Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale) - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale)Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

335 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 15
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-10-2000

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Ratings: 335 | Reviews: 160
Photo of Mll777
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer, but for me a real and only summer time beer. It's really light doesn't feel like 8%. It is not too carbonated which I prefer.

It should be at around 4-6 Celsius, but I drank it at around 12, curious how it would taste at the recommend temp.

Photo of sokol_1993
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

- Look: bright yellow, some head, not that lively.
- Smell: Very floral and herb-ish! Clove,, really lovely smell.
- Taste: Clove, Coriander, some jasmine taste (?!), not that hoppy. Spicy somewhat.
- Light-medium body. Great fruity after taste. My mouth was very floral after drinking this.

Photo of interzen
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served into a tulip glass

Look: Deep, golden yellow - one could almost say the same colour as honey and they wouldn't be far wrong. Very big in the head department - thick head, plenty of bubbles and some residual lacing. Slightly hazy, but no evidence of any major sediment.

Smell: Sweet and malty - surprisingly enough, the sweet smells tend towards the honey end of the spectrum with some biscuity malts thrown in for good measure. Despite being 8% ABV there was no alcohol discernable on the nose.

Taste: Initially sweet and malty, but let it sit for a while at ambient temperature and it really starts to come alive - both the honey and the malts will come forward along with a slightly citrusy bitterness. This isn't a hop bomb by any stretch of the imagination, but there's a nice bit of bitterness in there should you go looking for it.

Feel: Good body and carbonation - the use of honey in the fermentation process means that it's also pretty dry with it. Even so, despite the ABV it manages to be very refreshing without being cloying, with a hint of warming alcohol coming through in the finish.

Overall: Being diabetic, I tend to steer clear of honey beers since they tend to taste like beer with honey added. This is different - obviously the honey was used as a source of sugar during fermentation and the amount is such that there's plenty of flavour without any major residual sweetness. If you're expecting something with mead-like quantities you'll be disappointed, but if you're after a strong beer with plenty of flavour depth you could do much worse than this. Definitely a keeper.

Photo of BirFan
4/5  rDev +2%

This is an interesting brew that calls itself a honey ale. Nice taste of citrus and spice, too, with a great mouthfeel and a nice tight medium head. Kind of expensive for me to drink it all the time, but I like it about as well as anything available right now.

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Golden with an orange tinge, honey colour. Little thin film of a head dissipates fast. Filtered, some carbonation present.

Smells of honey, candy, floral, malt, orange, orange candy, spices like cinnamon and pepper, very fresh and fragrant. Makes me think of standing by the ocean and breathing in the sea air.

I taste the orange and spice, the freshness. It all passes over the tongue quickly then fades, leaving a bare aftertaste of sour and slight orange bitter note that coat the tongue not as a pleasant memory but rather leaving a hope that the next sip will prove this one better than the last. I don’t really get the honey, though if I search for it at times I get something that resembles honey. I’ve never had mead so I don’t know how to compare this with mead. Some sweetness, some bitterness.


Medium body, high carbonation. Somewhat syrupy, coats the tongue slightly.


Not really doing it for me or drawing me back to it. I had this since first writing this review though, and think really a worth while beer to try. Would be good as an appertif, by itself, or with tomato based pastas. Cool labeling with a long haired warrior.

Photo of ordybill
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 ML bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a great honey smell (go figure) along with malt and caramel.
Appearance- This is a golden amber color with a thick off-white head.
Taste- Fantastic taste of honey and malt. World class flavor in my book.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation
Overall- World Class, that sums it up. It is a "must try" beer.

Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, part of the '1/2 Meter of Beer' mixed-pack from this brewery now available in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, frothy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some broad, continental drift lace around the glass as things lazily sink away.

It smells of musty field honey, gritty and grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel/toffee sweetness, warm, and indistinct tropical fruit, yeast, a bit of black pepper, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is dry honeyed crackers, bready pale malt, a floral candied character, one rather akin to the flossy sort, white grape juice concentrate, muddled earthy spices, still understated leafy, weedy hops, and a rising, but respectful enough metallic booze astringency.

The bubbles are pretty well integrated, and manifest as a subtle edginess throughout, the body a steady medium weight, and smooth in the most basic sense, i.e. one does not sense the lack of it. It finishes off-dry, natch, the honey still pulling a certain diva routine, persisting among some near-equally heady maltiness, and the burgeoning sweetness of that bristling 16-proof booze.

