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Leute Bok - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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85
very good

293 Ratings
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-01-2003)
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biggred1

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

Dark amber with a massive tan head not unlike dishsoap that blew out of the bottle after careful opening and took 5 minutes to pour gently into the glass. Leaves big bubbles of lace on the glass. Smells savory, baking spices and dark fruit with a big hit of belgian yeast. Tastes like it smells with a warming hit of alcohol in the finish (The bottle is marked 7.5 ABV not 8.2)and a ton of fizzy carbonation that adds to the drinkability. A tasty brew.

03-12-2009 02:32:40 | More by biggred1
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

01-27-2009 16:02:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Served to me in its own Leute bok glass, which is pretty neat. Has the same picture of a goat that the bottle has and is an odd glass. It is shaped like a flower bud that is not opened but instead of a stem with a flat stand at the bottom it comes to a point, so the glass cannot be set down on its own. Instead, the glass comes with a leute bok piece of wood that bears an indentation to hold the glass.

Has a dark red body with a small tight head. Leaves bits of lacing behind.

Some tart fruit flavors including cherry come through the nose. Also some spicy aromas come through with a little bit of a roasted character.

When I tried this I was not sure what the actual style was. To me it tasted like belgian strong dark ale mixed with a bock. Lots of fruit sweetness is the focus of the drink. Cherry is the most noticeable flavor and is slightly tart. I still pick up slight notes of some sort of spice and a very slight roasted malt character. It is an interesting beer and I found it to be enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a fairly good deal of carbonation.

Pretty drinkable beer at 8.2 % ABV. Probably something I would order again.

12-31-2008 16:26:04 | More by Hojaminbag
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magictrokini

California

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

Dark, rich brown pour with a short and thick tan head. Excellent aroma of brown sugar, almonds, caramel malt, and driet fruit. Velvety mouthfeel. Warm, toasted malt flavor. Good amount of cherry, cocoa, nuts, raisins, and toffee, with a little maple. Sweet, but not too sweet. Nice alcohol warmth.

12-05-2008 21:47:21 | More by magictrokini
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schroe58

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +9%

a- beautiful full brown with red tint. thick foamy lasting head. pours very well. fantastic lacing. NEVER have poured a bottle with such a good head as this beer.

s- complex. nuttiness, a little bit of earth, dry leaves and bark, spice, and some other stuff that i can't quite put my finger on.

t- interesting and layered, molasses, yeast/biscuit, dry malt, hint of spice, old wood and actually a smooth floral hop flavor towards the end. tastes like autumn.

m- full and very smooth. has a nice weight to it.

d- i think this beer is nice as a slower sipper. it feels to full to be drunk at a pace anything approaching quick and i also think that you need time to sort out the complexity of this beer. it's a little harsh at first but then mellows out as you get used to it.

10-25-2008 21:12:55 | More by schroe58
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becktone

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%

From notes 9-20-08

Eye: Unlike described on the bottle this beer does not pour dark red. Instead, it pours a muddy and cloudy tannish brown, quite a bit lighter in color than the majority of bocks. The head on this beer is big. From the initial pour it resembled that of Duvel. Excellent head retention, after the initial pour, on subsequent pours the head is dense, rocky and thick. It never falters or misses a beat.

Nose: Odd aroma for a bock, then again this one is coming from Belgium, not Germany. Unexpectedly there is not a huge dark malt aroma up front, instead oak and cherry notes play a major role, some apple in there as well. Behind these aromas are chocolate and roasted aromas. The yeast used also gives off a unique aroma-though to describe though. Most interesting for a bock, to be sure.

Tongue: Really hoping that this one hasn't gone bad; these are really odd aromas to be coming from something billed as a bock....not too much flavor in here. At first a bit of sourness, kinda like an Oud Bruin-with oak and cherry notes....then some chocolate and brown/mildly kilned malt flavor. Earthy flavor mixes in with the malt flavors as well as some oak characters to foreshadow a dry finish. To me it tastes like a cross between a Belgian Strong Dark an Oud Bruin, and a bock. Interesting....

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium body with no special attributes, dry finish is about all. Carbonation is higher than one would expect for the style. This is one I'm tempted to come back to. I didn't pay for it, rather I got it for free as a sample. The problem is I'm not sure how old this bottle is. Is this beer supposed to taste like this, because I can kinda see it working. Or is this one supposed to be something quite different? If so, I'll say that for however old this beer is, it has held up pretty well, changing it completely into something else, very few hints of bock here, but enough to tell that the beer, either brewed to be the way it is out of my bottle or brewed to be something more bockish, is definitely influenced by the bock style.

