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Leute Bok - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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293 Ratings
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-01-2003)
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Photo of Nutleybeer

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

04-27-2007 20:22:17 | More by Nutleybeer
Photo of shivtim


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

04-10-2007 15:56:01 | More by shivtim
Photo of psinderson


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

04-03-2007 01:00:33 | More by psinderson
Photo of fartingdog


3.03/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

02-09-2007 03:49:26 | More by fartingdog
Photo of ChillMike


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

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

01-28-2007 09:05:54 | More by ChillMike
Photo of aforbes10


3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

12-29-2006 16:20:18 | More by aforbes10
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -24.2%

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.

11-21-2006 00:20:46 | More by pootz
Photo of emerge077


4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

11-06-2006 04:35:13 | More by emerge077
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

...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.

09-25-2006 21:11:07 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of RoyalT


3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

09-20-2006 01:58:03 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Erdinger2003


4.43/5  rDev +17.8%

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.

08-27-2006 06:27:51 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

08-15-2006 11:30:21 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of BEERchitect


4.25/5  rDev +13%

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.

08-14-2006 02:37:42 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of sulldaddy


3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

08-09-2006 01:49:38 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of ccrida


4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

06-19-2006 16:47:20 | More by ccrida
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.15/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

05-31-2006 04:21:41 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of DogFood11


3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

03-30-2006 06:10:51 | More by DogFood11
Photo of clvand0


4.4/5  rDev +17%

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.

03-21-2006 23:36:16 | More by clvand0
Photo of kmpitz2


4.1/5  rDev +9%

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.

03-18-2006 01:47:13 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a very cloudy medium brown with a very creamy tan head that lasts well and leaves some lacing. Aromas are mostly sweet and fruity, with cherry, plum, chocolate and toffee coming through as the most dominant scents. Taste is again sweet, with plenty of cherry and plum notes, and a yeasty flavour coming through in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and a little sticky, which leaves the flavours on the tongue for an aftertaste that goes on and on. The drinkability is very good as well. An unconventional brew, but a very pleasant one, all things considered.

03-18-2006 00:48:32 | More by Mandrake
Photo of JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

It pours well into the glass, and has a nice head, which fades in time - fairly dense and creamy, colour is darkish and a little murky. Smell is a little strange at first, being a mixture of sweetness, and the hint of sourness of apples/cider as others have remarked. Tastewise, similar, initially sweet and rich, but has a tang to it, almost as though it ought to be fizzy, with a tingle on the tongue, but then the slight tart sourness. The style is not really to my taste, as I am not keen on sour beers or ciders, though I did enjoy the one bottle. However, it is a good beer, so cannot mark it down simply because it's not really to my taste, and can imagine those who enjoy this style really liking it.

John W
B'ham UK Feb 2006

02-08-2006 22:38:36 | More by JohnW
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

The loud POP! on cork removal scared the bejesus out of my cat. A lovely, lingering tendril of white gunsmoke accompanied the noise. Leute Bok is packaged in a great looking, colorfully painted bottle depicting a goat rearing up proudly on a beer barrel, on which is written 'anno 1927' (the new bottle looks better than the one shown at right).

Brick dust red with bronze overtones and bright tangerine edges. The huge, puffy, orangish beige cap very nearly flowed over the edge of the glass, even with a careful pour. Heads this soft aren't usually this rocky and don't usually deposit this much lace. A second pour generates an even better look.

I'm not impressed with the nose. For starters, I'm not sure that I'm dealing with a doppelbock. The beer is fruity sour and toasted bready, like overripe Granny Smith apple chunks coated with a fine layer of spiced wheat toast crumbs. Or, to keep it in the beverage family, like spiced apple cider. It's okay as far as it goes, but doppelbock? No how, no way.

Flanders Oud Bruin perhaps? BSDA? The flavor is a carbon copy of the nose, so I won't repeat the description here. Tart and tangy rule the day. It's amazing how much this beer tastes like an especially unsweet version of apple cider. My bottle notes an ABV of 7.5% rather than 8.2%. Either way, it's hardly noticed.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, although it's a pretty good fit for the flavor. If it was any bigger, I'd have some trouble finding the bottom of the '750' since the flavor profile isn't setting my world on fire. Things were a trifle fizzy initially, and are still too much so, but it isn't that bothersome.

This Brouwerij Van Steenberge offering may be a higher alcohol bock, but it has virtually nothing in common with the doppelbock style as I understand it. Although I'm finding it hard to love, except for the appearance, it's growing on me as I drink. Unless you like 'all things bock', don't expect a whole lot from Leute Bok and all will be well. Damn, it does look good though.

11-15-2005 21:13:38 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

I admit it. I had the glass three years before I found the beer to try. I wish i had found it sooner. Tasty.

Cork and cage 750 ml bottle from Half-Time. Pours copper Garnet into the signature glass with a serious off white head and abundant carbonation. Head fades slowly leaving clumps and pillws of lace down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is fruity yeast and some floral hop notes. Some biscuit like malt in there as well

Taste is sour cherries, sweet caramel and dry hop bitterness with a short dry hop finish

Mouth feel is light and effervescent.

Very drinkable, very drinkable indeed.

08-16-2005 02:14:50 | More by Citadel82
Photo of fdrich29


4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

Purchased at Marty's in Newton, many, many months ago. Came with a unique glass that has a rounded bottom with a small, wooden coaster for it to rest in. To be honest I bought this beer purely on the novelty value of the glass, so shoot me.

Body reminded me of the hot chocolate I used to get at the Gloucester High School hockey games when I was a young lad, complete with the frothy bubbles that rested atop the drink.

Smells chocolately and fruity. This worked out really well tonight, I was in the mood for a chocolately and fruity beer.

Tastes very much like figs dipped in chocolate. Works for me, to each their own. Quite smooth and tasty.

I drank the whole bottle (without using the accompanying glass). I was satisfied but couldn't fathom drinking any more of it than I had tonight. I tried it, really liked it, but won't be buying it again, it was a one time deal. It was as if I knew all those months ago that I would want that exact beer tonight. Creeepy.

02-11-2005 06:18:15 | More by fdrich29
Photo of tjd25


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

Very soft and silky head made of very fine bubbles. The body has an unusual opaque milky brown color. The smell is interestingly malty, with deep notes of chocolate. Woody, with light notes of soft-fruits. Also yeasty with notes of liquorice. The taste is a bit surprising in its difference to the smell. The chocolate aspect is almost totally hidden, only lightly discernible in the finish. The fruity character is much more developed, with citrus mixing with cherries and grape to create a sweet though kind of sour flavor, almost mouth puckering at times. The enjoyable warming woody, nutty and smooth notes progressively bring you back to the chocolate feeling that you expected from the smell. It’s like a journey in a jungle of fruit to reach mount chocolate in the end. The mouthfeel is really interesting about this beer: bright and round, it is smooth and just rolls on the tongue, sometimes slightly biting it with a charming spiciness. Maybe less nutty than I remembered it from when I had it on-tap a few months ago.

01-01-2005 22:33:32 | More by tjd25
Leute Bok from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.