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Leute Bok - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 320
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | 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 BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of pkalix
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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... (390 characters)

Photo of Kooz
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (922 characters)

Photo of Humulus85
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 330mL bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a deep, clear, auburn. Produced a dense, cream colored head. Solid retention and some decent lacing.

Nice malty aroma with some belgian yeast. Toffee, a hint of chocolate and dark fruits, not much hop presence, and a whiff of alcohol.

Bread, Belgian yeast, toffee, vanilla, currants, hop bitterness, alcohol, in that order. Not super complex and could be more flavorful, but very clean and balanced.

Medium in body, with copious amount of carbonation. Very well balanced in the finish between sweetness, dryness, and alcohol. Coats the mouth well and a wisp of clean alcohol evaporates off the back of the tongue. Very drinkable for the style.

Overall this was a decent Belgian Strong Dark. Where it lacks in depth and amount of flavor, it makes up in drinkability. This is likely due to it's relatively low ABV. A flavorful and nice drinking beer, but it falls short of being a great Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It was a nice addition to a sample pack, but I can't say I'd seek it out again. Recommended to those new to or looking to get into Belgian ales. Cheers! (1,120 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown, light bubbles thourgh the body with an off-white head rising to maybe a finger's length.

Smell: Really light yeast.

Taste: Rich yeast slightly bitter and malty. It is an off sweet with a slight maple feel to it.

Mouth: Medium and smooth, sharp texture with bubbles still popping while you lay the glass down.

Overall: With this beer no complaints it is simple and strong. It is also one of the few which can suit any drinker. Enjoy this one on me, Salud! (509 characters)

Photo of Douberd
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle of 330 ml, bought as a part of 6 Belgian ales, all of them from Van Steenberge brewery. The 3 Augustijns the package contained didn't disappointed me, so my hopes are high for this one too.
Beige head, creamy, two fingers in height, slowly it dissolves to a thin line of foam.The beer's body is dark amber in colour.
Fruity aroma with caramel notes.
Taste is great, roasted malts, some caramel and some dark chocolate too. Sweet at first but with a slighty bitter aftertaste.
On the body is thick and oily, carbonation average. (534 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a Ranger Creek tulip. Listed at 7.5% ABV

Gorgeous pour delivers a clear, ruddy amber tinted with golden hues. Carbonation is aggressive and produces a creamy khaki head on top that retains exceedingly well. Aroma is decidedly Belgian, with caramel malt and browned apple flesh from the yeast. Tangy and rich with malt.

Flavor is more of the same, but a bit sharper as the carbonation dries the back of the tongue. Fruity esters and a touch of booze give way to a leafy bitterness on the finish. Malts taste a tad like stale bread crust, but have enough caramel to suffice as a tasty brew. Creamy carbonation level turns snappy and crisp toward the end of each sip. Body is decidedly thinner than the ABV suggests. Overall, a tasty Belgian ale. Simple, flavorful, and drinkable. (797 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of douggoodavage
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper, amber, ruby color nice fluffy off white head only lasts for a sweet minute or two. Scent of Belgium yeast, wood, alcohol, & browned / candied sugar. Tastes very good with superb caramel maltiness, subtle fruit hoppiness, spice cake like aftertaste. Overall a very nice beer. (282 characters)

Photo of slammgrass
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours heady into a tulip with about a 1 cm head. Dark ruby and thick.
Smell/Aroma: Belgian "yeast," tart, cranberry.
Mouthfeel and taste: Very refreshing at a strong 7.5%. Bright and carbonated, doesn't taste strong, tastes much lighter than 7.5; little to no spice but with a slight sweetness just on the swallow, dry.
Overall: Very refreshing at a strong 7.5%. Purchased in Feb 2012 from ABC Drinks Leuven. Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Of note is that on BeerAdvocate, this beer is classified as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but I think (after reading the brewery website and the bottle) that it's supposed to be a double/doppelbock, and not a Belgian strong dark, as the Augustijn Donker or the Bornem Dubbel of the same brewery. The goat and hops on the label are a nod to the former brewery, and may possibly be a nod to the style of German bocks brewed during winter. Sorry didn't mean to geek out too much, but I felt like part of the reviews here are reviewing this beer as a Belgian Strong Dark of which this is not (checked Ratebeer too) The bottle I drank listed ABV at 7.5%. (1,106 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 11/07/2013

Beer is a reddish brown, with a large off-white head. Very solid looking head and great retention- head just sits there.

Nose is VERY faint. A bit of dark fruit and sweet malt. Hard to pick up anything. The whiffs are fine.

