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


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RATINGS: 306   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
puboflyons (2262) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 10, 2011
The pour is a murky yellow with a lot of long-lasting, puffy head and slow moving bubbles. The aroma is of malts, yeast, biscuit, but lower in hops than I would have expected. The body is light to medium. The taste has a fruity tart character with a moderately dry finish. I did not notice any hop assertiveness in either the aroma or the taste but it was likeable enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ddemmingjr (727) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2011
bottle from Rare Beer Club: pours cloudy, straw, off white bubbly head. notes of lemon zest, Belgian yeast, funk, coriander and floral hops on the nose. herbal clove, honey, bread malts with light bitterness.sweet yeast tones yet still dry and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
Sampled from bottle at PIB, pours cloudy pale yellow with a thick white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, barnyard funk, some citrus and lemon zest. Flavour of Belgian yeast, funk and lemon zest. Palate is a little thin - nice flavours though. Slighty dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Bottle from Rare Beer Club. Pours golden with thick, frothy white head.  Aroma of Belgian yeast and floral hops.  Taste of lemons, spices, and coriander.  Medium mouthfeel.  Nice noble hop notes.  Good hoppy tripel.  Great beer by the pool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (6433) - 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 (7458) - 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 (1901) - 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 (1385) - 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 (3341) - 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.

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