09-23-2008 23:12:19 | More by becktone
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froghop

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

pours a dark brown with a red tint when held in the light, large tan head, very good lacing.

smell is of dark pitted fruit, caramel, malt, spice, brown sugar, a touch of smoke, roasted nuts.

taste is tart, dark fruit, touch of caramel, some spice, heavy carbonation, sour malt, somewhat dry finish and a touch bitter.

09-03-2008 23:33:32 | More by froghop
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

Looks Dutch to me but it is brewed in Belgium. The beer is a mahogany colour with a huge head. The nose is very malty but the taste has a clean thinness that actually adds to the drinkability though maybe detracts from the complexity. The beer lacks a rounded finish which beers such as Primator provide. I was ok with the flavours but the mouthfeel left me wanting more.

08-15-2008 01:18:31 | More by canucklehead
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danielharper

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

Appearance: Dark brown body, almost black, opaque, with a thick off-white (almost khaki) head that sticks around.

Smell: Very sweet, malty, yeasty. Aroma is subtle -- smells mostly like a Belgian take on a brown ale. Very nutty aroma with that Belgian funk underneath.

Taste: Very sweet, somewhat astringent. The Belgian funk is muted here, but the sweetness turned up a notch. The nuttiness is also there, and maltiness, and some hints of citrus. Finishes sweet, like a high-alcohol brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I'd normally expect, but not quite down to the "watery" level. Carbonation is low and hops are mild. Pretty much to-style.

Drinkability: Dangerously so, for such a high-alcohol beer. From the name, I was expecting something bock-like, and this pretty much fills that expectation perfectly.

07-13-2008 02:15:34 | More by danielharper
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TheLiterati

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured a velvety chocolate brown color with a lighter brown, long lasting head. Aroma is of dates, raisins and other dark fruit, which translated to the taste, along with a yeasty undertone.

Though there is a big malt presence, Leute didn't finish on palate as sugary as I'd expected. Instead there was a nice balance of sweet and something not so sweet that I wouldn't quite call spicy. I did pick up on the soda-y undertones that others have noted (root beer, for example).

I found the overall composition to be smooth, not overly strong or overly carbonated which lends nicely to the drinkability. Definitely worth a try, and one I'm likely to purchase again.

06-08-2008 15:50:38 | More by TheLiterati
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TheSarge

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

This brew produces an appearance of light chocolaty looking head, which is about two inches thick. The head dissipates into tighter, stickier looking head, which sticks to the glass very well. The body is quite hazy, and is dark caramel in color.

The aroma is very malty up front. I detect fragrances of brown sugar and toffee.

The taste is very sweet, something like brown sugar and caramel. It's almost cola like.

Mouth feel wise, it's very rich with carbonation but it doesn't overpower the taste. There is an alcoholic warming quality to this brew too.

At 8.2% ABV, this brew is still quite refreshing. Even on a very warm day, this can do quite nicely.

04-21-2008 15:40:10 | More by TheSarge
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nkwarrior

Tennessee

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%

Average for a belgian beer. simple, not complex. Impressive head... maybe too much. great color. Aroma is good.750ml bottle poured into a Leute Bok glass. I have visted Van Steenberge Brewery in Oct 2008. Most of thier beers are average in my opinion, this one maybe one of the better ones. will try again.

04-14-2008 01:50:01 | More by nkwarrior
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thierrynantes

France

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2007.
Appearance : brown color, tan foam head
Smell : malty, notes of chocolate
Taste and mouthfeel : lots of malt, roasted, long finish.
Drinkability : A very interesting example Dutch bock, brewered in Belgium by Van Steenberge

03-15-2008 19:21:29 | More by thierrynantes
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

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
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

Copped a 750 ML bottle from Gary's in Madison, as it was recommended to me by one of the employees there... Interesting, attractive bottle with a characteristic Bok goat on the label... Pours an outstanding dark-brown, slightly tan color with an immense frothy head which bubbled over my glass... smell was deep, dark, full of malts, licorice, and brown sugars... taste seemed highly carbonated, with obvious malts, dark sugars, prunes, figs, toffee, and a noticeable root-beer flavor... overall, the flavor wasn't a knock-out and was somewhat bland and not completely flavorful, although it didn't disappoint, and was crisp and refreshing with a decent mouthfeel... must be said that drinkability was very good, without any hint of bitterness or alcohol detected despite the hefty 8.2% ABV... a pretty good stab at the style, and not bad at all... interesting brew... Worth a try, but I wasn't blown away...

01-30-2008 23:20:27 | More by dsa7783
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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

750ml corked and caged bottle with no freshness date. Pours a dark mahogony with a two finger head, decent longevity and very nice lace. Big malt a cadni sugar aromas mixed with sherry, dried fruit and big yeasty smells. Again big malt and brown sugar flavors, sherry and dried dark fruits. the flavors are all there they just don't blend very well together. Perhaps this one needs to age a bit. A well made beer, just not smooth and balanced enough for me.

