Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale) - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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2.3/5 rDev -41.3%
Pours a translucent yellow gold with scattered rising bubbles. The relatively thick white head holds well and leaves good lace.
The aroma is sweet and yeasty with plenty of honey and some mild hops. A bit of spice is detectable, but uneventful for the most part.
Sweet honey, and some spice in the flavor as well. Somewhat acidic, some orange zest and yeast. The components of the beer sound appetizing, but there is something about it that doesn't mesh well. Somewhat metallic and flat in the middle. Its not as carbonated as it looks at pour.
The flavor is mostly light and a bit weak. As a result the 8% abv becomes painfully evident as the brew warms. Okay at best.
07-15-2007 01:51:24 | More by letsgopens
2.42/5 rDev -38.3%
A: Pours a clear golden with a moderate, bubbly head. Good sustain with plenty of lacing.
S: Big, overly sweet smell of apple juice and honey. A bit of a put-off.
T: Intensely malty with an extremely sweet, sugary taste. The character is similar to those straws of flavored honey. A touch of hop bitterness in the end adds a very odd character that clashes a bit.
M: Full-bodied and a bit syrupy. Moderate carbonation.
D: Definitely unusual. Far too cloying for my taste, this one is a chore to drink.
12-28-2008 20:16:35 | More by klewis
2.7/5 rDev -31.1%
33cl into a tulip. Poured a deep orange gold, decent head & lacing.
Large fairly complex aroma due to the added spices, the orange peel and coriander are obvious, the sweetness is big.
Full bodied mouthfeel. I wanted to like this more than I did because the nose was so inviting but the various subtle and not so subtle flavors seemed thrown together, the flavors were discordant.
10-03-2010 07:27:52 | More by impending
2.95/5 rDev -24.7%
Nose: Fruity esters, some phenolic yeast derived smells, and maybe a hint of higher alcohol
Appearance: Hazy orange with a tight lasting ring of bubbles stuck around from beginning to end
Flavor: Fruity upfront, banana and orange, and than a hint of what I assume is coriander, followed with some sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated that cleans the residual sweetness up and leaves the palate tingling
Enjoyable and drinkable but laking certain characteristics that would make it an above average beer.
08-08-2007 00:32:32 | More by IdentityAles
3/5 rDev -23.5%
I tried this beer on December 22, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a pale gold with a thick, foamy, white head that lasted. The aroma was grainy malt, and a little honey. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with mild carbonation. The flavour was more grainy malt, some milky tones, and a little honey. Nothing spectacular about this one.
07-06-2009 18:23:56 | More by cyrenaica
3.03/5 rDev -22.7%
Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.
A- Yellow brown in appearance with not much head.
S- Very strong honey scent, slightly hoppy as well.
T- Very strong, somewhat overpowering honey taste. Slightly hoppy beer.
M- Sweet and bitter feel. Well carbonated.
D- I wouldn't have more than a couple of theses in a sitting.
Overall not a bad beer. I'm not really sure how I feel about honey in a beer, but it is a decent brew.
01-13-2009 03:22:15 | More by Bagman007
3.05/5 rDev -22.2%
11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Pours a clear deep golden color with a 1-finger foamy white head with good retention.
Smell: Odd spicy flavor with a bit of sweetness, though I'm not too fond of it - a bit like chemical cleaner or something.
Taste: Hops and honey sweetness up front, and some very light spices some in. Sweetness and alcohol in the finish. Somewhat astringent aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and quite carbonated - masks the flavor a bit.
Drinkability: Stronger alcohol than I expected, but not too strong. But, the flavor is a bit tough.
Sounded good, but I am not a fan. I really don't like the taste; it is a bit too "chemical"-like.
07-10-2010 00:54:05 | More by mithrascruor
3.1/5 rDev -20.9%
Bottled under license by the Cheval Blanc in Montreal. Light golden ale witha medium head that did not disapear too quickly. The honey taste is very discreet. I could recognize the usual taste of malt from the Cheval Blanc. Enjoyable but not exceptionnal
08-26-2003 14:23:47 | More by Phyl21ca
3.15/5 rDev -19.6%
Pours a clear golden straw color with a creamy white head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.
Mildly spicy aroma that is largely bready and yeasty. A light hint of honey is present.
