Hoogstraten Poorter - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000

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Reviews by stouty1:
Photo of stouty1
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks say more than a thousand words, but in this case it's misleading.

A: Awesome brown jug type bottle with flip top cap. Malty brown and ruby red highlights with a 2 finger head. Poured into my Imperial pint glass.
S: Chocolate malts and more malts. Something fruity...cherry?
T: Nothing like a Porter I have had before. It is chocolatey with some coffee background but, that is it. Cannot taste any alcohol.
M: Weak. Very smooth with no bite what-so-ever. I can only even achieve carbonated fizz if I swish it around in my mouth before swallowing.
D: Easy to drink but why waste the time?

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark brown pour with ameadium tan....although, this place (Pelgrom) is so friggin dark inside, i can't even see my beer!!! A sweet chocolatley nose with light hints of dark fruit. The body is also of dark fruit such as plum and raisin but the taste fades rather quickly leaving me wanting more. It looked nice and smelled ok but the taste left much to be desired. A very average beer.

Photo of RoyalT
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Bright brown in color with a horrible head. I worked the pour until my elbow gave out and couldn’t get a thing.

Smell – Very light, thin aroma of toasted malts and sugars. The sugar are more of the manufactured kind, like the stuff you’d find in Fruit Loops or Honeycombs.

Taste – The flavor steps it up a bit from the nose. The taste is still thin, but the sweetness adds a little maple and brown sugar to the mix.

Mouthfeel – Flat and medium to almost light-bodied.

Drinkability – This is almost like an April’s Fools joke. The bottle is stone brown with an authentic Belgium label listing the brewery’s origin as 1210, but its contents is macro-flavored, “Belgium Strong Dark Ale . . . by Budweiser!” It has a cap attached to the bottle . . . as if it’s going to fill you up with one glass and you’ll want to save the rest for later. Egad!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting beer, may well be in a Porter style as indicated by the bottle (crock). Clear darker ruby color, small head but pretty dense and creamy. Doesn't last a real long time. Yeasty and sharp citrus aromas. Nice mouthfeel, malt dominates flavor and is in the brown-sugar and caramel range. A little hoppy squeeze, slightly tangeriney, and helped by moderate carbonation. Not hugely complex, could use a little more body but a unique brew from Belgium. The thick, light brown, swing-top crock rocks!

Photo of stereosforgeeks
2.27/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark burgundy with mild large bubbles for head. No retention or lace.

Smell: Caramel, candy sugar, butter, a little yeast.

Taste: Nutty yeast and toffee with a chocolate backbone. This was definitely a bit flat by the time I got to it.

Drinkability: I need a fresh bottle. I can imagine this being good but the one I had definitely was not.

Photo of russpowell
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent deep chestnut/mahogany with 3 fingers of puffy sand colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Iron & little breadyness

T: Fruity & bready with hints of toasted malt up front. Some licorice sneaks in as this warms along with brown sugar. Finishes dry, with hints of toffee & a whisper of coffee

MF: Thin bodied for the style with assertive carbonation,

Drinks alright, but off style IMO, can't really recommend this, especially for $9 a 750 ml

Photo of beveritt
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Thanks for DoctorDog for this random big ass bottle of beer. Poured from a 75cl earthenware bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a very tall gentleman, grasping a mug of beer and holding the tall of a church or government building. Very little description. Some printing on the back: 21/06/12B12:21. I hope this thing isn't from 2006!

Appearance: Pours with a massive 4 finger head, partially because the unusual shape of the bottle prevents a smooth pour. The beer slowly "glugs" out. This very slowly falls to a still impressive 1 finger of head, leaving behind some lacing. The lacing is even better as you drink, with big billowy rings developing. The beer itself is a dark mahogany and perfectly clear with a fair amount of activity.

Smell: Not much here, some hints of a sweet malt, but all in all, not too aromatic.

Taste: Smooth, semi sweet malt upfront, with undertones of toffee, caramel, and a hint of smokiness. Lingering malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is higher than average, seems reminiscent of a Belgian ale. Body is good.

Drinkability: This is very good, and with a wine bottle size serving left to consume, that is a good thing. Easy to drink and very malty, just like I like beer. Would I seek it out again? Probably not. The serving size is a little too restrictive.

