De Ranke XX Bitter | Brouwerij De Ranke

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De Ranke XX BitterDe Ranke XX Bitter

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 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 GratefulBeerGuy
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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Photo of cokes
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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Photo of fourohstudent
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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Photo of waughbrew
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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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Photo of LittleDon
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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Photo of putnam
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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Photo of philipquarles
4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle. Pours an almost opaque amber with a huge white, rocky head that will never quite go away. Strong citric and floral hop aromas present first, along with some bubblegum-like esters. Herbal and earthy. The taste is much bolder; lots of citrus hop presence dominates a slightly roasty malt back. It is indeed extra extra bitter. Finishes on a dry note; very nuanced, with earthy tones and some spices. Light-medium body with perfect carbonation. A masterpiece.

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Photo of Skidz
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml corked and capped.

Pours out pale, sickly straw and sits hazy pale gold in the glass with a massive creamy white head. Thick and resistant, it marks the glass with deep rings of white lace.

Aroma....rather, fragrance of orange rind, crisp sugar cookies, apple skins and curtailed feet of white pine.

Dynamic arrangements of hop oils and the faintest of fruit flavors mark this beer's highest quality. To the tongue, smothered pears fumble about with hints of grapeseed and lemon zest. Constantly building from the deepest depths of its bowels and arising at full gait, hops dish out a stream of herbaceous flavors commanded by the presence of white pine, sage and the bittering ends of orange rind. Yeast creates a light, doughy body that coats each individual taste bud. Finish is impecibly smooth with rich, head-strong bitterness.

Soft and wavy in the mouth, carbonation shows its softer side and massages each wall of the mouth. A very giving medium body.

If heaven was only a mouthful away, this could very well be one of the keys to unlock the gate. Character is all over the board. I can not imagine anything else of this style that could stand along side this beer without looking microscopic in proportion, but I can only hope it exists. Bottle consumed without second thought.

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Photo of dv8sean
4.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Full disclosure: I am an unabashed hop head pre-disposed to favor Belgian beer. Now, I can say, this is one of the greatest beers I've had.

750ml bottle with "Best By Feb 2017" on label, thereby deducing bottled in Feb 2012. Served in tulip glass and enjoyed before, during, and after dinner.

A: Pale golden straw colour, rather cloudy and hazy. Hyper-carbonated when pouring (even with extreme care), but settles nicely while retaining nice Champange-like bubbles. Dense egg white head with tenacious lace.

S: Tropical, grapefruit and lemon zest that reminds me of the best New Zealand hops (Nelson Sauvin?) and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. All that fresh fresh fragrance with undertones of clove and cut grass...heavenly!

T: Taste follows smell, like a good bridge partner follows suit. Plays with the palate, but finishes delightfully dry and crisp. Never cloying and doesn't linger too long. Leaves me eager to take another sip.

M: Tiny, dense bubbles contribute to pleasant mouthfeel. Beer is a bit too fleeting, ephemeral to score a perfect 5.0. Just a little more staying power, please.

O: Truly outstanding. A beer that I have, do, will continue to aspire to brew as a homebrewer.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle with a paper wrapper- label says 6.2% ABV. Label on the bottle says 6%. Take your pick. Lot No. 00018, best by 12/08. Corked and capped; the cork was a bear to get out, and head/foam built up behind it, making this a messy opening. I tried this immediately following one of my favorites, another Belgian hoppy beer, Orval. This was a fascinating comparison.

Pours a cloudy yellow-gold, much more yellow than golden. Not unlike the color of a wit, but looks thicker. Has a pretty 1 inch white head that sticks around a while, leaving lots of lace.

Aroma: make no mistake, it's hops. But not the oily, sharp, bitter smelling hops usually found, but much more flowery, lightly fruity profile (lemon, apples, pears, maybe pineapple?). Aroma is more subtle than Orval, but very pleasant.

