Hop - Ruiter - Scheldebrouwerij

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: crossovert on 09-14-2010

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Reviews by benfons:
Photo of benfons
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy pale orange colour, nice thick dense head

S: loads of citrus and honey, hints of hops, some floral hints

T: the honey is there, the floral hops are, some alcohol, a bit sweet

M: slightly dry, normally I like my beers more carbonated, but this works, medium body

O: really good beer, maybe a tad too sweet for my taste

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

A full-on collaboration with importer Vanberg & Dewulf, with their sights on a hoppy Belgo-American Strong Golden Ale. Lacing from rim to end is epic, and a spectacular pale golden clarity shows off the bubbles. Faint oily hop resin meets a dry malt breadiness, with nutty yeast and spicy alcohol in the nose. Amazingly drinkable and refreshing mod- erate fluffed body. Hoppy with some sweet fresh-cut grass and herbal flavors. Bubble gum? Medicinal phenols are the second coming of bitterness here, though all is kept balanced with the dry maltiness laying down a beery blanket. Grain and hops pull equally in the dry finish. Super drinkable for an 8-percent ABV beer.

Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Happy to get to try this one on tap at the Birdsall House in Peekskill, NY

Pours hazed light apricot, fine bubble off white head, leaves lots of low sheeting and high lace.

Fruit filled nose with hints of yeast

Nice crisp hop bite, with cirtic fruit and then a dry finish. Quality creation. Well worth a try

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Checkout belgianexperts.com for a nice detailed story of how this beer came about. Brewery Ommegang's founders visited the Scheldebrouwerij and they callaborated on this beer. Pours pale golden almost a clouded pils like color, bright golden with hop particles suspended throughout my chalice. Big effervescent bright white head rises above the rim of my glass and holds together nicely. Chunky belgian style lacing evenly coated on the sides of the glass. Nose is really nice subtle spiciness, grassy, citric based nose from the noble hops. Pale malts bring out a nice breadiness and between the yeast and possible spice additions a nice layer of tart funkiness tickles the nares. Flavor is heavy on hop bitterness and perfume like spiced notes from yeast utilized here. Rustic inspired Beligan ale with an American dose of noble hops, so of course the grassy/lemon/herbal contents show up in each sip. This was fresh out of a new box that they were stocking the shelves with at the Market District Giant Eagle, but I didn't see any dates on the bottles or the box. Mouthfeel is dry with the hop bitterness really laying it down, and a touch of alcohol makes it through. Light to medium bodied ale with high carbonation levels really pulling off that Belgian effervescent texture. Drinkability is solid nice drinkable pale golden hopped up offering that has to pair well with food.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store. I would certainly classify this as a Belgian IPA as opposed to a BSPA.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-copper color with a 1.5-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright pilsner malts with equal amounts of light Belgian candi sugar and earthy and slightly herbal hops. Also present are sweeter booze-soaked apricot aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells, though even more robust. Crisp pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by moderately sweet apricot flavors. Midway through the sip slight pear flavors make a brief appearance before giving way to herbal and slight citrus hops. The hops and light malts carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall this is one of the better-balanced Belgian IPAs I’ve had in a while, everything in here a nicely done and it’s well worth a shot.

Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a very light gold in color with absolute clarity and continuous activity. A tall, creamy white head sits in very appealing fashion on top and leaves lots of sticky lacing behind it.
The smell is, esssentially, bubble gum. I think I smell it more strongly in here than I ever have before. It's an element I've really come to appreciate from the Belgian yeasts, and it mingles pretty nicely with the delicate malts/hops balance and the grains underneath. This really needs the pale malts and floral notes from the hops with just a touch of citrus to come out in order to work and, fortunately, they do.
Plenty of flavor and complexity is present in this beer. Up front, I get the bubble gum, sugars and grains I expect from the nose. This mingles with a pleasant floral hops element and pale malts offering breads. There's a touch of spiciness as well. Hops, malts and yeast could all be a bit more pronounced, but this is a good beer.
The mouthfeel is a touch crisp and carbonation is moderate. The body is light to medium and dry, with sugars and malts adding to the texture while the hops and yeast contribute to the dryness with perhaps a boost from the paleness of the malts.
I'm glad I got a crack at this limited release, particularly since I'd been eyeing it for awhile without pulling the trigger. Thanks to Matt at the Beer and Wine Cave.

