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De Ranke XX Bitter - Brouwerij De Ranke

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799 Ratings

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Ratings: 799
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 75
Gots: 52 | 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 tdrshayden
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at TDR-SH.
Pours a slightly hazy gold, with a big, frothy pure white head that disappeares rather quickly with little lacing. Smell is spicy, lots of hops showing up. Yeast and breadiness as well, and some fruity hints. Taste is very nice, bright and hoppy with Citric notes, unique and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is crisp, full-bodied. Of the Belgian IPAs that I have tasted, I would rank this one of the best.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml 2007 bottle, corked and capped, attractively swaddled in a crisp white paper label stating the correct volume of the vessel, in contrast to the bottle, which is labeled as "11.2 FL OZ." I'm going with 750 ml. Final answer.

Popping off the metal cap, I was a little put off by a thin brown moldy-looking liquid between cap and cork. Wiping it away, I found the cork was intact, and when I pulled it I got a nice, agressive 'Pop!'.

The drink pours a hazy, sunny orange with a finger of bright white head that retains well and leaves webby lacing.

Smells yeasty and fruity, with notes of plums, figs, and nectarines.

Taste is enhanced by a crisp body, sporting a nice sting of carbonation. Flavors of ice-cold apple cider with spicy bread, plums, white peppercorns, with polished, golden, earthy hops basking are complimented nicely with a note of zippy lime-peel announcing a dry, pointy, bitter finish.

Excellent drinkability and very smooth. Interesting presentation with a few flaws that are more interesting than off-putting.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 capped and corked paper wrapped bottle picked up at Erickson's Fine Wines in Eagle a couple weeks ago for $13.... was planning on sharing this one with SAS side by side with MS Wrath.. but I'm tired of waiting. Poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

Very fizzy 2 finger white head drops quick leaving only spotty lacing atop a surprisingly crystal clear golden brew.

Aroma is punctuated spicy hops with a spike of Brett... (is there Brett in this beer? I don't think so, but I have no idea.) Very phenolic with tons of spicy and citric hop aromas...

Flavor is punctuated by citric/lemony hops with a great background of pale malts.. yeasty esters and a good punch of bitterness. Body is light and carbonation is abundant.. the complexity really changes its face sip after sip after sip... I now doubt there is Brett in this.. but instead an abundant complexity from the yeast and the myriad of hop additions.. I am a big fan as the bottle rolls on. Long peppery medicinal finish that lasts for minutes easy... like a hoppy Saison on steroids.

The clarity is brilliant.. amazing... really surprising.. sorry.. don't mean to gush, but this is a pretty beer. Flavor is wholly unique.. infinitely better than my last bottle.

I've only had this brew one other time, and then the cork was shot and it tasted very musky.. this time.. I am very impressed, although I won't likely buy again unless I am brewing a Belgian style IPA/DIPA... too pricey for my every day enjoyment.

Photo of bort11
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle capped and corked. I had to use a cork-screw to get the thing out and it was a bit of a pain in the ass. Indecipherable best by date.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Large creamy white head that sits on the surface for the duration. Light lacing. Color is a bright and hazy golden yellow. Quite nice to look at.

Smell is light and floral with a hint of lemon peel and medicinal herbs. Taste is also very floral. Mild citrus notes, fresh grass, and green herbs.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Mild creamy texture from the persistent head. This is a good one for hot summer nights.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer thanks to pintbypint. The pour leaves me with a bright white head, very nice retention and lacing. Some sediment made its way in so theres a hazy, flashy golden color.

Smells of pine, hop oils, yeasty spice and a light maltiness. A faint fruity funkiness chimes in now and then.

Tastes of hops (German types?), yeasty spice, fruit and lightly acidic. This is one interesting and delicious beer.

Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interestingly, this 750 ml bottle states "11.2 fl. oz." on the label (Impossible, but I suppose good for an "I just had one" excuse?) Cork-caged bottle, best by June 2012, poured into tulip glass:

Pours hazed/cloudy golden with a thick, foamy, then rocky, white head that thins and stays. Some trailing lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is of lemon and orange peel with grassy and herbal notes. It's a bit musty, earthy and floral.

