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Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale) - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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

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285 Ratings

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 15
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 10-10-2000)
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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap today at Max's during 72 hours.

The beer pours a bright gold color with good head retention and lacing. Nose is pretty muted, with some honey and wax and not much else. Fortunately, the beer is much better on the palate, with honey, light gingerale and hint of bitterness delivered in a moderately sweet package. The noticeable bitterness counters the sweetness very well, and enhances this beer's drinkability considerably. Mouthfeel is pretty light, and the beer has a mouthwatering component that is impressive. Drinkability is very good, and I could easily see myself knocking back a few of these bad boys (assuming I had unlimited funds, of course).

A very nice, easy to appreciate and enjoy beer. Good stuff.

John_M, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The scent of flowers mixed with honey and orange, is sweet. And even if the beer is fermented honey, it reminds one chouia. It does indeed power than hanging around the bottom of the glass and points at this time honey roasted. The body is sparkling in his mouth while drinking sweet taste is quite pronounced. And post-flavored, honey has cut the bitterness of the drink and makes it light and easy to drink, but without making it sweet.

ThaCreep, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of Nickls
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a big, generous finger+ of cappuccino-like frothy white head with pretty nice staying power; slightly hazy but mostly clear light golden orange hue with noticeable, vibrant rising carbonation.

Candy sweetness and a little yeasty; light sweet fruits; some light maltiness in the aroma. Not bad stuff in the nose....

Definitely notice the honey in this brew, pretty prominent in the taste, but not in a bad way at all. It is a brew that falls on the sweeter side, but not as sweet as I would have thought with the honey addition/theme. Peppery alcohol, some herbal spiciness; light hint of fruitiness; pretty nice actually! Lighter to medium body overall, and with very bubbly, tight carbonation. Interesting enough, but not as quaffable. Neat brew, and worth a try.

Nickls, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of CanuckRover
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey (sorry) brown with a nice, white, but relatively short head. Loads of visible carbonation.

Sweet caramel malt with complimenting honey on the nose.

Sweetness right up front from both the honey and malt. A little bit of tartness through the middle and nice flavourful coriander. Orange zest gives noticeable bitterness in the tail. Very nice grassy hops in the finish with a nice amount of bitterness, which stays on the tongue for a good while.

This is a really well constructed brew. Flavours play off eachother treally well giving it a surprising drinkability given the big alcohol content.

CanuckRover, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-clear light orange with a small white head.

smell is of malt, corn, citrus, and spice.

taste is sour, a little sweet in back, spice, orange peel, some malt, and a little wheat, ends a little tart and somewhat bitter.

overall an above average belgian strong ale.

froghop, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of RuudJH
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

'Le Repos du Guerrier'. Who wouldn't want to drink that?
Strong pale ale with honey. Is it like mead?

Golden with a thick head. modest carbonation.
This smells quite nice and fresh. Light malts and yeast, and florally (naturally). I guess koriander. Reminds me of Rochefort trappist ale.

Taste is so sweet. Next to the honey it has some hoppy bitterness, that is strong enough to balance it. The aftertaste has a spicy bite.

I would say this is a good drink with a unique concept.
On the other hand, with the honey sweetness it's not a beer you'd want more than 2 bottles of on an evening.

RuudJH, Nov 10, 2009
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

growler to pint glass.

A: Big foamy, creamy white head that erupts from the body and eventually subsides in to a lingering film on top that lasts till the end. Unbelievable lacing. Golden yellow-ish orange body that is very clear all the way through.

S: Very unique aroma. Average level of maltiness, mostly toffee, sugar cookies and a little bready. Very light, doughy yeast notes. Resiny hops with fruity esters. I like Barbar so far.

T: Grape, apple, butterscotch notes in addition to the aromas that came through. Now I love Barbar.

