De Ranke XX Bitter
Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

De Ranke XX BitterDe Ranke XX Bitter
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From:
Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
 
Belgium
Style:
IPA - Belgian
Ranked #11
ABV:
6%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,415
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 11.3%
Ratings:
1,025
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 16, 2022
Added:
Jan 28, 2002
Wants:
  95
Gots:
  102
SCORE
91
Outstanding
De Ranke XX BitterDe Ranke XX Bitter
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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3.93 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on May 16, 2022
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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

Rerate, 330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6%. Golden colour, large white head. Otherwise like first rating. Very enjoyable.

Original rating: Bottle, kindly shared by abemorsten. ABV is 6.2%. Golden colour, moderate white head. Lovely aroma of Belgian ale yeast and mild spices, a hint of peaches. The flavour is spicy and well balanced with a nice bitterness.

Apr 06, 2022
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by beergoot from Colorado

Honey colored body, partial cloudy with yeast sediment suspended throughout; lively carbonation; rich, thick, sticky head; tacky rings and fingers of foam inside the glass. Earthy grain smell infused with sweet honey scents; soft spiciness tickles the nose. The taste follows along the same lines as the smell; malty and subliminally sweet; stronger spice presence, pepper and cardamom; fairly strong bitterness. Heavy body; velvety and sticky; moderate alcohol warmth.

A rich, malt-forward ale from Belgium, this is one tasty sucker.

Pouring temperature: 51 °F; bottling data: B152 T26 JAN21 EXP 07/01/2023

Mar 29, 2022
 
3.97 by Rhetion from Florida on Mar 26, 2022
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Pivopijak from Washington

bottle into glass
Very thick and rocky white head. Cloudy orange/amber appearance. Herbal, pine tinged, medium light toasted malt aroma. A little hop bite, starts things off, during the taste, then off-dry herbal and floral flavors, then back to the bite.

Feb 21, 2022
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4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BubbleBobble from New York

Pours a hazy dark, rusty orange, big fluffy 3" head that slowly recedes with excellent lacing left behind. Nose is a whiff of bitter, grassy hop off the bat, sap, baking spice, and yeast esters that slowly emerge as it warms. Aggressive bitterness straight away on the palate that is immediately refreshing, cut only by mild spice notes and baked bread. Mouthfeel is full, chewy, soft, but in no way heavy. Ultra refreshing, both literally and figuratively as a non-juiced hop showcase.

Jan 09, 2022
 
4 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Dec 09, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jkblr from Indiana

33cL bottle EXP 07/01/2023 poured into a becher glass at fridge temp 6% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright light honey amber with bone colored head. The head builds quickly to a puffy peak and settles slowly to a rocky cap leaving a full lacing. The aroma is mild with floral hops and sweet caramel malt. The taste is semisweet caramel malt with grassy and floral hop notes right up front. Moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with just above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, delicious Belgian IPA.

Sep 12, 2021
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3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75
by chitoryu12 from Florida

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
 
4.64 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Dec 28, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

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
 
4 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Dec 01, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Nass from Florida

The pour is orange. The taste is grapefruit, herbal, & white pepper. Cheers! A-

Nov 12, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

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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4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

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
 
4.23 by beaulabauve from Louisiana on Sep 12, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by misteil from Ireland

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
 
4.03 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Aug 13, 2020
 
4.14 by chitownfanatic21 from Wyoming on Apr 29, 2020
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3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Guaro from Italy

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
 
4.25 by Robertas from Lithuania on Apr 23, 2020
 
4.01 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Apr 03, 2020
 
2.92 by stephenlee93 from England on Feb 13, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by woosterbill from Kentucky

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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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

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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4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

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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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by hman43 from North Carolina

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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4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by gopens44 from Virginia

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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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mothman from Minnesota

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
 
3.8 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana on Aug 04, 2019
 
4.16 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation on Jul 27, 2019
 
3.59 by brandoneast from Texas on Jun 18, 2019
 
3.77 by tux_alin from Romania on May 23, 2019
 
4.04 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Apr 16, 2019
 
3.89 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Apr 03, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by breakingbland from Michigan

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
 
4.18 by stephenlee from England on Mar 15, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

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
 
3.68 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Feb 10, 2019
 
4.17 by Rukeli76 from Canada (ON) on Jan 22, 2019
De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1025 ratings