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De Ranke XX Bitter - Brouwerij De Ranke

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738 Ratings

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Ratings: 738
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 65
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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.

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Photo of Vengeance526


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a cloudy amber golden color with a small white head that quickly fades to a light ring and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Spicy aroma upfront with a touch of citrusy hops in the back.

Taste starts off very spicy and then come notes of lemon and grapefruit. Starts off fairly bitter but towards the end contains sweeter fruity and yeasty notes, more along the lines of what you might expect from a tripel.

Light to medium body with a crisp, dry finish. Enjoyable all around. Not very strong, making it one of the more sessionable Belgians around.

10-15-2009 02:30:02 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of kingcrowing


3.88/5  rDev -5.1%

750ml bottle poured in a sampling glass.

Pours a very light golden straw color, a bit cloudy with a very small head that stays around without lacing. Smell is yeasty and pretty sweet, nice.

Taste is awesome, screw miller this is the Champagne of beers! Dry and smooth, quite carbonated but still very smooth. Very sharp an tasty, an awesome beer!

10-10-2009 22:13:10 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of adamette


3.73/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle that I purchased at The Beer Engine in Lakewood, Ohio last week into my silver rimmed Orval Chalice. My label was rubbed or ripped off but what remained of the "best before" date is simply "13" which I take to mean 2013. The month was ripped off.

A Before even opening the bottle I note the significant yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Well it pours a cloudy yellow/brown body with significant sediment floating around under a great, creamy, Westvleteren like thick head that sticks around for a few minutes. I have always like how the last few drops of these beers appear as a slightly darker area in the middle of the head. 5.0

S Nice sweet malt and yeast, little hops (despite the name of Bitter!) in a nice "Blonde" like smell. 4.5

T Interesting. There is the sweet malt and yeast that I had smelled certainly there in the taste but really there is a strong grain presence as well (the barley?) that is very much like a Pilsener. I did not expect that based on the style, the look or the smell. I suppose that is where the "bitter" comes from. I suppose that this taste is different and unique for a Belgian brewer but unfortunately it is too close to familiar (and unwelcome) tastes of more pedestrian beers elsewhere in the world (especially here in the U.S.) to make it "great" taste. 3.5

M Slight smoothness but I guess the most prominent "feel" is that Pilsener type bitterness. 3.0

D ehh...O.K. but I am disappointed in this expensive import which features a taste that is close to many that can be found stateside. 3.5

10-04-2009 05:19:43 | More by adamette
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Bottle from Bier Tempel in Bugges.

Pours a cloudy apple cider mixed in with some orange juice. While the white head isn't big by any means it has good retention and laces very well. Grapefruit,grass, pepper and tropical fruit make up an enticing aroma. Spicy flavour has a moderate bitterness. Again the grapefruit turns up, but there's also some fruity, slightly funky yeast in the mix. Medium body and medium-high carbonation feels about right.

09-20-2009 19:46:13 | More by bobsy
Photo of BayouBengal1537


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into over sized wine glass
A - Poured a cloudy copper orange color with a big chunky off-white head and brown floaties in the glass

S - Hop aroma present, Belgian yeasty aroma, grapefruit, malts

T - Moderate hop flavor balanced well with a sweet malt backing. Yeasty, citrus, bitter hop flavor at the end. Enjoyed this hop flavor in this Belgian beer. very good

M - mouth feel was just right, lively carbonation, not too thin.

D - excellent sipper, a very good beer

Overall, I really enjoyed the hop flavor in this Belgian beer. It was not as dominate as some hop flavors in American IPAs, which i like, but it was great to try a Belgian with hop flavor.

08-29-2009 03:31:55 | More by BayouBengal1537
Photo of hossua34


4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

A - Cloudy orange-gold. Actually has a thick or dense appearance to it. Hundreds of tiny bubbles of carbonation continually stream up from the bottom of the glass. Large, foamy head that sticks around, finally leaving large iceberg-like clumps of foam. Plenty of lacing.

S - Grapefruit and tangerines. Only the slightest piney scent of hops.

T - Predominant taste is of citrusy, grapefruit-like hops. Buttery, oaky finish. The bitterness is most apparent on the aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is ok. Leaning toward the thick side.

D - Hoppy bitterness amplifies as you drink. 1-2 of these, max, will do me for a sitting.

Not as bitter as I expected from the label but still a very tart, citrusy hopped brew.

08-12-2009 01:47:23 | More by hossua34
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%

Nice Belgian spin on an IPA.

Cloudy orange with a very thick head and brown floaty bits of yeast.

