De Ranke XX Bitter | Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

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De Ranke XX BitterDe Ranke XX Bitter

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

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

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" white head. Body is a clear light lemon color, kind of pretty. Smell and taste both bring the hops in clean fruity, sweet, bitter expressions. The label claims this is "The Hoppiest Beer of Belgium". Yeah, it's hoppy, but I'm not sure their claim would stand up. In the US this would be a more mid-range IPA.

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4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle thanks to [email protected] Liquor. Long time favourite that I'm finally getting round to reviewing.

Gusher! Manage to salvage a pour of sorts. Hazy straw honey with a rocky, porous white head that leaves little mark as it falls.

Seriously yeasty, with a vegetative rawness verges into lambic territory. Grapefruit pith, white pepper, floral spice, cut grass and a touch of honey sweetness.

Truckloads of mouth puckering bitter citrus pith and rind, predominantly grapefruit and lemon. Behind this is plenty of horse blanket funk, floral hops, thyme, parlsey and radicchio.

Medium mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation prickle and a conspicuously tart, dry finish.

For a 6.2% beer this is a behemoth. An uncompromising bitter, tart and slightly funky brew that lies somewhere in between a Saison and a Lambic.

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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a 4 oz sampling glass.

A- Pale in color, almost looks silver towards the edges. Nice head retention while leaving a good uniform lace around the glass.

S- Belgian yeast jumps right out in front, then BAM, gets hit by a car. It gives off an almost "raw" hop smell. It has some lighter fruit notes, I mainly got pear aromas.

T- Very dry and yeasty, not much like the smell at all. A bit bitter, but it doesn't overpower or linger very long. I was expecting a bit more bitterness to this one.

M- Light in body, a little creamy, but it seamed a bit over-carbonated.

D- A good beer, but not sure how often I would return to this one.


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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a 330mL bottle at BXL. No freshness date notched on the label.

Poured into a Gouden Carolus goblet, the beer is a hazy honey color with a foamy white head. Nice hop aroma to it. The taste is hoppy as well, as the beer leans on the bitter side with a nice Belgian yeast flavor, while finishing dry. A good velvety feel to it, the carbonation assists the bitterness.

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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: nice mountain of full foam; golden colour;
S: great, the smell of blossom-honey, citrus, a bit like Houblon Chouffe, alcohol;
T: lot of tartness and hoppiness, quite dry finish;
M: okay;
O: after the great looks and smells I hoped for a little bit more. I bit too hoppy for me. But can I blame the Ranke? The warning was XX-bitter!

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4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by May 2015 notched on bottom of label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.25.

A: Pure gold with wispy white 1-finger head with good retention and several crooked bands of lace.

S: Bitter herbal hops with biscuity pale malt

T: Delicious biscuit maltiness off the top with a scathing bitterness throughout. The hops take on a grassy. herbal character overall. The beer brings a yeasty note with some earthy flavors that don't really come through in the aroma. It finishes slightly nutty with a bit of phenol and herbal.

M: Silky with average carbonation and a layered feel.

O: A really good beer that went down exceedingly quickly. I like the refined earthiness with nice herbal tones and a solid underlying bitterness on a biscuity malt foundation. I will be looking out for more of this without a doubt.

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4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first introduction to the hoppy Belgians or Belgian IPAs. I'm excited, as it should combine 2 of my favourite beer traditions.

It pours a hazy blonde colour with a centimeter of fluffy head on top and come nice lacing. It's pale compared to what I expected, but is similar to other Belgian pale ales.

The aroma is fantastic! Very spicy and fruity, with distinct apple and citrus aromas dominating. The hops lend a crisp spicy aspect too.

It's quite light on the mouth to start. The light fruitiness comes through very clearly to start with minimal maltiness. The hop aromas develop very clearly and lend a lot of grassy and aromatic qualities to the beer. The hop bite and bitterness comes through very clearly towards the finish. The carbonation is very fine, leading to a fairly smooth drink.

Overall, this is a style i could really get behind, but it lacks the intensity i was expecting. Perhaps I'm too used to American-style IIPAs. This one is quite easy to drink, while still having a very distinctive hop character and a fantastic aroma!

