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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2005
(Bottle 75 cl) This original version was brewed by Brouwerij Sterkens in Meer. Dark brown colour with a nice, beige head. Some roasted, malty notes and some sweet dried fruit as well - figs in particular. Rather light body with a dry finish. Very well balanced. 210598

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (17128) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2008
75 cl bottle. Dark amber/brown color, nice creamy beige head. Great aroma, malty, milky, chocolate, cocoa, licorice, raisin and some fruity notes. Milky chocolate flavor, nutty notes, some hops, vanilla. Mild finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1590) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - APR 1, 2011
Deep mahogany reddish brown with a gigantic tan head that left good lace and a solid film. Caramel malt aromas were strong and accompanied by dark fruit like figs and dates. Buttery and caramel malt flavors up front with a sharp hops bite. Belgian yeast and nuttiness are also present. Medium to full body, nicely carbonated, buttery smooth mouthfeel, and a lingering caramel sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zazou_dingue (1) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 21, 2016 does not count
Out of the fidge, circa 37º, this is somewhat unpleasant, estery Belgian yeast/banana and papaya notes duking it out with sweet chocolate, burnt grain notes. I thought of chucking the stuff out and grabbing a more traditional porter. Gradually I stopped thinking of this as porter/baltic porter and focused on it as well, simply another idiosyncratric Belgian offering and the beer seemed more and more interesting/enjoyable. Eventually it dawned on me that, like the Strauss Tower 20 IPA I had last year, this needed to get up to 40-45º for the malt flavors to kick in. At this point, I started picking up on the beer’s creamy texture and mouth-coating lusciousness, spice notes and hints of orange zest on the finish. Whew, am I glad I waited on this one (I still have another bottle!). For me at least, the temperature makes all the difference in the world.

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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Well, you won't have to worry about this one becoming light struck - what a cool stone looking crock! I enjoyed this both very cold and warmed to a more proper temp. Either way, it was so etremely smooth, mild yet full flavored - malty caramel and interesting spices in the dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2006
Tall ceramic bottle. Very few bubbles, and no head. Dark brown, yet clear. Nose is of licorise?, choc., and alcohol. This is complex, dispite being almost flat. Watery mouthfeel is this one’s downfall, the rest is in layers of malt complexness, toffee, choc, and licorise. I can’t spell. Suprisingly alcoholic. Good, but I would’ny drink this again unless it was fresh. 25 oz @ $15, ouch for flat beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - OCT 5, 2008
750ml ceramic bottle EXP 15/01/11 shared Thank you FatPhil&Anna Scent: delicious sour dark malts. Taste: tickling carbonation dark malts and brown sugars spicy bit fruity some bitterness in sour aftertaste. Delicious one

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (3137) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Pours dark amber almost unclear with a huge frothy tan head. The aroma brings sweet matls and a bit of sweet fruit. The flavor brings spicy Belgian yeast, sweet ester banana notes, and some honey flavors that settle on the tongue. The body is medium, right on for the style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (3745) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Pours a clear dark ruby amber with a big frothy 4" head that slowly goes away, thick curving sheets of lace. Taste is lightly spiced sweet caramel malt with a twist of dark fruit and earthy bread. Slightly chalky on the roof of the mouth, but still drinks easily. The finish includes a carbonation edge that brings things back into balance. Slightly off the beaten path,...and quite good. Recommended.


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