Leute Bok | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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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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Photo of Dzu
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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 barczar
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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 +5.3%
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 +5.8%
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 thehyperduck
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottle from a sampler pack picked up at the LCBO; best before June 23 2016. Served slightly chilled, and poured into a goblet.

Pours a dark, cloudy ruby-copper colour, with one finger of creamy, persistent, off-white coloured head seated atop. It seeps away quite slowly, caking the glass with lacing as it gradually recedes into a dense, half-cm cap and foamy collar. The aroma is rather rich in fruity, yeasty esters, including hints of raisin, prune, black cherry and fig. Hints of candi sugar and bubble gum also contribute, giving this beer a highly dessert-like vibe on the nose.

The flavour is mildly saccharine, but a little too subdued for my liking; not as fruity as the aroma suggested. Brown sugar and grainy, bready malt sweetness kick things off, followed up with dates, raisin, banana and some figgy notes mid-sip. Finishes somewhat earthy, with faint clove spice and banana/fig fruitiness lingering into the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with below average carbonation for the style - very smooth and creamy-feeling in the mouth, but it lacks the crisp, bubbly feel on the palate that I crave from BSDAs.

Final Grade: 3.76, a B+. Leute Bokbier isn't bad, but it simply does not have the assertive, complex flavour profile and lively mouthfeel that I have come to expect from Belgian dark ales. The saccharine, dried fruit flavours and bready malt backbone are both agreeable enough to make this worth trying once - but it's still not something I'd seek out, or recommend as a good example of the style. A decent inclusion in this sampler that I'll probably forget about within a week or two.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice beer from a sampler.

A- Opens well and dark!!! Super good head but gone fast

S- Pretty good malt and a bit of hops

T- Ok but better! LOL very good.

M- Light and airy and not the bock U would think it would be

O- Very good. Will want this if I see it

Food Pairing

This wonderful beer went well with...... Pizza! Love that hot pepper burn with this good stuff


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Photo of Nightwing
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Poured from bottle. Aroma is quite mild, a bit of malt and earthy. Pours a dark red. Has a mild bitter taste. Medium body, thin texture, soft carbonation, with a slight bitter finish. It is an ok beer, but I like other Belgian Ales more.

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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 dcmchew
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
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 maltyb
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Expired" best before date bottle into a snifter. Gorgeous head, not too creamy but it sticks around fo a while before dissipating. The beer itself is a nice amber-hued brown, very clear. Carmel and esters on the nose, with dried fruit coming into play when it hits your palate. Clean tasting, although I wish it had a bit more body to it. Very drinkable and refreshing, with good flavour to boot!

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Photo of schavuytje
2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

a dark brown thick body and beige laced crest, soft faint aroma of dark fruit and dark gemouten cereals and earth, the taste burnt sugar dark toast and cereal, fruity esters

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 33 cl bottle to a snifter.

A: pours a clear garnet/ruby color with a thick three finger beige head that lasts for quite some time before breaking down.

S: Some dark fruits, cherries, caramels and yeast.

T: fruity, raisins and figs followed by sweet malts. The yeast is there too. Alcohol is buried.

M: medium carbonation and light/thin body

O: seems to be a bit of a lightweight BSDA. Not as rich and flavorful as others and the smell and mouth feel are also less than most I have had. On the positive side, it is an easy to drink beer, the alcohol is masked well, and it looks good.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 3 of 6 of the Belgians six pack from LCBO. Served fairly cold into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance - Dark, dark brown liquid spilled into the glass and yielded 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Garnet colored when held up to the light. Decent head retention and some spidery lacing around the glass.Beer is dark enough and opaque enough that no guess can be made at carbonation level.

Smell - Cherries, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, dark fruits namely figs. A little bit of that Belgian yeast smell too. Just the slightest shade of earthiness in the form of peat.

Taste - Slightly bitter kind of like dark bitter chocolate. Fruits are not as up front and in the spotlight on the tastebuds as they were in the nose. That peat undercurrent detected on the nose shows up a bit more here which combined with the bitterness, is reminiscent of a black licorice. Also trace coffee bean flavor.

