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Leute Bok - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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very good

274 Ratings
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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Kooz

New York

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 01:45:58 | More by Kooz
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 00:06:14 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of Humulus85


3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 22:09:12 | More by Humulus85
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 23:15:20 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of Douberd


4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 21:10:52 | More by Douberd
Photo of wagenvolks


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 18:40:59 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 00:52:44 | More by oberon
Photo of douggoodavage


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 00:16:24 | More by douggoodavage
Photo of slammgrass


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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%.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 22:28:37 | More by slammgrass
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 00:58:17 | More by jrenihan
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 17:46:06 | More by thagr81us
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 23:05:15 | More by liamt07
Photo of bigdeuce


4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 02:31:27 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of bobhits


2.55/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 17:54:36 | More by bobhits
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.


Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 03:07:06 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of BeerLover99


4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.


Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 16:41:29 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 19:17:47 | More by Squelch
Photo of mrfrancis


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 18:43:50 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of BierStein711


4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 22:33:33 | More by BierStein711
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 01:12:27 | More by SebD
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a nice fluffy eggshell head of three fingers. Very dark brown. Bright. OK carbonation. Good retention with a full finger of nice head with a bit of chunky lace.

S - Dark fruit, cherries, some bread

T - More dark fruit, cherry is nice again, a little bready again.

M - Nice carbonation, nice sweet finish, full body.

O/D - Quite nice. The fruity ester element is great. Not overly complex, but solid. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 02:26:59 | More by tbeckett
Photo of socon67

New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very odd beer. Especially since the label notes it is "Bok" and it is here as the more adequate class of Belgian Dark. I'll review it as the style on BA.

A - Pours Amber with a red hue. Wild foam on top that looks like my washing machine.

S - Scents of raisin, plum, and fig. Strong malty aroma.

T - Dried fruit flaovr that has a bready yeast flavor. Finish has a peppery spice to it. Intriguing complexity, and leads to a hearty palate.

M - Feels heavy. This should be enjoyed alone. Very rich and gritty feel.

O - I'd put this in the interesting category. Steenburge is a decent belgian brewery and this is worth trying but would not be most people's go to belgian dark.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 16:24:35 | More by socon67
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 01:17:13 | More by biegaman
Photo of Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful pomegranate red colour when held up to light, with a significantly tall bubbly foam head. Favourable retention and noticeable lacing.

S: Dark fruits, plum, hints of white grape, sour balsamic vinegar, toffee, and caramel-like malts. Unique blend of aromas that compliment surprisingly well together.

T: Caramel and dark fruits (raisins & plums) coupled with a slight vinegar sourness, but not as strong as the smell indicated initially. A lingering smokiness is present towards the finish. Never tasted something like this before, but I'm enjoying it.

M: Lighter body with a mild carbonation. Bitter and fairly dry.

D: Interesting interpretation of a belgian strong dark ale and one that I am certainly enjoying. With the smoky aspect this isn't something I'd be able to have more than one of, but a good offering regardless.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 04:25:29 | More by Digimaika2
Photo of barleyroad


4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in appearance, clear and nice. Smell has hints of hops, but lacking as a full body smell. Mouthfeel is nice on the tongue and leaves very little after taste. Taste is eventful, and leaves you wanting some more. Malty flavor with slightly hopped. Nicely done for this style of beer. Will go nicely with BQ.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 00:27:22 | More by barleyroad
Leute Bok from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.