Leute Bok - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
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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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 UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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 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 feloniousmonk
4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
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

Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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 Gueuzedude
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of corby112
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of wl0307
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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~

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

A Belgium Bock beer??? That's hard to believe. So I needed to give it a try.

Had this on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a dark amber color with decent head retention and lacing. The beer smells pretty sweet on the nose, with some underlying cherry and rootbeer. On the palate the beer really comes across as rather simple and one dimensional. I get some roasty sweet malt flavors with some underlying cola, but this beer has a real light and almost watery mouthfeel. Abv. is well disguised, and so I guess you could describe it as pretty drinkable.

An OK effort, but nothing special.

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

Open carefully, the cork blows off, good carbonation, strong off-white head leaving some lace. Murky of brownish red color, second fermation is in bottle. Very good bock with raisiny flavor but nose is subdued. Site has ABV at 8.2% and 7.5% which is what is on the bottle. Sold only in the gift pack with the wierd "glass" that I will keep for display only. What beer drinker is ready to balance a glass in a piece of wood??

Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leute Bokbier may sound German, but it definitely looks Belgian: the surface looks like a stack of pillows. I've seen foam like this in the carboy, but rarely in the glass. It's like someone was boiling milk. Beneath it sits a deep, dark shade of brown that actually turns a clear red ocher when held into the light. All in all, some nice visuals here.

The aroma has a pumpkin spice complexity layered with faint apple notes, all thanks to a prototypical Belgian yeast. It almost resembles a cinnamon bun, but one made with raisin-pumpernickel loaf and sans the sweet icing. Although no alcohol is noted outright the aromatics smell a bit volatile. Not a beer for the queasy, that's for sure.

The taste is malt oriented, showing a good presence of dark doppelbock-y malt, roast chestnut as well some dried fruit flavour. The gentle glow of yeast trails, however, bringing out plenty of nutmeg and clove-like character. Again, although none of the 7.5% alcohol is tasted something tells me multiple rounds would be unreasonable.

Belgians doing a bock beer is like Italian chefs trying out the Atkins Diet. It just ain't gonna work. If you didn't know better, you might assume this was inspired by a different style of German beer: the dunkelweizen. It shares the perfumy, dominate clove-like spiciness and phenols as well as the dark but not roasty maltiness.

I've always regarded Brouwerij Van Steenberge has quite an average brewery and, although I've had some fantastic aged samples of this beer in the past, I will have to conceded that their Leute Bok is similarly average, albeit somewhat unique and undoubtedly worth the money. Why not give it a shot? It's unlikely you'll be disappointed.

Photo of liamt07
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO giftpack, 330ml into a chalice. Best before July 11, 2013.

Poured a mahogany/purple with a transient tan head. Only a small island of head remains, and a only a shred of lacing graces the glass. Nose is typical BSDA, dark fruits, gentle saccharine notes, caramel and subtle spicing. Dry vinous fruitiness on the palate, light candied notes and spicing similar to the nose. Carbonation is high and prickly, a little much for my liking; alcohol flashes on the palate but isn't too obvious. Moderately dry and fairly sweet in the finish. A nice beer and fairly predictable within the style.

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.

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Leute Bok from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.