Taste better, but not a standout. Fairly sweet, with juicy dark fruits. Raisin and fig, with sweet bready malt. Finish has a slight bitterness. A bit of spice. Kind of thin, and certainly not complex.

Medium bodied, certainly light for the style. Strong carbonation.

Overall, decent but not a great beer. There are so many good BSDAs out there that I certainly wouldn't feel the need to drink this one again, though it is relatively enjoyable. (688 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a massively dark reddish brown with a two finger khaki colored head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, earth, and milk chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, dark fruit, and dark chocolate. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I really didn't expect much from this one, but it definitely brought a little more to the table than I was expecting which was nice. This one was quite complex and refreshing as it was really well balanced. Defintely worth trying if you get the chance as you will probably be surprised. (736 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of bigdeuce
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking beer, provides a terrific introduction. Very dark color, almost hazelnut dark. Classic belgian scents, yeasty a bit of candied sugar. Taste is terrific, with a pull of plums, not tart, wild but not overwhelming cherries. Very tasty. Goes down smoothly with a light to medium mouth feel. Good thing the government has not declared this one "illegal" because it would be more popular than prohibition moonshine! (423 characters)

Photo of bobhits
2.55/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Buttery rich body backed by overly sour green apples. The mix ends up towards the sweet and butter side, but a strange beer. A lovely but not especially great looking beer. The aromas are far too towards the sour and odd side of things.

This is not a beer I'd ever want to go back to. It has some unique blends of flavors but I'm not enjoying this at all. (357 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a custom looking, kind of pint glass with a pointed base, I really don't know how to explain it...

A: Pours a very creamy and dark caramel hue with not nearly as much head as most Belgians. It looks like it could be pretty thick; I was able to force a finger and a half of creme colored foam.

S: Smells richly sweet with apricots, figs, maple syrup, plums, some banana and dates, very deep in dense fruits.

T/M: Carbonation is much higher than it appears but is still only moderately bubbly. Fruitiness is potent but balanced; fig, dates, white grape, melon, biscuit maltiness. It's just a tad bitter and brighter in contrast to the aroma.

This is a great tasting Belgian and a good change of pace from the more champagne-like brews. I hope it's also available without the glass.

TheBeerAlmanac.com (825 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper/tan shiny body, finger creamy head,
wonderful lacing

S: malt, spice, mild yeast, figs/dates

T: sweet malt, grain, ripe fruits, smooth spicy finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth/chewy mouth

O: Another fine Belgian beer.
Would get again + recommend.
Looking forward to trying more
from this brewery.

VERY GOOD, WORTH TRYING! (338 characters)

Photo of Squelch
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish brown colored. no head. no lacing.

Smell: Smells like sweet malt.

Taste: Extremely malty. Wonderful roasted malts. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Medium bodied.

Overall: A pleasant beer. Wonderful maltiness. Excellent flavor. Will have again. (266 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I'm serving this one in a chalice because I don't have the semi-iconic glass in which this ale is normally served. From the bottle, it pours a clear, dark amber with a puffy, lingering beige mousse. This is a bit lighter in hue than many Belgian dark ales, but it still looks great.

S: The nose is dominated by aromas of caramel, spice, and roasted grain. The smell is very spicy, yet almost stout-like in a way.

T: Notes of caramel, toffee apples, woody spices, bitter chocolate, coffee, and roasted grain hit the palate sharply. The finish is toasty and warming with coffee, chocolate, and roasted grain flavors.

M: Medium to full in body, though a bit closer to the former than to the latter. This one is rather dry and firm with subtle carbonation. There is no alcohol burn whatsoever, making this a very drinkable strong ale.

O: From the lighter hue, toasty overtones, and lighter, drier body, I'm beginning to get the impression that this ale's recipe has been tweaked substantially. Glancing at the information on the bottle supports this assertion, as my bottle is showing an abv of 7.5% instead of 8.2%. In the end, it doesn't matter if this ale has changed somewhat, as it is still a very nice example of a Belgian strong dark ale. (1,249 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into chalice

No freshness date

Four finger head

A: Ruby red and black

S: Malts and hops, spices too, its like an old port wine

T: Like Sam Adams Winter Lager

Overall: Best beer from Belgium I have had. I am confused on the style though as it resembles a bock lager rather than an ale. I am going to research this distinction and find some others like it. (374 characters)

Photo of SebD
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with bright red hues when put it light. It has a nice beige head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet malts with dark fruit, some raisins, light spices and some bready yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet fruity flavor, nice bready yeast, floral hops bringing a light bitterness and some spices.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. (587 characters)

Leute Bok from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.