Taste is spicy upfront with bready and yeasty flavors. A bit of honey and hops set in, but then the flavor falls flat and becomes boozy.
Medium body, medium carbonation.
Not as interesting as I expected. Pretty average overall, I managed to drink it with a little effort.
04-27-2007 03:53:08 | More by MaltyGoodness
3.18/5 rDev -18.9%
Appears a honey golden semi clouded hue with effervescent bubbles streaming up to form a bright white head even fine Belgian style lacing. Aromatics mild cat pee funkiness, coriander spiciness with soft honey sweetness. Mild citrus peel with perfumey herbal hop accents, the smell works for me. Flavor brings upfront honey sweetness balanced with spicy coriander/citrus peel combo pale biscuit malt sweetness with light herbal grassy hops in the finish. I'm not crazy about honey beers but this one wasn't cloying in anyway pretty smooth and straight forward witbier, honey infused hybrid of a Belgian blonde ale. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with effervescent bubbly carbonation tickles the palate but flows nicely. Drinkability is decent not a session beer, but I'm glad I gave it a shot although in the future I know compared to some of my favorite Belgians I probaby won't return to this one in the near future.
10-07-2007 17:03:39 | More by WVbeergeek
3.23/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
07-23-2013 19:32:56 | More by Absumaster
3.23/5 rDev -17.6%
Served on draught into a Barbar glass in a bar in Ghent, Belgium. Reviewed from notes.
A: One finger head of fair thickness but no cream. Hazy orange-copper colour. Decent retention.
Sm: Fresh barley. Some souring hops. Subtle fruit notes, but not many. Honey is mysteriously missing.
T: Fruit ester and souring hop blend. Too simple and poorly built for the style. Balanced to an extent. Where's the alleged honey?
Mf: Nicely coarse but a bit too dry. Doesn't match the sour tones of the body at all.
Dr: Not a good session beer, but maybe worth a go for fans of the style. Hides its relatively high abv pretty well. Very affordable in Belgium.
06-02-2011 04:12:39 | More by kojevergas
British Columbia (Canada)
3.23/5 rDev -17.6%
Yet another honey beer that is mead-esque in character. Still a beer though...
Golden colour with a decent snowy white head. Spicy, coriander-honey smell. Nothing too spectacular. Still a good dose of malt and hops in there.
Taste is bitter with a hint of honey sweetness, corriander, and a christmas-esque feel to it. Not very sweet, but more of a subdued spice and hop bitterness.
This is a sipper, and definitely not something I'd visit again on a regular basis. Good, but not that good.
06-18-2007 02:57:10 | More by BDTyre
3.33/5 rDev -15.1%
Pours a clear gold color with a one finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Spicy, slightly earthy aroma with subtle honey and lots of estery light fruit notes. Lots of peppery, zesty spice ecpecially coriander and lemon peel countered by sweeter notes.
Medium bodied with a blast of zesty spice up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a dry finish. Huge peppery, coriander flavor along with some citrus rind. This is complimented by a spicy hop bite that has hints of dry, grassy pine. The honey flavor is there but subtle and not artificially sweet. There's also sweet light fruit notes especially apple and pear along with some banana. A bit heavy on the spices at first but it's fairly light and easy to drink.
11-14-2011 03:47:20 | More by corby112
3.35/5 rDev -14.5%
Poured from a 33cL bottle into a wine glass. Best before 23 September 2011.
A: Light, frothy head surges up. The body is golden, murky-clear, and full of little bubbles.
S: Smells like a typical BSPA -- Duvel comes to mind -- but less forceful and yeasty. This nuance isn't completely without merit, however, and a light honeysuckle scent floats through.
T: Light, floral, and boring. Maybe I'm missing something, but Barbãr seems a bit lacking. Sweet, strong, some wheaty tones on the endtaste. I can't detect any coriander. The 2.5% honey shines through. The aftertaste is alcoholically drying, and honey-sweet. Overall, disappointing.
M: Nothing exceptional, but more than adequate. Drying, sweet, and smooth.
D: Tastes bit strong, but is quenching, in its way. I could imagine quaffing a bowl after battle, but it's not something I'd want to sip after dinner. Not recommended.
12-07-2010 17:38:23 | More by AgentMunky
Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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