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

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common

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RATINGS: 162   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lilja (1777) - 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 (456) - Greater Manchester, 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 (496) - 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 (16098) - , 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 (1627) - 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 (1154) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - JUN 2, 2014
Nose is decent mediumsweet lemon, yeast, banana whiff, elder flower, cooked vegetables, feel is mediumwatery, taste is white beans sweetness, yellow pepper, gooseberry acidity, late weak bile

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sir__v (716) - Lille, FRANCE - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle shared with friends @ La Capsule, Lille - FR. Color: hazy blond beer with small carbonation and small white foam. Smell: nice bitterness and grassy notes. Taste: good balance of malt and hops, grassy and floral notes. Some yeast notes. Aftertaste: dry bitterness sensation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (11841) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Paul. Pours lightly hazy yellow-gold with a lingering, frothy off-white head. The nose has pleasant, understated Belgian yeast expression, light grass, pale doughy bread, hay. Light sweet flavor with nice, salty pale bread, somewhat assertive grassy hops, lemon rind. Light to medium bodied with soft, massaging carbonation. Grassy bitter finish with Lilly offsetting pale bread, more lemon rind. Nice but the bitterness is a bit much in the end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7376) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle shared at Bruce’s. It pours clear golden with a thick white head. The nose is fresh, doughy, pretty spice, hay, toasted grass, light pear and sweet apple notes. The taste is crisp, doughy, hay, spice, grass, light alcohol, decent bitterness, pepper and a touch of citrus rind with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Nice bitter Belgian number.


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