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


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RATINGS: 277   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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9425) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear yellow with a large, frothy white head, medium-long retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (straw, hay, meal, cereal), average hops (floral, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of alcohol, pepper, and ginger. Flavor is heavy malt (straw, hay, meal, cereal), average hops (floral, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of alcohol, pepper, pilsener malt, and ginger. Medium-full body, moderate warmth, high carbonation and a dry and biting finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6148) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is cloudy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), with notes of honey, baked apple, alcohol, pepper. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Blah. Boring, clunky, syrupy sweet nothing of a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
suprchunk (2085) - Crestview, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2011
Clear straw pour, at least for the first half of the bottle. Big white head that leaves a little bit of lacing when it finally dies down. A spicy, banana and malt aroma. Smells of sweet sugary cream. Big bitter bite with a huge carbonic nip. Highly carbonated feeling. Sweet and sharp. Like a blonde and a strong Belgian ale mixed together. Decent quaffable beer. Less like a tripel and more like a blonde.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2011
Pour cloudy yellow with long lasting off white head and terrific lace. Aroma light citrus and spicy, grassy, with a distinct yeast smell. Taste grassy, slight spice, grapefruit, floral hops, fruity a touch sweet. MF medium body soft carb finish is crisp and bitter. Average beer but kind of meh little to sweet and some of the flavors didn’t work.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2577) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2011
750 ml. bottle. 8% ABV per the label. Served at cellar temperature. Pours a fluffy, lasting white head, with some lacing, over a slightly hazy, light gold (SRM 4) body....nose is banana/bubblegum,light fruit (apple, pear), bit of cardamom, slight hop spice....taste is light apple, pear, heavy pepper, finishing with mild spice bitterness, and a touch of fusel alcohol....mouth feel is light, carbonation high. This is most definitely a Tripel. It has the peppery spice and appropriate aromas and flavors. It is not the best, and there are some flaws in the flavors. BJCP 7/3/12/4/7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (1835) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Tasted on 3/20/11 from a 750mL bottle at Lush West Town. Pours cloudy light yellow with a massive and smooth white head that slowly recedes to spotty lace with a decent collar. The nose is spicy and fruity Belgian yeast with a good amount of grass and herbal hops bitterness, and just a bit of candi sugar sweetness. The flavor is lightly sweet with the fruity yeast up front, moving to lightly bitter and herbal hops, and a bit more bitterness on the back. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long bitter hops and fruity yeast finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34232) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2011

Draught @ ZBF 2011 (zythos beer festival), Stadsfeestzaal St.-Niklaas, St.-Niklaas, Belgium.

Clear medium yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, hay, toasted, dusty malt, moderate to heavy hoppy, grass, citrus, grapefruit, orange - citrus. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, grapefruit, hay - grass, citrus, dusty. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110305]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9502) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2011
750 ml bottle poured a hazy yellow with a lasting white head and good lacing. Aromas of straw, yeast, pear, eartrhiness, light citrus and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, yeast, pear, pineapple, earthiness and light spice with a smooth dry lingering moderatly bitter earthy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Bold yellow in color. Nice mixture of Belgian yeast funk and floral hoppiness. Also has a nice kick of alcohol at the back. Funky aroma grows as the beer warms but the hops still keep up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (5633) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 12, 2011
[3/6/11] Draught at ZBF 2011. Clear golden. Aroma of floral hops, pomelo and grapefruit. Bitter hoppy flavor with some citrus, fruitiness and light alcoholic spiciness in the finish. Medium-bodied.

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