Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

De Ranke XX Bitter | Brouwerij De Ranke

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
De Ranke XX BitterDe Ranke XX Bitter
BA SCORE
4.07/5
Exceptional
965 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
Ranking:
#2,577
Reviews:
516
Ratings:
965
pDev:
11.55%
Bros Score:
4.58
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
96
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 965 |  Reviews: 516
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

 775 characters

Photo of Dazka
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OlaB
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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

 612 characters

Photo of Dzu
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

 192 characters

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

Photo of TeachChefs
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.86/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

 593 characters

Photo of emincems
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

it’s really underrated. perfectly bitter taste with peppery hops and you can also taste belgian yeast's complexity. medium body with high carbonation. superbly balanced, dry finish. flawless mouthfeel.

 203 characters

Photo of retry4z
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a taster at quad alehouse. Grassy, sticky, and high hop bitterness. Wouldn't mind to have it again.

103 characters

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jorgerod99
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikepcarney
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of lhwjanssen
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of YvesB
2.83/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of AdamSteve
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
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.)

 600 characters

Photo of harrisjohnson
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gustavo77
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of slpwlkr
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of benlhoest
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Antyk
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 965 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.