Brasserie de Ranke – XX Bitter (375ml)
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Belgian Pale Ale
Brasserie De Ranke, founded in 1996, brews all of its beers in its own facilities in Dottignies, in the province of Hainaut in Belgium. Through both years of training and dedication, and extremely high ethical, ecological and sustainable standards, they have cemented themselves as one of the best modern breweries to come out of Belgium.
The brewery uses exclusively local raw materials, hops from the region of Poperinge and malt from Belgian malting houses. They also prioritize the happiness of their neighbours and staff above profitability: they don’t work nights, or do shift rotations. de Ranke always strives to maintain the best environment possible, so both the neighbours and the staff can be proud on their local brewery, and the beers created here. We’ll drink to that!
Snappy, spicy, and super! This hoppy Belgian Pale Ale isn’t bitter like you’d expect from an IPA, instead it pours a hazy orange with aromas of orange peel, white pepper, herbal grassy notes, and honeyed malt notes. The palate is very light, dry, bitter, and ultra-refreshing.
An often challenging style of beer to categorize, sometimes called a Belgian Blonde Ale, or a Belgian Pale Ale, but XX-Bitter doesn’t have as much Belgian yeasty character, it’s a more hop-driven style of beer. But it also has some similar qualities to Belgian Saisons and Grisettes in that the carbonation is high, it is quite bitter, and has a very dry finish. If have ever had the famous Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne, you may just like XX-Bitter even more.