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De Ranke XX Bitter - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 74
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 804 | Reviews: 479
Photo of timtim
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

loved todd's orval on crack comment. if you ask me, it nails it on the head. horse blanket, hint of sour, and lemony, chocolate mintish hops all abound in a really lovely brew. mouthfeel leaves a tiny bit to be desired, and super hoppiness kind of puts this one in the appertif category if you ask me, but worth seeking out.

Photo of illidurit
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Very pale peach-flesh color with a dense white head. Completely opaque with yeast and maybe some chill haze. Lots of filmy lacing. Aroma is gentle and subtle, with no real outstanding feature. Nice noble hop nose with spicy and mildly citric notes. Flavor is toasty and yeasty up front with some nice lemony hops and a medium bitterness at the back of the palate. Carbonation is very high, to the point where I think I'd enjoy it more after a few minutes of letting the Duvel etching force some of the CO2 out of solution. Lovely dry finish and good drinkability.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Belgian golden ale.

A: Pours a hazy tangerine orange color.

S: Big strong dry oranges, tangerines and citrus on the nose.

T: Palate is very smooth, light and citrusy. Very hoppy with dry oranges for flavor with a big floral bittering bite in the finish. Bitter sour oranges and a great lingering hop bitterness highlight this beer providing a dry velvet like texture of malt, oranges and a hoppy grind. Finishes dry, bitter with lots of floral bitterness lingering long after. Truly lives up to its name.

M: smooth with a brisk carbonation factor. dry with a citrus lacing on the swallow.

D: Overall a very good bitter Belgian though would be hard to drink in multiples.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy yellowish-orange akin to a saison or tripel, with a massive cloud-like white head that falls slowly to a thick cap, leaving thick sheets of lace on the tulip.

S: The aroma is very clean and distinct. A dry yeasty aroma melds nicely with a lemony, floral, and slightly herbal aroma. It's an incredibly light, clean, and pleasant aroma.

T&M: It's definitely quite hoppy, but with restrained bitterness and a clean yeasty, bready flavor that is quite lovely. Loads of lemony, spicy, and herbal hop flavor blends well with pale belgian malt. It's got a barnyard like flavor akin to a saison, as well. This beer tastes flat-out awesome. The body is light/medium with a refined carbonation typical of Belgians.

D: It's a tad bit filling, but still great. I'll be seeking out more Belgian IPAs in the future, for sure. I really enjoyed this beer and am disappointed that I don't have any left to enjoy!

Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes: 9/7/08 Brewery De Ranke, Wevelgem, Belgium
"XX Bitter" from a 750 ml caged and corked bottle, 6% abv.
Best before 01 2013 on label

-Huge 4+ finger fluffy white head
-Massive amounts of carbonation
-Light in color, almost yellow
-Bitter flavor, yet not overwhelming
-Actually refreshing to drink. It's like a Pacifico @ the beach. (ok maybe a lot better)
-Bubbles cling to the side of the glass
-Good nose, good flavor, good appearance = good beer, not great.
-750ml is a lot to kill even @ 6%
-Plenty of lacing on the glass, like cobwebs...

Photo of pinotboy007
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased on a whim at Whole Foods grocer, Fair Lakes/Chantilly, VA.

A - Orange/gold with a beautiful, rocky head a nice, pillowy lacing; steady carbonation stream.

T - An interesting sour tang with that curious Band Aid scent along with some forceful hops. Has a nice citrus/lemon thing going on, too with some tonic water flavor. Complex.

M - The carbonation keeps this one lively but the ceaminess is there, too.

D - This is actually quite refreshing and at 6% ABV is more than drinkable. This would be ideal in summer's heat with some shellfish.

Photo of philipquarles
4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle. Pours an almost opaque amber with a huge white, rocky head that will never quite go away. Strong citric and floral hop aromas present first, along with some bubblegum-like esters. Herbal and earthy. The taste is much bolder; lots of citrus hop presence dominates a slightly roasty malt back. It is indeed extra extra bitter. Finishes on a dry note; very nuanced, with earthy tones and some spices. Light-medium body with perfect carbonation. A masterpiece.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clean hay like yellow with a nice big off white head. Beautiful web of lacing leftover behind.

