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De Ranke XX Bitter - Brouwerij De Ranke

De Ranke XX BitterDe Ranke XX Bitter

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674 Ratings

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Ratings: 674
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2002)
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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
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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
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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy tangerine color with three fingers high rocky white head, sheet of sticky lace for a few inches. Smell: hoppy and fruity; lemon, grapefruit, grass; pine, pear, and berry notes. Taste: biscuit, notes of stone fruit and not-so-ripe pear, spicy, grassy, sticky orange citrus notes. Hop soaked, semi-sticky, semi-dry finish. Mouthfeel: medium-plus bodied, incredibly creamy, prickly then pillowy -- very near perfect. A fantastic Belgian IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 20:56:39 | More by babaracas
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3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into my struise tulip glass

A: Pours a hazy beige color with a light white medium head which doesn't leave many lacings
S: hops and yeasts are evident. Barley malts. The hops are citrus, grassy, earthy and stinging in the nose
T: Pretty much as the smell. Very dry, little sweet , malty , earthy and bitter (very good)
M: Medium body , good carbonation
D: High. Refreshing. The "low" ABV helps a lot and the bitterness is a must.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 18:32:14 | More by beerpirates
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3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 00:13:40 | More by jhawth
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3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330mL (Exp. 16/05/18) into a tulip. Pours a clear golden color w/ a 1-finger white head.

Aroma leads off with a damp, moldy basement smell I'm not enjoying, which I attribute to the yeast. The yeast also brings a spicy, lemony quality. Beyond that, some muted floral and herbal hops.

Taste also has that musty, spicy character from the Belgian yeast. Floral and bitter, fruity esters. Pale biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel is soft and medium-bodied.

Overall a different take on the IPA with approximately equal contributions from the yeast, hops, and malt. I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as some other Belgian IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 05:44:22 | More by draheim
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4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not-yet-reviewed classic. This has a best-by date of 5/16/18, pretty fresh.

Hazy and straw-colored with a big foamy white head. A thick cap is left for most of the duration. Nose brings on a good mix of herbal and citrus hop but wheat, yeast and slight farm remain at the forefront. Decent potency.

Taste follows with a nice plethora of hop flavors (earthy, peach, lemon, grassy) and some spiciness. Nice yeasty/biscuit tones that leave you with a delicious finish. Farm and some medicinal tones feel a little out of place but overall very nicely balanced, moreso than the scent definitely. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a good/generous amount of foaminess, a pretty dry finish, easy-drinking for sure.

This isn't my favorite for the style but still damn good. Nice hop flavor with low bitterness and plenty of Belgian flair.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 00:05:54 | More by Chico1985
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4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz Bottle
Binny's Willowbrook

Best before date: 4/10

XX Bitter pours a deep hazy golden. The gold absolutely glows in the light becoming more of a straw golden. Massive amounts of tiny carbonation bubbles rise to the surface creating a big three finger dense white creamy head and keeping it there for ages. As the head ever so slowly recedes I get sheet lacing so thick it's impossible to see through it. This is one amazing looking brew.

Aroma is big and juicy. Candi sugar and biscuity malts greet the nose up front. Grassy hops come along rather quickly and floral hop aromas show up on the finish. Dusty yeast is splashed around throughout always in the background but always there. Strong wafts of gritty pear and granny smith apple rise into the air as well. An excellent smelling ale.

Flavor is right on par with the aroma. Biscuity malts create a solid background with a sprinkling of candi sugar sweetness. The dusty yeast shows up mid palate along with pear skins and granny smith apples. For being an older bottle the hops are still very apparant showing up on the finish with a very welcomed grassy, spicy nature. Excellent!

The mouthfeel is absolutely alive. High natural carbonation tickles the tongue and gets it ready for the hoppy finish. Light body from the use of candi sugar. The swallow is dry and leaves you wanting another drink immediately.

The drinkability is off the charts. This glass I poured myself is disappearing far too quickly. I find myself wanting to gulp it down.

