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Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale) - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

260 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-10-2000)
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It is hard to fault this ale. OK, it's too good. It has a lovely light fragrance (not an aroma, a fragrance). The head is a little weak, but the color is sublime.

The taste is something I don't think I could ever get enough of. It is a good thing this is pretty expensive or I would drink it all day instead of going to work. I hope the perfect aftertaste lasts until tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 00:52:54 | More by schoolboy
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allengarvin

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a duvel glass, it is a soft, lightly cloudy golden amber color with a small foamy head. Beautiful aroma! Sweet and flowery with a soft vanilla spiciness and a subtle fruitiness. The latter shows up immediately in the flavor: a well-rounded fruitiness supported by a lot of coriander spice. A little medicinal phenol character and light bitterness add some nice complexity. Body is a little thin, but soft and creamy.

Too bad this is priced so high ($12 for a 4-pack) or I'd be drinking this on a regular basis. This would make a very nice aperitif.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 19:21:29 | More by allengarvin
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Filosoof

Netherlands

4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 19:46:05 | More by Filosoof
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brakspear

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine example of the unique Belgian brewing arts and a beer that does not fit any of the standard classifications: part wit, part honey ale.

The beer pours a cloudy orange with effervescent carbonation and a beautiful frothy white head that lingers and laces exceptionally well.

The aroma is fruity sweet with orange and floral notes from the coriander and orange peel with additional scents from the honey.

The taste is a luscious blend of sweet malt and honey, with generous flavor added from the coriander and orange peels. Overall this beer has a warm and full mouth feel.

Look for this beer and try it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2002 18:02:05 | More by brakspear
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BrewViking

California

4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 04:39:13 | More by BrewViking
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robbyc1

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

frothy, foamy, murky looking ale in it's own branded glass. Nice white head.

The nose has a deep solid ripe banana smell from the yeast I believe, and the honey tops it off, like a nice malty sundae.

Smooth taste of the nose, a bit of hops make it not sweet at the end, just a nice balanced pale ale. Can't get beyond the banana/honey, don't want to.

Really soft and full, great soft carbonation, love the feel. Very easy drinker, a great beer for this style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2009 16:01:56 | More by robbyc1
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haz77

Australia

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy amber with an inch of white head, which retains well. Large bubbles of high carbonation.

S - Honey, floral hops, phenols, some light esters, some coriander.

T - Initial burst of carbonation which leads to a smooth and buttery middle with a honey flavour. End turns spicy with a little alcohol warmth and finishes sweet with a hoppy bitterness.

M - Smooth and creamy. High carbonation. Medium body

D - Really good beer. I was expecting much more of the honey, which is in there, but intermingled nicely. Way too easy to drink for a beer of this strength.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 13:19:27 | More by haz77
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HardTarget

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Cool cap, label notes water, natural honey, bitter orange, coriander, wheat, malted barley, Hallertau and Styrian hops. 8% abv., Best before L20090117 (sampled 20070312)

Aroma: First sniffs are yeasty, then a nice floral honey and lemon orange peel comes out with a peppery hop note. Very deep, very complex, has that Rochefort je ne sais quoi that reminds me of a new Christmas present, a light bubblegum and honeydew melon.

Appearance: Chill hazed brushed gold glass with a partial cover of off white.

Flavor: Fresh fruit right off the bat. Bananas, peach, melon, white grape, really nice stuff. That bit of bubblegum is there with some honey flavor. Supporting it all is a lightly grainy malt base and peppery hops and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation, maybe a bit too strong as it’s very prickly and fizzy at the swallow. Body is lighter and dry.

Overall Impression: Wow. I had this in Belgium on my trip at Tim’s suggestion and while I enjoyed it, I think it got lost in the crowd. I’m going to have to get some more of this while it’s here in Texas, this is really nice stuff!
Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 06:51:20 | More by HardTarget
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer in my favorite pub, the Vlaamse Reus in Wageningen. Poured into an original Barbär mug, absolutely beautiful. The beer pours a hazy, golden color with a rich, creamy and fluffy white head.

Smell: Floral, fruity (orange peel), spicy malts, coriander and clear sweet honey.

Taste: Strong sweet honey, spicy malts again, wheat, orange and hints of coriander. Alcohol is very well hidden, probably because of the strong honey taste. A bit dry finish,

Mouthfeel. The honey makes the beer incredibly creamy smooth and soft to drink. Medium carbonation

Overall: This is a surprisingly good beer, different, but great. Spicy, sweet and creamy, this beer has it all. Highly recommendable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2009 18:16:05 | More by rvdoorn
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Yojimbo1941

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a mug from the tap.

