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De Ranke XX Bitter - Brouwerij De Ranke

De Ranke XX BitterDe Ranke XX Bitter

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673 Ratings

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Ratings: 673
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2002)
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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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3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz tulip

Appearance – Served a lightly hazed yellow color straw color with a one finger white head. The head faded rather fast to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – A grassy and herbal hop aroma are the most potent. Mixed with these however is a nice sweet fruit aroma of some tropical fruit and some aromas of a spicy and yeasty nature.

Taste – The flavor begins of a hoppy and malty flavor. The hop flavor is largely grassy and lemon hop. The maltiness remains constant throughout with the hop changing its profile some. While initially almost entirely of grassy and lemon flavors, soon some pine and grapefruit come to the tongue. At the end a light yeasty and somewhat spiced sweetness come to meet the hoppy flavors, rounding out the taste nicely.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that is just slightly above average. The higher carbonation is quite fitting and suits the blend of hop and Belgian flavors well.

Overall – A tasty and easy drinking Belgian IPA. Nice hop flavor profile and a nice aroma; give it a go.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 00:25:33 | More by Darkmagus82
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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

De Ranke XX Bitter pours up with poise & finnesse creating a voluptous foaming head that layers like icing on a cake above the bright sunglow-goldenrod colored body. The aroma is fruity (Bosc pear, Fuji apple, Costa Rican pineapple), snappy/spicy (lemon basil, tumeric, saffron) with some pleasant floral (chamomile, daisy) notes from the late hop additions that overlay a light-moderate graininess. The flavor starts of with a subtle graininess that develops some cracker-like waferness before being completely overtaken by a dominate, but pleasant bitterness that carries completely through to a clean, dry, biting finish. This light-moderate bodied Belgian specialty derives its complexity from its simplicity. I wouldn't expect anything less from the original Belgian IPA. It's always exciting to find this one on draught... three cheers for De Ranke!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 20:08:02 | More by Beertracker
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

756th Review on BA
Draft to snifter

@ Woodshop Classix

App- A lighter softer yellow with a little bubbly one finger head. A ring of bubbles around the edges as it fell. No cling, no legs.

Smell- A touch of bitter on the nose but much more lemony than expected. A little bit of dish soap as well.

Taste- Some of the nose follows the taste but not too much. Light, light bitter with some of that lemony flavors and a bit of yeast to me.

Mouth- Light bodied and a medium carbonation. A soapy bubbly lemon flavor remained.

Drink- It was a nice little beer to start the day, but the flavors just didnt work all that well for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 16:47:35 | More by FosterJM
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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME.

Hazy suspension, light honey yellow. Lemon color with tight white head. Very fruity yeasty nose. Musty, yet light and crisp. Apple-ish with an intense back of throat lingering bitterness. Herbal hops dominate. Light bodied with a very dry finish. Extreme bitterness lingers.

Haven't reviewed many Belgians, but this was a nice introduction to the style for an IPA drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 01:03:58 | More by ggilman
Photo of impending


3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

La Trappe. Moderately hazy pale dull yellow, pure white dense head, ok lacing.

Hops dominate the light aroma, citrus and floral. Yeasty goodness lie beneath, minor light skinned fruits sit nearby.

The flavor too is of the hops but the bitterness while present is restrained. The strong hop flavor is earthy and floral. A peppery dry finish announces the trailing minor bitter aftertaste. Light bodied lively mouthfeel.

A belgian ipa more ipa than most.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 03:54:48 | More by impending
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a slightly hazed piss colored yellow with a faint thin white head.

S-the nose is quite pleasant with just a hint of the belgian yeast up front as the hop showcase shines through with citrusy and floral hops behind the lightly spiced yeast.

T-the flavors are subtle and quite enjoyable. a nice yeasty presence with a fair bit of white peppery spice, the hops transition smooth and easily, rather floral hop presence with some nice citrus undertones.

M-it has a medium to light body with a certain smoothness to it yet lively on the the back of the throat from a lively carbonation with a semi dry finish.

D-nicely balnaced and very easy and tasty to drink. mild yet pleasant flavors, nice belgian yeast presence and a well integrated hop profile.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 15:35:08 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of Deuane


4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy, bright golden yellow with a thin off-white head that held on fairly well and left spotty lace.

S-Sharp, spicy citrus rind with a light, sweet biscuit malt in support. Becomes quite peppery with warming.

T-Spicy citrus, light sweetness with a dry, peppery finsih. Light touches of fresh cut honeydew melon and mandarin oranges in the background.

M-Medium-light bodied with an incredible sharpness and biting crispness. Ends quite dry with a long lingering spicy bitterness.

D-Certainly nice stuff and while the hop profile isn't quite my cup of tea for the style I cannot deny it's goodness. A very well done beer for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 21:05:30 | More by Deuane
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a really great Belgium ipa. Nice floral nose with notes of yeast and wheat. Extremely balanced, almost makes me crave the unbalance of a DIPA. Nice notes of wheat hit the palate with a phenolic finish. A very drinkable and surprisingly refreshing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2010 17:07:31 | More by Jef59
Photo of BARFLYB


3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Memphis and Cumberland in the streets of Philadelphia.

