Last from Brouwerij Sterkens

OK, so hopefully I’m not starting to bore you with Brouwerij Sterkens. But it’s been goodhoogstraten.jpg to try these unique beers. Next week I promise to bring you some nice American craft brews. For now, let’s discuss the Hoogstraten Poorter.
Appearance: Pours with a HUGE brownish rocky head and a really nice ruby color. It’s a little cloudy, but there aren’t a lot of particles floating around.
Aroma: Strong malt aroma. I smell a lot of cola and straw. There’s a hint of molasses, chocolate and coffee, but not overwhelming. It smells deeply roasted, but not burnt. A nice complex smell. A slight hoppiness – grass and a bit of resin. Also a faintly yeasty smell.
Taste: The taste is rich and deep, reflecting those roasted malts. Lots of raisin, prune, that cola taste and some honey. I’d read in some reviews that this beer was a bit too sweet and cola-like for many. It’s definitely sweet, but I didn’t find it too overwhelming. It’s much more of a sipping beer.
Mouthfeel: This has a medium body with light to average carbonation.
This beer is definitely good and complex. I don’t find it as rich and complex as the other selections from Brouwerij Sterkens. I also tried pairing this beer with Fontina Cheese, which is the style that Beer Advocate recommended. I don’t know if it was the cheese, the beer, or me, but it wasn’t working for me. I have a feeling I may have picked a bad cheese. It tasted like the plastic wrap it came in. BLECH!