Baltic Porter De L'Ancrier | Hopfenstark

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Baltic Porter De L'AncrierBaltic Porter De L'Ancrier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hopfenstark
Quebec, Canada
hopfenstark.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sammy on 06-01-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
33
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
13.56%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Photo of michaellabreche
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopyard57
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Proclarush
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of slowfade
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of itsjreal
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of bylerteck
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Peluso in Montreal.

A - Pours lighter than expected. Coming out of the bottle it's a version of brown. Rusty brown colour. Not entirely opaque, but it's definitely black-ish. One finger of beige head and fairly strong carbonation. Decent spattering of lace and a film of retention.

S - Licorice, red ale qualities. Bready. A tart twang with some fruity notes. Not a whole lot going on.

T - Bitter up front. Roasty with good amount of coffee. Plummy dark fruit character. Maybe a bit of charred something or other and/or smoke. A bit of a tart fruit note and licorice there as well. Vinous? Quite complex and interesting, but I'm not quite convinced I really enjoy off the bat. It gets much better as time goes and well integrated.

M - Mild to medium carbonation, medium to full body, tart dark fruit finish.

O/D - A very interesting Baltic Porter. Complex and nothing like any other example of the style I've tried. Not the greatest beer from Hopfenstark I've had, but it was enjoyable. While some of the elements weren't exactly my style, nothing really offended and it was pretty tasty.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Station Ho.St in Montreal

The beer is a dark ruby red/brown in colour, with a small tan head. Head fades quickly, nice lacing.

Smell contains burnt caramel and toffee quite strongly. A sweet aroma. Nice but hard to get anything past that sweet malty scent.

Taste contains burnt caramel, quite malty. Toffee and a touch of cocoa. Finish is all toffee and caramel. This is a sweet beer- not crazily sweet, but noticeably. Not a big roast flavour.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Quite sticky. Some astringency.

Overall, pretty good. The caramel/toffee flavours are pretty overpowering. I like those flavours, so the beer works for me, but I can imagine others not being into this one.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of duracell
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Krakpoff
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of rfgetz
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, near black with little head. Scent leads with strong boozy notes of red wine and blends with dark cocoa and earthy dark roasted and toasted grain. Taste follows suit, pleasant red wine notes clouded by a touch of lingering booziness, notes of cocoa and dark cherry come through, lingering sweetness, solid roasted and toasted dried grain. Thin for the style even with lower carbonation. A touch too much lingering alcohol in the nose and taste and the thin body leave me slightly disappointed in a brewery i have heard a lot of positive things about.

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Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of kjyost
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341 ml bottle consumed 1/2/12, from notes. Poured fridge cold into a sampling glass. Bottle received on trade via papat444. Huge thanks for this gem! Cellared since summer 2010.

A: Deep dark body with ruby red edges. Smallish head and decennlackng
S: Very intriguing nose, with licorice, roasted malts and some cocoa
T: Licorice in the body too along with molasses and light notes of smoke in body. A hint of tartness... What a great body...
M: Enjoyable, well carbonated with roasted bitterness sticking a bit with a touch of sweetness too.
O: What a steallar beer. One of the other people sampling found it terribly tart and drainpoured it. I didn't per kegged it that way and loved it. If the tartness wasn't meant to be there, drink it now before it gets too strong. This was aged for 1.5+ years.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

rich dark brown in color with the only thing separating it from Jet Black being a nice reddish hue around the sides and bottom. Huge head of tan comes up quickly and lifts to a height of around two inches, never totally settling down, but instead sitting on top with a huge amount of lacing coming down the sides. Aroma is so much different then I was expecting. Rich notes of cherries and dark malts coming through immediately. Hints of a light hoppiness and just mounds and mounds of chocolate at first. Warming though really brought out a large amount of fruit and raspberries and dark cherry seems to dominate here. Each sip was like a decadent dessert trapped in a bottle. Rich, velvet like carbonation, and warm soothing flavors

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Photo of unibroue4ever
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of rtepiak
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

is this right? Or did i mess it up by not having the beer in a bottle? a lean render of that is still and evident in abv. A bit flat or... Not as voluminous and viscous as some. The smoked malt makes the beer. Its fantastic but quite one dimensional. Lacks the spunk. I've had lean baltics like this in poland. But this does carry any of the interesting tanin notes. Just the effect of great malt. No grit and in turn it makes the alcohol seems like an additive instead of a heat that puts hair on knuckles.

