Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Van Den Bossche

Style: Belgian Ale
Meer, Belgium


on tap

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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Pours a dark reddish-brown, with a light tan head, that fades into a small rim of foam. the flavor is nice and malty, reminds me more of a brown ale, than a porter. Lots of toffee and caramel, but slightly watered down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2004
Dark red-brown with small beige head. Malty, toffee, clean tasting, medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Hazy light-medium brown with hints of red. Quickly fading head. As noted by others, this isn't really a porter. It is a Belgian brown ale. Slightly sweet malt flavors. Like many Belgian ales, a noticable yeast flavor. Overall OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - JAN 14, 2004
Old style Belgium Brown. Not much head, what little ther is is brownish. Beautiful light brown, re-stoppable flip top porcelain bottle. Nose is mild and sweet, somewhat candylike. Taste is not too complex, with some malt sweetness dominating, and a sweet, candy like aftertaste. Good alcohol warmth finishes this brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2003
This isn't even remotely a porter, so just judge on its own merits. Medium brown with some reddish highlights, thin head. Aroma focuses on toffee, sweet malts. A faint flavor of Belgian yeast, but flavors really center around caramel and toffee notes, maybe a faint, faint hint of molasses. A surprising alcohol warmth at the end. Enjoyable, but nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2003
Excellent fluffy head. Dark ruby colour. Flavour is malty with a bit of roasty bitterness, and a splash of caramel mixed in. Thanks for sharing Doug!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2003
Caramel and toffee aromas, pours a clear ruby, with a medium sized toffee head, and some pretty lace. Tastes of caramel, toffee and roasted chicory. Quite well balanced, medium bodied, nicely bitter. Well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2843) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Aroma is of raisins, caramel, and chocolate. A solid brown color and probably the lightest colored porter Ive encountered. Flavor is of slight alcohol, nuts, chocolate, caramel, raisins, and toffee. Wow! It has a very "Belgian" flavor if anyone knows what I mean. So why is this classified as a porter? I would say it's more of an Abbey Dubbel. But it's one fine beer regardless of its style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2003
(75o ml bottle) Pours a thin, creamy beige head and a mahogany body. Nose of slight bananas, spice and toffee. Floral berry flavour with small malt and cask whiskey. Very Good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2003
Chestnut colour with a light tan head. Aroma shows toffee, caramel, nuts. Lean toffeeish malt notes in the body. Light walnut, almond hints as well. Sweetish and pleasant, but does not capture my imagination.

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