De Ranke XX Bitter
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Belgian IPA
Ranked #7
Ranked #3,348
4.1 | pDev: 11.22%
Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
De Ranke XX BitterDe Ranke XX Bitter
Notes: XX Bitter or Extra Extra Bitter is a blond, bitter ale containing 6.2% vol. Alc. It’s famous for it’s very bitter and strong flavour. XX is being made with pale pilsner malt and loads of Brewers Gold and Hallertau hop flowers. A perfect combination that has been nationally and internationally praised. This ale has been a real trendsetter for the current comeback of bitter ales in Belgium.
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Photo of woosterbill
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle into a wine-shaped glass. Purchased less than a month ago, but best-by dated over a year ago.

L: Clear orange-amber body under two fingers of tight off-white head that settles fairly quickly but leaves dense lace. A few dark floaties from the yeast cake - but that's my fault, not the beer's.

S: Spicy, hoppy, moderately phenolic. Dynamic mixture of yeast and hop notes, with some grapefruit and white wine grape fruit tones. Quite complex, and thoroughly pleasant.

T: Melon, grapefruit pith, pink peppercorn, and herbal hops. A hint of phenolic bite. Clean, ultra-dry, bitter finish. Solid.

F: Light-bodied and effervescent. A bit prickly, but pretty good.

O: Really tasty beer, and I'm sure it would be even tastier fresh. Pity well-made Belgians like this languish on shelves these days.

Beers of Fame tick 186/250. Cheers!

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Photo of Alexc11
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For me this had all the characteristics of a Belgian witbier with a strong bitter and hoppy edge. Aromas hit hard with citrus and spice overtones as well as the same kick with the taste. Taste includes an eclectic combo of malt, hop, cereal and citrus. Pours a cloudy gold colour with a thin to medium head (though mine wasn't as foamy as described by some) with a neat lacing. Not crazy about IPAs in general though. But they're ubiquitous at this point. Nonetheless, where the style is concerned it hits on the right notes. As noted, it's really bitter but there's a hint of sweetness in there too. Good stuff. But if you're not into bitters then it's not for you. I rather enjoy anything bitter - e.g. bitter sodas, Campari, espresso, radicchio etc. - so I'm comfortable with tolerating it in beer though it's not my favourite. So my review attempts to balance off the 'personal v. practical'. I can see why people feel it's worth more and I think it's appropriate.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium: Capped, snifter glass.
Opacity: Slightly cloudy.
Color: Shiny golden.
Head: Foamy 3 finger.
Legs: Okay with moderate swirl reaction.
Smell: Caramel/Belgian yeast/Floral/Barley.
Taste: Herbal/Passion fruit/Straw/Lemon.
Feel: Piney/Resinous/Citrusy/Sour.
Body: Light to medium fluffy and oily, a bit thin.
Carbonation: Sharp crisp, helps with the body.
Overall: Excellent quality Belgian IPA, with some barnyard qualities.

Visual 8/10 - Flavors 8/10 - Sensations 8/10 - Balance 8.5/10 -
Freshness 4/10 - Intensity 8/10 - Complexity 8/10 - Appreciation 8.5/10

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Photo of hman43
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: It pours golden and is fairly clear. The head is white and it has medium head retention.

Aroma: It has a lively lemon and spice aroma. There is a light earthly element in the background.

Taste: The earthly flavors are a little more prominent in the flavor with lemon and spice with a bready base.

Feel: It has a medium light body with a bit of funk and bitterness in the finish.

Overall, it is a refreshing beer that is easy drinking with plenty of flavor.

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Photo of gopens44
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking beer with its thick white head and plenty of sticky lacing. Body is hazy and golden, makes for a nice picture. Biscuity, barely a little clove and massive noble hop aromas dominate. Taste has a little alcohol up front that seamlessly morphs into a little of that Belgian yeast bubble gum before bitterness shuts everything else out. Finishes not quite dry but leans that way.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft in Venice. A nice hoppy but easy drinking Belgian beer. A lot of flavor. Earthy and floral. A bit of citrus and faint tartness. Medium bodied.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden with a lively persistent foam that yielded a whipped cream-like three-finger head. The aroma was earthy with a sweet, straw-like component. The taste was earthy and sweet with an assertive but not overpowering hops presence. The beer has a very nice round and smooth body. Overall, a winner!

