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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:
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Photo of danieelol


3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice yeasty yellow. Good head/lacing.

Smell is big on grassy, earthy, plant-like hops. Sharp, with yeast in the background.

Taste has a lot of yeastiness and of course bitterness.

Mouthfeel is decent with yeast and hops.

Overall an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 11:01:07 | More by danieelol
Photo of Neorebel

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow straw color, with some fine sediment visible. Notably carbonated. This is fine, of course, since it is an unfiltered beer. A frothy, sort of soapy-looking head with a nice inch thickness sits on top. It does go down a bit, but it does in fact provide some great lacing on the side of the glass as it clings to the side.

Smell: Wow! This is immensely complex... I can detect the pineapple-like hops, but I am also getting yeast, farmhouse funk, strong pepper, a certain tartness, and malt sugars. I like complex. This is going to be good!

Taste: Very bitter initially, which I like... Resinous hops, very tart fruit, and white pepper notes are picked up. But there is also a sweeter, phenol fruit character that is a bit more subtle. There is this nice duality to it until the two forces converge into a strong bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: This beer is surprisingly soft and medium bodied. The finish is terrifically dry, as previously mentioned, slightly herbal, and pleasantly numbing. Definitely leaves one to want some more. Being only slightly warming on the way down, you cannot detect the alcohol presence here.

Overall: XX Bitter has some of my absolute favorite beer characteristics in it. What at first seemed like a niche selection to me, I now realize is something closer to a crowd pleaser, if one is already inclined towards Belgians and craft beer, that is.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 04:40:32 | More by Neorebel
Photo of Flounder57


4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: I poured the beer, but I swear the one inch head puffed up more and more over the rim every time I looked at it. It a golden yellow with some clarity and visions of carbonation coming up through the glass.

Smell: bready malts, yeasty esters, citrus, earthy notes, lemon, pineapple, and tangerine.

Taste: The citrus is more up front on the taste. Some lasting bitterness too. Beer seems a little tart from the lemon taste produced from the hops.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a little chewy, medium carbonation, medium bodied,

Overall: A very tasty BIPA. I will add this one to the list. Very enjoyable and easy to drink too.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 07:40:09 | More by Flounder57
Photo of superspak


4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/2016(11/2011 bottling). Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, pepper, clove, pineapple, herbal, floral, grass, earth, and yeast spices. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of lemon, pepper, clove, herbal, pineapple, floral, grass, earth, and yeast spices. Fair amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, pineapple, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity; no cloying flavors at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly crisp and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian IPA. Great flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to drink. Highly enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 04:13:37 | More by superspak
Photo of dbell23


4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Nice head with large bubbles. Except for the haziness it looks almost like champagne. The head disappears with little lacing.

The smell is very nice. Grassy,hoppy, that's different from other Belgian ipa's.

The taste is very hoppy. Hoppier than other Belgian ipa's but not like a domestic. Bitter and very clean. This would be a great food beer with something spicy and flavorful. I like the taste but I prefer a little more malt/yeast/fruitiness in a Belgian ipa.

The mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated.

Overall a very good beer. At $13 a bottle I expect a little more. Because of the price I'll probably stick to the le chouffee ipa, which I prefer. This beer doesn't hold a candle to duvel triple hop.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 22:10:03 | More by dbell23
Photo of Darkmagus82


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
Photo of yonnie


4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into chalice. Straw gold in color with 2 fingers of bright white head.

S - Sweet, grassy, pilsner, light hops and malt.

T - Much more complex than the aroma... starts off with a crisp refreshing pilsner-like flavor that develops into bitter hops, grassy, floral, some earthy and yeasty spiciness but subdued.

M - Light to moderate and easy to drink.

O - Very interesting take on the Belgian IPA, although it seems to be more of an experimental brew. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 18:49:57 | More by yonnie
Photo of Arno

3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance: Bright golden color. Good 1/2 finger head, nice lacing. Loads of bubbles.

smell: Very hoppy. Some fruit, flowers, medicinal. Smells sweeter then it tastes.

taste: Quite a hoppy kick quickly followed with some fruity & yeasty sweetness halfway and quite a huge grapefruit bitter finish. Love how the flavor develop so heavily in such a short time :)

mouthfeel: Very reshreshing. Loads of carbonation with quite a smooth dry finish.

overall: It's a nice beer, but still in doubt how to judge this one. I like the hoppy dry grapefruit bitter together with the more wet and easy fruity sweet flavors. I love the effect and development of the flavors in your mouth, but it does feel just a tad too much to the bitter/grapefruit side to really enjoy any day. I really need to be in the mood for this one. Just lacks the final word in balance. But i'm sure if you're a fan of these flavors you'll love this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 21:09:14 | More by Arno
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Spectacular - the cloudy goldenrod-colored liquid sports a massive head that sticks around as if to pose for a picture; copious amounts of Belgian lace coat the side of the chalice

