Leute Bok | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-01-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
336
Reviews:
163
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
10.61%
 
 
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Photo of benfons
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl. bottle, 7,5% ABV, served in the original, funny but not very practical wobbly glass.

A: Very dark reddish brown, big head that dissapears, (almost like cola), no lacing

S: rock candy, some apple , some malt, sweet at first sour a bit later

T: Coffee, roasted malts, granny smith

M/D: a bit thin to my taste, carbonation a bit thin, alcohol is noticeable, but not to much.

An ok beer, but nothing more.

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Photo of crossovert
4.56/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. Apparently it is a 2000ish vintage.

It pours a dense brown bordering on black. the initial pour is clear and the subsequent one, yaesty and cloudy. The head is white but quickly dissipates, as it is an older beer.

The smell is wonderful. Tannin, grapes, apples, apple peels, raisins, caramel, touch of cocoa, and a hint of alcohol. IT smells like it aged well, we will see about taste.

It definitely has more of a grape flavor than most of the style, I attribute it to the age of the bottle. There is thick grape, thick sweetness, a nice malt character, and some more alcohol in the flavor, the alcohol doesn't burn at all though, it is totally mellow and smooth.

The mouthfeel is rich and decadent, there is prickling carbonation but not a huge amount of it, just right.

I spent 3.99 for this bottle, I'm thinking I should go back and buy them out on this one, a rare find.

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer does what many other belgians do - almost explodes when popping the cap.

Once poured into my Duvel Tulip, it has a very dark brown (almost black) colour but with definite ruby highlights when held up to light. The head is simply massive and I actually had to wait a while before pouring the whole thing because it would have spilled over. The head is bubbly and rocky, has excellent retention and is a light tan colour. There's some serious lacing left on my glass. A very pretty looking beer overall.

This beer's nose features light fruit, candied sugar and spice with a good amount of yeast and a touch of leather and light grain.

Taste is quite sweet and sugary up front with loads of cotton candy and candied fruit with good amounts of spice and caramel. The finish is surprisingly dry and crisp given the sugary palate and has a nutty, bread and butter linger. It's a bit too sweet for me and, in that way, kinda one dimensional.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, quite creamy and chewy with a high level of carbonation and, again, a slightly oily yet surprisingly clean finish.

This beer isn't super high in alcohol but it sure is a sugar bomb. That said, there's no way I would want another right away. It's a tasty brew but it's just a bit too sweet to be a regular for me. I would buy it again but I won't be rushing back for more.

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Photo of corby112
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark chocolate brown color with slight amber edges when held to a light source and a thick two finger frothy, tan foam head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Bready yeast aroma with hints of candi sugar, hops, dark fruit notes, chocolate and spice. Hints of plum, raisin and fig. Smells interesting.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation up front that lingers throughout into a bitter finish. Sweet and malty with hints of roasted bitter dark chocolate malts and dark fruit. Dark cherry, plum and raisin are evident. The dark chocolate notes are most prominent in the finish. I usually like the combination of these flavors but this beer was a bit too roasty and bitter for my liking and had a strange alcohol astringency that I found off-putting.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy burnt orange color with a thick head of tan bubbles sitting on top that is maintained by numerous bubbles rising, so it stuck around for at least a few minutes before it noticeably started to fade. There is some thick lacing left on the glass after drinking, so it is a pretty inviting looking beer overall.

Aroma: My first impression was of some sweet caramel and dark fruit mixed with lots of toasty notes. The beer has some floral hops noticeable in the aroma, but they are definitely playing a supporting role.

Taste: The flavor is definitely malty, but there is a lot more alcohol noticeable in the flavor than I ever would have suspected from the aroma. There is also tons of toasty notes that fade in and out the whole time that you are tasting it. The beer is medium bodied with lots of carbonation, so it slips across the palate before you are really aware of what happened. There is alcoholic warming that sits in pretty quickly in the finish and lingers for a while as the warming and is also contributing a spice that sits there for a while.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer. It has some bold flavors that meld pretty well. I am not sure if it will get softer with age, or if this may be a tad old and that it is starting to go over the edge. I will drink the whole thing, but it doesn't go down "smooth as silk" as a lot of Belgian Strong Ales do. This one has lots going on, so if you want a beer that is not boring (and not a sour), this would be a pretty good choice.

