The LEUTE BOK ale was brewed in 1927 for the first time. "Leute" means joy in Flemish, and "bok" is of course the "he-goat." A very interesting and funny name for a real double bock ale holding a whopping 7.5% alcohol by volume. The name-play "bok-bock" is based on the fact that in 1927 the brewery had still several goats on its farm, where the hops were also cultivated. Unfortunately, when farming was ceased at the brewery before WWII, they also stopped brewing the bock ale.
70 years later, in 1997, the brewery started to brew the old ale again and packaged it in exceptionaly attractive bottles, and presented an original tumbler glass at the same time. Paul Van Steenberge says that "all the natural good of the past" is now combined with the brewing and marketing knowledge of today.
Leute Bok ale is a dark red beer, top fermented and refermented in the bottle. The aroma and taste is unique and striking, not too sweet, but full and smooth on the tongue. The "official" denomination of the style is double bock, since it is over 7% alcohol by volume. Bock beer is originally associated with the Einbeck region in Germany. The tradition to brew double bocks was first seen in the Munich (Germany) area where it was presented every year as a winter beer.
Thus, not such a bad idea of the Van Steenberge brewery to renew the brewing of its own bok and presenting it in nice attractive packaging for the end of the year. Were you looking for gift ideas?