Leute Bok | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium | website

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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162
Ratings:
331
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
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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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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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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 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 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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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty mild and is of malt, caramel, fruits, and alcohol. Taste is of toasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, and some hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Bung
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another from the sampler. Dark rust colored pour, maybe a finger of cream foam. Laced just a bit.

Aroma, pretty malty, caramel, some molasses. Very faint yeasty spice.

Taste, toffee and yeast spice here. Finishes with corriander, nutmeg. Fairly straight forward.

Not quite mid bodied to me. Ample to higher carbonation. Pretty easy drinking like the others in the sampler, just not as good as the Draak or Piraat.

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Photo of pkalix
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice looking brown, decent lacing.
S- a little fruity,a little tart....
T- getting through it, some alcohol in the taste but not a bad brew....
M- meh....
O- overall, a very UNremarkable beer. part of a sampler pack (again) and just kind of "there". not bad- easy to drink for a 7.5%, but wouldnt purchase it on my own. much better belgiums out there, or even some really good germans...

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

Nothing I've had from this brewery has been anything less than very good, so I am looking forward to this one.

Pours to an opaque brown with a slight tan head with tight bubbles. It's pretty.

Nose is a bit disappointing; a little too much alcohol and doesn't balance great with the molasses smell.

Tastes a bit floral with sweetness and maybe a little tangyness.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Foamy and creamy, slightly bubbly but not bitey, it's a really nice texture in the mouth. It's a thick beer but doesn't drink syrupy.

This is an excellent beer which I'd gladly drink again.

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

11.2 poured into a tulip

A- Super hazy pour, brown, almost black. It has a massive head of large bubbles. This beer almost exploded on me when I opened it, I had the bottle cap half off and foam all down my arm, so watch out.

S- A slight sweetness. There is a lot of dark fruits. Some caramel and roastyness. Some spices from the yeast.

T- Its really drinkable and It goes down faster then I can catch all the flavors. There is dark fruits in this, A lot of grapes and raisins. A nice big sweetness. Not as much caramel as I was expecting but a lot of caramel and some toffee. This is a really solid and easy drinking beer.

M- Like I said, it drinks really smooth and easy, I wasn't expecting that from a beer this size. Super drinkable and nice dry aftertaste.

O- This is a really solid beer, I wish I had more then one or it was in larger bottles. Its tasty and super smooth, my favorite from this brewery thus far.

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Photo of Humulus85
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 330mL bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a deep, clear, auburn. Produced a dense, cream colored head. Solid retention and some decent lacing.

Nice malty aroma with some belgian yeast. Toffee, a hint of chocolate and dark fruits, not much hop presence, and a whiff of alcohol.

Bread, Belgian yeast, toffee, vanilla, currants, hop bitterness, alcohol, in that order. Not super complex and could be more flavorful, but very clean and balanced.

Medium in body, with copious amount of carbonation. Very well balanced in the finish between sweetness, dryness, and alcohol. Coats the mouth well and a wisp of clean alcohol evaporates off the back of the tongue. Very drinkable for the style.

Overall this was a decent Belgian Strong Dark. Where it lacks in depth and amount of flavor, it makes up in drinkability. This is likely due to it's relatively low ABV. A flavorful and nice drinking beer, but it falls short of being a great Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It was a nice addition to a sample pack, but I can't say I'd seek it out again. Recommended to those new to or looking to get into Belgian ales. Cheers!

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown, light bubbles thourgh the body with an off-white head rising to maybe a finger's length.

Smell: Really light yeast.

Taste: Rich yeast slightly bitter and malty. It is an off sweet with a slight maple feel to it.

Mouth: Medium and smooth, sharp texture with bubbles still popping while you lay the glass down.

Overall: With this beer no complaints it is simple and strong. It is also one of the few which can suit any drinker. Enjoy this one on me, Salud!

