Brewed by Brouwerij Sterkens
Style: Baltic Porter
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9982) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Thanks to beer handy for this. Pours deep ruby (it looks like non-filtered iced tea in the glass, but very ruby when viewed through a desk lamp). Aroma of malt, fruit, soil. Tastes very unique, with hints of malt, nuts, some plums and prunes, and a slight soy saucey finish. Not sweet, yet not dry. This one has such a unique flavor that I fear I can’t describe it accurately. I would drink this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9468) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2005
Best Before date 9/05 Dark red-chestnut beer; dense, creamy head, first collapsing, thén stable, as dried soap foam. Rather alcoholic nose, leafy aroma’s, sweet nose but with a faint sourish, ironoxyde background. Burnt, roasted malts, roasted peanuts (not salted), bit earthy. After reflection, there IS a certain saltiness, apart from the malt sweetness, the bitterness that is exclusively roasted, no acidity in the taste - there remains a salty touch. Dark malts come even more forward warming up. Medium bodied, burnt impression, bit fizzy. Rather ideosyncratic beer, which is about the last eptithet I would link to the former Sterkens brewery. Which brings me to the main question - who made this, and where?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2004
Bought in the bottle from the excellent "Beers of Europe" shop near Kings Lynn. The bottle I bought was unfer the name of "Hoogstraten" Poorter. Beautiful clay bottle with flip top thingy. Mid / Dark brown colour. Not too fizzy. Very full bodied & tastey beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MiP (15264) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2004
Bottle. Malty aroma. Nice brown colour. Sherry/wine-like undertones reminding me of old/vintage beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crockett (1089) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2004
Pours deep red brown and clear. Thin white lacing head. Milk chocolate and berries in the nose. Yeasty, earth and traces of herbs. Tea. Strawberry and light fruit. Some cherry tartness. Some pink pepper. It was good but what is it?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 21, 2004
Porter, not really. Not the porter that I know .Maybe it is Belgian Porter (!) .Rich , sweet , juicy ale, plenty of sugars , fruit and yeast .Medium bodied ale , some bitterness , touch of alcohol . Friendly finish, alcohol keeps low key to the end .Thanks Doug!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2004
(Bottle) Pours an amber-brown color with a thick, frothy (like a root beer float), long-lasting, beige head. Sweet malt and caramel aroma. Flavors of toffee and cola. Bitter palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pilsnerrogge (2816) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2004
Red-ish brown colour. Rich head. Sweet-ish liquorice aroma. Fruity, slightly roasty flavour. Interesting Belgian ale/Porter-hybrid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Ruby amber with a beige head. Yeasty. Coffee nose. Sweet and fruity. Medium body, slightly astringent, creamy. Flavor was slighty sweet, nutty. Not at all impressive. Doesn’t rank with other porters I’ve had. Disappointing. Nice bottle, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Ya know for a porter this isnt that bad. I dont like porters and to me this wasnt everything that a porter is. First off, cool bottle, just for that it gets some points with me on this one. The colour is clear brown not too dark with a thin tan head that is long lasting. The nose is some malts and soy to it, just a hint of toffie to it. The taste is clean, thin and bland with malts and some soy. Interesting but not very good.

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