Hoogstraten Poorter - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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BA SCORE
84
good

133 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000)
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Photo of GClarkage
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

07/08/06- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, capped with an addition swingtop attached if you can't handle draining 25.4oz of 6% or so abv beer. No freshness dating, poured into my Stone RIS tulip.

Appearance- Medium brown, maybe fig colored. Large and creamy head rises to the top of the glass. Takes three fillings to get the whole bottle in. Lacing is nice and patchy.

Smell- Really not one that jumps out at your nose. More sweetness than I expected. Maybe a bit buttery. Almost like a nose of a Belgian Pale. Spices and maybe some powdered sugar to go along with a bit of malt.

Taste- Porter? My first sip and many after had an odd somewhat metallic taste. I was trying to pinpoint the taste when my wife tasted it and said "Yuk, liver and onions". I tasted it again and she was right on about the liver part. I really does have an odd animal flesh taste. I got used to it and sucked the rest down. Malty..a bit, sugary and sweet...more so. If you really get into th swishing of the liquid you can pick up some berry type flavors...maybe some kind of currant.

Mouthfeel- Fuller than would think by the abv. Medium carbonation level, somewhat creamy and smooth texture.

Drinkability- For a porter I would not buy again, but for a beer just at that, it's a possibility. Rather odd tastes, but pretty good at that. Interesting for sure.

Photo of acrawf6
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark clear brown amber. small tan head rises, but really not much of one.

Smell. malty and aged plum is what i get. slight port smell. quite nice and complex

Taste. It is quite roasty and has a distinct smokey taste, almost like a rauchbier (sp?). nice dry malt taste that i like, but the taste is not as complex as the aroma would appear. Small fruit taste, dried plum, but subtle.

Mouthfeel. Decent, medium body, decent carbonation, decent balance.

Overall, i'm impressed with this beer. I had concerns buying it at only $7 with this heavy ceramic bottle, and with other reviews, but i'm really liking this smokey flavor right now.

Photo of jwc215
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
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 Drew966
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A heavy pour from a ceramic 75cl bottle resulted in a very small head on a dark brown beer. Aroma is interesting, seemed a bit estery at first, now I'm getting figs, and maybe some chocolate notes. This beer is very low in carbonation. Doesn't really taste too much like a porter, more like a brown ale IMHO. Some raisin in the taste. Definitely interesting, but not compelling. Worth a try.

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 DrJay
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark brown/amber with light tan head composed of fine bubbles. Good head retention and very nice lacing that left rings around the glass. Light chocolate and raisin aroma with a bit of cola and slight funky cheesiness. Interesting. Plenty of malt sweetness with some chocolate, grainy malt and low bitterness. The finish is very short. Medium body and carbonation, good texture and a bit dry. It seems to be a little light on the dark malt for a porter, but it's very easy to drink and fairly interesting.

Photo of bannockburn
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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 KALIKGOLD
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner, had a translucent brown color with close to an inch of beige head. Lacing on the glass was medium, didnt stay for to long. It pretty good to me, a medium malty smell. Taste of coffee and caramel with dark fruits. The carbonation was light, they should add a little more bubbles to this one. It is really easy to drink and has a good aftertaste. I enjoyed this beer and the bottle that it comes in is nice, its reclosable which is nice if you dont want to drink all of it in one sitting. Overall I give it a good rating, definately wish it was a little cheaper, guess the bottle makes it more expensive, worth buying though.

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

This was an interesting beer. I still can't get over the idea of a porter (baltic no less) from Belgium. Didn't know what to expect at all.
It definitely showed signs of being a porter, with the roastiness and all, but the overwhelming characteristic I found was molasses. It was quite sweet but the roasted malts balanced some. No real hops to speak of. Then again, it was next to a big IPA at the time. (Poor planning?) Beautiful black with amber colors, very little head. Drank well, if a little sweet.

Photo of Zorro
2.38/5  rDev -35.7%
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 mgdeth
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 750 ml ceramic/stoneware bottle. Brown color, decent head

Smell - Malty sweetness is prominent. No hop aroma to speak of.

Taste - Roasty and toffee-like, but apparently not the freshest it could be. Bittness balances out the malt, so the beer is smooth and not cloying.

