Leute Bok | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Leute BokLeute Bok

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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.57/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy, murky dark garnet color, an immense and flourishing tan head. Lovely and lively aroma: sweet, notes of butterscotch, fruit, copper, sea-foam, flowers, cocoa..it sounds like an odd mix, I know, but it's there and it works! As for taste...surprisingly smooth, very tasty, a great big load of thick maltiness that meets the tongue with remarkable ease. Sharp hops at first on the palate, but with a lasting sweetness in the finish. In this case, we have a great example of what makes Belgian beer so special. It's so far above and beyond any average bock, with a certain effervescence, we'll call it, that lifts this one up, in flavor, character, body, texture...it feels light, but solid. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!
Also cool is it's own special glass, a cute little guy without stem or foot, that has to be balanced in it's own stand, similar to Kwak

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Photo of crossovert
4.56/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. Apparently it is a 2000ish vintage.

It pours a dense brown bordering on black. the initial pour is clear and the subsequent one, yaesty and cloudy. The head is white but quickly dissipates, as it is an older beer.

The smell is wonderful. Tannin, grapes, apples, apple peels, raisins, caramel, touch of cocoa, and a hint of alcohol. IT smells like it aged well, we will see about taste.

It definitely has more of a grape flavor than most of the style, I attribute it to the age of the bottle. There is thick grape, thick sweetness, a nice malt character, and some more alcohol in the flavor, the alcohol doesn't burn at all though, it is totally mellow and smooth.

The mouthfeel is rich and decadent, there is prickling carbonation but not a huge amount of it, just right.

I spent 3.99 for this bottle, I'm thinking I should go back and buy them out on this one, a rare find.

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Photo of socalde
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark, clear, amber hue black with a thick, off-white, fizzy, 3-finger head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail down the side of the glass and ending in a thick lace.

S: Sweet fruity wine-like aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is a sweet fruity flavor with hints of caramels and bread, and finishes on the dry side.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: This was a really good Belgian brew.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL brown glass cork-finished. Date was on the crown cap, but was smudged off.

Appearance: Poured into a chalice. Fluffly, almost crunchy tan head leaves spotting as it slowly recedes. Hazy mahogany, reddish brown.

Nose: Nice caramel and chocolate malt notes, sweet baking spices, light brown sugar.

Palate: Medium-bodied with lots of coffee, toffee, brown sugar, milk chocolate flavors and a nice, almost crisp finish. Carbonation is lively and keeps the beer from being too sweet. Nice bitter coffee/chocolate notes on the finish. Some yeasty characteristics underline the deeper notes.

Notes: Really a lot better than I was expecting it to be, honestly. A great bock, with somewhat tame Belgian influences.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of clvand0
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured into a Leute Bok Glass, bullet shaped and set into a piece of wood. On tap. Wonderful cathedral lace, dark reddish brown body.

S. Very malty nose. Ripe fruits (bing cherry)

T. Excellent malt flavor. Dark and gives off dark fruit flavors up front. Fig and grape come to mind. Fruitiness and mineral tone. Subtle lemon tea like hop. Hop bitterness is minimal.

M. Very silky, smooth and creamy.

D. Oh heavens yes. Is this a bock? Solid as a Belgian Strong Dark ale I think Bok is just a namesake in this case.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this beer pours a dark mahogany with a huge initial head, abot 2 1/2 fingers of tan rocky foam, holding it up to the light reveals an extreme amount of swift carbonation

S - dark fruits dominate the aroma, raisins and dates especially, some molasses sugary sweetness as well, some woody style resin and an alcohol element as well

T - wow, super malty, which spikes into a sour surprise, sour cherries add an unexpected element to the flavor, quite tasty and it re-mellows into a big malty finish

M&D - the malty sweetness and the sourness add quite an intriguing balance and flavor combination, easily drinkable, and improves as it warms, a great beer

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a leute bok glass. Beer is brown and hazy heavily carbonated. Some lacing looks good.

Aroma is mildly sweet malty with a mild roast.

Beer is medium bodied and tastes great. I really like it. I think I like nicks more than most. Sweet caramel. Nice malt. Overall great.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.26/5  rDev +13%
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!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Its slightly hazy, deep-burgundy/brown body displays cherry highlights that foreshadow the flavors and aromas to come; while its short head of creamy, light tan foam drops shortly to just a wide collar and indicates that the full malt of a true bock isn't quite there. It does, however, leave some nice lace at the start of the glass. The nose is fruity with cherries, raspberries and plums over a delicate sugary malt. It's gently crisp in the mouth with a fine carbonation and light body. Its flavor reinforces the fruit found in the nose over a lightly caramel/toffee malt; and it's very low bitterness balances nicely leading to a blend of soft fruit and malt that linger shortly in the finish. This is an impressive beer that offers a solid drinkability with its soft and light, fruity and refreshing qualities. Very nice!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of henkmudi
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Strong, full smell, like fresh coffee grains. Dark chocolate foam, not bitter, not sweet, just as it should be. Strong taste but easily drinkable in any time of year. Mild fruit aftertaste, some caramel powder in small amounts. One word, rich and extravagant, must try, and must have.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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 ccrida
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Squelch
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of schroe58
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a- beautiful full brown with red tint. thick foamy lasting head. pours very well. fantastic lacing. NEVER have poured a bottle with such a good head as this beer.

s- complex. nuttiness, a little bit of earth, dry leaves and bark, spice, and some other stuff that i can't quite put my finger on.

t- interesting and layered, molasses, yeast/biscuit, dry malt, hint of spice, old wood and actually a smooth floral hop flavor towards the end. tastes like autumn.

m- full and very smooth. has a nice weight to it.

d- i think this beer is nice as a slower sipper. it feels to full to be drunk at a pace anything approaching quick and i also think that you need time to sort out the complexity of this beer. it's a little harsh at first but then mellows out as you get used to it.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle out of the Brouwerij Van Steenberge mixed 6-pack. Sampled on December 29, 2012.

The pour is a reddish-brown tone with a full beige head that is soft and lingering. Good clarity.

The aroma is alive with dark malts, sweet sugar, yeast, and caramel. It smells the way a dopplebock should with a Belgian twist.

The body is medium and smooth and holds together well.

The taste is full of sweet malts with low to no bitterness. It is not dissimilar to something that you might get in the heart of Germany. Quite nice.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of barleyroad
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber brown with a tan full quick dissipating head complete with trickled rings of lacing. Aroma is vinous, candi sugar, plums or any ripe full fruit with hints of chocolate roasts tickling the nose. Taste is deep balanced fullness mixture of ripened fruit nice raisiny finish so drinkable. Mouthfeel is high in carbonation like many other Belgiums a medium body that is light tasting but has a decent medium feel texture to it. I could picture this beer on tap, I think this is a definite must try from belgium so unique you must experience it.

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