The taste is bitter. The first few sips reminded me of chewing aspirins. Subsequent sippings reveal more balance with some orange and lemon tartness and just a hint of malt sweetness. It is bitter. I can appreciate a more bitter than sweet beer, but this is bitter over-load in a medicial/aspirin-like way. Finishes puckeringly bitter and dry.

Carbonation is enough to cleanse the palate without being too prickly.

With help of water after each few sips, this is pretty drinkable for how bitter it is. The aspirin-like taste does fade a bit as it progresses. Overall it is reminiscent of Campari, and would serve well as an aperitif, though a whole 750 is a bit much.

Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue chalice a light copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a pungent herbal hop spice and some slight yeast esthers.

The taste was upfront herbal and spicy with solid grainy backing.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a delicious and unique ale.

Photo of tempest
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Monk's Cafe, served in a tulip.

Appears hazy yellow with a white head and thick lacing. The aroma is a bit mild, with earthy hops and a touch of pale malt. The flavor has the same light malts with a hint of biscuit, but the hops and yeast character carry the flavor. This is a great example of yeast working with hops, the spices blend and build on each other and instead of making one singular taste the flavors roll out with grinding bitter hops building up at the end.

A must try for those love Belgians with hops.

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

Out of a 750ml corked and capped bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a beautiful sudsy white head that left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is of Belgian yeast phenols and candi sugar, that nice tart funk earthy saison aroma. I pick up some banana, green apple, corriander, white pepper and a light grassy hop. The taste definitely has more of a hop presence. Some grassy hops flavors and dare I say a slight citrus hop. The hops are paired with a nice honey malt, flowers, spices, and Belgian candi sugar. Out of all of the Belgian IPAs that I have had this is one as the most bitter hop profile. The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation and finishes bitter. Another excellent BIPA. This is becoming a favorite style. Nice combination of sweet, spice, and bitter.

Photo of fitzy84
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Moan and Dove. Murky, cloudy gold appearance with a nice thick head and eventual patchy lacing. Strong floral hops that were to die for; a little bit thin smelling, but with its strength, it helped hinder it from being too overpowering. Bready and wheaty to the max: it was so deliciously hoppy and wrapped in woody, forest overtones. A soild medium body helps explicit the taste. Overall, really really good.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I expect a much better head from a Belgian IPA. This one retains alright, but it is small to begin with, even after a pretty strong pour. The beer itself is a thickly yeast-hazed, bright sunflower orange-yellow, not unlike a Hefeweizen.

Smell: Not bad; a bit weak, but but not bad. My first impression is Ramune or 7-Up, with a pretty big lemon-lime aroma and some bubblegum backed by syrupy sweetness. Other fruity notes that waft off the beer include pineapple and orange - big orange, in fact. The hops are not as bracing as I expected; rather, they mingle with the yeast and pale malts to create a nice, soft, spicy depth. The hops are also extremely floral, with a very lovely rose aroma tucked amidst the tropical esters.

Taste: Mmm, nice! Some of the fruity complexity from the nose is lost here, and the malts lack substance. But it's still good, with a crackery dryness, some tangy bread and phenolic notes from the yeast, and a robustly bitter, herbal orange-rind hop kick that really blossoms in the finish, leaving a long, hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and airy yet slick. Carries the hops very well without being too syrupy.

Drinkability: This is a very good mash-up of a Belgian strong pale ale and an IPA, one that's flavorful and interesting and refreshing. I do wish some of the Belgian fruitiness came through more, but it comes through enough to set it apart from your average IPA.

Photo of csmiley
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - The color ended up a medium yellow with a haze to it. Like any Belgian, the head, retention, and lacing were all excellent. The head dissapated to a nice cap of white foam in the glass.

S - Funky yeast and biscuit aromas start things out. Another aroma that is quite strong is a hop aroma that comes across as pine. Last in the aroma is some honey and alcohol.

