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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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Added by crossovert on 09-14-2010

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale yellow colour, long lasting foam. No date of any kind on the 750mL bottle. Oh, and it's an oozer.

Smells of bubblegum, yeast, candi sugar, a touch of banana.

Taste reflects the smell but much milder than what I expected. Considering the ample abv. Don't get me wrong. It's a nice drop but shows up a tad under when it comes to value for the money. Worthy of a try.

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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 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 Brutaltruth
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed form the bottle in a snifter glass. This nice BSIPA pours a light peach color with a moderate head of white foam that dissipates to a thin layer and modest ring with very nice lacing. Nose of apricot, bubblegum, mango, light yeasty goodness, and Belgian candy sugars. Flavors surpass the nose with fresh rip fruits of apricots--sweet and candied in a sugar, light bubblegum, and lightly bracing grassy hops that were undetectable on the nose creating a nicely rounded flavor. Sweet and carbonated mouth feel keeps it lively without being syrupy, and finishes with a subtle yeasty dryness. Excellent.

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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 Cyberkedi
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful golden yellow with a thick and lively pale cream head. Strong aroma is yeasty and fruity with a malty undertone. Flavor is mainly fruity, mostly pear and apple with some banana, good yeasty note, underpinning of malt, hint of honey. Texture has good fizz and firm, smooth body. Finish is fruity and malty with just a hint of hops.

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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 thebigredone
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Not sure if this bottle is a little older or what, but the hops are barely discernible. Just a light floral flavor in the background.

Besides that, however, this is a nice beer. A little sweet, some nice Belgian yeast, very pleasant malty-bready-doughy flavor, I really like it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of ahommell
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy yellow to light amber. Head disperses entirely upon sitting for moments. Lacing is strong.

S - HONEY FOR DAYS. Belgian Yeast. Malty. Dark and or light malts are strong here. Did I mention the honey?

T - Old honey dough bread. Strong yeast of the Belgian variety. Fresh malt. No bittering agent here at all. Someone call for some hops.

M - Medium to full bodied. Carbonation is a little much for me in this beer. The end feels more like the consistency of ginger ale than beer.

O - There is NOTHING special about this beer. This wants very badly to be the beer it is not. I hope that the honey added is what makes the alcohol content what it is. There is no way in hell that all of this honey only makes this the ABV what it is. I think I could go to Belgium now (or where ever the honey comes from) and I would not have to worry about the allergies.

I'd skip if other options were available.

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Photo of benfons
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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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 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 brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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

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Photo of ToriBug13
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hop Ruiter Blonde Hoppy Beer

A- Fluffy foam, not too dense, just a fun inch of pillowy white goodness. Dark straw in color and cloudy. The carbonation is reminiscent of champagne. Sadly my fluffy head didn’t last until I finished taking these appearance notes.

S- Citrusy, hops smell wonderful—like muted Trix cereal… mmm pineapple!

T- First impression is that it tastes like Trix cereal. It has this wonderful fruitiness, but it’s also got the wheat-like quality both cereal and beer should have. The wheat flavor is definitely the base of the beer, while the light apricot and peach are well balanced. The hops cuts through the wheat base well. Funny, it’s not really American or German in style, it’s very much a good blend of both. There is the faintest hint of coriander, which nods to its roots. As the beer warms I get more of a yeasty, bready after taste outweighing the wheat texture. Definitely a good example of the style.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -12%
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.

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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 BeerlyLegal
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Smells funky, fruity with a hint of banana.

Color is light with a good amount of foam.

Tastes hoppy but not to many distinct flavors and not much of an after taste. Nothing stood out and therefore I consider this average. A good beer with a hearty meal otherwise I wouldn't savor this one for too long

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nearly snow-white head, large bubble matrix - yellow-golden colored liquid with small bits and chunks of lees, moderately hazy - sticky/sudsy lace splotches, collar and swirls - bit of a "rustic" look, I like it

S: typical Belgian yeast, pale malt and hop aromas - spicy, floral, sugar-coated dried tropical fruit - green peppercorns - buttery/fruity sugar cookie - little bit of a yeast funk behind the spicy-zesty hops - this reminds me of something (Dupont?)

T: sugar cookie, honey - peppery spice against some hop bitterness - a bit band-aid, but more so yeasty, souring dough - lactic? - mild-moderate white wine and alcohol flavors, starting in the middle through the finish - fruity/peppery aftertaste

M: smooth-ish, soft-bubbly - the long, drawn out finish pulls flavor with it, ending almost bone dry

O: rather generic, no? it's nice and suggests boldness in some areas, but nothing distinct

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL capped bottle,

appears a bright yellow color, with 1" rocky bone-white head that fades to a thin ring. smells of pale malt, a bit of Belgian yeasty funk, and strong earthy clean hops. fairly the same in the taste. well balanced of all the flavors, much hoppier then most Belgian beer.s thin to medium body, higher carbonation, appropriate for the style.

overall - an interesting combination of flavors.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, an offering from Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month club in December. It was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Hop Ruiter pours a crystal clear goldenrod, with some lemon yellow highlights appearing as the beer is backlit. Three fingers of lightly frothed head tops the beer and nearly spills out of the glass. Head retention is pretty good, but lacing is a little disappointing. Aromas of lemon zest, black pepper, and a certain earthy quality all come spilling out of the glass to greet my nose. The flavor profile adds a slight cracker sweetness up front. The lemon zest and pepper are a bit more subdued compared to the aroma, with the herbal, earthy quality correspondingly ratcheted up in intensity. Bitterness has a fairly strong presence as well. The mouthfeel is just alright, I could stand to see the body a little bit more dry and a little more vibrancy to the carbonation. Belgian Strong Pale Ale, Belgian IPA, I'm not sure where Hop Roiter falls. Either way though, it's a good brew.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thick one pinky, white frothy head and lots of active carbonation - looks great!

Honey, biscuits, grass, lightly floral with Belgian spice.

White grapes, flowers, lemon grass, honey, Belgian spices, cloves, biscuity, and a slight bitter citrus finish that's slightly peppery.

Light medium body with a slight bit of water at the very end, crisp finish, and a slight alcohol warming as it goes down.

Hoppy for a Belgian ale and is more balanced. One of the first things I picked out of the nose was the honey malt, could it be an older keg? I've never had this beer before but the nuances are pointing that direction.

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Photo of BelgianBeerPope
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What can I say about this one ... It's a hoppy beer, hence the name, refreshing, tastefull, not bad at all but ... it doesn't stand out ! I will definitely have another one if it's available on the menu as an alternative for Duvel etc. Altough I found the lack of carbonation very disturbing and I think this would give the beer that little extra 'fizz' ...

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