Being from Canada, the very idea of honey ale does not inspire a whole lot of hope on my beer radar when I am presented with an example of such. Leave it to some old-world brewing goodness to break me out of that bit of reverie - this one performs said charitable act with aplomb. Honey? Yes, up the wazoo - but moderated, by grain, yeast, hop, and yes, alcohol alike, to provide us with a crazily workable, and drinkable end result.

Photo of BrewViking
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the glass it's a light-brown color with a fairly large off-white head. The honey comes through in the smell and taste; it's like the best kind of blonde or white, but with a bit more flavor packed in than usual. There is almost no bitterness. Highly carbonated.

I strongly recommend Barbar.

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden and honey like in appearance. A thick head of large bubbled foam floats over the beer retaining itself nicely and leaving streaks of lacing down the sides of my tulip. Some bits of sediment are visible.

S: Sweet smelling. Not too much ABV on the nose.

T: Sweet malts. Really to do this beer justice leave it out of the fridge for a while and let it warm. The honey becomes a bit more present and a bit of bitter Curacao also peaks its head out. Sweet malts are also available , I'm assuming some kind of pilsener malt. Hops profile is low and only comes though as bitterness although slight but provide good balance.

M: Ultra Ultra dry. Perhaps among one of the driest beers I've had. I can assume this is due to the honey seeing as it is highly fermentable and leaves a fair amount of alcohol with little residual sugar. This is not to say the body is too thin , which it's not. High carbonation typical of a Belgian is definitely there making the beer even more refreshing.

O: A pretty good beer overall. I would drink this again if the price was right but not really something I would hunt down.

Photo of wurmburner
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprising to have this on tap at Mission Pizza great mellow family blue grass pizza pub in Fremont CA, and I ordered a pint after a taste, the bartender not knowing where it came from, so I figured it must be a new brewery in CA. Wrong and feeling ignorant. I just really like the subtle honey undertone of this. Surprisingly strong for the mellowness of it. Very golden and lovely as I sit at table on sidewalk as the sundry to the west. Aaaaah, California, but this is Belgium in a suburban East Bay buzz, and it feels and tastes so right!

Photo of Absumaster
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A golden amber beer with a nice head.

The smell has some honey supported by a light dextrinous malt base. The yeast gives the beer a fruity smell that combines well with the honey. There are notes of peach and lychees.

The taste is a nice honey flavor with the fruity yeast character giving the beer a Belgian taste with fruit, light solvent and some clove, peach and lychees. The malt taste is a little thin but for a blonde beer this is ok, the mouthfeel is a little thin.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 5/29/14.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small jelly-like clumps of sediment are seen floating around in the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, fruit, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and grape-like fruit flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of keithmurray
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle with a Best Before date of 7.11.2013

Appearance - cloudy honey colored beverage with white head

Smell - honey is most striking feature in the nose, ginger

Taste - honey is the main feature with yeast also present as well as ginger and coriander

Mouthfeel - lighter end of medium bodied, medium level of carbonation, slight sweetness at the beginning and the flavors linger on the palate nicely

Overall - nice beer that beer enthusiasts should try if they see it. Recommended

Price Point - $4.59/11.2 oz bottle

Photo of Brabander
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this beer with my buddy Andy. Our wifes are off to a party abd we are drinking a few beers. This was the second beer of the evening.

Poured in a small Struise chalice the beers looks quit nice, yellow colour fluid with a nice white head. Nice lacing. This beer has some very light sour notes in it. Smell like a saison. Not a bad beer.

Photo of janubio
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml. bottle. Hazy golden colour, two fingers head with bubbles, not lasting much, lace around the borders. Smell of honay, of course, but also coriander, oranges and spices. Medium body, crispy and normal carnation. Taste of honey, chocolate, orange and spices, alcohol, like a brandy but sweet. Fantastic beer.

Photo of Douberd
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Swing top bottle of 330 ml, at home, poured into a trappist glass. The moment I popped the bottle open, strong sweet smell of honey came out.
A carefoul pour gave me a light copper-like colour beer, with two fingers of head that quickly became a thin line, covering mostly the center of the beer's surface and lingering lazy around the glass. Lots of bubbles coming to the top. The second pour of what it was left, was into a tulip glass, where the foam had significally longer duration.
The aroma is very sweet, with indeed honey aromas, reminded me also of homemade wine.
Taste is fantastic, very complex and difficult to describe. Sweet of course, with the honey flavour not so obvious as on the aroma, grapes and slighty taste of the 8% ABV. I taste some white mulberries too, something I haven't tasted since I was a child.
On the body is thin to medium with an average to high carbonation.
Overall a great beer, it brought some memories back too with its fantastic taste. Highly recommended.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

20110910 stamped on bottle
(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy deep copper body with a spongy light beige head that last.

