Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale) - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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

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338 Ratings

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 16
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-10-2000

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Photo of rallison
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy light amber color with a 1 finger fluffy white head.

S: Honey, spices and maybe some Candi sugar.

T: Honey and coriander are the dominant flavors. Some sweeter Belgian style pale malts are back there, with a bit more spiciness. Pretty tasty, but not complex - heavy on the honey and coriander.

M: Slightly prickly carbonation, although not much sign of the alcohol.

D: Decent. I'll have no problem with this bottle at the least.

Overall, decent. I've had better, but this a solid BSPA. No outstanding flaws, just not very complex and a bit heavy on certain characteristics.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 1999.
Appearance : Blond, honey colored foam generous that adheres well to glass.
Smell: Nose of yeast and citrus.
Taste and mouthfeel: A clear bitterness of hops and alcohol dominates the taste. The final Meets in a soft fabric of honey.
Drinkability: A good beer in the style Belgian strong ale

Review added 11-14-2007, translated from french 1-21-2008.

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical teeny 11.2 ounce Belgian offering, Pours darkish golden, clear, under a nice looking tiny bubble film and leave some great, fine, striated and wispy lacing. The nose is of some honey, and ripe fruits. Pleasant enough creation, peppery spicing, bright yeasty notes, some sweetness picked up late, balanced by dry and, again peppery notes. Nice. Worth a try.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a frothy head that hangs around for the duration while leaving a dancing pattern of lace on the chalice

Smell: Coriander, fermented honey, wheat and bitter orange peel

Taste: Starts out with a bready, wheat flavor that is joined by intense spiciness by mid-palate, as the coriander and bitter orange peel jump into the fray; after the swallow, the fermented honey and wheat/banana flavors take center stage; the finish is medicinal and spicy, however, with a mead-like element

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: While this is a unique product and I applaud the craft that went into making, I just don't care for the flavor profile; too medicinal for my tastebuds

Photo of Beerzebub
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent gold color. Two inches of pillowy off-white head. Big sheets and gobs of lace.

Smells explicitly of orange peel and coriander, along with honey, grassy hops and sweet doughy malt. Fresh and inviting.

Sweet malt up front, soon joined by grassy hops, orange rind, spices, and alcohol. Yeasty dough throughout. Some hop bitterness. Fairly long finish: sweet, grassy, spicy, and boozy.

Great smooth creamy carbonation, but then it finishes a bit watery and sugary. Quite drinkable, despite the sweetness.

Simple and not totally balanced, but enjoyable. Refreshing and warming at the same time.

Photo of number1bum
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of NEPA BC split #6.

Pours a clear golden color with a soft, fluffy 2 fingers of white head. Head retention is very good, leaving a thin lace.

Smell is sweet like honey, with some spicy notes from the coriander and also some yeast.

Taste is of honey-sweetness and a little bit of hop bitterness, or maybe some bitterness from the orange peel, but not a whole lot else. There's a bit of spice as well. It's not overly complex or exciting but it's pretty tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is medium- to full-bodied but the carbonation is a bit much. It takes away from what otherwise would be a pretty smooth brew.

Not bad, and definitely different. Worth a try.

Photo of TexIndy
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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)

Photo of IdentityAles
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of letsgopens
2.37/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is sweet with honey and coriander and malted wheat. The taste is can be a little too alcoholic with wheat and honey. Overall, this is a pretty interesting brew but the drinkability is affected because the alcohol comes out a little too much.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice deep straw - yellow with a big white fluffy head. It has nice aromas of orange and coriander, suttle hops, and slightly alcoholic. It the taste, citrus and coriander, a bitterness, with a dry alcoholic end. A nice little burn too. Decent body, malty and smooth, it seems to go down too easy. A very nice beer, expecting something completly different, but enjoyed it.

Photo of deeplennon
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big turn off at the start when I keep pouring and pouring and find that the beer isn't bottle conditioned. Isn't that illegal in Belgium?

Otherwise this is a modestly enjoyable beer. Alcohol presence is moderately high for an 8% Belgian but interplays fairly nicely with the honey. The aftertaste of both honey and coriander is especially pleasing.