Smell: Grassy hops, cracker malt and pear; yeasty phenols waft around, as well

Taste: Cracker malt and grassy hops dominate the front end, with the pear rounding out the profile in the middle; the yeasty phenols, in particular, the Brett, drive home the finish, with a bit of Barnyard funk and a very dry, mineral-like character

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with buoyant carbonation

Overall: Surprised that I haven't tried this before as I have tasted many other Belgian IPAs over the years; this, apparently, is the original and is well worth seeking out

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 19:38:20 | More by brentk56
Photo of bump8628


4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Handsome, paper-wrapped, corked and caged bottle, but the price tag is a tad steep - $12.99/750mL. Looks brilliant poured into a chalice. Glowing goldenrod with an enormous head of airy white foam. It's bitter and elegant all at once. Bright grass and herb notes with a lingering black pepper bitterness. Smooth malt lends a touch of freshly baked bread crust. Dry and drinkable. Almost too drinkable, 750mL washed down my gullet in less than 60 minutes. A world-class Belgian pale.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 16:54:28 | More by bump8628
Photo of Cozzatoad


3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

A- Golden colour, maybe slightly on the amber side, quite hazy. 1 and a half finger white head that shows pretty good retention and lacing. A bit of carbonation is visible

S- Herbal/grassy hops (euro hops) with a bit of funk to them. A bit of earthyness from the yeast on the back of things to bring balance

T- Similar to the aroma but luckily a bit more complex. Very much a hop-forward beer with dominant herbal notes (mint, fresh grass, maybe tobacco) among a clean/plain bitter taste that also feels slightly funky. A bit of spiciness and earhtyness may be detected on the back of things. Finish and aftertaste are sweeter than taste, with citric notes and a touch of malt sweetness that eventually makes itself heard

M- Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation to bring a lot of life. Pleasantly vivid but a bit too prickly. Plus, flavours tend to vanish a bit too quickly. Pleasantly dry and refreshing aftertaste

O- Highly enjoyable and thirst-quenching despite dominant bitterness. Not very complex but at least i'm finally tasting a belgian ipa that has some distinctive character, not just a random strong pale ale with a bit more hops than usual

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 15:08:46 | More by Cozzatoad
Photo of hustlesworth


4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a golden amber, cloudy from the yeast. Nice white head is bubbly and wrinkled. Spit bubble lace covers the glass.

S- lemony herbal hops and somewhat meaty. A little bit of yeasty band aid funk with notes of pineapple and banana. Lightly toasted grains.

T- pleasantly hoppy from start to finish with some cracker like malt character. Hop flavor is grassy lemon pith and earthy and lingering. Some rubbery band aid yeast flavor and very little sweetness.

MF- expansive feel and tight prickly carbonation. Nicely dry and refreshing.

D- what seem to be pils malt and noble hop creates a lot of similarity between this one and a pils. Yeast is understated and the beer isnt too ale fruity. Belgian ipa isnt my favorite style but this one is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 03:36:39 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy light orange amber, two finger medium white head with nice lacing. Aroma of funky herbal hops, light sour fruit, interesting. Belgian yeast, light fruit; starts as a Belgian light ale, quickly followed by hop bitterness that has a strong floral component. Finish is semi-sweet malt and hop bitterness. Quite different and tasty. Mouthfeel is medium with a hint of creaminess. Nicely made and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 01:16:34 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of billab914


4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into my Allagash glass. It poured a hazy, golden amber color with a thick, bubbly, foamy white head to it. Very nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a lot of earthy, spicy, European hops to it. I get some Belgian yeast spice and a little zesty citrus coming through as well. It had a nice range of flavors to it and felt well balanced as well.

The taste also has a bold, earthy, spicy, hop profile to it. Some zesty citrus is there up front with it turning into more of a bitter orange flavor in the finish. Pale, bready malts and a little yeast spice round out the flavors. Easy drinking and well balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. Overall it was a very good beer. It had a nice hoppiness to it with the yeast spice and pale malts complimenting well. Very drinkable and enjoyable beer of the style overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 20:30:32 | More by billab914
Photo of jibbyvonjibb


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

A: Cloudy. Light gold color.

S: Grassy, floral hops. Grain.

T: Refreshing acidity. Piney/grassy/citrusy hops still dominate, but balanced with some grainy sweetness.

M: Light body with plenty of carbonation. Dry in aftertaste.

O: A drinkable beer. The bitterness in the finish is a bit overdone. Also wished they would have used less earthy hops to bring more focus on fruity yeast flavors. Would drink again if readily available, but not worth going out of your way to obtain it.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 03:24:45 | More by jibbyvonjibb
Photo of Beertracker


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
Photo of dansmcd


4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy dull pale amber with a thin film of bubbly head and no lace.

S - Sweet musty Belgian yeast, fresh bread, pineapple and brown sugar. Nice blend of enjoyable aromas.

T - The wild yeast is prominent but well supported by the pineapple, bread and bubblegum. Some heat coming through at the end.

M - Medium body, dry with moderate carbonation.

