Hop - Ruiter | Scheldebrouwerij

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89
very good
223 Ratings
Hop - RuiterHop - Ruiter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Scheldebrouwerij
Belgium
scheldebrouwerij.nl

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by crossovert on 09-14-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
223
Reviews:
89
Avg:
4
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a slightly murky yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grape juice, and some grape jelly aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly medicinal aftertaste on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but it's not really all that hoppy with more fruity aromas and flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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 djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours out as a golden colored liquid with a decent white head. The head dissolves not leaving much lacing. The smell is a little hoppy with a bit of a farmhouse aroma. The taste is hoppy and earthy well balanced. The mouthfeel is light possibly medium. It's boarder line. Over all a very good brew.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: The nose has some sweet and bitter aromas along with notes of floral hops.
T: The overall taste has a mild amount of sweetness with notes of spices and hints of fruits.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a light amount of dryness.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
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 brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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 nickfl
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +5.5%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, fruit, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, candy sugar and fruit come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are better choices available within the style.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -8%
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 russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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 drewone
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ZEB89
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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 WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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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4/5  rDev 0%

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