Indeed, this is somewhat of a gimmick beer, and I couldn't drink more than one without getting sick of it, but it's pulled off well enough not to be a throwaway.

Now just put some yeast in the damn bottle...

Photo of BDTyre
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can definitely taste the honey, but it isn't overpowering. Sweet aftertaste is a kind of citrus. No strong bite or aftertaste that usually comes along with stronger beers either. I'd say that I could drink these all day long, but at 8%, I probably wouldn't get very far. Perfect beer for someone like me who is trying to make the jump from mainstream to more interesting styles.

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

bottle courtesy of Sean, thanks, poured into an Ommegang goblet. best by some code I dont care to decifer.

A: deep golden body, clear as a spring day with very little head. a few bubble risers here and there, no lace. in a pint glass id mistake it for a clean lager easy.

S: sugar up front, sweet candied fruit, oranges, peaches, some alcohol and spice. honey.

T/M: medium body, rich up front, sugar first, then a tea like herbal and slightly tannic quality, followed closely by the candied fruit in the nose, honey. like fruit roll up of sorts. almost processed, sticky sweet fruit. very reminiscent of something id eat as a kid. something you'd find stuck under a chair. fruit evolves as the finish dries. a bit of spice here and there, some softness from the wheat on the palate as well. body is a little simple, as there seems to be too big a rift between the sugar and the apparent alcohol.

D: pretty good. an interesting beer, as long as you are in the mood for something on the sweet side. the 8% goes down without much fuss.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber yellow tone with high clarity. Lots of fizzy champagne streams of carbonation. Bottle has a somewhat goofy "kokopelli" motif.

Smells crisp, like mild hops, with a bubblegum yeast note. Earthy coriander is present in the taste, and later comes out as the glass warms up. Light bitterness seems more attributed to the Styrian and Hallertau hops (per label) than the orange peel citrus also listed on the label. Reminds me of a Wit without the wheat. Slight honey sweetness.

Very easy drinking, similar in that respect to Duvel. Deceptive abv, and it's not easy to sip...more of a quaffer. Would be a nice sessioner in a 750mL serving.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle

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.

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fluffy pale yellow (almost white) head three fingers thick make it beautiful in the glass. Nice pale golden straw coloring with nice streamers of carbonation. Pilsner style smell with notes of hops, citrus, spice, slightly burns the nostrals. Thick in the mouth but very smooth on the tongue. Taste is complex and interesting. Honey sweetness mixed with spice overtones and slight bitterness just start the palate. Small tint of orange, lime, and mellow yeast. Yum. Not what the smell tells you it's going to taste like.

Photo of allengarvin
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
4.46/5  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!

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into the brewery glassware at the Frigo cafe in Shinjuku. The beer had the more-or-less standard Belgian Pale Ale appearance, pale yellow color, translucent to clear, with a head that was maybe a little thinner than I expected.

The smell and taste were sweet with malt (and honey based on the bottle although I couldn't have detected it). Nice and easy-drinking.

I'll get it again if I see it, but not for the 1300 yen (roughly $13) I paid here in Tokyo!

Photo of ernie
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, great white head, beautiful lace.

Smell malty-yeasty, with fruits and spices present.

Start sweet, but not exactly honeyish, rather like candy sugar. Taste malty, with some hops towards the finish. Aftertaste bittersweet.

Very good beer. It's easy to fall in love with it and it's even easier to get drunk with it. Beware!

Photo of haz77
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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

Poured this beer into a Hoegaarden glass, giving me a great clear amber beer with a nice 2cm frothy head. The head settled to 0.5cm that lasted the whole drink through and laced the glass very nicely.

Sweet aromas, slightly cereal and slightly caramel, with some florals thrown in (from the honey no doubt).

You'd think that this would be loaded with honey, but it's surprisingly subtle. Present, but not overwhelming. There's a slight musty hoppiness to the beer too..

In th mouth, it's got great carbonation. Not too fizzy, but quite lively and benefits the beer. A slick, perhaps almost oily texture too.

It goes down smoothly and has a nice bitterness to the end, with the honey lingering throughout.

Overall a very nice brew. The honey is a nice addition to the beer and I'll definitely drink this again, it goes down just so well.

Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
88 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.