Hop - Ruiter - Scheldebrouwerij

Not Rated.
Hop - RuiterHop - Ruiter

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

83 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 83
Hads: 207
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Scheldebrouwerij visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: crossovert on 09-14-2010

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (20) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hop - Ruiter Alström Bros
Reviews: 83 | Hads: 207
Photo of flagmantho
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (1,108 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium cloudy yellow with a big foamy whet head that reduces to a skim. No lace.

Nice yeast and malt aromas, some tropical fruit.
Love the flavor here. topical fruit and yeast, coupled with hops and alcohol that have a nice balance of fruit, yeast, booze, and bitter. 8% seems stronger than it is, and helps clear the palate. Nice boozy fruity note with bitterness in the finish.

Medium to full bodied, good carbonation.

Nice brew. Easy to drink, with plenty of character. Worth trying. (496 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of Mounty4Life
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hop ruiters glass at blue dust!!
Really clear and light in complexity...nice headand real deal lacing
Belgian yeast and fruit with some spicyness. Grabs the nose and is very pleasant! Tastes the same real good with nice balance
One of smoother Belgians I ever had, nice Carb and hop with unbelievable balance of malt!
Overall delicious and for not having prior knowledge of this treat was over top for my expectations. Love hops and Belgian spice that is constant in aftertaste!! Will visit again when available! ! (514 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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... (759 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the first-rate Blind Pig on Walnut St. in Champaign, Illinois's cozy and enjoyable downtown section.

Two light fingers of white froth top a mostly clear (or is it slightly hazy?) golden yellow body. Decorative lacing on the smaller-size tulip. The nose is full of wonderful spices--pepper, ginger, a touch of nutmeg--and plenty of fruit--grapefruit, pear, and apple.

Big, fruity taste that mixes sweet and sour. Sour apple and sweet pear, with some grapefruit and lemon peel, all coated in spices. There is less pepper in the taste than the smell, to me, which is not a bad quality about it. Rather, it is a way to say that, for as rubust as the spices were in the smell, the taste is a bit fruitier, but the spices complement the sweet-sour fruit very nicely. Pepper, ginger, a bit of cinnamon; this is fantastic BSPA.

Nicely effervescent, but not too pronounced, really in check texture. This has so impressed me, this Hop Ruiter. It is well hopped but really a tremendous, flavor-packed, spicy beer that could easily be a rollicking Tripel. A revelation; superb. (1,086 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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! (811 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a very light, hazy yellow with a full, thick snow white head and lots of bubbles.

S: Apricot, cinnamon spice and clove are prominent on the nose with some accompanying yeastiness, a very bright aroma.

T/M: It has a lot of carbonation, not as much as the comparable Duvel, but still a good amount. Sweet, candied carrots and pecans assault the tongue up front. Not in an overbearing weird way, but in a subtly good way. There is a mellow, lingering bitterness from the hops without much hoppy aroma. More apricot and peach as well as cinnamon and clove bring up the rear with a mellow, bitter aftertaste. It’s a very light texture but bubbly, like champagne.

A great light Belgian with a full flavor.

TheBeerAlmanac.com (765 characters)

Photo of impending
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Trappist. Served in a tulip, mild haze dirty light straw, dense pure white head retained nicely, nice lacing.

Aroma is of nice hoppy spiciness with grass, hay and earth although generally mild.

Mild sweets begin, mild bitters end, floral and phenolic. Earth and grass appear quietly in the flavor as well. Liight to medium bodied lively mouthfeel.

Scheldebrouwerij say this is a tripel.
jd (404 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,012 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a big bubbly white head. Looks exactly like a Belgian strong pale ale should.

S: Strong aromas of malt sweetness, caramel, and grassy hops on the nose. It's nice at first, but becomes somewhat overpowering as the beer settles and warms.

T: Enters sweet and smooth with notes of caramel, vanilla, and heavy cream quickly giving way to notes of lemon, bitter orange, honey, herbs, and grass. The finish is quick with notes of grass and sweet citrus dominating. The strength of the alcohol is not particularly noticeable.

M: Light-bodied, oily, and thin, but not distracting. Goes down smoothly, developing a mildly sticky sensation. Very drinkable for such a strong ale.

O: A pleasant surprise. I can see myself buying this again. (767 characters)

Photo of jacksback
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw yellow with a persistent head. Nothing crazy, looks like what it is, a belgian pale.

Musty, fruity hop nose. Lots of sweetness and fruity esters. Not so much in the way of nasal depth. Smells like the style, but doesn't smell like anything new is coming to the table.

Flavor has a grainy, sharp kick right on the front end. Lots of black pepper. That fruit action from the nose shows up behind the sharpness, showing a bit more balance in the sweetness department. Pears, apples, and boozy heat.