Photo of GilGarp
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle. No date or batch code.

Served cold into a goblet, Hop Ruiter is a hazy golden yellow with thick white soapy head. Good retention and a fair bit of lacing left behind.

Aroma is the only mild let-down for this beer. It isn't overly hoppy and smells more like dirt and grass.

Flavor is much better though. It has a very nice light malt body, mildly sweet up front leading to a more bitter hoppy end. Nice grassy, minty, floral quality to the hops. I believe this is appropriately categorized here - Not quite hoppy enough to be a Belgian IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and well-carbonated. Perfectly balanced and easy-drinking.

Overall a really enjoyable summer Belgian beer.

Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The things you can learn from a beer label! Apparently the town of Turnhout, where De Scheldebrouwerij is located, is the playing card capital of the world. Hence the label design. Huh.

A head like that can only come from Belgium...or so it seems. It's a blinding white color, it's foamy, creamy, thick and about as stiff as Styrofoam. Big swaths and slashes of lace. And the liquid is a cloudy pale yellow color, almost witbier-like.

Pretty fragrant aroma -- clean, light, flowery; hops are buoyant and crisp in their aromatic personality; and despite the promise of "a bit of funk" on the label, maybe it's in the taste, because the yeast here may be earthy, but it's polite and pretty clean.

Flavor-wise I'm reminded of a witbier crossed with an authentic German hefe-weizen crossed with a Belgian saison crossed with a well-hopped American pale ale or IPA at most. Even a pilsner-ish angle here, with that super-clean, biscuit-like malt character. Overall it's straw-like and grassy -- but not astringent -- along with some banana, some clove, a faint dash of white pepper, white grape, pear juice, and floral/citrus elements from the hops. All is well-balanced and extremely clean, even with the prominent and earthy yeast personality (which still doesn't deliver much funk...).

Merging appropriately with the taste is a clean, airy, slick and pleasing texture. Crisp and somewhat dry, it almost produces a pucker but never veers quite that far. As with every other element of this beer, very likable though not mindblowing.

Not quite as assertive a hop personality as the label seems to promise, but maybe I've been OD'ing on the Double IPAs lately. Nah, the Belgians just take the American hop attitude and inject their own thing into it, resulting in interesting, refreshing, super-drinkable beers like this. Belgians...gotta love 'em.

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friend Dave for sharing this. I thought it was a classic example of a Belgian IPA and it reminded me a lot of Houblon Chouffe. The flavor and aroma are a big mix of spicy Belgian phenols and mild candied fruit with herbal citrus and peppery floral notes. Like most Belgian IPAs, the bitterness is lower than an American equivalent, but it's a fun beer to drink and pretty tasty overall.

Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Biergarten in Jenks

Pours a very effervescent & golden color with 4 fingers of pearl colored head, slight haziness. Great lacing & head retention

S: Pineapple, lemon, slight doughyness that later reminds me of Kings Hawaiian Bread as it warms

T: Grapefruit, lemons with a whisper of funk up & boozey pineapple front. Grapefruit & a touch of grassyness as this warms along with a little white grape, mild pineapple that turns bolder slightly acidic once warm. Finishes tropical with bready & grainy & with a kiss of funk

MF: Creamy, slightly chewy, a bit of coarseness in the body as well, nice balance for what this is

A nice Belgo-American PA, by no means cheap, but interesting & damn tasty. Pretty easy to drink for what it is...

Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw color with some honey highlights. There are some small yeast floaters floating about. The head is pure white and settles into a chunky cap with spotty lacing.

The aroma is of tart apples, perfumey yeast, clove, and light bubblegum. Spot on BSPA but don't really pick up any hops which I expected from reading the label. Perhaps a bit of a peppery spice from the hops. Still smells very good.

The flavor is of a pale malt with candi sugar sweetness. There are some floral and perfumey notes from the yeast; light bubblegum fruitiness. Perhaps a touch of tropical fruit and coriander. It has a peppery and grassy finish from the use of noble hops. It has a classic belgian flavor but does miss on the hoppiness.

The feel is light to moderate with very fizzy carbonation; it actually burns a bit. Sweet on the palate but does have a light dry and bitter characteristic.

A very enjoyable BSPA. I was expecting more of a Belgian IPA from the label but can't complain too much. Good beer.