Flavor- starts very pleasant, like a Belgian Pale Ale usually does, fruity, buttery, slightly toasted malt, but it quickly passes over to the full-blown hop character. Once again, gentle, but firm hoppiness. More flowery than pine oil hops. A real winner. Balance is incredible.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy. A treat to taste. Drinkability- I could drink it all night (in fact, I did!).

I have a hard time admitting it, but I may like this more than Orval, my favorite of this style. They each do things slightly differently, so I'll call it a draw. But oh, man, this is one of the best beers I've ever had, and this is from someone who generally prefers malty to hoppy!

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Photo of kohoutek
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is an object of beauty. Thick, sticky, lacy white head that fills the glass and slides down the sides until the very last sip. Wonderful, hazy yellow glow. Beautiful Champagne microbubbles tease the tongue.

This beer smells of Belgian cellar, a slight sour funk and skunk, iron geranium, lemon peel, bready yeast and sun lit barley. Herbal fresh green hops and aged Fall leaves.

Lively blended flavors include: Iron, herbal hops, freshly turned earth, French bread, honeyed malt, lemon verbena and fresh grass.

This beer is incredibly refreshing and drinkable. I wish I could afford a few hundred bottles of it. It would make for many great food pairings and enjoyable moments. A classic!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750-mL bottle, corked.

This Belgian IPA poured a hazy, light amber color with strong, fine carbonation, and fluffy, off-white, stiff (meringue-like) foam that persisted and clung to the glass. The smell was strong, aromatic, noble hops. Very nice. The taste was dominated by the hops: strong, bitter and floral hoppiness. This was combined with a nice, dry maltiness. A wonderful marriage of flavors. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with medium body and strong carbonation. It had a light, airy feel on the tongue. The hop flavors lingered on the back of the tongue. This is a beautiful beer.

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Photo of Estarrio
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear, gold into a long tulip glass with a medium white head and visibly, aggressive carbonation. The head retains well, with sticky lacings. Ensuing pours prove to be cloudier, producing a lighter, translucent, hay color.

The brew smells like heaven. Sweet malt, candied sugar, funky Belgian yeast and the most potent hop bouquet that I've yet to enjoy from a Belgian IPA. This is sweet, floral, funky, earthy, grassy and bitter. This is aromatic bliss from a bottle.

Again, the hoppy profile continues to impress in the flavor. Sweet malt with candied sugar, damp wheat and funky, doughy, yeast create the flavor up front. These flavors are balanced by an aggressive hop profile. Herbal, grassy and pleasingly bitter hops create a Belgian IPA that stands out amongst its peers. The bitter aftertaste is dry, greedily begging for another sip. Some hints of spicy clove and pepper are also notable throughout.

This medium bodied brew is well complimented by the soft, fizzy carbonation. The wonderfully balanced flavors and low ABV make for a great, sessionable treat.

I've been working my way through the Belgian IPA offerings and this beer has been on my radar for quite some time. This is a unique treat that really sets the benchmark high for hoppy Belgian beers.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I, like most reviewers, have been intrigued by this beer from afar but have shied away due to the prohibitive ~$15 per 750. When I came across the 11.2 oz'er - which I had never seen - for a bargain basement $4 I had to pull the trigger. I hate that price so often dictates and informs my choices...but you've clearly got to pay to play and other fiduciary cliches.

XX Bitter dissimenates spectacularly into a brandy snifter, a peach colored brew with a photogenic blob of meringue. I hesitate taking the first sip and adore the near-sexy lace sheets all across the top of glass.

This beer is aromatically graceful, bringing to mind the finest Belgian singles, albeit decidedly hoppier than usual. Pine, wheat-crackers, skunky herbs, cracked pepper, lime, and Pilsner malt.

On the tongue, this beer detours from expectation and into transcendent grace. It slides into the beer-hole like a stranger in the night, with silken powderiness underneath a screen of pleasing bitterness, and surprising hop-created fruitiness. Words fail to describe this brew, but there are basic elements here melded into beauty...bone dry malts, faint kisses of Brett, lingering and unrepentant phenolic bitterness.

