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 SFLpunk
3.02/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL brown glass crown-capped champagne bottle. No date.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with thick, fluffy, stiff white head that won't quit. Great retention and leaves lots of lacing.

Nose: First sniff smells like bread dough. Now I get excessive Belgian hops - like an IPA/Triple hybrid. Smells clean like lavender, very bright and aggressive nose. Not necessarily a good thing though.

Palate: Is honeyed in flavor but sharp with alcohol and flash-in-the-pan bitterness. Flavors are of orange blossoms, clover honey, orange marmalade, lime essence, some bitterness from the hops, but lots of residual sugar too from the thick pale malt.

Notes: Meh. Not great. I don't know if it needs a little time to settle down or if it's just not that great. FFO IPA/Triple hybrids.

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Photo of ccrida
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is gold with a big white head leaving foamy lace.

Smell is sweet, sugary cereals.

Taste is average, this a generic Belgian blonde, heavy on the waxy phenols, sweet cereals.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, drier, but soft.

Drinkability is ok; this is a standard BSPA, with no objections; but it's also boring, and pushing the sugar threshold.

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Photo of crossovert
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml black capped brown bottle. Brewed and bottled by De Scheldebrouwerij, Meer, Belgium.

It pours a hazy golden color. The head is humongous and thickly foamy. IT looks like meringue up there. It leaves some nice lacing as it slowly recedes.

The nose is yeasty but hoppy. There is a decent hop presence here, mostly herbal, noble hops, but the yeast is center stage. It has a big spiciness and some fruitiness. Reminds me perhaps of a yeasty pils.

The flavor is kind of a miss unfortunately. It seems very vegetal. Almost a leafy greens flavor in there. There is some hop bitterness but it is pretty moderate. The yeast is huge and spicy. There is a note of perfumey alcohol throughout it. Not too much form the malts here.

The mouthfeel is cloying, but watery, and also dry, it is kind of all over the place.

They need to rework this one. It is alcoholic and messy and the hops are just not done properly.

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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 david18
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Whenever I hear that something is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale I always compare it to Duval, which is among my favorites. This was an interesting beer but I felt it was not Duval.

Color is hazy pale/straw with a hazy head. Aroma is a good mix if banana yeast and light hops. Flavor was good, a little strong on the alcohol but pretty complex and all the elements of the beer were all present.

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Photo of Zet
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks nice, with a full head of soapy foam and a golden haze. It does not deliver though: it is branded as an IPA, but the hop profile tends to stay low. It is more like a BSPA, like it is categorized here. A decent one, but let's face it: it fades in comparison to a Duvel.

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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 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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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 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 jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale straw color with a bright white and active head. 1 year of age. Musty and funky nose. Still extremely bright body held up. Lots of sweet bright fruit with a dry finish with a bit of alcohol heat. All hop presence is gone. The beer still holds up pretty well as a strong Belgian gold ale but is definitely better fresh. Alcohol heat becomes a bit more prevalent and flavors become a bit flatter and sweeter.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With huge floral character, Rop Ruiter processes through a honey sweetened upstart and into a mildly bitter finish- no where near the hop character expected from a beer that showcases the 'hop' note on the label.

The beer pours with a hazy deep yellow, light golden color that carries a creamy thin head. Retaining well, the beer shows delicate lace behind. The beer carries a classic Belgian pale ale appearance.

Very floral with a flowery and honeysuckle aroma. Soft sweetness is lightly malty and candied with a pleasant herbal (tea-like) scent. Lemon and white pepper add a bit of complexity, depth and balance.

Flavors follow suit with powdered sugar sweetness, light honey nectar, and the continuation of tea herbs, lemon grass, and citrus fruits; without much influence from hop bitterness. Balanced with a grassy bite in finish, the beer closes with a strong dominance from alcohols that give a minty/nail polish remover taste that wears a bit on the palate toward the end of the sessioin. The alcohol content is the only real reason to classify the beer as a strong ale where the Belgian pale ale classification would hold true otherwise.

Moderate throughout with soft carbonation for a Belgian beer upfront. Light creaminess fades to a warming and then hotter-than-should-be finish. Quite dry and fleeting in the end with a fruity/flowery return in aftertaste.

The taste of the beer draws comparisons to Leffe Blonde, except with a more refined elegance in malt but the focus on the flowery boquet. But with an elevated alcohol content, the beer proves to be more challenging and complex.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a new belgium snifter

A: pours a nice yellow golden color that is slightly hazy and has a large amount of fluffy pure white head that lingers for a bit, leaves a nice amount of lacing

S: nice bright scent, slightly lemony with a nice hoppiness and a slight earthy tone

T: nice smooth taste, gets better as it warms up

D/M: strong carbonation tingle, smooth on the palate, easy drinking, overall a good drinking brew

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of jacksback
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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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 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 JoEBoBpr
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip from a cool 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a pale golden straw yellow with a pillowy head that is soapy and about 2 inches tall. Active carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. As the huge head recedes there is some great sticky lacing.

S - Delicious grainy malt followed by some slight clove spice that is delicious. Sweet fruit hints are present as well with some nice white grape, slight apple and some peach as well. Very refreshing smell.

T - Starts off with sweet great malt that is nice and grainy with great bread hints. Slight spice and clove hints with some nice slight sweet boozy hints. There is fruit sweetness as well with some pear and apple as well as vinous notes. Much like the aroma. Good representation of the style but not amazing.

M & D - There is nice medium body with good ABV and nice crispness to it and great clove spice. Taste good and is very

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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 puboflyons
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer notes from Wed. 4/27 at Taproom 307 in NYC: pours a hazy yellow gold in color with a 1 finger white head.

Smells of sweet malt, yeast, hay, citrus hops, lemon, coriander and light spices like pepper or clove; pretty mellow nose that smells like a fruity hefeweizen.

Tastes of sweet malt, pepper, yeast, hay, citrus hops, lemon, coriander, orange peel, grass, sour apple, pear, Skittles and some funky wet bread or cardboard; this tastes and feels like a sweet, crisp refreshing hefeweizen that hides the alcohol extremely well as there is no trace of it.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp, with a very light body, high, fizzy carbonation like champagne, and an easy flow as it goes down. A refreshing session beer that hides the alcohol very well.

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Photo of impending
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap @ Rattle n Hum.
This beer pours a hazy golden pale color with nice white head with ample lacing.

Aromas begin with light pale Belgian malts followed by a little spicy yeast and a surprisingly (well maybe not because it is called Hop-Ruiter) light grassy and fruity hop characters. As it warms you get more spice and some light sweet malts.

The taste begins with light bready and biscuity maltiness but immediately is met with light spicy Belgian yeast flavors. As it warms you get a little more of the fruitiness, like a white wine with some white grapes, light apricot and pear as well. Earthy and grassy hops are present throughout but never make themselves shine or stand out, which they shouldn't in this style if you ask me. This beer finishes fairly dry and lightly bitter; yeast also adds a finishing bite as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall this was a great Belgian pale, the bar had it in the Tripel category but it wasn't as sweet as a traditional Tripel, but it was sweeter than your traditional Belgian Pale ales. Anyway, I usually do not like Tripels because they are either too sweet or too yeasty, but this was balanced with a nice fruitiness, more importantly a nice grassy hop bitterness/flavor, quite refreshing, perfect for a warm day.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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.

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