Mouthfeel - Nice, smooth and fairly rich, ABV is imperceptible. Sharp dry finish with low to medium carbonation before that.

Overall - While complex the peat undercurrent kind of threw me off on this one and didn't enjoy as much as others in the style. Looks like I'm a sucker for sweeter Belgian Dark Ales.

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Photo of spoony
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a special Leute Bok orb-looking glass with wooden holder.

A-This is a pretty good-looking beer. It is dark brown, nearly black, and topped by a dense two-finger khaki head. The head has good retention and leaves some lacing behind.

S-The smell is not very strong for a BSDA. There is a bit of milk chocolate, some dark bread, and a bit of vague, hoppy bitterness.

T-The taste is slightly more impressive than the smell with a hint of dark, dried fruit and some milky chocolate. There is also a little bitterness towards the finish, but all-in-all, this brew is kind of boring.

M-The beer is light to medium weight for the style with light to moderate carbonation.

O-Once you get past the looks, which are pretty solid, there is not much happening with this "Bok." The smell and flavors are uninspiring and the feel is strangely light. On the positive side, the alcohol is well-hidden. Also, the orb-type glass and stand are kind of fun to play with.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 33 cL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a murky caramel brown with 1 inch light tan head. Good retention.
S: Sweet bready belgian yeast, caramel malt, and dark dried fruit (e.g. raisin, fig, etc.).
T: Sweet caramel malt, fresh belgian yeast, and dark dried fruit. Follows aroma, but comes across quite sweet.
M: Light body. Sweet and a bit chewy feel. Hint of peppery spice tingles the tongue.
D: Nice drinkability in a fairly straight-forward beer. Nothing special, but certainly a decent brew.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle.

The beer poured out clear, dark-brown. It smells like a lot of Belgian beers, with the sweetness of the Belgian yeasts. It has a slight toastedness to it, but nothing that stands out too much. It taste similar to the smell; you get the initial taste of most Belgian-beers, but then the toastedness comes through and is very balanced and drinkable.

Would I buy it again? Possibly.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice out of a 11.2oz glass. Obtained this through a Van Steenberge gift pack back in December 2012.

Pours a dank, plum-dark looking beer with brownish hues circling the glass. Some light goes through it, but it definitely is nearly opaque overall. There's plenty of carbonation all around, alongside a fluffy two-finger large head that coats the top of the glass as the yeast drifts in. The head settles down, but a ring with lots of large bubbles and yeasty residue remains atop. Lacing is excellent to say the very least, and overall it looks pretty delectable, if not slightly lacking viscosity.

The aroma contains various classic BSDA flavors all around, ranging from dark fruits, but interestingly enough there's a malty backbone that highly resembles German doppelbocks. This being a Belgian "bok" beer, I'm honestly not surprised there. Plums, dark cherries, raisins, lightly scented clove, rosemary... And then, soon after, these phenols are followed by juicy, caramelized malty flavors that are known in bock beers. Some pepper and herbal stinging sensations follow, but it's subtle. Doesn't smell too boozy overall. Quite good.

The flavor is not quite as lively as the smell, but it still holds itself pretty solidly. The first sip is filled with a creamy, juicy texture of more plums and raisins, as well as figs, but soon afterwards is followed by a malty flavor that mutes the yeasty flavors, in spite of providing a rich texture. The finish ends pretty smoothly, without any distractions from the alcohol, but it is overtly yeasty, and unbalanced especially in giving some off grainy notes. Slightly watery towards the finish. The flavors meld decently well, but I'm wondering if I should have had this fresher - the hop characteristics seem muted. It's not a chore to drink, but it's not super astonishing.

Van Steenberge are particularly known in my experience for their yeast strains and dry hop wizardry. The pleasant, juicy yeasty properties are here, but it's lacking in substance and feels like a strange hybrid between a doppelbock and a BSPA rather than something more balanced. Not bad by any means, but I'd probably not return to this one as readily as their other beers.

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle out of a De Koninck tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear but dark amber color with an off-white, fizzy, head that is of moderate size and very good durability. The side of the glass is nicely coated with each sip.

S: Sweet mix of dark fruits, roasted malts and Belgian yeast.