A - straw golden hue, light head

S - very honeyed malt, light spice, some sweet citrus maybe tangerine

T - sweet, malty, honey is at the forefront, light bitterness, some hay (yes, I have tasted hay)

M - medium to slightly heavy, fizzy carbonation, I'm getting residual burps at the end of each gulp

D - semi sessionable in the flavor and mouthfeel but the abv is probably too high for that. A decent beer and a refreshing change of pace from most Belgian styles

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 23:29:53 | More by Yojimbo1941
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TexIndy

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into my DT glass. Had a best by date of Jan 09. It was a clear golden color with slight alcohol shimmer. It had a big white head that dissipated into a collar. Good carb with some lacing. The aroma was awesome. Spicy from the coriander balanced perfectly with the orange peel and honey. The taste was also incredible. Starts off sweet from the honey then the spices kick in to be followed up with a smooth sweet again finish. I find most beers with honey to be overpoweringly sweet and therefore pretty bad but this one gets it right. The honey should be a nice accent like here and not the dominant flavor. Mouthfeel was good but had just a tad too much carb. It distracted you from the great flavor. Overall, a really great beer that I highly recommend. Glad to see this one hit the Texas market and look forward to many more. (4.5, RR, T, Y)

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 00:58:52 | More by TexIndy
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danydakid

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A; Slightly hazy, golden color with minimal head. Served in a goblet.

S: You could smell the honey in this beer, but it did not overpower the senses. It was slightly sweet and very inviting.

T: The taste was exactly what I thought it would be based on the smell. Very smooth and slightly sweet, with that unique honey flavor. The beer finished very smooth as well, without any bite.

D: This is a very drinkable beer when relaxing on a winter night or hanging out with friends in the summer. I'm not sure I would want more than 2 or 3 in a sitting, but I will definitely be ordering this again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 01:39:16 | More by danydakid
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generallee

New York

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a "Best Before" date.

Appearance: It has tarnished golden color with a cloudy complexion. On top I got a two finger tall, light fluffy head. This head slowly settles to a wispy thin layer with a clingy ring at the edge of the glass. This leaves some lace rings at the top of the glass and a few spots on the way down.

Smell: I get a very inviting nose full of sweet malts spiced with coriander, citrus orange peel and spicy herbal/floral hops.

Taste: It starts with a touch of spice and a touch of wheat malt. Bready malt and yeast notes move in with some honey like sweetness and a touch of bitter orange peel. This then leads into a mild herbal/spicy hop finish mixed with balanced malt sweetness. On the palate it has a medium to full smooth mouth feel with soft carbonation.

Notes: Overall Barbar (honey ale) is a very tasty and complex ale. It is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 17:45:06 | More by generallee
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NaNach

New York

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed with Hakham Faur
Best before 6/2011
Reviewed on: 10/27/11

A Light golden yellow color with lots of sediment at the bottom

S Strong sweet honey smell

T Sweet honey flavor but not cloyingly sweet i taste some carmel smooth finish

M Light carbonation the perfect amount for this style

O Overall this beer rocks and I would definitely buy it again. The best honey beer style ale i have ever tasted.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 16:21:25 | More by NaNach
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Todd

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle, with a ghostly/artsy looking barbarian label. There's yeast settled in the bottle as well.

Appearance: Cloudy (from the yeast), golden, with a big, rich, frothy, white creamy head. A white whisp of a lace and "stick to the glass" is left behind as it goes down.

Smell: A dreamy floral/citrus, spiced, coriander, sweet and crisp aroma.

Taste: Wow! This is one of those knock you off your ass flavours ... first sip is herbal-like in flavour, aided by the aroma. Then comes a large dose of rich honey sweetness with some malted sweetness notes in support. There's a bit of wheat crispness that follows and breaks up the very sweet profile quite nicely. Coriander spice and pronounced sweet orange flavours merge with a soft, semi-tea-like/herbal hop flavour (somewhat zesty from the orange). There's also a slight burnt honey flavour that flows along the palate through the entire tasting process. Finishes rather clean, given all of goings on in your mouth. Make no mistake, this is also an alcoholic beer.

Notes: I had this back in 5/00 in Belgian, and it was outstanding then. To have it now is even more so as I have the time to properly enjoy this brew. Too treasure it and bring back a memory. It's perhaps one of the most interesting, complex and enjoyable brews that I have ever had. Absolutely lovely. Brewed with water, natural honey, bitter orange, coriander, wheat, malted barley, Hallertau and Styrian hops.

It's also a tribute to the robust ales of the Barbarians. Adding a measure of honey and wheat to their barley gave it a new flavour and sparkle ... this type of drink became known as "the Warrior's Reward."

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2000 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Somewhat cloudy, golden honey color with a thick full white head.

S - Some fruity (orange, apple and pear) scents along with a good amount of honey and sugar. A touch of floral hops. Some wheat, clove, and coriander (not too dissimilar to a Hefe).

T - Similar to the smell. Base of wheat and bready flavors with the dominant flavor topping that being honey. Pretty sweet that is cut a bit by the spiced flavor and the herbal hops. Some fruity flavors (like the scent) with it being mostly orange/citrus.

M - Medium body and fairly light carbonation that works well with this beer. Pretty creamy and slight sticky feel to it.

D - I found it really nice and fairly drinkable (although not really sessionable). Really is much more of a sipper though. Also, I could see it being a bit cloying and a bit too much for some people.