T - Hops really come through in the flavor. Some citrus starts to creep in but mostly the pine dominates. Other flavors are just in the background to support the hops. There is some yeast and bread that start to show about midway through. The tail end is hard to pick out but consists of pale malt and honey.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is bitter and dry - with the bitterness hanging on for a while.

D - Drinkability is good. Balance of flavors is good for the style. Alcohol is low which lets the other flavors show some character. Very nice overall. I would pick this one up agian.

Photo of Slynger
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale and hazy hay color with an amber tinge. The fine, fuzzy, white lid leaves slippery lace.

Nice lemon and apple scents mix with sweet floral hops and light earthy, grassy, spiciness.

A medium-light body holds the perfect amount of soft and creamy carbonation. The taste matches the smell excellently. Lightly sweet and floral, lemony-apple, yeasty, and grassy, with light bitterness and peppery spice.

Very well balanced and extremely delishous. Can't wait to pick up some more.

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

Poured from a 330 ml bottle (marked best by September 2011) into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a golden color with a good sized white head. A lot of yeast remains in the bottle.

S: Spicy hops, floral accents, and a bit yeasty.

T: A very interesting brew. Definitely lots of hops but certainly not the variety that I'm used to in my west coast IPA's. There are a lot of interesting flavors in there as well. I got some funky barnyard flavors, some minerals, a bit of lemon and some other fruit. It reminds me a bit of a hoppy saison.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation.

D: A very unique and excellent beer. I enjoyed it.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Monk's; served in a tulip glass

Appears a cloudy, golden yellow with a bright white pillowy cap. Had some decent lacing.

Had a very sour, floral hop aroma, with a light grapefruit/citrus and wheat backbone. Joking, it kind of smells like a wet sponge.

Whoa, this beer isn't bitter, it's sour. A lip-smacking sourness really dominates the palate. A very light malt presence that if balanced better could have made a big difference.

Very light and crisp.

A little tough to put down because of just how plain sour it is.

I have noticed that the bottle reviews are scoring much higher than the tap reviews. I am going to have to find a bottle of this somewhere and do some comparing.

Photo of AltBock
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was able to try this Belgian IPA at Spring House's Drafting Room during their annual Hopfest on 4/12/2008.

XX poured a hazy lemon with some orange highlights blended into it. On top of this beer was a 1 finger head of white foam that had great retention that left behind a small white film and a fair amount of white streaks of lace. The aroma was truly unique! The aroma is spicy and dry with spicy citrus hops, a drop of perfume, Brett yeast, a slice of lemon, a pinch of grapefruit, and then it ended with an aroma that smelled like hay or something you would smell on a farm. I read a brief description of the beer and they said it was going to be very hoppy. Instead, it wasn't overly hoppy, but it still had a nice high level of hops to it. It started off lightly hopped and as it progressed, it got hoppier, but it ended with a mildly aggressive hoppiness. Besides all the hops in here, there was also citrus fruits, citrus hops, grapefruit, brett yeast, lightly toasted malts, a dab of lemon, and a slight touch of hay. It was a medium bodied beer with a light dry hoppy aftertaste of citrus fruits, citrus hops, and a touch of yeast. Overall, a nice not overly hopped Belgian beer. It is hoppy for a Belgain beer, but compared to what the Americans can dish out, it's mild.

Photo of RoyalT
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This is a gorgeous, light orange in color with a glowing character and an explosive head that left some nice lacing.

Smell - The light aroma of Belgian yeast and orangey hops is well-refined. There are some stiff Belgian spices in there too. The coriander particularly is high-end and quite enticing.

Taste - The smells from the nose come out exactly in the taste. The delicate yeast, modest orange and herbal hops, and the elaborate spicing, again with coriander leading the way, all work very well together.

Mouthfeel - This was the best part of the beer for me. The body is shy of medium and the carbonation is as good as I've ever had. Yes the bitterness is there, but the ingredients of this BPA are of such high quality and the brewing process obviously so effective that there are no sharp corners to the texture.

Drinkability - The flavors of this BPA make it drinkable enough, but coupled with its exceptional mouthfeel I can't think of a more sessionable Belgian Ale.

