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Leute Bok - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-01-2003)
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1.5/5  rDev -60.1%

Stoutsman, Jan 14, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.8%

schavuytje, Mar 25, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

chrispoint, Feb 20, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of bobhits
2.55/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Buttery rich body backed by overly sour green apples. The mix ends up towards the sweet and butter side, but a strange beer. A lovely but not especially great looking beer. The aromas are far too towards the sour and odd side of things.

This is not a beer I'd ever want to go back to. It has some unique blends of flavors but I'm not enjoying this at all.

bobhits, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Glory
2.6/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a glass of Leute BoKbier at the BierTemple in Brussels last year and brought it back home just because its a fecking nice looking glass you should check it out...
Anyways...since a had a Leute Glass at home with no Leute to drink from it, I ordered 24 bottles from Québecbiere.info. And there we go...

Poured in my cool looking Leute glass, the beer is clear and glows a brownish-red colored looking Ale. Head retention is pretty nice. Frothy looking light brown foam that just sits there waiting...It does fades after a minute or two...pretty normal.

First nose is a huge whiff of C02 and beneath that is...well, thats the problem. There's not much. Notes of roasted malt, hints of rusted metal. Thats It ! There's nothing else ! Could it be stale...out of 24, I have 6 left could they all be stale ?
Of course I didin't drink all of them, but the ones I had where pretty much the same. As it warms a little in the glass, I actually get a smell of Brett. I don't know whats going on.

Texture on the palate is quite watery, carbonation is nice for this type of beer though. I get a hint of sweet caramel here and there ends with a little sourness and my mouth is bone dry. Bleh...Very boring. The description on BA says it has 8.2 ABV...rather 7.5 on the bottle. Overall, the mouthfeel is watered down, sweet&sour. Trust me, its not just this one bottle...they were all the same.

In a world where marketing is king, you can foul people into buying your beer just because it comes with a cool looking glass just like I did...well folks...I guess tonight, I'm the foul !

Cheers Lads

WS

Glory, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of Nikerzzz
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Nikerzzz, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of rderedin
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

rderedin, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of pootz
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Corked magnum bottle

Pours a clouded deep copper colored ale into the glass...2 finger rocky cap reduced to a sticky surface lace and stays the drink, laces the side well enough. Very effervescent from bottle conditioning.

Aroma is of musty burlap and some sweetness over fermenting fruits and almonds...nice nose.

Moderate malt decernment, medium-light body, peppery mouth feel, spritzy-yeasty-fruity character.

Profile: Up front some sweetness from caramelized malts, then a rush of sour musty tastes much like spoiled fruits...finish is crisp and spritzy but yeasty with the fruits punching through and a light bittering from the hopping....yeasty-sweet aftertaste.

I’m not partial to this one...sharp edges, too yeasty and undeveloped and I’m double pissed off because they fooled me into thinking it was a bock beer.

pootz, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of TempeBeerMan
2.89/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

A - Appears a nice golden-brown with a two-finger white cream colored head of large craggy bubbles. Spider web like lacing.

S - Roasted grains and Belgian yeasts dominate. Some sweet malt esters.

T - Taste follows the nose, with pumpelnickel rye grains forward. Not as sweet as expected or the nose would indicate; in fact, it's not really sweet at all. Belgian yeasts add a sour cherry fruity character. The whole thing doesnt come together very well, as the tastes are a little jarring. Astringent, coppery finish. Man, this thing is grainy.

M - Thin body with stinging carbonation. Definitely over carbonated.

O - This is a Belgian Strong Dark ale trying to be a Bock, and it succeeds at being neither. Strange flavor combinations, excessive graniness, and a poor mouthfeel made this a struggle. Very disappointing.

TempeBeerMan, Jan 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

DWolf, Jan 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

TheDrunkGnoll, Nov 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of fartingdog
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cellared 1 year (in quite respectable and consistent cellar conditions), wish I'd have reviewed the one I had then that was fresh.

Opened with an aggressive 'pop'. Pours a dark caramelly color like I remembered, but where's the head I remember?

Initially starts out sweet, but is immediately cancelled out by some sour notes and the funk flows in your nose. this beer obviously caught something in the last year and is going down hill in a bad way. Yeast and other pleasant flavors are still detectable immediately, but everything gets replaced by the sourness (this is not an offensive sourness BTW, just NOT what you want in this beer.)

Mouthfeel is still pretty good.

The low marks on this one are in no reflection of a fresh version, I remember being quite tasty. But, for the love of god, DO NOT cellar this beer.

fartingdog, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Easily produces a three-finger thick, amber-brownish-tinged, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass, despite a careful pour. The beer is a brilliantly clear, deeply amber hued, red color when held up to the light, but is otherwise a dark, concentrated cherry color. The aroma is quite sweet smelling with notes of blackberry jam, cloves, concentrated fruit-caramel and a touch of toasty, yet definitely caramelized, malty / bready notes. The aroma is fairly enjoyable, though it does seem a bit too sweet to be really nice; the sweetness does accentuate the distinct fruitiness though.

