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Hop - Ruiter - Scheldebrouwerij

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Hop - RuiterHop - Ruiter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

183 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Scheldebrouwerij visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: crossovert on 09-14-2010)
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2/5  rDev -50.5%

BrewtalAlement, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of cowboy83
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

cowboy83, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Zbeetleman
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of SFLpunk
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL brown glass crown-capped champagne bottle. No date.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with thick, fluffy, stiff white head that won't quit. Great retention and leaves lots of lacing.

Nose: First sniff smells like bread dough. Now I get excessive Belgian hops - like an IPA/Triple hybrid. Smells clean like lavender, very bright and aggressive nose. Not necessarily a good thing though.

Palate: Is honeyed in flavor but sharp with alcohol and flash-in-the-pan bitterness. Flavors are of orange blossoms, clover honey, orange marmalade, lime essence, some bitterness from the hops, but lots of residual sugar too from the thick pale malt.

Notes: Meh. Not great. I don't know if it needs a little time to settle down or if it's just not that great. FFO IPA/Triple hybrids.

SFLpunk, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of ccrida
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is gold with a big white head leaving foamy lace.

Smell is sweet, sugary cereals.

Taste is average, this a generic Belgian blonde, heavy on the waxy phenols, sweet cereals.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, drier, but soft.

Drinkability is ok; this is a standard BSPA, with no objections; but it's also boring, and pushing the sugar threshold.

ccrida, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of crossovert
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml black capped brown bottle. Brewed and bottled by De Scheldebrouwerij, Meer, Belgium.

It pours a hazy golden color. The head is humongous and thickly foamy. IT looks like meringue up there. It leaves some nice lacing as it slowly recedes.

The nose is yeasty but hoppy. There is a decent hop presence here, mostly herbal, noble hops, but the yeast is center stage. It has a big spiciness and some fruitiness. Reminds me perhaps of a yeasty pils.

The flavor is kind of a miss unfortunately. It seems very vegetal. Almost a leafy greens flavor in there. There is some hop bitterness but it is pretty moderate. The yeast is huge and spicy. There is a note of perfumey alcohol throughout it. Not too much form the malts here.

The mouthfeel is cloying, but watery, and also dry, it is kind of all over the place.

They need to rework this one. It is alcoholic and messy and the hops are just not done properly.

crossovert, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of BeerlyLegal
3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
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

BeerlyLegal, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of GRUUMSH
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

GRUUMSH, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of david18
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

david18, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Phillyz
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Phillyz, Nov 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Hellpop65, Saturday at 08:09 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

piccnd3, May 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

NorthSideSean, Sep 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

HoistinBrews, Jan 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Auslander, Jun 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

oriolesfan4, Nov 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

KAF, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of BelgianBeerPope
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What can I say about this one ... It's a hoppy beer, hence the name, refreshing, tastefull, not bad at all but ... it doesn't stand out ! I will definitely have another one if it's available on the menu as an alternative for Duvel etc. Altough I found the lack of carbonation very disturbing and I think this would give the beer that little extra 'fizz' ...

BelgianBeerPope, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of ahommell
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy yellow to light amber. Head disperses entirely upon sitting for moments. Lacing is strong.

S - HONEY FOR DAYS. Belgian Yeast. Malty. Dark and or light malts are strong here. Did I mention the honey?

T - Old honey dough bread. Strong yeast of the Belgian variety. Fresh malt. No bittering agent here at all. Someone call for some hops.

M - Medium to full bodied. Carbonation is a little much for me in this beer. The end feels more like the consistency of ginger ale than beer.

O - There is NOTHING special about this beer. This wants very badly to be the beer it is not. I hope that the honey added is what makes the alcohol content what it is. There is no way in hell that all of this honey only makes this the ABV what it is. I think I could go to Belgium now (or where ever the honey comes from) and I would not have to worry about the allergies.

I'd skip if other options were available.

ahommell, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

BlackHaddock, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With huge floral character, Rop Ruiter processes through a honey sweetened upstart and into a mildly bitter finish- no where near the hop character expected from a beer that showcases the 'hop' note on the label.

The beer pours with a hazy deep yellow, light golden color that carries a creamy thin head. Retaining well, the beer shows delicate lace behind. The beer carries a classic Belgian pale ale appearance.

Very floral with a flowery and honeysuckle aroma. Soft sweetness is lightly malty and candied with a pleasant herbal (tea-like) scent. Lemon and white pepper add a bit of complexity, depth and balance.

Flavors follow suit with powdered sugar sweetness, light honey nectar, and the continuation of tea herbs, lemon grass, and citrus fruits; without much influence from hop bitterness. Balanced with a grassy bite in finish, the beer closes with a strong dominance from alcohols that give a minty/nail polish remover taste that wears a bit on the palate toward the end of the sessioin. The alcohol content is the only real reason to classify the beer as a strong ale where the Belgian pale ale classification would hold true otherwise.

Moderate throughout with soft carbonation for a Belgian beer upfront. Light creaminess fades to a warming and then hotter-than-should-be finish. Quite dry and fleeting in the end with a fruity/flowery return in aftertaste.

The taste of the beer draws comparisons to Leffe Blonde, except with a more refined elegance in malt but the focus on the flowery boquet. But with an elevated alcohol content, the beer proves to be more challenging and complex.

BEERchitect, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a new belgium snifter

A: pours a nice yellow golden color that is slightly hazy and has a large amount of fluffy pure white head that lingers for a bit, leaves a nice amount of lacing

S: nice bright scent, slightly lemony with a nice hoppiness and a slight earthy tone

T: nice smooth taste, gets better as it warms up

D/M: strong carbonation tingle, smooth on the palate, easy drinking, overall a good drinking brew

BigPlay1824, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy dishwater, with a rather modest head for a Belgian; not much lace, to boot

Smell: Cakey and fruity, with a cantaloup aspect

Taste: Cakey, up front, with a developing fruity flavor with cantaloup prominent; peppery and spicy, in the middle, with a modest but earthy hop character; bready finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a touch flabby

Overall: Expecting a hoppy Belgian when I bought the bottle, I can see that I was misinformed; a previous reviewer noted that this reminded him of Trix cereal and I cannot get that comment out of my head; to be honest, I am rather bored by this beer

brentk56, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

jtierney89, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, milky-yellow body with a very tall, expansive, white head. Great-looking laceworks on the descent.

Smell: Pale malted barley layered in pepper, non-pepper spice, and lemon zest with a candyish but also floral edge to it and fruity hints of pears, peaches, and citrus.

Taste: Faintly grainy tastes of pils and rather pale malts given a drop or two of simple syrup, one drop of honey. Orchard fruit juice fruitiness, then, some phenolic anise-hinted spiciness along with a pinch of ground pepper. Leafy, spicy hops with ample bitterness. A bit of the spice and bitterness still hanging about for the drying, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high, engaging carbonation.

Overall: It's nice enough, but not entirely without some coarseness to it.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 15, 2011
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Hop - Ruiter from Scheldebrouwerij
90 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.