Poorter | Witte Klavervier

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Witte Klavervier

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Absumaster on 01-18-2013

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by Aethien:
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3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

According to the label, this is a remake of a traditional beer brewed in the 14th century.
I don't know in how far it's actually traditional but it's definitely different from other porters or stouts.

Looks: Dark brown with a small tan head that disappears quickly and leaves a thin film on the beer with a bigger ring around the edge.

Smell: Dark fruit, prunes, spices and some licorice with a honey like sweetness and an all around present roasted smell.

Taste: If you came looking for a regular porter, this is where you're going to get a surprise. The beer is lighter and much fruitier than most porters. Quite boozy for it's 7% ABV but not in an unpleasant way, this beer makes me think of a mix between a porter and a strong dark ale with it's spiciness and honey like qualities alongside the roasted malts and plenty of dark fruits (plums, prunes, blueberries).

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy, perhaps slightly over carbonated but I don't mind it.

Overall: I think this beer is wrongly classified as it's not a porter. Related to it because of the roasted malts but it drinks more like a strong dark ale.

Still, an interesting beer and quite unlike any porter or strong dark ale I have had before. Perhaps a bit too light in body but it has plenty complexity and interesting flavours.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A dark brown beer with a settling head. The foam leaves a small layer of off-white head.

The smell is dark with mild roasted notes. There is a nice clean yeast character, with on top the dark chocolate and mild coffee notes.

Taste is full of dark flavors, with dark bread crust, mild coffee and dark unsweetend chocolate. The beer has a clean bitterness which seems also to be malt bitterness. The mouthfeel is a little sweet and the beer sticks on the lips.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.27/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got a bottle of this and the barrel aged version at the Mitra down the road.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A very clear, light brown pour yields a one finger, looser looking, light tan or cream head with decent retetion. Transparent seal brown in color with higher levels of carbonation. Head fades to a full wisp with lots of carbonation shooting up to the top. A slight wisp and thick ring remain until the end but leave no lacing down the sides. Very thin and transparent body for the style, and a little too much carbonation as well.

SMELL: Dark fruits, plumbs, prunes, dates, and some dark grapes. Some spices on the nose as well. Only slight hints of cocoa powder keep this from being an obvious dark ale as opposed to a porter. Fine, but not right for the style.

TASTE: Dark fruits and spices up front, making this more of a Belgian dark ale. Raisins, dates, plumbs, and some spicy booze at the swallow. Medium but lingering aftertaste of dark malts, dark fruits, light cocoa powder and some spicy alcohol. Definitely more booze than expected for a 7% beer.

PALATE: Light body and somewhat thin for the style. Creamy enough on the palate, but well overcarbonated and goes down airy with a scratch after the swallow. Finishes slightly sticky. Too light, thin and airy.

OVERALL: This is way more a dark ale than a porter, and is somewhat challenging to drink. The flavors are fine, but it is too boozy for the ABV and the palate is typically light, thin and airy, with too much carbonation for the style. This would be a less-than-half-decent Belgian dark ale, but scored as a porter, it's well below par for the course.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Poorter from Witte Klavervier
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 4 ratings