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De Ranke XX Bitter - Brouwerij De Ranke

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

747 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 64
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2002)
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Reviews by jhawth:
Photo of jhawth
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%

Appearance: Poured into a goblet. Pours a murky, light orange-ish straw with a foamy two-finger head.

Aroma: Spicy Belgian yeast notes reminiscent of other Belgian golden ales, herbal, floral, grassy, and spicy hop notes, malt notes are subdued.

Taste: Some biscuity malts, plenty of spicy Belgian yeastiness, and a healthy dose of hop bitterness to accompany the aromatic qualities.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, light carbonation. A little thin, perhaps.

Overall: Interesting, hoppy, enjoyable Belgian golden ale.

jhawth, Oct 09, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%

Hoppiest beer in Belgium?Pours a nice hazy orage/golden color with a huge blooming head that globs up on the side of the glass,citruisy aroma with some deep honey estures pretty appetizing.Taste starts ut dry and leafy definent hop profile but not a big fan of the heavy medicinal flavor in the finish and aftertaste all good up till then.A well made Belgian Pale but a little to medicinal for me.

oberon, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%

Appearance - This is a gorgeous, light orange in color with a glowing character and an explosive head that left some nice lacing.

Smell - The light aroma of Belgian yeast and orangey hops is well-refined. There are some stiff Belgian spices in there too. The coriander particularly is high-end and quite enticing.

Taste - The smells from the nose come out exactly in the taste. The delicate yeast, modest orange and herbal hops, and the elaborate spicing, again with coriander leading the way, all work very well together.

Mouthfeel - This was the best part of the beer for me. The body is shy of medium and the carbonation is as good as I've ever had. Yes the bitterness is there, but the ingredients of this BPA are of such high quality and the brewing process obviously so effective that there are no sharp corners to the texture.

Drinkability - The flavors of this BPA make it drinkable enough, but coupled with its exceptional mouthfeel I can't think of a more sessionable Belgian Ale.

Comments - This is such a terrific beer. I don't know why it didn't work well for me on-tap. My overall on-tap rating didn't even break 4.0. Maybe it was just a bad keg or an off night, because this is an exceptional ale.

Update - I had a chance to pop another bottle in early 2011. It really is an incredible beer full of life with a unique hop flavor, for firm for the style, and a terrific drinker.

RoyalT, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of aszatk01
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

aszatk01, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

By blending the complex yeasty fruit character of a Belgian ale and the bone dry body of a good IPA, this superb hybrid truly delivers. Served on tap in a large Unibroue tulip at Brasserie V in Madison, WI. Appearance is a bit disappointing on tap as there is no head. This is partially the result of an overly generous and poorly executed pour but still, I would like to see a touch of lace at least. I don’t recall having this problem when I’ve consumed it out of the bottle. Body is light orange and clear. Aroma is clean and spicy with hints of citrus and floral hops and touches of fruity yeast. Taste contains a pale malt backbone but that is just an afterthought. Hops dominate this beer. Sharp citric flavors and feel hit the front of the palate while dry spicy notes pound the back. All the while a generic fruity (think cotton candy) yeast flavor balances and rounds everything out. The superb mouthfeel makes this beer fun to drink and the peppery dry finish makes it easy. A great beer.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

FadetoBock, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of warnerry
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

best by April 2014, so bottled April 2009

Pours a hazy straw color with one finger of off-white head. Head has good retention but doesn't leave much lacing behind.

Smells slightly funky to begin with, followed by a lot of florals and a subtle citrus. Also a bit of spiciness, earthy and bready aromas.

Taste is a nice combination of earthy hops, actually quite bitter upfront, followed by nice backbone of biscuit malts, belgian yeast. Also a bit of pepper and other spices, with a very dry finish.

Light, crisp mouthfeel with a sharp drying feeling on the finish.

One of the better Belgian IPAs I've had.

warnerry, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Fcip78
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Fcip78, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Nitranim
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Nitranim, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%

This is like Orval on crack. A very heady and carbonated brew. Bit of resiny hop bitterness on the tongue as well as some in the aroma. This is doubled with the effects of medicinal phenols as well as the yeast flavors. Lots of bitterness and phenolic activity with hints of lemon, horse blanket and mineral. Touch of fruitiness gets lost as well as the malt as it attempts to add some sweetness to the brew. In the end it is quite dry.

Jason, May 01, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -2.2%

11.2 oz bottle served into a tulip glass. Whoa! Lots of foam here, and a messy pour. Slightly hazed golden yellow body underneath an enormous, pitted, head. Hard to believe so much foam came out of such a small bottle, with a delicate pour. Lots of patchy lacing is no surprise, after the head settles down a bit. Aroma has some citrusy lemon, spicy coriander, Saaz hops, and dank yeastiness. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, with that Belgian effervesence. Dryness is immediately apparent. Light medium body. Unusual taste for a Belgian ale(label proclaims this "the hoppiest beer of Belgium"), with leafy, dry hops. Some white grape fruitiness lurks underneath and is the saving grace of this ale. Otherwise, a bit chalky and dry, with a dank yeast note and some coriander spiciness. Not as hoppy as an APA or IPA, but certainly more hoppy than other Belgians I've sampled. A nice session ale at 6% abv, and a most interesting take on a Belgian Golden Ale.

merlin48, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

on tap at the Moan and Dove. Golden, hazy, white head, strikingly good looking lace. hop/yeast nose, yum yum, this is gonna be good my senses tell me. Medium bodied brew. Gobs of Belgian yeast notes, fruity, spicy, earthy, phenolic. Crushing and crisp hops very evident, spice in the back ground, a bunch of yeast gremlins dancing around in the rear. Complex, sophisticated and mostly just fine and tasty. Seek and enjoy.

