De Ranke XX Bitter | Brouwerij De Ranke

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954 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:
954
Reviews:
509
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
11.52%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
93
For Trade:
1
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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikepcarney
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of lhwjanssen
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of YvesB
2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
4.08 out of 5 based on 954 ratings.
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