Porter | Brouwerij Klein Duimpje

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Brouwerij Klein Duimpje

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 01-23-2005

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by Monsteruss:
Photo of Monsteruss
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When pouring this porter, the color was a dark cola / ruby red. The foam was a medium straw color. The smell was a deep robust, yet light bouquet and somewhat flowery hints that pleased the olfactory sences. It's taste was nice and robust, but easy to go down with a full-body and smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a Nonic)

A- This beer pours a deep dense opaque brown body with a light glow at the base of the glass. There is a rocky head of light tan that looks a bit like the surface of the moon. The beer sticks to the glass as the head slowly shrinks.

S- This beer has a very clean aroma with hints of chalk and rain to it. As the beer warms an apple juice aroma comes through and increases.

T- This beer has a rich roasted malt flavor with a slight smoky hint to it and some faint cherry brightness to the finish. As the beer warms the cherry hint turns into a soft apple juice that lingers a bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight little fizz finish.

D- This beer has some nice roasted flavor but they are a bit light and both aromas and tastes are covered up by apple juice when the beer warms.

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Photo of Bung
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Semi-solid brown pour with some whitish head. Goes to a ring quickly. Not much lacing to speak of.

Malty aroma, some caramel and peat. Little tea, leather and molasses.

Taste matches ok. Off putting carboard or paper cup is the negative. Otherwise, the toasted malt, caramel, peat and leather are nicely there. A little apple jolly rancher in the finish. Finishes with this and a little roast...and a little of the paper cup unfortunately.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and a little bubbly. Abv is non-existant and it is pretty drinkable. Kind of meh, but not a drain pour by any means.

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Photo of Samp01
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a large lasting tan head. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, espresso and some cacao , and some dark fruity esters, plums. Taste is dominated by roasted caramel malt, espresso and a cacao flavor, with some yeast and light bitterness. Palate is a medium to full body and flavor with good carbonation. Finish is sweet roasted caramel malt, espresso, cacao with some dark fruity notes ending with some good bitter hops for balance. Overall a good and enjoyable porter.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Porter english style, from Netherlands.
Golding hops and dark malts.

Looks dark reddish brown, pale head.
Smell and taste are of roasted malts, some mild bittersweet hops, fruity and floral.
Mouthfeel is very watery and thin. Finish is quick and mild bitter.

Overall, this porter isn't too impressive. Allthough aroma and flavour are ok, the mouthfeel just lets down.

Ok to try, but don't get your hopes up too high.

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is dark amber brown when views from afar and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off whit head that died down a bit but never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of dark fruits and sweet malts are present in the nose. The fruits become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of dark fruits and malts along with slight hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a hybrid between a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and an English Porter. It is easy to drink.

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Photo of 1000Bottles
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown hue with a light brown medium head. The aroma is fruity - like a dopple-bock. Rich caramal, dark cherries and a touch of molasses. Flavor is somewhere between a porter and a dopple-bock for me. A bit on the sweeter, fruitier side, but I like that! Very nice creamy full bodited malty porter if a little out of style.

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Photo of Murchmac
1.56/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Im not sure what this beer is. It says porter, but I dont think so. Like Bill Murray, this beer is lost in translation.

It smells like a metal, vinegar stew.

The only positive is there is a hint of tasty malts, before the phlegm wells up in the back of your mouth making you gag.

Mouthfeel is like those fizz candies you had when you were a kid, the pork flavored ones.

Glad I tried it, but very bad beer. Dont buy it.

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Photo of Absumaster
2.86/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The beer has too much carbonation and pours a bubbly head which quickly fades. The beer is very dark brown and the head is beige.

The smell is lightly roasted with hints of cold coffee and a little acrid roast. The beer smell is backed up by a clean yeast character.

The taste has hints of coffee, plums and bread. The roast seems a bit acrid and sour and the balance seems a bit off. The dark malts are not backed up by a full body or maltiness. Once the beer has lost it's excessive carbonation, the beer appears to more drinkable. The yeast offers no character I can taste.

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Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of paterlodie
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First one I sampled from brewery Klein Duimpje is the Porter. It poored out nicely with its darkbrown color and yellowbrown head. Smell is malty, honeysweet and burnt. Litle oxidated but quiet pleasant. Taste is burnt malty before sweet comes through of the honey and after that again bitterness from hops and roast. Enjoyable porter!

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Photo of clickpush
2.21/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This has got to be the worst porter I've ever had. Nothing here is cleanly done. Nothing seems even porter like. Lactic fermentation? Off flavors for sure: cardboard, blandness... and less roasty flavor than you could expect to find in the lightest porter. Not enjoyable to drink - with every sip I found it harder to swallow. Not recommended.

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is an interesting "porter." I'd probably personally classify it as a dark Belgian ale. It looks oddly murky and opaque on the pour, but the flavor is fairly smooth with some earthy sweet tones. A decent beer, but it lacks focus and direction. Just seems to float on the board without you being able to really peg it in place.

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Photo of Bandi
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Jeffo
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2 finger medium-thick off-white head with higher than average carbonation. Colour is dark brown and opaque. Head has pretty good retention and slowly fades to a decent film cap. A thin cap stays the whole way and leaves some nice looking lacing down the glass. Good looking for sure, but needs to be a little darker.

SMELL: A nice and relatively strong nose of roasted barley malt, a smoky component, and some pure chocolate as well. Maybe a bit of sweet caramel malt in the background as well, but pretty enticing.

