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Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale) - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

274 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 15
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 04:19:19 | More by russpowell
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 18:23:56 | More by cyrenaica
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 07:31:58 | More by shadow1961
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Vancer

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 01:49:29 | More by Vancer
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robbyc1

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +14%
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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phishockey

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 02:38:25 | More by phishockey
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adamette

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 02:26:00 | More by adamette
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2009 23:08:47 | More by NJpadreFan
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t0rin0

California

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2009 20:49:47 | More by t0rin0
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david131

California

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 15:36:49 | More by Suds
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Bagman007

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 03:22:15 | More by Bagman007
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SLeffler27

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 20:24:22 | More by SLeffler27
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klewis

Ohio

2.42/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 20:16:35 | More by klewis
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very good appearance on this beer - it pours a radiant yellow with a large white head, which leaves a lot of lace. The nose has a lot of honey and sweet malts, although you can also pick up the spiciness of the Belgian yeast. The honey really comes through in the flavour, along with some spiciness and a bit of dry grain and oak. Its okay, but not really doing much for me. very smooth, almost oily on the palate, as if you were pouring runny honey into your mouth, and I like this feel combined with the concept. Carbonation was low, and although it would have interfered with the wonderful slick feeling, it would have also helped to moderate some of the sweetness.

Overall, I couldn't help but be underwhelmed by this beer. Perhaps I should have expected something so sweet, but it just didn't hold a candle to the other Belgians I had that night. It does have a lot going for it, but I think I'll pass on it next time.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 15:53:18 | More by bobsy
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/13/08- Purchased at Bottle Barn, in Santa Rosa, CA. $2.79 price tag.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a small date code on the back label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Medium golden-yellow colored pour with a 3/4 inch head. Slight rim of froth remains after the head has disipated. Leaves some light sticky trails of lace behind.

Smell- Lots of honey in the nose, followed by some white pepper, corriander and powdered sugar.

Taste- Honey really comes through here big time....just enough to add almost a perfect amount of sweetness. That combined with the sugary texture makes it a nice sweet tooth beer. Corriander adds a bit of fruity charachter and the spices come in last evening things out.

Mouthfeel- Pretty smooth, a bit of a heavier sticky mouthfeel. Abv is not really detected.

Drinkability- Everytime I see a new Belgian brew with a low price tag, I'm always hesitant. In this case it was a nice suprise. Very drinkable and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 15:38:35 | More by GClarkage
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becktone

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes 10-5-08

Eye: First of all the head formation and retention on this beer is excellent, it couldn't possibly get any better. Head is a thick pillowy, puffy beast. Color and clarity aren't typical of a wit bier. This beer is crystal clear, and is golden yellow in color. Lacing could use some help, it does leaves some nice rings with sheets inbetween them, however, they are not uniform, they don't circle the entire glass. Where the lacing will fall is hard to predict. The lacing is uniform in parts and in others it does whatever it wants. Its like Picasso, modern art, and realism all combined into one.

Nose: Strong aroma on this one, during and after the pour the aroma permeates the entire room. Strong honey notes and a sweet malt backbone are the two things flying about the room. Brought closer to the nose the orange peel is evident. This one has a nice mix of orange, honey, malt, coriander, and some spicy tones. The aroma here is alive, each aroma compliments and adds to the others. Great long lasting aroma, it leaves an imprint of itself with you.

Tongue: Lots of honey in here, also a very prominent rosiness, almost gruit-like. Citrusy orange flavor here as well. Alcohol provides some balance for this brew-it gives off a bite that dries and warms the palate. Sweet malt character is in here as well, much like that of a BSPA or Tripel. Most of the action going on in this beer comes from the mixture of honey, orange peel, and that rosey character, yeast has no role here, and malt is there just for support. Bittering hops are noticeable helping to give the beer a dry feel.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: On the palate this one is oily/and slick. The body is medium-light with delicate carbonation. The beer has a dry finish that eggs you on to take another sip. This is an easy drinking beer, and I can see this one being dangerously drinkable in the hot summer months, Look Out! this is one that you might easily find yourself getting unintentionally drunk off of on a hot summer day... it drinks that well, just like a wit, and just like a wit it is equally refreshing. This is one that I can see myself picking up again. As far as beers brewed with honey, Midas Touch and this are the best I've had so far.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 16:45:19 | More by becktone
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Zorro

California

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy burnt orange colored ale with an OK white Head.

Smell is sweet and musty with a clear and strong honey and pollen aroma. Orange honey and marmalade aromas are recognizable but the coriander the bottle says is in here is missing in the scent. This beer is quite intensely yeasty smells like bread.

The taste starts out sweet and powdery with yeast and pollen. Significant orange flavor here it is fairly strong with a touch of orange juice flavor. Bit of sourness in the aftertaste that I interpret as citric acid.

Mouthfeel is good.

