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Leute Bok - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
85
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
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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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
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Douberd

Netherlands

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
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wagenvolks

Texas

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
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douggoodavage

Virginia

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
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slammgrass

Belgium

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
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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
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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
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

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
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bobhits

Kentucky

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
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

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.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

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.

VERY GOOD, WORTH TRYING!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 16:41:29 | More by BeerLover99
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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
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

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
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BierStein711

Illinois

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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barleyroad

Pennsylvania

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
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a ruby-brown colour, 2 fingers of fluffly off white head, good retention with lots of lace. Smell is fairly malty, fruity smelling, cherry and dark fruit, raisins, lightly yeasty, berries with some metalic notes as well. Taste is full of dark bread and raisin, plum, finishes fruity, sweet middle, earthy with a dry yeasty aftertaste. Med-high carbonation, full bodied with good weight. Not a bad beer, a little rough around the edges but tottaly drinkable though.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 15:42:10 | More by peensteen
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a red/brown colour with a huge size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, raisins, yeast, roasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a above average amount of carbonation and it feels very lively on the tongue. I can taste malts and roasted nuts mixed with bananas and raisins. There is also a bit of a woodiness and a smokiness. It ends with a roasted nut and dark fruit slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – It reminded me a bit of some of the beers by Unibroue - Maudite etc. The taste is well balanced and the beer is highly drinkable. My version was only 7.5% alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 16:40:08 | More by spinrsx
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Glory

Quebec (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a glass of Leute BoKbier at the BierTemple in Brussels last year and brought it back home just because its a fecking nice looking glass you should check it out...
Anyways...since a had a Leute Glass at home with no Leute to drink from it, I ordered 24 bottles from Québecbiere.info. And there we go...

Poured in my cool looking Leute glass, the beer is clear and glows a brownish-red colored looking Ale. Head retention is pretty nice. Frothy looking light brown foam that just sits there waiting...It does fades after a minute or two...pretty normal.

First nose is a huge whiff of C02 and beneath that is...well, thats the problem. There's not much. Notes of roasted malt, hints of rusted metal. Thats It ! There's nothing else ! Could it be stale...out of 24, I have 6 left could they all be stale ?
Of course I didin't drink all of them, but the ones I had where pretty much the same. As it warms a little in the glass, I actually get a smell of Brett. I don't know whats going on.

Texture on the palate is quite watery, carbonation is nice for this type of beer though. I get a hint of sweet caramel here and there ends with a little sourness and my mouth is bone dry. Bleh...Very boring. The description on BA says it has 8.2 ABV...rather 7.5 on the bottle. Overall, the mouthfeel is watered down, sweet&sour. Trust me, its not just this one bottle...they were all the same.

In a world where marketing is king, you can foul people into buying your beer just because it comes with a cool looking glass just like I did...well folks...I guess tonight, I'm the foul !

Cheers Lads

WS

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 04:59:53 | More by Glory
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard not to feel tricked here with the bock label, and goat depicted. Pours cola brown with some red. Sizable head at first and retains a decent level through most of pint. Nose has some fruity notes, dashin my hopes of a doppelbock . Bready notes too. Some fruity spice on the palate with good dose of malt. Log of carbonation . Fruity finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 03:00:11 | More by yemenmocha
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a mixed six-pack from Van Steenberge. It looks like the odd-man-out judging by the label, etc.

It pours a very very dark (nearly opaque) ruby colour with hints of amber coming through under normal lighting. The fluffy head is sizable and light brown.

The aroma is smooth with raisin and brown sugar being very clear. Slight Belgian yeasty smells come through, but the aroma is generally very subdued and pleasant.

Smooth with some brown sugar and honey up front. The malt character is quite developed and rather biscuity. Some nice floral notes from the yeast come through towards the end. There is a sort of lager-ish smoothness to the taste. Drinkablity is very high on this beer, and the alcohol is well hidden for 8.2%.

Overall, this is a nice deviation from what I was expecting. It's smooth and drinkable, while having lots of spice and character. An unusual beer in my books. If I can find this again, I'll be sure to get it.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 05:17:14 | More by evlu1441
Leute Bok from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.