De Ranke XX Bitter | Brouwerij De Ranke

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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:
957
Reviews:
510
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
11.52%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
91
For Trade:
1
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Photo of KeyWestGator
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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%
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 +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of poskok
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Patlee3324
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of captaincoffee
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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 -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kgar2121
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMFBOSTON
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
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 -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cooker_stp
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MrDell
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
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 -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of Dazka
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OlaB
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: cloudy deep yellow color. Gives a small top of head that disolves rather quickly. Ok lacings on the glass.

S: fruity with notes of citrus fruits and some small hints of banana. I also sense yeast and floral notes .

T&F: starts of with a very fruity flavour. Citrus fruits and apples is what mainly feel. Is a yeasty sweet taste in the background. The finish is of course a lot of hippy bitterness. The bitterness in the aftertaste stays there for a long time. I actually think this beer was very complex in the taste for this beers tyke.

O: a good beer for it's style and quite fruity for being a ipa

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Photo of Dzu
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into goblet.
L: Turbid light amber with a weak foam head.
S: Great smell of fruits, hops.
T: Bitterness and sweets.
F: Long pleasant aftertaste.
O: Too bitter for me but very good.

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Photo of killcore
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TeachChefs
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.86/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Breaks out a yellow color that has me wondering if this was a wheat beer? No? Maybe they just didn't use any hop bags and there's humulone everywhere. Strange that this is so cloudy. Aroma was more of the belgian spice rack than expected. If I want hops, I don't want no clove. Even drops some of the banana angle from the yeast. Where are the hops?

Taste finally drops some hops but it seems all noble hop bitterness and earthiness, the carbonation could be higher in this too. Expensive and silly if you ask me. Belgium has some great world class stuff, but ipa isn't their forte.

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De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
4.08 out of 5 based on 957 ratings.
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