Leute Bok | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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3.76/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-01-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,859
Reviews:
166
Ratings:
342
pDev:
10.64%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
31
Trade:
1
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Photo of Dentist666
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish-brown beer цith 2-finger beige head, nice retention.
Smell - hazelnut, toffee, brulee, dark fruits, very rich.
Taste - hazelnut, chocolate, dark fruits, roasted.
Medium body and carbonation, round/smooth traits.

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Photo of tux_alin
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Cork explodes from bottle but no gushing. Crystal clear deep brown with chestnut highlights, looks quite proud in its ostentatious glass, possibly one of Belgium's most ridiculous. Thin, off white head with lace persists through the glass. Legs up just a little.

Aroma - subdued but rich - deeply bready, raisin, date, caramel, toffee, cashew, molasses -no D, acetaldehyde, or sulfur, only a whiff of alcohol, only the faintest hint of herbal hops. Damn this smells like a good bock should.


Flavor - Damn. Really tight, smooth flavor just like any good lager. extremely well-attenuated but rich caramel malt base , with biscuit tone and just a hint of chocolate in the finish. Medium-low blackcurrant/ herbal hop flavor is detectable, the though the finish is sweet. No overt fruitiness, No D, or any other fermentation flaws except the alcohol is a little on just the hot side, but not solvent.


MF - This is an interesting aspect of this beer, it is rich but fairly light bodied, just barely getting to medium-light range, mouth-filling soda-like carbonation. I could actually do with less carbonation, I almost never say that, but it hurts drinkability slightly. It does have a slightly long finish with a slightly papery- oxidized tinge to it. Alcohol is a little forceful for only being 7.5%

Overall - Wasn't sure to expect here. When you try a Belgian interpretation of another European style the results can be anything. This seems to be a pretty straight-ahead bock, though I do wonder if it was made with candi sugar. I am also fairly sure this bottle is really, really, old but I've wanted to try this beer ever since I saw a picture of it in a Michael Jackson book from the 80s. I gotta say I'm not disappointed. Was probably even better fresh.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zmeik
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OlaB
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy red-brown color with a medium top of beige creamy head and it gives some nice lacings on the glass.
The aroma is caramel, chocolate, toffee, dark fruits, roasted malts and bread. The aroma is not particularly strong.
The taste start of sweet with notes of dark fruits and dark chocolate , while in the back is a good presence of roasted malts with notes of caramel. The finish has a slight bitterness with the roasted flavour good in the background. The lenght on the aftertaste is good but the aftertaste itself is a little weak. Then mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with medium carbonation and with a medium body.
The beer itself is good and enjoyable, but it those not have that little extra to make it extraordinary.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tomislav
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thatsmyspot
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Galijun
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Dzu
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into Gulden Draak Egg glass.
L: Turbid dark brown color with creamy thick foam head.
S: Weak aroma of dark fruits.
T: Plums, caramel but nothing special.
F: Medium carbonation, very good balanced.
O: Very nice beer but expected little bit more.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YvesB
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SassaDog
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2010 vintage, so rating set to current average.

Prunes, dates, and figs dominate the aroma, with caramel sweetness and a touch of cardboard rounding things out.

Flavor is initially raisiny, then candi sugar, plums, and finishing toffee-like. That toasted malt counters the sweetness to dry out the finish. Maybe just a touch better than 3.77, but there's a bit of a medicinal cherry note.

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Photo of Zet
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark amber colour with a decent head of foam that keeps the beer well covered the entire session. Smell of malt, liquorice and caramel. These flavours return in the taste, in the company of bitter chocolate and dark fruits. Bitter and sweet seem to be well balanced. The bitter liquorice finish lingers very well, the mouth feel is smooth (creamy) and the body is quite full. Bok beers are usually a risk when made by belgian brewers, but this one is a welcome exception. A good 'herfstbok'.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nothing to complain about here, ample lacing, excellent rention, a finger and a half of head worth on the pour with a dark amber that turns to a deep crimson as it approaches the light boasting steady abundant carbonation. Perfect score.

Smell: The aroma is fairly tame, and warming doesn't really help it's case. Abundant mild toffee malt with fruity yeast notes, specifically figs and cherries with touches of plum.

Taste: Starts with a fruity presence as grapes, figs, cherries and turns to rich toffee malt ending with small brush of spiciness and sandy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The aftertaste is a touch of the malt and fruitiness that barely sticks around. The carbonation has a creaminess to it, but it comes across as a bit light. It odd strikes itself as held back by the combinations of slightly dry yeast, peculiar carbonation and like something is missing. Still, I found it fairly enjoyable.

Drinkability: A welcome medium bodied note that settles down admirably. Drinks like a snack more then a meal, which is good, and certainly character to stay interesting. Good fall drinker.

Final Thoughts: This is a great beer, that seems to forgo a lot of the winey pretension most Belgian beers suffer from that few do well. Conversely, unlike most Bock's, this doesn't strike me as case of throwing malt at the problem and hoping everything works out. It's a well crafted beer, which while I might have been expecting a bit more complexity, left me more then satisfied. Two thumbs up.

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

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 123321123321
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopBelT
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of soullego
4.64/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RMentair
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Leute Bok from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 342 ratings