Leute Bok | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Leute BokLeute Bok

Brewed by:
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 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 igl
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 123321123321
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of soullego
4.64/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of MDDMD
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WCKDVBZ
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 Jaisell
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nburoojy
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sathanas
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of walaguh
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of desint
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Artemikhin
3.04/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mjacquard
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of CRObighit2
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lgmol
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Leute Bok from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.77 out of 5 based on 337 ratings.
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