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Photo of jrc1093
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled in 7/2017; expires 7/13/2022

Pours a cloudy, dingy golden orange topped with an impressive white head; great retention leaves huge bits of thick, webby lacing that lasts, as well as a thick, frothy cap persisting through the finish.

Aromas of deep rooty bitterness supplemented by an equally herbal and bitter plethora of complex fruity esters (apple, peach, mango, berries, orange, etc.); underlying notes of funky yeast add a welcome further depth.

Taste shows a dense herbal bitterness tempered by fruity esters again coming through as a balancing factor (this time, I’m getting mainly peach, mango, and apple); this balance sees the bitterness toned down enough to reveal a brighter tone of fruit along with a funky yeast character that really smooths the finish.

Mouthfeel mildly stiff bitterness upfront, but stays relatively clean as the bitterness sits perfectly well in its more passive role; medium-light body, balanced carbonation, and a very crisp, dry, and refreshing finish with just a tinge of bitterness hanging on; surprisingly minimal effect on the palate, which is a big plus considering the bitterness this beer occasionally shows.

Stiff with bitterness at times, and it executes this extremely well; the beer as a whole is deep in character, dry, and very refreshing. My first Belgian IPA, and if this is truly representative of this style, I could pretty easily drink plenty more.

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Photo of janubio
3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tasted at Coriasso's. Pours a hazy golden colour, small head that fades soon, leaving some ring. Normal lace. Aroma is floral, iasmine, resins, medicinal, malts. Medium body, sticky texture, normal carbonation. Bitter and dry finish. Taste is medicinal, with resins, citrics and malts. Strange and certainly not one expected from a bitter.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice nose, first and foremost. So very Belgian, a la triple. Lovely lacing a few minutes after pour.
The taste is bitter, but not overbearingly. Has nothing on Boneshaker, as an example, plus has a hint of triple (already detected in the nose), which cushions any hard blow. It may come as a bit of a surprise however, that it is a bit on the thin side.
Worth a try and retry, but not on an ongoing basis.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.36/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L- Poured carefully after a few days chilling in the fridge it's a slightly hazy mid-amber in colour. 2-finger white head holds well.
S- Nice and hoppy and with a notable grassiness.
T- Immediately hoppy sharp on the front end, very clean, and some zing from a lingering peppery edge into the end.
M- Strikingly bitter, though my palate is starting to adjust/tolerate it more. The 6% ABV might partially mitigate it but not by much.
O- I can't say the lable didn't fore-warn me, but this is too bitter for me to want to buy again. Interesting to try but a bit OTT for me vs less challenging beers. There's no doubt though that if you're a mega hop-head, this is perhaps something you'd love!

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Photo of stevoj
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky orange/golden color with an island of silky foam. Taste is sharp and biting, Lots of hop presence here (but not overwhelming). Beautifully crafted and delicious beer.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

From Elcervecero. In Teku glass. At lunch, with fried + eggs + steaks. Even 4 months before bbf,its noble hops still are present,giving a pleasant and peculiar grassy profile and superb bitter feel. To Repeat fresher. The foam is thin and soapy.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

25.4oz bottle, highball glass, expires 6/5/21 according to the cap.

Bitter is shades of light gold, hazed, and possesses a towering buff head. The texture of the accumulated bubbles is fantastically rocky and meringue-like.

I see why they wrap the green bottle in paper, as there was a strong initial whiff of skunk. That dissipated leaving light biscuit, noble hops, grass clippings, and hints of banana and fruity Belgian yeast.

Pale malt flavors of biscuit and water crackers team with noble grassy and spiciness. It’s really quite bitter, which manifests with lingering metallic and bitter greens, which makes a statement that this is a real pale ale. Some of the skunk and yeast reappears and lingers with the bitter finish.

Quite a full body that in the end is balanced by bulky bubbles. It’s a satisfying texture.

