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Hop - Ruiter | Scheldebrouwerij

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Hop - RuiterHop - Ruiter

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Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of honkey
4.97/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BIG thank you to Vanberg and Dewulf for this complimentary bottle.

Appearance: cloudy yellow with a nice white head. Lacing sticks to the glass as the head fades to a thin layer on top.

Smell: Definitely what I would expect from a hybrid style Belgian IPA. This is right up my alley with spiciness from the yeast and earthiness from the hops.

Taste: Thie is to me what a Belgian IPA should be. The hops do not take away from the Belgian character of the beer, but rather compliment it nicely. There is no crystal malt to be found (unlike more commonly available examples)

Mouthfeel: nice and dry with a high level of carbonation

Drinkability: This is just as easy to drink as a light beer. I am enjoying it very much and could easily drink this whole 750 mL by myself. One of my new favorite beers. Hopefully it becomes more available throughout the U.S. In the near future.

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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 TheSarge
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of Mounty4Life
4.65/5  rDev +16%
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! !

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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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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 pweis909
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 9.4 oz bottle, sent to me be the importer as compensation for a skunky, mishandled Saison Dupont that I had purchased. They were quite nice about the whole thing and really did well to win me over. Thanks guys! You are bringing in great beer .

This beer might be mis-categorized, though I don't know what to call it. In some ways it is classic Belgian, not quite able to be pigeon-holed in a category. It's not especially estery, as many Belgian beers. There is a light fruitiness to it, maybe even a slight nuttiness (like hazel nuts). Despite the name, and even the billing on the label, its assertive hop character is really not too assertive by American standards. It's almost like it tries to sell itself as something it isn't, which is too bad because I think what it is is a really a nice beer.

It's straw yellow and slightly hazy in appearance, and carbonated to give a sizeable creamy white head that leaves considerable lacing as it fades.

The aroma is that of a sweet pilsner malt, with some faint lingering fruit and nut. The flavor matches the aroma. Bitterness balances the sweet and keeps it from cloying, but this isn't close to the bitterness levels found in the US, or even in some Belgian IPAs. Thbeer is sweet up front, and the hops hit you (gently) in the finish, with a slight grassy astringency. The beers 8% is hidden.

Regardless of what you call it, it's a drinkable and enjoyable beer. I'm happy with it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  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.

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Photo of cnally
4.37/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of kylesobrien
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow orange. Really nice stark white head and plenty of lacing. Aroma is really enticing and complex -- I can't quite describe it, but something like a mix of fresh bread, toffee, figs, and honey. The scent is fascinating, and something about it really appeals to me.

Mouthfeel is nice, moderate and a little sticky. While the hop flavours are evident, they are well balanced with a faint lingering sweetness. Carbonation is fairly light. I don't really notice the alcohol too much, and this ale is not nearly as dry as I anticipated.

A really interesting beer, a lot going on here and my (very limited) palate is unable to discern exactly what I'm tasting. Definitely worth checking out, and I will certainly try to pick this one up again.

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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 OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, pine like hops. In the taste, mellow pine hops and a note of fruitiness. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice hops and body, almost like a American IPA.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Dope
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep straw/pale gold producing 3 fingers of a white, foamy, lasting head that leaves motes & webby splotches of lace. Aroma is tangy mixture of bready pale malt, dough & biscuit, yeasty white fruit, orange & pineapple esters, a heady Noble hop presence of lemon & with some grass & herbal/floral notes with just a hint of Belgian funk. Taste is biscuit & dough malt, Belgian yeast funk, apricot, pineapple, orange & lemon, cloves, alcohol, pepper, some thin banana & coriander, with a sweet Belgian yeasty esters of apple, pear & honey undertone. These yeasty esters become more dominant and intense as the brew warms. The finish rapidly transitions to more apple & pear underwritten by pine resin bitterness with the bitter becoming dominant in the astringent doughy, grassy/pine/citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderated high carbonation, smooth & silky but prickly on the tongue becoming astringent before it fades. A treat or the mouth and nose, an explosion of aroma and flavor! I would call this a Belgian IPA instead of a Belgian Pale Strong Ale and certainly not a Blonde Ale. Maybe in color but not in style.

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +6%

01/23/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. On the unctuous side. May even need a side of water as a chaser, not to dilute. Diluting this powerhouse would be a travesty. Beer as food is what comes to mind. The sweet of all Belgians is apparent with a well crafted holding of the line. The only thing holding me back is the 8.5% ABV. Like a blonde bombshell in a book store, all may not be as it seems...but WTF?

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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 nickfl
4.23/5  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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hopleaf

A: Color is a light gold yellow. Quite cloudy. Served with a copious amount of fluffy, meringue-like white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Beautiful aroma of subdued yeasty funk and lemon mixed with citrus and grassy hops and a light spiciness. Intensely complex.

T: The taste follows the aroma fairly well. A light pale malt backbone allows for the lemony citrus hops to come through. There is a bit of a sweet tartness to it, much like a lemon bar, though the yeasty funk and light spiciness that is also present pretty much puts an end to that analogy. Mild to moderate bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Carbonation seems a bit heavy, but it just seems to work for this beer.

D: A surprisingly delicious beer that paired damn well with an order of mussels and frites. Can't say I'm the biggest fan of Belgian pale ales, but I found this one to be quite tasty.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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