Leute Bok | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 3 of 6 of the Belgians six pack from LCBO. Served fairly cold into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance - Dark, dark brown liquid spilled into the glass and yielded 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Garnet colored when held up to the light. Decent head retention and some spidery lacing around the glass.Beer is dark enough and opaque enough that no guess can be made at carbonation level.

Smell - Cherries, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, dark fruits namely figs. A little bit of that Belgian yeast smell too. Just the slightest shade of earthiness in the form of peat.

Taste - Slightly bitter kind of like dark bitter chocolate. Fruits are not as up front and in the spotlight on the tastebuds as they were in the nose. That peat undercurrent detected on the nose shows up a bit more here which combined with the bitterness, is reminiscent of a black licorice. Also trace coffee bean flavor.

Mouthfeel - Nice, smooth and fairly rich, ABV is imperceptible. Sharp dry finish with low to medium carbonation before that.

Overall - While complex the peat undercurrent kind of threw me off on this one and didn't enjoy as much as others in the style. Looks like I'm a sucker for sweeter Belgian Dark Ales.

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Photo of spoony
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a special Leute Bok orb-looking glass with wooden holder.

A-This is a pretty good-looking beer. It is dark brown, nearly black, and topped by a dense two-finger khaki head. The head has good retention and leaves some lacing behind.

S-The smell is not very strong for a BSDA. There is a bit of milk chocolate, some dark bread, and a bit of vague, hoppy bitterness.

T-The taste is slightly more impressive than the smell with a hint of dark, dried fruit and some milky chocolate. There is also a little bitterness towards the finish, but all-in-all, this brew is kind of boring.

M-The beer is light to medium weight for the style with light to moderate carbonation.

O-Once you get past the looks, which are pretty solid, there is not much happening with this "Bok." The smell and flavors are uninspiring and the feel is strangely light. On the positive side, the alcohol is well-hidden. Also, the orb-type glass and stand are kind of fun to play with.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 33 cL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a murky caramel brown with 1 inch light tan head. Good retention.
S: Sweet bready belgian yeast, caramel malt, and dark dried fruit (e.g. raisin, fig, etc.).
T: Sweet caramel malt, fresh belgian yeast, and dark dried fruit. Follows aroma, but comes across quite sweet.
M: Light body. Sweet and a bit chewy feel. Hint of peppery spice tingles the tongue.
D: Nice drinkability in a fairly straight-forward beer. Nothing special, but certainly a decent brew.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice out of a 11.2oz glass. Obtained this through a Van Steenberge gift pack back in December 2012.

Pours a dank, plum-dark looking beer with brownish hues circling the glass. Some light goes through it, but it definitely is nearly opaque overall. There's plenty of carbonation all around, alongside a fluffy two-finger large head that coats the top of the glass as the yeast drifts in. The head settles down, but a ring with lots of large bubbles and yeasty residue remains atop. Lacing is excellent to say the very least, and overall it looks pretty delectable, if not slightly lacking viscosity.

The aroma contains various classic BSDA flavors all around, ranging from dark fruits, but interestingly enough there's a malty backbone that highly resembles German doppelbocks. This being a Belgian "bok" beer, I'm honestly not surprised there. Plums, dark cherries, raisins, lightly scented clove, rosemary... And then, soon after, these phenols are followed by juicy, caramelized malty flavors that are known in bock beers. Some pepper and herbal stinging sensations follow, but it's subtle. Doesn't smell too boozy overall. Quite good.

The flavor is not quite as lively as the smell, but it still holds itself pretty solidly. The first sip is filled with a creamy, juicy texture of more plums and raisins, as well as figs, but soon afterwards is followed by a malty flavor that mutes the yeasty flavors, in spite of providing a rich texture. The finish ends pretty smoothly, without any distractions from the alcohol, but it is overtly yeasty, and unbalanced especially in giving some off grainy notes. Slightly watery towards the finish. The flavors meld decently well, but I'm wondering if I should have had this fresher - the hop characteristics seem muted. It's not a chore to drink, but it's not super astonishing.

Van Steenberge are particularly known in my experience for their yeast strains and dry hop wizardry. The pleasant, juicy yeasty properties are here, but it's lacking in substance and feels like a strange hybrid between a doppelbock and a BSPA rather than something more balanced. Not bad by any means, but I'd probably not return to this one as readily as their other beers.

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
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".

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
2.91/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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Photo of Maurod4d
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a good bite on the front, and a yeast yet malty finish. Leute has a great balanced feel on the tongue as well almost velvet like. When poured into a glass it had a nice almond colored head.

All in all the best beer out of the belgium sample thus far. Not a bad beer to drink.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed December 29, 2012. Served at 35°F and drank to above 50°F. Poured into a Pint Glass.

Appearance: Dark red with a caramel-like appearance. 1 finger tan head, but it appears to disappear quickly.

Smell: Nice dark malts with yeast make this drink.

Taste: The yeast definitely make a strong appearance here. It adds a nice tart taste to it all. Toffee notes come in at the of the drink. Dark fruits do make an appearance, but it's all nice here.

