De Ranke XXX Bitter | Brouwerij De Ranke

De Ranke XXX BitterDe Ranke XXX Bitter
BA SCORE
83.3%
Liked This Beer
3.95 w/ 102 ratings
De Ranke XXX BitterDe Ranke XXX Bitter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke
Belgium
deranke.be

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BEERchitect on 07-25-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,293
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
102
Liked:
85
Avg:
3.95/5
pDev:
8.86%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rolltide8425
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Real good bitter bite with the yeast esters playing off that bitterness very nicely. Not much to it other than that, but it does beat XX in terms of bitterness.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dzu
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBuckley73
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mamaraza
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Elimav
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerBeast
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bouncepass
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Immortale25
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Cap says 11DEC14 EXP: 06/12/19.

A- Pours a slightly hazy medium amber color with a full inch of white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Estery belgian yeast with some herbal hop fume and a slight skunkiness.

T- Oxidative quality at the start, then there's some fruity hop character that's still there and a bitter afterbite. The bitterness is the main player here and it's actually quite nice. Drinkable but with an intense bite that keeps you interested and coming back for more. The oxidation actually kind of complements the bitterness and together make for a pretty enjoyable drink.

M- Sharp and spritzy from the hops and medium-high carbonation. Lightish body.

O- Had the XX at nearly two years old and it was skunky and oxidized beyond enjoyment. Recently had a friend bring home a bottle and I'm not sure how old it was but it was much more enjoyable than the bottle I'd previously had which led me to go ahead and buy this. This bottle is a year and a half old and though it's not as enjoyable as the XX I recently had, it has it's good points: intense bitterness that mingles well with the yeast and somehow works with the oxidative properties it's developed. I would say it needs more malt balance though as it gets to be a bit of a chore to get through since it's only riding on two dimensions - hops and yeast - while it should be riding on three. Decent but this will probably be my last time buying their bitter beers.

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Photo of sd123
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WhitmansNiece
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pletser
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the third time in the world and for the second time in Sweden this beer is released to the public.

Released at Systembolaget in October 2015. Only about 700 75cl bottles found it's way to Sweden this time.
I've saved this for a rainy day and that's today! (January 29 - 2016)

The beer pours hazy, light yellow with a huge, three finger high, white head that leaves lacing on the glass.

The beer is full of very small bubbles racing to the top of the beer. It reminds me of a glass of champagne.

Nose: Funky Belgian yeast, floral hops, malt (pilsner malt?), grass and some earthy notes. I love the smell!
Taste: Wow! This is good! A lot of bitterness. Pale malt, citrus, grapefruit, bread, coriande and floral hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Great texture. Medium carbonation. High bitterness and dry ending. The bitterness really plays a big part in this beer!

What can I say? I love bitter beer and this is bitter! The beer takes a grip of your tongue and twist it... Nice!

I'm so glad I got hold of a few bottles.

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4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkleu357
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 9/15/15. I actually liked the XX more. Yes, this beer is more bitter, but I’m not getting the sweetness that I got from XX, which I liked. Still, pretty tasty.

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Photo of Prost76
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of impending
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL poured into an oversized tulip.

Beautiful appearance. Majestic foamy plateau, glowing golden body, streaming carbonation. Marvelous to look at. Truly gorgeous. 5

Funky and skunky aroma, but it's seductive. Smells like it's got some pilsner or helles type of malt (or maybe it's some lager yeast I'm smelling) and a corresponding light sweetness and floral, grassy and earthy quality. Then this blends with a tad tart and crisp saison aroma. Very interesting. I'm intrigued. It seems familiar and new all the same. 4.25

Starts with gentle sweetness and graininess, then floral notes and skunkiness emerge together then giving way to a honey-like finish. Light pepperiness lingers on my tongue for ages. Though the skunkiness is probably not for all, I find something irresistible about it. 4

I won't be redundant as much of the taste captures the feel, but to add to the above, this has a yeasty floral feel towards the finish and a dry, yeasty, bitter lingering sensation. 4

This beer is lovely. Truly enjoyable. It's got some odd flavor and feel, but that sets it apart from others.

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De Ranke XXX Bitter from Brouwerij De Ranke
Beer rating: 83.3% out of 100 with 102 ratings
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