Brewed by Brouwerij De Ranke
Style: Belgian Ale - Pale/Golden/Amber
Dottignies, Belgium


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RATINGS: 325   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 73   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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. XXX-Bitter is a variation on the existing XX-Bitter, where we add an additional 50% more hops. Taste: Full-bodied bitter beer. Despite its higher IBU-value, the large amount of aroma-hops makes this beer taste smoother than XX. Bottle conditioned. Ingredients: Water, barley malt, sugar, hops (Brewers Gold, Hallertau Mittelfrüh), yeast.

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vinivini (4408) - Gomel, BELARUS - MAR 15, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2019 Hazy straw yellow, tall white fluffy head. Nose: spicy hop, spicy yeast, pear. Medium minus body. Taste: pretty dry, hoppy, with a fair amount of spicy Belgian yeast. Medium plus bitterness. Nicely done.

Rider0nTheStorm (347) - Ablis, FRANCE - FEB 16, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2019 Grande bouteille de 75 bue chez des amis. Très bonne, houblons fleuris bien présents, de l'amertume bien sûr mais pas trop.

Franckg (2521) - Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2018 Bouteille. Robe jaune trouble avec un épais col de mousse blanc et onctueux. Arômes de levures saisons, orange fraîche, ananas, herbes, citron confit. En bouche, levures, houblons herbacés et citronnés, legers agrumes, beaucoup d'esters épicés avec un peu de banane. Finale bien sèche avec touche de pamplemousse. Texture sèche et vineuse, corps mince.

jybi (907) - FRANCE - NOV 10, 2018
Sans atteindre un niveau exceptionnel, cette XX bitter est tout de même un cran au-dessus par rapport à la XX bitter, et ce avec une présence en bouche plus importante. L'amertume y est par contre toute autant prégnante et saillante (71 d'EBU pour notre XXX Bitter). Mention spéciale également ici à l'alcool, qui ne titrant qu'à 6 % Abv est pourtant particulièrement efficace en permettant une bonne longueur et présence en bouche. Les arômes restent cependant simples avec toujours comme houblons Brewers Gold et Hallertau Mittelfruh. Blond doré légèrement voilé en verre avec une mousse d'1,5 cm, c'est plutôt sympathique. Le nez présente agrumes, pêche, écorces d'orange avec une belle amertume. A l'attaque, nous sommes sur un bon équilibre malt/houblon. On y retrouve les arômes présents au nez avec un soupçon de poivre en complément. A partir de là, la base maltée va progressivement décliner au profit de l'amertume qui deviendra de plus en plus prédominante. Cette XXX Bitter présente de fait un bon élancement avec une amertume qui reste longtemps en bouche. Une bière plaisante, rafraîchissante pour amoureux de l'amertume.

EvNa (1538) - Ede, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2018
Bottle. Color: Clear golden, dense white head. Aroma: Floral hoppy. Taste: Medium to over medium floral hopbitterness, moderate sweet, surprisingly smooth and somewhat fruity mouthfeel. Hints of caramel and honey. Very bittery palate at finish. Very nicely balanced. Over medium body, below average carbonation. Very nice beer.

rikdb (10) - - OCT 20, 2018
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2018 Proefglas tijdens avondcursus biefstukken herkennen. Absoluut bitter. Bijzondere afdronk. Heel lang durende bittere nasmaak.

Cristobal37 (1851) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 25, 2018
Bottle. Pours hazy gold with light head. Fresh floral, piney hops dominate the aroma. Oily, fresh citrus, mild resiny hops, honey, sweet breads. Long dry bitter palate. Cool how it's like a classic Belgian ale crossed with a hoppy almost British style IPA. Dig it. It has been a while since I had the XX, not sure which I preferred, but both were nice.

GoufCustom (2861) - HONG KONG - SEP 13, 2018
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2018

750ml bottle bought at HKBWEX in Mong Kok.

Looks: Clear golden orange colour with a ring of dirt-like yeast sediments; Two finger head with crumpety white foam which lasts for 4 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing with fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant full Pils malt, with peaches, apricots, yellow fruits, floral, sugar, spices, wood, resins, dry bread, Bel yeast, lemon and grass.

Taste: Medium sweet full Pils malt, with apricots, yellow fruits, floral, sugar, spices, pine, strong resins, dry biscuits, strong Bel yeast, strong lemon, very strong bitter hops and very sharp grass.

Body: Medium body. Dry, slick and very oozy palate.

Mouth Feel: Rich Pils maltyness in a solid background. Quite notable yellow fruits and apricots forms the back drop, with very sharp but smooth hop bitterness and strong Bel yeast took the centre stage. Flowery with medium sweetness. Spicy, very oozy biscuity with strong lemon to round. Quite nice but...

Hoppiness: Peaches, apricots, yellow fruits, floral, spices, wood, resins, lemon and grass in nose. Yellow fruits, floral, spices, pine, strong resins, strong lemon, and very sharp grass in taste; Bitterness is very strong for a lasting, very high astringent bitter-sweet full malty finish.

After Taste: Very dry. Grassy oozy and very bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one boosts more hops than XX Bitter, but does it fare better? The massive hopping features expressive oozy and smooth hop bitterness, but at the expense of XX's delicate fruity and herbal hop characters. Here, the nice blackcurrant and mint from XX are nowhere to be found, all I get is blurry, non-descript apricots and yellow fruits. Make no mistake, this is a decent Ale, and I think bitter heads will love it, but I don't think it surpasses the classic XX.

biilz (758) - SPAIN - SEP 5, 2018
Аромат спертый слегка, немного фруктовый, нотки сухофруктов. Цвет по началу золотистый, но позже со дна бутылки появляется хороший осадок. Пена просто потрясная, белая, кремовая, шикарная. Вкус разочаровывает, пустой, очень горький после глотка. Немного фруктов и все. В целом очень горький, не вкусный бельгийский эль. Честно не советую.

thanatosti (2358) - Culemborg, NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2018
75 cl. bottle @ Rick and shared with him. Dark golden with a big white head. Fruity hoppy aroma. Bitter taste with an underlying sweet malts backbone. Prickly carbo and a good thick body. Very layered and complex beer despite it's initial apparent simpleness. That's one of the aspects of a truly great beer in my opinion.

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