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Brewed by Scheldebrouwerij
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Meer (Hoogstraten), Belgium

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RATINGS: 256   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Hop Ruiter (Hop Rider) has a full, almost rustic malt body, and pairs Belgian yeast-driven flavors with American assertive hoppiness. It is dry hopped, with two noble varieties which add complexity, delicacy and a bit of funk.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2011
Draft at Hop Leaf. Pours a hazy yellow with a sticky white head. The nose is very pilsy with that being the predominant note, followed by noble hops and some plasticy phenols. Quite a strange combo, but it grows on me over time. Distinct citrus components from both yeast and hops. On taste, nice smooth bitterness and spicy. Creamy body with enough dryness to tie it all together. Pretty interesting beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small white head leaving thick foam. Hoppy and grassy aroma with Belgian yeast and some lemon/citrus notes. The flavor is surprisingly big, with a pale malt base, Belgian yeast, and huge floral and light fruity notes. Medium-plus bodied with average carbonation. On the dry side. A solid dry hopped tripel. Different.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a cloudy yellow-gold color with a huge soapy white head. The aroma was strong fruity and floral hops with undertones of sugar vague herbs. The flavor was tart, bitter and lemon with a grassy and herbal undertone. The finish was long and hoppy. Medium body. Decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (2630) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2011
Golden colour, white head. Aroma of malts and floral hops, fresh Belgian yeast, apricot, spices and grass. Flavour of fresh hops, malts, pleasantly bitter. Pleasant floral hops keynote combined with a good tripel background. Finish medium long hoppy bitterness. Refreshing summer beer, I quite like it.
(From 0,75cL bottle)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (1840) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2011
gold pour with a thick white head. aroma is yeasty, slightly grainy. some apricot fruitiness. grassy hop. flavour is pretty standard tripel. bready malt, yeasty, light fruitiness, some grassy hop.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mercator (2) - USA - JUN 22, 2011 does not count
In a shameless act of self promotion, I, Wendy Littlefield, the importer, am posting my rating of our hoppy strong golden ale. I would have given it a 5 - but there is always room for improvement. I am posting the review by Lew Bryson that is in the current issue of All About Beer. His remarks appear below. To the reviewer who asks about the name,Hop Ruiter, it means "hop rider". When we were creating the label for the product (my husband Don Feinberg’s invention) we were inspired by the landscape & local history of this part of belgium that hugs the Dutch border. The fens and heaths north of Turnhout were favorite hunting grounds for the medieval Dukes of Burgundy whose coat of arms emblazon the label. Their love of art, industry and living well imbue life in the Kempen region to this day. The small city of Turnhout is the world HQ to the playing card industry, and home to a talented crew of renegade brewers who brew this beer (the Schelde Brewery). We partnered with them to create a strong golden ale that combines Belgian finesse with American love of assertive hops. We simultaneously launched Hop Ruiter in Holland, Belgium, Italy, Japan and the USA. We think these brewers have a tremendous amount of talent and want to help them succeed by bringing our 30th years of experience as Belgian beer importers and craft brewers (we founded Brewery Ommegang) to assignment. Hope you enjoy and that, whatever you think, you will let us know. For more info on the beer, check out www.belgianexperts.com. Here’s Lew’s take on the beer. “Beautiful pour, beautiful head! brilliant white mousse over a gauzily golden body. Very intoxicating to look at it. Candy, sweet clove, zinging spiciness: This is the smell that drew me to Belgian beer thirty years ago. And it tastes…just like that, only with a twist of bitter at the end that spins this all into another paradigm. Is it overhopped? No. Is it soppy-sweet? No. Am I going to drink the rest of it? You damn betcha. Lew Bryson

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Golden amber with a tall, fluffy eggshell white head. Aroma is floral hops dispersed amongst dusty yeast notes, dried fruit, tropical fruit notes, sweet malt and grassy hints. Taste is surprisingly sweet but while retaining a pleasant bitterness and yeasty funk. Soft earthiness, dusty yeast, dried fruit, light spice, grassy and floral hops, and malt notes. Body is medium with a strong, bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more yeast and grassy hops, lighter floral notes, fruit, sweet malt, light spice, and sponge cake.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (10770) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2011
Tap @ Moeder Lambic Fontainas, Brussels.
Pours hazy to muddy pale yellow with a small, frothy, white head. Nice lacings. Aroma has grass, pine, crisp and light doughy malts. Low carbonation, dry and fairly creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has yeast, dryness, pine and doughy malts. Bone dry finish. Too much unbalanced yeastiness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2011
750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy yellow with a white head that quickly exits. The aroma is bread, hops, and wet hay. Taste is sweet and a bit metallic, with a dry hop finish for a Trippel. Body is medium with average carbonation. Overall, the Trippel is not my favorite Belgian style, often too sweet for me. This one is not too sweet, but is underwhelming. OK, but probably would not buy it again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4081) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle. Hazy yellow pour, white head. Sweet malt, candi sugar, yeast, light notes of fruit, and spicy hops. Decent, but too sweet for my taste.


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