De Ranke XX Bitter - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Reviews: 483
Hads: 851
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 79
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2002

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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. (1,107 characters)

Photo of yonnie
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of Arno
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (920 characters)

Photo of brentk56
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 (755 characters)

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. (482 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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 (1,181 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
4.06/5  rDev -1%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (877 characters)

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. (484 characters)

Photo of Beertracker
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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 (876 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of BMoldy
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. (902 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of spicelab
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (822 characters)

Photo of ccm414
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

ccm414 (703 characters)

Photo of wcintula
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. (369 characters)

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

L: nice mountain of full foam; golden colour;
S: great, the smell of blossom-honey, citrus, a bit like Houblon Chouffe, alcohol;
T: lot of tartness and hoppiness, quite dry finish;
M: okay;
O: after the great looks and smells I hoped for a little bit more. I bit too hoppy for me. But can I blame the Ranke? The warning was XX-bitter! (334 characters)

Photo of argock
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by May 2015 notched on bottom of label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.25.

A: Pure gold with wispy white 1-finger head with good retention and several crooked bands of lace.

S: Bitter herbal hops with biscuity pale malt

T: Delicious biscuit maltiness off the top with a scathing bitterness throughout. The hops take on a grassy. herbal character overall. The beer brings a yeasty note with some earthy flavors that don't really come through in the aroma. It finishes slightly nutty with a bit of phenol and herbal.

M: Silky with average carbonation and a layered feel.

O: A really good beer that went down exceedingly quickly. I like the refined earthiness with nice herbal tones and a solid underlying bitterness on a biscuity malt foundation. I will be looking out for more of this without a doubt. (895 characters)

Photo of evlu1441
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first introduction to the hoppy Belgians or Belgian IPAs. I'm excited, as it should combine 2 of my favourite beer traditions.

It pours a hazy blonde colour with a centimeter of fluffy head on top and come nice lacing. It's pale compared to what I expected, but is similar to other Belgian pale ales.

The aroma is fantastic! Very spicy and fruity, with distinct apple and citrus aromas dominating. The hops lend a crisp spicy aspect too.

It's quite light on the mouth to start. The light fruitiness comes through very clearly to start with minimal maltiness. The hop aromas develop very clearly and lend a lot of grassy and aromatic qualities to the beer. The hop bite and bitterness comes through very clearly towards the finish. The carbonation is very fine, leading to a fairly smooth drink.

Overall, this is a style i could really get behind, but it lacks the intensity i was expecting. Perhaps I'm too used to American-style IIPAs. This one is quite easy to drink, while still having a very distinctive hop character and a fantastic aroma! (1,059 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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. (629 characters)

Photo of BeerMaverick
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a 4 oz sampling glass at a beer tasting my friends and I had.

A - Large amount of frothy white head that resembles ice cream. This beer is extremely carbonated from bottle fermentation and there is plenty of lace to go around. The beer itself is a pale yellowish color with some burnt orange tones.

S - Very bitter esters with a funky musty aroma. Seems similar to a saison with respect to the farmhouse aromas. Belgian yeast is definitely there with some green apple, pear, and a peppery spiciness to tie everything together.

T - Slightly sweeter and more fruity than the aromas. Apples are more dominant, but the beer is still very bitter. Belgian spices and yeast are just as robust. This brew is lacking in malt character, but I'd be surprised if it wasn't.

M - Dry beer with a hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Light to medium-bodied with Belgian spices to give it a nice background.

O - In my opinion, this beer has the perfect amount of bitterness despite being named "XX Bitter". The bitterness is there, but it doesn't overpower any of the other unique facets such as the Belgian yeast strain, complex mix of spices (I won't even pretend that I know these), and overall funky saison-like character. According to my co-worker (who is friends with the Shelton Brothers), they both quit their jobs and starting importing Belgian beers after tasting De Ranke XX Bitter...thank you Sheltons! (1,435 characters)

De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
91 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.