Reasonably balanced scent of hops and malts, with slight emphasis on the hops. Similar to a standard American IPA, but a little bit closer to a Belgian ale.

Fairly tame hop flavour, and the malts are also somewhat subdued. Citrus notes, and a bit of brown sugar in there too.

Decent carbonation, but not quite a session ale. A nice sipper though.

07-25-2009 01:54:33 | More by BDTyre
Photo of Casey10


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

Got this at Whole Foods today. I was happy to find this in the singles section.

A - Beatiful light golden amber.

S - Fruity light appricots.

T - Biscuity, foamy, delicious.

M - Warm, fizzy earthy.

D - Could drink a bunch based on ABV. This is a nice brew that should not be passed by

07-10-2009 01:23:23 | More by Casey10
Photo of brewcrew76


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

A - Pale golden yellow with a delicate creamy, foamy head that leaves trails of patchy lacing.

S - Fruity and slightly citrus hops, spicy yeasty notes and a little musty earthiness.

T - A touch of sweet pale malts, fruity and grassy hops, earthy and maybe even a bit funky with spicy, yeasty flavors. Good amount of bitterness but the hop flavors don't come through as much as the bitterness.

M - Light and crisp, well carbonated with a lingering very dry finish.

D - Very nice.

07-08-2009 21:18:18 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of Cs1987


3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

Note: The review scores were given by Cs1987, but the review comments were made by an anonymous Queenslander. The views of the anonymous Queenslander are in no way shared by Cs1987.


I went to my local bottlo today to grab a carton of my favourite lager XXXX Gold, but I stumbled upon this XX Bitter stuff. I couldn't believe anyone would make such an obvious ripoff of XXXX. I thought it must be one of those crappy Western Australian breweries. I read the bottle and saw most of the writing was in a foreign language. Yep, definitely a WA brewery. With a name like XX Bitter I thought it must taste like Victoria Bitter, but half as good as XXXX, which at least makes it better than VB. It was bloody expensive, but I bought one bottle anyway, along with my carton o' XXXX.

Appearance - When I opened the bottle, the head started pouring slowly out the top. Ewww! Anyway, how the hell am I supposed to know what the beer looks like when it comes in a brown bottle? Unless I poured it into a glass, which would be stupid.

Smell - Ewwww again! Very funky smelling, sniffing this feels kind of like having a grapefruit shoved up your nose. Beers shouldn't have any smell if you ask me.

Taste - WTF is this? This is so bloody strong, yet it tastes nothing like XXXX, or any other lager I've tried. It even tastes like grapefruit, and it's kind of spicy, sort of like nutmeg. Beer ain't supposed to taste like that! Plus, it's ridiculously bitter, no wonder they call it XX Bitter. I dunno what they add to beers to make them this bitter, but whatever it is, it should be illegal.

Mouthfeel - So bloody thick, no where near as fizzy as XXXX, and a bloody awful aftertaste.

Drinkability - Undrinkable. Poured most of it down the sink.

Overall - I can't believe those WA breweries would make such an obvious ripoff of XXXX, and make it so obviously worse. XX Bitter is the most pathetic excuse for a beer ever.

07-01-2009 11:04:38 | More by Cs1987
Photo of MitchW


4.5/5  rDev +10%

A - Golden honey colour with head somewhere between foamy and fluffy. While not transparent, the haziness isn't from discernible particles. This really does just look like hazy golden honey with a fluffy head.

S - Very clean aroma with a hint of citrus. Timidly inviting, bordering on delicate.

T - Just a wonderfully complex flavor. Just about a perfect balance between bittering and aromatic hops. The body of the beer definitely fits a golden ale profile. Overall very medium-light, unoffensive flavor with a hints of malt and a well balanced hop profile.

M - Not too thin, not too thick. Washes over the mouth, hitting all the right places without lingering past its welcome. Finishes clean.

D - Definitely not a session style, but not nearly as trying to drink as other beers of this caliber. I could definitely see going for another, but obviously not too many after that.

06-27-2009 01:33:50 | More by MitchW
Photo of LittleCreature


4.18/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance - 4.5
I made the mistake of an overexcited pour, resulting in a massive meringue-like white head that I had to fight my way through to get to the rest of the beer. The body is gold and slightly hazy. Lots of sticky lace.

Smell - 4.5
Very complex aromatics, soft fruity yeast, pear, funky and musty.

Taste - 4.0
Much like Orval, even the 6.2% ABV is identical. Yeast plays a big part in the flavour - not something I usually like in a beer. Quite musty and funky, complex and slightly fruity (pear). Bitterness is high for a Belgian, the hops giving earthy and grassy tastes, finishes very dry.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Typical Belgian carbonation - fine and lively.

