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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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307 Ratings

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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 15
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of AgentMunky
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

AgentMunky, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Ashmada
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Barbãr mug.

Look: Golden colour, creamy head with good staying power, the mug makes it look very hazy, but it's actually quite clear.

Smell: Honey dominates, but malt, orange peel and spices transpire in the background.

Taste: Sweet, honey and orange are once again easily detected, some bitter notes are present as well. Alcohol well-hidden.

Mouthfeel: Quite sticky and full, clings to the palate slightly, egging you on to have another sip.

Drinkability: Drinks dangerously fast for an 8% ABV beer.

Not the best beer you'll ever have, but interesting enough to highly recommend a try.

Ashmada, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of diamondc
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 2011/11/09

A: Hazy bronze hue, huge head on this one .. lots of tiny bubbles. Patches of foam left after every sip. An excellent example of what a Belgian pale ale should look like.

S: Honey, apricot, canned pear syrup, orange zest. A bit medicinal, but very complex.

T: Honey, flowers, more of the apricot taste, white grapes. A tad bit of an aspirin-like aftertaste when cold, but goes away when warmed up.

M/D: Pretty easy drinking for being relatively high in alcohol. This beers manages to set itself apart from the wonderful world of Belgian beers.

diamondc, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of rarbring
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear amber, has a large white head that leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is fruity, apricot in syrup, and malty, grains.

The taste is sweet fruits, pears, apricots, raisins, and some alcohol, sherry, and a touch of yeast.

Medium high carbonation, a heavy and rather complex body.

Goes very well with strong cheese.

rarbring, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of yapi
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a great honey beer. I love sweet, and this is to my liking...
shared it with my girlfriend.

L: okay, good

S: great honey sweet smell, orange peel

T: 2,5% honey, and it's sweet. Also very orange like, due to the fact they make this beer with the curaçao-apple. Orange kind of fruit, and together with the honey it explains why it is so sweet.

O: good beer, very sweet, but not easy to drink 1 by yourself; great if you can share this one, 15cl is just enough to have a great experience.

ages ago, before there was sugar, they used to sweeten the beer with honey. Therefore, this should give a great idea how (sweet) beer tasted back then...

yapi, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

tbeckett, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of impending
2.7/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

impending, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Back label says "Best Before L20120325 14:43" whatever that means.

Appearance: Clear golden orange with some thin white head. Lots of spotting.

Nose: Big honey and orange blossom nose. Very floral and light.

Palate: Crisp and sharp with alcohol. Tastes of green apple, calvados, orange blossom honey, and some light spices. Nice clean finish.

Notes: At first, I wasn't really impressed with this one, but it grew on me. Tasty and very light for 8% abv. Very nice.

SFLpunk, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of rodenbach99
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was bought et the SAQ in the kit ½ meter of beer. Poured from a 330ml brown bottle. Nice dark golden very clear bottle. White head on top. On the nose we can smell clover flowers (maybe clover flower honey). Good taste with a lot of residual sugar, some honey flavor too.

rodenbach99, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of daledeee
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into my tulip glass. 11.2 oz bottle

Nose is Belgian hops and hints of fruit and grain.

Taste is slightly tart with apples, slight hint of spice and hops. Hints of malt in the finish.

Excellent carbonated mouth feel with a wet finish

Very drinkable. Tasted fresh and alcohol had a slight warming effect.

daledeee, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Belgian tulip glass.

A-The color of apple juice, with an inch and a half of off-white head. Leaves fluffy, thick lacing.

S-Fairly nondescript. Some yeasty esters, maybe a hint of clove.

T-Bright and refreshing. Pale malts and honey stand out as the main flavors, with some faint hop bitterness in the finish. A simple, crisp blonde ale made just slightly sweet by honey. Not bad at all.

M-Medium bodied with thick, mouth-filling carbonation.

D-Pretty high. At only $3.99 a bottle, this is a bargain.

