Leute Bok - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.58/5 rDev +21.8%
Hazy, murky dark garnet color, an immense and flourishing tan head. Lovely and lively aroma: sweet, notes of butterscotch, fruit, copper, sea-foam, flowers, cocoa..it sounds like an odd mix, I know, but it's there and it works! As for taste...surprisingly smooth, very tasty, a great big load of thick maltiness that meets the tongue with remarkable ease. Sharp hops at first on the palate, but with a lasting sweetness in the finish. In this case, we have a great example of what makes Belgian beer so special. It's so far above and beyond any average bock, with a certain effervescence, we'll call it, that lifts this one up, in flavor, character, body, texture...it feels light, but solid. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!
Also cool is it's own special glass, a cute little guy without stem or foot, that has to be balanced in it's own stand, similar to Kwak
01-01-2003 21:35:28 | More by feloniousmonk
4.55/5 rDev +21%
750ml corked and caged bottle. Apparently it is a 2000ish vintage.
It pours a dense brown bordering on black. the initial pour is clear and the subsequent one, yaesty and cloudy. The head is white but quickly dissipates, as it is an older beer.
The smell is wonderful. Tannin, grapes, apples, apple peels, raisins, caramel, touch of cocoa, and a hint of alcohol. IT smells like it aged well, we will see about taste.
It definitely has more of a grape flavor than most of the style, I attribute it to the age of the bottle. There is thick grape, thick sweetness, a nice malt character, and some more alcohol in the flavor, the alcohol doesn't burn at all though, it is totally mellow and smooth.
The mouthfeel is rich and decadent, there is prickling carbonation but not a huge amount of it, just right.
I spent 3.99 for this bottle, I'm thinking I should go back and buy them out on this one, a rare find.
08-15-2010 22:39:26 | More by crossovert
4.45/5 rDev +18.4%
Enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.
A: Pours a dark, clear, amber hue black with a thick, off-white, fizzy, 3-finger head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail down the side of the glass and ending in a thick lace.
S: Sweet fruity wine-like aroma.
T: Similar to the smell there is a sweet fruity flavor with hints of caramels and bread, and finishes on the dry side.
M: Medium body and high carbonation.
O: This was a really good Belgian brew.
02-06-2013 02:20:01 | More by ckollias
4.45/5 rDev +18.4%
I have to admit, I was drawn in by the cartoonish disproportional representation of a goat on the label, as well as the promise of an old world bock. However, this beer did more than assauge my disappointments. It brought me to a higher appreciation of belgian craftmanship.
Appearance- An opaque nutty brown, with a fine tan head that settles to an intriguing and inticing corona, this beer posseses all the earmarks of a superior belgian brew.
Smell- My nose could ceaselessly chase the aroma of this beer 'round the rim of my glass. Though my olfactory falls short, the smell resides in the realm between pungent and soothing caramel malt.
Taste- As with the smell, there is an elusive quality with the taste. Undoubtedly belgian, nice malt, nice warmth... a truly unique experience.
Mouthfeel- Pleasing. Light. All around good, but not exceptional.
Drinkability- Excellent, however I cannot envision myself drinking any more than the 750 mls I purchased.
Note: The goat will wink when you've finished the bottle.
07-19-2007 06:21:33 | More by socalde
4.45/5 rDev +18.4%
750mL brown glass cork-finished. Date was on the crown cap, but was smudged off.
Appearance: Poured into a chalice. Fluffly, almost crunchy tan head leaves spotting as it slowly recedes. Hazy mahogany, reddish brown.
Nose: Nice caramel and chocolate malt notes, sweet baking spices, light brown sugar.
Palate: Medium-bodied with lots of coffee, toffee, brown sugar, milk chocolate flavors and a nice, almost crisp finish. Carbonation is lively and keeps the beer from being too sweet. Nice bitter coffee/chocolate notes on the finish. Some yeasty characteristics underline the deeper notes.
Notes: Really a lot better than I was expecting it to be, honestly. A great bock, with somewhat tame Belgian influences.