Comments - This is such a terrific beer. I don't know why it didn't work well for me on-tap. My overall on-tap rating didn't even break 4.0. Maybe it was just a bad keg or an off night, because this is an exceptional ale.

Update - I had a chance to pop another bottle in early 2011. It really is an incredible beer full of life with a unique hop flavor, for firm for the style, and a terrific drinker.

Photo of throwitallaway
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a chalice. Yellow with a small head that dissipates quickly. Smells vaguely fruity with some hops and malt present. Flavor is a little odd. Initially it tastes like a typical Belgian Ale with spices. But then resiny and floral hops kick in and overpower the other flavors. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. I'm not entirely sure what to think about this beer. I like the two flavor profiles by themselves, but mixed together it doesn't work well on my palate.

Photo of Brad007
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Pours a pale golden color with a decent one-finger head.

Aroma: Malty/biscuity upfront. Mild hop aroma.

Taste: Biscuity and malty. Hop aroma in the middle. Strong and assertive. A lot of breadiness here. Hops are subtle, not overpowering. Similar to an British IPA or XPA.

Mouthfeel: Malty and bready. Decent hop presence.

Verdict: An interesting take on an IPA. I wouldn't classify it as such and it's more of a Belgian XPA to me. I've been wanting to try this beer for a long time and glad I finally did. The bitterness is very nice.

Photo of thierrynantes
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2007.

Appearance : clear colour, white foam not very persistant
Smell : floral aromas, with notes of yeast, mallty
Taste and mouthfell : it shows a pronounced bitterness, astringency to the finish
Drinkability : A very good beer (remind me Orval ?), a lesson in terms of bitterness

Photo of jwff
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before 2011.

Pours a mellow maize hue with a thick white head and generous but slow rising carbonation. Heavy lacing. Sweet malt aroma reminiscent of butterscotch and a bit of yeast and grain. Mild earthy hop characteristic and nothing in my face.

Rich malt up front is immediately balanced out by an herbal/earthy hop character. Toasted grain blends in with the finish. There is a very pleasing rind type bitterness that sits on the tongue and melds so well with any lingering sweetness from the malt. Great carbonation and a light to medium body. I'm almost done with this and it's only been about 5 minutes. Should have bought a case.

Photo of tprokop7
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Moan and Dove, in Amherst, MA.

A - Bright, golden and opaque, with a thick, white head.

S - Like it should, bitter and hoppy. You really don't smell much else.

T - Again, bitter and hoppy. Wonderful.

M - Light, and with more than average carbonation.

D - This might get intense after a few, but the first one went down more quickly than I would have liked...

This is one of my favorite beers, maybe my absolute favorite.

Photo of watchnerd
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Head is just so-so and the brew itself is a cloudy golden color. But things get bitter with the aroma, being a combination of citrusy hops (American hops?) and Belgian yeast. Taste was in line with the aroma, being a hybrid between two styles. It might be the bitterest beer in Belgium, but compared to real IPAs, it's not so bitter at all. Best to let it warm up to near room temperature lest it be far too dry.

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy orange with a 2 finger head of white foam. Beautiful retention. Tons of sticky laving with a half inch cap left around the top.
Smell is of freshly cracked grain, lemon zest, pumelo, banana, bubble gum, orange, and herbal hops with black pepper.
Taste is of a hopy Belgian Pale Ale highlighted by herbal and citrus with light phenols. Lithgt funk is masked by the large hop presence with grape seed oil flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light fruit, and a hop load of bitterness up front with herbal and yeasty complexities.

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

Sampled at the Odds and Ends Tasting II on 10/19/07: Hazy honey color with a medium bone white head that diminishes steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass. Yeast and hops in the nose, with bits of malt. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with grassy hops and yeast flavors, as well as some malt in the background. The finish is dry and hoppy with a yeast/hay aftertaste. De Ranke has chosen an interesting characteristic on which to differentiate this beer from its Belgian bretheren. All in all it is a worthwhile effort.

De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
91 out of 100 based on 799 ratings.