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Hoogstraten Poorter | Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000

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4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this comes in a growler bottle that has that top that lies aside, with a regular bottle cap that seals it. Its a thick ceramic bottle. This beer is very very pricey. 17 dollars.

some smoke comes out. upon pouring a rather large tan head forms. three fingers. It retains very well. It also laces a bit. Body is translucent and is nowhere near as dark as most porters. You can see a bit of bubbles rise to the top. The color of the body is darker brownish. Looks nice.

the smell is of yeast and malts and of roasted tones. It has a nice sweet overall smell with maybe molasses or other sweeter flavors.

The taste is not as strong but is still nice with darker roasted malts as the bigger taste there. there is also taste defintely of molasses and yeast. Really nice taste that accompanies the smell and feel.

The feel is not as thick as the smell and taste would point to. It feels very thin with some carbonation. This is good in my opinion as the flavors are allowed to go down awesomely even though its a porter with lots of flavor.

Overall, maybe not worth the price, but still a very very very good porter to try even if you don't like most porters are this one is much lighter and thinner than most porters you see. Give it a try even if you like pale ales.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm quite surprised when reading these other reviews... Although quite unlike most commercial Baltic Porters, this beer is exactly true to form of an old world, English porter, which is all a Baltic porter is. According to BJCP guidelines, this style has an ABV of 5.5%-9.5%, and that the appearance should be "...dark reddish copper to opaque dark brown (not black). Thick, persistent tan-colored head. Clear, although darker versions can be opaque...."

A- A nice, brown ale colored Poorter. Some ruby hues, and some darker notes lacing in and out from the specialty malts. Good, strong, off white-tan head that was built to last. Some decent, but not amazing lacing (less sticky than it appears). Definitely a pleasant sight over-all.

S- A strong malt aroma, a bit toffee-like, with small notes of roastiness and caramel that almost leans to a buttery diacetyl, which, although considered an off flavor, I find to be quite pleasant in this nose. A bit of dark cocoa, no hops, and very minute esthers of plum, perhaps currant that barely escape through the roasty dark chocolate.

T- Quite delicious. Much the way you would expect an original 17th century porter to taste, a bit acidic (not quite lactic, but nearly...), a strong grainy malt flavor, sweet, strong caramel notes, some butterscotch diacetyl interwoven with the deep chocolate malt taste that comes up strong toward the end. A definite nuttiness, and roastiness, but no malt bitterness, the sweet malt flavors are predominent here. No prominent hop flavor, though a slight spice is present on the finish.

M- From the appearance an the taste, I expected more for my tongue. Doesn't coat as I expected, drinks more like a lower gravity home-brewed porter, a bit thin... No bitterness on the tongue from neither malts nor hops; the sugars don't coat as much as they taste like they will, and none of the flavors except the nuttiness and a dab of chocolate stay on the palate for long. My tongue was happy, but my mouth was let down...

D- If it weren't so costly, this would be the only porter I would ever drink again. I highly recommend reading Classic Beer Styles "Mild Ale" by David Sutula, and then enjoying one of these. You'll have a more defined understanding of how a real porter, a pint of plain, should taste.

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A dark brown beer with deep ruby highlights. Has a big foamy beige head, but not much lace. The aroma is spicey and sweet with dried fruit backbone. The flavor profile is pretty much that of a Baltic porter but with a spicey Belgian style twist. Hints of cinnamon and clove in the background. Light and smooth in the mouthfeel with a nice prickly carbonation. A tasty treat that I have been waiting years to try (I picked up the glass for this about 3 years ago).

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4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A nice, classic porter. It pours a nice tawny, hardcore oldschool -- hell yeah! The smell is dominated by plum. The taste very much follows in that suit -- deskinned plum, grains, chocolate, a pinch of an estery-alcoholic finish, I wanna say 'pear and peach'. The mouthfeel is incredibly thin. It goes down easily enough, but I'd like for there to be something more to the beer, you know? That said, it does go down smooth.

A nice, classic English tawny porter. I don't know why it is labeled as a "baltic porter" but whatever. The beer itself is very, very nice. The only problems I have with it are its mess finish and its thinness. However, these are complimentary problems, since the thinness allows for incredibly drinkability so the beer disappears quite quickly with no need to let the aftertaste linger. I've had the beer open for less than 15 minutes, and I am 90% done with it. Man, if I worked as a porter, I could see this beer really hitting the spot after a hard day.

A touch expensive for what you are getting, but a damned fine beer nevertheless.

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Hoogstraten Poorter from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 143 ratings
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