Hoogstraten Poorter | Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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143 Ratings
Hoogstraten PoorterHoogstraten Poorter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
Belgium
sterkensbrew.be

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
143
Reviews:
92
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
14.92%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark red brown amber with a vigorous off white head leaving nice lacing. Malt aroma with a bit of a sour, mineral component. Tastes of light sweet malt and light and dark fruits with Belgian spicing. Thin bodied, and sweeter and lighter than most porters. Nice strong carbonation is refreshing. A pleasant Belgian take on a porter, but not outstanding.

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Photo of ncsutton
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving - Growler

A - Very dark with a nice head that retains for a nice period of time, lacing

S - A scent of roasted malts, and some dark fruit, seems like raisin

T - Tastes like it smells, however it's not quite as strong as I would have thought, nice roasted malt going with raisin and apricot, some chocolate after tones

M - somewhat light weight for what I was expecting, moderate carbonation

O - Overall not too bad, not what I was expecting for a Baltic Porter, but it's still a good brew, I thought the bottle looked cool and the beer behind it justified my purchase

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Photo of DRC
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice foam on top. Full creamy mouthfeel. Is there something different about the Belgian carbonation? Reminds me of a seltzer. Interesting nutty flavor with a buttery touch. Yeasty and rich with a distinct tang. Caramel taste but more on the dry side.

I'd still call it a Belgian Dark Ale instead of a porter. Soft flavors, not much of the really dark roast and certainly none of the charred malt we usually find in porters and stouts. The big ceramic bottle from Mega Liquor in Hemet, Calif.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of phenomenologian
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
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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5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Kornoms
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of kew
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of carrymehome74
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ibbjamin
2.6/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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".

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Photo of ranger7
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of omnigrits
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.67/5  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.

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