XX Bitter, in my opinion, is one outstanding ale. Absolutely delicious with a nice hop bitterness on the finish. I feel like running to the store and picking up more of these right now. Two thumbs up. I'm anxious to try others from De Ranke.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 02:40:38 | More by joe1510
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best before September 2015, but left refrigerated for a decent time.
Amber gold color with apparent carbonation and a fluffy head that dissipated quickly leaving some laces. Gets murky after pouring the residual yeast.
Citrusy aroma with notes of herbal hops, Cointreau and brown sugar.
Delicious flavor, with fresh tangerine notes and lemon zest followed by a good deal of herbal and earthy hops. Hints of slightly toasted malts, lemongrass, pineapple and minerals. Distant tartness. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with low carbonation with tiny bubbles.
What a superb beer, refreshing with an assertive and elegant hoppiness, and still very well balanced and with high drinkability. And it is not overly sweet, which in my opinion is an original sin of several Belgian brews, and it is much more fun given the adequate hopping with a mild tartness.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 01:45:14 | More by FLima
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North Carolina

3.34/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Paper says Best Before End of: 11 2016

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full inch of off-white head that retains good and long before eventually settling at a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides down the glass.

S- Bright and bubbly with the usual fruit aromas associated with pale Belgians plus a healthy dose of yeastiness but hardly any hops are detected. Hint of wet cardboard.

T- Damn. I was hoping I wouldn't be detecting this much oxidation but the wet cardboard flavor is just reigning over this beer. Whatever hoppiness was in there before is no longer apart of the overall profile except for a tad in the aftertaste. Still, there's a decent amount of malt still providing some good taste. But, altogether, this beer's well past its prime in the flavor department.

M- Nice and spritzy with a bit of dryness. Medium-high carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Everything about this beer is OK except for the flavor. Yes, it does say that the bottling date is five years prior to the Best Before date so that means it's over a year and a half old, but it also says that it will be good up until 2016 which I disagree with. They should just put a bottled-on date.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 05:03:44 | More by Immortale25
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New York

4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer gently poured out of the bottle right after popping the cap. It has date of expiration at 3/17/2017, which seems way too long for a hoppy beer. Pouring into the glass in a hazy deep golden yellow color with tons of tiny carbonation. The head is literally huge of huge huge bubbles and takes forever to dissipate. What a beautiful deep hazy gold color with the yeast in there.

The aroma is very refreshing. Tons of fruity esters from Belgian yeast, grassy spicy lemony citrus hops, floral, but then there’s tons of that tartness and funk. It’s extremely deep in the funk. It’s woody, it’s tons of Brett, it’s rich.

The flavor follows with tons of that funk. I don’t know if I’ve had a beer with so much funk and barn yardy grassiness to it. The front hits you with some citrus and lemon. The beer later finishes with a beautiful, but extremely strong drying grapefruit character. It's a tannin drying.

This beer is so darn complex and refreshing, but interesting at 6.2% ABV. I’m maybe influenced with my rating based on how much American IPAs I’ve had. I love how Belgian and funky this beer is. This truly is one of my favorite beers having had it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 06:06:55 | More by dar482
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North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

33cl bottle into a tulip. best by 31/10/17

pours a pale, hazy yellow with an inch thick lasting white head. Smell is big right out of the bottle - tart white grape aroma fills your senses. Taste is super intriguing and not at all expected. Almost..bland actually. Nothing at all how it initially smelled coming out of the bottle. there's a strong bitterness on the backend for sure, hence the name of course, but other than that there really isnt much to speak of. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkability is low because of the bitterness and nothing else. Dry.

Overall extremely dissappointing. Not sure what i was expecting, but it wasnt this. Do not recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 23:52:06 | More by Axnjxn
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3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dusty orange colour; decent cloud, bit of bead feeding a thin white crown of tight-bubbled head. Lace clings nicely. Maybe more head would be nice, but otherwise looks great.

Smells rank from the pour. Nice, wild organic notes with a touch of lucerne, some raw bread dough and a whisper of vinegar at the back. Maybe a touch yeasty, but the tang of the hops is pleasantly refreshing.

Taste is very grainy indeed. Lots of cereal notes, honeyed oat and puffed rice on the front with a touch of caramel. Hops come through midway, with some grassy and slightly herbal notes. Decent earthy bitterness, fairly mild which is nice but a bit too mild so the sweetness is not totally balanced out and cleansed. I like it well enough, but it just seems a little drab.

Not bad, really. Lots of texture, quite bitty with a bit of fizz.

To be honest I'm not seeing what the big deal with this beer is. Implications seemed to be that this would change my mind about Belgian IPAs. It's a little different maybe and perhaps a bit more cohesive but it still strikes me as quite a middle-of-the-road drop.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 03:09:06 | More by laituegonflable
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3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 14:25:01 | More by tigg924
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4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Suddenly I'm seeing bottles of this everywhere at my favorite stores. Poured into a chalice out of a 11.2oz bottle. Freshness date is imprinted on the cap as "25/08/17." Pretty impressive for a beer edging 6% ABV!

