De Ranke XX Bitter | Brouwerij De Ranke

De Ranke XX BitterDe Ranke XX Bitter
BA SCORE
85.2%
Liked This Beer
4.07 w/ 961 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:
#2,480
Reviews:
512
Ratings:
961
Liked:
819
Avg:
4.07/5
pDev:
11.55%
Alströms:
4.58
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
95
Trade:
1
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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.

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Photo of emincems
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Whatup14
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkleu357
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
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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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
Beer rating: 85.2% out of 100 with 961 ratings
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