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

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common

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RATINGS: 136   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smalle (104) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 23, 2014
Continental hops in the aroma, some yeast Taste: bitter, some grapefruit, floral. Quite dry and bitter, but not over the top at all. Well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2014

Bottle 750ml.

[ As De Ranke XXX Bitter ].
[ Courtesy of Jan ]. Clear medium orange yellow color with a average to large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, moderate yeasty, white pepper notes, moderate to heavy hoppy, grass. Initial flavour is moderate sweet and bitter, finish flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, grass, wheat, dry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140118]

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vignale (2035) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 21, 2014
Flaska från SB. Gyllenfärgad, disis, stort vitt bestående skum. Stor doft av belgisk jäst, gräs, hö, örter, kryddig men också en citrusblommig fruktighet. Lätt och elegant och örtigt kärv på samma gång. Frisk, torr, välhumlad, lätt honungssötma, syrliga och lätt beska äpplen, citrus, koriander. Perfekt på midsommarbordet. Jag älskar xx bitter och det här är ändå bättre. Så bra balans, så fina smaker, ovanligt välhumlat och ändå typisk belgiskt. Ett nytt favoritöl.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
murran (150) - - JUN 20, 2014
Pours a clear golden body with a thick head. Lightly funky aroma with a bitter, hoppy taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lilja (1585) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2014
Smak och doft av humle, vete, gröna äpplen, belgisk jäst, citrus med toner av honung, koriander, hö, apelsin och grapefrukt. Jämn och fin med tydlig beska med smak av citrusskal. Riktigt gott och uppfriskande.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hanoi (382) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle. Nose is floral, musty, cloves, slight orange peel. Intriguing. Taste, is resin, grapefruit rind, floral, slight herbal, cloves and lots of pepper in the lasting dry finish, finish. Mouthfeel is good. Nice beer which clearly has links to new world IPAs but I’m a little baffled by the hype.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamTheBarrel (417) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2014
750ml green bottle, poured into a Tulip glass. Appearance is cloudy straw colored with a medium sized frothy beige head, that reduced quickly leaving a little lacing on the glass. Aroma of orange peels, lemon zest, pears and peaches. Flavours of lemon zest, orange peels and spices. Taste is light sweet and medium-heavy bitter. Palate is medium bodied, soft texture and average carbonation. Overall a great beer, nice dry citrusy bitterness, notably more bitter than a typical Belgian Ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14768) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2014
28th May 2014
Tasting at Chez Bruce. Thanks to Pau for this one. Hazy gold beer, good pale cream coloured head. Palate is light and dry and mildly crisp. Light floral start. Fresh air malts. Bitterish grapefruit and a touch of bitter aniseed. Light dry finish with a good bitter linger. All right.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1547) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Tap. Fresh meadow aroma mostly of lavender and clover; fragrant and musky; cobwebs, gravel.

Super bitter, floral hop flavor with light, balancing acidity and honey malt.

Open, airy palate disguises the crazy dryness of this thing, and leaves me wanting a mite more body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Linnet (1096) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2014
Yeasty, citric, grapefruity, resinous, tart, bread, hay, Green apples, horse blanket. Hazy golden colour, medium white head, lacing. Medium bite, mid-sweet, lots of funky yeast, sort of one-dimensional. Medium body, soft carbonation, bitter and bready finish. Well made, but nothing that really excites me.


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