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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-01-2003

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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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