De Ranke XXX Bitter - Brouwerij De Ranke
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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
4.35/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle just like in the picture poured into a genre-appropriate Sante Adairius Rustic Ales tulip glass.
It's a pretty beer! Pours all effervescent and golden with that signature Beligian tight white head. Color is lighter than most IPAs--more straw yellow than amber honey gold.
Smells like the cellar at grandpa's house: a bit funky, but conjured nothing but good feelings.
Tastes bitter, as an ipa should, followed by all manner of herbal, medicinal, and full-on funk. All in a good way, though. Not spoiled or contaminated. Just natural, organic, exotic.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Malts are restrained. Carbonation levels are high...Champagne like.
Overall, as with everything I've had from this brewer, it kicks ass. Kinda takes some of my favorite aspects of a beer like Fantome Saison and packages them for a hop head. Most highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 02:30:45 | More by dv8sean
4.03/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured a yellow gold body that is slightly see thru with two finger head and lace patches everywhere. Citric and earthy hops galore in the nose along with touches of Belgian yeasty and gets a little dirty at times and has touches of sweet malts. Well-carbonated so it is crisp and there is a smoothness to it only found in Belgian beers. Earthy, citric, even a little peppery spice it seems with bold, assertive hops and a dry finish. There not only seems to be a little hop bitterness to this beer but it seems there is a touch of sour fruit and funk as well as some moderate sweetness.
Serving type: on-tap
02-17-2014 21:58:16 | More by clayrock81
3.89/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
750mL (lot B24T10; best by 02/05/18) into a tulip. Pours a pale yellow w/ a 1-finger white head.
Aroma is pale malt, floral hops, and slightly funky Belgian yeast.
Taste follows nose, kind of. Light, delicate pale malt, almost biscuity; Pilsner? Floral/herbal hops bring an almost tea-like quality, closing out with a decisive bitterness. Belgian yeast keeps things fruity and light.
Mouthfeel is balanced and crisp, medium bodied.
Overall a pretty good Belgian pale, hoppier and sharper than most. I'd give it a 3.875 overall if I could.
Serving type: bottle
12-27-2013 06:24:14 | More by draheim
De Ranke XXX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
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