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


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RATINGS: 331   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10001) - 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 (13903) - 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 (5218) - 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. I’m partial to this style of beer, but this is objectively really well executed. Saison DuPont’s 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (1980) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Sweet zesty malt aroma. Clear golden color with a large white head. With beginning with a lightly sweet middle that gets sweet in the end again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5253) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2011 750ml bottle split with Anndiesel. Unfiltered orange-tan color. Frothy, lacy off-white head. Clean golden malt aroma, some delicate orange, pear, apple. Well balanced, fresh, hop forward Tripel. I can imagine small samples drinking differently, but the with the yeasty bottom carefully poured into both glasses makes it quite creamy and very palatable for the 8% ABV. Really well balanced, the dry, bitter Styrian or whatever hops they use have quite a lot of depth, almost some tropical tones. Some delicate sour orange tones. Really a great example of the style, worth seeking out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7426) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2011
750mL bottle. Poured crystal-clear bright golden with a tall, sticky white head. The aroma picked up bright citrus, cloves, and catty hoppage over a clean bready base.. slight sourdough funk.. more meaty lemon on the back of the nose.. came across very clean and calculated. The flavor found honey and bready malts on the slick core.. cloves, lemon zest, and catty hops again around.. the sweeter and a bit syrupy finish carried through floral and catty bitterness.. a little too syrupy and the hops were odd here, but I kind of dug it. Medium-bodied and very well carbonated on the palate.. OK feel and flow, but a tad too dry and grainy at times.. decent overall, but I probably don’t need another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Strykzone (5897) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Sampled at an esbls tasting. From Joe.m a big soapy head on a hazy golden beer. This is sweet and sugary withna bit of fruit. There just is not a lot going on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Bottle... Poured hazy, pale golden with a white head. Citrus hop tones with wood-like oak qualities. Decent bitterness and full bodied. A little bit of drying yeast tones and some malted grains that came off like a honey sweetness. A little bit of alcohol tones to add some complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (7256) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2011
german boner bottle .. . pours your expected gold .. medium head, great lacing .. honey, esters, sugar and yeast- just light touches of bitterness .. . pretty good tripel but shows a bit of heat .. . . Yes, from the electric needle room.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Notes: Pours a pale hazy yellow. Nose of dusty, dry yeast, mild table sugar sweetness, and a good sharp citrus hop kick. Flavor follows- grapefruit and lemon citrus hop notes and bitterness sit on top of a mild, restrained sweet body. Sweetness blends well with musty dry yeast character. Sharp bitterness. Very dry and clean on the palate and finish. Overall, a great example of a hoppy belgian pale.

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