Drinkability - 4.0
Not as moreish as some, but one I will no doubt come back to.

OVERALL - 4.25
A very good beer, but better when fresh in Belgium. The bottle I had at the cafe across the road from the Mannequin Pis was to die for.

06-23-2009 08:32:47 | More by LittleCreature
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.45/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured into a goblet.

My first for a Belgian IPA.

A - Pours a nice light but kind of bright straw yellow with a white head that slowly turns into a mat. Good retention. Sticky foam.

S - Some sweet banana smells and some faint clove hints. Some hop hints are present that offer a citrusy tinge. Phenols are also present.

T - Wow!! Very surprised and pleased. Initially there are some sweet malt notes but immediately the hops take over not necessarily in taste but in bitterness. The brew is pretty dry as well. There are some earthy tones mixed in there but the sweetness you would expect from most other Belgium styles. The bitterness is sharp and there isn't as much hop taste like some American IPA's.

M - Crisp and well balanced. The dryness is someone that I might need to get used to.

D - Very refreshing. Good balance. Great Taste.

06-12-2009 00:12:05 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of BarrelO


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

750ml bottle poured into a goblet. Best before end 1/2013.

A: Hazy light orange. Huge head that takes over the glass and never goes away, leaving a ton of lacing.

S: Noble hops, barnyard funk, a touch of citrus.

T: Pleasantly bitter with a hint of fruitiness lurking underneath. Funkiness shows up mainly in the aftertaste. Finishes bone dry.

M: Light and fluffy.

D: This really is Orval turned up to 11. I just wish it wasn't so expensive.

06-04-2009 07:40:34 | More by BarrelO
Photo of EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

Finally got to try a Belgian IPA. Had this in Brussels at Poechenellekelder and it made my day

Pours a beautiful slightly hazed and cloudy copper yellow with a clumpy head and great lacing

Aroma is piney and citrusy and very similar to a west coast IPA with a ton of grapefruit

Taste: Grapefruit through and through. This beer is a real showcase of hops, and I'd be very pleased to know what varieties are used. Very floral and aromatic. Bitter finish and dry.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for an IPA of this strength with a sharp carbonation

06-02-2009 15:34:47 | More by EatsTacos
Photo of Reagan1984


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

This review is for a lost friend, Craig Goulet. He suggested this beer and it's one of the last two that I ever received from him before his untimely death. I shared with it another friend who knew Craig as well. Craig, you are not forgotten.

First off this is a beautiful looking beer. A foamy/creamy delicate white head rises above the beer. The beer is a crystal clear (if decanted) bright golden color. Later in the pour some sediment begins to cloud the glass. Nice traces of lacing left everywhere.

Aroma was also great. Fresh, bright, fruity, sweet and of some hops. The yeast definitely added to the aroma with some classic spices and a mild "yeasty" tone.

Nice flavor as well. This is just a very good beer. White grapes, green apple, other fruits. Almost a green grass tone. Bright hop bitterness. Plenty of spices to think about. White pepper. The hop bitterness is there and it's very nice.

Fresh, light mouth feel. Sparkling, but not champagne like. Also a crisp clean sense to it.

Lovely beer and I shall drink another.

Well done.

05-24-2009 15:27:12 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of rtepiak


4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

04-29-2009 05:57:28 | More by rtepiak
Photo of mltobin


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

11.2 ounce bottle imported by the Shelton Brothers.

Upon pouring it into a tulip glass, it appears to be a nice golden tone with a one and a half finger head.
The smell is very nice, some sugar, yeast, small amount of hops.
While the taste is similar to a slice of grapefruit with sugar on top... just the way grandma used to serve it !
Mouthfeel is tingly, but light, pops on the tastebuds.
Drinkability is very much here, and with an abv at 6%, you could certainly indulge in more than one of these, delicious !

04-25-2009 01:01:42 | More by mltobin
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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

A - Poured into a tulip glass a hazy golden colour with a couple of centimetres of fluffy white head that slowly disipates. A bit of lacing left down the glass.
S - Smell is herbal & floral with some fruity esters. With a bit of a swirl some slighty sweet pale malt notes & spicy phenols are picked up.
T - Not unlike the smell. Initially herbal & floral hoppiness followed by quite a strong spicy phenolic character. A bit of bready, sweetish malt comes through to balance it out.
M - Medium bodied, Low to medium carbonation. Finishes quite dry & bitter with a sticky, resinous feeling on the tongue.
D - This was a top beer, I've actually had this sitting around for a few months and it probably wasn't at it's freshest to begin with. I'd LOVE to try this fresh. It was still very good and I'm so tempted to go put the 2nd bottle in the fridge now...