05-30-2009 02:08:03 | More by SFLpunk
4.43/5 rDev +17.8%
The lacing and head are brown, the head is dense and the color is cloudy and brown. The smell is light and sweet with hints of apple, raisan, and plum. The taste is pretty sweet with plum and raisan tones. The cork has added it's own flavor to it making it earthy and woody. The mouthfeel was ok. Overall it's a good experience because of the age of the beer being so high. It does however make me wonder about what it's taste would be like fresh.
08-27-2006 06:27:51 | More by Erdinger2003
4.4/5 rDev +17%
This one pours a dark and cloudy brown color with a very tall head that has great retention and leaves tons of lacing on the glass. 20 minutes later, I had a glass of beer. The aroma has some spice/zest with citrus and raisins. Smells nice. The flavor is also quite spicy with some citrus and quite a bit of raisin flavors. Very tasty. The alcohol is slightly warming, but it takes nothing away from the beer. The body is on the high end of moderate and the drinkability is very good.
03-21-2006 23:36:16 | More by clvand0
4.35/5 rDev +15.7%
A. Poured into a Leute Bok Glass, bullet shaped and set into a piece of wood. On tap. Wonderful cathedral lace, dark reddish brown body.
S. Very malty nose. Ripe fruits (bing cherry)
T. Excellent malt flavor. Dark and gives off dark fruit flavors up front. Fig and grape come to mind. Fruitiness and mineral tone. Subtle lemon tea like hop. Hop bitterness is minimal.
M. Very silky, smooth and creamy.
D. Oh heavens yes. Is this a bock? Solid as a Belgian Strong Dark ale I think Bok is just a namesake in this case.
05-15-2009 00:56:25 | More by Stinkypuss
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
Served in a leute bok glass. Beer is brown and hazy heavily carbonated. Some lacing looks good.
Aroma is mildly sweet malty with a mild roast.
Beer is medium bodied and tastes great. I really like it. I think I like nicks more than most. Sweet caramel. Nice malt. Overall great.
06-02-2011 02:55:41 | More by drabmuh
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
A - this beer pours a dark mahogany with a huge initial head, abot 2 1/2 fingers of tan rocky foam, holding it up to the light reveals an extreme amount of swift carbonation
S - dark fruits dominate the aroma, raisins and dates especially, some molasses sugary sweetness as well, some woody style resin and an alcohol element as well
T - wow, super malty, which spikes into a sour surprise, sour cherries add an unexpected element to the flavor, quite tasty and it re-mellows into a big malty finish
M&D - the malty sweetness and the sourness add quite an intriguing balance and flavor combination, easily drinkable, and improves as it warms, a great beer
01-31-2008 14:50:10 | More by sinstaineddemon
4.3/5 rDev +14.4%
Great looking beer, provides a terrific introduction. Very dark color, almost hazelnut dark. Classic belgian scents, yeasty a bit of candied sugar. Taste is terrific, with a pull of plums, not tart, wild but not overwhelming cherries. Very tasty. Goes down smoothly with a light to medium mouth feel. Good thing the government has not declared this one "illegal" because it would be more popular than prohibition moonshine!
01-29-2012 02:31:27 | More by bigdeuce
4.25/5 rDev +13%
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!
08-27-2003 02:04:45 | More by NeroFiddled
4.25/5 rDev +13%
I originally bought the beer because I wanted the glass that it came with--the glass that you should never give to drunk people. In any case, the beer turned out to be pretty good. The malts are 100% of a dopplebock, but with the wacky creativity that is expected from the Belgians. The beer is fermented as an ale, which brings out some wonderful estery and phenols. They may have added a does of special B malts. Combined, a fruity (grapes, plumbs, and figs) flavor and aroma jumps out. A tart, spicy character soon follows up due to the crazy Belgain yeasts. The beer becomes lightly crusty, raison-ey. Warming without becomming fusal. Quite peppery and yeasty through to the finish with a light molassas finish. Complex and creative. Not my favorite, but good for a unique and quality experience.
08-14-2006 02:37:42 | More by BEERchitect
Leute Bok from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.