Double X comes off the spout looking bright golden with yellow highlights infused underneath a clump of white foam that leaves minimal stick. A nice ring around the glass. Scents dont exactly burst out at you, obviously there is some hops and very low traces of malt sweet backing. Some warming brings a fuller bouquet with small citrus, grass clippings, and the 'bitter'ness deepens a bit. First swigs Im just like 'eh' but overtime this did turn out to be quite bitter but not overpowering. Not really tropical more down to earth. Small lemons and grass, light malt sweet back, light as can be. Pretty bitter on the mouth this lives up to it's name. The low ABV makes for less malt and sugars used so this is on the hoppy side, I liked it, alot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2010 04:45:34 | More by BARFLYB
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from at the Armsby Abbey on 8/11

A - Cloudy straw with a nice one finger head with a TON of lacing. This was crazy I've never had a beer with this much lacing to it.

S - Smells like what one would expect. Floral hops.

T - Very solid bitter. Nice and hoppy with lots of citrus rind taste.

M - Low carbonation resulting in a rather heavey feel.

D - Really good dry hoppy finish. Extremely drinkable really making you want more with each sip.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2010 06:06:11 | More by rudzud
Photo of largadeer


4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Blond with an opaque, cloudy body and a finger of white foam that recedes to a collar.

The aroma is yeasty and hoppy. Lots of spiciness from both the yeast and hops, citrus and fresh herbs, pepper, a little bubblegum.

Spicy hop flavors, some bubblegum and white pepper from the yeast. Quite dry and bitter, herbal and floral. Medium-bodied, fairly crisp. Pale malts show themselves mid palate, but the finish is a bitter herbal hop assault. Pretty tasty stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2010 22:37:07 | More by largadeer
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New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on June 26th 2010 at Novare Res in Portland ME. Served in a 12oz De Ranke tulip for $8.50. Review transcribed from notes.

Thick hazy golden yellow brew with a thin white head. Smells of sweet and bitter orange rind, honey, some faint lemongrass hops. Fairly sweet. Taste is strong lemongrass hop on a thick and sweet honey and malt background. Faint yeast, good bready feel. Leaves wisps of foam on the glass. Some spicy coriander and a hint of clove as it warms. Body is fairly thick but the carbonation cuts through to give it a crisp and balanced feel.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 03:31:21 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had off the tap at the beer garden in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Radagast, I think is the name.
A- Nice crisp gold color, clear and bubbly. Some head, and some lacing.
S- slight lemony scent.
T- I'm not as in love with this as my friends were. It's smooth with a slight sourness. Bitter, but not overly. It has a biting taste in the back of the mouth. Can't put my finger on it, but it is just every so slightly lacking...something.

UPDATE: I had this a second time and it was very weird: every time I took a sip it exploded into fizz...so it wasn't actual flowing liquid. It was actually had to drink. I will have to try again to see if this was a one-off thing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2010 21:26:18 | More by Amalak
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PIB tap-version 7.17.2010, sampled upon recommendation of Alex Ganum at Upright.

Very minimal white head, leaving a small ring around outside of glass, no lacing. Strawish orange body, no visible carbonation, not sure this is the freshest of kegs. Very very hoppy nose with some lemon notes and a bit of white pepper presence as the beer warmed. The taste starts upfront with a firm malt backbone, not too sweet, may be pilsener malt, a really hoppy middle, a bit grassy and floral, leading to a quite bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium light, decent effervescence, leading to a fairly dry finish probably attributable to the Belgian yeast. May have lost a bit of the hop presence due to a bit aged of a keg, but this was certainly one of the best Belgian IPAs I've had. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 17:34:08 | More by jdense
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey,
A: huge 2+ finger fluffy head fades at a medium pace over hazy golden orange yellow colored beer, lots of sticky lacing.

N: Lots of Belgian golden malts, light malty aromas, the some floral light spicy hops, lower alpha, a little sweet as well.

T: Somewhat sweet with more Belgian malts, fluffy tasting malts, some hop bitterness with spicy and floral hops, light grassy and citrus hops as well, very slight astringent as well, some wheat with banana and light fruits, and even a little lemon.

M: Medium body loaded with carbonation.

F: The bitterness comes out more on the finish as it builds especially, and a little more astringent too. Grassy earthy spicy hops with a little citrus are the key items. It's somewhat dry as well, with some lingering Belgian malts and a looong bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2010 20:47:09 | More by jlindros
Photo of KickInTheChalice


4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Uncle Mike's. 11 oz. pour in a snifter.

Appearance: The tightly wound creamy white head is the first thing I notice. Full cloudy golden color.

Smell: The aroma is full of Belgian spice, yeast, and funk. Some bready malt in the background.