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

750mL champagne style bomber, poured into a Luete glass with wooden base

An extremely murky, russet body with garnet highlights and a fast rising tan head. Good retention with minor lacing. By the looks alone, this is an intriguing beer. Leaning in for a good whiff, raisins and figs dominate the nose. Butterscotch, fruit and a touch of cocoa powder. On the palate, the raisins really take center stage and do not give up the spotlight. Butterscotch and fruit ease their way in, but are quickly beaten back by raisins and figs. The finish is slightly sweet and bitter. The earthy hops hit you up front and add enough in the finish to let you know they are there. A sturdy beer, but it drinks rather light. Creamy and smooth body that is trademark of the best Belgians out there.

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

A dark copper beer with a fading head, which is lacing.

Smell is very malty (caramel) with a candisugar kick and a fruity Belgian yeast character.

Taste is sweet and malty with clear notes of caramel malts and candisugar. A classic Belgian combination of malt and yeast character. The latter adds a fruity taste. I get a moderate bitterness which might be a bit roasted. All very mild. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and sweet. This beer is all about malt and Belgian yeast. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Travlr
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gift from fellow beer travelers at Delirium in Brussels.
Appearance gets extra points because of the cool balancing glass. Very dark brown, large tan head with incredible lacing.
Smell is malt and light spice.
Taste is sweet caramel candy, with a hint of apple.
Not very complex, just a simple, sweet strong brown ale.

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

The last bockbeer in my fridge... besides two 6-packs of La Trappe bock.

A: Darkbrown/amber color and a lightbrown head.

S: Roasted malts, caramel, dark and red fruits.

T: Roasted malts, some hops and dark fruits. Slightly bitter in aftertaste.

M: Nicely creamy with a medium carbonation and a medium body.

D: Very worthwhile.... but to me more like a dubbel than a bock.

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Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store, served in a glass that confounds numerous people each night I'm sure.

Pours a slightly hazy ruby brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving thick lacing on the side of the egg-shaped glass.

Smells of green apples with good amounts of raisins and a hint of Belgian candi sugar.

Tastes similar to how it smells. It's supposed to be a bock but as the style above indicates it's certainly closer to a BSDA. Green apple flavors that manage not to down out other flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by sugar-coated dark fruits. As it warms the dark fruit flavors fade a bit but they're front and center throughout. The ending is crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and could have another.

Overall this is one of the most unique bocks I've ever had. Worth a shot if for nothing else than the novelty.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear deep mahogany with a tan colored cap that recedes to a thin layer and a bit of lace; steady carbo stream can be seen when shown up to light.

S - Caramel and malty spice. Improved as it warmed.

T - Toffee, some earthiness and Belgian sugar without being sweet, along with a sort of pipe tobacco flavor.

M- Nice. Light carbonation with a touch of sourness to this medium bodied brew.

D - More than drinkable and would pair nicely with smoked turkey/game bird/chicken.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cellar temperature 330ml bottle into a Leute branded glass. One of the more interesting glasses I have come across, has a pointed bottom, which is rested in a block of wood.

A - Deep red to amber in colour with a decent sized off-white head. Seems well carbonated.

S - A rich maltiness with a hint of sourness behind. Mild fruits, possibly red berries.

T - There are definite malts at the front, though they are quite dry. Spiciness, slightly peppery in the middle, with a bit of a yeasty acidic taste. The finish is bitter, and noticeably alcoholic.

M - Very lively and carbonic. Medium body, with a slightly dry feel.

D - Interesting flavours, although I am not sure the balance is right, felt a bit like they didn't work in harmony. As far as Strong Belgian Ales go, this is not one of the best.

