martjoobolut (4947) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 9, 2015
Big bottle as Hoogstraten Poorter (from beerExpress). Pours brown with beige head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is fruits, rotten apples, malt. Flavor is sweet, malt, caramel, fruits. Alcohol is well covered and body feels rather light. Overall: good. suurjuust (3674) - ESTONIA - MAY 29, 2015
Brown beer, tan head. Nose is fruity, slightly sweet and with malty notes, perfume. Flavor is floral hops and malt, perfume notes. Some hops in the finish. Definitely not a porter. Jabah (509) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2015
OK, maybe they got me with the ceramic bottle and flip-top.....but I really liked this beer. This was when I was first getting into Belgian’s, but this resembles a porter more than a Belgian Ale. It does have that "Belgian" taste though, from the kind of yeast they use maybe? Is it worth $10 for a 750ml?....probably not, but I am not complaining b/c it was very tasty and a good experience. Don’t know if I’d buy again for that coin, but if you haven’t tried yet and money isn’t really an object, I would recommend at least sampling this beer. PauloAG (251) - BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2015
750cc bottle. Lovely dark brown and reddish colour. On the sweet side. Hints of molasses and maple syrup. A bit nutty also. Some bitterness in the end. Very pleasant. Natai (124) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Pours a dark amber-red with a respectable but short-lived frothy head. Good lacing with a light aroma reminiscent of raspberry. Smooth flavor of light grains quickly transitioning to blackberry and raspberry. A liytle on the watery side. Not a true porter by any means, but not altogether bad either.
slowrunner77 (12581) - 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." stevoj (5425) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Pours out dark with an oily skin of a head. Dried fruit aroma , hint of molasses. Taste is on the sweet side, fruit, sugar. Taste dissipated quickly, overall mouthful is slightly watery. Bygers (1185) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle 0,5l. A ceramic swing top bottle. Pours a deep amber brown colour with tan head and leaves a great lace. Aromas of toasty malt and chocolate. Tastes sweet and chocolatey up front, followed by some bitterness on the end.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Alengrin (5629) - BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2014 One of Sterkens’s ’pitcher beers’, tasted as Hoogstraten Poorter; dense, stable head and warm bronze colour; fruity and malty aroma, bit straightforward but enjoyable, with some roasted bitterness in the finish. A bit like a downtuned Scotch, still one of the better Sterkens beers I had. OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle in Santa Barbara
My father picked this one out; I don’t think I’ve ever seen it in Washington state. Dark pour, very little head. Pretty nice nose, chocolate and just a touch of porter vinous sourness; a belgian yeast thing and more smoke than I would have expected. Flavor is just a little bit sweet, baker’s chocolate and again those vinous notes. A bit thin would be my main complaint. My wife was very impressed and stole my glass. I go a bit against the grain here and actually think this was nice.