T: As yeasty but less sweet than suggested by the aroma, it is nonetheless fruity with hints of caramel and spicy hops over a baked bread base.

M: Medium body; medium-high carbonation; finishes semi-dry.

O: A very good beer that mostly hides the 7.5% ABV. It seems more of a Belgian strong ale than a "Bokbier".

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2013, so it's just out of date. Picked up ages ago in Lidl as part of a Belgian selection box. The goat on the label reminds me of German bock bier, though I'd be surprised if this is similar.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A dark, hazy reddish-brown colour with plentiful carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy beige foam with excellent retention; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Aroma of rich malt with notes of fruity yeast esters, raisins, caramel, a mild nuttiness, faint grain and a hint of brown sugar. Slightly sweet, with a warming whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of sweet, fruity malt with a yeasty character and a mild finish. Notes of caramel malt, fruity yeast esters, subtle nuttiness, mild brown sugar and faint clove. Slightly sweet and quite dry. No hops to speak of, and the flavour doesn't linger. A light yeastiness upon swallowing, followed by a twinge of alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with decent body and prickly carbonation that mellows out after a while. An aftertaste of dry, fruity yeast and caramel malt.

A decent brew that goes down nicely. Looks great, and the aroma is well-rounded. The flavour is somewhat less interesting - it lacks depth and seems to hollow out after the first few seconds. The caramel malt and yeasty notes are pretty average. Body is OK. Overall, a drinkable beer but nothing special. Worth sampling if you stumble across it but no need to seek it out.

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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 TheSixthRing
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear, dark reddish brown with an off-white, three finger head. Good retention. Strong lacing with nice stick.

Smell - Predominant malt aroma; bready with lesser caramel and toffee notes.

Taste - Less flavorful than the nose leads on. Bready. Very mild caramel sweetness. Buttery. Somewhat hollow finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Smooth. Somewhat creamy, or lightly buttery. Easy to drink.

Overall - An approachable Belgian, though the flavor is a bit lacking. It's sessionable, in the least. That said, I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
2.91/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

A - Appears a nice golden-brown with a two-finger white cream colored head of large craggy bubbles. Spider web like lacing.

S - Roasted grains and Belgian yeasts dominate. Some sweet malt esters.

T - Taste follows the nose, with pumpelnickel rye grains forward. Not as sweet as expected or the nose would indicate; in fact, it's not really sweet at all. Belgian yeasts add a sour cherry fruity character. The whole thing doesnt come together very well, as the tastes are a little jarring. Astringent, coppery finish. Man, this thing is grainy.

M - Thin body with stinging carbonation. Definitely over carbonated.

O - This is a Belgian Strong Dark ale trying to be a Bock, and it succeeds at being neither. Strange flavor combinations, excessive graniness, and a poor mouthfeel made this a struggle. Very disappointing.

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Photo of Maurod4d
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a good bite on the front, and a yeast yet malty finish. Leute has a great balanced feel on the tongue as well almost velvet like. When poured into a glass it had a nice almond colored head.

All in all the best beer out of the belgium sample thus far. Not a bad beer to drink.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle served in my Leute Bok stirrup glass. Pours a deep mahogany hue with a thick, dense, four inch, rocky, tan-colored head that eventually settles into a consistent 1/8th inch skim. Sheets of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses prunes and belgian yeast, but is fairly subdued. Taste is a bit more watered down than suggested by the nose and there is also a slightly metallic character in the background. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light), with a pleasant, even carbonation and a slight acidity. All and all, a pretty lackluster BSDA. Not something I need to revisit.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed December 29, 2012. Served at 35°F and drank to above 50°F. Poured into a Pint Glass.

Appearance: Dark red with a caramel-like appearance. 1 finger tan head, but it appears to disappear quickly.

Smell: Nice dark malts with yeast make this drink.

Taste: The yeast definitely make a strong appearance here. It adds a nice tart taste to it all. Toffee notes come in at the of the drink. Dark fruits do make an appearance, but it's all nice here.

Mouthfeel: Feels extremely smooth. Nice medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall: This is definitely not a strong drink by any means, but I would strongly recommend to someone that is just getting into beers or who has a long night of drinking. A delicious casual drink.

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Leute Bok from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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