TASTE: Like the nose, some roasted barley malt and a smoky component, with a touch of sweet caramel malt at the very front. Some bitter pure chocolate lingers in the back. A hint of toasted malt gives it a faint bread-like quality as well, which is pretty unique to the style. A mild yet long lasting bitter chocolate and toasted malt aftertaste lingers nicely at the end. Not bad at all.

PALATE: This is average at best. Relatively light body and quite a bit of carbonation. Goes down easy smooth and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. Needs to be a little heavier and creamier for the style.

OVERALL: Not bad at all. Enjoyable and definitely drinkable, but the weak palate held it back a little. I'm not sure why some of the reviews for this brew are so low. It may be that each batch turns out very different. Well, this batch was definately a good one. The weak palate may keep me from going out of my way to find it, but it's definately an enjoyable brew I'd have again.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head that sits on top of an almost black colored brew. When held up to the light though it shows a brilliantly clear, rich red color. Aromas of brown malt, toasted bread, chocolate and some berry like fruitiness are what I notice first about this beer. Soft aromas of candi syrup, caramel and a touch of earthiness seem to round things out a bit.

Very light feeling and it is much sharper than I expected. It has a bit of acidity to it and has a chalky, roast grain character to it. The soft acidity seems to accent a flavor reminiscent of plums, but this is secondary to the cocoa malt notes and the toasted, dusty grain finish. The tartness here seems to be created from the chocolate malt and a poor watch of the mash PH, rather than being infected as the beer is a clean mix of yeast, malt and hop. The hops are fairly subtle here, perhaps accenting a touch of earthy, herbal notes.

Not a bad beer, just seems a touch too tart to work with the clean yeast, malt & hop profile. The chalky grain notes would likely be mitigated if the mash PH was watched a bit more closely (though I could be way off on that). This is tasty enough to be quite the easy drinking brew though, it seems to just disappear from my glass without much effort.

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Photo of biglite351
2.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - light through middle of glass, very tall head that leaves heavy lacing.

S - overall far too mild. Light malts and something candy like such as caramel.

T - malts and something like a sour cherry, but not sour. Mild bitter after taste.

M - good coating, tingle on front sides of tongue.

D - different enough to have a few.

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Photo of drpimento
4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Geez, this is a pretty good beer; at least the one I have is. Poured with a large light tan foamy frothy head with lots of lace. Color is a lovely clear dark cherry wood. Aroma is malty, a bit roasty, chocolate, and a bit of fruit. Flavor is similar to aroma but more of everything. Good body and carbonation. A bit of a tang in the finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely dark, reddish brown body, though which light passes, but with difficulty. Head was a nice two finger khaki coloured foam which hung around for a while.
Smell was big sweet malts and dark fruit. Perhaps a touch of the whole baker's chocolate / coffee thing, but very mildly so. This one is more malt and fruit than anything else. Quite nice, really.
Taste is malty, fruity, bready, and in that order. Tasty, for sure. Mouthfeel is very nice! Much more solid and heavier in the mouth than one would expect, especially at only 5,5%. Smooth, almost silky and with a bit more carbonation than I typically care for, but in this, I loved it.
Very surprisingly solidly crafted porter. Impressive.

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Photo of sliverX
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poored a dark brown but when held to the light became very light brown, small mocha head that faded to a thick film, minimal lacing
smell is light roasted malts along with a slight cherry bitterness
taste is more of the smell along with some slight bitter chocolate notes
mouthfeel is lively, lots of carbonation, slightly thin which is my expectation from the style
drinkability isn't anything special but if I was in Holland I'm sure it would be wonderful

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On the advice of Matt Maples (Liquid Solutions), I'm drinking this bottle of Klein Duimpje Porter at barely above room temperature. It's hard to believe that a beer that is all kinds of nasty when cold can be wonderful when warmer, but stranger things have happened.

Dark russet with undertones of burnt orange. A high-altitude pour results in three fingers of pale caramel colored foam that oozes quality. It looks as light as whipped butter, is acceptably persistent, is nicely rocky and is more than capable when it comes to lace deposition.

The nose is anything but bold. Even after most of the foam is gone, there isn't much goin' on. Maybe a little sourish caramel with a light molasses tang. It's hard to tell at this point whether the beer will be nasty, incredible, or somewhere in between.

Wow. This is one of the lightest, most watery porters that I've ever had the misfortune to drink. I've had light beer (and N.A. beer) that was meatier than this. The word 'aqueous' doesn't do it justice. Actually, it's amazing that there's as much flavor as there is and that the beer comes pretty close to opacity.

Whether the now barely cool temperature helped or not is hard to say because I didn't taste it chilled. Porter isn't too bad. It's minimally roasted and somewhat chocolate-like, with a hint of dark fruit. There's no trace of the East Kent Goldings hops, other than a slight bitterness on the back end.

The problem is that nothing good can make a very deep impression due to the shockingly light mouthfeel. If this was a 3.5% 'porter light' or an N.A. porter, I'd probably proclaim it the best thing since sliced bread. As a straight-up English porter, no thanks. To be fair, it does bulk up a little with further warming.

I'm not sure what else to say. I would probably drink another bottle of Klein Duimpje Porter if it was free, but no way in hell is it worth $4.24 (plus shipping).

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Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -3%

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