01-26-2008 01:00:15 | More by sabrills70
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

Sampled a bottle at the t' Poatersagt in Brugge. Served in the cool glass with no stem and on the wooden base. The beer poured a deep brown, almost black color with a thick and somewhat soapy looking head. There was a definite malty nose to this one. The taste was slightly bitter but dominated by the roasted malt taste. Overall, a well balanced and drinkable beer.

01-09-2008 21:16:49 | More by ggaughan
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

01-01-2008 04:29:00 | More by RblWthACoz
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Dirty penny bronze in hue with a ruby influence as well; seems to be clear (at least on the first pour from the 750ml, maybe there was a little haze on the second poor). Massive beige head, at the apex the foam was almost three fingers tall. The head collapsed to half that size in a few moments. Clumpy lacing clung to the side of the glass, it was spotty and unorganized. A small, tight cap lasted the entire consumption. Overall, the appearance is pleasant.

Fruity nose… apples, dates, raisins, figs, pears along with a Belgian yeast spiciness that I adore. Plenty of caramel malts are to be found along with hints of chocolate and toast. The more I sniff the more a dried cocoa powder and faint nuttiness emerges. I really like the malt profile of the nose. Is it a Bock? No. Is it a “Belgian Bock?” Sure… even though I am sure they use ale yeast. As such, the nose smells like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Whatever. It smells good. Loud potency. Inviting.

The palate is much dried than I was expecting; I was hopping for something a bit sweeter. I’m surprised a beer from Van Steenberge tastes like this! The malt profile is dried chocolate upfront with a splash of toffee and caramel. The fruitiness offers cherries and dates with hints of raisins and some apples. The alcohol is sort of awkward as it arrives from nowhere near the finish (it isn’t hot but I can notice it). The peppery hints at the finish seal the fate of this beer… it is way closer to a Belgian Ale than German Bock and I’m okay with that. I like the nose more than the palate but, by no means, is this beer not likeable.

Medium/medium-light in body, moderate, natural zippy carbonation; the mouthfeel works okay with the flavor profile. I wouldn’t mind a bit fuller body but how many Belgian Ales are full bodied? Okay, I’d be happy with a medium bodied beer…

This is one of those beers I’d drink every few years… okay, I first seen this beer some 6 years ago and I haven’t had it until today. Wasn’t really my loss, I do like the beer but it isn’t great. I do think there is a niche group of beer drinkers that would love it; it has Belgian qualities without being very sweet. For me, there are better options. I purchased my 750ml in Counicl Bluffs, IA

10-23-2007 03:41:20 | More by bditty187
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John_M

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

10-15-2007 15:53:56 | More by John_M
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.08/5  rDev -18.1%

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.

07-24-2007 05:54:53 | More by Gueuzedude
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socalde

California

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
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cbl2

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

6/18/2007 $7.49 750 mL 7.50% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a crystal medium to dark brown that is highlighted with ruby, and topped by a stunning display of 2 inch thick tightly packed tan head that is slow to settle. Nice lacing when head finally simmers down.

Aroma:

Roasted caramel aroma. Loads of sweetness. No hops to speak of.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Initially this is very similar to a bock, with a smooth palate accompanied by sweet caramel, but this quickly transitions into something else entirely, with the tartness of fresh cherries stepping up into the forefront.

Caramel sweetness and a touch of peat reassert themselves in the long lingering finish. Tough to categorize what this is exactly, but it is tasty, so who cares.

06-18-2007 21:58:43 | More by cbl2
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

I had this on tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in PA. The most interesting aspect was the glassware, almost as unique as the Kwak goblet. This comes with a wooden base that has a crater milled out in the center. The glass has a half-sphere bottom which fits into the base, but will never balance without it.

The bartender insisted it was a dopple-bock, providing evidence of the goat on the handle and the "bok" in the name. No way this is a bock or a dopple bock though, this tastes like a Flanders brown ale. The aroma and flavor have strong sour components, almost apple cidery in a way. The appearance was deep dark color with nicely fluffed tan foam on top. I drank it all because it was rude not to (someone else paid for it), but I honestly was in the mood for a doppelbock when I ordered it. Oh well, still a nice Belgian beer.

06-16-2007 19:01:22 | More by TurdFurgison
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Served in one of the coolest glasses, it poured a very dark color with a white fluffy head that did not go away. Taste and smell; barnyardy and hints of fruit, white grape or pear. The alcohol is kind of hidden in the smoothness, a bit sweet, but very good.

06-01-2007 01:07:25 | More by OWSLEY069
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