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 bylerteck
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a nice fluffy eggshell head of three fingers. Very dark brown. Bright. OK carbonation. Good retention with a full finger of nice head with a bit of chunky lace.

S - Dark fruit, cherries, some bread

T - More dark fruit, cherry is nice again, a little bready again.

M - Nice carbonation, nice sweet finish, full body.

O/D - Quite nice. The fruity ester element is great. Not overly complex, but solid. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of socon67
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very odd beer. Especially since the label notes it is "Bok" and it is here as the more adequate class of Belgian Dark. I'll review it as the style on BA.

A - Pours Amber with a red hue. Wild foam on top that looks like my washing machine.

S - Scents of raisin, plum, and fig. Strong malty aroma.

T - Dried fruit flaovr that has a bready yeast flavor. Finish has a peppery spice to it. Intriguing complexity, and leads to a hearty palate.

M - Feels heavy. This should be enjoyed alone. Very rich and gritty feel.

O - I'd put this in the interesting category. Steenburge is a decent belgian brewery and this is worth trying but would not be most people's go to belgian dark.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leute Bokbier may sound German, but it definitely looks Belgian: the surface looks like a stack of pillows. I've seen foam like this in the carboy, but rarely in the glass. It's like someone was boiling milk. Beneath it sits a deep, dark shade of brown that actually turns a clear red ocher when held into the light. All in all, some nice visuals here.

The aroma has a pumpkin spice complexity layered with faint apple notes, all thanks to a prototypical Belgian yeast. It almost resembles a cinnamon bun, but one made with raisin-pumpernickel loaf and sans the sweet icing. Although no alcohol is noted outright the aromatics smell a bit volatile. Not a beer for the queasy, that's for sure.

The taste is malt oriented, showing a good presence of dark doppelbock-y malt, roast chestnut as well some dried fruit flavour. The gentle glow of yeast trails, however, bringing out plenty of nutmeg and clove-like character. Again, although none of the 7.5% alcohol is tasted something tells me multiple rounds would be unreasonable.

Belgians doing a bock beer is like Italian chefs trying out the Atkins Diet. It just ain't gonna work. If you didn't know better, you might assume this was inspired by a different style of German beer: the dunkelweizen. It shares the perfumy, dominate clove-like spiciness and phenols as well as the dark but not roasty maltiness.

I've always regarded Brouwerij Van Steenberge has quite an average brewery and, although I've had some fantastic aged samples of this beer in the past, I will have to conceded that their Leute Bok is similarly average, albeit somewhat unique and undoubtedly worth the money. Why not give it a shot? It's unlikely you'll be disappointed.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful pomegranate red colour when held up to light, with a significantly tall bubbly foam head. Favourable retention and noticeable lacing.

S: Dark fruits, plum, hints of white grape, sour balsamic vinegar, toffee, and caramel-like malts. Unique blend of aromas that compliment surprisingly well together.

T: Caramel and dark fruits (raisins & plums) coupled with a slight vinegar sourness, but not as strong as the smell indicated initially. A lingering smokiness is present towards the finish. Never tasted something like this before, but I'm enjoying it.

M: Lighter body with a mild carbonation. Bitter and fairly dry.

D: Interesting interpretation of a belgian strong dark ale and one that I am certainly enjoying. With the smoky aspect this isn't something I'd be able to have more than one of, but a good offering regardless.

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Photo of barleyroad
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in appearance, clear and nice. Smell has hints of hops, but lacking as a full body smell. Mouthfeel is nice on the tongue and leaves very little after taste. Taste is eventful, and leaves you wanting some more. Malty flavor with slightly hopped. Nicely done for this style of beer. Will go nicely with BQ.

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Photo of peensteen
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a ruby-brown colour, 2 fingers of fluffly off white head, good retention with lots of lace. Smell is fairly malty, fruity smelling, cherry and dark fruit, raisins, lightly yeasty, berries with some metalic notes as well. Taste is full of dark bread and raisin, plum, finishes fruity, sweet middle, earthy with a dry yeasty aftertaste. Med-high carbonation, full bodied with good weight. Not a bad beer, a little rough around the edges but tottaly drinkable though.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a red/brown colour with a huge size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, raisins, yeast, roasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a above average amount of carbonation and it feels very lively on the tongue. I can taste malts and roasted nuts mixed with bananas and raisins. There is also a bit of a woodiness and a smokiness. It ends with a roasted nut and dark fruit slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – It reminded me a bit of some of the beers by Unibroue - Maudite etc. The taste is well balanced and the beer is highly drinkable. My version was only 7.5% alcohol.