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale straw color with a bright white and active head. 1 year of age. Musty and funky nose. Still extremely bright body held up. Lots of sweet bright fruit with a dry finish with a bit of alcohol heat. All hop presence is gone. The beer still holds up pretty well as a strong Belgian gold ale but is definitely better fresh. Alcohol heat becomes a bit more prevalent and flavors become a bit flatter and sweeter.

Photo of puboflyons
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 25 ounce bottle. Sampled on August 10, 2011. It pours cloudy yellow with a huge, pillowly, fluffy white head so it clearly looks like it supposed to for its style. On those nose there is a complex combination of slightly sweet malts, yeast, toast,and pear or apple fruits. The hops are muted. The body falls in a little more than thin; not watered down but not heavy. The taste has a tart sour character with a nice dose of overripe fruit but a more laid back dry hopped endings. There are other Belgian Strong Ales I prefer but this one was not bad.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: The nose has some sweet and bitter aromas along with notes of floral hops.
T: The overall taste has a mild amount of sweetness with notes of spices and hints of fruits.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a light amount of dryness.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl Bottle: poured into a 'Corsendonk' badged stemmed tulip on 23 Jun 2013 (at home).

A little sediment got into my glass so it wasn't as blonde/clear as it would have been if I'd been slower with the pour: anyway it was a dull old gold with a haze, on top a full foam blanket of white bubbles.

The head seemed to block the aroma: what did get through was yeasty and slightly fruity. As the beer warmed in the glass and the head thinned it did get fruitier and more floral in the nose, with mild biscuit/bread malt notes also.

Nice blend of flavours: malt semi-sweetness and a hop tartness combined to give a well balanced feel to the beer. The hops are the stronger in the mouth, but not overly so.

It went very well with my lunch of Strong Cheddar, brown Bread and mixed Olives.

Photo of mwilbur
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a nice golden lemon color with high carbonation producing a 3 inch bubbly white head. Excellent retention. Decent lacing.
S: Sweet grains, subdued hops, funk and mild citrus, and a hint of spice. Quite pleasant.
T: Grainy hops, white pepper, medicinal herbs, floral honey, some funk, and a spicy alcohol note. In the background resides a subtle fruity sweetness.
M: Light body (lighter than expected given ABV). Very crisp and refreshing. Mild carbonated tingle. Moderate bitter hop bite. Tea-like with a dry and herbal finish.
D: Very easy to drink. Pleasantly complex, but not overdone.

Photo of claspada
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap @ Rattle n Hum.
This beer pours a hazy golden pale color with nice white head with ample lacing.

Aromas begin with light pale Belgian malts followed by a little spicy yeast and a surprisingly (well maybe not because it is called Hop-Ruiter) light grassy and fruity hop characters. As it warms you get more spice and some light sweet malts.

The taste begins with light bready and biscuity maltiness but immediately is met with light spicy Belgian yeast flavors. As it warms you get a little more of the fruitiness, like a white wine with some white grapes, light apricot and pear as well. Earthy and grassy hops are present throughout but never make themselves shine or stand out, which they shouldn't in this style if you ask me. This beer finishes fairly dry and lightly bitter; yeast also adds a finishing bite as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall this was a great Belgian pale, the bar had it in the Tripel category but it wasn't as sweet as a traditional Tripel, but it was sweeter than your traditional Belgian Pale ales. Anyway, I usually do not like Tripels because they are either too sweet or too yeasty, but this was balanced with a nice fruitiness, more importantly a nice grassy hop bitterness/flavor, quite refreshing, perfect for a warm day.

Photo of david18
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Whenever I hear that something is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale I always compare it to Duval, which is among my favorites. This was an interesting beer but I felt it was not Duval.

Color is hazy pale/straw with a hazy head. Aroma is a good mix if banana yeast and light hops. Flavor was good, a little strong on the alcohol but pretty complex and all the elements of the beer were all present.

Photo of CHickman
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer notes from Wed. 4/27 at Taproom 307 in NYC: pours a hazy yellow gold in color with a 1 finger white head.

Smells of sweet malt, yeast, hay, citrus hops, lemon, coriander and light spices like pepper or clove; pretty mellow nose that smells like a fruity hefeweizen.

Tastes of sweet malt, pepper, yeast, hay, citrus hops, lemon, coriander, orange peel, grass, sour apple, pear, Skittles and some funky wet bread or cardboard; this tastes and feels like a sweet, crisp refreshing hefeweizen that hides the alcohol extremely well as there is no trace of it.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp, with a very light body, high, fizzy carbonation like champagne, and an easy flow as it goes down. A refreshing session beer that hides the alcohol very well.

