Hoogstraten Poorter | Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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Hoogstraten PoorterHoogstraten Poorter

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000

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Photo of biglite351
2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of armock
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.67/5  rDev -26.2%
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!

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Photo of northaustin
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
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

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Photo of beveritt
3.91/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pint 9.4 oz ceramic flip-top bottle into a wine glass.

A- Medium/dark brown, translucent/nearly opaque with ruby highlights. Pours with ~1 finger of tan head, which fades quickly to a thin ring.

S- Slightly sweet and malty, with a hint of dark fruitiness. Aromas are fairly muted.

T- Nearly spot on to smell, this is slightly sweet and malty, with a hint of dark fruitiness, as well as a slightly smoky/chalky taste/feel. Bitterness is minimal.

M- Medium/light carbonation. Slightly thin.

D- Pretty darn good. Nothing heavy or overpowering; this seems like it would be a pleasant, easily sessionable beer.

Future outlook: Hard to say. A bit cost-prohibitive given what it is, but a solid drinker. I would never shun partaking in this brew, but it seems doubtful that I will purchase it again in the near future.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown beer with a fine head and some yeast flakes floating around.

Smell is fruity with light notes of roast and candi sugar. The fruity smell is Belgian fruity, meaning exotic fruit and high fermentation temperatures.

Taste is very fruity with mango and other exotic fruits. A bit of a metallic taste, probably from the dark malts. The beer is dark brown, but lacks a real roasted taste, to be expected from a Porter, which it obviously isn't. Body is thin. It is a strange Belgian experiment that doesn't harm, but enjoyable is a different thing.

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Photo of Irie
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25oz hinge top.
Pours with a wild off-white head with great retention. Dark thick amber body with a lot of bubbles.
Great smooth body that's light on the tongue without the carbonated bite I expected. Great feel and awesome finish.
This beer does a great job with a malty balance and a delicious finish.
Easy to drink and enjoyable as hell.

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Photo of midaszero
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Almost totally opaque with three fingers of off white head

S - Lots of floral notes, spices and coriander

T - Carbonated chocolate soda with coriander

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Not what I was expecting but still decent. Easy to drink but only kind of enjoyable. Probably wouldn't buy again

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Photo of shbobdb
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Photo of Maudite
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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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Photo of Overlord
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I think I'm going to echo just about every review here and say that this brew was not at all what I expected. Why bother putting "porter/poorter" on the bottle?

Pours a reddish light brown (yeah, you heard me right) with a big off-white foam head. Smells like fruit and yeast (yes, you're still reading this accurately) and tastes like a mixture of sweet malt, apricots/figs/raisins/dark fruits and a yeasty citrus finish.

From top to bottom does not resemble a "baltic porter" whatsoever. If this was a blind taste test, I'd think this was a Dubbel ... or perhaps a Belgian Dark. The mouthfeel is unacceptably thin for a Baltic Porter.

I don't normally "grade to style", but when a beer is so far off the mark what else can I do?

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Photo of avalon07
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, this beer had a brownish color and a thick texture. There was a big amount of long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Fruits dominate the aroma, but malt and some hops are there as well.

T: Not what I expected from a Baltic porter, but pretty good. Apples, raisins, malt and hops make for a decent flavor.

M: There was a pretty good amount of carbonation and a smooth finish with this beer. This is a full-bodied beer.

D: This is a pretty tasty beer, though not what I expected from the style. One of the only problems with this brew is that it seems to lose its punch the longer you drink it. Not a bad beer, though.

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Photo of turbine2475
2.57/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Murky amber/brown that poour quickly forming absolutely no head.
S - Smells of sweet cherry and apricot...not really what I was expecting.
T - Sweet fruits and and very light malts.
M - A bit watered down and little to no carbonation.
D - Not really what I was expecting. Not many porter qualities to it...More of a watered down abbey.

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Photo of cbn
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish-brown body, beige head, some carbonation with little lacing.

Sweet dark malt and spicy Belgian yeast, slightly metalic, with an alcohol finish.

Lightly sweet, flavor mirrors aroma.

Fairly thin and smooth with lightly scrubbing carbonation.

Although neither "Baltic" nor "porter" describe this brew aptly, drinkability is fair to good.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Not like any Baltic Porter I've had so I'm having a tough time comparing/reviewing it as such. In any case, this fella pours a woody dark brown with some thin amber highlights. The thin, light tan cap of foam holds okay I suppose but does leave some solid lace. There are some 'Belgian Chunkies' (sediment to the layman) floating around in there as well.

The aroma is very dim but sweet with honey and light molasses. Just a bit yeastiness with some darker caramel maltiness. Fairly uneventful even for a Baltic Porter.

The flavor is much of what I would expect a "Belgian Porter" to taste like. Lots of sweet malt with some characteristic Belgian darker fruit. Distinct raw honey is the main contributer to the sweetness. Lightly toasted bread with butter and molasses. Don't expect a classic example of the style because you won't get it, that is not to say that it isn't a quality selection.

Slightly disappointing mouthfeel. Again heavily Belgian in character but little to do with a porter in texture. Brighter and crisp with high carbonation and a mellow thin finish. Certainly low gravity and somewhat lacking. Interesting, but not exceptional.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Ceramic bottle from McLean Ave Beer Dist in Yonkers.

A: Noisy and fizzy with legs that remain stuck on side of glass. Head actually grows so pour with care. Dark ruby/mahogany highligts over rich body.

S: Bread and toffee and perhaps some dark chocolate.

T: Strong malt w/hops and buttery grape wine finish.

M: Smooth malty flowers

D: First time Belgian porter, will have to revisit, not impressed.

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Photo of kaelingirl
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4oz ceramic bottle poured into mug.
Tawny amber red with a thick tan head that settles slowly and leaves a chunky sort of lace.
Caramel slightly metallic aroma.Sweet toasty buttery again sort of metalic flavor with a jolt of alcohol at the end.
Moderate carbonation, fairly smooth. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of russpowell
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent deep chestnut/mahogany with 3 fingers of puffy sand colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Iron & little breadyness

T: Fruity & bready with hints of toasted malt up front. Some licorice sneaks in as this warms along with brown sugar. Finishes dry, with hints of toffee & a whisper of coffee

MF: Thin bodied for the style with assertive carbonation,

Drinks alright, but off style IMO, can't really recommend this, especially for $9 a 750 ml

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Photo of ThirdCoast
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 1 Pt 9.4 fl oz Nice bottle, with a resealable cab.

A: Nice dark color with a nice red tint. A 1/2 inch head that holds.

S: Slightly sweet, tart, light aroma.

T: Light taste, butter, tart, nothing like the aroma would hint to. Nice, a bit lighter than i would like, or think.

M: Smooth, light, easy to drink.

D: This is a nice brew for a newbie or some one with training wheels in the beer world.

Note: A decent brew, but not the best....not the worst either.

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Hoogstraten Poorter from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
3.62 out of 5 based on 143 ratings.
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