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


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RATINGS: 302   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (6358) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Spicy aroma with yeasty and floral hoppy notes. The flavor is light spicy yeasty with a hint of hops and a light sweetness. not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaysonwhelpley (9) - Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2011 does not count
Aromas: (Malt) Bread (Hops) Slight perfume, herbal, slight orange. (Yeast) Soap, cheese (that’s new for me), leaves, earthy. (Others) Cloves & honey. Appearance: Pale/golden, hazy/cloudy, small white frothy head. Taste: Medium bitterness, light sourness, little sweetness. Short light bitter finish. Mouthfeel: LIght, thin slightly slick, soft carbonation with a bitter finish. My first impression after pouring it (750 ml) was the floating ’clods’ of yeast... a great sign in any Belgian. I’m amazed by the "American-ness" of this Tripel. Someone else’s review also mentioned the Saison-type tastes in this one as well. I’m loving the perfect hoppiness that accompanies the sweet, dry yeasty-ness. It’s a supergreat American-Hoppy Belgian Belgian Tripel. I like Belgians a bit, but not my favorite. This, though, is a great Belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (7236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2011
Sampled on tap at PIB, pours cloudy yellow with a big white head. Aroma of lots of yeast, big barnyard funk, some citrus (although subdued) and a little lemon zest - reminiscent of a saison. Flavour is also quite yeasty, with some funkiness and lemon zest. A little thin and watery, with a dry finish. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1861) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 15, 2011
750 from Mo’s in Fairfield. Very pale gold/yellow with nice head and lace. Aroma of lemon/citrus clove banana. Very mild fruity sweetness honey apricot banana with citrus herbal hop and classic Belgian umami (?). Very much a classic Belgian earthy yeast undertone to a nice crisp complex golden strong ale. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kassner (1377) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Bottle from Dorothy Lane. Very nice triple, sweet, but the Belgian Yeast is not so dominant and the hops are well balance, which often times goes wrong in the hopped triple. Golden color, nice frothy head and thirst quenching

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3304) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Pour is a hazy gold with a large white head. Aroma is a very nice floral hop with some Belgian yeast and fruit. Flavor is a decent hop bite with some pineapple fruityness. Finish has some wheat malt with a nice sweetness. Alcohol does not show itself. This is a tasty beer to enjoy on a summer afternoon.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3573) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5095) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (3062) - Baarle-Nassau, 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)

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