De Ranke XX Bitter - Brouwerij De Ranke
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Reviews by oracle:
3.78/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
10 oz draft pour in a tulip glass.
This beer arrived a light clear yellow with about 2 fingers of foam that left extensive lacing.
Aroma was mostly hops, but not the typicall grapefruit/citrus hops in most american pale ales and IPAs. This was a subtler, more floral hop.
Taste was not quite as good as I remember it being when I had it in a bottle. This is quite possibly due to the fact that when I have a bottled wheat, I'm one of those that swirls the last half ounce in the bottle before pouring, in order to grab some of the sediment along with the beer. I'm not positive this is a wheat beer (it certainly tastes that way to me), but I distinctly remembering swirling the sediment into the glass when I had the big bottle of this last August. I felt the taste improved after I did that.
In this daft version, I tasted the hops and the wheat quite clearly,
but it comes through harsh and unforgiving, with no smoothness or yeasty characteristics to mellow it out.
This may be one of the very few beers I prefer in a bottle to draft.
Serving type: on-tap
01-07-2005 14:05:42 | More by oracle
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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
4/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a cloudy yellowish golden body with great carbonation that gave a very large, foamy head, that died slow and left lace patches everywhere with a mild bitter hop aroma, I mostly picked up some funk and a little Belgian yeast. Smooth, lighter bodied, has this yeastiness on the edge that makes it pass easy on the tongue and gives a touch of sweetness. There seems to be sour/tart fruit flavors like green apple or pear and there is a nice bit of barnyard funk. Some minor citric hop bitterness adds a little spice to the beer, mainly the finish, and once in a while I get some fruit sweetness.
Serving type: bottle
01-07-2014 18:53:26 | More by clayrock81
De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
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