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Hoogstraten Poorter - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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BA SCORE
83
good

118 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 118
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.71%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000)
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pint 9.4 oz ceramic flip-top jar. Named a freeman Porter from Hoogstraten ... brewed according to the purity law of 1516. Huh, hello this a beer brewed in Belgium who cares about the purity law. No freshness date.

Appearance: Tawny burgundy with an off-white whisp, ringed lace.

Smell: Caramel, butter, and a distinct date sweetness.

Taste: Rounded biting hop twang bitterness and carbonation with a silky malty mouth feel. Fruity earthy date essence with a semi steely sweet caramel flavour. Faint toffee like diacetyl melds with a nutty yeast character. Hints of carob in the drying finish.

Notes: Sip and savour brew, a highly drinkable Belgian brewed ale that shows some alcoholic girth so beware.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2000 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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AlpacaAlpaca

New York

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 16:53:47 | More by AlpacaAlpaca
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Kappakoosh

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-05-2014 17:52:44 | More by Kappakoosh
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RedWeizen83

Texas

5/5  rDev +36.2%

12-15-2013 17:45:32 | More by RedWeizen83
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 22:12:00 | More by EmperorBevis
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LJC3

California

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

07-21-2013 22:19:03 | More by LJC3
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kds2437

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-21-2013 18:34:26 | More by kds2437
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JamLand

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-03-2013 14:01:07 | More by JamLand
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sbanacho

California

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

06-04-2013 05:07:29 | More by sbanacho
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rainydays2020

New York

3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 23:13:36 | More by rainydays2020
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 03:40:48 | More by NilocRellim
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Peyton5410

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

03-26-2013 23:19:56 | More by Peyton5410
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twincano

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

02-22-2013 03:38:27 | More by twincano
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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?

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 03:08:51 | More by Ryan011235
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

01-14-2013 00:16:55 | More by OregonGrown7
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Fossilhunter

California

4/5  rDev +9%

01-09-2013 16:08:40 | More by Fossilhunter
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scot959

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-07-2013 23:17:49 | More by scot959
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tbeq00

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-21-2012 05:16:47 | More by tbeq00
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Ranz

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 02:01:49 | More by Ranz
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-23-2012 06:56:33 | More by UncleJimbo
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WDJersey

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-20-2012 06:31:36 | More by WDJersey
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MystikCelt

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-17-2012 00:04:27 | More by MystikCelt
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, reddish hues. Frothy, beige head. Sticky lacing.

S - Cocoa powder, semi-sweet chocolate. Roasty, malty, mineral water.

T - A complex mixture of nutty, bitter citrus pith, spices, apple skin and minerals. This beer has a very interesting flavor profile, with lots of yeasty notes. Certainly not a typical porter flavor.

M - Medium bodied, effervescent, wet feel, clean finish.

O - Not what you would expect from a porter. The Belgian yeast makes for a surprising palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 18:47:39 | More by BeerForMuscle
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 8/26/16.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark fruits, and some cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but the mouthfeel needs improvement in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 05:23:11 | More by UCLABrewN84
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harpus

Alabama

4/5  rDev +9%

07-24-2012 14:22:34 | More by harpus
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Hoogstraten Poorter from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
83 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.