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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1412   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
XX-bitter is our most bitter, high-fermenting beer. Despite its low alcohol content, it produces a very rich, long lasting, full flavour.

Taste: Very bitter but still balanced. Long-lasting, distinct hop taste.
Hops: Brewers Gold & Hallertau Mittelfrh. 16. 10 EBC. 60-65 IBU.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (12531) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 1, 2008
(3/1/08) Draught sample at Zythos Bier Festival 2008 in Sint Niklaas. Blond color with a white head. Nice hoppy aroma. Flavor is hoppy and bitter with some citrus in the finish. Medium-bodied. Really good!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mybestfriend (263) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2008
Bottle. Pours a golden colour with a white head. Aroma is hops, hay and some yeast. Flavour is very bitter - hay, hops and some yeast. Finish is bitter. This doesnt taste like Belgium but nice one anyhow!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Tap @ Pizza Plant Walker Center. Light golden hazy pour with sizable heaD. Aromas of yeast, minor hop, citus. Taste of light Brett, mild hops, Belgian yeast & somewhat grassy. Pretty crisp & easily drinkable.Nice beer

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Pours hazy orange gold with a frothy, sizeable head that recedes slowly. Aroma of yeasty funk, floral hops, and sweet malts with citrus accents. Inital taste of grass, pine, and citrus, followed by an overpowering bitterness that lasts through the finish into sometime next Tuesday. Hops taste real fresh. I guess they dont call it XX bitter for nothing. This is one of the bigger Belgians Ive had, but isnt truly balanced. It is what it is, and what it is is BITTER and tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8664) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2008 Bottle at the Bayou. Pours a light golden with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is quite yeasty, with a strong hop presence. The flavor is quite nice, like a good Belgian Ale meets a IPA. A bitter hop/piny bite throughout, but somewhat balanced by a nice sweet malt. Quite nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
billk (353) - Coeur dAlene, Idaho, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Tap @ Monks. Almost clear golden, w large off white head. Nice Belgian IPA style beer, clean & fresh tasting with some brett and Belgian essence flavors. Smooth with plenty of fresh hop flavor and bitterness that also lingered long into the finish. Moderate caramel malt sweetness balanced well with the hops. Flavor held up well with food. This is on my do again list.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Tap, I really enjoyed this beer. Sweet aroma that belies a wonderfully bitter and subtly complex flavor. Appearance is quite dark. A great beer for a weekend lunch!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2008
Bottle. Creamy, malty, alcohol and spicy. Pours a cloudy banana yellow coloured beer. Sheer white head. Malty, sweet, spicy and very hoppy finish. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NosirIwont (2409) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2008
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with a big white head. Looks like a weissbier. Sweet hoppy aroma. Quite hoppy flavour with a bitter hoppy finish. 24-01-08.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (14896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 12, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2011 Rerate: Tap (Brevinga Alus/Viskija, Riga) (8:4:8:4:16=4.0)
8+ Wow. Super fruity aroma, light and uplifting. A touch of grapefruit and citrus. Just heavently
3+ Pale and simple head. Doesnt look like one of the best beers in the world, looks quite simple.
8 Super bitter taste. Perfect balance. Great breadiness, but the hops are so fruity and citrussy. Again, its just wow.
4 Crisp and refreshing. Super drinkable. Sessionable.
17 Fuck me, this is just fantastic. Such a clean crisp body, but packed full of taste. World class beer. Wow, wow, wow. MORE!!!
(I went back for more ... lots more...)
Rerate: Bottle: Honey floral hop aroma. Lively carbonation. Sweet smooth floral body, but a huge, and I mean huuuge, bulldozer of bitter hops takes over and gives a lovely finish. Again, not really seeing the brett in this. Rerate of: Bottle (ZBF2008)
Hoppy and well balanced. Good combination of medium malts and crisp bitter hops in the taste - hoppy and grainy. Not getting brett, to be honest. Then again, brett doesnt always improve everything. (6:4:7:4:14=3.5)


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