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3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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App- A lighter softer yellow with a little bubbly one finger head. A ring of bubbles around the edges as it fell. No cling, no legs.

Smell- A touch of bitter on the nose but much more lemony than expected. A little bit of dish soap as well.

Taste- Some of the nose follows the taste but not too much. Light, light bitter with some of that lemony flavors and a bit of yeast to me.

Mouth- Light bodied and a medium carbonation. A soapy bubbly lemon flavor remained.

Drink- It was a nice little beer to start the day, but the flavors just didnt work all that well for me.

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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a 4 oz sampling glass at a beer tasting my friends and I had.

A - Large amount of frothy white head that resembles ice cream. This beer is extremely carbonated from bottle fermentation and there is plenty of lace to go around. The beer itself is a pale yellowish color with some burnt orange tones.

S - Very bitter esters with a funky musty aroma. Seems similar to a saison with respect to the farmhouse aromas. Belgian yeast is definitely there with some green apple, pear, and a peppery spiciness to tie everything together.

T - Slightly sweeter and more fruity than the aromas. Apples are more dominant, but the beer is still very bitter. Belgian spices and yeast are just as robust. This brew is lacking in malt character, but I'd be surprised if it wasn't.

M - Dry beer with a hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Light to medium-bodied with Belgian spices to give it a nice background.

O - In my opinion, this beer has the perfect amount of bitterness despite being named "XX Bitter". The bitterness is there, but it doesn't overpower any of the other unique facets such as the Belgian yeast strain, complex mix of spices (I won't even pretend that I know these), and overall funky saison-like character. According to my co-worker (who is friends with the Shelton Brothers), they both quit their jobs and starting importing Belgian beers after tasting De Ranke XX Bitter...thank you Sheltons!

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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from a beer tasting:

A - Pours a bright golden-yellow color. 2 finger head on top with lasting retention.

S - Belgian yeast are very prominent here. Also I get some floral hop aroma. Even some crab apple.

T - Fantastic! I was expecting it to be a bitter bomb because of the name - but it really is not that bitter! There was definitely more fruit in he nose than on the palate. Very pleasant.

MF - A very dry, light bodied brew. Definitely a good amount of carbonation and little to no alcohol burn.

O - I would absolutely have this beer again. It is the first I have had of the style and it sure wont be the last. Maybe I will stop practicing law and start importing beer.

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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME.

Hazy suspension, light honey yellow. Lemon color with tight white head. Very fruity yeasty nose. Musty, yet light and crisp. Apple-ish with an intense back of throat lingering bitterness. Herbal hops dominate. Light bodied with a very dry finish. Extreme bitterness lingers.

Haven't reviewed many Belgians, but this was a nice introduction to the style for an IPA drinker.

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3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

La Trappe. Moderately hazy pale dull yellow, pure white dense head, ok lacing.

Hops dominate the light aroma, citrus and floral. Yeasty goodness lie beneath, minor light skinned fruits sit nearby.

The flavor too is of the hops but the bitterness while present is restrained. The strong hop flavor is earthy and floral. A peppery dry finish announces the trailing minor bitter aftertaste. Light bodied lively mouthfeel.

A belgian ipa more ipa than most.

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4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, the hoppy Belgian beer! How may ways do I love thee? You won't remove the enamel from my teeth; you won't make my hair fall out; you won't offend my wife; you won't send the cat scurrying into the basement. You are round and balanced; you have a yeasty aroma; you have a malty taste set back by a hoppy edge that knows its place.

An outstanding IPA mostly because of what it is *not*.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: clear. slight head no lacing

smell: hops dominate. ever so slight malt aroma

taste: Again, hops dominate. Not good hops either. This IPA doesn't hold a candle to American IPA's. However, i give it a B for effort

Mouthfeel: Light and puckering.

Overall: See my notes on taste. If offered this vs an average american IPA, there's no question I'd choose an American IPA.

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4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation and a small amount of visible particles floating in suspension. It poured with a three finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a finger high head covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of yeast in the nose along with some notes of floral hops and spices. The spiciness particularly stands out in the finish.
T: Like the smell, flavors of peppery spices and yeast stand out in the overall taste, which has a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium bodied, clean and very dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink for the style and the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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De Ranke XX Bitter from Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
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