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Leute Bok - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

299 Ratings
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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-01-2003)
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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Sammy, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

t0rin0, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty mild and is of malt, caramel, fruits, and alcohol. Taste is of toasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, and some hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

djrn2, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The loud POP! on cork removal scared the bejesus out of my cat. A lovely, lingering tendril of white gunsmoke accompanied the noise. Leute Bok is packaged in a great looking, colorfully painted bottle depicting a goat rearing up proudly on a beer barrel, on which is written 'anno 1927' (the new bottle looks better than the one shown at right).

Brick dust red with bronze overtones and bright tangerine edges. The huge, puffy, orangish beige cap very nearly flowed over the edge of the glass, even with a careful pour. Heads this soft aren't usually this rocky and don't usually deposit this much lace. A second pour generates an even better look.

I'm not impressed with the nose. For starters, I'm not sure that I'm dealing with a doppelbock. The beer is fruity sour and toasted bready, like overripe Granny Smith apple chunks coated with a fine layer of spiced wheat toast crumbs. Or, to keep it in the beverage family, like spiced apple cider. It's okay as far as it goes, but doppelbock? No how, no way.

Flanders Oud Bruin perhaps? BSDA? The flavor is a carbon copy of the nose, so I won't repeat the description here. Tart and tangy rule the day. It's amazing how much this beer tastes like an especially unsweet version of apple cider. My bottle notes an ABV of 7.5% rather than 8.2%. Either way, it's hardly noticed.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, although it's a pretty good fit for the flavor. If it was any bigger, I'd have some trouble finding the bottom of the '750' since the flavor profile isn't setting my world on fire. Things were a trifle fizzy initially, and are still too much so, but it isn't that bothersome.

This Brouwerij Van Steenberge offering may be a higher alcohol bock, but it has virtually nothing in common with the doppelbock style as I understand it. Although I'm finding it hard to love, except for the appearance, it's growing on me as I drink. Unless you like 'all things bock', don't expect a whole lot from Leute Bok and all will be well. Damn, it does look good though.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BEERchitect, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

kjkinsey, Apr 08, 2012
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
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

oberon, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

JAHMUR, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one grew on me after awhile...
Plum and raisin notes surface against a firm malty backbone. Give it time to warm and you'll be rewarded. Pours with minimal foam, an opaque chestnut mass of goodness. Faintly sweet and nutty at first. Carbonation is moderate, and casts a hazy skim of bubbles over the surface. A funky, fruity yeast makes an appearance also.

Solid example of the style, would have this again.

emerge077, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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!

NeroFiddled, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 1/25/09 at Julian's in Providence, RI, served in a pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, apples, dark fruit, caramelized malts, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste is malty up front with a strong Belgian yeast character, sweet flavors of caramel & spice and the tartness of apple and dark fruit. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty with a good complexity to it, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's a nice Belgian to drink for a while but it's not the first on that I would choose.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a while since I have had anything from Steenberge.

Pours a super dark and very cloudy brown. Minimal tan head off an extremely careful pour. Flavor is caramel ridden. Sugar, alcohol, minor wood. Flavorful and deep, but not overly complex really. Massive carbonation seems to just fill my mouth up. Overall this is a pretty good brew. Nothing outstanding, but definitely well made. I am not sure if I would ever go back to it though.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

feloniousmonk, Jan 01, 2003
Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

drabmuh, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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 BlackHaddock
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Valkenburg, Holland: 21 Oct 2012 in 't Pumpke. As I'd had such a bad time with the bottles I thought I'd try the beer again when I saw it was on-tap in this lovely 'Belgian style' bar. Glad I did, because this is a different animal to those off bottles I had some years back.

Came in the same glass and stand I remembered: everything else was different.

Deep reddy brown body (the pub is very dark too): the tanned head was full and stayed.

The nose was malty and yeasty with a hint of sourness that does detract from the overall smell or taste of the beer.

The taste was semi-roasted maltiness and earthy, woody notes, some spiced coffee and a splash of caramel. Bordering on sweet but never getting there.

A lot better than my first review of this beer.

BlackHaddock, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of corby112
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 wl0307
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coming in a 330ml short brown bottle, this bottle is at 7.5%abv. only; BB 23/06/2013, served lightly-chilled in a Hapkin’s tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: dark copper with ruby hues, lightly hazy, with a pillowy/foamy off-white head settling slowly to a sheet to last.
S: the nose is quite sweet & fruity, showing traces of apples, breezy brown sugar, fruit esters, marinated prunes, Munich malts, caramel & lightly-roasted malts.
T: not too sweet, the lightly nutty maltiness is intertwined with sugar's exotic-ism, mildly sour at the same time; followed by a deepening stream of herbal bitterness & spiced dried berries. The finish has a considerable amount of licorice-flavoured prunes like undertone lingering, underlined by a light touch of cocoa powder.
M&D: very light in carbonation, this beer comes at a lighter body due to the vivid weight-lifting effect of the sugar added vis-a-vis a relatively light malt body. The aftertaste is particularly enjoyable for my palate. Fairly quaffable~

wl0307, Jul 16, 2011
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Leute Bok from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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