DaveHS, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flip-top brown bottle (33cl) poured into my new 'Abbot Ale' glass tankard.

Suprised to see I hadn't reviewed this beer before, glad I checked before popping it open!

The body is a good looking golden colour and the pure white head on top gives it an overal high score for looks, pity the whole head couldn't hang around longer though, it thinned quickly, but was still a full covering at the end.

The nose and taste is a subtle honey one, it isn't in your face, yet you know it's there from the off.

I like this beer, but only one at a time, I am sure the sweetness that it hides so well would eventually come to the fore and ruin the flavours for me.

BlackHaddock, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Chancey Smith. Decent drinking Belgian pale. Unexceptional other than some orange in flavour, honey in the secondary. Golden yellow coloured body with some head, lots of lace. High carbonation. Neutral aromas, perhaps the honey absorbs it.Easy mouthfeel, the smoothness from the honey overrides the carbonation. Nice summer Belgian.

Sammy, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of fropones
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy orange with a decent ecru head.

S - Honey (obviously), some citrus fruit. Fairly simple. Belgian yeast.

T - More honey, a nice sweetness here. Nicely spiced, good balance.

M - Great carbonation, nice body.

D - Nicely drinkable, alcohol pretty well hidden. At only $1 a bottle, I am going to have to buy more of this.

fropones, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of mithrascruor
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

mithrascruor, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of Pencible
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Best before 10:25 (L20100220) This poured a cloudy dark gold, with thick white head.
S: It smelled like lots of sweet honey and creamy yeast, with some fresh wheat and lemon hops.
T: It tasted like wild honey and lemon zest, with creamy yeast and fresh wheat, and a hint of coriander. It had a moderate bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with some carbonation.
D: This was a pretty interesting and enjoyable beer, like a honey witbier. It was fairly clean and hid the alcohol well, so it was easy to drink. But it's worth sipping to fully appreciate the unique honey character. Recommended, if only to try once.

Pencible, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of Kemmerlin
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy golden color with a thick long lasting and sticky white head
S: smells like it's high in alcohol with a burnt rubber smell.
T: has the orange coriander taste mixed with a clove honey and aromatic hop taste parting slightly to welcome a sweet mixtured aftertaste
M/D: the feel is light sticky and carbonated like a European mineral water. The drinkability is good minus the smell.

Kemmerlin, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of illidurit
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Pours clear gold with a thin white head. Aromas of bread and a quite vivid honey note. Reminiscent of homemade biscuits with honey on them. Sweet grainy flavor, solid honey influence with a barely-there grassiness. Lightly astringent, dry, and a bit unclean in the finish. Still very drinkable.

illidurit, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of berley31
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Barbar mug. Average-sized, white frothy head that had some good lasting power at 1-finger for the majority of drinking. Body is dark golden and slightly hazy (although hard to tell with that Barbar mug).

S: Sweet and flowery aroma, with honey and spices very noticeable. Almost perfumey, but quite pleasant.

T: Sweet malt with the honey coming through very nicely. The spices are there, and the beer has a peppery note to the taste.

M: Slightly creamy, with a medium-body and average carbonation.

D: Very enjoyable, as the honey is there but not cloying like honey can so often be. A very nice Belgian Pale Ale.

berley31, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of danydakid
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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.

danydakid, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange color with a white head, white lacing.

S: Honey all over this brew, strong coriander and other floral aromas possibly from the honey that was used. There is medicine scent to it that is stronger than the coriander for once Coriander does not overpower most of the other flavors in a beer.

T: Taste of strong Honey, syrupy consistency, medium to thick mouthfeel, some orange, spices, very light malt flavor almost unnoticeable with the strong honey presence. Drinkability for me was unfortunately low as the honey was just too much for me. I havent drank many meads, excluding "Hopslam" but this has to be one of the thicker varieties of Honey Belgian Strong Ales. And to think it is only 8% -

alpinebryant, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

FreshHawk, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +2.8%
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 -3.1%
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
Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
88 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.