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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1456   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 Mittelfrüh. 16°. 10 EBC. 60-65 IBU.

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shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Well, the label does warn you, no? I had this bottled on the square in Bruges, and it tastes like chewing a mouthful of new mown grass with a side of malts...not brewed, just chewed raw. Not as bad as that might sound, but I won’t be getting another one of these.

WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Tap @ Ebenezer’s Pub in Lovell Maine. Pours gold with a bright white 1 finger head with nice lacing. Nose is yeasty and hoppy. Taste is sweet, yeasty and hoppy, slightly hoppy. Overall tasty.

RichardGretton (4862) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2008
[email protected] 2008. Golden beer with a fruity and spiced aroma. The flavour is fruity and vinous. Overall a nice beer.

Borresteijn (7602) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2008
Bottle. Golden hazy orange colour, big fluffy white head. Aroma of hops, hops, yeast and malts. Flavour is hops, bitterness, soft sweet maltiness and some citrus, with a bitter finish. Soft and dry mouthfeel. I like this a lot.

tennisjoel (1496) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Pour is murky gold with a pillowy head. Aromas of banana, sour brett, pepper, lemon, and some belgian sugar. That is pretty much where the sweetness ends, however. Very dry. In the description it mentions Orval, but it doesn’t have the same mediciny quality and is more hoppy. But it has a dry finish so I can still see the comparison.

DrBayern (1140) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2008
On draft at Monk’s Cafe on 7/23/2008

Aroma - Light toasty grain, floral notes, bit of yeast and spice

Appearance - Fairly clear gold in a tulip glass, healthy white head and good lace

Flavor - Soft maltiness and honey sweetness is quickly overcome by a zesty bitterness that is pervasive and lasting.

Palate - Medium body and lightly carbonated, very dry, but not really as resinous as one would expect from a beer with so much hop bitterness.

Overall - Quite bitter, and not for everyone. Doesn’t have a huge hop aroma like many very hoppy American brews.

WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Interesting. Obviously Belgian pour ... hazy orange, great head. Not sure it was heavily barnyard, but more Belgian yeast and malts. Some spice and citrus / wheaty lemon, and a long bitter finish. Not a Belgian IPA, but definitely a hoppy Belgian.

Todeon (327) - SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2009 Bottle. Nice hazy orange color! Taste is lots of hoppy and grassy notes and also some spice. Finish is really dry!

malrubius (3084) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 26, 2008
On tap at Novare Res. Pale hazy straw with lasting white head and lace. Spcy yeasty peppery lemongrass aroma. Mild fruity apricot sweetness with spicy hop bitterness, and spicy floral dry finish. Medium-light body and medium carbo. Complex, flavorful, refreshing, excellent.

edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2008
7/26/08: Bottle.
Sun-ripened yellow body with a white head. Nose of yeast, barnyard, lemon peel, other citrus, pepper and wheat. Flavors of yeast, lemon, spice, banana and clove with a good amount of hop bitterness. Very well executed.

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