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Leute Bok - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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85
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317 Ratings
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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-01-2003

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Ratings: 317 | Reviews: 158
Reviews by thepeter:
Photo of thepeter
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a Dark Murky Brown with a small head that turned to film rather quickly.

Smelled of rich roasty malt and the subdued spiciness of Belgian yeast. Maybe a bit of Dark fruit in there as well

Tastes dryer than I would have expected, Roasted malt definitly there but not very sweet. More woody and less dark fruit flavors compaired others. Very nice clean dry finish. Tastes nice but not too complex and certainly not amazing.

This is such a smooth and creamy beer that goes down very easy. the Alcohol is very well hidden, could have a few if I wanted but overall not as interesting as it could be.

More User Reviews:
Photo of dcmchew
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours muddy dark brown, copper up in the light, small beige head that goes away almost on the spot, leaving bubbly "islands" and a thin lacing.
Smell is pretty weak, some dark malts, low dark fruit, really earthy.
Taste starts with toasted dark bread, grains (spicy rye?) and burnt sugar. Dark fruity esters bring some red apple acidity, some zesty citrus and dark grapes and a faint sour cherry note. Belgian yeasts show themselves, with woody nutmeg and cinnamon, some mild minty herbs (sage, coriander) and faint clove. Mild bitterness in the finish, but there's a big clunky breadiness covering it and going into the aftertaste.
Medium body and carbonation, has a certain crispness from start to finish that's a bit numbing, reducing the effect of the other flavours, and then it's doughy and earthy.
You can certainly get some German doppelbock notes mixed with the Belgian signature yeasts, but it feels unbalanced and somehow hides the good parts, resulting in an almost bland tasting experience.

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sessions in Greensboro.Poured into a tulip glass a reuby red tinged chesnut brown with a fluffy long sustained off white head atop.Dark fruit and brown sugar mainly in the nose,some sweet alcohol creeps as the beer warms a little.Yeasty dark fruit flavors along with some brown sugar cake-like flavors that linger in the finish.Well it's not a bock by any means but it is quite good as a strong dark Belgian.

Photo of Popsinc
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A fabulous glass with a rounded bottom. It is accompanied with a wooden base that you must have if you plan on placing your beer on the table...otherwise, the glass will spill due to the rounded bottom. The pour is dark brown with a very lively and rich tan head.

Smell: A light spiced nose with only a pinch of drak fruitiness. There is not too much getting me going here.

Taste: A mildy malty beer with spicey hints and lightly sweet with raisin and other dark fruit. A medium body and overall very underwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Very lively....medium body

Drinkability: The glassware is outstanding. It LOOKS like a great beer, but it is slightly above average at best. Unfortunatley, the beer doesn't live up to its presentation.

Photo of RoyalT
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a dirty brown in color with an explosive head that literally shot the cork right out of the bottle after I untwisted the metal holding ring. The head in the glass was quite substantial as well but finally settled down into a thin whitish-brown film.

Smell – Big yeast (of course) and slight toasty malts form the base of this nose. The fruits are unusual. They consist of a very light orange and banana mix along with a dominant star fruit. There’s a little date in there as well and no sense of alcohol.

Taste – The malt really caramels up at the taste and dominates the fruiting from the nose. The yeast pulls back but isn’t out of the picture yet. So, it’s more of a yeasty caramel treat then anything else at this point.

Mouthfeel – This is bigger than medium-bodied and almost full. It’s overcarbonated for sure but still manages to supply a caressing mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This definitely isn’t one of my favs but it was a treat to drink.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME, served in the neat pointy glass with a wood stand. A brown color, with a thin head. It had a malty, sweet aroma. The taste was fairly sweet, mostly raisins. I liked this beer, but, like other reviewers thought it would be a little more complex. And, it's certainly not a beer to drink a lot of in one sitting.

Photo of fdrich29
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Marty's in Newton, many, many months ago. Came with a unique glass that has a rounded bottom with a small, wooden coaster for it to rest in. To be honest I bought this beer purely on the novelty value of the glass, so shoot me.

