De Ranke XX Bitter | Brouwerij De Ranke

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
949 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:
949
Reviews:
507
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
11.52%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
92
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 949 |  Reviews: 507
Photo of AdamSteve
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This ale wins my first review in this style because it is proof that my taste buds can change and that my preferences are not cast.
When I first had this in 2013, my notes said DBA, Don't Buy Again. At 58 IBU, that was a no-brainer. (I bought it the first time because it is on the "1001" list.)
Then I had a couple of more in this style from Belgium and thought I might have been harsh on XX. So, I drank it again and understood something: that dry is not hoppy and I shouldn't confuse the two. (I don't, but dryness still is not a preferred characteristic to malt. As you can see, I'm a slow sell.)

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Photo of harrisjohnson
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gustavo77
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of benlhoest
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Antyk
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Whatup14
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkleu357
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From Notes on 9/15/15. My first beer ever in Belgium! On tap at Moeder Lambic. Poured a nice blond color. Slightly sweet aroma. Taste is mildly bitter, especially compared to American bitter standards. I think it is also nice a sweet.

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Photo of GSS
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of toolbrew
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge wave of lemon on the nose, almost to an industrial level like with a cleaner, but undercut with some earthy Belgian yeast, red apple & loam. Fairly carbonated & a bit stinging upfront, lots of that lemon & apple juice hit you. There is a classic Belgian yeast backbone / mineral water taste but it's fairly distant, and then the end is a big bitter punch. Not your typical puckering hops bitterness, more earthy & flowery, like swallowing a bunch of booze-soaked pine needles. Pretty light mouthfeel & it dissipates off the tongue quickly, crisper than lots of Belgians, like due to the Pilsner malt. You do get some of that dry cracker thing going on in there as well. All in all a very good beer, I prefer to the bitter American IPAs out there

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Photo of crazedmex
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of Latarnik
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bhunt201
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Emersonio
2.94/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pour: On draft at The Jeffery in NYC. Poured into a tulip glass. Appearance: Light gold in color. A wee bit hazy. Medium white head with good lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma: Not much on the nose to report. Mild grass and hops. Taste: Some hoppy character through the opening sip. Kind of drops off after that. Aftertaste: Quickly receding hoppy notes with a bit of bite at the end. Notes: Strange brew. Maybe sat too long. Just nothing there. Overall. Puzzled by this one. Really not much there. Okay. 2.94 out of 5.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of flagmantho
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a moderate haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head pours two fingers of frothy ivory foam which leaves a chunky lace on the glass as it dissipates.

Smell: sweet malt base with a dash of fruity Belgian character and a nice dose of grassy hops atop. I dig it.

Taste: much hoppier than the aroma, they are green, grassy, earthy and a little bit piney. The underlying malt base reminds me of a BSDA or a tripel, with an added kick of bitterness. A very, very good beer indeed!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a great big and well-integrated carbonation yielding a very satisfying creaminess. Great!

Overall: this beer absolutely works for me. It's like the drinkable, hoppy tripel I always wanted, or something like that.

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Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Richard-Scott
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
4.08 out of 5 based on 949 ratings.
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