Notes: A lot like a mead but with more of a beer (particularly a Hefe) base. Had it one winter night and it was great to sip on and have a warming feeling.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 01:12:30 | More by FreshHawk
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Pegasus

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown body with substantial haze and sediment, crowned by a modest off white head. Thick lacing coats the glass walls, there is quite a bit of slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Deep and sweet notes of fermented honey, lesser orange rind, and coriander. The aroma is similar to that of mead. There is also a strong, spicy alcohol note.

Taste: Opens with strong notes of honey, this dominates the taste from start to finish. The honey is rather earthy, and there are leafy hops as well. Coriander and orange rind are also prominent, and meld well with the honey. Finishes with a mild medicinal note and a lingering mild sweetness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very full.

Drinkability/notes: As BuckeyeNation sagely noted, this is more like an Imperial Wit than a Belgian Strong Pale ale. Very well done. I would certainly try it again.

Presentation: Packaged in an 11.2 ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 01:53:09 | More by Pegasus
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sfprint

Germany

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 23:48:19 | More by sfprint
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david131

California

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Ever so slightly hazy golden/ copper in color. The head is very creamy, thick and white in color. The retention and lacing are decent. The stream of carbonation coming to the top looks astounding in the Duvel tulip.

S- Honey, coriander, orange peel, some light fruitiness. Pretty soft, complex, and appealing.

T- Same as the aroma with just the slightest hint of alcohol in a warming presence. Nice, easy, and complex.

M- Wonderfully creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. Wow.

D- Easy to drink. The alcohol is ever so slightly noticeable. This would make a wonderful summer beer. A sweet and balanced Belgian Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 02:10:49 | More by david131
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was shared with a friend that offered it up. I was extremely skeptical but ended up being pleasantly surprised.

A - Nice cloudy, golden appearance. Not alot of head.

S - Huge yeast and orange profile on this. Really inviting aroma.

T - Nice yeasty character that leads to more citrusy orange notes.

M - Med in the mouth, mild carbonation and very smooth.

D - Really high. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. ABV is reasonable for the style and I got through mine quick considering it was shared.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 17:53:20 | More by tbeckett
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours slightly small head... Head is nice white. Brew is foggy orange color with lots of yellow and white.

S - LOTS of honey!!! Spicy! Smells great, super refreshing! Very unique. Some nice orange scents too. Coriander brings out a nice funk in the scent.

T - WOW, yum. Almost tastes sour. This could be my new go to brew... Very smooth and delicious for a nice hot evening.

M - Great carbonation, it's high, but fits the brew well! Light body. Very relaxing beer, mellow. Zero traceable heat in this brew... Well done!

O - What a great find! This brew is everything I was hoping it would be! Well done, I hope to find more beers like this one throughout the summer!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 02:55:45 | More by chugalug06
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Marc_V


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 13:40:12 | More by Marc_V
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Douberd

Netherlands

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 18:20:41 | More by Douberd
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Barbãr is topped with what looks like cotton-candy; although it's pristinely white, as opposed to the customary pink or blue, it shares the same airy, ultra-fleecy, almost fury semblance and, given the tremendous size of the mound, presents a small difficulty of actually getting at the liquid. The beer is golden and, for all I know, may be clear but the frosted glass of its branded mug prevents me from being sure.

I'm inclined to believe that thick, doughy fleece might be muting some of the aroma too. This strikes on first impression as being a little quiet for a beer seasoned with honey, coriander, orange peel and, most importantly, Belgian yeast. Each of those ingredients are perceptible, mind you, as is the cereal, bready-sweetness of the wheat and pale malts.

Like the composition and sequence of musical notes, the combination of flavours in beer is equally infinite; this particular ensemble is nothing short of a symphonic masterpiece. It has toasty pale malts, a zestful and exotic spicing (enhanced by the natural zest of the yeast), cool and refreshing citrus as well as a succulent honey sweetness. In fact, I find it so incredibly tasty that I'm being reduced to using one word: delicious!

I'm impressed too with how well the individual parts come together. Bright citrus and subtle spice join forces to make one super refreshing duo. And despite nearly doubling the scope of the alcohol, carbonation is tired none and the crisp wheat suffers none; this possesses all the same effervescence and quaffability of a standard-strength witbier.

Given the beer's sweetness (sugar is added as well as honey) I started seeing it as more of an aperitif than beer; indeed, something about it seemed to stimulate my appetite. Given its natural zeal and inherent refreshment, I'd also consider it hands down one of the best beers one could offer as a happy hour pint or entree drink for tasting or dinner guests.

Barbãr sounds like the kind of beer made on a dare, but believe me when I tell you that it's one of the few 8% beers you'll end up chugging rather than sipping. It was a bold man, he who first decided to toil with such dissonant, oddball ingredients, and it was a very adept one who could formulate such a delicious, balanced recipe out of them. I loudly applaud brasserie Lefèbvre for this offering - I'd buy it anytime.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 19:01:49 | More by biegaman
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John

New York

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

Hazy, gold with lasting head. Mouthfeel has a texture comparable to a Belgian Wit. Flavors of apricot, light honey and subdued alcohol (8% abv) blend well. Faint hops and some lemon tartness offset the sweetness nicely.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2002 13:50:40 | More by John
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Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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