Hop - Ruiter | Scheldebrouwerij

very good
88 Reviews
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 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 WastingFreetime
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Somewhat clouded golden-orange color with a two finger head that looks like a merengue topping and has a really nice retention time and lacing properties.

It has a strangely mead-like aroma and flavor at times, but mostly contains a near-overdose of floral hopping and flavors mixed with a honeyed and pale malt blend. Lesser amounts of tropical fruits and a touch of resin round things out along with a hit of good old yeast spice and grassy herbal garnishes. But the main event everything revolves around remains the floral and perfume elements paired with honey-dipped rustic bread.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side of medium, a bit too chewy.

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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 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 UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 TheBeerAlmanac
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a very light, hazy yellow with a full, thick snow white head and lots of bubbles.

S: Apricot, cinnamon spice and clove are prominent on the nose with some accompanying yeastiness, a very bright aroma.

T/M: It has a lot of carbonation, not as much as the comparable Duvel, but still a good amount. Sweet, candied carrots and pecans assault the tongue up front. Not in an overbearing weird way, but in a subtly good way. There is a mellow, lingering bitterness from the hops without much hoppy aroma. More apricot and peach as well as cinnamon and clove bring up the rear with a mellow, bitter aftertaste. It’s a very light texture but bubbly, like champagne.

A great light Belgian with a full flavor.


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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 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 Gmann
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw color with some honey highlights. There are some small yeast floaters floating about. The head is pure white and settles into a chunky cap with spotty lacing.

The aroma is of tart apples, perfumey yeast, clove, and light bubblegum. Spot on BSPA but don't really pick up any hops which I expected from reading the label. Perhaps a bit of a peppery spice from the hops. Still smells very good.

The flavor is of a pale malt with candi sugar sweetness. There are some floral and perfumey notes from the yeast; light bubblegum fruitiness. Perhaps a touch of tropical fruit and coriander. It has a peppery and grassy finish from the use of noble hops. It has a classic belgian flavor but does miss on the hoppiness.

The feel is light to moderate with very fizzy carbonation; it actually burns a bit. Sweet on the palate but does have a light dry and bitter characteristic.

A very enjoyable BSPA. I was expecting more of a Belgian IPA from the label but can't complain too much. Good beer.

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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 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 soze47
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rare Beer of the Month Club entry for me. Decided to crack it open tonight. Drinking it from my Hennepin tulip.

Appearance: Quite lovely looking. It could not be any more straw colored and boasts a billowing head of tiny-bubbled foam. Lacing sticks initially, but slides down the glass, slowly but surely.

Aroma: Yeasty and nutty right away with a herbal and grassy tone. A lot of flavors are here and it is a little hard to separate them. Muddled for sure, but in a good way.

Taste: Nutty and yeasty with a grassy tone. This does indeed taste like a slightly hopped up Belgian Golden Ale. Lemon, honey wheat bread, and sweet grass all present themselves.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light and fluffy body that is all too drinkable. This is a surprisingly high ABV for the body it carries and how smooth it goes down.

Overall: Great beer hear. I can't really compare it to many others, but it really is what it says it will be. A nice nutty/yeasty Belgian Gold with a noble hops. Lots of flavors that don't often appear together work well.

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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 rudzud
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the BBF.

A - Pours a nice golden light straw colour with lots of bubbling carbonation resulting in a nice white head that hangs around.

S - Aromas were a bit on the light side. Grains, faint citrusy hops, nice funk, and a bit of belgian spice.

T - Like the nose there are light hops, slight spiciness (pepper), and light honey sweetness. The ABV isnt really that noticeable.

M - Surprisingly light given the high ABV. Very crisp and refreshing yet slightly dry.

O - Quite drinkable here. Stuff was pretty good, wouldn't mind a bottle of this stuff as I bet its a little better when not as cold.

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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 rdickey
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a beautiful pale, somewhat cloudy gold into a Unibroue tulip. Huge white head rises from the body and clearly intends to stick around. Nice lacing.

Smell: Hops come first, along with some mild malt breadiness and black pepper. As it warms, fruity (mostly pears and apples, with maybe a hint of lime) and floral notes become more prominent.

Taste: Ah, this is nice. The hops are more dominant on the tongue, but it remains quite balanced due to the significant, but not overpowering, bready malt foundation. The fruit stays alive (largely excluding any citrus), and the spicy flavors lurk around the edges to keep things interesting. The word I can think of to describe the finish is clean; it’s definitely a somewhat bitter finish, but there’s no hop hangover that leaves you feeling dried out.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. The ABV is well hidden, and the entire experience is so smooth and clean that you’d be sorely tempted to session this on a summer afternoon.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 750mL bottle.

S: Tons of vibrant apricots, pineapple, lime, white wine, and sagebrush. Spices are much more than an afterthought, bright and complex. Light mint, pepper, and alcohol with an overall slightly sweet character.

T: Vibrant, delicious apricots, pineapple, apple, pear, honey, lemon pith, mint up front. Light vanilla, pepper, and fresh cut grass. Quite full bodied, but tight, smooth, though prominent carbonation keeps things light. Sweetness and bitterness are balanced with a hint of white wine-like tartness. Light and vibrant fruitiness match toe-to-toe with minty, woody, even floral noble hops and complex spiciness that isn't too dark or dry. The balance of flavors is impressive with light notes of barnyard hay thrown in. Finish is quite dry, but smooth and pleasant. Pepper and just a touch of woody, herbal bitterness, and a touch of horse hair complement well. The alcohol is just a bit hot and is the only complaint I have with this.

Notes: Definitely one of the best, most balanced Belgian IPA's I've had, though this isn't a style I often go towards. I appreciate the non-American quality to the hops and feel that it complements the nuanced yeast character very well without overwhelming.

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