11.2 of this nectar is not enough. If you've been scared to pull the trigger because of the price tag, get over it. Hellaciously good.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Christmas night and drnking enjoying with friends... somhow have to go to the computer; feel the need to jidge. Why? cause i have a beer in my hands that is exceptional! Noce white head with a bright white coloer. Nose is hoppy, fruity and a wonderfull sweetness. Dry but clean hoppy taste with only litle malts and yeast, happily for that if you have such a nice hoppy flavour! Aftertaste only hop of the finest! Great beer if you like Humulus lupilus at his best!

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Photo of marksto
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been lurking on this site for some time, and having just finished my first of what will be many of these, I felt compelled to write something about this one - it's that good.

Stumbled across this bottle while traveling in Indianapolis at Kahn's. Nondescript bottle wrapped in white tissue with all writing in Dutch except the importer's label. Very lucky find....

Major hops, grassy lemon, and some light horseblanket in the nose. Big cottony head with good retention. The flavor reminds me a great deal of Orval. Intense but flavorful bitterness, complex lemon/citrus elements, and a subtle but unmistakable brettanomyces kick.

Definitely one to enjoy in a snifter or tulip shaped glass, and not too cold. Everyone has their personal preferences, but this one is already very high on my list as a Belgian classic. Highly reccommend.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank at Lucky Baldwin's 5th Belgian Beer Festival. Served in a Piraat glass.

Oh, those tricky Belgians. To show that they know bitter the way a hop head likes bitter but not stray from the Belgian qualities of this pale ale. I wish this one was more available in California. Lucky Baldwin's is the only place I have ever had it.

Pours a pale golden yellow. Some straw like colors highlight the sides of the glass when held up to the light. A big frothy crater filled head slowly disappears but leaves a bubbly trail of lace down the glass. Scents are hoppy and floral. Some spices but not much malt in the nose. The scents tickle the nose and give a bubbly high energy quality to the feel of the scents. Very nicely done.

Bitter is as bitter does. At first taste this ale lets you know it is bitter. Great hops and a real citris bite to it. The floral flavors and some spices help smooth the bitterness and keep the flavors from being harsh. The malt flavors provide some back up to keep the hops honest but this is a bitter offering. Some yeast and grain flavors appear from time to time and provide a simple hello. The flavors are a well thought out boquet for the palate. The complexities of this ale are put together so well that it comes across as a very simple pale ale. Excellent!

Mouthfeel is prickly at first but then it smooths upon the swallow. Medium bodied and refreshing. I could drink many of these. In fact I had two at LB's. A very easy drinking pale and a pale for all occasions. I would pair this ale with many styles of food or drink it as a session beer.

De Ranke send us some more.

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Photo of corby112
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Monk's.

Pours a clear golden amber color with a thin foamy white head that settles into a thin lace. Aroma is a nice balance of belgian yeast strain and citrus and earthy hops. Very quaffable with a lot of bitter hops and light crisp fruit. Nice dry finish. Very hoppy fr a belgian beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 750 ml bottle served in a chalice.
A: Hazy gold under a persistent 1” lacy parchment white foam cap.
S: Floral spicy hops dominate over a background of large pitted fruit.
T: Floral, spicy hop flavors over a bready peach to tropical fruit background with a bitter hop accent on the finish.
M: Creamy medium body with very soft carbonation.
O: This is supposed to be the hoppiest beer in Belgium but the hops are there as much for flavor as for bitterness. The bitterness is rounded and not harsh. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beauty at Beermania in Brussels as well .. this is the hop monster of belgium. Pale golden color with a wonderful white lasting head in the goblet. Big wonderful hop field (sweet flower grassy) nose. Gentle coating mouth lovingly surrounds the tongue. Lingering flowery taste calls you to drink more.. An awesome hoppy pale ale. Good until 2008. I love this beer.. very very drinkable.

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Photo of stewart124
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Pours a hazy golden straw color with just a few millimeters of fizzy white head.

Nose boasts pineapple, mango, pepper and phenols which I come to expect from a Belgian yeast.