Wow, this isn't my first Belgian IPA, although I haven't had many, but it is not what I expected in the nose. Tons of noble hops like a supped up American Pils. Yeast in the background provides a unique blend of earthiness and balance to the hops.

Lots of noble hops again in the taste, but the yeast is stronger here providing some fruity flavors. Slightly floral as well. Again, not what I had expected, but a pleasant surprise.

Mouthfeel is very Belgianesque with a full creamy impression. Very clean and drinkable with a dry finish. Different, but excellent!

Photo of treyrab
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night at Zenos Pub in State College. They rotate their beers so often, so I was lucky to catch this one. Had it served into a small glass...

A: Very light, hazy, pale yellow with a small snowblind white head. This was much lighter in color than I was expecting.

S: A sour bitter smell along with pale malts and some lemon.

T: The taste is pretty bitter. Lemon bitterness is how I would describe this. Bitter and sour at the same time. The flavors were light however.

Overall, this is an interesting bitter. The Belgian characteristics were not really there, but the IPA flavors were.

Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Novare Res in Portland, ME this brew was a hazy yellow gold color with a scant but bubbly white head and great lacing. The aroma is clove with wheat breadiness. The taste is crisp rye bread and lemony sweetness. It had a very fine carbonation and was quite drinkable. Lively in feel with bitter grass hoppiness.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded orange brown with a frothy creme head. Nose is very earthy with some yeasty funk in there too. Flavor has an earthy bitter tone. I can't say it's very complex, but it's definitely robust. Feel has a fairly full carbonation to it. Liquid is smooth enough. This is quite the robust Belgian IPA. Distinct because of it's rugged earthiness.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale/yellow in color, slightly cloudy with a small head. Smells of yeast, hops and malts. First sip is more bitter than hoppy. The malty backbone nicely compliments the strong hops. Strong yeasts also add to this beer's intense flavor. A strong bitter with above average carbonation. A fine showing.

Photo of organizized
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was so much better than I had expected. It had everything that you would expect from a great belgian ale with a significant amount of hoppiness. Where I had this, I usually only have one of each beer so that I can try a variety, but in this case,I had to have a second xx bitter. so good!

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

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a hazy honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose there is a considerable amount of very dry citrus, with a bit of underlying spice. On the palate this beer is very complex. The flavor profile is very, very dry, with citrus, white pepper, lemon and lime. Mouthfeel is fairly light and the beer is pretty drinkable, albeit it finishes with a wash of dry bitterness that is almost too much.

A very solid beer, if not exactly my style of Belgian IPA.

Photo of brantadid
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a slightly cloudy golden color with a huge 3 finger white head. Lacing completely coats the inside of the glass.

Smelled very much like a Belgian ale. Slightly sweet maltiness with an interesting floral quality.

Nice sweetness on the front palate with a dry, bitter finish. Hops don't present until mid palate. Some slight citrus but mostly bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, yet rich and full. Really coats the entire mouth. Higher carbonation makes the beer feel lighter than it is.

Overall a very drinkable beer.

Photo of Jerico
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy mellow copper color with a massive, dense, puffy head that laces the glass as it slowly settles.

S - this one is light smelling. A tiny bit bready and fruity, like a triple taking a nap.

T/M/D - wow, very hoppy and bitter! It starts off a bit sweet (again, a faint reminder of a triple) and then the hops kick in. tsa bit oily, and the bitterness lingers on. It is a nice departure from what I normally expect from my Belgian friends - I'll definitelt try this one again!

Photo of gabeerfan
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Arrived a nice hazy, pale honey yellow. Fluffy, pillowy bright white head that never completely went away.
Initial aroma of some general bitterness and not much else. Getting further into the glass, some nice sweet aromas really start appearing. Honey/honeysuckle, candy sugar, hints of lemon and white pepper.
Flavors mirror the aromas pretty closely. Initially, the beer has an earthy, almost asprin-y (made that up), bitterness. Sweetness, lemon, and white pepper come in as the beer warms.
Medium mouthfeel. Fairly dry, leaves an almost powdery feel.
Pretty drinkable. Great flavors and not too boozy to have a few of at the pub.
The more Belgian IPA's I have, the more I like them. More subtle than American IPA's and a completely different flavor profile than either American or British IPA's. Great change of pace and highly recommended.