M: Very light and delicate mouthfeel. Lighter body than I prefer, but it does not bother me whatsoever, all things considered. Very slick, almost oily mouthfeel. After the performance that was the pour, I would have guessed more carbonation would be present. It is almost flat but trust me, in an acceptable way.

D: This is one drinkable beer. Hopefully the sweet flavor doesn't change my mind. It is very palatable and would be sessionable if it were lower in ABV.

FeDUBBELFIST, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 8/16/2009 (Draft at Flying Saucer, Houston, TX; sold as "Made with Mexican Honey"):

Pours a golden clear orangish colored body, with a big frothy creamy white head, lastingish. Spicy aroma, some orange peel. Lemon and citrus. Floral taste, sweet and almost sickly. Strong honey taste. Some citrus and orange and lemon too. Mostly light tasting, sweet aftertaste, very floral.

jujubeast6000, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of twaddlac
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Not very impressed with this beer initially... Poured clear and pale, almost like a Budweiser product!! :-O Small head with a mediocre lace that surprisingly lingered around for quite some time. Honey, orange color with a very slight turbidity.

S- Very unique! Very, very strong smell of berries and honey, almost like straight cranberry-grape juice. Slight hoppiness but not hints of the coriander. Slight orange as well.

T- Very spicy, very strong, bold taste. Despite the absence of the coriander in the aroma, it is the first thing that zapped my pallet. After taste of the cranberry-grape flavor; the oranges and honey. The hops amplify the bitterness of coriander but the honey mellows it at the finish. Very slight wheat taste and pretty bitter at the finish but very complex taste!

M- Very carbonated but it adds to the zing. A bit too harsh too much when you swallow but nothing that is too overbearing. Medium bodied

D- Very complex beer and one that would be a crowd pleaser as well. Good enough to have several in one sitting if you can put up with the carbonation. Good beer and its something that you should pick up if the opportunity comes about!

twaddlac, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Cloudy golden-white beer. Off-white head reduces quickly to thing, patchy layer.

S-Spicy off the bat from the corriander, with a distinct citrus character floating in. Black pepper, along with a ripe fruitiness.

T-Bready malt, slightly wheaty with that twang, and quite sweet. Not as spicy as in the aroma, and with a more subdued citrus which emerges further along in the finish. Bitterness does not emerge as a hop character, but rather an influence of the spice additions. Finishes with residiual fruitiness, spicy, and fresh.

M-Actually moderately warming after a couple sips. Moderate body, viscous within my mouth, but with a bright, bubbly carbonation that helps to keep it feeling rather ligh in my mouth.

D-OK. Pretty easy going, but not amazing. This seems similar to some of the imperial witbiers that are popping up here and there in the USA. I think this one is interesting to sample.

CHSLBrew, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of armock
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color with a big white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a yeasty spicey nose with honey sweetness

T - Follows the nose with but the sweetness comes out more in the taste

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit I liked the taste that the honey added worth trying sometime

armock, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of rvdoorn
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

rvdoorn, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying this in a Barbar mug!

Pours honey colored with 2 fingers+ of fantastic fluffy pearl white head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Fruitty with grassy hops, plus candi sugar

T: Herbal hops, dryness & much apricot, along some warming booze up front. Much dryness, a touch of lemon, apricots, figs, boozey persimmons & a touch of cardboard as this warms. Finishes boozey with much dryness, figgy & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, with soft carbonation, balances pretty good once warm

Drinks alright had this on tap in Germany at a beer fest & it was better. An interesting take on the style that may have suffered just a bit during travel. If I ever drink it again, I will let it warm WAY up

russpowell, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of cyrenaica
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle
8.0% ABV
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.

cyrenaica, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of shadow1961
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Barbar pours a finger of foam over a slightly cloudy honey colored brew. Carbonation is steady, the nose is funky Belgian yeast all the way- fruity and cidery. The flavor is sweet light malt up front, with notes of butterscotch, honey and orange- there's a bit of herbal hop off the back and a little bite of alcohol. Mouthfeel starts round, goes crisp and dries a bit- the honey mentioned on the label contributing a little to both, I imagine. Very smooth and drinkable- maybe a little too drinkable for 8% alcohol by volume. Very cool label- worth checking out!

shadow1961, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Vancer
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very hazy amber, almost cola brown, small but firm white head in the Sammy Adams freebie glass. Surprisingly, no yeasties on the bottom.

