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

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RATINGS: 265   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Borresteijn (6632) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2015
75cl Bottle from Melgers. Golden colour, white head. Lovely hoppy aroma, classic Belgian hops, lots of fresh grass, flowers, lavender, sage, all the good stuff. Flavour is very floral, light spicy, malty, dry, wet grass, herbal in the sense of lavender/sage/rosemary, etc. Dry bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation. I love these kind of beers, just all malty and hoppy goodness. Btw it appears to be more mellow than the XX Bitter, less soapy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (6814) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle @ Kafe Belgie, large sample. Hazy yellow color, medium frothy white head. Aroma is quite spicy from belgian yeast and with loads of flowery hop. Medium bitter in taste, bit dry. Bitterness lingers on. Extremely powerful hopped belgian blonde. Dont know if I prefer this one above the excellent regular XX Bitter. Think this one goes a bit over the top and out of balance.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (7498) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear golden with a huge off-white head. Aroma of yeast, some floral notes, sugar and herbs. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some bitterness, herbs, some floral notes and spices. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bosskie (824) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2014
Crystal-clear golden beer with a weak white head and some cute bubbles. Smell is dominated by citrus. White pepper, bread and a saison-like floweriness. Subtle touch of leather and cherries. Metal, resin. Taste is bitter bitter bitter but deliciously balanced. Watery. Astringent finish which lingers developing a subtle floweriness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Tap. Clear golden pour with a thin but nice white head. Citrus, floral, pine, spice, wet spring leaf. Medium to full body. Short crisp and refreshing finish. Interesting

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (2791) - Kaarina, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
A golden beer with a quite big and blond head. The aroma is fresh and fruitful, citrusfruits, perries, aromatic hops, flowers, some spices. Taste is fruitful and strongly hopped, sourness of lemon and spices. More bitterness in the end, thus the taste is quite dry, some herbs, long bitterness in the mouth. Medium bodied, strong carbonation. If I remember correctly, the XX Bitter was fresher. Strongly hopped but still balanced and the great belgian elements arent hidden. The great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (3043) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2014
75cl bottle shared with a friend. Pale yellow/orange with a full white soapy head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice bittersweet taste. Citrus, herbs, hops and yeast. A decent Belgian brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ManVsBeer (8934) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
Draught @ Cafe Rose Red, Brugge. Pale amber-orange in colour with light citrus lemon notes alongside pale malts.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AbouAli (195) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 14, 2014
compar absolument avec la xx bitter. Malgr un houblonnage plus intensif laccent est mis sur le late hooping et du coup lamertume semble moins importante mme si ce nest pas le cas

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (4814) - BELGIUM - NOV 9, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2016 Limited special version of the classic XX Bitter, since 2013, with stable, snow white head and deep golden blonde colour. Aroma of apricot, grapefruit, tonic water, orange peel, apple, grass; dry fruity onset, citrussy freshness, after which a strong, long and dry, complex citrussy hop bitterness sets in, peppery and spicy, like in the regular version. Not necessarily hoppier or more bitter than the XX, but hoppy in a different, more American kind of way, I suspect. I need to do a side by side tasting of both...


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