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


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RATINGS: 338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (9559) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2012
Draft at Huppel. Hazy golden pour with large white head. Grassy hop aroma and flavour of tropical fruit and orange. Balcohol warmth in finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfb (5297) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 10, 2012
(bottle) pours a murky golden colour with a frothy white head. aroma of heavy cactus juice and old yeast, white grapes, passion fruit, banana and bread crusts. flavour is mostly bubble gum, with a tangerine fruitiness and some light alcohol in the finish. medium-bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 1/10/2011. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into in a chalice. Brewed and bottled by De Scheldebrouwerij, Meer, Belgium. Good design on the bottle. Hop - Ruiter pours a turbid blonde color out of the bottle with a big fluffy white head. Decent retention on the cap and some nice lacing. Pale malt and bubble gum predominate the aroma, with white grape skin, apples, and herbal noble hops providing support. The start of the flavor is an obvious pale malt with some juicy white grape skin adding a light sweetness. A little bubble gum, Belgian yeast follow, and the finish is crackery dry. Creamy but dry, with above average carbonation wrapped in a medium body. This leaves my tongue dry, with a light oily residue. Sharp, dry, but with a bubble gum sweetness. This is a very drinkable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8122) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Draft. Amber beer with a cream head. Light malt and light hop aroma with light yeast. Sweet malt and pine flavor with earthiness, yeast, and light summer fruit. Medium bodied. Sweet malt and yeast lingers with light summer fruit and light pine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (9543) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle. Hazy golden with a large white head. Aromas are toast with apricot and spritzy lemon. Pineapple with salted butter and a light egginess. Flavours are sweet mixed tropical fruit with Lilt soft drink. Toasted malts with nice soft yeastiness. Fruity and dry to finish. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (5770) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2012
750 ml bottle from Bertís Better Beers, $10.95. Poured into my Allagash Chalice. Pleasant nose of Citrus, yeast and hops. Ample carbonation in a slightly hazy gold. Ĺ inch white head that laced and stayed until the last sip. Noticeable yeast particles floating around the liquid. Nice hop presence right up front of the sip, mellowing into Belgian yeast, pale malts and lemon zest. Body is light with a dry finish. Amazing drinkability @ 8.5 % abv. I finished the entire bottle with ease. Solid!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: July 20, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: opaque yellow, frothy white head, drippy sheets of lace
Aroma: dry pale malt aroma, touch of cereal character, light spicy phenols, floral hops
Flavor: lots of hop flavor, dry malt, phenolic spicyness, light bitterness
Overall: more of a hoppy golden than a triple which means I like it
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10872) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2011
The beer is a hazy straw color with a medium frothy white head that evaporates slowly. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of yeast, bready malt and fruit. Medium body with a fruity character and notes of yeast, grassy hops and sweet malt. The finish is sweet with a fruity yeast aftertaste. Above average all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (14840) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
Cloudy tan with a thick head. The aroma mixes fresh clean bready malts, with light herbal (styrians I would guess) hops. Light hops lend spice to a somewhat sugary malty character. An easy-going brew, sweetish but balanced and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Bottle. Has tiny particulates dancing with the thin streams of effervescence rising to the top. Is hazy yellow-gold. The head is thick and long lasting and very white. The dry aroma has egg shell, California gardens after a rain , sage, light flowers, kumquat, fresh orange peel, dry bones and a hint of honey. Very lively, cheerful palate. Dry. Highly drinkable. Iím partial to this style of beer, but this is objectively really well executed. Saison DuPontís buddy beer with lingering herbal bitterness on the tongue. Hop flowers minus perfume . Syrian-goldings are nice. Kumquat. Mandarins. A delight for ppl with affection for straightforward dry hoppy Belgian beer.

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