De Ranke XX Bitter | Brouwerij De Ranke

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954 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
Ratings:
954
Reviews:
509
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
11.52%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
93
For Trade:
1
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%
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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5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh how woefully small is 750mLs!
And how infinitesimally so here.

The pain of a cessation is more than I can accept: as the shudders side-effect to the withdrawal from bliss and the ensuing crippling lament gradually saturate my very being.
Anyone curious as to what "insatiable" means and feels like needs only a bottle of this.

The potion glows a phosphorescent turbid straw lumped with a pompous column of chaste ivory.
Seeping lemon poppyseed muffin fragrance, spiced with tarragon, bay leaves, hallertau, and crushed red apples.
Then it booms into the mouth, onset with pale malt. Crackling, hissing, and humming with a crystalline hay and saltine dryness. A steely lemon edge develops, and throws a canvas for the rest of the events to unfold upon. Fruitiness simmers upwards, repressed yet indicated with groping tendrils of pineapple, pear, and kiwi, slowly ebbing towards a rind arrangement of bitter orange and lemon. Yeast churns the middle, pushing up additional dry dough, peppercorns, and the previously indicated tarragon and bay leaves. It terminates with a resurrection of lemon- even though it never left-, and a grandiloquent reedy hallertau assault, full of fescue, reprised hay bales, and wind-whipped prairie.
Despite its perceptible uppity carbonation, this sits only diffidently charged, with a rather sedate carbonation feeding a deftly structured and compact medium body. Close your eyes and feel the very Elysian Fields as they sway and slither, and shimmer down your throat.

This is some choose-your-own-adventure shit right here. Guzzle it or savor it. I tried to do the latter, but could not help myself from the former. So thoroughly quenching while still flaunting every writhing moment of its gaudy wealth of dazzling gradations.

A wholly peerless, addictive, narcotic, rejuvenating, bewildering, holistic, rapturous magnum opus.

Good Lord.

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A classic. I gave this beer the highest score because I am a combination belgian beer and hop lover. This combines the best of both worlds. A solidly bitter beer, unlike the appelation given to the British style, with Belgian ancestry. Nino explained to me that He wanted to start a brewery that brought Belgain beer back to its roots, hoppy and dry. Over the years with the conglomeration of breweries, in the world and in Belgium, many beers have lost their character and it has been replaced with a sickly sweet one. Nino hand picks his hops and a larger quanity is added to the kettle than you could imagine, but because the hops are low-alpha european varieties the effect is something completely unlike the super-hopped American styles. If you haven't already tried this award winner, you are seriously missing out.

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5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Revisited:
Drink before 10/2009
Beautiful white head, nice retention, great webs of lace. A mysterious hazy light golden brew whose look lets you know that you are in for something good. The nose reinforces that idea with strong grass, very slight funk, rose petals, mint, and cherries. Malt lays on the tongue as the crust of a fresh bread, but immediately dries out in a flash of lemon rind and iron. Drinking this one is easy with its medium-thin body that dries out the mouth in a pleasant way and leaves a complex minerally herbal flavor. Finishes oh-so-perfectly, complex yet very dry and yearning for another drink.

For some reason it just seems wrong to try to review this beer in the way that I review other beers. It has something that is just unable to be explained. A magic that must be in the water of West Flanders shared by the wonderful De Ranke and De Dolle.

First Review:

The hoppiest beer in Belguim, eh? Sounds good.

One of the most beautiful heads I have seen - Small bubbles and creaminess combined, keeping the great aroma coming out. Nice leafy hops that are a little spicy and a little citrusy. Very very dry but not harsh at all. Finish lasts a long time and continues with the hoppy leafiness. So very smooth and drinkable. An amazing brew that shows that the potential of hoppy brews when they are polished.

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.98/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz. draft pour at Jester King Brewery on 9/26/14. Thank you Jester King. This beer reminded me why I got into, and enjoy, drinking craft beer. It reminded me of the first time I had a good European Lager in the mid 80's: golden, hardy unroasted malt backbone, strong bitter hop finish. While the malt takes first billing, the hops provide a perfect supporting role: citrusy, slightly acidic, what balance. Beautify look: golden with a healthy white head. What really impressed me, though, was the aroma, a wonderful combination of malt and fruit. Fresh, dry, a masterpiece.

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4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a perfect balance of hazy, sun-scorched hop resins, lemon peel, grass and damp cellar aromas! A slow surge of crisp meringue gathers around the top of the bottle and on top of the papery orange liquid in the glass. The lead flavors are a combination of brioche, green tea and ripe lemon sweetness. Delicate, angelfood cake texture provides elasticity to the interplay of bitterness and bright, yellow-fleshed fruit. Quite dry, this is the distilled essence of August tall grass. Cool, flinty blue flavors creep into the warming juice as a dominant pattern emerges of immense breadth of texture combined with pointilist accuracy in dry, volatile resins and pulpy, woody fruit.

There is everything here to please the most hardcore Saison freak while also appealing to the less committed bitter, dry, pale lowland ale enthusiast. No wonder this is such a crossover beer.

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4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
4.08 out of 5 based on 954 ratings.
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