First, excellent Belgian beers can be had cheap at the seven day stores of bases in Korea. Second, this is one of those Belgians that I probably wouldn’t have tried without aforementioned cheapness. I highly recommend De Ranke Bitter for a Belgian take on the pale ale/IPA.

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Photo of teromous
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the label: "EXP 08/12/21"

Appearance: Fair warning that this beer has a massive head, so be careful when pouring it. The head is this huge fluffy white cloud with amazing retention. The label says "Unpasteurized - Unfiltered" which shows with its hazy light gold body.

Aroma: That massive head really kicks out a lot of yeasty and herbal hop aroma as this is poured. Getting closer to the glass a very light herbal scent comes through with what smells like bay leaf and a bit of black pepper.

Taste: Although the aroma of this beer is very nice and inviting, it is topped by its flavor. There is a mix of bitter herbs and tea leaves with this earthy, cedar and charcoal-like flavor. After each sip there is this light caramel character that lingers a bit with an even longer bitterness. There are hints of mint throughout the beer but it isn't too strong. At times there is a bit of a bubblegum-like flavor too. It has a lot of flavor to really digest which keeps the beer very interesting and makes it worth the effort to really sit and think about what flavors crop up.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness on this beer is excellent. It mixes perfectly with the flavor to create this interesting character that is unique. It is a lighter beer that has a bitter and off-dry finish. There is a lot of carbonation. The mouthfeel works nicely in the background and supports the flavor.

Overall: It is a fantastic beer that I'm sure anyone who enjoys a good Belgian Golden Ale will fall in love with. It's the kind of beer you wish you had more of. I would highly recommend it and I would drink it again.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a thin head that breaks rather quickly leaving only an island of tiny bubbles in the center.

Smell is hoppy with the nice character of a Belgian...spices, a touch of yeast and some florals.

Taste is a bitter hops punch to the face, with florals and then a nice malt/yeast finish. Gets even better as it warms a little.

Feel is a nice medium with a higher carbonation. The finish is dry and the bitterness lasts.

A nice beer. At first taste I wasn't sure if care for it, but it really grabbed me after a few more.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An odd brownish straw. Started off bold, but muddied from some of the dead yeast at the bottom. I left the last bit in the bottle, but still probably dumped too much. Highly carbonated with a white frothy head. Wheat and graphite on the nose with a little bit of dry sandy soil. Yummy. Dry white wine notes with white new oak. Crisp dried cedar and mossy old pine trees. Biscuit and wheat crackers. Finishes extremely dry and earthy with just enough tang to keep it from overwhelming. Quite tasty. This is what a Belgian ipa should taste like.

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Photo of mactrail
3.02/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy amber brew with big piles of foam in the Affligem chalice. The usual froth til you drop mouthfeel with the endless Belgian yeasty taste. Aroma is more herbal and yeasty. There is some malty sweetness and a pleasant wheaty taste. But mostly it's bitter.

The hops taste like wintergreen and some harsh green tea steeped for hours. The yeasty bitterness seems to amplify the bitterness from the hops. the aftertaste is long and unforgiving. From the 750 ml crown-capped bottle purchased at Bine & Vine.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sourly like a bitter candy that gives way to white pepper. Skunky smell, but not taste. Lots of carbonation that pushes the flavors across the palette.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer. It has all the characteristics of a typical Belgian golden ale but with a nice hoppy kick. By American standards, this would be simply considered a "decently hoppy" (at least taste-wise) beer, but by Belgian standards it is simply off the charts. The hop bitterness is not itself that intense but the bitterness simply lasts forever after you swallow.

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Photo of gothedistance
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was a gift from a friend in Belgium, best by date was in 2022. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle and shared with friends.
A: This beer was alive from the get-go- great carbonation and lacing, medium head.
S: I got a hint of grassiness, crisp herbal notes, gentle hoppiness. Maybe more German style hops, not sure which strains are in here.
T/M: Deliciously dry and mouthwatering. A hint of fruit from the Belgian yeast but this is so clean and refreshing. I just want to keep sipping it! I didn't get to try this with food but I would imagine that it would complement a wide variety of dishes- in particular I am thinking Weiner Schnitzel, Fried Chicken, and sushi would all work great.
O: I absolutely loved it. I am going to seek out other beers in this style.