Taste: A biscuity malt starts off, but the intensity is not high. Mild sweetness and brisk spice before the hops step in. Mild citrus flavor complements the strong bitter herbal hops. The end oscillates between bitter and a little sweet.

Mouthfeel: Crisp to start, but the carbonation breaks down after a little bit. Medium body. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: Proper ABV, balanced Belgian IPA - quite quaffable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2010 18:33:29 | More by KickInTheChalice
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Deep Ellum 5/22

A: This beer pours a hazy straw yellow with a one finger of white head. Head recedes at a nice moderate pace and leaves very little lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is grassy and piney hops, hints of citrus, and a hint of yeast.

T: Taste is peppery, spicy hops at the forefront with just a bit of lemon mingled in. Middle mellows out with a bit of funk, some breadiness and yeast flavoring. Finish has a nice light, though very discernable grassy hop bite to it.

M: Lighter side of medium body, moderate to higher carbonation, a touch oily at the forefront with a dry finish.

D: Goes down easily, not too filling, nicely balanced, and I could certainly have a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2010 18:13:28 | More by Jayli
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Vine Street pub in Denver.
A hazey, pale golden pour with quite a big, fluffy white head. Lacing was average, but a quick swirl would bring the head back a touch.
Aroma...first thing I get is spearmint. Weird, but good. Some mint and light cracker.
a nice combination of mint, clove and citrus in the taste. A soft citrus. Spice is paired well with the light malt. Tasty.
If anything, it's over-carbonated. The 'tingle' of the carbonation gets in the way of the bite. But it's still good. Malty, too. Finished it rather quickly.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2010 04:46:50 | More by Mebuzzard
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3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this on tap, into a tulip at the Map Room.

The beer pours a cloudy straw gold, typical beglian yeasty. There is two fingers of white head but its gone right away. Light lacing.

The aroma is super light, typical belgian ipa with some earthy hops.

The taste is the same, little hops, yeast, kind of boring belgian.

Nothing special here.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2010 20:46:38 | More by jrallen34
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4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with greenish reflections probably due to a resinous hops. The nose is hoppy and mouth following the same path is to be both safe, tough and bitter. The palate is intense and shows the power and quality of hopping. The holding of mouth is also impressive. It also presents similarities with Orval where, vis-à-vis the latter, it gains in power hop what it loses in complexity. A beer of high quality.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2010 16:29:57 | More by ThaCreep
Photo of smcolw


3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some green-yellow color to the cloudy liquor--large bubbled head, but it leaves some nice lace.

Traditional pale Belgian aromas, including some barnyard smells.

I like the bitterness--from mid-taste through the finish and aftertaste. There's a good malt base. Lots of ground pepper. Spritzy but with a good body.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2009 20:11:27 | More by smcolw
Photo of diechipmunk


4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from tap into a tulip. Cloudy golden with 2 fingers fluffy white head that that leaves very nice lacing.

S: Smell of pine and citrus with a touch of malt and the mildest trace of Belgian funk.

T: Taste was classic bitter with a some Belgian yeast, lemon, pepper, and a little something else, clove maybe? Nice dry finish. one of the best tasting bitters I've had this side of the Atlantic.

M: Medium body, smooth and flavorful. Exceedingly pleasant.

D: Superb! It has the smooth, perfectly balanced taste of an English Bitter with the added complexity of a Belgian ale and the moderate ABV makes it very sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2009 19:04:19 | More by diechipmunk
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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy golden color with almost no head to speak of. Some spotty lacing is left that seems characteristic of Belgian style beers. Cloudyness is accpeted in this style so no points can be docked for that. However, it does not APPEAR all that appetizing. Smells like belgian malts and yeast, the nose is not huge for me here, some citrus in the nose as well. Taste here is great, I wasn't sure it would be this way after the nose. A very complex taste and a bitterness you will not find in most American beers. It is as if they extracted the hop bitterness and removed a lot of the hop flavors, this is probably the most bitter beer I have ever had. It is just a straight up bitter slam with no huge hoppy notes, some pine and earth but not overpowering, very cool. Also in here is the belgian malts, yeast, and citrus. Lemon and lime peel can be tasted giving the beer even more great flavor. This beer's taste is probably the most unique IPA taste I have sampled thus far. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, light bodied with good carbonation. The MF suits the flavor very well and feels nice. No warming in this beer at all. A nice bitter coat left on the tongue. Drinkability is good. The amazing taste is something that shouldn't be overlooked, the price is a bit steep and the bitterness will certainly get overpowering after a while. If I see this on tap again I will probably have another but won't be buying the rather expensive bottle anytime soon (which I have had and must say I prefer the tap version by a long shot).

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 19:14:27 | More by cbutova
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pour is golden with a beautiful head. tight, white, and with time contracted head. smell is a minty pine, and lavender. palate so crisp its soapy. quite clear and very bright. strong floral that clears the tongue dry. mint, lavender, a light bitter, and thyme. definitely wonderful hop quality.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2009 05:57:28 | More by rtepiak
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De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
91 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.