De Ranke XX Bitter - Brouwerij De Ranke
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4.09/5 rDev 0%
33cl bottle poured into a tulip. Clear golden color, a medium white head with decent retention and good lacing. Hazy golden after pouring in the yeasty bottom of the bottle after sipping halfway through the glass.
The smell has sweet floral and grassy hops and some belgian yeast without pouring the yeast from the bottle, mostly yeast on the nose after pouring it all in. Before pouring the bottom of the bottle in, tastes of crisp sweet malts followed by a dry resiny hop bitterness that stayed in the aftertaste. Having the yeast poured in, the taste is more earthy and the hoppy bitterness is cutted down, but still present.
Medium body, high carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Drinkable despite the bitterness, didn't last too long in the glass. Overall a good belgian IPA, which I preferred with the yeast poured, but very good both ways.
05-16-2014 18:19:31 | More by JTuomi
3.84/5 rDev -6.1%
belgian golden meets english bitter to me here, its got the dry belgian yeast and great carbonation, but also that english grain profile and body. it has a nice golden color, cloudy and with some lingering yeast floaters, as well as a tall and bright white head. it smells like the all too common euro green bottle skunk. its not old at all, but has that stink to it that is in so many of these. behind that though is a summery belgian yeast and what appears to be a primarily wheat malt base. the flavor has a great grassy hop finish to it, bitter and robust, but pleasing and refreshing. the malt is bigger than it looks, and has a nice frothy texture to it. combined with such frantic carbonation, the mouthfeel on this beer is near perfect for the style. i wish i could try it without the staleness to it, but i like it more as i drink it more, and i can see what its supposed to be even through this. simple beer really, but a nice balance between yeast and hops, the two main flavor agents of this brew. overpriced at about 13 bucks on shelves, but a tasty brew nevertheless.
04-28-2014 18:41:06 | More by StonedTrippin
De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
91 out of 100 based on 738 ratings.