Photo of rdickey
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a beautiful pale, somewhat cloudy gold into a Unibroue tulip. Huge white head rises from the body and clearly intends to stick around. Nice lacing.

Smell: Hops come first, along with some mild malt breadiness and black pepper. As it warms, fruity (mostly pears and apples, with maybe a hint of lime) and floral notes become more prominent.

Taste: Ah, this is nice. The hops are more dominant on the tongue, but it remains quite balanced due to the significant, but not overpowering, bready malt foundation. The fruit stays alive (largely excluding any citrus), and the spicy flavors lurk around the edges to keep things interesting. The word I can think of to describe the finish is clean; it’s definitely a somewhat bitter finish, but there’s no hop hangover that leaves you feeling dried out.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. The ABV is well hidden, and the entire experience is so smooth and clean that you’d be sorely tempted to session this on a summer afternoon.

Photo of BeerlyLegal
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Smells funky, fruity with a hint of banana.

Color is light with a good amount of foam.

Tastes hoppy but not to many distinct flavors and not much of an after taste. Nothing stood out and therefore I consider this average. A good beer with a hearty meal otherwise I wouldn't savor this one for too long

Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed golden yellow, huge plume of white creamy foam, lasting a few minutes before it's gone for good with no lacing. Scent is rather mild, light notes of bread, flowers, white pepper, kiss of lemon and splash of dank earth. Taste is way more aggressive then scent dictated. Strong hop character presents floral notes, some lemon rind and solid bitterness. Very yeasty with white bread and pepper. Notes of musty hay, noticeable alcohol. Medium bodied, bubbly at first with light crispness, turns lightly oily with lingering yeast notes. Strong hop and yeast presence which sometimes overpowers the palate. Pleasant floral and citrus notes get covered up quite easily.

Photo of TheSarge
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a cognac sniffer, and the brew makes a towering presentation of foam, which is about three fingers thick, and the body is golden white and has translucent opaqueness.

The aroma is grapefruit, Belgian candied sugar, yeasty esters, and coriander.

The brew is a medly of grapefruit and Belgian suger, there is some lemon and orange rind, but also that yeasty sugary goodness known to be typical Belgian.

Feels a little dry and powdery, but not much warmth in the end like some stronger beers can be.

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at novare res

Big creamy head with lots of lacing, hazy golden pale color.

Nose light belgian malts and fruity yeast, light grassy and fruity hops, light sweet malts.

Taste is nice sweet belgian malts, toasty and fruity belgian yeast, white raisins, light apricot and pear, etc, some nice light fruity, spicy, and grassy hops, light sweet candi sugar like flavor. Finishes a bit sticky, bit of sweet candi sugar but still dry, nice light hop flavors but fairly bitter.

Mouth is med bodied good carb.

Overall a great Belgian pale, nice Belgian fruits, nice grassy mild hops, refreshing, very tasty.

Photo of pweis909
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 9.4 oz bottle, sent to me be the importer as compensation for a skunky, mishandled Saison Dupont that I had purchased. They were quite nice about the whole thing and really did well to win me over. Thanks guys! You are bringing in great beer .

This beer might be mis-categorized, though I don't know what to call it. In some ways it is classic Belgian, not quite able to be pigeon-holed in a category. It's not especially estery, as many Belgian beers. There is a light fruitiness to it, maybe even a slight nuttiness (like hazel nuts). Despite the name, and even the billing on the label, its assertive hop character is really not too assertive by American standards. It's almost like it tries to sell itself as something it isn't, which is too bad because I think what it is is a really a nice beer.

It's straw yellow and slightly hazy in appearance, and carbonated to give a sizeable creamy white head that leaves considerable lacing as it fades.

The aroma is that of a sweet pilsner malt, with some faint lingering fruit and nut. The flavor matches the aroma. Bitterness balances the sweet and keeps it from cloying, but this isn't close to the bitterness levels found in the US, or even in some Belgian IPAs. Thbeer is sweet up front, and the hops hit you (gently) in the finish, with a slight grassy astringency. The beers 8% is hidden.

Regardless of what you call it, it's a drinkable and enjoyable beer. I'm happy with it.

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Hop - Ruiter from Scheldebrouwerij
90 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.