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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Superdave. Brown pour. Tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, coffee, molasses, tart fruit. Flavor is tart, vinous, raisins. Just ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10645) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Deep Mohogany beer. Small, creamy, khaki head. Excellent retention and weeping lacework. Alcohol, copper, nickel, prune and dark chocolate in the aroma. Strong coffee and cocoa flavors. Astringent, but well-balanced. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Short, dry finish. Way overpriced, but I'm a beer geek. I had to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2008
Hazy brown with medium off white head. Sweet aroma with ripe fruits with roasted malt and caramel notes. Sweet flavour with roasted malt, caramel and chocolate notes. Ends sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 9, 2008
Botella. Hazy deep red-brown colour with a medium fairly well lasting beige head. Good sweet malty aroma with dark fruits. Good mouthfeel. The flavour is sweet and yeasty with roasty mnalt and caramel along with dark fruits.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
slowrunner77 (10248) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"probably a bad bottle, but as it was my first time trying it, i’ll have to rate it from the one time. upon opening, the beer exploded out of the heavy ceramic bottle, and continued to overflow for several minutes. i was able to pour it with two fingers of head. i wasn’t expecting a traditional porter (which it is not), but i don’t know if the funkiness was on purpose or if the beer was totally spoiled, as i had no frame of reference. i was looking forward to trying a belgian porter, but as we had it, it poured thin, smelled funky, if not spoiled, had a thin mouthfeel and a rather unique, but ultimately boring flavor...like a flanders/porter hybrid. maybe i’ll try it again one day to see if what we had was a true representation of this beer, but at the price, it may be a while."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9999) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9949) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2005
Bottle. Thanks to "Secret Santa" for this beer. Dark brown with red tints and a beige bubbly head. Aromas are sugar, molasses, berries, sour pear drops and caramel and chocolate malts. Quite herbal and floral. Flavours are molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, and fruit. Also, lots of medicinal herbal notes. Quite smooth on the palate. Pretty good.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9610) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
"Brewed according to the purity laws of 1516". Hmmm, so what kind of unfiltered crap might be in this giant clay bottle? Actually, it was pretty nice. Not a porter mind you, but more a dark ale. Deep copper brown with a large beige head that formed interesting little peaks and islands as it settled. Caramel and brown sugar aroma, although I had to really search for it. Decent palate with nutty toasted malt and a slightly bitter finish. Thin bodied, but nice overall. DEFINITELY not worth the $20 I paid for a single bottle though! (...what was I thinking...)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9531) - 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?

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