This is an OK beer but not one of the best. Try it once and I am sure you won't want a whole case of the stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 01:48:24 | More by Zorro
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I usually approach beers with non-beer elements in their name (honey, fruit etc.) with a certain amount of apprehension and lack of expectation just to be safe. However, with this one, I have high expectations from what I've heard about it. This one pours a somewhat hazy orange into my DFH snifter. One-finger of off-white froth resides above the brew for a short while before settling down with some inconsistent chunks of lacing scattered around the glass. A whiff reveals some definite yeasts, which were also visually evident during the pour, a bit of biscuity and honey sweetness and a good malt base.

Taste is complex, tart, sweet almost to the point of cloying, but not quite, and a bit bitter in the end. Some spice, big fruits and clove exist, and the honey essence is mixed in fairly well, which finishes things off nicely. Mouth-feel is rounded and creamy at first, but finishes with a bit of crispness. It goes down pretty easy, with the 8% alcohol being barely noticeable. It's well carbonated, which keeps things pretty airy in the mouth. Not bad overall, but not totally my cup o'tea either.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 22:09:48 | More by stephens101
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thryn

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Just found notes from one of these that I consumed quite some time ago.

A thick white head tops a light gold beer with lively carbonation rising through it. The head settles at about 1.4 inch.

It smells, well, Belgian -- much like an abbey ale, I guess. I'm not really getting the honey or spices in the nose.

Taste is honey at the back, with the spice presence notable but subdued. This brew is lightly sweet, understated and nice. The alcohol is not at all prominent -- if I had to guess the ABV on this I'd peg it at about six. The spices come out a bit more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky because of the honey, but still light and soothing as it glides down the throat.

It's extremely drinkable cold -- warmth reveals a bit more of the alcohol and spice and turns it to more of a sipping beer. Cold, I could easily drink a sixer -- if I take it slow and savor its character as it warms I'd still want a second.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 19:58:44 | More by thryn
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark straw-gold with a 1 finger bone white head that quickly fell to a slight creamy layering.

S: bananas, honey, candi-sugar and oranges.

T: sweet and spicy with cloves, bananas and a peppery touch. Spicy hops, oranges and honeybread add to the complexity.

M: creamy, spicy and very smooth and viscose from the honey with a high carbonation state.

D: A tad sweet but has a well hidden abv behind the sweetness. Good for a try if anything.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 22:25:51 | More by beerthulhu
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Always game to try the new stuff to the neighborhood. It is not surprising that this beer is caught somewhere between a Witbier and a Mead. The pour brings out more of a mead appearance with a honey-like color (golden, light amber) with a heaviness and legging like brandy. Aromas are also mead-like up front with a sharp honey, nectar scent before the wheat malts, barley, and twangy yeast character builds in. Estery, citrusy, and flowery throughout the nose. Flavors heavily favor the sweet honey flavor, with a backup of wheat malt, barely, yeasty flavors and herbal tea notes to follow. The hop flavors give a much needed complexity, balance, and variety. Spicy with Wit-like corriander, curraco, pepper, and a lot of yeast contributions. The textures as expected are a bit syrupy, heavy, and more cloying than malty. A hoppy bittering is the only repreive. Finishes spicy, warm, and sweet -- a good substitute for a mead. Similar to the ancient brewed concoctions that are being revived by some Dogfish Head brews. Interesting, but not exactly sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 15:22:29 | More by BEERchitect
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woemad

Washington

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

11.2oz bottle purchased a month ago at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.49. Best by date of "20090503." Not sure if that's supposed to be March or May, but it would appear to still be good either way. I like the fact that they put the ingredients on the front label (well, except the yeast, which I'd guess is proprietary).

Poured an apple juice-like color, with about an inch of white foam that hung around fairly consistently. Thin sheets of white lace receede into spotty, web-like streaks on the sides of my St. Bernardus chalice.

If I were to encounter a breakfast topping known as citrus honey, I'd imagine this is what it would smell like. The sweetness of honey is evenly matched by tart orange peel, with a spicy jab from the coriander.

I had assumed the flavor would be a tad more assertive than it is, but it's shyness isn't to the point of anemic-ness (not sure if that's even a word). It starts off with a sweet taste of honey striking the tastebuds. It is quickly augmented by a citrusy bitterness that is complements of the orange peel. In the background there is a mild, peppery spiciness. As the beer passes over the tongue, a lemon-like citrus bitterness briefly makes itself felt, then things just kind of float away on a barely-there note. As it warms up, there's a slight, warming alcohol sensation.

Light bodied, with a very slightly slick mouthfeel.

This makes a nice apertif on a day when the temperature is approaching hellacious, but I don't think I'd want to follow it up with another or several more if I had purchased more than one. I'd rate this a pretty good example of the style, but not an essential one.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 00:17:03 | More by woemad
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TheMistler

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Everything noted on the bottle is easily detected in the nose. Most definitely honey, but also the coriander and orange peel. Pours a deep gold, with a rocky and foamy head that pulled the always wondrous (no matter the countless times I've seen it) of expanding significantly faster after the pour has finished. Some nice lacing.

Very sweet. The orange and spice - coriander and a peppery sensation - seem slight in comparison to the honey - oh, and the alcohol. Noticeable alcohol taste and warming.

With all the honey it ends up feeling very heavy for a pale ale. A bit cloying. Pleasant, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 21:57:05 | More by TheMistler
Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
88 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.