Wednesday, September 21, 2011

XX Bitter ~ Brouwerij De Ranke

Appearance: golden straws and hay under a delicate white head. Lacey foam encircles while a meandering stream of bubbles make their way to the top. Swirls with lacey bubbles.

Nose: lemon, key lime, white grapefruit – all rindy and zesty. Lemongrass. Freshly cut dew-dropped grass. White water crackers. Sun-kissed grains and straw.

Palate: clean and sophisticated. Lemon and white grapefruit. Water crackers and white crackers; saltines without the salt. Green grass, pine needles, lavender – take all, add dew-drops, and sweet sunshine. Lemon ice. Key lime. Freshly cut golden bales of hay. Lemon and white grapefruit rind adds zest and tingle to the sides of my tongue with each quaff. Dry quenching finish.

Final Thoughts: my first bottle of XX Bitter was at The Publican in Chicago a couple years back while I was taking a class at Siebel. Loved It! I didn’t see it again until a chance keg popped up at Vine & Barley, and then again most recently in Northampton during our beercation. Three times lovely, three times tasty, and I have no doubt another three times (or more) tasty. Delicious.


(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)

1 comment:

  1. great review, like to taste it myself. Lemon and white grapefruit sounds interesting..