Bouquet of aromas, funky orange and honey, all nicely backed by the winter spices. But the quaff? Whoa, big ol' boozy orange and banana liqueur with the spices adding a sharp and crisp finish. Plenty of malt backbone puts this into full bodied territory.

Very tasty treat, I'm struggling not to take a sip every 30 seconds. Found down at Busters in Memphis - try one if you can find one.

Vancer, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of robbyc1
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

robbyc1, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of phishockey
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from a bottle in the Barbar mug.

A - beautiful golden color. Very nice frothy head.

S - mild malty sweetness and honey; I can tell there is some depth to the beer.

T - taste goes from sweet to malty, leaving the malty flavor in the mouth.

M - feels light in the mouth. Good amount of carbonation.

D - pretty easy to drink. Goes down smooth.

As the beer warms, the malt really comes through.

phishockey, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of adamette
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with the following info stamped onto it: L20100910. Poured into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Yellow translucent body with generous 2 inch head which stuck around for 3 minutes. I tried and succeeded in pouring a nice generous head.

S Basic belgian ale smell with malt, yeast. Nothing too special. Not bad, in fact inviting.

T Candy sweet in the middle with grainy yeast, the sweetness is a brief and interesting white grape sweetness. Finish is of a standard Belgian Pale Ale. Alcohol is more apparent than I would have liked.

M Moderate with big ABV, carbonation.

D Not that great. There are more interesting, inspiring BSPA out there. This is actually a bit forgettable despite that unique white grape shot of sweetness in the beginning of the taste spectrum.

adamette, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Barbar- Honey Ale

A- Bright clear yellow with a thick heavy lacing head.
S- Sweet white sugar and honey.
T- Thick sweet honey with scoops of sugar and a light touch of dried fruits; plum and cherry poke through.
M- Very sweet with a fruity dry finish.

Overall- Not bad, very honey sweet with a slight boozy touch.

NJpadreFan, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

Pours clear golden brown color with good lacing and good retention.

Aroma and taste are almost the same with mostly honey dominating. Also some sweet malts and some spiciness. The spiciness is hidden by all the sweetness.

Medium bodied and drinkable but a bit too sweet for my tastes.

t0rin0, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of david131
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

david131, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Suds
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle. This brew is a light golden color with a slight white head. The aroma is a mix of sweet, light honey, grain, and pale malts. It's strange, but the smell reminds me of a hot summer day. There's a touch of herbal hops in the background of aroma. The taste, though, carries almost no bitterness. It has honey and malt flavors, but restrained bitterness. Sweet, but not too sweet, and not at all cloying. A nice balance of carbonation and some bitterness round out the beer. It's quite good, much better than expected. Drinkable and flavorful.

Suds, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Bagman007
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Bagman007, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of SLeffler27
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, honey-gold, pushing up a big, creamy white froth that lingers, ultimately leaving a thick lacing on my Hoegaarden Snifter.

Sweet cookie dough opens with a light perfume, followed by ripe cantaloupe and pineapple flavors. A second wave of warm honey and subtle notes of orange peel close this one out.

The aroma does not prepare one for a one-two punch of heavy acidity and moderate bitterness. Barbar's hop influence seems to be out of balance. The finish is modest with coriander.

A lively carbonation cleanses one's palate of this full-bodied dry beer with a strong presence of alcohol.

Barbar makes a good thirst-quenching aperitif or companion to heated debate.

date consumed: 4 Nov 2008

SLeffler27, Jan 11, 2009
Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
88 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.