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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Photo of JohnW
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours well into the glass, and has a nice head, which fades in time - fairly dense and creamy, colour is darkish and a little murky. Smell is a little strange at first, being a mixture of sweetness, and the hint of sourness of apples/cider as others have remarked. Tastewise, similar, initially sweet and rich, but has a tang to it, almost as though it ought to be fizzy, with a tingle on the tongue, but then the slight tart sourness. The style is not really to my taste, as I am not keen on sour beers or ciders, though I did enjoy the one bottle. However, it is a good beer, so cannot mark it down simply because it's not really to my taste, and can imagine those who enjoy this style really liking it.

John W
B'ham UK Feb 2006

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Citadel82
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I admit it. I had the glass three years before I found the beer to try. I wish i had found it sooner. Tasty.

Cork and cage 750 ml bottle from Half-Time. Pours copper Garnet into the signature glass with a serious off white head and abundant carbonation. Head fades slowly leaving clumps and pillws of lace down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is fruity yeast and some floral hop notes. Some biscuit like malt in there as well

Taste is sour cherries, sweet caramel and dry hop bitterness with a short dry hop finish

Mouth feel is light and effervescent.

Very drinkable, very drinkable indeed.

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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 tjd25
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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 paterlodie
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one in my Bokbiertastings 2004. Loving the "higher ABV"bocks. The beer I sampled was only 7.5% so don't know if there is a differance between the abroad exported and the one we get in Holland....
Pouring it in you notice at once that this one is botle fermented cause of the high co2 content and the clouwded beer in my tasting glas. Nice foam that doesn't stay long but that makes the arome come out better; flowery, sweet and some karamel malt comming out as well. Full and rich taste but not toverwelming and not sweet. Litle sour and karamel( and probably lots of Munich)malts make it to a good bok that I most certainly drink again. Could have a litle (extra) hops though.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml, or rather a e0,75L to be correct, brown glass bottle that appears to be exactly as the BA picture in the Database, except that my bottle had no gold foil on it. Painted bottle front detailing that the beer Alc.Vol. 7,5%. The reverse is hidden by a white label applied by the importer WIN-IT-TOO (which has to be the worlds worst name for an importer), or globalbeer as you may know them. I peeled this off as I decided to keep this bottle and I noticed that the original painted reverse label has a Best Before End 31.12.2002 on it! Hmmm, interesting stuff, old bottles with fresh beer – old bottle with old beer who knows?

Appearance: Juxta-posed beer, at first it looks like brown sludge, but when I wiped the condensation off my glass, and let it settle, it revealed a nice amber-brown body that was clear with a light haze and full of a mass of continuous streamers. Large bubbled carbonation yet average conditioning. Rustic farmyard brown head has volume, a creamy consistency and great staying power.

Nose: Sugared plums, toffee, caramel and brown sugar dusted mild chocolate covered almonds.

Taste: Cherry caramel toffee feel, slides down like a fruity Brown Ale at times. Sticky milk chocolate feel in the middle. Finishes with a tasty lick on both the cheeks and back of the tongue. Slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Slick feel on the tongue, nice support from the carbonation. The cheeks pick out the sweetness. Sticky ending at times as it warms nut never cloying.

Drinkability: Well I have had this many, many times on draft and from the bottle, and as much I do not have much tolerance for “sweet” brews, I always find this a tempting brew that is easily dispatched. Nicely balanced caramel malts and fruity tones do marvels for this BelgianBokBier.

Overall: Typically served in a wine glass without a stem affair that is often precariously balanced in a wooden holder. I always worry about the gimmicky glasses, witness Kwak, but there again you have some great beers with awesome glasses, witness Orval and Tripel Karmeliet, for me this falls definitely in the latter group.

A very nice beverage indeed, what is it, well for me, it’s a Fruity Belgian Brown Ale that wants to be a Bokbier when it grows up or when Germany invades Belgium again.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, almost muddy light brown color, with a small head that quickly disappears. Aroma was quite unusual- malty sweet with yeasty earthy notes that were unlike anything I had smelled before. Flavor followed through the aroma profile. Herbal and grassy too. The mouthfeel was light- lighter than expected. Generally I did not know what to do with this beer (besides drink it!). It did not grab me- it just seemed kind of odd, and I can't explain how. It was not bad, I would drink it again, but I couldn't find a good cubby hole in which to categorize this one.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer with as part of a gift set that included the very cool baseless glass. A little steep in price at $21 dollars.

The beer pours out a muddy color brown with a huge head that seems to last and last. The smell seems very "Belgian". Yeasty and citrus mostly with some malt notes as well. Taste is similar but more of a tart flavor coming through in the middle. I also pick up some hops at the end which is nice. Somewhat of a warming feeling at the end. Very well balanced and easy to drink.

Different than any other beer that I have had. You might be able to compare it to one of the Fantomes? I like it but wouldn't spend the high price again for it. At least now I have a cool glass!