Body reminded me of the hot chocolate I used to get at the Gloucester High School hockey games when I was a young lad, complete with the frothy bubbles that rested atop the drink.

Smells chocolately and fruity. This worked out really well tonight, I was in the mood for a chocolately and fruity beer.

Tastes very much like figs dipped in chocolate. Works for me, to each their own. Quite smooth and tasty.

I drank the whole bottle (without using the accompanying glass). I was satisfied but couldn't fathom drinking any more of it than I had tonight. I tried it, really liked it, but won't be buying it again, it was a one time deal. It was as if I knew all those months ago that I would want that exact beer tonight. Creeepy.

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, rich brown pour with a short and thick tan head. Excellent aroma of brown sugar, almonds, caramel malt, and driet fruit. Velvety mouthfeel. Warm, toasted malt flavor. Good amount of cherry, cocoa, nuts, raisins, and toffee, with a little maple. Sweet, but not too sweet. Nice alcohol warmth.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle.

The beer poured out clear, dark-brown. It smells like a lot of Belgian beers, with the sweetness of the Belgian yeasts. It has a slight toastedness to it, but nothing that stands out too much. It taste similar to the smell; you get the initial taste of most Belgian-beers, but then the toastedness comes through and is very balanced and drinkable.

Would I buy it again? Possibly.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2013, so it's just out of date. Picked up ages ago in Lidl as part of a Belgian selection box. The goat on the label reminds me of German bock bier, though I'd be surprised if this is similar.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A dark, hazy reddish-brown colour with plentiful carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy beige foam with excellent retention; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Aroma of rich malt with notes of fruity yeast esters, raisins, caramel, a mild nuttiness, faint grain and a hint of brown sugar. Slightly sweet, with a warming whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of sweet, fruity malt with a yeasty character and a mild finish. Notes of caramel malt, fruity yeast esters, subtle nuttiness, mild brown sugar and faint clove. Slightly sweet and quite dry. No hops to speak of, and the flavour doesn't linger. A light yeastiness upon swallowing, followed by a twinge of alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with decent body and prickly carbonation that mellows out after a while. An aftertaste of dry, fruity yeast and caramel malt.

A decent brew that goes down nicely. Looks great, and the aroma is well-rounded. The flavour is somewhat less interesting - it lacks depth and seems to hollow out after the first few seconds. The caramel malt and yeasty notes are pretty average. Body is OK. Overall, a drinkable beer but nothing special. Worth sampling if you stumble across it but no need to seek it out.

Photo of ADR
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasting of a promotional bottle at 1st Grand Avenue Liquors, comes with a trademark round bottomed glass with a wood stand...

Hazy and sedimented, brownish with red highlights and a nice tan head with some yeast speckling. Thin lace tendrils. Aroma is slightly buttery but with a sense of wild cherry. Certainly different if this is brewed as a Doppelbock, soft mouthfeel with tight carbonation, almost like rain water. Flavor is quite nice, sturdy but fruity and leaning toward a grape astringency, which in this case is nice in balancing the sometimes over bearing maltiness and stickiness of some German Doppelbocks. Finishes light with moderate aftertaste. Some alcohol but soft overall...I like it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber brown with a tan full quick dissipating head complete with trickled rings of lacing. Aroma is vinous, candi sugar, plums or any ripe full fruit with hints of chocolate roasts tickling the nose. Taste is deep balanced fullness mixture of ripened fruit nice raisiny finish so drinkable. Mouthfeel is high in carbonation like many other Belgiums a medium body that is light tasting but has a decent medium feel texture to it. I could picture this beer on tap, I think this is a definite must try from belgium so unique you must experience it.

Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle out of a De Koninck tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear but dark amber color with an off-white, fizzy, head that is of moderate size and very good durability. The side of the glass is nicely coated with each sip.

S: Sweet mix of dark fruits, roasted malts and Belgian yeast.

T: As yeasty but less sweet than suggested by the aroma, it is nonetheless fruity with hints of caramel and spicy hops over a baked bread base.