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Photo of SeanRedd
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin body, red hue, obnoxious carbonation, acidic rasberry aroma, sharp fruit, simmering syrup, mouth puckering, tart squeezing, spicy cola. Anno 1927, be on the el bano b/w 19 and 27 times. Makes excessive saliva drip like MJ. Cool label, too big of a bottle, hyped up in top 500, not authentic Bock. Not bad, worth a sip, if I were stranded in the back country of Belgium surrounded by sheep and rednecks.

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

Dark, orange-brown with off white head. Strong aroma of sour notes, citrus rind, zest, and toffee. Sour flavors, light and dark fruits, lemon zest, tart. Medium-high carb sizzles on the tongue with a crisp, clean mouthfeel. The alcohol doesn't show too much through the flavors which is nice. A zesty fruit bowl of a beer.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL brown glass cork-finished. Date was on the crown cap, but was smudged off.

Appearance: Poured into a chalice. Fluffly, almost crunchy tan head leaves spotting as it slowly recedes. Hazy mahogany, reddish brown.

Nose: Nice caramel and chocolate malt notes, sweet baking spices, light brown sugar.

Palate: Medium-bodied with lots of coffee, toffee, brown sugar, milk chocolate flavors and a nice, almost crisp finish. Carbonation is lively and keeps the beer from being too sweet. Nice bitter coffee/chocolate notes on the finish. Some yeasty characteristics underline the deeper notes.

Notes: Really a lot better than I was expecting it to be, honestly. A great bock, with somewhat tame Belgian influences.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured into a Leute Bok Glass, bullet shaped and set into a piece of wood. On tap. Wonderful cathedral lace, dark reddish brown body.

S. Very malty nose. Ripe fruits (bing cherry)

T. Excellent malt flavor. Dark and gives off dark fruit flavors up front. Fig and grape come to mind. Fruitiness and mineral tone. Subtle lemon tea like hop. Hop bitterness is minimal.

M. Very silky, smooth and creamy.

D. Oh heavens yes. Is this a bock? Solid as a Belgian Strong Dark ale I think Bok is just a namesake in this case.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew pours a slightly cherry red, very light for this style, I have to say. White head billows up pretty easily. Aroma is solid, a bready maltiness, some faint sugars and dark fruits like raisins and figs. Taste is very light and thin, not too thin, but noticeable for the style. Dark malts, brown sugar and fruits are the norm, but there's nothing that really sticks out. Alcohol is well hidden. Finish is slightly dry.

A solid but unremarkable brew.

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

On-tap at the Pit served in a Gouden Carolus gold-rimmed chalice a nice crisp copper with a thin diminishing head. The aroma is a hint of sweet malts with that typical bock bite. The taste is a subtle sweetness that comes through stronger in the finish along with a touch of wood. The beer is on the light side of medium with the 8.2% well hidden. This is a very enjoyable Bock that is certainly worth trying.

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Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber with a massive tan head not unlike dishsoap that blew out of the bottle after careful opening and took 5 minutes to pour gently into the glass. Leaves big bubbles of lace on the glass. Smells savory, baking spices and dark fruit with a big hit of belgian yeast. Tastes like it smells with a warming hit of alcohol in the finish (The bottle is marked 7.5 ABV not 8.2)and a ton of fizzy carbonation that adds to the drinkability. A tasty brew.

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

On-tap 1/25/09 at Julian's in Providence, RI, served in a pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, apples, dark fruit, caramelized malts, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste is malty up front with a strong Belgian yeast character, sweet flavors of caramel & spice and the tartness of apple and dark fruit. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty with a good complexity to it, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's a nice Belgian to drink for a while but it's not the first on that I would choose.

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

Served to me in its own Leute bok glass, which is pretty neat. Has the same picture of a goat that the bottle has and is an odd glass. It is shaped like a flower bud that is not opened but instead of a stem with a flat stand at the bottom it comes to a point, so the glass cannot be set down on its own. Instead, the glass comes with a leute bok piece of wood that bears an indentation to hold the glass.

