Hoogstraten Poorter - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
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3.95/5 rDev +7%
A: Nearly black as night, with a quickly dissapating beige cream head.
S: There's more upfront sweetness to the smell than there is in the taste. From the smell I was expecting something that would suit a dessert nicely. Elements of Guinness-style smoothness under the sweetness, with just a small hint of more assertive flavors (almond, hop, raisin).
T: Nutty, thick, slightly toasty, and savory, with a lingering background sweetness. Not the dessert drink I'd anticipated. It's bite was softened by it's creaminess, but the bite was still present and appreciated. In terms of ABV, I would have assumed it was higher (around 8, rather than 6). The taste was reminiscent of some other, better beers (Like Delirium Nocturnum), which could have lessened my opinionof it. Despite that, it was very solid and very enjoyable. Better than average, definitely.
M: Thick, but appropriately so, considering. The sweet aftertaste made a gradual exit, but did not overstay its welcome as is often the case.
O: The price discourages regular purchases, but besides that point this beer is very good. Not a must-buy, since there are cheaper beers that I'd argue do it better, but it's well worth a shot.
04-08-2014 16:53:47 | More by AlpacaAlpaca
United Kingdom (England)
3.51/5 rDev -4.9%
A cola looking body with just off white big bubbly head
Low key aromas of acid drops and coriander
Tastes like a mildly spiced coffee not all that much roast or charcoal coming through with a slight but very unfortunate note of stomach acid
Much thinner than I imagined what with the heavy ceramic and bottle notes it is also very fizzy to begin with and goes flat very quickly.
This was very expensive and
still trying to weigh out with it being a barely above average ale
and such a fantastic and re-useable bottle wether this was worth the big expense.
09-19-2013 22:12:00 | More by EmperorBevis
3.24/5 rDev -12.2%
A- Dark brown, alsmost amber tint when held up to sunlight, off-white head with good retention
S- Strong smell of raisins, slightly woody, sweet
T- the date/raisin flavor is overpowering, mild alcohol heat that finishes the beer nicely
M- semi-sweet good carbonation, medium-light body
Overall a good beer. It's not something I would seek out, but still worth trying.
04-20-2013 23:13:36 | More by rainydays2020
3.48/5 rDev -5.7%
Beer poured out from a bottle. It had a clear, dark brown appearance and a white, foamy head. Not much of a smell; a little bit of malt and a little bit of toastiness. Tasted sweet and malty, with a little bit of toastedness. There was a little bit of bitterness in the aftertaste.
Would I buy this beer again? Probably.
04-14-2013 03:40:48 | More by NilocRellim
3.4/5 rDev -7.9%
Poured into a Leffe glass on 2/4/13
23/02/16 B printed on the label.
Caramel brown that settles close to dark. One finger, fluffy head dissipates to a 1/4th inch layer. Smooth, lasting retention. Good lace.
Dark fruit aroma: raisins, plum, dark grapes. Figs, hints of brown sugar, baked bread, dough, yeast, very mild spices. Quite malty.
The taste is comparably malty with a strong bread presence. Hints of chocolate, raisins, figs, subtle yeast spice and plum. Faint earthiness.
The body is medium-full with fluffy, modest carbonation. Dusty finish.
Pretty nice drinkin' here. Seems more like a Belgian Dark Ale than a Porter, but who's counting?
02-10-2013 03:08:51 | More by Ryan011235
3.38/5 rDev -8.4%
A: Thick jet black in the pint glass with a ridiculous amount of head. The bottle is a great solution for a classy growler.
S: Tons of yeast and grass, roasted malt.
T: That yeast pushes through in the beginning with a ton of bitter flavor that may be a bit too much.
M: Thick and effervescent, it has a slightly dry finish. Not bad here.
O: A bit underwhelming, but the bottle makes up for it.
12-07-2012 02:01:49 | More by Ranz
Hoogstraten Poorter from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
83 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.