Balance absolutely perfect. This is like a mellowed version of the XX. To be honest, I think I prefer the smack in the chops of the XX.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (5879) - Reval, ESTONIA - MAR 25, 2016
750ml bottle. Bit hazy golden color. Medium size, bubbly white head, stays. Sweet malts, bit of hazelnuts, floral, some plastic in aroma. Malty, sweet, spicy and grassy hops in taste. Hops absolutely explode in aftertaste. Soft carbonation. Hopping is exceptionally well done. Very very good bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
freretoc (1536) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 9, 2016
Bue en bouteille de 75cl à la brasserie, couleur blonde mousse et effervescence bien présente, Nez sur le hoblon et le citron presqu’un côté cannabis. Miam Miam Miam Miam Miam Miam Miam Ouais ça faisait un mois que j’avais pas bu une bière, j’ai trouvé ça bon et j’ai pas eu envie de me faire chier à la noter. Miam Miam Miam Miam Miam Miam Miam

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kajser27 (1195) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 4, 2016
Cloudy, yellow colored, medium white creamish head, good lacing. Aroma is of malt, citrus, spicy phenolic and bit straw. Taste is medium to light sweet malt, light caramel, lots of spicy phenolic-peppery notes and citrus, some straw, medium to strong bitterness, quite dry finish. Medium- bodied, average carbonation, oily. Proper Belgian bitter stuff! (on tap, Gainsbar, Kortrijk)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mallons72 (205) - livonia, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2016
Not a belgian fan....but this works for me! Enough hops to remind me of prima pils. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Renobob (1600) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 2, 2016
Bue en bouteille de 75cl. Blonde, effervescence moyenne. Enorme houblonnage intense du début à la fin de la dégustation. Parfaite pour les amateurs d’amertume.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nathanvc (185) - Brugge, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2016
At Bruges Beer Fest. Pours hazy blonde with a big white head. The aroma contains hops, citrus, grass, yeast and earthy notes. It tastes medium sweet towards heavy bitter. The aftertaste is strong, lasting, dry and bitter. Lively carbonation. A bit too intense.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tognetta (669) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - FEB 25, 2016
Amarelo escura, media turbidez, espuma branca de média formação e persistência. Aroma de lúpulo tipicamente belga, seca, doce de mamão, pêssego, complexa. Paladar de médio amargor e leve dulçor. Corpo médio, seco, média carbonatação. Aftertaste trás um dulçor frutado/seco, de média persistência. Uma cerveja de classe, percebe-se a qualidade da fabricação. Perfeita para uma harmonização.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1624) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - FEB 18, 2016
bottled dec14. Golden colour with a firm head. Aroma is dust, grass, earth, hey and dry hops. Dry, little bit acidic with long bitter finish. Nice one


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