Pours a very cloudy, hazed yellowish-amber color, complete with a little bit of foamy white head that slowly vanishes to about a half finger in size. Definitely the carbonation sticks around for a while, to the point where lots of spotted circles remain at the top in a scattered way. Alcohol legs are modest here, with slight lacing at the beginning. Definitely well carbonated at first, with layers of bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass within the liquid. There's a yeasty haze permeating this thing, but otherwise it's pretty and modest in presentation.

The aroma is a dried hop explosion of lemon and grass combined with crisp grains and lots of candy sugar. Reminds me right off the bat of most great Belgian tripels, except something's clearly different here. For one, the hop profile is undeniably more prominent, to the point of ridiculousness. The bitterness rises exponentially with each whiff, but definitely the yeasty phenols resembling apricots, apples, and sour nectarines are all there. Really fantastically refreshing take on the style.

The flavor does definitely continue the dry hopped bitterness in the aroma, but does so in a far more astringent way. Big citrus aromas meld and then seemingly melt with peaches, oranges, and slight tropical flavors. The carbonation, yeastiness, and thickened malt profile provides a bready, hearty experience without feeling too overwhelming. Gets progressively sour as it warms up, though. A bit of graininess at the finish adds some balance, but the focus is truly on the bittered dry hops and candied sugar here. Not exactly balanced, but still zesty and tasty unlike any Belgian beer I've had to date... Definitely a sipping treat here, and not to be toyed with.

I really do love this beer, despite its bittered excessiveness. There's a lot of wonderful fruity esters and a dried citrus finish that makes it really unique and sublime. This pairs with spicy food like a charm, as well as fried fish with lemons and pesto pasta - which is what I had this with. Fans of tripels and colorful bitter beers must try this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 04:31:40 | More by magictacosinus
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3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, yeast, and some peppery aromas. Taste is much the same with a grain flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the flavors don't match up to the smells I am getting on this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 05:02:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served from a 33 cl bottle bought in Brussels.

A - Beer is a light straw color and slightly hazy. The head is bright white and made of tiny bubbles. It stacks high on the pour and sustains throughout.

S - Aroma is a mix of fresh, green, noble hops and a bit of funky, aged aroma. The malt barely comes through as a mild bready smell and maybe a faint sweetness.

T - There is a moderate to high hops bitterness that ends in a sharp astringency. No malt to balance the strong hops flavor. Nothing to add depth or complexity. Maybe a tiny hint of lemon and horseblanket in the final edge of the palate to show that Brett. character that was in the aroma.

M - Body is thin. No alcohol burn. Carbonation is fluffy and mouth-filling. Dry and astringent finish.

O - I find this beer disappointingly one-dimensional. There is a bit of Brettanomyces character in the end of a swallow, but there is a lack of malt to round out and balance the strong hops. I'm not a hophead, so I find this one disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 22:05:37 | More by Radome
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2.7/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

APPEARANCE: Many white foam mostly inconsistent. There remains a layer thickness of a finger for several minutes passes before stabilizing at a thickness of half finger. Many brands irregular foam from the maximum height reached to serve. Hazy blond color. MSE gaseous seen intense activity coming from the background, as if boiling. The "boil" is very curious. AROMA: In the first instant, herbal flavor that gives way after a bitter notes. That smell becomes final. I like. TASTE: No shades or is especially attractive. I expected a very intense bitterness, but is moderate. Very ordinary except for the bitterness that, again, is present, and is intensifying, but without being excessive. Easily drinkable and refreshing, but nothing more. Okay to accompany nibbles like some fries or a rough, and in that sense is a good alternative to the plague of European lager, but nothing more. Overall rating: Not rated I think it's okay to consider it more like an Orval, for example. For me there is more than a good quality lager. I said. If your budget allows, alternative to a common European lager. € 2.20

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 17:47:42 | More by catadoraccidental
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Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage .. insane carbonation. smells like a lambic?? great sour taste up front, almost pours like a champagne. must have taken 5 minutes for the head to settle. nothing like ive ever seen before! definitely an interesting brew from de ranke and worth a second glance, even at 11.49/26oz

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 09:08:05 | More by schnarr84
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3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When this beer is fresh, it's quite excellent.

