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Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Scheldebrouwerij

Style: Belgian Ale
Meer, Belgium

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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - SEP 19, 2002
Sweet, roaste malt nose - almost like malt extract for homebrewing. A little alcohol comes through too. Dark caramel color - very attractive. Tastes of plums, raisins, and sugar that is spiced with cinnamom. Just a slight bitter touch. Dry end. Round mougth feel. A little artificially sweet somehow - maybe too sweet?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2002
It’s not great, but pretty good. Thin for a ’porter.’ Not worth the price unless you want the bottle to make some Martha Stewart-like craft project. Number 300 for me, no significance though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2002
I thought the color was a little light and the texture was thin for a porter, but it was very good and enjoyable. And hey the bottle kicks ass!!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2013 Bottle (BB Mar/2018). Head is initially large, creamy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark amber-brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain/nuts), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (basement), with light notes of gum, orange peel, coriander, pepper. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, watery texture, fizzy/lively carbonation. Nice appearance and pleasant aroma, but kinda sour and rough and watery in the mouth. Overall just ok.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2002
A very unusual beer to be sure. A truly beautiful deep garnet, with a fairly lasting head. I have criticized McChouffe for being somewhere smack dab in the middle of two styles before, but it works here for a beer that is part porter, part brown ale, and an iota of dubbel. The nose carries most of the dubbel bits; belgian yeast in little whiffs are pretty diagnostic. A tiny bit roasty, yeah there’s cola as others have mentioned. A bit bready, but not so much as if it had come from over the channel. Very mellow, subtle. Some might call it boring but I call it good. I’m fully with Ernesto on this one, and this beer and his comments remind me of the exceptional Brakspear Vintage 1999 I had recently and can’t wait to get my hands on again. Is this beer worth ten bucks? I’ll let you know in an hour...

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2002
Chocolate brown color with a rather large coffee colored head. Aromas of chocolate and bread. Flavors of mocha and dried fruit with some bitter off-flavors and a slight gritty chalkiness as well. Came as part of a boxed set with Bokrijks Kruikenbier. Not as spectacular as the Kruikenbier but certainly worth the effort. The back label from All Saints Brands states that this is a ’Freeman Porter from Hoogstraten. A dark top-fermented Porter brewed according to the Purity Law of 1516.’ MJ says that the term Poorter has nothing to with the English style Porter, but rather this is a Belgian Stout. I say neither.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2002
A brown porter that lacks in depth and character.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
legion242 (2142) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2002
Very, very light for a porter; Head was frothy; Cola nose with prominent alcohol. My score may not be high on this one, but it was actually not too bad. Lots and lots of cola qualities kept it down.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - MAR 1, 2002
Seemed thin at first, but the flavor got fuller as it warmed up - more of a brown than a porter. Overpriced (nice bottle), but otherwise likeable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 5, 2001
beautiful ruby colour, plum aroma, sweet, toasted with a caramel and cherry aftertaste - is this really a porter ?


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