Hop - Ruiter | Scheldebrouwerij

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Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by crossovert on 09-14-2010

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Reviews by REDAMI:
Photo of REDAMI
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Hazy, medium gold with a thin, lacy white head.

S - Honey, hop forward, some citrus, like mandarin oranges.

T - Citrus hops, buttery yeast, bitter orange.

M - Mild viscosity, moderate carbonation, some astringency.

Well balanced hop character, more citrus than pine. Honey and bread keep everything in line.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear golden with a white one finger head that dissipates to foamy bubbles. Nice lacing.

S: Citrus-y, featuring a horde of lemons with Belgian funk following.

T: Smooth hops with a great Belgian yeast backbeat. Earthy, lemony and citrus. Drinks like a saison.

M: Medium with medium, frothy carbonation.

O: Really surprised with how good this one is. At $5 for an 11.2 oz bottle, it better be. the wife loved it. We both want more.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look; pours a hazy cloudy burnt orange with visible bits of yeast. tiny slow moving bubbles, a3/4" dense white head that fades to a thin covering that lasts, some lacing.
smell; general hops, not piney or citrusy, pineapple tart cherry bubble gum
taste; honey, banana, bubblegum, yeast, hint of hops, danish pastry, hint of alcohol
feel; simultaneously honey smooth and bubbly, yeasty, full bodied but not heavy feeling, just the tiniest bit boozy
overall; nicely done very tasty slightly hopped up belgian golden, very tasty

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Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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

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Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of andrewdanks
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy straw gold head crowned by a persistent 2” rocky and clingy white foam collar.
S: Fruity, yeasty bread nose with some hops.
T: Fruit over soft, yeasty bread, light grain flavors, melon, faint funk of over ripe fruit, with a moderately bitter hop finish.
F: Very creamy and soft on the palate, with a medium light body and medium to medium high carbonation.
O: this has a very light feel for as big as it is.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of ste5venla
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Bannedforlife
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of GilGarp
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  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...

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Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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