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99
style
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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3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palidor19 (3171) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2008
A dry bitter beer, with some mild grassy hops. Malts are very standard. the rest seem quite a touch above average yet it is very accessible with the trained palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2008
(bottle): Pouring in the sediment, it pours an extremecy cloudy brown-yellow color. Very big head, creamy, but not very lasting. Very hoppy aroma, alcoholy, dark fruit. Dark sugary. Bitter dry taste, full body, not watery. Kind of dirly tasting. Some maltiness. Dry & somewhat acidic. Kind of like a sweet pale ale.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (13557) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2008 Bottle. Fantastic beer. Creamy off-white excellent fully lasting head. Orange colour. Fantastic hoppy aroma. The malt is not overpowered still. Heavy bitter flavor. Long fruity heavy bitter finish. Very creamy palate. Truly fascinating beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Pours a cloudy golden with an huge frothy off-white head that slowly settle as the glass empties. Aroma is typical Belgian yeast, strong earthy hops and lemons. Extremely refreshing citic flavor, some saltiness and big bitterness as well as some fruit (pear). Silky medium body, very astringent.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barncatmatt (2281) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2008
330 ml bottle from trade with paco. pours hazy golden with a small white head that lingers. very hoppy aroma while still maintaining the usual possitive belgian characteristics. flavours are wonderful with citrus fruit and belgian sweetness and yeast leading to a satisfying bitter hop finish. a belgian i could have everyday.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2008
bottle: pours with a giant very active white head under that is a hazy yellow body.some great spider web lacing. aroma is a lovely sweet fresh fruit (tropical), some sugars and lieing behins is soem citrusy lemon. also a real earthy aroam not wuite funk but close. great refreshing aroma. flaovur is very nice some citrus hop bitter upfront into a almost sugaar sweet malt in the middle. then comes a earthy alomost bretty funkiness that levels into a very dry and bitter earth hop finish excellent beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2008
I wasnt all that impressed with this one. As refined as most Belgian beers are, I think I am too used to the American take on hoppiness. Had a little bit of a grainy taste to it, maybe it was the carbonation. Will not be grabbing this again anytime soon.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TrefwoordPunk (1015) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a pale cloudy yellow with a medium white head and a hoppy aroma. The taste is dominated by mixed bitter hops, but there is some yeast and sugar to find in here too. A bitter hoppy finish makes this a very good Belgian beer. I love it!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2007
bottle - Pours hazy yellow with a big lingering, lacy head. The aroma is citrus and yeast with some mild hops. The taste is led by the dry, bitter hops. Theres some yeast and citrus in the background. It has a surprisingly light, almost thin body with high carbonation levels. Its a decent quaff with a dry finish, but Im not crazy about it.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dancatts (91) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Nice beer that had a strong bitter flavor and finish. Appearance was light with white head. Flavor was bitter and the alcohol came through very much in the flavor.


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