Mouthfeel - Not particularly robust, but not a slouch either. This is one of those beers that rides the fence, style-wise. Good body, but not really thick.

Drinkability - Not bad. I would have another. No feshness date can be a bad thing.

Comments - Never underestimate the power of importation to wreak havoc on a beer. Still, this beer is worth a try.

Photo of tavernjef
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of mschofield
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark red, topped with a one finger tan head, leaves wide sticky webs of lacing.
Strong fruity aroma, strawberry, cherry and cocoa.
Fruit juice, strawberry, cocoa, pizza dough, earthy taste. Some hops but they're mainly in the aftertaste and don't contribute much to the aroma or taste.

Photo of dauss
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 25.9 fl. oz. opaque brown ceramic bottle, with swing top and golden cap. No freshness date.

Appearance: Lightest color Baltic porter I've ever seen. Clear ruby copper. Very small off white head with a hard pour.

Smell: Rich malty sweetness, alcohol easily detected. dark fruits, plums, good aroma.

Taste: Sweet lightly roasted malt. Dark fruits, finishes dry with a very slight astringency and alcohol aroma.

Notes: Not very porter-ish for a Baltic porter. It's lacking the roastyness. Also the body is very thin. There are some flaws, but good flavor nonetheless.

Photo of kbub6f
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Head is noisy, fizzy, and light tan. Second pour head is fluffy, still and dense. The beer is a rich, clear, dark walnut with ruby highlights. There are a few swoops of lacing. Gorgeous nose: sweet, bready toffee. Sweet toffee and chocolate up front. A thick, buttery, malt middle. A strange, buttery, non-sweet fruit in the finish. Really, not sweet at all, but fruity. Also: alcohol and spice. This beer starts great, but finishes a little disappointing. Still, good, interesting.

Photo of Kookiekwan
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This beer pours amber/brown and hazy. It has a one finger head with good retention and moderate lacing. The aroma is of toasted malt with hints of fruit comming through. The taste is sweet malt and bread-like. I found this beer to be fairly thin for the style.

Reflection: It seemed to be more of a dark ale than porters I'm used to, but it was a very pleasant beer nonetheless.

Photo of rousee
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky mahogany maple syrupy color amber brown and forms a 1/2 finger cap quickly --no real settling --it remains the same: frothy, bubbly and yeasty. Leaves an intricate lace on the goblet.
Smell is malty and nutty with some flowers and grain scents coming through also. - just what I want except it is a little flat.
Taste is strong malt, hops, and nuts with some maple or caramel sweetness on the middle and a grape/ wine-like finish. Finishes fairly dry with some sweetness remaining.
Mouthfeel is smooth and malty/flowery. Reminds me of a dry apple also.The drinkability is truly hard to measure.
This is a Belgian porter ?

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured medium amber, but very clear, at first I thought it was Newcastle coming from the bottle. The head was white and rose tall falling slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with chocolate and caramel. The aroma became slightly fruity as it warmed.

The flavor was chocolate and malty caramel. Some light fruity flavors.

The finish was just off dry with lingering chocolate. The body was medium to medium light. Some alcohol warming.

750 ml bottle, ceramic with a bail top. No real complexity to note and this beer should probably not be in the Baltic Porter style, more of a regular Porter. Easy to consume.

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.

Photo of granger10
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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 CBFanWish
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

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 WesWes
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a frothy off-white head. The aroma is decent. It has a malty/roasted barley scent that is very pleasant. It has a sweet aroma. The taste is good. It is a light tasting dark beer with malt character and a fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine porter style Belgian ale. I think I'll have another.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a thin-shaped thick-glassed brown bottle. Minstens - Houdbaar - Tot 4/04
Pours a dusty dirty leather brown (in a pleasing way). With a fairly long lasting beige head and lots of sheeting, sticky lace.
A grainy malt aroma gives way to a citrus and clove-like scent. A faint smell reminiscent of a horse stable - again, not in a bad way lasts throughout.
The malt has a wheat and edgy rye-like taste. Flavors of clove, coriander, orange zest and a lemony bitterness gain in stature as the brew warms. It also improves in drinkability. This is more a Nut Brown than a Poorter.

Photo of Popsinc
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Hoogstraten Poorter from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.