De Ranke XX Bitter
Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

De Ranke XX BitterDe Ranke XX Bitter
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Style:
IPA - Belgian
Ranked #7
ABV:
6%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,900
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 11.22%
Reviews:
541
Ratings:
1,017
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Year-round
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  95
Gots
  101
SCORE
91
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Notes: XX Bitter or Extra Extra Bitter is a blond, bitter ale containing 6% vol. Alc. It's famous for its very bitter and strong flavour. XX is 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.
Only whole leaf hops are used.
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Look: Opaque light orange with some gold highlights when held to the light. One finger of thick white head with decent retention.

Smell: Slightly skunky, covering otherwise bright hops.

Taste: Strong bitter, resinous hops. A little bready malt but mostly bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Chewy with very high carbonation.

Overall: An unbalanced, overly bitter mess.

Apr 18, 2021
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Served up a dimmed, golden-orange body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Toasted grain, very modest breadiness. Firmly herbaceous, lemon pith, spice and a little menthol.

Taste: Its minimal malt quality and fleeting golden syrup sweetness quickly launches into citrusy, floral and herbal tones. Commanding lemon and grapefruit, white peppercorn and a low grinding funkiness. Firmly bitter, even moreso on the drying, minerally finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation, a bit of a zippy mouthfeel.

Overall: Solid stuff.

Dec 27, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle - 2016 vintage

Pours cloudy hazy amber gold orange with a creamy white foam head that settles to a ring around the glass with decent retention. Smells a bit fruity and funky with subtle leathery barnyard notes, hay, straw, musty pineapple, apricot, apple, pear, hint of grape, lemony orange citrus, fresh pine, almost minty floral earthy dank herbal hop notes, with some toasty caramelized malts laying underneath. Tastes hoppy, bitter and refreshing still with age, clean tasting with piney and lightly citrusy hops, mainly fresh pine, moderately bitter sprucey earthy herbal floral resinous hops, lemony citrus, hints of orange peel, grapefruit pith, mild apple, pear, grape, apricot, musty pineapple, hay, straw, peppery spice, subtle leathery barnyard, and just enough toasty bready crackery caramelized malts to make their presence known. Feels lighter medium bodied, creamy smooth, slick, fairly dry with crisp moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice bitter hoppy Belgian pale ale.

Sep 27, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden amber coloration with a large, foamy head. Smells of biscuity, doughy malt and floral, grassy hops, with a hint of fruity yeast esters as well. Taste is a great balance of biscuity, doughy malt, bitter, floral, grassy, herbal, citrus hops and fruity and slightly spicy yeast esters, with notes of grapefruit, green apple, apricot, straw and black pepper. Finishes quite dry, with a medium/strong bitterness and some floral, bitter hops and spicy esters lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This has got a rather dry and bitter character to it, with a good balance of floral, grassy and herbal hops and subtle fruity and spicy yeast esters, as well as just a hint of sweetness from the doughy malts. While I'm not necessarily a huge fan of those overly floral hops, they are pitted very nicely against some more herbal and bitter notes here and it's just the striking overall balance of malts, hops and esters, as well as that dry and bitter character, that makes this a pretty unique and rather enjoyable brew.

Sep 23, 2020
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misteil from Ireland

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

split a 750ml bottle from The Porterhouse Nassau Street with a friend last night , was quite enjoyable, gorgeous looking hazy beer, belgian yeast flavours aren’t too potent but they’re there, nice combination of the standard ipa citrus fruit flavours and the spice and floral flavours, medium bodied and highly carbonated, very drinkable.

Sep 06, 2020
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Guaro from Italy

3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very generous white foam, yellow veiled body with orange highlights. Scent of malt, bread crust, hints of honey, spices, hops with resinous notes. On the palate there is a malty and slightly fruity base, the bitter component comes almost immediately and is persistent. Dry and somewhat rough finish very hoppy, herbaceous and earthy. The body is medium and also sparkling.

Apr 24, 2020
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woosterbill from Kentucky

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!

Dec 30, 2019
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Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

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.

Dec 18, 2019
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

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

Dec 12, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

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.

Nov 02, 2019
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gopens44 from Virginia

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.

Sep 01, 2019
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mothman from Minnesota

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.

Aug 19, 2019
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breakingbland from Michigan

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!

Mar 19, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

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.

Mar 06, 2019
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janubio from Spain

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.

Nov 14, 2018
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Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

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.

Nov 03, 2018
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JonnoWillsteed from England

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!

Sep 04, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

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.

Aug 27, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

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.

Apr 08, 2018
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brewerburgundy from California

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.

Mar 14, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

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.

Mar 01, 2018
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

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.

Jan 21, 2018
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constantine_272 from Oregon

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.

Nov 06, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

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.

Oct 25, 2017
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

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.

Sep 03, 2017
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