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:
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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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ibbjamin
2.58/5  rDev -30.3%
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 kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: three finger frothy head. some lacing, not as much as I was expecting. Brownish-black with more light getting through than the average porter.

S: dark fruit and raisin mostly. Some chocolate in the background.

T: Mostly raisin, apricot and some red apple. Nice chocolate finish.

M: Lighter in the body than most porters. Moderate to high carbonation.

D: Not very porter like but a decent tasting beer overall. The aroma and taste match up very well without much difference between the two.

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

A - Pours with a large, light brown head of loose foam on a hazy, brown body.

S - Malty with notes of brown bread, caramel, and brown sugar. Some spicy hops in the background.

T - Brown malt and dark sugar up front. Some molasses and spicy hops in the middle. More molasses and brown sugar in the finish with a hint of chocolate.

M - A medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Very brown and bready, not really what I think if when I think porter. Drinkable, but the bottle is more attractive than the beer inside.

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

750 mL ceramic swing top bottle. Best by date of 1/8/14.

appears dark brown, with creamy off-white colored head, 1/2" thick. good retention. sweet malty aroma, with some notes of raisin.

taste is all malt, no hops detected. a touch of dark fruit flavors in there. average carbonation and body.

Overall, a good beer, but if I didn't see this listed as a Baltic Porter, I'd just have called it a normal "Belgian Dark Ale".

Photo of ranger7
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a large, awesome resealable ceramic bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - Nice and dark, not black, but cloudy. A nice and thick off-white head.

S - Good. A little sweet, some chocolate and caramel.

T - A little bit of a bite. Similar to a typical Belgian brew, but darker.

M - Smooth finish, with some carbonation to start, so a bit fizzy. A little watery, but not bad. Dry aftertaste, but decent.

Summary - This "Poorter" is pretty nice. For the price, however, I would expect a better brew. Personally, I prefer Fuller's London Porter, which is a little heavier. I do love the bottle though.

Photo of omnigrits
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ceramic bottle with a crown cap and a swing-top seal making it re-usable for home brew.

A. Very dark brown with ruby highlights and a puffy light tan head. Minimal lace.

S. Spicy, earthy, almost to the point of funky. Plenty of dark fruit flavours, particularly prunes.

T. Again, a bit spicy and earthy, not overly sweet. Pleasant but a bit one-dimensional.

M. Disappointingly thin and watery.

O. If you want to lay down close to $10 for a very drinkable but quite average brew that comes in a useful bottle (if you're a homebrewer), be my guest. I'll probably buy it again but only if it's on sale.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a dark amber color with about a finger of off-white head.

S: Lots of malty sweetness with a definite dark fruit aroma which consists mostly of plums, black cherries, and raisins. There is a mild roasted malt quality and some nice toffee, chocolate, and caramel.

T: While the beer smells nice, there is a bit of a cardboard flavor to it. The sweetness is still there with plenty of toffee, chocolate, and caramel, along with the fruitiness. A mild to moderate roasted malt quality and a fair amount of yeast.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Smelled quite nice and tasted pretty good as well. Not a bad beer.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is smoky and chocolaty with yeast and caramel hints. It pours a dark chocolate brown that is opaque save at the edges and has a very thick, if not persistent, tan head - the sample I got fizzed like nobody’s business. Oh noes, wasted beer! Satisfying flavor is malty with smoky, chocolate and nutty tones and just a touch of caramel. Texture is quite fizzy, leaving behind a rather persistent tingle.

Photo of biglite351
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass right out of the fridge. (Only glass available.)
the hoogstraten poorter pours a dark brown a the glass with a creamy white froth. Amazing aromas of black cherries, black raspberries, cassis, caramel, belgian waffle, roasted nuts, some baking spices, and belgian yeast that follows through on the palate. The beer has a medium light body, creamy carbonation, & long finish. There is a definite sweetness to this beer, however the beer dries the palate on the finish (not bitter, just dry). Overall, I really liked this beer & would love to drink it again, but, unfortunately, this beer is way over valued at $10 a bottle. Because of the cost, this beer is Not Recommended....unless you have a ton of extra cash burning a hole in your pocket.

Photo of SykDoc
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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

Im not gonna lie i do love beers that come in these bottles there is definately some love shown in presentation thats for sure,a gentle pour leaves a frothy creamy coloured two finger head with heaps of lacing and the beer underneath is a very weird dark cherry colour with nice ruby highlights,the aroma is chocolate,dried dark fruits and sugary malts with a tinge of alcohol,it has a full mouthfeel first up followed by a easy medium finish with nice tastes of raisins,dried apricots and some strong yeasty notes with only a touch of brandy flavoured alcohol present on first couple of sips,i know this beer says on the back of the earthware bottle STRONG BEER but to me 6.5% isnt what i call strong beer and the alcohol isnt a major taste on the palette so it is amazingly enough very drinkable for my tastes.

Photo of armock
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
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

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
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!

Photo of northaustin
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a schnifter. a dark black with a very generous head (three to four fingers) with small amount of lacing.

smell is very grainy and fresh and one of the better aspects of the beer

taste is not as potent as the smell would make it seem and is a little bland for a baltic porter. however the taste is fairly noticeable and is much more flavorful than the "average" porter.

it goes down smooth but is a little overcarbonated for me, not as thick as most baltic porters but certainly makes up for it in smell and nice taste. an absolute must for porter fans

Photo of beveritt
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Jeffo
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the bottle shop down the street.

From a 750 ml ceramic bottle into a snifter.

Preliminary note: This bottle was capped with a swing top attached at the side. The fact that it was capped, and not just sealed with a swing cap, may have influenced the carbonation and appearance quite significantly. Others who had non-capped bottles report it being flat and uncarbonated, with little to no head.

Second preliminary note: Like a lot of Belgian stouts and proters, this one does not resemble its English and American counterparts. It's very Belgian in style, and I tried to review it with this in mind.

APPEARANCE: Pours a very big 2+ finger off-white head. Head is medium thin looking with popping bubbles on top. Colour is brown with a ruby hints as well. Head slowly fades into a nice healthy film cap that stays until the end. Some lacing down the glass. Nice look and could have been near perfect, but a porter should be a bit darker and have a somewhat thicker head.

SMELL: The nose is strong and a sweet-sour fruitiness is noticeable immediately. Mostly some exotic Belgian style fruits, such as sour grapes, raisins and dates all rolled into one. There is a bit or yeast and bread in there as well.

TASTE: The taste differs quite markedly from the nose. Sweet-sour fruitiness of grapes and dates show up off the bat with a sweet grainy malt undertone as well. Yeast is evident there too. A hint of honey and butterscotch in the background adds to the malt sweetness. There's basically no aftertaste to speak of. A nice mild aftertaste would have made the taste even better, but despite this little missing piece, this brew is pretty good overall.

PALATE: This is pretty weak. Thin bodied and high end carbonation. Goes down smooth with no bite and finishes very dry, which is alright, but just too thin for the style.

OVERALL: This is definitely Belgian in style, more like a Belgian double or strong dark ale than a Baltic porter. Given how Belgian porters and stouts come out, this is to be expected. It's enjoyable, drinkable, and tastes very nice, even if it isn't really a porter as most of us known them. In fact, the thin feel was the only thing that really hurt the beer. In the end, if you're in the mood for a good, interesting, and unique Belgian, like a strong dark or a dubbel, then give this a try. On the other hand, if you're looking for an English or American style porter, try elsewhere.

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