De Ranke XX Bitter | Brouwerij De Ranke

De Ranke XX BitterDe Ranke XX Bitter
BA SCORE
4.07/5
961 Ratings
De Ranke XX BitterDe Ranke XX Bitter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke
Belgium
deranke.be

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,510
Reviews:
512
Ratings:
961
pDev:
11.55%
Bros Score:
4.58
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
95
Trade:
1
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4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.68/5  rDev +15%
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 Tiernan
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gothedistance
4.76/5  rDev +17%
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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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

6/5/17.

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4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bier82
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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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3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fine at first, some sharp bitterness that was ok but became metallic and cheap tasting after awhile. Not a fan.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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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4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Quafftastic
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Foley67
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZachT
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aaronyoung01
2.37/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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 with 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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De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 961 ratings
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