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De Ranke XXX Bitter - Brouwerij De Ranke

De Ranke XXX BitterDe Ranke XXX Bitter

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BA SCORE
89
very good

30 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 07-25-2013)
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Cloudy golden-yellow pour with a two finger foamy white head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is herbal and grassy with hints of lemon, grapefruit, subtle yeast, and straw. The taste can be summed up with one word...BITTER! But oh what a nice bitter with tons of grassy notes along with hints of lemon, grapefruit, straw, subtle caramel sweetness, fresh picked hops, white pepper, and a touch of barnyard. The mouthfeel is sharp and tangy with incredible bitterness from start to finish. Light body with fizzy carbonation and an awesome crisp, dry finish. Overall, this is one of the most bitter beers I've tasted. Yeah, it's kind of one dimensional, but it's so bold and refreshing and really quaffable for something so bitter. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 15:54:55 | More by beerdrifter
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stephensinner

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-13-2014 04:21:10 | More by stephensinner
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

03-25-2014 05:56:01 | More by gillagorilla
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samEBC

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-22-2014 22:38:42 | More by samEBC
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tegelaar

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

03-05-2014 04:36:26 | More by tegelaar
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dv8sean

California

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -1%
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
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draheim

Washington

3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
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
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12-21-2013 22:04:54 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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od_sf

California

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

12-17-2013 02:33:59 | More by od_sf
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humulusphile

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

12-13-2013 07:51:23 | More by humulusphile
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

12-04-2013 04:59:45 | More by JAHMUR
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-27-2013 04:15:20 | More by AnitaBrewski
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a massive three finger head that kept growing for five minutes after pouring, making a pyramid over the glass. Great retention and tons of pillowy lacing. Big aroma of citrus, graperfrut, citrus and grassy hops, light sweet malt, and sad to say a hint of skunkiness that was very distinct on opening, but present, but not as evident in the aroma. After smelling it I looked at the bottle, yes, it is green glass. Brouwerij De Ranke, no you! Flavor seems quite light at first, refreshing light grapefruit and lemon with herbal citrusy hops; the flavor continues to build with more fresh lemon, sweet bready malt, and Belgian yeast developing, finally finishing with a very long, lingering lemon citrus and herbal hop bitterness. Medium bodied with hints of creaminess and peppery carbonation. A wonderful rollercoaster of flavor that is both refreshing and rewarding. A wonderful IPA with Belgian yeast integrated perfectly. Fortunately the skunkiness was not noticeable in the flavor, probably due to the strength and herbal nature of the hops, but why take a chance? Seek this one out, it's worth the trouble.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 03:18:46 | More by LiquidAmber
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-14-2013 13:12:11 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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lord_jordo

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -26.3%

10-08-2013 16:10:39 | More by lord_jordo
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pint glass pours to six people from a 750ml people. Clear, light golden body pours with a foamy, puffy white head. Decent retention after it rose to about two fingers. Lace is thick but somewhat spotty and decent pillows.

S- Big grassy and herbal hops off the top. Some light caramel malts and cracked grains below that lending a nice balance. Yeast is spicy and Belgian.

T- Super grassy, herbal, pine, grapefruit and spicy hops fill the palate upon first sip. Light caramel and nice fresh cracked grains. Spicy Belgian yeast with notes of pepper, spices and wheat bread.

MF- Foamy light-moderate body with high-end super bubbly carbonation. Ends with a nice spicy bitterness.

Big spicy and herbal Euro hops over a nice Belgian spicy yeast. Hopped up Spicy Golden Strong Ale to me but not as good as XX in many ways.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 05:30:59 | More by cbutova
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twelveinches

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-04-2013 05:42:54 | More by twelveinches
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Chris00710

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

09-21-2013 20:35:44 | More by Chris00710
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nzerbe

New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

09-20-2013 09:41:03 | More by nzerbe
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strongaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-19-2013 01:20:31 | More by strongaf
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bluerabbit

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-16-2013 19:29:51 | More by bluerabbit
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dirtylou

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split

Enjoyed a bottle of this in Brugge last month and didn't realize it was an entirely new creation. It was nice to try it again state-side in a more controlled drinking environment. Nice cloudy straw colored body - sticky foamy retention. Nicely hopped, though not as tropical as some other "belgian ipa's" coming out of the motherland. Bready, musty, moderately bitter. Nice, but there are better options in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 16:50:16 | More by dirtylou
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MaseFace

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-04-2013 00:04:37 | More by MaseFace
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new beer from De Ranke? Get the fuck out!

The first pour is a clear yellow with a dense white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing. This really puts even some of the recent American IPAs to shame. And the nose! What a gorgeous hop bouquet! Dank, dusty, herbal, spicy, lemony,skunky, even. Delicate cotton candy malt nose with a little dough and light honey. Superb.

The palate opens with a big, herbal bitterness, one that has a blend of mint, twigs, earth, lemon, all hallmarks of De Ranke's exquisite hopping technique. In addition to the bitterness, the hop flavor is fantastic as well. Layered oily lemons, mint, a little mineral all add to the gorgeous palate. Crisp with a blend of dough, honey and less cotton candy than the nose would have you believe. Despite being highly carbonated, this never feels fizzy or overcarbonated. Lending a mild complementary acidity to the hop bitterness, this beer finishes bitter and hoppy with a great blend of lemon and mint . A touch dusty as well. Exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 03:43:31 | More by DefenCorps
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De Ranke XXX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
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