Hop - Ruiter

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Ranked #36
Ranked #6,700
4.03 | pDev: 10.17%
Very Good
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TheSarge from Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Feb 27, 2012
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Nov 16, 2013
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +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.

Jun 09, 2011
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Gehrig from Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Dec 20, 2011
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glid02 from Georgia

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.

Apr 29, 2011
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Aug 10, 2011
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benfons from Belgium

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy pale orange colour, nice thick dense head

S: loads of citrus and honey, hints of hops, some floral hints

T: the honey is there, the floral hops are, some alcohol, a bit sweet

M: slightly dry, normally I like my beers more carbonated, but this works, medium body

O: really good beer, maybe a tad too sweet for my taste

Jan 04, 2014
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Morey from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Oct 27, 2014
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Lawnboy33 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +24.1%

Nov 17, 2011
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JAHMUR from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Nov 16, 2011
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Brenden from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Apr 09, 2011
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gfreed from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice contrast from the heavier winter ales that are reproducing like guppies in my fridge right now, this isn't so summery as some BPAs but still has a light enough body to be easily drinkable. The nose is fruity and cinnamony; the taste has the bready hints of a saison as well as the citrus of a well-hopped but not ham-handed IPA. The body is bubbly with an unusual slipperiness to it. Not sure what that is but it's not a deal killer. Went well with "Kansas City Confidential." A good Belgian ale at a decent price.

Feb 06, 2011
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Ryan1423 from Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Mar 28, 2012
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Nov 15, 2013
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Haybeerman from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Jul 01, 2013
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ryanpj from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Sep 29, 2013
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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

May 26, 2012
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cnally from Indiana

4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Sep 06, 2011
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

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.

Aug 11, 2011
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charmcityboh from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will be a very quick review. Poured into large tulip glass.
Large fluffy cloud like head. Nice color, orange hued and bright.
Smell is citrusy, nice malty undertones.
Taste is crisp. Enjoyable tartness, followed by a nice balance of malt and hops.
Only real criticism is the yeast layer at the bottom was a bit thick , even for a belgian style ale.
Clearly this beer is trying to be a poor man's version of Duval, and for the price, it more than exceeds that goal.

Oct 09, 2010
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Ohiovania from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Nov 14, 2011
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Cmack15 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: light golden color

aroma: some grapefruit citrus notes from the hops

taste: hops come though nice and finishes dry and clean

mouthfeel: nice medium body good carbonation

had this at the zythos fest and I was looking forward to trying a hoppy Belgian beer. Not a bad beer alcohol was well hidden

Apr 29, 2011
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Auslander from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Jun 03, 2014
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jaydoc from Kansas

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Nov 13, 2013
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rfgetz from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Aug 11, 2011
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