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De Ranke XX Bitter | Brouwerij De Ranke

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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:
#2,558
Reviews:
516
Ratings:
964
pDev:
11.55%
Bros Score:
4.58
 
 
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Gots:
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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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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
5/5  rDev +22.9%
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 mwc2017
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I went ahead and got this out of curiosity... It has a lot of Tripel characteristics but finishes with a very distinct bitterness that remains on the palate long after the sip is down--which makes you want to sip again to get the refreshing front of the sip back....This is actually a very good ale for having such a bitter finish. Good carbonation, great head.

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

Photo of poskok
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Patlee3324
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Saturday afternoon with a 750 of this...a good day. Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a big creamy head that leaves lacing and still has a film of foam 10 minutes later as I finish the first glass. Nose is very saison-like with citrus, yeast, and a bit of hay and funk. Flavor switches it up with firm dry bitterness, hay, herbal. Bright, refreshing, and substantial at the same time. Nice lingering finish that does not turn astringent. Overall, a better beer than I expected, and I expected it to be good.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kgar2121
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Golden colored haze poured with fluffy head that faded to a thin cap smell Belgium yeast slight lemon peppery cracker faint overall taste wow bitter as advertised really a lot going on complex flavors really nice some fruit again lemon mostly very dry wounderful overall. Well worth trying great Belgium ale

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

Photo of Cooker_stp
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MrDell
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12.08.2016

De Ranke - XX Bitter
Belgian IPA- 6.2% - 330ml bottle –Bottled 11.11.2015 Best before 03.11.2020

De Ranke Website:
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.

Appearance: Pale straw coloured beer with a one finger, fluffy white head. Medium levels of fine attentuation. Some nice lacing.

Aroma: Oranges dominating, hops in the back ground but not as many hop aromas as I was expecting. Alcohol and a little malt also coming through.

Taste: As the label says BITTER. As soon as the ale enters the mouth the bitterness really hits the sides of the palate, no fruity flavours present as you get from the aroma hops in say, an American IPA. This really is a different beast altogether. The only other flavour I'm getting from this one is the Curaçao peel, which lingers in the background. The middle is much of the same, and the bitterness hangs around for a long time after swallowing.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied, dry and extremely bitter, not much else to say here.

Overall: While I could drink the whole beer comfortably, personally I find it just too bitter. Maybe that will change overtime but for now I find this one unbalanced.

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Photo of instinct2
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

An excellent BIPA. This fine brew pours a lightly cloudy deep amber tinged golden
with a nice head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thick pool, and nice sudsy
lacing. Nose of sweet candy malts, honey, bittering hops, and banana and citrus notes
most likely from the yeast. Flavors exceed the nose with light honey and mild candy
sugars vying for dominance over the herbal hop notes that increase lightly with warmth
on the front and sides, banana notes fall into the middle and fade into the back with touches
of lemon and subtle herbal notes. Very nice mouth feel, medium high carbonation to back
it lively and sessionable with a nice dose of bittering hops on the aftertaste and a dry finish.

More excellence from the land of great ales----Belgium!

Cheers

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De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 964 ratings
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