Sharp initial flavor with lemon pith and more peppery notes. Nice subtle pilsner malt characters that blend well with the sharper hop and yeast character. Spicy noble hops and some citrus notes from what I would imagine are American hops. There are some slightly tart characters and horse blanket/barnyard but this isn't overwhelmingly sour. It seems just a touch which just rounds out this beer and helps it finish dry leaving just a hint of hops on the palate.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Corked and capped 750

The "bitterest beer in Belgium" pours a murky, cloudy, radient yellow color with a dense head of pure white that retains exceptionally well. Intricate lace encrusts my goblet. This is one of the most unusually colored beers I've seen, it really looks like glowing, radioactive fluid.

The nose screams of hops. There a complex mixture of aromas including grapefruit, skunky marijuana, lemon peel, ans pine resin. There is a delicate malt background and plenty of yeasty notes. It also has a bit of cellar mustiness and chalky dryness.

The flavor is more complex than the nose, and the nose is great. It starts with a multitude of hoppy flavors, mainly grapefruit, skunky herbals, a hint of lemon, and pine. It has enough bready malts in the back to provide balance. The spicey yeast notes add a new twist to a hoppy ale. It is very well rounded, perfectly balanced, and refreshingly different.

The mouthfeel is medium/big with a very smooth, creamy texture. It has a huge finish bursting with juicey hops and a hint of yeasty bread. I can tell right now that this will be something I will be craving from now on. Worth 10-12$ a bottle? You bet your ass it is!

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful beer. Just had to get that out of the way before I started. 750 mL, corked, crowned, and wrapped in paper - very elegant presentation. The wrapping tells me that is it best before June 2010 (making June '05 the bottling date) and the label mistakenly identifies the bottle as 11.2 oz. It pours a bright, unfiltered yellow/gold with medium carbonation and a beautiful, fluffy, four finger, bone-white head that leaves big clumps of lace on my tulip. Subsequent pours make the beer more and more transluscent. The aroma has noble hops aplenty, with oily, soapy?, grassy, and spicy notes, along with some medicinal phenols. On the palate it is a showcase of spicy, floral, perfumy, piney?, and grassy hops, with clean, pale malts in the back, giving only enough flavor to balance the medium bitterness. In addition, there are phenols and notes of green apple, melon rind, and yeast on top of a medium body that retains medium carbonation all the way through, leaving a medium to long finish. I really like the way they hopped this beer - it reminds me of a well-crafted pilsner, but so much better. There is a huge hop presence, but the bitterness is well-calibrated and, although it is heady, it's light enough in alcohol to make it a session beer. Amazing to say the least. The only downside is the price tag ($13), but I'm willing to splurge on this beauty at least once more.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a golden rod with a chill haze. Ample foamy white head reduces to a patchy white lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt is followed by notes of green apples, with a large dose of citrusy hops. Smells great.

Taste: Plenty of malt upfront, then lots of tart citrus, green apple, alcohol warmth and then the clean hops in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth, light to medium carbonation. A much thinner feel than APA's, but oh so good.

Drinkability: I personally find this flavor delicious. The bitterness is not the aromatic type that goes up your nose, it's just on the tongue and all the tartness is delicious. Great beer and great Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle wrapped in paper, with cap and cork (this double annoyance was why I did not give this five for appearance).

Hazy golden peach juice, with large smooth white head. Lacing is just crazy amounts of coating.

The aroma is massive hoppy, some sitting next to me told me it had to be a fruit beer if he could smell it from where he was sitting. Indeed there was citrus and spicy and hoppy beauty everywhere. I could not believe that this was a belgian beer, until I drank it.

The taste betrayed itself as not an IPA, but indeed a belgian pale ale as there was the tell tale belgian yeast smoothness. More than anything, this is a hop salad. The bitterness is refined and never harsh, despite coming in huge bucket loads.

This the easiest drinking belgian pale ale I have ever had. This was amazing. We went through two 750 ml bottles in a heart beat and were cursing ourselves that we did not buy 8 more bottles for the evening. This is amount the three great belgian beers in my opinon, with Saison Dupont and Hommel Popperings.

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De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
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