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Hoogstraten Poorter - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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123 Ratings

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of mgdeth


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 04:20:50 | More by mgdeth
Photo of tavernjef


3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2005 22:51:25 | More by tavernjef
Photo of mschofield


3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2005 00:58:44 | More by mschofield
Photo of dauss


3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2005 04:27:13 | More by dauss
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 16:52:26 | More by kbub6f
Photo of Kookiekwan


3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2004 17:20:31 | More by Kookiekwan
Photo of rousee


3.9/5  rDev +6%
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 ?

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2004 03:00:12 | More by rousee
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 22:55:07 | More by GCBrewingCo
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New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2004 22:35:57 | More by jdhilt
Photo of granger10


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2004 16:47:39 | More by granger10
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New York

2.65/5  rDev -28%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2004 01:49:43 | More by CBFanWish
Photo of Globetrotter


3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2004 18:34:17 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2004 23:28:21 | More by WesWes
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2004 03:30:12 | More by BeerResearcher
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Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2003 14:37:44 | More by Popsinc
Photo of RoyalT


2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 02:26:45 | More by RoyalT
Photo of hotstuff


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 01:06:06 | More by hotstuff
Photo of TheDM


4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a small head of light brown fine to medium bubbles which left a nice lacing as it receded. It has a cloudy brown body with fine particulate. It has a smooth malty flavor but is a little weak for a porter. Very smooth though and I found myself liking the flavor and the taste, just hard to call it a porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 14:29:07 | More by TheDM
Photo of ZAP


3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a beer I eagerly anticipated...a Belgian Porter??? I don't think so...not sure what it is, but it's not a porter...color is redish/amber..looks like an Octoberfest...very little carbonation and the head looks like soap suds...I like the nose...sweet sugar covered plums and sweet berries....mouthfeel is thin and very flat...flavor is good but not porter like....the taste mimicks the nose pretty much..very sweet...I like it.......maybe some deep seeded caramel in there as well...

Overall, I am enjoying this beer but the mouthfeel is a bit unsettling...I love the nose and the taste is pretty good but it is not very porter like in my opinion...definitely worth trying once...

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2003 21:29:23 | More by ZAP
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2.63/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2003 21:12:43 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Gusler


3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2003 11:10:12 | More by Gusler
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3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2002 08:32:16 | More by ADR
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4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Hoogstraten Poorter from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
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