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Leute Bok - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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299 Ratings
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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-01-2003)
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Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

John_M, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Gueuzedude, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of socalde
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

socalde, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of cbl2
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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


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.


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


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.

cbl2, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

TurdFurgison, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

OWSLEY069, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of Nutleybeer
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge head that lingers and does not fade away...excellent lace clings to the sides of the glass. Stays there too.

A dark brownish-red color...a bit cloudy.

Has a pleasant smell, yeasty with a hint of spice. A crisp taste, not too strong, even with the 8.20% ABV. Tingly on the tip of your tongue.

I received the bottle as a gift. It came with its own serving glass, sort of the top half of a wine glass. No stem, though. Instead, there is a wood base it sits in. Interesting, just be careful not to spill it.

Nutleybeer, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of shivtim
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the balancing wood block glass at the Brick Store in Georgia. Clear but deep brown/amber, with a big off-white foamy head. Nose is sweet malts, pears, yeast and barnyard hay. Taste is sweet plums at first and a malt backbone with spicy pepper and slight toffee on the finish. Hint of alcohol on warming. Mouthfeel is good, it's dense and bubbly. Drinkability is good.

shivtim, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of psinderson
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in traditional glassware.

Appearance: Dark brown or deep red with a thick caramel-colored head. Very nice.

Smell: Some molasses and brown sugar with some caramel malt in the background.

Taste: A little bland up front but with a good molasses/caramel finish. A bit of alcohol there too. Finishes with a mild hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, decent feel.

Drinkability: Good level of complexity and relatively smooth.

psinderson, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of fartingdog
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cellared 1 year (in quite respectable and consistent cellar conditions), wish I'd have reviewed the one I had then that was fresh.

Opened with an aggressive 'pop'. Pours a dark caramelly color like I remembered, but where's the head I remember?

Initially starts out sweet, but is immediately cancelled out by some sour notes and the funk flows in your nose. this beer obviously caught something in the last year and is going down hill in a bad way. Yeast and other pleasant flavors are still detectable immediately, but everything gets replaced by the sourness (this is not an offensive sourness BTW, just NOT what you want in this beer.)

Mouthfeel is still pretty good.

The low marks on this one are in no reflection of a fresh version, I remember being quite tasty. But, for the love of god, DO NOT cellar this beer.

fartingdog, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of ChillMike
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark and opaque nutmeg brown color with a quite large tan head that initially recedes quite quickly but leaves a nice finger width of froth on top. Spotty lacing remains in patches around the glass. 4

S: Smells of candi malts, a bit of citrus, and some hints of chocolate and a definite presence of yeast. Very light on the nose, besides having a nice sweet smell doesn't seem to be a whole lot else going on here. 3.5

T: A nice chocolatey flavor followed by a very pleasant citrusy hop flavor that give the beer a nice "lift". Also quite a bit of spices in this one. Nothing too special or different about this one however I do enjoy the nice precence of hops. 4.0

MF: You can tell as soon as your pour this ale that it's heavy on the carbonation, it's almost a bit sharp as it dances on your tongue, although the bottle says it's a "full body" I find it just a bit watered down very slight but still noticeable. 3.5

D: Very drinkable beer, except for it's price, it's more of a middle of the road beer for this style but comes with a more upper eschelon pricetag. It definitely warms you up a bit as well as you drink. Glad I picked it up to give it a try. 4.0

ChillMike, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife bought me this beer fro Christmas mainly because it comes with a crazy glass that you can only set down in its special wooden holder. I had said that i wanted some more glassware and this certainly fits the bill. I drank the beer out of its own glass. Poured milk chocolate brown with a massive head. beer is slightly cloudy with good lacing. Sour odor like cherries and sourbough bread. Taste is less sour than the odor lets on. Sweat, bread, malts are all things i pick up. Some bitter spiciness on the finish. Full and well balanced. I nice beer for drinking, mainly because it really improves as you go through the bottle (or maybe this is true for all beers, i dont know). The sourness keeps it interesting throughout. dont think i'd buy it again unless i wanted a pair of those crazy glasses.

aforbes10, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of pootz
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Corked magnum bottle

Pours a clouded deep copper colored ale into the glass...2 finger rocky cap reduced to a sticky surface lace and stays the drink, laces the side well enough. Very effervescent from bottle conditioning.