Crystal-clear and bright, glowing gold and topped with a ridiculous cottony-looking white head, sticking all over the glass. Lovely contrast and truly awesome.

When fresh, the grassy-herby hops really bust out on the nose, though it can take on more band-aid-y phenolic notes while the malt seems neutral and bland.

Peppery, zippy bitterness is a force on the palate from the start and it does linger long through the finish - earthy, grassy, and slightly spicy, but never harsh or biting. Thankfully, it drinks well with a light-medium smooth roll. The phenolic flavor melds together well with the malt, but snuffs out its cereal quality a good bit. Perfumy in the aftertaste.

Again, when it's fresh, this is quite enjoyable for what it is. When the hops begin to or have all but faded (in flavor), it's not so superb, yet it's still surely drinkable. Still, a must have for any (burgeoning) Belgian beer enthusiast.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2013 02:25:07 | More by Bouleboubier
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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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4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Full disclosure: I am an unabashed hop head pre-disposed to favor Belgian beer. Now, I can say, this is one of the greatest beers I've had.

750ml bottle with "Best By Feb 2017" on label, thereby deducing bottled in Feb 2012. Served in tulip glass and enjoyed before, during, and after dinner.

A: Pale golden straw colour, rather cloudy and hazy. Hyper-carbonated when pouring (even with extreme care), but settles nicely while retaining nice Champange-like bubbles. Dense egg white head with tenacious lace.

S: Tropical, grapefruit and lemon zest that reminds me of the best New Zealand hops (Nelson Sauvin?) and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. All that fresh fresh fragrance with undertones of clove and cut grass...heavenly!

T: Taste follows smell, like a good bridge partner follows suit. Plays with the palate, but finishes delightfully dry and crisp. Never cloying and doesn't linger too long. Leaves me eager to take another sip.

M: Tiny, dense bubbles contribute to pleasant mouthfeel. Beer is a bit too fleeting, ephemeral to score a perfect 5.0. Just a little more staying power, please.

O: Truly outstanding. A beer that I have, do, will continue to aspire to brew as a homebrewer.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 04:14:13 | More by dv8sean
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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my New Belgium globe.

As soon as we popped the cap the bubbles began to rise just slightly over the top of the bottle. With a very gentle pour I'm getting 20% beer and 80% foam. Very excited for this one. Is a golden straw color with a very nice white head.

The smell is definitely full of lemon zest with a bit of horse blanket and funk. The hops aren't as strong in the aroma as I'd thought they'd be. The smell isn't that far of from that of Saison Dupont.

The taste doesn't have the tart bite that the smell would have lead me to believe. The hops are more apparent in the taste, a bit resiny. Has a slight yeasty/biscuity flavor along with a mellowed out citrusyness. Also has a pleasant green grass taste to it. To me it's like a blend of Saison Dupont and Orval, then jacked up on hops.

Has a medium to thick mouthfeel for the style. As mentioned above, it is very carbonated and has a slight bight to it.

Overall I am pleased. I'm always excited to try something from De Ranke as it's fairly difficult to come by in my neck of the woods. This beer did not dissapoint and for the price would happily buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 00:29:58 | More by allouez86
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Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fully hazy golden, carbonated to the point of annoyance (so much that i'm docking half a point), head comprised 75% of the first 2 pours and would not relent
S - Tart sour lime, spicy yeast, grains, and light mustiness
T - Funky yeast flavour with lime citrus, light perfume hops, pale grain, and a spicy finish
M - Light body with crazy carbonation, gets very dry and grainy
O - Has grainy and big belgian character, definity interesting and well worth a purchase, just make sure you have some time to sit and let the head settle!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 21:05:13 | More by joemcgrath27
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big bottle poured into a wine glass. I believe it was $13.99.

A: A lovely opaque orange and a huge, billowy head. Hard to top in this department.

S: Musty, haylike. A little peppery. Nothing sweet or synthetic-smelling whatsoever. Not hugely inviting, but impressively natural and funky.

T: Extremely unique. Peppery. Grasslike. Very bitter on the back end, although it's a totally different sensation than hop-forward American beers. It actually leaves your mouth dry. I got absolutely none of the citric tastes other reviewers have experienced.

M: Only moderate carbonation on my bottle. Again, the primary feature here is the crazy dryness.

O: Definitely for "advanced" beerheads. This being my first, a big part of the enjoyment was the novelty. This is a very original beer that -- like a lot of Belgians -- doesn't neatly fit into any style.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 17:30:14 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
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