Leute Bok | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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337 Ratings
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-01-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
337
Reviews:
163
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
10.61%
 
 
Wants:
8
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30
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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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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 DavidST
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass. This pours a reddish brown tea color slightly hazy with a mid sized tan / off white head which has a good retention. The smells are of dark fruit and malts. The feel is medium. The taste is good but light, a little dark fruit, and malts.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

stubby bottle into a duvel tulip

pours a deep dark chestnut color with a ridiculously foamy head that leaves the glass covered in sweet lace

ripened dark fruits, belgian yeast, some barnyard funk, and some slight alcohol in the nose

taste is roasted malts, raisin, and molasses, finishes somewhat dry

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of KKB
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A – I tell ya, these Belgians and their carbonation. Crimson-brown body with a lot of sediment in there, somewhat translucent. The head is just a towering light beige with super tightly knit bubbles that leaves chunks of lacing strewn across the top of the glass. Not sure how I feel about the sediment, but that aside, so far so good.

S – The smell is very interesting. Fruity and spicy with cherries, plums, a slight ginger/cinnamon, and it has a tartness to it as well that is very pleasant. It has a sugary malt character to it as well.

T – Unfortunately I’m not really overcome with joy upon sipping this. Entirely unfortunate as the appearance and nose caused me to believe I might just be in for something special here. It still tastes rather good but it is slightly off, slightly bland. For what it’s worth it’s entirely enjoyable but I just felt like it was going to be great. As far as flavor goes, you get the fruit here as well, but it is very dialed back and softer/more crisp. It is delightfully drinkable, but it really just lacks a defining element so that the taste is somewhat “blah”—muddled as it were, and muted. It has a very slight sour element to it (which is actually one of it’s redeeming factors) but it is overall just kind of bready. I think the operative word here is drinkable, and that it has in spades, but in the flavor department it is not a rockstar.

M – The mouthfeel is outstanding, I will grant it that. Just the right amount of carbonation, and if it had more flavor the effect the carbonation and medium-light body would have produced a symphony of lusciousness that would delight all who drink it. But even the mouthfeel is a little lackluster in the face of such wanting flavor.

O – A gorgeous beer, a great nose, above average taste, great mouthfeel. I like this beer, it is very good. But it is not wonderful, nor great, nor inspiring. It is definitely worth a try, and I might even buy it again, but it really is not spectacular.

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Photo of MrBoh
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of DanielNicholson
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of diamondc
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Van Steenberge sampler pack.

A: Off white colored head, lots of lacing showing up after the initial pour. A bit of a murky dark ruby tint.

S: Big milk chocolate, toffee notes, molasses, graham cracker notes. Fig, dark cherry and plum, too. Really damn good.

T: Cherry, toffee, caramel, wheat bread. Some tartness, a bit unusual and out of place. A letdown after the aroma.

M: A bit thin, fizzy, almost. Was expecting something more fuller.

O: A good BSDA ... could have been more maltier, I'd probably buy this again if nothing else was good on the shelf.

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Photo of Scott1970
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of FlyingKelly
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bgibbard
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of shick1
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of Wamba
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Valkenburg, Holland: 21 Oct 2012 in 't Pumpke. As I'd had such a bad time with the bottles I thought I'd try the beer again when I saw it was on-tap in this lovely 'Belgian style' bar. Glad I did, because this is a different animal to those off bottles I had some years back.

Came in the same glass and stand I remembered: everything else was different.

Deep reddy brown body (the pub is very dark too): the tanned head was full and stayed.

The nose was malty and yeasty with a hint of sourness that does detract from the overall smell or taste of the beer.

The taste was semi-roasted maltiness and earthy, woody notes, some spiced coffee and a splash of caramel. Bordering on sweet but never getting there.

A lot better than my first review of this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big light tan head settles into a nice lacing above a clear burnt reddish amber colored beer.

Dark roasted caramel to molasses malts mixed with dark fruits such as apricots aroma.

Sour on dark fruits with a slight burnt molasses to toffee taste.

A light dry aftertaste with just a hint of the dark fruits hanging around on this medium bodied beer.

A pretty good taste, although I'd like it a little more if the sourness was a little less.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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