Leute Bokbier – Brouwerij Van Steenberge (Belgium)

Leute Bokbier (since 1927!) – Brouwerij Van Steenberge, 7.5% ABV, (Belgium)

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: good depth and berryness
  • Where I got it: W. 16 (?), 2011
  • How much: $4.45
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: No

Tasting Notes: pours dark root beer brown, large foamy head, very sticky lacing, good foamy retention, lots of barely visible medium-fast moving CO2 streams. Honeyed molasses on the nose. 7/10 sweet honeyed-turbinado sugar rush up front (too sweet!), some caramel, hints of dark cherry, raisins. Medium complexity, medium depth, decent carry, medium length. Sweetness is manageable if you drink several sips at one; If slow sipping, too sweet. A decent beer but there are definitely better Belgians out there.

*Re-tasted: March 8, 2012*

Side note: The image of the billy goat is homage to the mispronunciation of “eisbeck” as “eis bock” (billy goat) due the Bavarian accent of Munich dwellers back in the 17th century. Source: wikipedia

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I like it: rich sweet malty beer
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours beer bottle brown, nice thick slowly dissipating foamy head, sticky lacing all around, thin layer of retention, lots of fast moving CO2 streams. Dense malts on the nose. 7/10-sweetness up front, heavy malts, chamomile, honey, tingly CO2 mouthfeel, slight creaminess. Finish is back-of-the-throat lingering bitterness and caramel malts. Medium complexity, med-high depth, long malty length, great transitions, great carry, great drinkability. Overall a solid beer.