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Hoogstraten Poorter - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 140
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
2.27/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
2.45/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
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!

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Photo of turbine2475
2.57/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Murky amber/brown that poour quickly forming absolutely no head.
S - Smells of sweet cherry and apricot...not really what I was expecting.
T - Sweet fruits and and very light malts.
M - A bit watered down and little to no carbonation.
D - Not really what I was expecting. Not many porter qualities to it...More of a watered down abbey.

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Photo of ibbjamin
2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
2.64/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of CBFanWish
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is no way I am dignifying this lack luster beer a porter. It does not share any of the qualities that a porter should have. Much like Saku Porter, it does not have the porter look to it. Clear red with little head that is gone in a blink. The taste is citrucy with mild malts. This is a big let down. Don't even get me started on it.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A belgian porter? Hard to believe. Doesn't taste like a porter.

Clear crimson appearance. Only a slight head graces the surface of the beer. Lacing is droopy. The aroma is sweet. A little candy-like. Bubblegum. Cotton candy. The mouthfeel of this beer is lacking. Watery. Thin. Almost no carbonation. With a body barely above light in stature. The taste is fairly bland. No roasted qualities, coffee or chocolate tones that I am used to in a porter. Rather, I get some slight belgian characteristics...yeast wise in the flavor profile. A little bready and doughy. Some fruity esters. And a little sting of EtOH. Finish is weak and flavorless.

All in all, a subpar porter/belgian beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.67/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, deep, dark amber body with a wispy, whitish head.

Smell: Sweetish, fairly fruity nose with notes of raisins and dried apricots at the fore with toasted malts and standard sugar in the back.

Taste: Toasty, faintly nutty malts with a solid bump of candyish sweetness. As is the case with the nose, it's quite fruity. Essentially no hop character or bitterness. Vaguely sweetish and fruity on the otherwise hohum finish. It's sweet and then it's gone.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Entirely unimpressive and not a beer I could honestly recommend; it's one of those beers that were it not for these notes, I would have absolutely no memory of this thing. Somebody deserves a well-earned high five for the joke of classifying this a "Baltic Porter". Good one!

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Photo of biglite351
2.81/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - light through the middle of glass. Almost more of a dark burnt amber. Tall white creamy head that drop quickly.

S - light but has a fruity malt scent.

T - lots of sweet fruit. I would have guessed this to be an odd double bock as opposed to a porter.

M - mild coating but no real tingle.

D - easily drinkable, but there are many better options out there.

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Photo of russpowell
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
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

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Photo of brdc
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice dark beer in a beautiful jug, with a luscious tan head. And that is it.
A thin body, with faint smells of roasted malts, light bitter unremarkable taste that is fairly easy to drink but not exactly pleasant enough to justify a second bottle. I shared mine and that is it.

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Photo of Overlord
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I think I'm going to echo just about every review here and say that this brew was not at all what I expected. Why bother putting "porter/poorter" on the bottle?

Pours a reddish light brown (yeah, you heard me right) with a big off-white foam head. Smells like fruit and yeast (yes, you're still reading this accurately) and tastes like a mixture of sweet malt, apricots/figs/raisins/dark fruits and a yeasty citrus finish.

From top to bottom does not resemble a "baltic porter" whatsoever. If this was a blind taste test, I'd think this was a Dubbel ... or perhaps a Belgian Dark. The mouthfeel is unacceptably thin for a Baltic Porter.

I don't normally "grade to style", but when a beer is so far off the mark what else can I do?

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Photo of armock
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that fades quickly

S - Is of sugary dark fruits

T - Some roasted malt but mostly very sweet fruit flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - This tastes like no other porter that I've had before and thats not really a good thing save your money and pass by this one

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Photo of Absumaster
3.05/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ruby rust, small bubbly head of dusty yellowed foam comes to surface as it glugs its way out of the tall ceramic jug. Sticky thin lacing coats well as it wavers.

Aroma is faint of a starfruit sweetness and yellow raisiny tang.

Flavor is a little strange at first but grows on ya after awhile, but also gets boring and tedoius and makes it hard to continue any kind of consumption. Mildly tangy and sweet with a soft toffee and sugar cookie plainness. Some notions of cocoa dust the finish with a slight drying late along with a bit of sugar and a touch of roast. It's like drinking a really subpar, under baked sugar cookie.

Feel is quick and softly carbonated in most areas, some weird, off heavy spots and slight chalk textures. Lighter medium body overall with a slight dry finish.

This is the pinnacle of average for the style. OK, but no keeper.

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Photo of cbn
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish-brown body, beige head, some carbonation with little lacing.

Sweet dark malt and spicy Belgian yeast, slightly metalic, with an alcohol finish.

Lightly sweet, flavor mirrors aroma.

Fairly thin and smooth with lightly scrubbing carbonation.

Although neither "Baltic" nor "porter" describe this brew aptly, drinkability is fair to good.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of rainydays2020
3.23/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Pours out dark with an oily skin of a head. Dried fruit aroma , hint of molasses. Taste is on the sweet side, fruit, sugar. Taste dissipated quickly, overall mouthful is slightly watery.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Not like any Baltic Porter I've had so I'm having a tough time comparing/reviewing it as such. In any case, this fella pours a woody dark brown with some thin amber highlights. The thin, light tan cap of foam holds okay I suppose but does leave some solid lace. There are some 'Belgian Chunkies' (sediment to the layman) floating around in there as well.

The aroma is very dim but sweet with honey and light molasses. Just a bit yeastiness with some darker caramel maltiness. Fairly uneventful even for a Baltic Porter.

The flavor is much of what I would expect a "Belgian Porter" to taste like. Lots of sweet malt with some characteristic Belgian darker fruit. Distinct raw honey is the main contributer to the sweetness. Lightly toasted bread with butter and molasses. Don't expect a classic example of the style because you won't get it, that is not to say that it isn't a quality selection.

Slightly disappointing mouthfeel. Again heavily Belgian in character but little to do with a porter in texture. Brighter and crisp with high carbonation and a mellow thin finish. Certainly low gravity and somewhat lacking. Interesting, but not exceptional.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice thick head on pour, retains well enough though it does lose some of its height. The beer itself is dark in color though relatively clear otherwise.

Dark fruits and brown sugar aromas dominate the nose.

The dark sugary taste and dark fruits dominate the mouth as well, a dry bitterness lingers below.

Mouthfeel was a bit watery with a lingering dryness.

Not bad.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Top popped with no 'pop' at all. No carbonation left in the beer. I've had other Sterkens beers with little carbonation, but this had none. There's no head at all, just a flat brown beer. Pleasantly malty aroma though, with toffee notes. Flavor is mostly malt, caramel with a little coffee-like roast. Hops not detectable. Finish lingers with chocolate sweetness. Mouthfeel is...well, flat.

Sterkens should ditch the ceramic bottles. They just don't work well.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It forms a large several inch head that is mixed-mocha colored and reduces to a nice coverage. Carbonation is readily visible. It appears a light brown while pouring but steardies up to be a darker brown in the glass, when held to the light.

The aroma was primarily dark fruity sweetness with a uniquely rugged grassy component in the background.

The taste was primarily a malty sweetness (some caramel and dark fruit) mixed with toasted nuts. Just a bit lacking in stiffness.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a higher level of carbonation that I think may detract from the flavor. It was a bit thin but goes down smoothly and leaves a mild but pleasant sweet/dry mix.

Overall, this beer is reasonable to drink but has several aspects that could make it very good. Not hard to drink, just not outstanding.

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Photo of stouty1
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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?

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Hoogstraten Poorter from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
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