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Photo of Glory
2.59/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a glass of Leute BoKbier at the BierTemple in Brussels last year and brought it back home just because its a fecking nice looking glass you should check it out...
Anyways...since a had a Leute Glass at home with no Leute to drink from it, I ordered 24 bottles from Québecbiere.info. And there we go...

Poured in my cool looking Leute glass, the beer is clear and glows a brownish-red colored looking Ale. Head retention is pretty nice. Frothy looking light brown foam that just sits there waiting...It does fades after a minute or two...pretty normal.

First nose is a huge whiff of C02 and beneath that is...well, thats the problem. There's not much. Notes of roasted malt, hints of rusted metal. Thats It ! There's nothing else ! Could it be stale...out of 24, I have 6 left could they all be stale ?
Of course I didin't drink all of them, but the ones I had where pretty much the same. As it warms a little in the glass, I actually get a smell of Brett. I don't know whats going on.

Texture on the palate is quite watery, carbonation is nice for this type of beer though. I get a hint of sweet caramel here and there ends with a little sourness and my mouth is bone dry. Bleh...Very boring. The description on BA says it has 8.2 ABV...rather 7.5 on the bottle. Overall, the mouthfeel is watered down, sweet&sour. Trust me, its not just this one bottle...they were all the same.

In a world where marketing is king, you can foul people into buying your beer just because it comes with a cool looking glass just like I did...well folks...I guess tonight, I'm the foul !

Cheers Lads


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

Hard not to feel tricked here with the bock label, and goat depicted. Pours cola brown with some red. Sizable head at first and retains a decent level through most of pint. Nose has some fruity notes, dashin my hopes of a doppelbock . Bready notes too. Some fruity spice on the palate with good dose of malt. Log of carbonation . Fruity finish.

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Photo of evlu1441
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a mixed six-pack from Van Steenberge. It looks like the odd-man-out judging by the label, etc.

It pours a very very dark (nearly opaque) ruby colour with hints of amber coming through under normal lighting. The fluffy head is sizable and light brown.

The aroma is smooth with raisin and brown sugar being very clear. Slight Belgian yeasty smells come through, but the aroma is generally very subdued and pleasant.

Smooth with some brown sugar and honey up front. The malt character is quite developed and rather biscuity. Some nice floral notes from the yeast come through towards the end. There is a sort of lager-ish smoothness to the taste. Drinkablity is very high on this beer, and the alcohol is well hidden for 8.2%.

Overall, this is a nice deviation from what I was expecting. It's smooth and drinkable, while having lots of spice and character. An unusual beer in my books. If I can find this again, I'll be sure to get it.

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

Got this in a Steenberge sample pack of six beers. I've purchased this 6-pack before and Leute takes the place of a beer called "Breugel," named after the Flemish painter. However, it must be noted that this is a different beer than "Breugel."

Poured from a bottle into a wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Opaque and orangey brown. Very little head after pouring, less than one inch. Head dissolved to a tiny, attractive head that remained during the entire time I enjoyed the beer. Very small carbonation bubbles visible on the side.

-Smell 4.0: Subdued smell with nothing really jumping out. However, it does have a nice and warm yeast/ barley smell that is very pleasant.

-Taste 4.0: Lots of malt up front with a very smooth taste, in spite of all the bubbles (this is a very bubbly beer). I do not taste a lot of sweetness in the beer, nor is there any sourness. After swallowing, there is an extremely pleasant hoppy aftertaste that has a readily discernible nutmeg flavor. Delicious.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Again, lots of bubbles. As I mentioned in a previous review of a Steenberge beer (Gulden Draak), this is a champagne level of bubbles. These are bottle-conditioned beers, but the excessive carbonation is somewhat distracting.

-Overall 4.0: Excellent beer. Refreshing like a lager, but with many more complexities and nuances of flavor. This beer has a relatively high ABV (7.5%), but it does not present itself in the taste of the beer. This beer is worth your time, and as one might notice by the increase in reviews of it, if it is not in your area yet, it may be there soon.

Could be a nice session beer, but since the sample pack was $15.99 for six beers, the session might have to be a very special occasion indeed.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The initial smell in the bottle is, well, beery. It lacks that distinctiveness which makes you want to pursue and understand the intimate elements of this beer. Poured into a Duvel glass this gave a fairly effortless tight fluffy head. Deep brown in colour with some reddish brown. Chewy in the mouth with some brown sugar and just the edge of the medicinal. Bit of fizziness on the outskirts of the beer as well ending with some light ginger notes.

