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 becktone
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +1.1%
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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Photo of canucklehead
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks Dutch to me but it is brewed in Belgium. The beer is a mahogany colour with a huge head. The nose is very malty but the taste has a clean thinness that actually adds to the drinkability though maybe detracts from the complexity. The beer lacks a rounded finish which beers such as Primator provide. I was ok with the flavours but the mouthfeel left me wanting more.

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Photo of danielharper
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown body, almost black, opaque, with a thick off-white (almost khaki) head that sticks around.

Smell: Very sweet, malty, yeasty. Aroma is subtle -- smells mostly like a Belgian take on a brown ale. Very nutty aroma with that Belgian funk underneath.

Taste: Very sweet, somewhat astringent. The Belgian funk is muted here, but the sweetness turned up a notch. The nuttiness is also there, and maltiness, and some hints of citrus. Finishes sweet, like a high-alcohol brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I'd normally expect, but not quite down to the "watery" level. Carbonation is low and hops are mild. Pretty much to-style.

Drinkability: Dangerously so, for such a high-alcohol beer. From the name, I was expecting something bock-like, and this pretty much fills that expectation perfectly.

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Photo of TheLiterati
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a velvety chocolate brown color with a lighter brown, long lasting head. Aroma is of dates, raisins and other dark fruit, which translated to the taste, along with a yeasty undertone.

Though there is a big malt presence, Leute didn't finish on palate as sugary as I'd expected. Instead there was a nice balance of sweet and something not so sweet that I wouldn't quite call spicy. I did pick up on the soda-y undertones that others have noted (root beer, for example).

I found the overall composition to be smooth, not overly strong or overly carbonated which lends nicely to the drinkability. Definitely worth a try, and one I'm likely to purchase again.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew produces an appearance of light chocolaty looking head, which is about two inches thick. The head dissipates into tighter, stickier looking head, which sticks to the glass very well. The body is quite hazy, and is dark caramel in color.

The aroma is very malty up front. I detect fragrances of brown sugar and toffee.

The taste is very sweet, something like brown sugar and caramel. It's almost cola like.

Mouth feel wise, it's very rich with carbonation but it doesn't overpower the taste. There is an alcoholic warming quality to this brew too.

At 8.2% ABV, this brew is still quite refreshing. Even on a very warm day, this can do quite nicely.

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Photo of nkwarrior
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Average for a belgian beer. simple, not complex. Impressive head... maybe too much. great color. Aroma is good.750ml bottle poured into a Leute Bok glass. I have visted Van Steenberge Brewery in Oct 2008. Most of thier beers are average in my opinion, this one maybe one of the better ones. will try again.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2007.
Appearance : brown color, tan foam head
Smell : malty, notes of chocolate
Taste and mouthfeel : lots of malt, roasted, long finish.
Drinkability : A very interesting example Dutch bock, brewered in Belgium by Van Steenberge

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this beer pours a dark mahogany with a huge initial head, abot 2 1/2 fingers of tan rocky foam, holding it up to the light reveals an extreme amount of swift carbonation

S - dark fruits dominate the aroma, raisins and dates especially, some molasses sugary sweetness as well, some woody style resin and an alcohol element as well

T - wow, super malty, which spikes into a sour surprise, sour cherries add an unexpected element to the flavor, quite tasty and it re-mellows into a big malty finish

M&D - the malty sweetness and the sourness add quite an intriguing balance and flavor combination, easily drinkable, and improves as it warms, a great beer

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Photo of dsa7783
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copped a 750 ML bottle from Gary's in Madison, as it was recommended to me by one of the employees there... Interesting, attractive bottle with a characteristic Bok goat on the label... Pours an outstanding dark-brown, slightly tan color with an immense frothy head which bubbled over my glass... smell was deep, dark, full of malts, licorice, and brown sugars... taste seemed highly carbonated, with obvious malts, dark sugars, prunes, figs, toffee, and a noticeable root-beer flavor... overall, the flavor wasn't a knock-out and was somewhat bland and not completely flavorful, although it didn't disappoint, and was crisp and refreshing with a decent mouthfeel... must be said that drinkability was very good, without any hint of bitterness or alcohol detected despite the hefty 8.2% ABV... a pretty good stab at the style, and not bad at all... interesting brew... Worth a try, but I wasn't blown away...

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Photo of sabrills70
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle with no freshness date. Pours a dark mahogony with a two finger head, decent longevity and very nice lace. Big malt a cadni sugar aromas mixed with sherry, dried fruit and big yeasty smells. Again big malt and brown sugar flavors, sherry and dried dark fruits. the flavors are all there they just don't blend very well together. Perhaps this one needs to age a bit. A well made beer, just not smooth and balanced enough for me.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a bottle at the t' Poatersagt in Brugge. Served in the cool glass with no stem and on the wooden base. The beer poured a deep brown, almost black color with a thick and somewhat soapy looking head. There was a definite malty nose to this one. The taste was slightly bitter but dominated by the roasted malt taste. Overall, a well balanced and drinkable beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a while since I have had anything from Steenberge.

