De Ranke XX Bitter | Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

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De Ranke XX BitterDe Ranke XX Bitter

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 BeerForMuscle
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rukeli76
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dentist666
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6% ABV.
Gorgeous belgian IPA from appearance to feel.

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Photo of janubio
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
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 -8.1%
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 Hop_God
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
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 +2.2%
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 BlueSpader
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ristaccia
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of josanguapo
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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 Foxman27
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of byronic
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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 GuitarIPA
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Starts Belgian finishes West coast IPA - cool beer

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Photo of teromous
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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 _nickg_
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duncian
3.31/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of polloenfuego
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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 TheCrowsEye
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of constantine_272
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
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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De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 988 ratings