Mouthfeel: Feels extremely smooth. Nice medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall: This is definitely not a strong drink by any means, but I would strongly recommend to someone that is just getting into beers or who has a long night of drinking. A delicious casual drink.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle out of the Brouwerij Van Steenberge mixed 6-pack. Sampled on December 29, 2012.

The pour is a reddish-brown tone with a full beige head that is soft and lingering. Good clarity.

The aroma is alive with dark malts, sweet sugar, yeast, and caramel. It smells the way a dopplebock should with a Belgian twist.

The body is medium and smooth and holds together well.

The taste is full of sweet malts with low to no bitterness. It is not dissimilar to something that you might get in the heart of Germany. Quite nice.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass. This pours a reddish brown tea color slightly hazy with a mid sized tan / off white head which has a good retention. The smells are of dark fruit and malts. The feel is medium. The taste is good but light, a little dark fruit, and malts.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
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

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Photo of KKB
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A – I tell ya, these Belgians and their carbonation. Crimson-brown body with a lot of sediment in there, somewhat translucent. The head is just a towering light beige with super tightly knit bubbles that leaves chunks of lacing strewn across the top of the glass. Not sure how I feel about the sediment, but that aside, so far so good.

S – The smell is very interesting. Fruity and spicy with cherries, plums, a slight ginger/cinnamon, and it has a tartness to it as well that is very pleasant. It has a sugary malt character to it as well.

T – Unfortunately I’m not really overcome with joy upon sipping this. Entirely unfortunate as the appearance and nose caused me to believe I might just be in for something special here. It still tastes rather good but it is slightly off, slightly bland. For what it’s worth it’s entirely enjoyable but I just felt like it was going to be great. As far as flavor goes, you get the fruit here as well, but it is very dialed back and softer/more crisp. It is delightfully drinkable, but it really just lacks a defining element so that the taste is somewhat “blah”—muddled as it were, and muted. It has a very slight sour element to it (which is actually one of it’s redeeming factors) but it is overall just kind of bready. I think the operative word here is drinkable, and that it has in spades, but in the flavor department it is not a rockstar.

M – The mouthfeel is outstanding, I will grant it that. Just the right amount of carbonation, and if it had more flavor the effect the carbonation and medium-light body would have produced a symphony of lusciousness that would delight all who drink it. But even the mouthfeel is a little lackluster in the face of such wanting flavor.

O – A gorgeous beer, a great nose, above average taste, great mouthfeel. I like this beer, it is very good. But it is not wonderful, nor great, nor inspiring. It is definitely worth a try, and I might even buy it again, but it really is not spectacular.

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Photo of diamondc
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Van Steenberge sampler pack.

A: Off white colored head, lots of lacing showing up after the initial pour. A bit of a murky dark ruby tint.

S: Big milk chocolate, toffee notes, molasses, graham cracker notes. Fig, dark cherry and plum, too. Really damn good.

T: Cherry, toffee, caramel, wheat bread. Some tartness, a bit unusual and out of place. A letdown after the aroma.

M: A bit thin, fizzy, almost. Was expecting something more fuller.

O: A good BSDA ... could have been more maltier, I'd probably buy this again if nothing else was good on the shelf.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Bung
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another from the sampler. Dark rust colored pour, maybe a finger of cream foam. Laced just a bit.

Aroma, pretty malty, caramel, some molasses. Very faint yeasty spice.

Taste, toffee and yeast spice here. Finishes with corriander, nutmeg. Fairly straight forward.

Not quite mid bodied to me. Ample to higher carbonation. Pretty easy drinking like the others in the sampler, just not as good as the Draak or Piraat.

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Photo of pkalix
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice looking brown, decent lacing.
S- a little fruity,a little tart....
T- getting through it, some alcohol in the taste but not a bad brew....
M- meh....
O- overall, a very UNremarkable beer. part of a sampler pack (again) and just kind of "there". not bad- easy to drink for a 7.5%, but wouldnt purchase it on my own. much better belgiums out there, or even some really good germans...

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Photo of Kooz
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing I've had from this brewery has been anything less than very good, so I am looking forward to this one.

Pours to an opaque brown with a slight tan head with tight bubbles. It's pretty.

Nose is a bit disappointing; a little too much alcohol and doesn't balance great with the molasses smell.

Tastes a bit floral with sweetness and maybe a little tangyness.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Foamy and creamy, slightly bubbly but not bitey, it's a really nice texture in the mouth. It's a thick beer but doesn't drink syrupy.

This is an excellent beer which I'd gladly drink again.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 poured into a tulip

A- Super hazy pour, brown, almost black. It has a massive head of large bubbles. This beer almost exploded on me when I opened it, I had the bottle cap half off and foam all down my arm, so watch out.

S- A slight sweetness. There is a lot of dark fruits. Some caramel and roastyness. Some spices from the yeast.

T- Its really drinkable and It goes down faster then I can catch all the flavors. There is dark fruits in this, A lot of grapes and raisins. A nice big sweetness. Not as much caramel as I was expecting but a lot of caramel and some toffee. This is a really solid and easy drinking beer.

M- Like I said, it drinks really smooth and easy, I wasn't expecting that from a beer this size. Super drinkable and nice dry aftertaste.

O- This is a really solid beer, I wish I had more then one or it was in larger bottles. Its tasty and super smooth, my favorite from this brewery thus far.

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