Photo of shbobdb
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A nice, classic porter. It pours a nice tawny, hardcore oldschool -- hell yeah! The smell is dominated by plum. The taste very much follows in that suit -- deskinned plum, grains, chocolate, a pinch of an estery-alcoholic finish, I wanna say 'pear and peach'. The mouthfeel is incredibly thin. It goes down easily enough, but I'd like for there to be something more to the beer, you know? That said, it does go down smooth.

A nice, classic English tawny porter. I don't know why it is labeled as a "baltic porter" but whatever. The beer itself is very, very nice. The only problems I have with it are its mess finish and its thinness. However, these are complimentary problems, since the thinness allows for incredibly drinkability so the beer disappears quite quickly with no need to let the aftertaste linger. I've had the beer open for less than 15 minutes, and I am 90% done with it. Man, if I worked as a porter, I could see this beer really hitting the spot after a hard day.

A touch expensive for what you are getting, but a damned fine beer nevertheless.

Photo of hotstuff
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Not your typical Porter as I have experienced them to be. This Porter was much to my liking as I like a very smooth beer that goes down easy with no bitterness or sharp aftertaste. This beer poured a small tan head with a cloudy body and a brown hue. There was good lacing with this beer. The mouthfeel was smooth.

Photo of Jredner
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is mostly caramel malt that imparts slight raisin notes. Cloudy brown in color with a firm two finger thick head. Flavor is candy sugar and caramel malts. There is a raisin bread and sugar syrup flavor in the finish. It finishes pretty dry with only the malt as an aftertatse. It’s not a bad beer at all it just doesn’t have any range in the flavor.

Photo of BeerSox
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.75L (750ml for those who didn't graduate 4th grade) ceramic swingtop bottle into pint glass.

Deep mohogany hue with a huge frothy light tan head that lasts for a long time. The cap is tall and frothy. Solid ringed lacing.

Fruity and sweet with a strong diacetyl aroma.

Very smooth malts have a sweet characteristic to it, rather than a dark malty bitterness. Strong notes of butter come through. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is somewhat light with lingering sweetness.

This is barely a porter, and probably only classified as such because it says PORTER on the label. There is not one characteristic in this beer that says its a porter. However, this one is a new category. An English Porter has a strong malt presence, an American Porter has a strong hop presence, and now a Belgian Porter has a strong yeast presence. The amount of diacetyl (a yeast byproduct) is very prevalent. There is also a fruity characteristic that is similar to the one found in Belgian Ales. If you're looking for something traditional, you may want to try something else. But if you're looking for something new, this is right up your alley.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark red brown amber with a vigorous off white head leaving nice lacing. Malt aroma with a bit of a sour, mineral component. Tastes of light sweet malt and light and dark fruits with Belgian spicing. Thin bodied, and sweeter and lighter than most porters. Nice strong carbonation is refreshing. A pleasant Belgian take on a porter, but not outstanding.

Photo of Gusler
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour a cloudless sanguineous color, the head slight, and the lace patchy. The nose is mostly malt, fresh and clean smelling with the start thickly malt, lightly sweet and the top middling in its mouth feel. Finish is penetratingly acidic, the hops toothsome, also a bit vinous and lightly tart with the aftertaste exquisitely dry and long lasting. Different front the run of the mill porters, and the 6.5% ABV adds a bit of warmth to the tummy, well worth a sample, as a change of pace from the American Style Porters.

Photo of bannockburn
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Truth be told, I purchased this beer on a whim, for the bottle alone. I was amazingly surprised and pleased with the contents. A heavy, chocolate nose greeted me, while the lingering taste spoke more of maple fading to a light hoppy finish. Truly a delight to drink, I'll be buying more...for the contents this time. Cheers aye!

Photo of Globetrotter
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big brick-red ceramic 750ml bottle with a swing top for use after the cap is removed. The multi-colored label features a guy dressed in what looks like an elf's suit holding a beer mug and leaning up against an onion-domed church tower. Label proclaims fidelity to the purity law. Best before 9/05 (the Russian import label says "good for 24 months"), I opened it on 4/17/04.

Pours a clear amber hue under a 2.5 finger tan head that has marvelous body, great staying power and superb lacing. It is too pale for a porter, however. The mild nose features caramel. The mouth is pretty well carbonated and too light for a good porter. The taste is watery, but there are caramel flavors here, with a slight hoppiness in the finish. The sweet caramel dominates the aftertaste. This is a very drinkable beer, but it has little in common with what I expect from a porter. If they renamed this a brown ale, that'd get much higher marks.