Has a dark red body with a small tight head. Leaves bits of lacing behind.

Some tart fruit flavors including cherry come through the nose. Also some spicy aromas come through with a little bit of a roasted character.

When I tried this I was not sure what the actual style was. To me it tasted like belgian strong dark ale mixed with a bock. Lots of fruit sweetness is the focus of the drink. Cherry is the most noticeable flavor and is slightly tart. I still pick up slight notes of some sort of spice and a very slight roasted malt character. It is an interesting beer and I found it to be enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a fairly good deal of carbonation.

Pretty drinkable beer at 8.2 % ABV. Probably something I would order again.

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

Dark, rich brown pour with a short and thick tan head. Excellent aroma of brown sugar, almonds, caramel malt, and driet fruit. Velvety mouthfeel. Warm, toasted malt flavor. Good amount of cherry, cocoa, nuts, raisins, and toffee, with a little maple. Sweet, but not too sweet. Nice alcohol warmth.

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Photo of schroe58
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a- beautiful full brown with red tint. thick foamy lasting head. pours very well. fantastic lacing. NEVER have poured a bottle with such a good head as this beer.

s- complex. nuttiness, a little bit of earth, dry leaves and bark, spice, and some other stuff that i can't quite put my finger on.

t- interesting and layered, molasses, yeast/biscuit, dry malt, hint of spice, old wood and actually a smooth floral hop flavor towards the end. tastes like autumn.

m- full and very smooth. has a nice weight to it.

d- i think this beer is nice as a slower sipper. it feels to full to be drunk at a pace anything approaching quick and i also think that you need time to sort out the complexity of this beer. it's a little harsh at first but then mellows out as you get used to it.

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Photo of becktone
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 9-20-08

Eye: Unlike described on the bottle this beer does not pour dark red. Instead, it pours a muddy and cloudy tannish brown, quite a bit lighter in color than the majority of bocks. The head on this beer is big. From the initial pour it resembled that of Duvel. Excellent head retention, after the initial pour, on subsequent pours the head is dense, rocky and thick. It never falters or misses a beat.

Nose: Odd aroma for a bock, then again this one is coming from Belgium, not Germany. Unexpectedly there is not a huge dark malt aroma up front, instead oak and cherry notes play a major role, some apple in there as well. Behind these aromas are chocolate and roasted aromas. The yeast used also gives off a unique aroma-though to describe though. Most interesting for a bock, to be sure.

Tongue: Really hoping that this one hasn't gone bad; these are really odd aromas to be coming from something billed as a bock....not too much flavor in here. At first a bit of sourness, kinda like an Oud Bruin-with oak and cherry notes....then some chocolate and brown/mildly kilned malt flavor. Earthy flavor mixes in with the malt flavors as well as some oak characters to foreshadow a dry finish. To me it tastes like a cross between a Belgian Strong Dark an Oud Bruin, and a bock. Interesting....

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium body with no special attributes, dry finish is about all. Carbonation is higher than one would expect for the style. This is one I'm tempted to come back to. I didn't pay for it, rather I got it for free as a sample. The problem is I'm not sure how old this bottle is. Is this beer supposed to taste like this, because I can kinda see it working. Or is this one supposed to be something quite different? If so, I'll say that for however old this beer is, it has held up pretty well, changing it completely into something else, very few hints of bock here, but enough to tell that the beer, either brewed to be the way it is out of my bottle or brewed to be something more bockish, is definitely influenced by the bock style.

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Photo of froghop
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with a red tint when held in the light, large tan head, very good lacing.

smell is of dark pitted fruit, caramel, malt, spice, brown sugar, a touch of smoke, roasted nuts.

taste is tart, dark fruit, touch of caramel, some spice, heavy carbonation, sour malt, somewhat dry finish and a touch bitter.

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