Aroma is of musty burlap and some sweetness over fermenting fruits and almonds...nice nose.

Moderate malt decernment, medium-light body, peppery mouth feel, spritzy-yeasty-fruity character.

Profile: Up front some sweetness from caramelized malts, then a rush of sour musty tastes much like spoiled fruits...finish is crisp and spritzy but yeasty with the fruits punching through and a light bittering from the hopping....yeasty-sweet aftertaste.

I’m not partial to this one...sharp edges, too yeasty and undeveloped and I’m double pissed off because they fooled me into thinking it was a bock beer.

pootz, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one grew on me after awhile...
Plum and raisin notes surface against a firm malty backbone. Give it time to warm and you'll be rewarded. Pours with minimal foam, an opaque chestnut mass of goodness. Faintly sweet and nutty at first. Carbonation is moderate, and casts a hazy skim of bubbles over the surface. A funky, fruity yeast makes an appearance also.

Solid example of the style, would have this again.

emerge077, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

...o Van Steenberge...is there a better brewery in this world?...

This isn't on the level of their Gulden Draak or Piraat, but it is mighty fine. Poured into my Gulden Draak glass since I don't have that nifty Leute glass with the wood base. Got an enormous head the lasted a long time before settling. Nice burnt copper-brown color. Gobs of lace.

The aroma offers spices like nutmeg and white pepper mixed with a plum fruitiness, chocolatey malts and small blazes of alcohol and yeast in the background.

The flavor is mostly caramel and plum, bready, slightly tinted with dessert-y spices, a little chocolate, and some pumpernickel showing itself in the finish. Yum.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, as the flavors hint at something rounder and more robust. This is only slightly helped by letting it warm a little before sipping further.

Another delicious offering by the great Van Steenberge brewery. It is, at the very least, worthy of sitting in my mighty Gulden Draak glass.

Metalmonk, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a dirty brown in color with an explosive head that literally shot the cork right out of the bottle after I untwisted the metal holding ring. The head in the glass was quite substantial as well but finally settled down into a thin whitish-brown film.

Smell – Big yeast (of course) and slight toasty malts form the base of this nose. The fruits are unusual. They consist of a very light orange and banana mix along with a dominant star fruit. There’s a little date in there as well and no sense of alcohol.

Taste – The malt really caramels up at the taste and dominates the fruiting from the nose. The yeast pulls back but isn’t out of the picture yet. So, it’s more of a yeasty caramel treat then anything else at this point.

Mouthfeel – This is bigger than medium-bodied and almost full. It’s overcarbonated for sure but still manages to supply a caressing mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This definitely isn’t one of my favs but it was a treat to drink.

RoyalT, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The lacing and head are brown, the head is dense and the color is cloudy and brown. The smell is light and sweet with hints of apple, raisan, and plum. The taste is pretty sweet with plum and raisan tones. The cork has added it's own flavor to it making it earthy and woody. The mouthfeel was ok. Overall it's a good experience because of the age of the beer being so high. It does however make me wonder about what it's taste would be like fresh.

Erdinger2003, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME, served in the neat pointy glass with a wood stand. A brown color, with a thin head. It had a malty, sweet aroma. The taste was fairly sweet, mostly raisins. I liked this beer, but, like other reviewers thought it would be a little more complex. And, it's certainly not a beer to drink a lot of in one sitting.

lordofthewiens, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I originally bought the beer because I wanted the glass that it came with--the glass that you should never give to drunk people. In any case, the beer turned out to be pretty good. The malts are 100% of a dopplebock, but with the wacky creativity that is expected from the Belgians. The beer is fermented as an ale, which brings out some wonderful estery and phenols. They may have added a does of special B malts. Combined, a fruity (grapes, plumbs, and figs) flavor and aroma jumps out. A tart, spicy character soon follows up due to the crazy Belgain yeasts. The beer becomes lightly crusty, raison-ey. Warming without becomming fusal. Quite peppery and yeasty through to the finish with a light molassas finish. Complex and creative. Not my favorite, but good for a unique and quality experience.

