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RATINGS: 247   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Strong beer with a sweet aroma, bittersweet full flavour, and velvety aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beerman6686 (5835) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2010
This poured a murky brown color with a thin eggshell white head. Aroma was old chocolate milk and stale 2 row malt. Flavor was sweet artificial chocolate, and stale blah, i dont know.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Bottle at 12/19 Pgh tasting thanks to Jason!
Jet brown with a white head. This one doesnít seem like a porter though it shows some light malt and milk chocolate. Itís too green and plant-like and too thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
cheap (4889) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2009
In a ceramic flip top bottle, only to find out haagstraaten is sterkins. Not as dark as most porters. Light rootbeer w/foam head. Spicey perhaps clove aroma. Wierd like unsweetend iced tea. Odd flavors, nothing like american porters. Very unique. Donít think this is actually a porter, and oh I see it is a belgy ale. Hides the 6.5% rather well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Ceramic flip-top bottle. With a recent price reduction, I decided to pull the trigger and get this one and came home, cooled it down and enjoyed it very much. The beer pours out a deep amber brown body, mostly hazed with a creamy 1" rocky head. Clearly different from most porters, as the body looked like it came from a soda can. Aroma is dominated by the dried dark fruits (raisins, figs) black walnuts and roasted malts. Bitter chocolate, yeast, light raisins, caramel and slightly nutty on the finish. Carbonation seemed a tad overboard for the style, and wasnít very enjoyable on that note. Overall, really nice but the price does seem rather high.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2009
As Hoogstraten Poorter. Pours a hefty near-opaque brown with a large beige head that collapses after a moment. Aroma is mostly dusty, papery, with just a touch of dates, thatís all. Flavor is indeed porterish with a good helping of generic dark malts, very easy on the hop level. A black olive flavor comes and goes. Nothing really stands out in the flavor, just very pleasant from start to finish. The mouthfeel is the highlight here; creamy and heavy, lingering aftertaste. Sort of a porter/Belgian hybrid here; a Belgian Porter if I may. I should have this again sometime. Overall, very good minus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - OCT 10, 2009
This is a beautiful beer - appearance-wise. Pours a rubyish-brown clear with tan head from ceramic bottle. Aroma is must and dark fruit. Flavor is sweet, finishing dry, with not much flavor body or anything. Strange - because the lead-up on this one was strong.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 6, 2009
ceramic bottle. pours a clear brown under a huge beige head. aroma is light and has hints of plums and caramel. plummy dark fruit flavors with a almond butter, toffee note. sweet with low carbonation. light to medium body. overall, not worthy of such a fancy bottle. i am enjoying the mystique of the unspecified brewing location....no, not really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours a brune body with a tan head. Malty body some chocolate notes, a nutty body almond and dried fruits. Full body with a sweeter toffee finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Hoogstraten bottle from the Saucer. Tasted a lot like the Flensburger beers, but good instead of awful. Bad ass stone bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChainGangGuy (4658) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Appearance: Pours out a hazed, deep, dark amber body with a wispy, whitish head. Smell: Sweetish, fairly fruity nose with notes of raisins and dried apricots at the fore with toasted malts and standard sugar in the back. Taste: Toasty, faintly nutty malts with a solid bump of candyish sweetness. As is the case with the nose, itís quite fruity. Essentially no hop character or bitterness. Vaguely sweetish and fruity on the otherwise hohum finish. Itís sweet and then itís gone. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Drinkability: Entirely unimpressive and not a beer I could honestly recommend; itís one of those beers that were it not for these notes, I would have absolutely no memory of this thing.

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