De Ranke XX Bitter - Brouwerij De Ranke
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Reviews by Rumrunner:
4.8/5 rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Drank at Lucky Baldwin's 5th Belgian Beer Festival. Served in a Piraat glass.
Oh, those tricky Belgians. To show that they know bitter the way a hop head likes bitter but not stray from the Belgian qualities of this pale ale. I wish this one was more available in California. Lucky Baldwin's is the only place I have ever had it.
Pours a pale golden yellow. Some straw like colors highlight the sides of the glass when held up to the light. A big frothy crater filled head slowly disappears but leaves a bubbly trail of lace down the glass. Scents are hoppy and floral. Some spices but not much malt in the nose. The scents tickle the nose and give a bubbly high energy quality to the feel of the scents. Very nicely done.
Bitter is as bitter does. At first taste this ale lets you know it is bitter. Great hops and a real citris bite to it. The floral flavors and some spices help smooth the bitterness and keep the flavors from being harsh. The malt flavors provide some back up to keep the hops honest but this is a bitter offering. Some yeast and grain flavors appear from time to time and provide a simple hello. The flavors are a well thought out boquet for the palate. The complexities of this ale are put together so well that it comes across as a very simple pale ale. Excellent!
Mouthfeel is prickly at first but then it smooths upon the swallow. Medium bodied and refreshing. I could drink many of these. In fact I had two at LB's. A very easy drinking pale and a pale for all occasions. I would pair this ale with many styles of food or drink it as a session beer.
De Ranke send us some more.
Serving type: on-tap
02-23-2004 05:54:54 | More by Rumrunner
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United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.11/5 rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
330ml Bottle from Beers of Europe website (£2.09):
Slightly cloudy, bright amber to orange with a 1cm, foamy white head that holds well. Head retention is good with it reducing slightly to hold at just under half a cm & covers the surface of the beer, with plenty of bubbles rising to the top too.
Tonnes of yeast & floral notes upfront, subtle hops as well & plenty of fruits coming through. Apples, some pear, lemon & orange all feature with plenty of pepper & spice backing them up. The smell wasn't the strongest initially but at the same time it wouldn't be considered weak either, the balance seemed good. I got some grain & a slight touch of alcohol with plenty of bitterness.
Spicy with a very bitter taste that was only hinted at in the aroma, the taste goes well beyond that with some hops coming through too. The yeast from the nose featured strongly here as well with some pepper & a few fruits like apple & pears.
Smooth with solid, high carbonation & a medium body. The beer is a very dry & sharp tasting one with an intensely bitter finish.
I wasn't too sure about this one really, I quite enjoyed the aroma & how the taste started out but I wasn't a fan of the incredibly bitter finish to the beer. Despite the fact that the name should have been an indication, nothing in the smell prepared me for just how bitter the taste of this one would end up. Drinkable but not one I'll go back to.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 10:14:18 | More by flyingpig
4.4/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bagged and capped 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Exp: 14/09/18.
A: Lightly cloudy golden yellow body. 1.5 fingers of clean, white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing. Classic vibes.
S: Slightly musty Belgian yeast. Hay, grass. Floral hops. Hints of apple. Cracker. Earth. A tad light overall, but very nice.
T: Flash of sweetness before a moderate, noble-type hop bitterness. A lightly bready pale malt backbone develops, but never overtakes the hops. Finishes rather dry with a lingering flowery bite. Minimal alcohol.
M: Moderate carbonation with a fine, creamy texture. Moderate body. Excellent.
O: An assertively hopped Belgian pale of very high quality. Superb drinkability. All around class act. If you don't like this, you don't like beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-01-2014 04:46:15 | More by fourstringer
4.09/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
33cl bottle poured into a tulip. Clear golden color, a medium white head with decent retention and good lacing. Hazy golden after pouring in the yeasty bottom of the bottle after sipping halfway through the glass.
The smell has sweet floral and grassy hops and some belgian yeast without pouring the yeast from the bottle, mostly yeast on the nose after pouring it all in. Before pouring the bottom of the bottle in, tastes of crisp sweet malts followed by a dry resiny hop bitterness that stayed in the aftertaste. Having the yeast poured in, the taste is more earthy and the hoppy bitterness is cutted down, but still present.
Medium body, high carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Drinkable despite the bitterness, didn't last too long in the glass. Overall a good belgian IPA, which I preferred with the yeast poured, but very good both ways.
Serving type: bottle
05-16-2014 18:19:31 | More by JTuomi
De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
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