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Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël) - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël)Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël)

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BA SCORE
84
good

155 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 155
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
In the beginning, it was only brewed in the winter and was called Barbãr Winter Bok. However, since 2008 the consumer decided otherwise.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-10-2002)
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Reviews by Aethien:
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Aethien

Netherlands

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a fizzy tan head that fades to a thick film on the beer.

Smells like fruit, blackberries and blueberries mainly with some hints of strawberry in there as well. Slightly artificial fruit though. It's hard to smell anything past the fruits but there's some chocolaty malts in there as well, it's all very very sweet though. I loved the smell when I first got it but now that I'm drinking the beer it's less appetizing and a bit too artificially sweetened.

Taste is full of fruits again and just as sweet, it takes a lot of effort to taste much of anything past the fruity yeast and sweetness. Add a noticeable amount of alcohol to it and the thick, creamy mouthfeel and this beer is very enjoyable for the first few sips and goes downhill after that.

As mentioned, the mouthfeel is very thick and creamy, almost like you're drinking fruity yoghurt instead of beer.

Overall, this beer started out wonderful but went downhill quickly for me because of the overly sweet nose and taste and the thick mouthfeel that make it hard to drink. Still, it's worth trying, if only because it's so different from the norm for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 17:14:40 | More by Aethien
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MarkoNm

Slovenia

2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear, deep brown almost black color, topped with a tan colored head, with decent retention.
The aroma is malty with the addition of some honey - pleasant.
The taste is quite bittery, finishing with a roasty feel. Quite strong but still drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 11:11:21 | More by MarkoNm
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +8.1%

04-12-2014 16:14:03 | More by mendvicdog
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-25-2014 06:11:24 | More by gillagorilla
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

03-16-2014 01:33:03 | More by Fettpopps
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-15-2014 16:59:20 | More by duceswild
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houtappel

Romania

5/5  rDev +35.1%

01-21-2014 16:15:54 | More by houtappel
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-28-2013 23:31:06 | More by LXIXME
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dcmchew

Romania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

10-31-2013 11:13:53 | More by dcmchew
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BucBasil

South Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 330mL bottle into a Chimay chalice at Jing An Temple in Shanghai China.

A: The beer is a nice black color without much light coming through. Head is light tan, foamy, and stays on the sides of the glass very nicely.

S: Why/How is this so fruity? Berry and yeast character. Showing its Belgian side very readily. Some nice smooth malt in the middle. More along the lines of a dubbel.

T: Berry and anise amid the yeasts an the malt. Pretty crazy tasting. All over the place. Again a bit like a dubbel. Delicious but very unexpected.

M: Nice and smooth.

O: No way to see this coming. You see "bok" in the name and think huge malt bomb. But this is essentially a solid Belgian. Really good.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 09:22:11 | More by BucBasil
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kabritz

Quebec (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

10-20-2013 02:17:24 | More by kabritz
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scottwurst

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

10-11-2013 17:33:22 | More by scottwurst
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Praadipto

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

09-01-2013 11:33:53 | More by Praadipto
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MaevaS

France

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

08-25-2013 19:03:23 | More by MaevaS
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Darkhnum

Israel

4/5  rDev +8.1%

08-09-2013 18:13:40 | More by Darkhnum
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SmashPants

Australia

3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: brown 330mL bottle, interesting label for a Belgian beer - something a bit different.

Appearance: dark brown in colour with ruby highlights against the light. A frothy tan head leaps up two-fingers, and quickly drops with odd fizzing on top. Very little retention or lacing.

Aroma: definite dark fruits, honey and some spices, with some anise in the background. Something else almost quite over the top, which I later identified as the honey.

Taste: an almost saccharin sweetness from the honey and a molasses character, those fruits coming through again also. The pungent sweetness is somewhat balanced with a decent amount of sourness through that anise and herbs. It's certainly full flavoured, though the sweetness is not my sort of thing.

Aftertaste: the sweetness backs off a bit, to be replaced by more of that mouth-filling sourness. More my sort of flavour. Pretty tasty!

Mouth feel: medium in body with a light and yet somehow spritzy-feeling carbonation. Clean and crisp.

Overall: a full flavoured Belgian Strong Dark, different to the ones I've had before - much stronger and with plenty more sourness to marry up with the sweetness. Only detractor is the AU$120+ per case price (2013).

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 10:18:54 | More by SmashPants
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wrightst

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

06-23-2013 01:33:09 | More by wrightst
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biernack

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +8.1%

06-05-2013 19:03:33 | More by biernack
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desint

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-30-2013 11:06:15 | More by desint
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Dando54

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

05-28-2013 12:37:37 | More by Dando54
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-09-2013 12:06:55 | More by Ciocanelu
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cowboy83

New York

4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

04-24-2013 02:47:23 | More by cowboy83
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adamcthomp

Spain

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

03-30-2013 23:06:49 | More by adamcthomp
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PaF

Israel

4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

03-30-2013 21:31:02 | More by PaF
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Michigan

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

02-19-2013 05:01:34 | More by Michigan
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Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.