Photo of Zorro
2.45/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a 750 ml bottle.

Pours a clear brown beer with a little tan head.

Smell is mostly brown sugar and raisins. Black pepper and cherry scent ride on the alcohol fumes. Faint soy sauce odor.

Taste is mildly sweet with the light flavors of brown sugar, tobacco, smoke, and figs. An under flavored beer here it just isn't strong enough.

Very thin mouthfeel.

I guess I could finish this glass of this beer but I don't want to. There are 24 different beers in my refrigerator right now all of, which are more enjoyable than this. I can't recommend this beer at all.

Photo of ibbjamin
2.6/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a large snifter to review.

Yields a half inch tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving almost no retention. Dark brown in color with some visible sediment when held to a light.

Aroma is bready with dark malts and Belgian yeast. Malt is leaning on the sweet side with a noticeable roasted character. I detect some dark fruits a la fig and raisin as well as molasses.

Taste is a bit more muted, with what there is becoming more of robust porter in character.

The mouth is quite watery and is the biggest flaw with this beer. More carbonation would not hurt it either.

Overall pretty average, which means not good since the quality of beer these days seems to be quite good and improving.

Photo of ThirdCoast
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 1 Pt 9.4 fl oz Nice bottle, with a resealable cab.

A: Nice dark color with a nice red tint. A 1/2 inch head that holds.

S: Slightly sweet, tart, light aroma.

T: Light taste, butter, tart, nothing like the aroma would hint to. Nice, a bit lighter than i would like, or think.

M: Smooth, light, easy to drink.

D: This is a nice brew for a newbie or some one with training wheels in the beer world.

Note: A decent brew, but not the best....not the worst either.

Photo of Absumaster
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown beer with a fine head and some yeast flakes floating around.

Smell is fruity with light notes of roast and candi sugar. The fruity smell is Belgian fruity, meaning exotic fruit and high fermentation temperatures.

Taste is very fruity with mango and other exotic fruits. A bit of a metallic taste, probably from the dark malts. The beer is dark brown, but lacks a real roasted taste, to be expected from a Porter, which it obviously isn't. Body is thin. It is a strange Belgian experiment that doesn't harm, but enjoyable is a different thing.

Photo of jwc215
2.64/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I split a bottle of this with a friend -
Poured a medium brown. It had some odd sediment floating around. The head was decent - it became a lasting lace after a short while. It was the lightest porter I've ever seen - didn't look like a porter.
The smell was of sweet caramel with some alcohol notes.
The taste wasn't terrible, but not very well-balanced. Two dimensional - caramel and water. Quite sweet. Not typical of a porter. Reminded me of a malty doppelbock. Some fruitness was evident as the drink progressed.
The mouthfeel was a bit sticky, but not overwhelming. Nothing bad, nothing outstanding - or even above average.
I have had numerous Baltic Porters, and I have to say that this is - while not terrible - certainly below average.
Other than to own the cool ceramic flip-top bottle, it is not worth the price when there are so many better porters out there and just as available (if not moreso.)
As a beer it is not terrible - but if you are in the mood for a porter - this is not the one to have - too caramel-sweet and lacks richness or the complex flavors of a porter.

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of granger10
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a copper brown color with crimson highlights. Solid dark white head that soon faded to just covering the top of the beer. Tons of lacing. This doesn't look like a porter but it still looks nice. The smell is strongly yeasty and slightly bready, probably a little too yeasty of an aroma for me. The taste begins really sweet with caramel malts, its almost cloying but the yeast comes and stops that. There's a tart flavor from the yeast that holds throughout. More sweetness comes in with a fig newton like taste. The finish is yeasty and figgy and it holds in my mouth for a long time. Not a porter in the classic sense but I still liked it.

Photo of jdhilt
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a two-finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Deep red/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is malty. Starts with a roasted hazelnut sweetness and finishes smooth with no bitter aftertaste or hints of alcohol. A very good porter, quite different from typical American porters - Stone, Heavyweight, Redhook etc. 750ml bottle for $10.99 at Hoosick St Discount Bev. Troy, NY.

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Hoogstraten Poorter from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.