S- The flinty wheat dough aroma is soft with some orange blossoms and coriander finish. There is a slight mustard seed aroma in the finish as the beer opens.

T- The bright juicy orange peel has a dry spice bitterness that is softer in the finish. There is a soft sweetness in the finish. As the beer opens there is a cough syrup medicinal quality to the orange zest and coriander flavors.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The big intense orange flavor is a bit to intense and it hides some of the malt and yeast flavors. It takes on a slight jolly rancher intensity with the coriander also dominating aswell. They are some nice flavors just need to turn them down a bit, or bring up some malt flavors to balance them.

Photo of Marc_V
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Belgianbeershop.com. Served in the original Barbar glass. Thick white head that lasts very well. The beer is amber brown. Aroma: clear honey presence but also yeast and fruits are detected. Complex and sweet aroma. The taste is very well balanced and not too sweet as one might expect from a honey ale. Long finish. Barbar is one of the best, if not the best honey ale you can get.

Photo of sfprint
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a dull honey, with barely any rising carbonation with a half finger of head
S: sweet and beautifully fruity.
T: Not like other honey beers, the honey isn't so apparent. Not nearly as intense as other Belgian strong ales but it has a weaker version of the light strong ale flavor. But it's sweeter and fruityier. It's really excellent.
M: Perfect medium sting, light to medium body
O: A very special, unique beer. Unusual but quite appealing fruitiness.

Photo of Filosoof
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some years ago I drank this beer, and it didn't impresse me much.

Last year I took it again and found out what I missed. Ofcourse this beer is sweet, but the herbs, honey and flowers and nice soft hops make it a beer to stay.

L: just great; golden looks;
S: mjummy, could this last forever, herbs, flowers, soft hops, creamy notes;
T: the tast is round, someone could say it lacks bitterishness, okay because of that it stays a 4,5;
M: very, very drinkable, nice carbo;
O: really my style, blond not too heavy, an underestimated star....can I have another one?

Photo of Chrispy
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden with some small spices floating.
Smell: Sweet yeast, typical belgian smell, with some orange
Taste: sweet malt, yeast, orange with a honey taste left in your mouth.
Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation but feels light on the tongue as the beer finishes.
Overall: Very good belgian, very smooth for 8%, dont detect any alcohol.
Serving type: bottle

Photo of Josiah2729
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tulip.

Appearance: Hazy gold color with white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Some honey, sweet malt, Belgian yeast, sweet fruit.

Taste: Honey with some belgian yeast, some alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation, some alcohol burn.

Overall: Nice belgian beer. Honey was not overpowering.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

never in a million years could one guess this was 8% abv by smelling or tasting it. it pours a very light sandy yellow color with a tall belgian style white head and a mild haze. smells like fresh floral clover honey and belgian yeast. this is a very bright beer, light in flavor but complex. honey flavor but not sweetness, pollen, wheat malt, and a gentle peppery quality are all present here in the flavor. mouthfeel is prime, light and crisp, infinitely drinkable, with fine carbonation and a miraculously satisfying finish. this is a great bottle of beer, and one i very much look forward to trying again. the honey is as well balanced yet prominent in this beer as in any beer ive tasted. bravo!

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber with a moderate off white head with lacing, nice looking. Belgian spice aroma. Nice medium body with pale malts, fruit, Belgian spices and distinct honey. Honey and slight hop finish. A bit sweet and has a brief acerbic flavor, but overall quite nice and interesting ale. Similar to a triple, but heavier bodied and with a nice honey backbone. I will try this again.

Photo of flagmantho
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a huge effervescence and the tiniest hint of haze. Head is three fingers of creamy ivory foam with excellent tenacity and leaving an attractive chunky lace on the glass as I drink. Excellent.

Smell: sweet malt with a fair amount of graininess and a hint of orange and a touch of coriander -- an admirably gentle hand at the spicing. However, the raw-grain aroma I don't particularly like in this style; it just doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the picture.

Taste: super sweet flavor; the honey really stands out here. There's also a very floral quality to the beer, probably a result of the spicing. Not bad, but too sweet for my palate.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good carbonation and a good creaminess. Frankly the mouthfeel doesn't live up to the beauty of the effervescence and majestic head, but it's still pretty good.

Overall: this beer has a wonderful look and decent feel, but it is simply way too sweet for me. That said, the flavors are otherwise decent.

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Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
88 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.