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Photo of Matt1516
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours up with little head, a cola-coloured appearance. Smells of molasses and brown sugar.

Sweet-tasting with overtones of molasses, licorice and vanilla. The ABV is only 8% but a sweet whisky profile is in the aftertaste. Could use a little more dryness in the finish.

Well done-as most Hopfenstark offerings are-but not my favourite of their roster.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with nice light brown foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of rich black chocolate with light residual sugar notes. Taste is also a great mix between some rich black chocolate with light roasted notes. Body is bit thin for style with great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with great drinkability factor.

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Photo of ZorPrime
1.77/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Well this one was a disappointment. I had absolutely no head even though I poured very very aggressively. Lightly black or more dark brown. Bananas in the aroma... not inviting. Watery in the mouth, no complexity at all... a disappointment. Maybe an infected bottle... I'm not sure I'll try another one. It looks like a cola... drain poor. Sorry.

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Photo of eat
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I've never seen a gusher like this in my life. This bottle was sitting in my fridge for weeks and I didn't agitate it in any way, so I know this wasn't my bad. As soon as I opened the cap, a snake of frothy tan-coloured head slowly started making its way out the top of the bottle...and didn't ever stop! Even when I had poured more than half of the bottle, this head was still slowly rising to the top and escaping down the neck.

Body looks a bit thin, opaque and black. Good cover of rocky tan-coloured head. Good retention and decent lacing.

Nice malty nose with caramel, a little molasses and good roast. Earthy (a little reminiscent of pilsner) hops, lots of minerals, vanilla bean, faint oak.

Seems like a nice flavour but it's pretty buried under all the carbonation. Most of what's found in the nose is here as well: solid roast, earthy hops, molasses, wood and minerals along with over-ripe pear and fig, slight coffee and tobacco. The yeast seems slightly Belgian in character, with some hints at dark spices off in the background. Alcohol shows up through the finish but is well-balanced, as is the beer in general.

Explosively foamy; like Unibroue's carbonation on steroids, or like Chimay but with giant bubbles. This makes for a somewhat-pleasantly thick body in spite of what looked to be a thin pour but the carbonation is way over the top. This honestly might be the most carbonated liquid I've ever had in my mouth.

Something is definitely not right here, I'm thinking there was some kind of mistake with this batch. I can tell there's a worthwhile porter under the mountain of foamy head, but I'd want to be certain the problem is solved before I pick this up again (especially at $10 a bottle). Pretty easy drinking in spite of this, I imagine this would be pretty alright with a more appropriate carbonation.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I think this is my first bottled Hopfenstark

A- Very, very dark brown. Very hard to create some head and it actually looks flat.

S- Chocolate, rubbing alcohol, black licorice and then red licorice once warmer.

T- More roasty than the smell bringing some nice coffe flavour in the finish. Very sweet. A bit watery. Hops are light but still give you a nice taste of vegetation and citrus.

M-Too thin for me. Very low carbonation. Not dry or sticky.

D- Pretty good. Easy to drink. 8% is very well hidden.

Don't think I'll ever buy it again but if you particularly like baltic porters go ahead and try it.

EDIT: Just read some of the other reviews and see people talking about big fluffy tan heads. Are we drinking the same beer? This is one of the flattest beers I've ever had.

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Baltic Porter De L'Ancrier from Hopfenstark
3.76 out of 5 based on 33 ratings.
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