De Ranke XX Bitter - Brouwerij De Ranke
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Reviews by dsprainman:
4.43/5 rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
A- Appearance is outstanding! Poured into a Chimay chalice it has a golden body with a light fluffy head that remains at 1 finger for the entirety of the drink. Unfortunately some chunks of red yeast flooded the glass.
S- Smell is amazing as well. Hints of Belgian yeast give off phenols almost like a hard pear cider. The hops are recognizable as well, but far from dominant.
T- Taste is very dry and bitter. At first it's a little off-putting and I thought that I had ruined the year with too much yeast in the pour. It's certainly breaking the norm.
M- Extremely lively! This one comes off really dry and crisp like an Orval.
O- This beer is growing on me. Certainly worth trying for a change amongst Belgian beers. I'd compare to Orval Trappist beer and Russian River's Damnation. TIP!
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2013 00:11:22 | More by dsprainman
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4.19/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Cloudy golden-yellow pour with a two finger foamy white head with decent retention and great lacing. The nose is herbal and grassy with hints of lemon, grapefruit, subtle yeast, and straw. The taste lives up to the name with loads of bitter hoppiness along with hints of grass, lemon zest, white pepper, grapefruit, and subtle caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is light bodied, sharp and tangy, with a refreshing crisp, bitter, dry finish. Overall, this was about what I had expected, considering that I had already had the XXX Bitter. Extremely bitter, but quite drinkable and very refreshing. And you can't beat the price for a beer of this quality. Wondering why I waited so long to try this.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 17:36:10 | More by beerdrifter
De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
91 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.