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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: 1404   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44976) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 2, 2008
Draught @ <a href=http://ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?eventID target=_new> Zythos Bier Festival 2008, Sint Niklaas, Belgium. Unclear light to medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, moderate to light heavy hoppy, citrus - lime, grass, moderate yeasty. Flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (020308)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (41289) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2008
33 cL bottle. Pours hazy yellow with huge white head. Aroma is hoppy, light citrus to lemon aroma. Flavour is light citrus fruity at first. Mild note of Belgian yeast. Dominant hoppy. Goes into a quite dry finish. Solid bitterness mixed with a light citrus fruity note.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (34945) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2003
The aroma is a fresh hoppy and grassy one. The color is a hazy orange and it has a beutiful head. The flavor is sweet and very hoppy bitter. The palate is quite filling. A great beer - but not that Belgium.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (26355) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2005
Bottled. Golden coloured with a medium sized white head. Hoppy aroma with fruity notes. Hoppy flavour with fruity notes. Long dry bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oh6gdx (25552) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2005
Draught. Hazy yellowish nutbrown colour, creamy white head. Wheat, yeast and sour fruit in aroma. Huge hoppy fruitish flavour. IPA-like.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2005
(Bottle 75 cl) Was this brewed by Deca for De Ranke all the time? Or did De Ranke do their own brewing in the early years. Well, this was clearly an early version - paper wrapping says Lot # 000001. Pretty, hazy honeygolden with a frothy almost fat head. Very refined spiciness in both flavour and aromas. And calling this "bitter" is no lie. Its close to paralyzing my taste buds, hence I dont really sense the subtlety of this brew. Pity as Im really an Orval afficionado. Must come back to this. 100299

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (23886) - Tyres, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2002
Sampled draught atAkkurat, Stockholm, Sweden.
Pale yellow. Flowery, spicy and sweet. Bold mouthfeel and harsh, resiny very bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23722) - Malm, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2005
Hazy oeange colour, long lasting white head. Aroma of citrus and hops. Flavor of hops and citrus, some hints of yeast aswell. Aftertaste is bitter and some hints of the yeast. Very drinkable.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (22685) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2010
6th October 2008. Dry and pretty bitter! Not much else coming from the hops to alleviate the bitterness. Needs to be very cold to be at all drinkable!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (22130) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle at home ... fizzy amber ... big big white foam head ... spicy fruity hop ... juicy ... quite tart ... some yeast ... ligth bitterness ... definitly Belgiam :-) ... light dryness in linger ...light grapefruit ...


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