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Photo of Gusler
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a misty mahogany to brown color; the head is modest in size, creamy in its texture and a nice light tan in color, the lace a satiny sheet upon the glass. Nose is earthy as in yeast, also sweet and fresh to the olfactory senses, start is ambrosial, nice malt profile, toasted grain evident, top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has judicious acidity, the hops penetrating in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste and a quaffable brew tis’ true.

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Photo of TerryW
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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 crookedhalo
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a turbid brownish-copper color with a lasting thick tan head. Aroma is sour like a Flanders, a heavy dosage of candi sugar and malt, yeasty, dusty, musty funk as well, and a fair share of hops, too. Tastes beautiful. Malt richness backed up with a tartness (fruity acidic twang) moving towards a hoppier, drier finish. This is not a doppelbock by any means. It's a fine Belgian ale brewed in the tradition of a dark, strong bock, but it's not a lager by any stretch of the imagination. The bottle I've sampled is probably a little aged (I tend to do that to some of my Belgians in stock). No evidence of age on the cork. It's mighty good.

* Sidenote: I plead to move this beer to be categorized in the Belgian Dark Ale or Strong Dark Ale category since it is brewed from top-fermenting yeast. It is not a lager by any strech of the imagination, although it is based on a traditional German Bock style.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
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 Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Globetrotter
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Is this really supposed to be a Doppelbock? Given the goat on the label and the word "Bok" in the name, I guess so. But man, this ain't got nothing to do with Andechser Doppelbock or any of a hundred other truer renditions of the style.

I found it in a Moscow grocery store at about $3.50 for a 33cl squat brown bottle with a dark label featuring the goat perched with front hooves on a beer keg. The back label is only in Flemish (no French?), but what I could decipher indicates that the brewery thinks this beer isn't sweet. Uh-huh. The Russian translation slapped on the back dodges the issue, but states that the beer is bottle fermented and filtered. Can that be? Never mind. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 7/8/04, I opened it on 11/19/03.

Pours a deep, dark burgundy (too dark to tell with the lighting in my house whether or not it's filtered) under a big pinkish tan head that lingers long and leaves a bit of lace. The nose is fruity - cherries mainly, with a bit of malt. The mouth is heavy with sweetness and mildly carbonated. The taste opens with a little bit of malt under a whole lot of cherries and grapes and a bit of spice. The finish maintains the fruity sweetness, while a bit of hoppy bitterness mingles with the fruit in the aftertaste. The winner of this contest is a no brainer, though. Fruit, fruit, fruit. Call this a Belgian Doppelbock, with the emphasis on BELGIAN. It's a decent strong ale, but nowhere close to a good Doppelbock.

My bottle also claims 7.5% ABV.

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Photo of ADR
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasting of a promotional bottle at 1st Grand Avenue Liquors, comes with a trademark round bottomed glass with a wood stand...

Hazy and sedimented, brownish with red highlights and a nice tan head with some yeast speckling. Thin lace tendrils. Aroma is slightly buttery but with a sense of wild cherry. Certainly different if this is brewed as a Doppelbock, soft mouthfeel with tight carbonation, almost like rain water. Flavor is quite nice, sturdy but fruity and leaning toward a grape astringency, which in this case is nice in balancing the sometimes over bearing maltiness and stickiness of some German Doppelbocks. Finishes light with moderate aftertaste. Some alcohol but soft overall...I like it.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A fabulous glass with a rounded bottom. It is accompanied with a wooden base that you must have if you plan on placing your beer on the table...otherwise, the glass will spill due to the rounded bottom. The pour is dark brown with a very lively and rich tan head.

Smell: A light spiced nose with only a pinch of drak fruitiness. There is not too much getting me going here.

Taste: A mildy malty beer with spicey hints and lightly sweet with raisin and other dark fruit. A medium body and overall very underwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Very lively....medium body

Drinkability: The glassware is outstanding. It LOOKS like a great beer, but it is slightly above average at best. Unfortunatley, the beer doesn't live up to its presentation.

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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 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 stcules
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle we taste is only 7.5% ABV, and not 8.2%...
It has a very abundant foam, brown, with some side bubbles a little too big. Anyway, it has a beautiful hat of foam, quite persistent.
Dark colour, almost black, with reddish reflexes.
The smell is at the beginning very light, just some hints of malt, and caramel. After a while, you can feel some fruity and alcool, but very light.
At the taste some light fruity, liquorice. The alcool is present, but it doesn't bother. Light red fruity.
Medium-light body.
The aftertaste is a little more fruity (sour black cherry).

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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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Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Open carefully, the cork blows off, good carbonation, strong off-white head leaving some lace. Murky of brownish red color, second fermation is in bottle. Very good bock with raisiny flavor but nose is subdued. Site has ABV at 8.2% and 7.5% which is what is on the bottle. Sold only in the gift pack with the wierd "glass" that I will keep for display only. What beer drinker is ready to balance a glass in a piece of wood??

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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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Leute Bok from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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