O - Seriously, this is a beauty. I have walked past this on the shelf so many times before giving it a shot. If you like Belgian flavours, do yourself a favour and pick one up at next opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 14:25:21 | More by dansmcd
Photo of smakawhat


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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good till October 2015.

A real nice rock foamy hard white head off the pour, body color seems very straw like in appearance out of the bottle then hits with a glowing peach orange and yellow hues along the sides. Orb character glow. Settles to a clumpy small collar and puck. Very nice looking beer.

Nose has a real dry grain, salty strangely. Arid, and dried out orange peel after some time. Citrus angle is a little burried. I love this dried out smell though.

Great tasty hop angle. Shallow bittering pine sense, mixes with a great arid dryness. Mouthfeel feels fairly solid, could use a tad more body and oomph thickness but it is not over carbonated and doesn't take anything away from the palate. Loaded hops come with more sips and taste, a very faint citrus orange is just dying to get out with a little sweetness.

Pretty fun beer, and nice to have a hoppy Belgian for a change. Really enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 22:12:29 | More by smakawhat
Photo of homebrewhawk


3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle served in a Duvel Tulip. Poured a slightly hazy gold with a couple of fingers of white head. Plenty of carbonation. Bottle conditioned. Citrus hop aroma with an earthiness that seemed a little off IMO. Sweet malt up front with a fair amount of hop bitterness for a Belgian beer. A little Belgian yeast profile. Fairly drying finish from the hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 19:58:31 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of BMoldy

New York

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy light golden brew with a large creamy white head that sticks around for about 2-3 minutes. Good, structured lacing.

S: Peppery/herbal hops top a strong pale malt aroma. Phenols are rather high and more on the bubblegum side of things. Smells rather saison-like.

T: Ah, well I guess it's not called XX Bitter for nothing. A strong, palate-clenching bitterness smacks the tongue right away and hangs in there almost all the way through the finish. It's only towards the end that you realize that there's quite a lot of malt behind the bitterness. A pleasantly mild herbal flavor from either the yeast or hops (or probably a combo of both) pervades from beginning to end as well.

M: Medium bodied, but feels lighter (in a good way). Great active carbonation.

O: Kind of one-dimensional thanks to the bitterness, but still delicious and very drinkable... thanks to the bitterness. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 15:26:30 | More by BMoldy
Photo of Knapp85


3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a hazy looking golden color with a fluffy white head on top. The head left behind some good lacing. The smell of the beer had lots of Belgian hop aromas to it. The taste of the beer was earthy and very bitter. The mouthfeel was smooth but dries out the mouth really quick. Overall this brew is pretty good, I like that they are attempting "the hoppiest beer in Belgium". I think that's pretty cool.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 19:43:52 | More by Knapp85
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" white head. Body is a clear light lemon color, kind of pretty. Smell and taste both bring the hops in clean fruity, sweet, bitter expressions. The label claims this is "The Hoppiest Beer of Belgium". Yeah, it's hoppy, but I'm not sure their claim would stand up. In the US this would be a more mid-range IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 08:33:42 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of spicelab


4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle thanks to Adam@Platinum Liquor. Long time favourite that I'm finally getting round to reviewing.

Gusher! Manage to salvage a pour of sorts. Hazy straw honey with a rocky, porous white head that leaves little mark as it falls.

Seriously yeasty, with a vegetative rawness verges into lambic territory. Grapefruit pith, white pepper, floral spice, cut grass and a touch of honey sweetness.

Truckloads of mouth puckering bitter citrus pith and rind, predominantly grapefruit and lemon. Behind this is plenty of horse blanket funk, floral hops, thyme, parlsey and radicchio.

Medium mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation prickle and a conspicuously tart, dry finish.

For a 6.2% beer this is a behemoth. An uncompromising bitter, tart and slightly funky brew that lies somewhere in between a Saison and a Lambic.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 08:10:27 | More by spicelab
Photo of ccm414


3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a 4 oz sampling glass.

A- Pale in color, almost looks silver towards the edges. Nice head retention while leaving a good uniform lace around the glass.

S- Belgian yeast jumps right out in front, then BAM, gets hit by a car. It gives off an almost "raw" hop smell. It has some lighter fruit notes, I mainly got pear aromas.

T- Very dry and yeasty, not much like the smell at all. A bit bitter, but it doesn't overpower or linger very long. I was expecting a bit more bitterness to this one.

M- Light in body, a little creamy, but it seamed a bit over-carbonated.

D- A good beer, but not sure how often I would return to this one.


Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 20:05:56 | More by ccm414
Photo of wcintula

New York

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

Had a 330mL bottle at BXL. No freshness date notched on the label.

Poured into a Gouden Carolus goblet, the beer is a hazy honey color with a foamy white head. Nice hop aroma to it. The taste is hoppy as well, as the beer leans on the bitter side with a nice Belgian yeast flavor, while finishing dry. A good velvety feel to it, the carbonation assists the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 22:54:17 | More by wcintula
De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
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