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Hop - Ruiter - Scheldebrouwerij

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

175 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a slightly murky yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grape juice, and some grape jelly aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly medicinal aftertaste on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but it's not really all that hoppy with more fruity aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2012 06:35:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

11-22-2012 19:48:11 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 17:00:51 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 01:22:32 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2011 16:16:40 | More by BEERchitect
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 18:33:49 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-13-2013 02:43:57 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.7%

08-17-2013 19:02:45 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours out as a golden colored liquid with a decent white head. The head dissolves not leaving much lacing. The smell is a little hoppy with a bit of a farmhouse aroma. The taste is hoppy and earthy well balanced. The mouthfeel is light possibly medium. It's boarder line. Over all a very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 00:23:14 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler.

Thanks to my boy Travis I was able to get a good sample o' this stuff. It pours a mostly clear pale golden straw topped by a finger of bright white foam. The nose comprises light cracked wheat, lemon zest, orange rind, light grapefruit peel, honey, pine resin, banana peel, and a few pinches of black pepper. I think a bit of cantaloupe finds its way in there as well. The taste follows almost exactly, with the fruity and piney hops really working their magic on my 'buds. A small bit of biscuit works its way beneath the honey, ensuring that the hops aren't too dominant for their own good. Damn tasty stuff, this. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, I feel this is one of the best hoppy Belgians I've ever had. Damn tasty. Get some!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 21:36:04 | More by TMoney2591
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-16-2011 19:40:43 | More by JAHMUR
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a two finger head of white foam on top of a deep golden body with good clarity. The head settles slowly and leaves excellent lace.

S - Bready malt with some yeasty character and notes of pear, vanilla, and peach.

T - Thick, malty sweetness up front with some earthy yeast. Herbal hop character comes out in the middle with a touch of vanilla and some pear. Finishes with clove, pineapple, and more soft, malty notes.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - I don't get the "American, assertive hoppiness" that the label promises, but this is nonetheless an excellent strong pale ale. The malt character is thick and rich with yeast notes of fruit and spices. Very well made.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 05:27:01 | More by nickfl
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop-Ruiter. I'm not sure what that means. I've tried to find out, but failed. It has something to do with hops, but nothing to do with Reuters News Services. What's a ruiter? There are horses on the logo, maybe it means "rider"? A rider of hops, mmmm?
And how do you say it? Again, I don't know, no one will tell me, I can't figure it out. "rooter"? Royter? Reeter? I'm saying "router", and I'll keep on it until someone corrects me.

It looks beautiful, Clear, golden, shiny, lovely…gorgeous white head, lace-leaving, delicate and pretty, very inviting.

Let's smell it, already…pepper and straw, lemon and lime, coriander? I'm at a loss when it comes to spices, sometimes, but that's the main thing, spice, then citrus, plenty of hoppy associations. Wonderful.

Now, to taste it…smooth and creamy, slides effortlessly down the throat. Then the hops, the spice, the citric twang climb back up and stake their claim. Another drink and it remains, the small sweetness, the big bitterness, the fruit and the spice. Yum, this is sweetly drink…I mean, consumable, with just enough bitter, just enough fruit to keep a great balance of those opposites. Such magnificent balance. Never too much here or there, this or that, it all matches and meets. A Duvel meets a czech pilsner, impersonating a La Chouffe Houblon, perhaps.

Light bodied, long, hoppy finish, lingers long on the palate…keeps remindin
Whatever it is, it is every degree of yummy. That is to say, satisfactory, or, in other words, tasty!!
Mmm, mmm, yeah. There's a few good syllables.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 19:19:50 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 05:36:53 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 16:06:24 | More by WVbeergeek
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 00:49:52 | More by jlindros
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

awesome brew right here, a hoppy belgian, which seem to be coming into vogue more and more, but with all that are out there, the chuouffe, the lupulus, and the like, this one is the best of the lot that I've had so far. its blonde and hazy, very well carbonated, and heady all day. the nose is belgian first, somewhat like a tripel in terms of heft and aromatic, but its lacking just a bit of that sweetness, and instead replaces it with floral and punchy hops. delightful flavor trip, hops first and last, delicate but prominent. hints of citrus and blooming fruit trees, minimal bitterness. the grain seems to be predominantly wheat, maybe some pale barley in there too, and just a very soft texture to it. interesting spice complex from the belgian yeast comes out in the finish. its complex yet familiar too, i was surprised to like this so much, and at 7 or so bucks a bottle, its an awfully fair priced brew. definitely worth trying, one of the better hoppy belgians on the market.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2014 19:23:17 | More by StonedTrippin
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 12:14:16 | More by BlackHaddock
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-26-2013 21:41:34 | More by mendvicdog
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Moeder Lambic in Brussels. Felt like something hoppy after loading up on the sours.

Pours a pale yellow colour, hazed, with a full, thick white head. Lace is crazy and honeycombs beautifully down the inside of the glass. Fine carbonation. Decent body.

Very pleasantly hoppy nose, especially noticed in comparison to the others I'd recently had. Very European in style however, without any citrus sneaking in. More grassy, herbal, grainy, slightly organic, above a very Belgian-style round sweetness. It gives characters of fresh broken ice and blue mint. Nice.

Taste is sharp, with a really pleasant clean bitterness. Brassy finish with a cleansing lemon character. On the mid-palate there's characters of grass, black tea, holly, mulberry leaf and marzipan. Sharp and bright in the mouth.

I don't think I really understood a hoppy Belgian until today. I always just compared them to hoppy American beers. Maybe it's because it's on-tap, maybe because it's fresh, but this shows the way and gives a refreshing uniqueness to the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 19:11:21 | More by lacqueredmouse
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 02:36:09 | More by tempest
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Billolick

New York

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2013 13:02:03 | More by Billolick
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

11-15-2013 04:00:50 | More by oriolesfan4
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub today. A nice beer, which has a nice dose of hops. Pours a bit dark for a Belgian Pale, but a bit light for an IPA, and this is surely a Belgian style IPA. Starts with a slight burst of sweetness, fruit, and bubblegum- classic Belgian yeast notes, but quickly drys out as the hops kick in. Dry and spicy with a light, pleasantly waxy base. Not resinous at all, but quite hoppy. I think of dried herbs like rosemary, caraway, and fennel instead. Crisp, and very pleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 21:46:52 | More by Georgiabeer
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

11-15-2013 18:19:31 | More by duceswild
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Hop - Ruiter from Scheldebrouwerij
90 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.