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

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RATINGS: 240   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.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nathanvc (187) - 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 (675) - 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 (1665) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Draft. Large off-white head atop lightly hazed amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange/spicy, light bread. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, light spicy, bread. Medium body, light chalk.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeersweden (549) - SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2016
For the third time in the world and for the second time in Sweden this beer is released to the public.

Released at Systembolaget in October 2015. Only about 700 75cl bottles found it’s way to Sweden this time. I’ve saved this for a rainy day and that’s today! (January 29 - 2016)

The beer pours hazy, light yellow with a huge, three finger high, white head that leaves lacing on the glass.

The beer is full of very small bubbles racing to the top of the beer. It reminds me of a glass of champagne.

Nose: Funky Belgian yeast, floral hops, malt (pilsner malt?), grass and some earthy notes. I love the smell!
Taste: Wow! This is good! A lot of bitterness. Pale malt, citrus, grapefruit, bread, coriande and floral hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Great texture. Medium carbonation. High bitterness and dry ending. The bitterness really plays a big part in this beer!

What can I say? I love bitter beer and this is bitter! The beer takes a grip of your tongue and twist it... Nice!

I’m so glad I got hold of a few bottles.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkillsFactory (518) - ITALY - JAN 16, 2016
Color pesca, opalescente, schiuma bianca di buona persistenza. Aroma di pompelmo, lievito belga, floreale ed erbaceo. Al palato attacca dolce con lievito belga, misto a pompelmo, coda erbacea è contraddistinta sempre da pompelmo, leggermente resinosa. Corpo medio, ben carbonata, texture acquosa.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Hopverdju (537) - BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2016
75cl fles. Helder blond bier met wandklevend fijn wit schuim. Geur: Sulfer, niet zo frisse geur. Met wat zuurstof verdwijnt dit gelukkig. Smaak: wat aards, bitter. Afdronk: bitter, lang. Ik ben fan van de XX Bitter maar dit was teleurstellend. Deze moet en zal ik zeker herproeven!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lore (2038) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 2, 2016
hazy yellow colour, huge off-white head; aroma of floral notes, bread, some citruses fruitiness and coriander; taste is the same with intensive bitterness - similarly to the XX version: would be better with a bit less intensive hoppy bitterness

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
axl (511) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2015
750ml bottle. Semi-clear golden with three finger airy white head. Descrete floral hoppy aroma with citrus, grass and hay. Taste is very bitter with plenty of grapefruit and citrus zest, bitter lemon and grapefruit, grass and straw. Medium, slightly rough from the bitterness, mouthfeel, medium-light carbonation and strong bitter aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hikeg (246) - - DEC 17, 2015
Moderate malty, heavy hoppy. Apple, pear, white wine, pepper. Good lacing. Medium body, heavy astringent.


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