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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1431   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3953) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2008
Brown bottle, 33 cl, best before June 2012, via Importations Prives Biropholie, savoured on may 20 2008; eye: copper, lightly hazy, good effervescence, voluminous creamy white head that falls and leaves a blob of melted ice cream, lacing; nose: hops (resinous), pine, grapefruit, light caramel; mouth: hops (resinous), light caramel, hops again, grapefruit, malt is present, dry finale in hops, mild astringency, slightly sweet, mildly bitter, medium body, slightly harsh texture, average carbonation; overall: fine FRANAIS Bouteille brune, 33 cl, meilleure avant juin 2012, via Importations Prives Biropholie, savoure le 20 mai 2008; il : cuivre, lgrement voile, bonne effervescence, mousse blanche crmeuse abondante qui tombe et laisse un petit monticule de crme glace fondue, dentelle; nez : houblon, rsine, pin, pamplemousse, lger caramel; bouche : houblon, rsine, lger caramel, retour du houblon, pamplemousse, malt se laisse deviner, finale sche en houblon, astringence moyenne, trs lgrement sucre, moyennement amre, corps moyen, texture lgrement rugueuse, carbonatation moyenne; en rsum : bien

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2008
On tap at Monks. Pours pale blond with white head and a little bit of lace. The nose is candy sugar with spice and herb hop notes. Loads of the same hop flavors with enough pilsner malt character to keep it from getting all out of wack. Light body and dry. Very easy to drink, and very good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
soyorganic (307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2008 "Hoppiest [beer] in Belguim" alright. Bottle: (side note): I was at a restaurant that pours it for you and we had just had exotic cheese on a platter. I have made it in this world, thank you irs stimulus payment. Poured a light copper color with huge white head. Heavily carbonated beer with a yeast and hop aroma. Initial taste is of belgian yeast followed by hops that kick in. This is a good idea for a beer but I thought it was too carbonated.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MagooinPA (101) - Rotonda Lakes, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2008
bottle into a tulip glass. Awesome nose of hops and spice. Appearance was a cloudy(chill haze??) straw color with a nice white head and the usual Belgian carbonation for a golden ale. The foamy head stuck around and laced the glass till the last sip. As the beer came closer to room temp, the haze disappeared. What an awesome flavor going on here. Hops, Belgian notes, malt, everything I was hoping for and more. I am left with a nice balance of hops and all things Belgian. I want another one. This would be an one hell of a session beer on draft. It would be worth the cost for sure.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgiskOlklub (1072) - Viby J, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2008
Bottle 33 cl. Large frothy white head. Mostly lasting but spare lacing. Hazy, amber colour body. Heavy hop aroma of grass, herbs and celery. Medium, oily body. The flavor is moderate sweet and heavy bitter. To bitter...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAY 6, 2008
75cl bottle, quite fresh one. Hazy orangey yellow, lacing pale head. Exotic fruity hops on the nose, pineapple and tutti frutti bubblegum. Flavor is strongly hopped, exotic fruits, slightly grainy wheat malts. Flowery and chalky, very bitter finish. Medium bodied, extremely smoothly carbonated palate. Im loving it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (3058) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2008
750 ml bottle, best by 2008. Fully aged, this loses nothing of the bite described by other raters. Pours a bright gold in color with a fluffy white head. Clean smell of light belgian malts, accented by hop bitterness. Tasting bring sharp hops right to the fore, mostly German type with a good dose of grapefruit on the side. Brett character is very light, just adding to a good dryness and a more tickly carbonation from bottle conditioning. Actually kicks off my allergies; oh how I suffer for may passions. Great Belgian pils style malts with an American-level hop nose and that slight bit of extra sugar, whats not to love. Packaging in brown bottle with a paper wrapper makes it that much easier to cellar well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3790) - Vadum, DENMARK - APR 21, 2008
Unclear golden of color with a white head. An aroma with citrus, spice, dusty and dry. A flavor with hops, citrus and hops.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbuzz (825) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2008
Beer tasting at Three Cellars Milwaukee. I like this very much. Dry with an attitude. Little bitter finish that got the back of my tongue.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2008
Cloudy yellow with thin white head. Aroma of spice & grassy hops. Spicy taste with a dry bitter finish. Decent beer.


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