From what I've observed this has all the components to make quite a distinctive drink but to me it is just clumsy and fails to come together in an engaging way..

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: the beer pours a dark-reddish-brown color with a nice head.
Smell: Roasted malts, red berries, some sugar, yeast and earth.
Taste: Roasted malts, plum, light caramel and some spicy hops. Finish is moderately bitter and dry
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and a thin body
Overall: Average bock beer.

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Photo of wl0307
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coming in a 330ml short brown bottle, this bottle is at 7.5%abv. only; BB 23/06/2013, served lightly-chilled in a Hapkin’s tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: dark copper with ruby hues, lightly hazy, with a pillowy/foamy off-white head settling slowly to a sheet to last.
S: the nose is quite sweet & fruity, showing traces of apples, breezy brown sugar, fruit esters, marinated prunes, Munich malts, caramel & lightly-roasted malts.
T: not too sweet, the lightly nutty maltiness is intertwined with sugar's exotic-ism, mildly sour at the same time; followed by a deepening stream of herbal bitterness & spiced dried berries. The finish has a considerable amount of licorice-flavoured prunes like undertone lingering, underlined by a light touch of cocoa powder.
M&D: very light in carbonation, this beer comes at a lighter body due to the vivid weight-lifting effect of the sugar added vis-a-vis a relatively light malt body. The aftertaste is particularly enjoyable for my palate. Fairly quaffable~

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

Deep red brown, medium-big tan head slowly shrinks to thin foamy top and some good lace.

Aroma is malty fruitiness (dried apricots and plums), clove yeastiness, hint of vanilla, fainty toastiness and winey hint.

Taste is nice, lightly winey, lightly spicy-fruity character with light dried fruits, raisins and apricots, light nutty toastiness. It has a light woody-port quality. A light sweetness just dominates, but it is not too sweet and it is mostly dryish. It has a good, fairly well-rounded character and is very drinkable good with beef and lamb, but not very complex and character is somewhat subdued.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a leute bok glass. Beer is brown and hazy heavily carbonated. Some lacing looks good.

Aroma is mildly sweet malty with a mild roast.

Beer is medium bodied and tastes great. I really like it. I think I like nicks more than most. Sweet caramel. Nice malt. Overall great.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy walnut brown with a frothy, foamy light tan head that dissolves quickly leaving little lacing behind.

Huge aromas of cherries, other dark fruits such as plums, and yeast waft from the glass.

Flavors consist of more dark fruit such as the aforementioned cherries, raisins, Belgian yeast and a sweet nuttiness. I also get the sense that there are some caramel malt notes hidden as well.

This Belgian Strong Dark is medium in body with generous carbonation.

This is a nice example of the style, although I can only assume that the brewer was heading somewhere between a bock and a Belgian. If this is the case, this is a nice mix.

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

I had this beer yesterday on-tap as part of a beer sampler.

It poured a very dark brown and was slightly hazy. It was a bit thinner than would be expected.

The smell was of coffee, malts, etc.

I would say it had average drinkability-probably would not drink more than one in a sitting.

Good beer overall.

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Photo of Long813
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown body, not quite black. One and a half fingers of light mocha head. Retention is good and leaves nice lacing.

S: Sweet mix of distinct belgian yeast and roasted malts. Very nice smell, can't pick anything else out.

T: Follows the aroma, not much else can be said here. All around pleasing taste.

M: Medium bodied and high carbonation. Surprising pleasant after taste and only the slightest touch of alcohol present.

D: Nice brew from Belgium. Had three of them and enjoyed each one.

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Photo of thepeter
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a Dark Murky Brown with a small head that turned to film rather quickly.

Smelled of rich roasty malt and the subdued spiciness of Belgian yeast. Maybe a bit of Dark fruit in there as well

Tastes dryer than I would have expected, Roasted malt definitly there but not very sweet. More woody and less dark fruit flavors compaired others. Very nice clean dry finish. Tastes nice but not too complex and certainly not amazing.

This is such a smooth and creamy beer that goes down very easy. the Alcohol is very well hidden, could have a few if I wanted but overall not as interesting as it could be.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Body slightly sweet (the button is still mild) with a finish which blends spices, first powerfully but diminishing over time and become more easily drinkable. As the nose is a bit weak and the flavors are not easily discernible even if the yeast carries the characteristic flavor of roasted malt. The aftertaste has a significant rate of IBU

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