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Photo of Douberd
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle of 330 ml, bought as a part of 6 Belgian ales, all of them from Van Steenberge brewery. The 3 Augustijns the package contained didn't disappointed me, so my hopes are high for this one too.
Beige head, creamy, two fingers in height, slowly it dissolves to a thin line of foam.The beer's body is dark amber in colour.
Fruity aroma with caramel notes.
Taste is great, roasted malts, some caramel and some dark chocolate too. Sweet at first but with a slighty bitter aftertaste.
On the body is thick and oily, carbonation average.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a Ranger Creek tulip. Listed at 7.5% ABV

Gorgeous pour delivers a clear, ruddy amber tinted with golden hues. Carbonation is aggressive and produces a creamy khaki head on top that retains exceedingly well. Aroma is decidedly Belgian, with caramel malt and browned apple flesh from the yeast. Tangy and rich with malt.

Flavor is more of the same, but a bit sharper as the carbonation dries the back of the tongue. Fruity esters and a touch of booze give way to a leafy bitterness on the finish. Malts taste a tad like stale bread crust, but have enough caramel to suffice as a tasty brew. Creamy carbonation level turns snappy and crisp toward the end of each sip. Body is decidedly thinner than the ABV suggests. Overall, a tasty Belgian ale. Simple, flavorful, and drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sessions in Greensboro.Poured into a tulip glass a reuby red tinged chesnut brown with a fluffy long sustained off white head atop.Dark fruit and brown sugar mainly in the nose,some sweet alcohol creeps as the beer warms a little.Yeasty dark fruit flavors along with some brown sugar cake-like flavors that linger in the finish.Well it's not a bock by any means but it is quite good as a strong dark Belgian.

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Photo of douggoodavage
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper, amber, ruby color nice fluffy off white head only lasts for a sweet minute or two. Scent of Belgium yeast, wood, alcohol, & browned / candied sugar. Tastes very good with superb caramel maltiness, subtle fruit hoppiness, spice cake like aftertaste. Overall a very nice beer.

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

Appearance: Pours heady into a tulip with about a 1 cm head. Dark ruby and thick.
Smell/Aroma: Belgian "yeast," tart, cranberry.
Mouthfeel and taste: Very refreshing at a strong 7.5%. Bright and carbonated, doesn't taste strong, tastes much lighter than 7.5; little to no spice but with a slight sweetness just on the swallow, dry.
Overall: Very refreshing at a strong 7.5%. Purchased in Feb 2012 from ABC Drinks Leuven. Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Of note is that on BeerAdvocate, this beer is classified as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but I think (after reading the brewery website and the bottle) that it's supposed to be a double/doppelbock, and not a Belgian strong dark, as the Augustijn Donker or the Bornem Dubbel of the same brewery. The goat and hops on the label are a nod to the former brewery, and may possibly be a nod to the style of German bocks brewed during winter. Sorry didn't mean to geek out too much, but I felt like part of the reviews here are reviewing this beer as a Belgian Strong Dark of which this is not (checked Ratebeer too) The bottle I drank listed ABV at 7.5%.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 11/07/2013

Beer is a reddish brown, with a large off-white head. Very solid looking head and great retention- head just sits there.

Nose is VERY faint. A bit of dark fruit and sweet malt. Hard to pick up anything. The whiffs are fine.

Taste better, but not a standout. Fairly sweet, with juicy dark fruits. Raisin and fig, with sweet bready malt. Finish has a slight bitterness. A bit of spice. Kind of thin, and certainly not complex.

Medium bodied, certainly light for the style. Strong carbonation.

Overall, decent but not a great beer. There are so many good BSDAs out there that I certainly wouldn't feel the need to drink this one again, though it is relatively enjoyable.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a massively dark reddish brown with a two finger khaki colored head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, earth, and milk chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, dark fruit, and dark chocolate. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I really didn't expect much from this one, but it definitely brought a little more to the table than I was expecting which was nice. This one was quite complex and refreshing as it was really well balanced. Defintely worth trying if you get the chance as you will probably be surprised.

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