04-05-2009 09:47:42 | More by brendan13
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

Why has it taken me so long to get to this one?

11.2 oz bottle. Into a Maredsous tulip glass.

Cloudy, pale amber color, huge head, bone white and pillowy, lace leaving.

Gorgeous aroma, smacking of spice and citrus, some clove and cardamom, white pepper...bright, bitter lemon and orange. Floral and fruity, and lovely.

Zest continues once it jumps on the tongue. Big spice and citric twang on board the palate, a pleasantly bitter smack to the senses. Fades slowly, gently, goes to the back, while lingering long.

Medium body, long finish, plump with character.The hops and the zestiness never really quit. Hangs on all over the mouth. Really rewarding, and quite refreshing.

Nothing quite like this one. Except for all the others that have come along since.
But this here's the original.

03-25-2009 04:15:50 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of JoshuaCain


3.8/5  rDev -7.1%

first pour is a vibrant golden yellow with a big foamy head, good retention. aroma is pretty good, the belgian-y yeast smell is up front with a real nice floral note coming up from the hops, a little sweet malt adds some earthiness in the back.
this is definitely the hoppiest beer from Belgium, at least that I have tried. the hop flavor is very grassy and floral, lending a nice dimension to the spiciness and yeast of it. medicinal quality comes out alot in a second pour that contains the sediment.
mouthfeel is a little oily, but with an active carbonation.
drinkability is good, except for the price, I payed 5.49 for the 11.2oz bottle.

03-16-2009 22:38:36 | More by JoshuaCain
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.6/5  rDev -12%

Reviewed 1/16/2008 (bottle):

Pouring in the sediment, it pours an extremecy cloudy brown-yellow colored body, with a very big head, creamy, but not very lasting. Very hoppy aroma, alcoholy, dark fruit. Dark sugary. Bitter dry taste, full body, not watery. Kind of dirly tasting. Some maltiness. Dry & somewhat acidic. Kind of like a sweet pale ale.

03-06-2009 04:40:17 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of Cresant


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured this 11.2 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Label seems to be notched: J 12. (January 2012?) The body was a pale and hazy golden/greenish yellow. A weird kind of hops glow! Three or more fingers of bright white head settled very puffy. leaving nice lacing.

Smell had a soapy/detergent character. Lemon blossoms.

Taste was grassy hops. The pilsener malts struggle to make their appearance. Oily hops leave a dry fisnish that keeps you going back for more. The label proclaims, "Hoppiest Beer of Belgium". I can't dispute that. Few other flavors can compete with the assertive hops.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with prickly carbonation. I could drink this one often.

02-28-2009 19:04:21 | More by Cresant
Photo of sjccmd


4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

750ml bottle, corked and capped...after taking the cap off I noticed the corked seemed to be leaking slightly...since there was a cap on it, it didn't really bother me...best by date Dec 2013

pours a hazy straw color with a huge white foamy head that sticks around

some belgian sweetness, malt, a touch of funk, fruit, and grassy hops

surprisingly hoppy as compared to the smell, but it mellows out as it warms, citrus flavors with a light malt backbone, finish is dry with a nice hop tinge

perhaps it could be more carbonated, but I like the smoothness with a little bite from the carbonation

this is pretty enjoyable to drink, it has a nice balance of belgian sweetness and hops, i don't think the price is quite justified (12.99, if I remember correctly, Houblon Chouffe is cheaper and better, and Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor is nearly as good and is $9 at most)....still a very good beer though

02-10-2009 02:43:24 | More by sjccmd
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3.33/5  rDev -18.6%

Presentation: 11.2 oz. bottle into a goblet. Notched with a "best before" of January 2012. Extremely minor note, but ABV on bottle is listed @ 6%, as opposed to the 6.2% listed here.

A- Pours a hazy golden, with 2+ fingers of white head. Head fades gradually into a thin cap, leaving ample of lacing.

S- Mild bready yeastiness, and some slightly metallic notes.

T- Crisp lemon/honey zestiness on the front. Finishes with a somewhat biting mineral/metallic bitterness. This sensation decreases throughout consumption, and takes on a more herbal feel. Malt/sweetness is minimal. Overall impression of taste profile definitely improved by the end of this bottle.

M- Fairly crisp with medium carbonation. Not quite as slick as I'd hoped, but decent.

D- OK. Probably not something I'd want more than one of.

Future outlook: Not a bad beer, but not exactly my cup of meat, and not something I'm likely to revisit anytime soon.

01-25-2009 04:11:38 | More by DoctorDog
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