Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Van Den Bossche

Style: Belgian Ale
Meer, Belgium


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RATINGS: 249   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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2006
the bottle is absolutely awesome. . a heavy solid ceramic cask with a stopper... it carries with it highexpectations that as much attention and creativity has been given to what is inside. Alas, such is not the case.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBHansen (872) - Kge, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2017
Bottle @ DE Kge. Appearance: clear slightly hazy amber-brown with good off-white soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste: brown sugar, chocolate, caramel and some spicy notes. palette: medium roasted malty and yeasty aroma, medium to sparkling carbonation, medium body, medium sweetness, somewhat balanced by a light to average bitterness, medium duration and a watery texture. Overall: decent dark belgian

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
corkyrory66 (1729) - BELGIUM - APR 20, 2016
Porter de 6,5 % abv, en bouteille en terre comme les vieux genivres (mais on est loin de ce niveau-l !!!!), brass en accord avec la loi de puret allemande!!!!!! On navait rien demand, nous!! Mon exemplaire de 75 cl tait valable jusquen janvier 17. Couleur noir intense, lopacit forte. Mousse brun clair, flocons moyens, stable 4 mm. Armes de malt torrfi lgrement, candi, pointe de seigle. 1re bouche souple lentame malte grille, mais rtro-nez mtallique. Arrire-bouche assez fausse, plutt courte. 2me sans vrai engagement. Arrire-bouche faible, courte. 3me avec de la mie de pain, mais pas dharmonie. Arrire-bouche qui steint vite. Longueur avec parfois une odeur de terre Serait-ce le flacon??? Je plaisante... Jambes flocons moyens, assez longues, un peu collantes. Levure correcte, mais simple. Alcool banal, sans effet sur les saveurs. Finale on ne peut plus ordinaire. CONCLUSION: pauvre porter, qui aurait peut-tre mieux fait dviter la loi de puret allemande Qui peut savoir? Moi, je sais que je nen reboirai pas ...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Zymurgeist2 (2033) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Bottle to pint glass. Sweet metallic aroma. Brown/garnet with chunky oatmeal head. Weird medicinal flavor.

   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 37, 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 40-45 for the malt flavors to kick in. At this point, I started picking up on the beers 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
w_adwersarz (435) - Cracow, POLAND - DEC 7, 2015
Przywitał nas lekki gushing. Piana bardzo obfita, szybko się dziurawi, troszkę krazkuje na szklei pozostawia cieńką warstewkę na powierzchni. Barwa no prawie jak cocacola, olapizująca, z rubinowo brązowawymi prześwitami, ale bez bąbelkw. Aromat wodnisty, palony, ciemne owoce, oglnie słodycz. Bez rewelki. W smaku jest mocno palone, przez chwil bo potem czuć wodnistość, owocowe, trochę jakby karmelu i brązowego cukru. Wysycenie w stronę wysokiego, wodniste, goryczka jest ale jakaś taka z niesamowicie słodkawym posmakiem.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bierridder_S (798) - BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2015
01/11/2015 @home - 75cl bottle from shop @Achelse Kluis. Dark brown with nice light tanned head. Nose is light roasted malts, sweetness. Taste is malty, light roasted, sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3945) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2015
25.4 oz bottle 9/12/15 (Courtesy of TerryR)-B-day brew.36 in Tulip-Pours a coca cola brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, fruit, chocolate, and sweetness. Taste of malt, sweetness, and caramel. This light to medium bodied brew is well balanced but a bit weak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (9737) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2015
Ceramic bottle from old notes. Pours brown in color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor had roasted malts, a strong fruity character that showed some tartness and acidity, caramel, brown sugar, some earthy notes, interesting mix, but not my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (3681) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suurjuust (3251) - 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.

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