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

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RATINGS: 136   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29230) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2014
Draft. A hazy golden beer with a lazing white head. The aroma has notes of spicybhops, malt, and hay. The flavor is sweet with notes of straw, hops, light malt, and some spices, leading to a bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4277) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle at the "Colin and the Vikings tasting, Goteborg". Poured a hazy straw colour with a long-lasting frothy white head. The aroma is yest, light fruit. The flavour is medium bitter with a light hop yeast palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2757) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle courtesy of AndySnow. Pours very hazy pale golden with a frothy white head that leaves lots of soapy lacing and trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is rather subtle with crackers, unripe tropical fruits, moist grass, pine needles, grapefruit juice, lemon hard candy and lemon zest. Taste is bitter and fruity with crackers, moist grass, pine needles, peach skins, grapefruit juice, orange peal, lemon peal, hay, starfruit, honeydew melon, lemony soap and hints of pepper corns. Mouthfeel is soft, tiny champagne-like, dry, astringent and light to medium bodied. Finish is bitter and fruity with crackers, grapefruit rinds, orange peal, moist grass, pine needles, pepper corns, unripe pears, starfruit and unripe mango. Very solid hoppy Belgian blonde.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hammerhead01 (41) - Louvain-la-Neuve, BELGIUM - MAR 20, 2014
75 cl bottle. Pours ahzy blond with a thin white head. Very hoppy aroma and some hints of cereal. THe Bitterness is quite pleasent and not overwhelming as one could imagine. Less aggressive and more harmonioous than XX Bitter. Aftertaste is bitterness and grains. Very enjoyable beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuperTiti33 (505) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2014
Blonde. Gros collet dense et blanc. Nez: foin. Céréale. Florale. Houblon. Végétale. Légèrement épicé. Bouche: bien houblonné. Belle effervescence. Très épicé. Pelure d'orange. Légère astringence. Finale amère, sèche et âcre. Très en texture. Rafraichissante. J'aime bien.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Hazy and pale gold with a sudsy, foamy and lasting head with nice lace patterns. Snappy, spicy and peppery esters and hop bitterness. Nips of lemon, too. Earthy malts with grains and hay. Finishes dry and bitter. Pleasant.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2624) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is slightly hazy golden with a big effervescent white head and great lacing. Grassy, grainy, somewhat floral, light esters, noble hoppy, peppery, crackery malt, and biscuity aroma. Taste is fresh cut grass, slightly skunked, yeasty, light honey, phenols, white pepper, doughy malt, and candied oranges - medium bitterness on the backend. Medium body with crisp carbonation and a very dry finish. Tasty beer, but doesn’t seem super fresh and has definitely been lightly skunked. Oh well.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2014
hazy gold, puffy white head. Floral nose is heavy perfume and petal, stinging pepper grass nose, heavy oils. Flavor strokes the tongue, dank and oily with biscuit undercurrent, light petals and tons of grassy pineapple and grapefruit all over. Straight stinging floral juice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4847) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3oz pour at Max’s Belgian Fest 2014. Pours gold with some thin lacing white head. Nose is lemon, orange, yeast, grass. Flavor is orange, lemon, grass. Clean, bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2093) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Draft at Max’s Belgian Beer Festival. Pours almost clear gold with a fizzy white head. Tastes very dry, grassy, bitter, hoppy, with hints of grapefruit. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like grapefruit and yeast.


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