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Hoogstraten Poorter

Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Van Den Bossche

Style: Belgian Ale
Meer, Belgium


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RATINGS: 248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
The Hoogstraten Poorter is a dark and strong local beer of high fermentation and has a lovely sweet sense with a subtle aroma of roasted malt. With its bittersweet, full-bodied taste and velvety finish, the Hoogstraten Poorter is a unique beer in its range. This porter is being brewed in honour of the 800th birthday of the city of Hoogstraten.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
corkyrory66 (1425) - BELGIUM - APR 20, 2016
Porter de 6,5 % abv, en bouteille en terre comme les vieux genièvres (mais on est loin de ce niveau-là !!!!), brassé en accord avec la loi de pureté allemande !!!!!! On n’avait rien demandé, nous !! Mon exemplaire de 75 cl était valable jusqu’en janvier 17. Couleur noir intense, à l’opacité forte. Mousse brun clair, à flocons moyens, stable à 4 mm. Arômes de malt torréfié légèrement, candi, pointe de seigle. 1ère bouche souple à l’entame maltée grillée, mais rétro-nez métallique. Arrière-bouche assez fausse, plutôt courte. 2ème sans vrai engagement. Arrière-bouche faible, courte. 3ème avec de la mie de pain, mais pas d’harmonie. Arrière-bouche qui s’éteint vite. Longueur avec parfois une odeur de terre … Serait-ce le flacon ??? Je plaisante... Jambes à flocons moyens, assez longues, un peu collantes. Levure correcte, mais simple. Alcool banal, sans effet sur les saveurs. Finale on ne peut plus ordinaire. CONCLUSION : pauvre porter, qui aurait peut-être mieux fait d’éviter la loi de pureté allemande … Qui peut savoir ? Moi, je sais que je n’en reboirai pas ...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Zymurgeist2 (1869) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Bottle to pint glass. Sweet metallic aroma. Brown/garnet with chunky oatmeal head. Weird medicinal flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zazou_dingue (1) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 21, 2016 does not count
Out of the fidge, circa 37º, this is somewhat unpleasant, estery Belgian yeast/banana and papaya notes duking it out with sweet chocolate, burnt grain notes. I thought of chucking the stuff out and grabbing a more traditional porter. Gradually I stopped thinking of this as porter/baltic porter and focused on it as well, simply another idiosyncratric Belgian offering and the beer seemed more and more interesting/enjoyable. Eventually it dawned on me that, like the Strauss Tower 20 IPA I had last year, this needed to get up to 40-45º for the malt flavors to kick in. At this point, I started picking up on the beer’s creamy texture and mouth-coating lusciousness, spice notes and hints of orange zest on the finish. Whew, am I glad I waited on this one (I still have another bottle!). For me at least, the temperature makes all the difference in the world.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
w_adwersarz (435) - Cracow, POLAND - DEC 7, 2015
Przywitał nas lekki gushing. Piana bardzo obfita, szybko się dziurawi, troszkę krazkuje na szklei pozostawia cieńką warstewkę na powierzchni. Barwa no prawie jak cocacola, olapizująca, z rubinowo brązowawymi prześwitami, ale bez bąbelków. Aromat wodnisty, palony, ciemne owoce, ogólnie słodycz. Bez rewelki. W smaku jest mocno palone, przez chwil bo potem czuć wodnistość, owocowe, trochę jakby karmelu i brązowego cukru. Wysycenie w stronę wysokiego, wodniste, goryczka jest ale jakaś taka z niesamowicie słodkawym posmakiem.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bierridder_S (716) - BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2015
01/11/2015 @home - 75cl bottle from shop @Achelse Kluis. Dark brown with nice light tanned head. Nose is light roasted malts, sweetness. Taste is malty, light roasted, sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3880) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2015
25.4 oz bottle 9/12/15 (Courtesy of TerryR)-B-day brew.36° in Tulip-Pours a coca cola brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, fruit, chocolate, and sweetness. Taste of malt, sweetness, and caramel. This light to medium bodied brew is well balanced but a bit weak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (9122) - Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2015
Ceramic bottle from old notes. Pours brown in color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor had roasted malts, a strong fruity character that showed some tartness and acidity, caramel, brown sugar, some earthy notes, interesting mix, but not my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (3179) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 9, 2015
Big bottle as Hoogstraten Poorter (from beerExpress). Pours brown with beige head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is fruits, rotten apples, malt. Flavor is sweet, malt, caramel, fruits. Alcohol is well covered and body feels rather light. Overall: good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suurjuust (2912) - ESTONIA - MAY 29, 2015
Brown beer, tan head. Nose is fruity, slightly sweet and with malty notes, perfume. Flavor is floral hops and malt, perfume notes. Some hops in the finish. Definitely not a porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jabah (394) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2015
OK, maybe they got me with the ceramic bottle and flip-top.....but I really liked this beer. This was when I was first getting into Belgian’s, but this resembles a porter more than a Belgian Ale. It does have that "Belgian" taste though, from the kind of yeast they use maybe? Is it worth $10 for a 750ml?....probably not, but I am not complaining b/c it was very tasty and a good experience. Don’t know if I’d buy again for that coin, but if you haven’t tried yet and money isn’t really an object, I would recommend at least sampling this beer.

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