De Ranke XX Bitter - Brouwerij De Ranke

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De Ranke XX BitterDe Ranke XX Bitter

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

826 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 826
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 77
Gots: 59 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2002

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Ratings: 826 | Reviews: 481
Reviews by liamt07:
Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip, bottle thanks to freud! Huge white head, billowing, sticky, soapy etc etc, settling down to a thin layer, body is a deep orange, opaque with the yeast. Looks real good. Smell is spicy, bready, some alcohol, sweet malt, and a bit of hops. Smelled hoppier when I opened the bottle though, was big when I popped the cap. Taste is hoppy, but fairly balanced, the spices are right there too. Quite bitter in the aftertaste and a really dry, stinging finish as I gulp this. Pretty good Belgian IPA, only my second ever though, so I'm not one to judge!

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation and a small amount of visible particles floating in suspension. It poured with a three finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a finger high head covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of yeast in the nose along with some notes of floral hops and spices. The spiciness particularly stands out in the finish.
T: Like the smell, flavors of peppery spices and yeast stand out in the overall taste, which has a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium bodied, clean and very dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink for the style and the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wrapped, corked and capped 750 ml bottle. The 'best by' date along the bottom of the label isn't notched. Although it goes all the way to 2017, I've decided to drink it sooner rather than later to get the maximum impact from the hops. One final note: I just noticed 11.2 fl.oz on the label, but this is clearly the big dog. Thanks in advance to OtisCampbell for the bottle.

Gorgeously gauzy goldenrod with a smattering of the superfine particles. A generous amount of carbonation hurries upward to add size to the already large head. Shockingly bright white, it was a top half of the glass filler immediately after the pour and is still a beautiful, rugged, rocky presence. Thick, arching strands of lace are arrayed every which way and should be present until the party's over. Subsequent pours add more haze to the glass, improving what is already an outstanding appearance.

The aroma is a gentle caresser rather than an aggressive pummeler. That's not to say that it isn't wonderful. There's an impressive combination of hop character: citric, floral and spicy at once. I don't appreciate much malt, but that's isn't what this beer is about. I do believe this is the best noble hop dominant nose I've ever experienced. The word 'refined' keeps coming to mind.

Upon tasting, I'm not immediately bowled over. Those looking for an 'aggressive pummeler' of a hoppy beer, along the lines of a supercharged IPA, will be disappointed. Now that I've reset my expectations regarding bitterness, I can assess the beer with a newly opened mind. Pale malt isn't noted on the palate in terms of flavor, but it's obviously working furiously behind the scenes to provide an underlying sweetness and to sand the edges off the hop buzzsaw.

As the ounces disappear, the hop flavor becomes more and more pungent (and more and more delicious). Whether that's due to warming or to the addition of the beer at mid-bottle, I couldn't say. What I do know is that this is a beer for lovers of noble hops. Lemon zest and lemongrass are especially prominent. The flavors usually attributable to Belgian yeast are nowhere to be found. I spoke too soon! My next mouthful delivered hints of yeastiness that will, hopefully, become definitive statements before long. I love how XX Bitter is continuing to change as I get deeper and deeper into the bottle.

Appearance update: we're now at 'considerably cloudy' and the gluesticky head continues to impress. Like the flavor, the appearance is improving with each addition to the glass. Where will it end? The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and is on the undercarbonated side for a Belgian beer. I like it just fine, but it isn't quite a match for the rest of this remarkable ale.

It took a great deal of effort to remove the cork from this bottle of De Ranke XX Bitter, but it was worth every grunt and heave. I don't believe I've ever had a Belgian pale ale that can compare to this one. Although it isn't the bitter bomb that I was expecting, it is the hoppiest non-U.S. beer I've ever had. All things considered, it's probably a better beer than the one that lived in my hop-fevered imagination. Refined. World-Class. Highly recommended.

Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of warnerry
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jason
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of Kraken
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 750 ml bottle served in a chalice.
A: Hazy gold under a persistent 1” lacy parchment white foam cap.
S: Floral spicy hops dominate over a background of large pitted fruit.
T: Floral, spicy hop flavors over a bready peach to tropical fruit background with a bitter hop accent on the finish.
M: Creamy medium body with very soft carbonation.
O: This is supposed to be the hoppiest beer in Belgium but the hops are there as much for flavor as for bitterness. The bitterness is rounded and not harsh. Very easy to drink.

Photo of chickenm
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of far333
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ADR
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clouded golden orange hue with a rocky foam white head very gelatinous in texture with fine Belgian lacing. Aroma: Sharp citrus hop edge with flowery hops flowing in the mix this shit is hoppy surrounded by a sweet honey malt profile. Taste: Extremely hoppy belgian ale, this is the Stone Brewing of Belgium awesome stuff earty mix of pine cone flavor hops rough edge of citrusy hop bite, soft Belgian pale malts tie this one altogether. Mouthfeel: Effervescent carbonation bubbly medium body hop resins flowing along the palate. Drinkability: Good stuff happy to taste a belgian this hoppy adds a new posibility to the flavor profile of beers great bier easily consumed.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store. Arrives in a tulip glass with a big puffy white head. Cloudy pale color. Aroma-hoppy, musty, earthy.
Mouthfeel-hearty bitterness that stays constant. Very light malt flavors are present. It is saison-like without any strong yeast profiles. A froth on the palate releases some lighter fruit flavors-pear and white grape. Finishes just as it does when it hits the palate-bitter. This was a treat.

Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at Brickstore Pub in Atlanta in a tulip glass.

Pours a dark lemon color with a huge two and a half finger pillowy head. It's pretty cloudy with decent lacing.

Smell is almost all bitter. There are some citrus aromas, but it's very subtle.

Taste is the same as the smell. Bitter with some citrus taste. The bitterness sticks around for a while as well, but it's not overwhelming. Somehow, the name makes sense.

Mouthfeel is great. Very smooth, with subtle carbonation. Any less carbonation and it would be flat, but as it is it's awesome.

Drinkability is good, but the lack of other flavors bring it down just a little bit. It's a really interesting beer, but it's too bitter to be insanely drinkable.

Overall this is a very, very smooth beer and it's less sweet than other Belgian IPA's that I've had. Definitely worth a try, and I'm glad I got to try this on-tap.

Photo of rastaman
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent beer, quite a herbal and floral nose, hazy lemon colour (kind of like lemon juice), very, very dry, herby, slightly spicy and bitter on the palate, i thought it was quite interesting and quite unique, and i like my beers on the drier side, a great little find.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
best before Dec. ’11 5years after bottle date
A- This beer pours a light peach body that is a bit hazy and a wicked carbonation of micro bubbles. The creamy beige head is like meringue sitting on the beer and it last and last.

S- The smell of perfumed yeast and green hops with a nice note of young brie.

T- The taste of bitter pine hops burst at the beginning with a faint caramel malt notes. As the beer warms there notes of white sugar and a light white cheese rind hint. The finish has a nice pungent bitterness that lingers after the finish.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel that comes from the creamy head in each sip. There is a tight fizz in the finish that helps boost the hops flavor.

D- This beer has nice big hops that are not American in flavor supported by some nice Belgian yeast notes. The crazy head kept me mesmerized while drinking.

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De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
91 out of 100 based on 826 ratings.