Pours a super dark and very cloudy brown. Minimal tan head off an extremely careful pour. Flavor is caramel ridden. Sugar, alcohol, minor wood. Flavorful and deep, but not overly complex really. Massive carbonation seems to just fill my mouth up. Overall this is a pretty good brew. Nothing outstanding, but definitely well made. I am not sure if I would ever go back to it though.

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Photo of bditty187
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dirty penny bronze in hue with a ruby influence as well; seems to be clear (at least on the first pour from the 750ml, maybe there was a little haze on the second poor). Massive beige head, at the apex the foam was almost three fingers tall. The head collapsed to half that size in a few moments. Clumpy lacing clung to the side of the glass, it was spotty and unorganized. A small, tight cap lasted the entire consumption. Overall, the appearance is pleasant.

Fruity nose… apples, dates, raisins, figs, pears along with a Belgian yeast spiciness that I adore. Plenty of caramel malts are to be found along with hints of chocolate and toast. The more I sniff the more a dried cocoa powder and faint nuttiness emerges. I really like the malt profile of the nose. Is it a Bock? No. Is it a “Belgian Bock?” Sure… even though I am sure they use ale yeast. As such, the nose smells like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Whatever. It smells good. Loud potency. Inviting.

The palate is much dried than I was expecting; I was hopping for something a bit sweeter. I’m surprised a beer from Van Steenberge tastes like this! The malt profile is dried chocolate upfront with a splash of toffee and caramel. The fruitiness offers cherries and dates with hints of raisins and some apples. The alcohol is sort of awkward as it arrives from nowhere near the finish (it isn’t hot but I can notice it). The peppery hints at the finish seal the fate of this beer… it is way closer to a Belgian Ale than German Bock and I’m okay with that. I like the nose more than the palate but, by no means, is this beer not likeable.

Medium/medium-light in body, moderate, natural zippy carbonation; the mouthfeel works okay with the flavor profile. I wouldn’t mind a bit fuller body but how many Belgian Ales are full bodied? Okay, I’d be happy with a medium bodied beer…

This is one of those beers I’d drink every few years… okay, I first seen this beer some 6 years ago and I haven’t had it until today. Wasn’t really my loss, I do like the beer but it isn’t great. I do think there is a niche group of beer drinkers that would love it; it has Belgian qualities without being very sweet. For me, there are better options. I purchased my 750ml in Counicl Bluffs, IA

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Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Belgium Bock beer??? That's hard to believe. So I needed to give it a try.

Had this on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a dark amber color with decent head retention and lacing. The beer smells pretty sweet on the nose, with some underlying cherry and rootbeer. On the palate the beer really comes across as rather simple and one dimensional. I get some roasty sweet malt flavors with some underlying cola, but this beer has a real light and almost watery mouthfeel. Abv. is well disguised, and so I guess you could describe it as pretty drinkable.

An OK effort, but nothing special.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Easily produces a three-finger thick, amber-brownish-tinged, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass, despite a careful pour. The beer is a brilliantly clear, deeply amber hued, red color when held up to the light, but is otherwise a dark, concentrated cherry color. The aroma is quite sweet smelling with notes of blackberry jam, cloves, concentrated fruit-caramel and a touch of toasty, yet definitely caramelized, malty / bready notes. The aroma is fairly enjoyable, though it does seem a bit too sweet to be really nice; the sweetness does accentuate the distinct fruitiness though.

The beer has a medium thick heft to it, but is not nearly as sweet as the aroma might have suggested. Still at first blush the beer does not seem complex enough to carry the simplistic, fruit nuanced, sweetness that is here. Flavor notes of currants, sweet plums, raisins, a hint of cloves and even some tart notes that are also evocative of plums or even apples. Somehow this beer really seems to fade for me, it is not so much that it doesn't leave anything lingering on the palate, it is just that it seems forgettable. I am not quite too sure why I feel this way; part of this is the mouth feel, while it does have some heft to it, the beer just seems to disappear on my about half way through each sip. The most prominent flavors are those of the concentrated, sweet fruit notes, which are just too simplistic for me to really get into.

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Photo of socalde
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit, I was drawn in by the cartoonish disproportional representation of a goat on the label, as well as the promise of an old world bock. However, this beer did more than assauge my disappointments. It brought me to a higher appreciation of belgian craftmanship.

Appearance- An opaque nutty brown, with a fine tan head that settles to an intriguing and inticing corona, this beer posseses all the earmarks of a superior belgian brew.

Smell- My nose could ceaselessly chase the aroma of this beer 'round the rim of my glass. Though my olfactory falls short, the smell resides in the realm between pungent and soothing caramel malt.