The beer has a medium thick heft to it, but is not nearly as sweet as the aroma might have suggested. Still at first blush the beer does not seem complex enough to carry the simplistic, fruit nuanced, sweetness that is here. Flavor notes of currants, sweet plums, raisins, a hint of cloves and even some tart notes that are also evocative of plums or even apples. Somehow this beer really seems to fade for me, it is not so much that it doesn't leave anything lingering on the palate, it is just that it seems forgettable. I am not quite too sure why I feel this way; part of this is the mouth feel, while it does have some heft to it, the beer just seems to disappear on my about half way through each sip. The most prominent flavors are those of the concentrated, sweet fruit notes, which are just too simplistic for me to really get into.

Gueuzedude, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of stcules
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle we taste is only 7.5% ABV, and not 8.2%...
It has a very abundant foam, brown, with some side bubbles a little too big. Anyway, it has a beautiful hat of foam, quite persistent.
Dark colour, almost black, with reddish reflexes.
The smell is at the beginning very light, just some hints of malt, and caramel. After a while, you can feel some fruity and alcool, but very light.
At the taste some light fruity, liquorice. The alcool is present, but it doesn't bother. Light red fruity.
Medium-light body.
The aftertaste is a little more fruity (sour black cherry).

stcules, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of ikantspel
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

stubby bottle into a duvel tulip

pours a deep dark chestnut color with a ridiculously foamy head that leaves the glass covered in sweet lace

ripened dark fruits, belgian yeast, some barnyard funk, and some slight alcohol in the nose

taste is roasted malts, raisin, and molasses, finishes somewhat dry

ikantspel, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Travlr
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gift from fellow beer travelers at Delirium in Brussels.
Appearance gets extra points because of the cool balancing glass. Very dark brown, large tan head with incredible lacing.
Smell is malt and light spice.
Taste is sweet caramel candy, with a hint of apple.
Not very complex, just a simple, sweet strong brown ale.

Travlr, Nov 18, 2009
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3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark chocolate brown color with slight amber edges when held to a light source and a thick two finger frothy, tan foam head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Bready yeast aroma with hints of candi sugar, hops, dark fruit notes, chocolate and spice. Hints of plum, raisin and fig. Smells interesting.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation up front that lingers throughout into a bitter finish. Sweet and malty with hints of roasted bitter dark chocolate malts and dark fruit. Dark cherry, plum and raisin are evident. The dark chocolate notes are most prominent in the finish. I usually like the combination of these flavors but this beer was a bit too roasty and bitter for my liking and had a strange alcohol astringency that I found off-putting.

corby112, May 05, 2010
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Lightly hazed prune juice color. Bouyant medium sized bubble head tours over the glass.

S: Yeast, doughy...boysenberry with a touch of oak.

T: Flavor is a repressed double. Minor tastes of brown sugar, purple grapes with a touch of sourness. Metallic aftertaste.

M: Enjoyable texture with good carbonation.

D: Pretty much a let down. There are zero bock characteristics in this beer. Drinkable sure...but nothing special at all.

Westsidethreat, May 31, 2006
Photo of Graham5161986
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer does what many other belgians do - almost explodes when popping the cap.

Once poured into my Duvel Tulip, it has a very dark brown (almost black) colour but with definite ruby highlights when held up to light. The head is simply massive and I actually had to wait a while before pouring the whole thing because it would have spilled over. The head is bubbly and rocky, has excellent retention and is a light tan colour. There's some serious lacing left on my glass. A very pretty looking beer overall.

This beer's nose features light fruit, candied sugar and spice with a good amount of yeast and a touch of leather and light grain.

Taste is quite sweet and sugary up front with loads of cotton candy and candied fruit with good amounts of spice and caramel. The finish is surprisingly dry and crisp given the sugary palate and has a nutty, bread and butter linger. It's a bit too sweet for me and, in that way, kinda one dimensional.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, quite creamy and chewy with a high level of carbonation and, again, a slightly oily yet surprisingly clean finish.

This beer isn't super high in alcohol but it sure is a sugar bomb. That said, there's no way I would want another right away. It's a tasty brew but it's just a bit too sweet to be a regular for me. I would buy it again but I won't be rushing back for more.

Graham5161986, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle served in my Leute Bok stirrup glass. Pours a deep mahogany hue with a thick, dense, four inch, rocky, tan-colored head that eventually settles into a consistent 1/8th inch skim. Sheets of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses prunes and belgian yeast, but is fairly subdued. Taste is a bit more watered down than suggested by the nose and there is also a slightly metallic character in the background. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light), with a pleasant, even carbonation and a slight acidity. All and all, a pretty lackluster BSDA. Not something I need to revisit.

Jwale73, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow, this seems like a bock from Belgium. Pourred a deep ruby brew with a nice bubbly head with medium retention time. Mix of spice with usual hops taste from Van Steenberge. Body if medium and alcohol taste is not too evident. This is an above average brew but nothing too spectacular except the use of the bock style from a Belgium brewer.

Phyl21ca, Dec 27, 2003
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

bgibbard, Nov 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

leitmotif, Aug 18, 2014
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Leute Bok from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.