BEERchitect, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of sulldaddy
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am splitting a 1.5 liter bottle with BA Stopper. Pouring at room temp into a stemmed bock glass the beer is a little foamy on the pour with 4 cm of fluffy beige head rushing up with gentle pour. The head recedes to a sturdy surface layer quickly.
Aroma is pretty malty with caramel and brown sugar mostly and perhaps a bit of fruit. Not overly complex but definitely appealing.
First sip reveals an average body with very mild almost non-existent carbonation. THe flavor is similar to nose with sweet malt from start to finish. This is a decent brew, but thought it might be a little more complex being a Belgian Bok. I liked it well enough, but probably wouldnt buy it again.

sulldaddy, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of ccrida
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing you might want to consider is that this is not a traditional German bock, but in fact a Belgian strong dark ale. If stylistic expectations determine your enjoyment of a given beer, you should realize that the top fermenting Leute Bok is a certainly no Bavarian lager.

Served on draft in the official Leute Bok tumbler, this is a really cool piece of glassware. The tumbler is cylinder shaped, with a bullet-tipped bottom that cannot stand on it's on, but instead rests in a square wooden block with a recessed center and Leute Bok labeled on the front. I have one of these at home, and it's a fun trick to serve it to a guest and watch them carry the coaster around for awhile before breaking down and asking for a different glass! Still, it works fine at the bar, has great novelty appeal, and sports a great color graphic of the goat logo right in the middle.

Pours a faint ruby brown, with moderate haze and an small, milky head that quickly subsides, leaving behind very little lace. The aroma is sweet and vinous, with some tart fruit esters lingering in the background, and no noticeable hops, and is overall rather mild. The taste is mainly sweet and very slightly sour, dominated by (Special B?) malt, with traces of caramel, prune, oak and banana, making the Leute Bok pleasantly complex, if a bit thin in the mouthfeel. Still, the body is typically digestible for a strong Belgian, for a smooth, easy-drinking, and deceptively strong beer, which overall is really quite enjoyable.

ccrida, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Lightly hazed prune juice color. Bouyant medium sized bubble head tours over the glass.

S: Yeast, doughy...boysenberry with a touch of oak.

T: Flavor is a repressed double. Minor tastes of brown sugar, purple grapes with a touch of sourness. Metallic aftertaste.

M: Enjoyable texture with good carbonation.

D: Pretty much a let down. There are zero bock characteristics in this beer. Drinkable sure...but nothing special at all.

Westsidethreat, May 31, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served this baby up as a nightcapper in a chalice. Forms a nice milky tan head, tight, lacing is sporadic.

Lots of caramel in the nose on top of a dark fruit base. Fruitiness is on the laid back side of a dopplebock.

Plumbs, sweet, was left looking for the usual rich deep flavor or something to give it some real complexity. Mouthfeel was excellent, carbonation is active and refined, starts a bit watered and finishes with an intense sharp citrusy orange rind zapper. Definately better as it warmed up.

Notes: Dopplebocks are one of my favorite styles and this is a fine brew, but comparatively it is just slightly above average. A bit thin in the taste and complexity, but a worthy option.

DogFood11, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of clvand0
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark and cloudy brown color with a very tall head that has great retention and leaves tons of lacing on the glass. 20 minutes later, I had a glass of beer. The aroma has some spice/zest with citrus and raisins. Smells nice. The flavor is also quite spicy with some citrus and quite a bit of raisin flavors. Very tasty. The alcohol is slightly warming, but it takes nothing away from the beer. The body is on the high end of moderate and the drinkability is very good.

clvand0, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle pours into a Leute Bok glass a dark dirty brown color with a chunky tan head that doesn't want to seem to recede. Clarity seems to be slightly obscured, and the carbonation is flowing well from the bottom of the glass. Nose is nice, with good notes of spicey raisin and oranges. Not what I expect from a dopplebock, but this one says its an ale on the label, so it may be in the database incorrectly. Flavor is very fruity, with distinct raisin and almost some white grape to white wine, with orange and excellent Belgian spiceyness from the yeast. This is a very tasty Belgian beer. Feel is moderate with a lighter moderate carbonation that keeps it with a good solid feel without being too thick. The bottle says this one is 7.5%, so there is still a bit of alcohol in there, without being prevalent at all. I find this to be rather enjoyable. Note that this one is not by any means a dopplebock, but it is a good beer.

kmpitz2, Mar 18, 2006
Leute Bok from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.