Taste- As with the smell, there is an elusive quality with the taste. Undoubtedly belgian, nice malt, nice warmth... a truly unique experience.

Mouthfeel- Pleasing. Light. All around good, but not exceptional.

Drinkability- Excellent, however I cannot envision myself drinking any more than the 750 mls I purchased.

Note: The goat will wink when you've finished the bottle.

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Photo of cbl2
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/18/2007 $7.49 750 mL 7.50% No best by date.


Pours a crystal medium to dark brown that is highlighted with ruby, and topped by a stunning display of 2 inch thick tightly packed tan head that is slow to settle. Nice lacing when head finally simmers down.


Roasted caramel aroma. Loads of sweetness. No hops to speak of.


Initially this is very similar to a bock, with a smooth palate accompanied by sweet caramel, but this quickly transitions into something else entirely, with the tartness of fresh cherries stepping up into the forefront.

Caramel sweetness and a touch of peat reassert themselves in the long lingering finish. Tough to categorize what this is exactly, but it is tasty, so who cares.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in PA. The most interesting aspect was the glassware, almost as unique as the Kwak goblet. This comes with a wooden base that has a crater milled out in the center. The glass has a half-sphere bottom which fits into the base, but will never balance without it.

The bartender insisted it was a dopple-bock, providing evidence of the goat on the handle and the "bok" in the name. No way this is a bock or a dopple bock though, this tastes like a Flanders brown ale. The aroma and flavor have strong sour components, almost apple cidery in a way. The appearance was deep dark color with nicely fluffed tan foam on top. I drank it all because it was rude not to (someone else paid for it), but I honestly was in the mood for a doppelbock when I ordered it. Oh well, still a nice Belgian beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in one of the coolest glasses, it poured a very dark color with a white fluffy head that did not go away. Taste and smell; barnyardy and hints of fruit, white grape or pear. The alcohol is kind of hidden in the smoothness, a bit sweet, but very good.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge head that lingers and does not fade away...excellent lace clings to the sides of the glass. Stays there too.

A dark brownish-red color...a bit cloudy.

Has a pleasant smell, yeasty with a hint of spice. A crisp taste, not too strong, even with the 8.20% ABV. Tingly on the tip of your tongue.

I received the bottle as a gift. It came with its own serving glass, sort of the top half of a wine glass. No stem, though. Instead, there is a wood base it sits in. Interesting, just be careful not to spill it.

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Photo of shivtim
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the balancing wood block glass at the Brick Store in Georgia. Clear but deep brown/amber, with a big off-white foamy head. Nose is sweet malts, pears, yeast and barnyard hay. Taste is sweet plums at first and a malt backbone with spicy pepper and slight toffee on the finish. Hint of alcohol on warming. Mouthfeel is good, it's dense and bubbly. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of psinderson
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in traditional glassware.

Appearance: Dark brown or deep red with a thick caramel-colored head. Very nice.

Smell: Some molasses and brown sugar with some caramel malt in the background.

Taste: A little bland up front but with a good molasses/caramel finish. A bit of alcohol there too. Finishes with a mild hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, decent feel.

Drinkability: Good level of complexity and relatively smooth.

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Photo of fartingdog
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cellared 1 year (in quite respectable and consistent cellar conditions), wish I'd have reviewed the one I had then that was fresh.

Opened with an aggressive 'pop'. Pours a dark caramelly color like I remembered, but where's the head I remember?

Initially starts out sweet, but is immediately cancelled out by some sour notes and the funk flows in your nose. this beer obviously caught something in the last year and is going down hill in a bad way. Yeast and other pleasant flavors are still detectable immediately, but everything gets replaced by the sourness (this is not an offensive sourness BTW, just NOT what you want in this beer.)

Mouthfeel is still pretty good.

The low marks on this one are in no reflection of a fresh version, I remember being quite tasty. But, for the love of god, DO NOT cellar this beer.

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Photo of ChillMike
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark and opaque nutmeg brown color with a quite large tan head that initially recedes quite quickly but leaves a nice finger width of froth on top. Spotty lacing remains in patches around the glass. 4

S: Smells of candi malts, a bit of citrus, and some hints of chocolate and a definite presence of yeast. Very light on the nose, besides having a nice sweet smell doesn't seem to be a whole lot else going on here. 3.5

T: A nice chocolatey flavor followed by a very pleasant citrusy hop flavor that give the beer a nice "lift". Also quite a bit of spices in this one. Nothing too special or different about this one however I do enjoy the nice precence of hops. 4.0

MF: You can tell as soon as your pour this ale that it's heavy on the carbonation, it's almost a bit sharp as it dances on your tongue, although the bottle says it's a "full body" I find it just a bit watered down very slight but still noticeable. 3.5

D: Very drinkable beer, except for it's price, it's more of a middle of the road beer for this style but comes with a more upper eschelon pricetag. It definitely warms you up a bit as well as you drink. Glad I picked it up to give it a try. 4.0

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