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


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RATINGS: 1443   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2003
i loved this, in the middle of a belgian festival i all of a sudden got to taste hops again, my lovely friend the hop brought me back to life in a huge way in this beer. the light yellow body with a somewhat strong head gives off aromas of light diacetyl and a slight hint of hops. the flavor is where i had fun, clean hop flavors with a hint of the typical belgian spicing and some smooth hop bitterness to cleanse the palate at the finish.

Bill Becker (1335) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 16, 2017
From Oct 2005 This one poured a crystal clear gold until the sediment at the bottom hit the glass and turned it into a cloudy gold....but there are no solid "chunks" so I give this very high honors in the appearance department. The smell was the only thing I could find negative about it. Almost had a cleaning solution smell to it...very lemony. The taste was superb! That lemony smell translated into a very hoppy/lemony taste that hit my palate on nothing but positive tones. Boy....am I sad that I only bought 1 bottle....this is GREAT stuff! Hoppay! ;^)

Parmenion777 (341) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2017 On tap Leper - Pours a cloudy yellow colour with a medium sized thick foamy white head. Aroma has that Belgian yeastiness, some grass and citrus lemon notes. A zesty hoppy bitter taste, malt and yeast flavours a little sweetness and more hops in the finish.

mt_hall (211) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2017
Bottled. Bright gold with a slight haze. A dense white head. Typical yeasty, Belgian, bubblegum and clove aroma, but with a touch of tropical fruit too. Sweetness and acidity at the start, leading to a dray finish and a dry, yeasty aftertaste. Warmth from the alcohol but suprisingly refreshing for the ABV.

Piepenhenrich (1171) - Steinbach, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2017
From bottle. Transfer of an earlier rating without text recorded, rating only.

thegreenrooster (4516) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 7, 2017
Pour is a cloudy yellow with a huge white head. Aroma is some bland wet paper type lager malt but there is a underlying fruity apricot. Flavor is some more bland malt but there is a huge white pepper that stays on the palate long after the swallow. Not very bitter as the name suggests, the beer is all about the malt and more importantly the yeast used.

AlainG (2342) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2017
Une blondeur lumineuse. Un nez poussiéreux, fruité, de levure et de houblon. Des saveurs sèches, amères, fruitées et herbacées. Un arrière-goût acidulé et amer. Fort appréciable. (2323-100917)

thanatosti (1772) - Culemborg, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2017
33 cl. bottle @ home, bought @ Wijnzinning, Gendt. Hazy golden with a white head. Yeasty fruity hoppy aroma. Bittersweet taste. Nice mature blonde with, for a Belgian ale, lots of hops.

frumento70 (4) - - SEP 16, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2017 Servita ad una temperatura di 7 gradi,riesce ad esprimere tutte le sue potenzialità .Una birra ben assemblata ,lo stile bitter centrato appieno,un amaro seducente dal primo sorso e persistente fino all'ultima bevuta .Una nota resinosa,di pino,la rende una birra molto ruffiana,nonostante l'amaro ospite fisso,i suoi sentori erbacei gli conferiscono qualcosa di selvatico,graminacee verdi e appena tagliate la rendono fresca.Una nota speziata decisa e persistente ti accarezza il palato ma non ti avvolge ma la rende sfuggente.Ottima birra

balwanekfigo (232) - POLAND - SEP 8, 2017
Armand czysty słodowy. Piana super. W smaku czysto, chmielowo, wysokie nasycenie, goryczka wyraźnia, dobrze zbalansowana, krótka. Są nuty belgijskie. Jest dobrze.

mzaar (3593) - Varberg, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2017
Flaska. Disig orange med ett frostigt vitt skum. Dofter av citrus, örter, peppar och blomster. Smakinslag av grapefrukt, citron, blomster och örter. Bitig beska i eftersmaken. Något jordig avslutning.

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