M: Medium body; medium-high carbonation; finishes semi-dry.

O: A very good beer that mostly hides the 7.5% ABV. It seems more of a Belgian strong ale than a "Bokbier".

Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store, served in a glass that confounds numerous people each night I'm sure.

Pours a slightly hazy ruby brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving thick lacing on the side of the egg-shaped glass.

Smells of green apples with good amounts of raisins and a hint of Belgian candi sugar.

Tastes similar to how it smells. It's supposed to be a bock but as the style above indicates it's certainly closer to a BSDA. Green apple flavors that manage not to down out other flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by sugar-coated dark fruits. As it warms the dark fruit flavors fade a bit but they're front and center throughout. The ending is crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and could have another.

Overall this is one of the most unique bocks I've ever had. Worth a shot if for nothing else than the novelty.

Photo of JohnW
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours well into the glass, and has a nice head, which fades in time - fairly dense and creamy, colour is darkish and a little murky. Smell is a little strange at first, being a mixture of sweetness, and the hint of sourness of apples/cider as others have remarked. Tastewise, similar, initially sweet and rich, but has a tang to it, almost as though it ought to be fizzy, with a tingle on the tongue, but then the slight tart sourness. The style is not really to my taste, as I am not keen on sour beers or ciders, though I did enjoy the one bottle. However, it is a good beer, so cannot mark it down simply because it's not really to my taste, and can imagine those who enjoy this style really liking it.


John W
B'ham UK Feb 2006

Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big light tan head settles into a nice lacing above a clear burnt reddish amber colored beer.

Dark roasted caramel to molasses malts mixed with dark fruits such as apricots aroma.

Sour on dark fruits with a slight burnt molasses to toffee taste.

A light dry aftertaste with just a hint of the dark fruits hanging around on this medium bodied beer.

A pretty good taste, although I'd like it a little more if the sourness was a little less.

Photo of ggaughan
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a bottle at the t' Poatersagt in Brugge. Served in the cool glass with no stem and on the wooden base. The beer poured a deep brown, almost black color with a thick and somewhat soapy looking head. There was a definite malty nose to this one. The taste was slightly bitter but dominated by the roasted malt taste. Overall, a well balanced and drinkable beer.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear, dark reddish brown with an off-white, three finger head. Good retention. Strong lacing with nice stick.

Smell - Predominant malt aroma; bready with lesser caramel and toffee notes.

Taste - Less flavorful than the nose leads on. Bready. Very mild caramel sweetness. Buttery. Somewhat hollow finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Smooth. Somewhat creamy, or lightly buttery. Easy to drink.

Overall - An approachable Belgian, though the flavor is a bit lacking. It's sessionable, in the least. That said, I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

...o Van Steenberge...is there a better brewery in this world?...

This isn't on the level of their Gulden Draak or Piraat, but it is mighty fine. Poured into my Gulden Draak glass since I don't have that nifty Leute glass with the wood base. Got an enormous head the lasted a long time before settling. Nice burnt copper-brown color. Gobs of lace.

The aroma offers spices like nutmeg and white pepper mixed with a plum fruitiness, chocolatey malts and small blazes of alcohol and yeast in the background.

The flavor is mostly caramel and plum, bready, slightly tinted with dessert-y spices, a little chocolate, and some pumpernickel showing itself in the finish. Yum.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, as the flavors hint at something rounder and more robust. This is only slightly helped by letting it warm a little before sipping further.

Another delicious offering by the great Van Steenberge brewery. It is, at the very least, worthy of sitting in my mighty Gulden Draak glass.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A unique mix.
Satisfying but not the most drinkable from this brewery, though
everything they make has some uniqueness. Was surprising for a bok in
taste and color, of brown and red mix. Good to split with another in a session and aftertatste requires some dessert (or another beer).
Works with a sanwich, fish or meat.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Its slightly hazy, deep-burgundy/brown body displays cherry highlights that foreshadow the flavors and aromas to come; while its short head of creamy, light tan foam drops shortly to just a wide collar and indicates that the full malt of a true bock isn't quite there. It does, however, leave some nice lace at the start of the glass. The nose is fruity with cherries, raspberries and plums over a delicate sugary malt. It's gently crisp in the mouth with a fine carbonation and light body. Its flavor reinforces the fruit found in the nose over a lightly caramel/toffee malt; and it's very low bitterness balances nicely leading to a blend of soft fruit and malt that linger shortly in the finish. This is an impressive beer that offers a solid drinkability with its soft and light, fruity and refreshing qualities. Very nice!