Palate works well enough. Sharp, dry. Not too much weight, carries the 8% well enough. Clean on the finish.

Overall a pretty good beer, a decent showing in the style. Hits all the marks well enough. Nothing really distinguishes it in terms of uniqueness, but nothing distinguishes in terms of flaws either.

I'd still rather have a Duvel, but eh, this one's worth drinking. (886 characters)

Photo of soze47
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rare Beer of the Month Club entry for me. Decided to crack it open tonight. Drinking it from my Hennepin tulip.

Appearance: Quite lovely looking. It could not be any more straw colored and boasts a billowing head of tiny-bubbled foam. Lacing sticks initially, but slides down the glass, slowly but surely.

Aroma: Yeasty and nutty right away with a herbal and grassy tone. A lot of flavors are here and it is a little hard to separate them. Muddled for sure, but in a good way.

Taste: Nutty and yeasty with a grassy tone. This does indeed taste like a slightly hopped up Belgian Golden Ale. Lemon, honey wheat bread, and sweet grass all present themselves.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light and fluffy body that is all too drinkable. This is a surprisingly high ABV for the body it carries and how smooth it goes down.

Overall: Great beer hear. I can't really compare it to many others, but it really is what it says it will be. A nice nutty/yeasty Belgian Gold with a noble hops. Lots of flavors that don't often appear together work well. (1,041 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -8%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of cnally
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I just felt like a nice Belgian tonight. Guess my wish came true.

The beer pours with an aggressive foamy white head, and a nice pale gold color in the body. Lots of sediment.

The aroma relies on the fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. Some banana, apple and grape front the aroma with just a slight skunky smell from the hops.

The flavor is damn near divine. A super sweet initial flavor gives way to a surprisingly even strong bitterness. Balanced well. Some good kick from the yeast, a little sour and very citrusy.

Mouthfeel is a fantastic combo of lower carbonation and substantial body. Great stuff here.

A really stellar example of the style. Balanced bitterness...everything about this beer is in amounts that are perfect, leaving an amazing overall drink. (771 characters)

Photo of rdickey
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 750mL bottle.

S: Tons of vibrant apricots, pineapple, lime, white wine, and sagebrush. Spices are much more than an afterthought, bright and complex. Light mint, pepper, and alcohol with an overall slightly sweet character.

T: Vibrant, delicious apricots, pineapple, apple, pear, honey, lemon pith, mint up front. Light vanilla, pepper, and fresh cut grass. Quite full bodied, but tight, smooth, though prominent carbonation keeps things light. Sweetness and bitterness are balanced with a hint of white wine-like tartness. Light and vibrant fruitiness match toe-to-toe with minty, woody, even floral noble hops and complex spiciness that isn't too dark or dry. The balance of flavors is impressive with light notes of barnyard hay thrown in. Finish is quite dry, but smooth and pleasant. Pepper and just a touch of woody, herbal bitterness, and a touch of horse hair complement well. The alcohol is just a bit hot and is the only complaint I have with this.

Notes: Definitely one of the best, most balanced Belgian IPA's I've had, though this isn't a style I often go towards. I appreciate the non-American quality to the hops and feel that it complements the nuanced yeast character very well without overwhelming. (1,235 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4/5  rDev 0%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden straw pour, quite cloudy. Huge bubbly white head. Almost no lacing but good retention.

S: Surprising amount of hops. Grass and pine mostly it seems. I can smell a little tropical fruit in there too. Pear and maybe a little apple too? Belgian yeast is apparent. Some coriander? Every time I sniff I get something new.

Smells almost like someone mixed a witbier with an IPA maybe. Or maybe a hoppy saison. Or maybe all three. Regardless, very nice crisp smell.

T: Up front is some nice belgian yeast, some bready malt. As it warms you get more of the nose, the pear/apple especially. Aftertaste is quite strong and bitter with grass and herbal bites. Maybe some lemongrass too. Basically like a hoppy BPA and a saison mixed together.

M: Mid-range body, carbonation is good. A little slick, maybe from the hop oil? Really nice tingle on the tongue in the aftertaste.

O: Not sure really where this beer falls in categorization. It combines strong hops (for your average belgian beer) with saison and BPA characteristics. Defies labels I think but that should give you a good idea of what to expect. (1,110 characters)

Photo of PhillyTJ
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light and bright with thick white head
S: slightly sweet, lightly floral
T: not as hoppy as its name implies, but tasty for a Belgian style.It isn't anything like an IPA--American or Belgian or otherwise. It tastes more like a Saison or a farm ale. The family is more Belgian than hop.
O: Pleasant, tasty, light, drinkable. (326 characters)

Hop - Ruiter from Scheldebrouwerij
89 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.