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De Ranke XX Bitter - Brouwerij De Ranke

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

715 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 65
Gots: 33 | 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 zerk:
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zerk

California

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a 2 finger head that leaves sheets of lace. Aroma is a mixture of musty yeast, some toasted malt, and a boatload of spicy and earthy hops. Flavor begins with some biscuity malt that is then completely assaulted by spicy hop bitterness... a touch of grapefruit works it's way in as well. The flavor is heavily tilted to the bitter side, but it is a great beer if you're a hophead (which I am.) Mouthfeel is oily and acidic, with a light to medium body and low carbonation. All in all, a most unusual and enjoyable beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2004 19:36:55 | More by zerk
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Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

07-21-2014 02:30:00 | More by PatGreer
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A Belgian IPA actually from Belgium, this brew presents a slightly cloudy golden yellow with just under an inch of white foam on top, looks much like Duvel or another "strong golden" ale. Aroma presages the tart, dry bitterness to come, tons of Styrian-type hops and an astringent green apple, pear, and orange fruitiness counterbalanced by a doughy yeast sweetness. Although a subtle candi sugar sweet note is detectable, on my palate this brew registers largely as tart, dry, bitter, and rather woody, medicinal hops leading the way and closing out the show with a tannic, dry gooseberry and grape finale. Once the palate acclimatizes to said bitterness, you will notice the fruit elements from the nose (pear, apple, orange) and a classic Belgian yeast character, but this requires some perseverance if you are unfamiliar with this style. Did I mention that this beer is dry? Well-attenuated body and rather heavy carbonation. Truth be told, I prefer many North American takes on this style, where the fruit is more ripe and prominent on the palate, but this obviously has its merits and is a good benchmark for a classic, genuinely Belgian hoppy ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2014 16:25:35 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10%

07-20-2014 07:55:41 | More by mattycasey
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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

07-19-2014 23:14:29 | More by Remdog
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Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-18-2014 03:10:40 | More by Redrock
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-17-2014 13:13:08 | More by SweetChicken
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

07-14-2014 20:48:48 | More by josvemden
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Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10%

07-13-2014 03:59:37 | More by sammy806
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Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-11-2014 20:04:26 | More by rapayn01
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flyingpig

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

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Iowa

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Indiana

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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Romania

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +10%

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De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
91 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.