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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: 281   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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4.2
Ernest (7692) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Dec 2014 750ml bottling. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy light to medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cracker / toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of lemon zest, pepper, gum, dried pineapple. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, heavily bitter. Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent. FINALLY a reasonably fresh bottle of this, but of course I had to order it online from Belgium because American importers and distributors suck horribly at getting anything like this to retailers in less than a year anymore, especially Shelton Bros stuff. So yeah...this is obviously 4+ material, that’s instantly obvious from the first sniff and sip. Hard to want much more out of an aroma...it’s bright and offers notes from every aspect of the brewing process...malt, hops, yeast, esters, phenols, and they’re all of the enticing sort. In the mouth it’s eye-openingly bitter (damned near too bitter), but there’s plenty of residual sugar to keep it delicious. And it’s a very clean, low-acid, low-astringency type of dryness that is hard to complain about. It doesn’t have the massive, rocky, meringue-like head or ultra-fluffy mouthfeel I expected but these are minor quibbles...this is world-class brewing beyond doubt.

4
danielecamo (839) - ITALY - JUN 10, 2015
In bottiglia da 75cl. Aroma speziato, frutta gialla, erbaceo, erba appena tagliata. Al palato gasatura un pò eccessiva, poi sentori di speziato, pepato, erba appena tagliata, resinoso e finale molto amaro senza perdere bilanciamento.

3.7
SudsMcDuff (8427) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2015
I love love the xx bitter, so was pretty excitable to see this .. Opened at the Nguyen baby shower .. Hazy gold Amber .. Lots of splattered foam ., hay, dried grass, mild earthy yeast, and bitterness .. Not as subtle as the regular offering, but still nice, I’d take the xx bitter over this .. . . It’s a mirage, it’s sabotage

3.6
Joakgust (1452) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle. Hazy golden yellow beer with a large white head. Aroma is fruity with notes of caramel, citrus, peaches, oranges, spices and apricots. Flavor is fruity with notes of citrus, grapefruit, peaches, spices and grass. Well balanced.

3.5
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Bottle; Pour is murky light gold, with a two finger, fine bubbled white head into this glass. It retains fairly well, with sticky lacing presence here. The nose is a floral bouquet, with grassy hops, spent grain is there as well. The flavor profile is hop bitter indeed - grassy, bready malts, feint pepper spice, floral notes with a touch of lactic here. This was a fun attempt, but it just doesn’t quite work out for me

3.6
oliodnb (662) - ITALY - MAY 12, 2015
75cl bottle shared. Pours light hazy golden with one finger of white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet malts, yeast, spices and, some flowery note. Taste starts similar almost immediately overwhelmed by a lot of vegetal hoppy bitterness. Strong, very long bitter aftertaste, dry finish. Medium body, lively carbonation. Did I say this thing is bitter?

3.3
Wim (3980) - Weelde, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2015
ath zythos beer festival along with Yves golden blond colored body with a white head and with a spicy yeast hops aroma a hop fruity bitter taste with a bitter finish

3.3
Yves (3042) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - APR 25, 2015
Shared with wim at Zythos bierfestival 2015. Clear blond colored beer with small white head and only few carbonation. Yeasty hopped aroma. Full slightly sparkling palate. Finish is is hopped very bitter and bit dry ending.

3.8
BuckeyeBoy (7663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 12, 2015
750ml bottle picked up in Japan. Pours out a hazy straw color topped with a small head. Nose is floral hops belg yeast and a nice spice. Taste is more of the heavy floral notes spice is heavy and a good belg kick.

2.2
Zita (6325) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 2, 2015
old hoppy aroma,yellow,clear, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, old hoppy finish.


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