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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 278   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed especially for the Shelton Brothers The Festival 2013 in Portland, ME.

Limited kegs and 75cl bottles productions. Not to be confused with the regular XX Bitter.

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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hawthorne00 (3852) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2017
Bottle, 11C. Almost bright gold with a large white head that lasts well. Aroma of the meadow, under-ripe nectarines, oranges, crackers. Light bodied, high carbonation is maybe a bit too high for me (and better - creamier - after a swirl). Fruity and bittersweet with crackers verging on biscuit, oranges, nectarines, the meadow. Some tropical bubblegum, a touch of menthol. Doesnt come across as as bitter as XX and is confusingly both softer and more pungent. Second glass is barely hazier than the first - the sludgy sediment is very co-operative. Stunning.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NordicV (2319) - Malm, Sweden, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2017
Gyllengul mot orange l med ett kvardrjande vitt skum. Doften r typiskt belgiskt jstig med deg, h, grs och viss pepprighet. I smaken tillkommer citrustoner och ljust brd.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rubin77 (1879) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 9, 2017
F: huge, white, good retention. C: pale gold, light hazy. A: malty, grassy, herbal, oranges, lemon, floral, tonic water, bit of yeast. T: malty, grassy, oranges, grapefruit, floral, yeast, long lasting bitterness on the palate, apple, light soapy, medium body, medium carbonation, the bitterness is really nice in the way I like it, the XX was great for me and this XXX also, #1000 Belgium beer, 75cl bottle from Prik & Tik Dranken Marlou.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (3192) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2017
Light hazy golden with white foam on top. Powerful hop profile with some dry tea notes. Background honey and light cracker malt. Medium bodied with a lightly dry finish. Solid.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
budedou (946) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - APR 22, 2017
Hazy gold pour with a white head. Vanilla, warm spice and honey aroma. Flavours of vanilla, honey and apricot. Tasty.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OminouSC2 (615) - Mora, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2017
Yellow color, huge white head. Gusher. Aromas of hay, floral hops, citrus, lemon peel, sour candy and yeast. Bitter taste of citrus, floral hops and yeast. Very bitter taste/finish. Not for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cglans (154) - - APR 13, 2017
75cl bottle. hazy orange color. small white head. hops, citrus, pineapple, hint of pepper, tart. nice dry and bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (1464) - NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2017

Aroma:
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, fruit, grain, hops and citrus.

Appearance:
Turbid/opaque golden/amber beer with a slight/medium off-white head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, Belgian yeast and fruit; ends slightly bitter and dry with grain, hops and citrus.

Overall:
This beer is rather intense, complex and balanced. Great standard Belgian Ale that could have something more. I am thinking of more fruity hops, some brettanomyces or spices. Great appearance and palate, but the aroma could have been stronger.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
90 (398) - BELGIUM - APR 6, 2017
Totaal mijn ding niet. Totaal niet. Astringent in de slechte zin van het woord. Een alles overheersende scherpe hop. Teveel. Slaat alles plat. Ik kan me inbeelden dat dit godendrank is voor de fans. Ik ben het niet.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tide (3703) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2017
Bottle from Beergium. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, yeast, hops, earthy notes, a bit of ripe fruits and pine. Bitter finish with citrus, yeast, hops, white pepper, a bit of ripe fruits and pine. Very nice Belgian ale.


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