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Leute Bok - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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 SeanRedd
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin body, red hue, obnoxious carbonation, acidic rasberry aroma, sharp fruit, simmering syrup, mouth puckering, tart squeezing, spicy cola. Anno 1927, be on the el bano b/w 19 and 27 times. Makes excessive saliva drip like MJ. Cool label, too big of a bottle, hyped up in top 500, not authentic Bock. Not bad, worth a sip, if I were stranded in the back country of Belgium surrounded by sheep and rednecks.

SeanRedd, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of JRed
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, orange-brown with off white head. Strong aroma of sour notes, citrus rind, zest, and toffee. Sour flavors, light and dark fruits, lemon zest, tart. Medium-high carb sizzles on the tongue with a crisp, clean mouthfeel. The alcohol doesn't show too much through the flavors which is nice. A zesty fruit bowl of a beer.

JRed, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of SFLpunk
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL brown glass cork-finished. Date was on the crown cap, but was smudged off.

Appearance: Poured into a chalice. Fluffly, almost crunchy tan head leaves spotting as it slowly recedes. Hazy mahogany, reddish brown.

Nose: Nice caramel and chocolate malt notes, sweet baking spices, light brown sugar.

Palate: Medium-bodied with lots of coffee, toffee, brown sugar, milk chocolate flavors and a nice, almost crisp finish. Carbonation is lively and keeps the beer from being too sweet. Nice bitter coffee/chocolate notes on the finish. Some yeasty characteristics underline the deeper notes.

Notes: Really a lot better than I was expecting it to be, honestly. A great bock, with somewhat tame Belgian influences.

SFLpunk, May 30, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Stinkypuss, May 15, 2009
Photo of saintwarrick
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew pours a slightly cherry red, very light for this style, I have to say. White head billows up pretty easily. Aroma is solid, a bready maltiness, some faint sugars and dark fruits like raisins and figs. Taste is very light and thin, not too thin, but noticeable for the style. Dark malts, brown sugar and fruits are the norm, but there's nothing that really sticks out. Alcohol is well hidden. Finish is slightly dry.

A solid but unremarkable brew.

saintwarrick, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of atsprings
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Pit served in a Gouden Carolus gold-rimmed chalice a nice crisp copper with a thin diminishing head. The aroma is a hint of sweet malts with that typical bock bite. The taste is a subtle sweetness that comes through stronger in the finish along with a touch of wood. The beer is on the light side of medium with the 8.2% well hidden. This is a very enjoyable Bock that is certainly worth trying.

atsprings, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

biggred1, Mar 12, 2009
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 Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Hojaminbag, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of schroe58
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

schroe58, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of becktone
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

becktone, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

froghop, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

canucklehead, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of danielharper
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

danielharper, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of TheLiterati
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

TheLiterati, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of TheSarge
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

TheSarge, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of nkwarrior
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

nkwarrior, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

thierrynantes, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

sinstaineddemon, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

dsa7783, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of sabrills70
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

sabrills70, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of ggaughan
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ggaughan, Jan 09, 2008
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 bditty187
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

bditty187, Oct 23, 2007
Leute Bok from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.