Hop - Ruiter - Scheldebrouwerij

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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 brentk56
3.63/5  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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Photo of nickfl
4.23/5  rDev +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.

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 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 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 feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly cloudy pale golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, lemon zest, orange zest, grape, floral, grass, honey, pepper, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with hop and malt notes; and good strength. Taste of pear, lemon zest, orange zest, apple, grape, floral, grass, honey, pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus zest, light fruits, floral, grass, honey, pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with citrus/floral hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong pale ale! All around nice balance and complexity of yeast esters with hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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 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 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 Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
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.

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

On tap at Mahaffeys today.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, with honey, light vanilla and white pepper, clove and a hint of bananna. The moderately sweet flavor profile replicates the nose, except there's so much more of everything. The honey and hoppy bitterness combine to give this beer a honey, pepper and ranier cherry flavor, which then finishes with a sweet and bitter, slightly yeasty, hoppy finish. The hoppy bitterness counters the sweetness pretty well, drying this beer out very nicely on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, honey and hoppy bitter finish. Drinkability is good, with the alcohol not the least bit noticeable in this well crafted beer.

Obviously, this style is all the rage right now, but this has be one of the more enjoyable Belgian IPA's I've come across. Very nice.

Photo of flagmantho
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light gold hue with a tiny touch of haze and a huge and active effervescence. Head pours three fingers of frothy white foam and dissipates slowly, leaving a few chunks of lace on the glass. Pretty excellent!

Smell: sweet malt aroma with an interestingly sweet graininess. Earthy, spicy, noble, citrus hops are incredibly strong in the aroma -- reminds me more of a Belgian IPA than a BSPA. Think Hugh Malone.

Taste: the hops are pared back a bit in the flavor vis-a-vis the aroma, and the malt really has a chance to shine. Like in the aroma, the overall effect of the malt is a sweet-yet-grainy flavor which really works for me. Hops show up more toward the end and are citrusy and bright, with a moderate and balanced bitterness. Quite good, although it is a bit all-over-the-pace.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation makes for a mammoth creaminess. It's a bit evanescent, but overall quite good indeed.

Overall: I like this beer quite a lot. Its flavors are kind of disjointed, but overall it's very tasty. I'd definitely have this again.

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 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 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 rudzud
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the BBF.

A - Pours a nice golden light straw colour with lots of bubbling carbonation resulting in a nice white head that hangs around.

S - Aromas were a bit on the light side. Grains, faint citrusy hops, nice funk, and a bit of belgian spice.

T - Like the nose there are light hops, slight spiciness (pepper), and light honey sweetness. The ABV isnt really that noticeable.

M - Surprisingly light given the high ABV. Very crisp and refreshing yet slightly dry.

O - Quite drinkable here. Stuff was pretty good, wouldn't mind a bottle of this stuff as I bet its a little better when not as cold.

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