Billolick, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of tigg924
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%

Bottle says best by January 2015.

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, bright yellow in color, high carbonation

Smell: smells like hoppy sparkling wine

Taste: mineral is the predominant taste I get, light dry hops as well--light citrus

Mouthfeel: only slightly bitter but a nice dry taste towards the end, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: A solid Belgian IPA that had more of a Belgian feel than a hoppy one that I get with American versions of this style. The beer has a super dry finish. Left me wanting to have another one, yet there are others in the style I would go to first.

tigg924, May 06, 2013
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

GreenMountainBoy, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%

Another fantastic offering on-tap at Anam Cara. Go to Anam Cara. Go now.

It all comes back to me...the boisterous head atop the cloudy yellow beer. Lacing everywhere. Aromas are a mix of orange rind, peppery spices, and fresh grassy hops. Flavor is a Belgian crossed with a big-time IPA. Loads of complexity roll across the palate. Dark fruits, hops....ending with a dryness infused with lemon rind. Great body and extremely drinkable. Awesome.

OldFrothingSlosh, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Marius, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of magictrokini
3.68/5  rDev -10%

Pours cloudy yellow-copper with a huge, rocky white head. Okay lacing. Soapy, herbal, earthy aroma. Some funk, but it may be from the yeast-hop mix. Effervescent mouthfeel, dry finish. Very hoppy, bitter, earthy bite with faint Belgian funk and spice. Kind of a weird blend reminiscent of Urthel's Hop It. I don't know, it just feels unbalanced.

magictrokini, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%

750ml bottle poured in a sampling glass.

Pours a very light golden straw color, a bit cloudy with a very small head that stays around without lacing. Smell is yeasty and pretty sweet, nice.

Taste is awesome, screw miller this is the Champagne of beers! Dry and smooth, quite carbonated but still very smooth. Very sharp an tasty, an awesome beer!

kingcrowing, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of Kraken
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured from a capped and corked 750ml bottle, best by 07 2012. So I guess this was a young buck. Pours a very nice dark amber with billowy head, that leaves nice lacing and moderate retention. Smell is lite hops and malt, some Belgian yeast. Immediate and nice hops on the tongue, sweetness in middle hop bitterness in the finish. Finish lingers and is very pleasant. Mouthfeel is a joy, this is rich buttery beer. This is a very nice beer and well worth a try. Another great offering from De Ranke.

Kraken, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of JeffNev
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

JeffNev, Apr 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of chickenm
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%

330mL bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a big white head. The aroma is a little funky with grass, citrus, and yeast. Flavor is rather light with citrus, pepper, grass, and some bitterness. This is also quite dry. Decent beer, but not one of my favorites.

chickenm, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of far333
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%

Served at cellar temperature in my commemorative 2nd annual Belgian Beer Fest tulip glass, into which this delight was first poured by Shelton Bros. guest pourer Venom.

Pale goldenrod color, the slightest bit of haze, capped by two inches of frothy white foam that recedes back to chunky meringue. Fresh, moist aroma, lemony with hints of honey and bright hops. Just the slightest bit of yeast aroma.

Gentle flavor, it doesn't try too hard because it doesn't have to. Flavor fairly matches the aroma, perhaps with stronger hop profile and less lemon. Pleasantly light in yeasty flavors. Finishes very clean, little to no aftertaste, just a faint lemon-honey linger.

Crisp, somewhat dry mouthfeel. Very enjoyable beer. Thanks to Venom for filling my glass again and again.

far333, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -26.7%

So this is the hoppiest beer from Belgium as their marketing department claims? Ugh.

Lame yellow hazy appearance that isn't special. Not bad. Aroma, meh, banana, clove, orange, but no hops. Taste, a bitter beer, sure. Hops? No. Taste? Not really, just bitterness. Like someone just boiled hops for 2 hours, and did nothing else with it. Like an imperial Belgian hefe I guess. Some lemon and bitterness. Enjoy!
Too expensive to be drinkable. Nothing to appreciate mouthfeel, other than bitterness. Too one dimensional.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of ADR
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

Hazy yellow ochre, creamy 1/4 inch head after 40 seconds or so, VERY aromatic in citrus and hop zazz...wow, this stuff is bitter, lots of hops in the middle and back of the tongue. Other notes are definitely of citrus rinds and a little sweetness in the attenuated finish. Good but not excessive carbonation. I enjoyed this beer as something different and something not as vinous (its a tad plastickly phenolic) as many Belgian styles. A little bit of a letdown in that despite its yeast and "Old World" hops, its a lot like a brewpub super IPA. Nice "small batch" brew, but not sure if it was worth $10 a bottle...

ADR, Jun 13, 2002
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De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
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