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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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very good

312 Ratings

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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 15
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA visit their website

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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Golden with an orange tinge, honey colour. Little thin film of a head dissipates fast. Filtered, some carbonation present.

Smells of honey, candy, floral, malt, orange, orange candy, spices like cinnamon and pepper, very fresh and fragrant. Makes me think of standing by the ocean and breathing in the sea air.

I taste the orange and spice, the freshness. It all passes over the tongue quickly then fades, leaving a bare aftertaste of sour and slight orange bitter note that coat the tongue not as a pleasant memory but rather leaving a hope that the next sip will prove this one better than the last. I don’t really get the honey, though if I search for it at times I get something that resembles honey. I’ve never had mead so I don’t know how to compare this with mead. Some sweetness, some bitterness.

Medium body, high carbonation. Somewhat syrupy, coats the tongue slightly.

Not really doing it for me or drawing me back to it. I had this since first writing this review though, and think really a worth while beer to try. Would be good as an appertif, by itself, or with tomato based pastas. Cool labeling with a long haired warrior.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, part of the '1/2 Meter of Beer' mixed-pack from this brewery now available in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, frothy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some broad, continental drift lace around the glass as things lazily sink away.

It smells of musty field honey, gritty and grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel/toffee sweetness, warm, and indistinct tropical fruit, yeast, a bit of black pepper, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is dry honeyed crackers, bready pale malt, a floral candied character, one rather akin to the flossy sort, white grape juice concentrate, muddled earthy spices, still understated leafy, weedy hops, and a rising, but respectful enough metallic booze astringency.

The bubbles are pretty well integrated, and manifest as a subtle edginess throughout, the body a steady medium weight, and smooth in the most basic sense, i.e. one does not sense the lack of it. It finishes off-dry, natch, the honey still pulling a certain diva routine, persisting among some near-equally heady maltiness, and the burgeoning sweetness of that bristling 16-proof booze.

Being from Canada, the very idea of honey ale does not engender a whole lot of hope on my beer radar when I am presented with an example of such. Leave it to some old-world brewing goodness to break me out of that bit of reverie - this one performs said charitable act with aplomb. Honey? Yes, up the wazoo - but moderated, by grain, yeast, hop, and yes, alcohol alike, to provide us all with a crazily workable, and drinkable, end result.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
88 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.