Photo of socon67
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very odd beer. Especially since the label notes it is "Bok" and it is here as the more adequate class of Belgian Dark. I'll review it as the style on BA.

A - Pours Amber with a red hue. Wild foam on top that looks like my washing machine.

S - Scents of raisin, plum, and fig. Strong malty aroma.

T - Dried fruit flaovr that has a bready yeast flavor. Finish has a peppery spice to it. Intriguing complexity, and leads to a hearty palate.

M - Feels heavy. This should be enjoyed alone. Very rich and gritty feel.

O - I'd put this in the interesting category. Steenburge is a decent belgian brewery and this is worth trying but would not be most people's go to belgian dark.

Photo of bditty187
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dirty penny bronze in hue with a ruby influence as well; seems to be clear (at least on the first pour from the 750ml, maybe there was a little haze on the second poor). Massive beige head, at the apex the foam was almost three fingers tall. The head collapsed to half that size in a few moments. Clumpy lacing clung to the side of the glass, it was spotty and unorganized. A small, tight cap lasted the entire consumption. Overall, the appearance is pleasant.

Fruity nose… apples, dates, raisins, figs, pears along with a Belgian yeast spiciness that I adore. Plenty of caramel malts are to be found along with hints of chocolate and toast. The more I sniff the more a dried cocoa powder and faint nuttiness emerges. I really like the malt profile of the nose. Is it a Bock? No. Is it a “Belgian Bock?” Sure… even though I am sure they use ale yeast. As such, the nose smells like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Whatever. It smells good. Loud potency. Inviting.

The palate is much dried than I was expecting; I was hopping for something a bit sweeter. I’m surprised a beer from Van Steenberge tastes like this! The malt profile is dried chocolate upfront with a splash of toffee and caramel. The fruitiness offers cherries and dates with hints of raisins and some apples. The alcohol is sort of awkward as it arrives from nowhere near the finish (it isn’t hot but I can notice it). The peppery hints at the finish seal the fate of this beer… it is way closer to a Belgian Ale than German Bock and I’m okay with that. I like the nose more than the palate but, by no means, is this beer not likeable.

Medium/medium-light in body, moderate, natural zippy carbonation; the mouthfeel works okay with the flavor profile. I wouldn’t mind a bit fuller body but how many Belgian Ales are full bodied? Okay, I’d be happy with a medium bodied beer…

This is one of those beers I’d drink every few years… okay, I first seen this beer some 6 years ago and I haven’t had it until today. Wasn’t really my loss, I do like the beer but it isn’t great. I do think there is a niche group of beer drinkers that would love it; it has Belgian qualities without being very sweet. For me, there are better options. I purchased my 750ml in Counicl Bluffs, IA

Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a massively dark reddish brown with a two finger khaki colored head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, earth, and milk chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, dark fruit, and dark chocolate. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I really didn't expect much from this one, but it definitely brought a little more to the table than I was expecting which was nice. This one was quite complex and refreshing as it was really well balanced. Defintely worth trying if you get the chance as you will probably be surprised.

Photo of Mandrake
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy medium brown with a very creamy tan head that lasts well and leaves some lacing. Aromas are mostly sweet and fruity, with cherry, plum, chocolate and toffee coming through as the most dominant scents. Taste is again sweet, with plenty of cherry and plum notes, and a yeasty flavour coming through in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and a little sticky, which leaves the flavours on the tongue for an aftertaste that goes on and on. The drinkability is very good as well. An unconventional brew, but a very pleasant one, all things considered.

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