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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

793 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 793
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 72
Gots: 48 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of cultclassic89
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aleigator
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a big, bubbly head with a bright yellow color.

Smells of wheat and soft yeast, with a coppery metallic hint on the back end. Underneath these dominant aromas, floral hops unfold, adding to the rustic character of this ale.

The taste yields much more hops than the nose did, while the brew begins with bready, mellow malts. Hops are detectable from the very beginning, side by side with the malts, while its floral character adds to the slightly biscuity malt foundation. This gets wrapped up by soft, slightly spiced belgian yeast, creating a great, smooth mouthfeel, which got a certain crispness to it. Then the hops turn remarkably dry, along with the sweeter malts, while they intensify their floral, wet grass appearance.

Hops become the center of attention, while this still drinks like a belgian ale, due to its distinct yeast flavor, with some peppery spices towards the finish, introducing an almost herbal dryness to the tongue. Finishes hop-forward, while malts and yeast handle the bitterness well, providing a convincing sweet, mellow, spiced counterpart.

Photo of claybob43
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kaiyote
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Andrew041180
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful champagne-like appearance. The aroma wasn't much to speak of. The taste was a clean cracker kind of malt flavor, finishing quite clean and bitter. Nothing really stood out for me other than the appearance. Maybe I was expecting more.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirty25
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Sarmento
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of JHERRING
1/5  rDev -75.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of heygeebee
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pale straw.
Quite astringent taste, very dry and bitter, grapefruit in the main, hint lemon, overpowers the Belgian yeast.
Very light bodied for 6%
Overall lacks something, maybe just too bitter and not rounded enough.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yeaprolly
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of cfadams17
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of HipCzech
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

Serving: 750 mL bottle poured into a stemmed pilsner (beer tulip) glass (cap reads: LOTNR B91T14, EXP: 11/01/19).

Appearance: Lightly hazy, warm orange golden hue. Lively, frothy white head with lasting haze on top and some lacing.

Smell: Fresh white bread maltiness, lemon zest, black pepper, fruit and ester notes.

Taste: Dry, clean malty base with light citrus and yeast continuing from the nose, and plenty of herbal hops, tending pleasantly towards medicinal. Crisp, dry and rather bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly, likely carbonation.

Overall: Great, clean beer flavors; like Belgian Pale crossed with an intense, hoppy Czech Pilsner.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.24/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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4.04/5  rDev -1%

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De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
91 out of 100 based on 793 ratings.