Leute Bok | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
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#26,764
Reviews:
167
Ratings:
343
pDev:
10.64%
 
 
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8
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32
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Reviews: 167 | Ratings: 343
Reviews by Luiz0930:
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Photo of dcmchew
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours muddy dark brown, copper up in the light, small beige head that goes away almost on the spot, leaving bubbly "islands" and a thin lacing.
Smell is pretty weak, some dark malts, low dark fruit, really earthy.
Taste starts with toasted dark bread, grains (spicy rye?) and burnt sugar. Dark fruity esters bring some red apple acidity, some zesty citrus and dark grapes and a faint sour cherry note. Belgian yeasts show themselves, with woody nutmeg and cinnamon, some mild minty herbs (sage, coriander) and faint clove. Mild bitterness in the finish, but there's a big clunky breadiness covering it and going into the aftertaste.
Medium body and carbonation, has a certain crispness from start to finish that's a bit numbing, reducing the effect of the other flavours, and then it's doughy and earthy.
You can certainly get some German doppelbock notes mixed with the Belgian signature yeasts, but it feels unbalanced and somehow hides the good parts, resulting in an almost bland tasting experience.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a sample at the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium. The color was a dark amber, with some head retention. The smell was of malt. The taste was slightly sour and sweet, with a heavy malt backing to it. The mouthfeel was very creamy. Drinkability-wise, I could have a few more.

Not a bad beer at all. It's amazing that those crazy Belgians even do a dopplebock, and manage to put their own stamp on it, no less!

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Photo of Poupae
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of sabrills70
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle with no freshness date. Pours a dark mahogony with a two finger head, decent longevity and very nice lace. Big malt a cadni sugar aromas mixed with sherry, dried fruit and big yeasty smells. Again big malt and brown sugar flavors, sherry and dried dark fruits. the flavors are all there they just don't blend very well together. Perhaps this one needs to age a bit. A well made beer, just not smooth and balanced enough for me.

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Photo of Duchesse
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow, this seems like a bock from Belgium. Pourred a deep ruby brew with a nice bubbly head with medium retention time. Mix of spice with usual hops taste from Van Steenberge. Body if medium and alcohol taste is not too evident. This is an above average brew but nothing too spectacular except the use of the bock style from a Belgium brewer.

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Photo of quirk6
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of TerryW
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foggy, copper-red with a good solid long lasting head. Moderate amount of lace. Lively carbonation with lots of fine bubbles.

Slightly sour nose with hints of cherry, solid malts. Taste is tart, acidic and fruity with a bit of clove or nutmeg in the finish. Slightly sharp on the tongue. Comes across gently inspite of the higher alcohol content.

Clealy shows as a Belgian. A well done beer.

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Photo of Mervjahn
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of RoyalT
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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.

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Photo of KJ2013
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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Photo of nullbort
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of kobeer
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of tjd25
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

A unique mix.
Satisfying but not the most drinkable from this brewery, though
everything they make has some uniqueness. Was surprising for a bok in
taste and color, of brown and red mix. Good to split with another in a session and aftertatste requires some dessert (or another beer).
Works with a sanwich, fish or meat.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of rjholcomb
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Leute Bok from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 343 ratings