Photo of rye726
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing golden color under a perfect silky head. The nose has a delicate hop profile followed by creamy malts and Belgian yeasts. The taste has rich malts up front followed by a mix of bitter hops and peppery yeast strains. Medium body is well carbonated. Another delicious brew from De ranke.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store. Arrives in a tulip glass with a big puffy white head. Cloudy pale color. Aroma-hoppy, musty, earthy.
Mouthfeel-hearty bitterness that stays constant. Very light malt flavors are present. It is saison-like without any strong yeast profiles. A froth on the palate releases some lighter fruit flavors-pear and white grape. Finishes just as it does when it hits the palate-bitter. This was a treat.

Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at Brickstore Pub in Atlanta in a tulip glass.

Pours a dark lemon color with a huge two and a half finger pillowy head. It's pretty cloudy with decent lacing.

Smell is almost all bitter. There are some citrus aromas, but it's very subtle.

Taste is the same as the smell. Bitter with some citrus taste. The bitterness sticks around for a while as well, but it's not overwhelming. Somehow, the name makes sense.

Mouthfeel is great. Very smooth, with subtle carbonation. Any less carbonation and it would be flat, but as it is it's awesome.

Drinkability is good, but the lack of other flavors bring it down just a little bit. It's a really interesting beer, but it's too bitter to be insanely drinkable.

Overall this is a very, very smooth beer and it's less sweet than other Belgian IPA's that I've had. Definitely worth a try, and I'm glad I got to try this on-tap.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brick Store, served in a De Ranke glass. Pours a hazy yellow with a very nice white rocky head that leaves some beautiful lacing. Smells of fairly light earthy hops with some decent lingering bitterness, but not a hop monster. The taste has aa beautiful balance between the malt and the hops. Slightly sweet malt up front that segues nicely into a soft creaminess and then into big, earthy/piney hop flavors with a long, pleasant bitterness. Very smooth in the mouth and delicious. This is particularly good on tap, and lacks some of the sharpness of the bottled version and seems more finely balanced while preserving the earthy bitterness. Very nice.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy golden color with one finger of white head.

S: A weird musty hop tone. I think this might have possibly been an infected bottle.

T: The name of this beer does not lie. Super bitter. Belgian IPAs are weird beer by definition. This is basically a belgian pale hopped to death and it just yields an unpleasant bitterness without balance.

M: Very well carbonated. Gave me intense hop burps.

D: Fairly easy drinking. The bitterness really cuts down on the drinkability for this one. Good beer but not something I would seek out again for the price. Stick to the McChouffe.

Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright hazy golden yellow with a big fluffy white head that lingers throughout the session leaving generous lacing. The smell starts with the lemon and floral hops but is fairly sweet with Belgian yeast and some sugar in the background. There are definitely some spices tickling the noses as well. The taste is less sweet than the aroma and brings more bitterness to the table. The floral hops are big up front with lemon zest and some grapefruit and the Belgian yeast and sweetness are much more in the background with the bitternes lingering through to the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp but with the obvious bitterness and lots of carbonation. This is decent Belgian IPA, though there's nothing really differentiating this one from the rest.

Photo of GreenCard
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[From a gravity cask at the 2008 GBBF]

Appearance: pale orange, quite hazy, thin layer of bubbles, not much head

Aroma: spicy "Belgian" notes (cinnamon and nutmeg phenols), woodsy hops, malt, light brown sugar

Flavor: full malt sweetness that quickly gets scrunched down by a hearty bitterness at the back of the tongue; grapefruit rinds and apricot seeds; finishes dryish with a lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, gentle carbonation, soft texture, slight alcohol warmth

Other comments: XX Bitter is a fantastic beer in the bottle. When I passed the foreign beers bar at GBBF this year and I saw it on cask, I just had to try it. It certainly has some interesting elements and is also good, but I think I prefer the bottled one.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"The hoppiest beer of Belgium"

Pours a nice looking golden clear with a nice fluffy white head that leaves moderate lace. Nose is a bit of farm funk with some euro hoppage and mucho belgian yeast. Taste follows, some barn, spice hops and belgian yeast and a touch of wheat. Mouthfeel is nice, but I think it could be a bit thinner. Drinkability is good, but not amazing. Overall a good example of the style for those who have not yet been exosed to it. A very nice and refreshing brew.

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