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Photo of Bier82
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've been eyeing this beer for a while, but never picked it up before tonight. From the nose it is quite pungent, with a funky Belgian smell. Taste, it's really not as bitter as I was expecting, but it's a nice smooth Belgian IPA. Would drink again.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This, along with the overly American take Ragin Bitch, is my favorite true representation if the style. Belgian nuance blended with happiness and a dry finish

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a pretty, hazy (though nowhere near opaque) gold color with a nice and bubbly three finger head, with (surprisingly and a bit frustratingly if I'm being honest) good retention
S: a touch of dankness here and a generally crisp, clean aroma, with subtle notes of estery, characteristically belgian yeast character (I wish the aroma was stronger)
T: Immediately malty up front with a clean bitterness closing it out, some subtle fruity esters and a clean, biscuity malt profile are present as well, it is a very refreshing beer, though I wish the hops used contributed more than the clean, bitterness that is here (or at least it would have been nice to have something more saaz like and spicy in the mix), the estery quality comes out more as the beer warms up a bit
M: very sharp, almost too much
O: Full, rich, malty pleasant and ... you guessed it, bitter, to be perfectly honest in many ways it's not really like anything else I've had, and I've had a lot of Belgian and Belgian inspired beer, though I would have to seriously meditate on what would be the most fitting time to have this (no real situation comes to mind immediately) I would definitely buy this again and I would reluctantly recommend it (not really sure to whom though)

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Extra Extra Bitter! 750 ml. Bottle wrapped in paper.Thank you Shelton Brothers . Not an"Abbey" brewed in Wevelgem, Belgium.

Poured into a classic Ommegang wide tulip glass. Top of cap: EXP 12/4/21 so I guess its pretty fresh, since its only January 2017.

A very cloudy white gold color, yeastie floatie bits swirl around with the jazzy carbonation. A crystal white tower of dense foam has staying power with excellent, stick, clumpy lace. The lace has formed full rings around the glass, perfect lacing and a big "island" clump of dense foam perfectly centered just refuses to fall.Looong lace, very sticky and continuously carbonated and lively.

A very hearty, bready and herbalized malty aroma impresses the senses. Dramatically herbal, earthy and funky hop scent is very powerful. Major tones of dry fall leaves being baked in the sharp, autumn sun, household herbal mix and spices and green, but dry herbal hops. A classic Hallertau aroma.

First, the mouthfeel....absolutley exquisite. Fresh, clean, jazzy, light and then lush, full, smooth and soft going down. Classic and perfect, dry finish that lingers. Wow. Just, wow. Out-of-this-world experience.

The flavor.....Where do I begin?......Belgian Golden Ale with a major hop profile. My favorite hop flavors are the classic European sort, Saaz,Hallertau and Noble. I love the dank earthy, herbal and spicy hop cone flavor's most.....and this one might be the most earthy, herbal and spicy hop taste I have ever had. It's very dense in Hallertau and Brewer's Gold flavor's. Very, very complex hop profile, with an excellent, slightly sweet, bready and wicked clean pilsner malt balance. Some of the charm to this brew is in the amazing balance of classic pilsner malty flavors and huge, earthy hop tones getting it on! Grooving, big-time. The very long, sun-baked leaves and dry earth finish is remarkable. The liquid simply dances on your pallet. Dry, golden wheat, barley and hops from a very isolated farm in the country is the vibe I get with every sip. I can picture an ancient farmer with immaculate, high elevation soil,rolling hills and field as far as the eye can see..... Plowing, tilling & sowing his fields, preparing these ingredients for some face-less Belgian or French King and his extensive kingdom. QUALITY! The King shouts. This brew would delight to no end.

Highest quality. A pleasure to experience. Authentic Belgian styles are my "Mecca" of the beer world. This one is high grade shit. Lush hops, killer malt.....simply, a surreal experience in every detail.

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