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

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

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83
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176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-10-2002

In the beginning, it was only brewed in the winter and was called Barbãr Winter Bok. However, since 2008 the consumer decided otherwise.
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Photo of Popsinc
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A rich black pour with a medium off-white head. The nose is very sweet with hints of brown sugar, honey & molasses. The taste as well is awfully sweet. Decent spiceiness. Black licorice & light chocolate notes. Too sweet for my liking. lacking in many other good qualities. A nice lively mouthfeel but the finish is too sweet and high in alcohol. While the alcohol warmth could be nice, this beer needs to be mellowed out and more subtle with it suagry sweetness.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):

Winter in Belgium is a glorious time, as nearly every brewery has some form of winter or Christmas Ale. Here, we have a strong Brown Ale that is brewed with honey, bitter orange peel and coriander.

Dark enough so the light does not make it through; solid lofty head nearly spills over the side of the glass, but thankfully we have a beer-pouring expert or the day would have been ruined. Sweet aroma with a couple of bitter whacks from the orange peel and coriander; a little buttery and juicy (cherries?) as well. Carbonation is pushy, with a big rolling crispness. Hints of roasted grain and orange peel battle against the maltiness and residual honey. Medicinal and clove phenols add more to the spicing that overtakes the malt but not its foundation. Finishes dry with a kiss of mineral/metallic flavor.

A bit in your face. Even when it warms up a little between the orange peel and the phenolic clove flavor, it really grabs a hold of the taste buds and does not want to let go. A good choice is looking for a strong, dark spice ale that is going to clean your palate with every sip.

Photo of Todd
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Notes from the 2002 Kerstbierfestival, Essen, Belgium.

Black beer, thin off-white lace. Herbal, black currant aroma with some liquorice. Lightly carbonated with a coarse mouthfeel. Fruity, a bit juicy, dry, chocolate, caramel and notes of raw honey. Prickly herbal spice with a bitter finish that's dry and leafy ... thin, too.

Not too impressed by this offering ...

Photo of generallee
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: It pours a very dark brown color that has coppery highlights. The body is nearly opaque and it forms a big tan foamy head that has very good retention. It also makes nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has sweet, fruity and spicy character with just a hint of hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a wonderful natural sweetness from the honey and malted barley. Dark sweet fruit notes of raisins, figs and plums mix with coriander, bitter orange peel and a touch of earthy yeast. Hop flavor is very mild and adds just a hint of bitterness. The alcohol adds a nice warming quality and it finishes slightly dry. Its palate is medium to full bodied with a smooth creamy texture that is tempered by its lively carbonation.

Notes: This is another great Belgian treat.

Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz brown bottle w/ a freshness date.

Slightly fizzy head still retains quite well, dark brown that is pretty much opaque. Massive waft of orange peel first then coriander and some earthy honey and toasted grain. Exploding smoothness with each sip that feigns and almost viscous body but actually is semi-dry and on the lighter side. Lots of orange peel and coriander with an edge of honey and a pinch of chewy malt. Slightly estery with a quickly dissipating sweetness. Suggestion of carob powder, yeast, fruit and spicy phenols in the drying finish.

Hits all of the winter flavors, alcoholic as well ... a good pick if you are looking for a slightly dryer winter seasonal.

Photo of bsp77
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in December shipment of my BOTM club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown with a purple-red tint. Moderate tan head with very large bubbles that mostly disintegrate.

Smell: Very dry, mead-like and borderline tart - coriander, orange peel, honey, cloves and figs.

Taste: Somewhat sweet upfront with a focus on fruity malts (maybe figs) and Belgian yeast (cloves, banana). Then it turns very dry from the coriander, honey and orange peel, while the cloves carry through to the end.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, relatively light mead-like body, dry honey finish.

Drinkability: Nice cross between a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and a Braggot. One of the better honey driven beers I have had.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small bottle pouring black body, with no lasting head. Sweet honey and yeast aromas. Medium bodied, full carbonation. Tastes of cola, pepper, honey,ginger, cardomon,drop of clove, orange-grapey.Satisfying though slightly drying aftertaste.Significant alcohol.

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a friend for sharing this. I was expecting some simple and overly sweet Belgian, but I was pleasantly surprised. At first it tasted like there was a good share of wheat from the sour malt taste. Then, yes, there was a honey note, which was followed by mild coriander and then mellow dark fruits. Very drinkable and comes off like some sort of crazy Belgian dunkel wheat. This is different and worth a try.

Photo of sleephowl
2.61/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark mahogany color with an inch head that recedes slowly. Decent lacing on glass with slow retreat.

S- Grainy malt with subtle honey scent. Distinct belgian yeast aroma as well.

T- Was disappointed with the overall taste. While the honey is present there is a barely distinguishable taste of orange peel and coriander. A sense of pure alcohol is present on the tongue which is not very appealing to my taste.

M- A medium body and carbonation beer with a creamy feel.

D- I was very intrigued to try this beer. A winter bok with honey coriander and orange peel sounded delicious to me. While it was a unique tasting experience, I will not be trying another Winter Bok by Brasserie Lefebvre. Exceptional ingredients that just did not work well with this go around.

Photo of Kampfar
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap in Babar mug, dark brown beer, sweet smell of honey and malt, light brown head, full creamy mouthtaste dominated by malt and honey, less hops and very less alcoholic taste, aftertaste with light hoppy dryness and a rich malty taste.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So my bottle just says Barbar Bok instead of Barbar Winter Bok but I guess it must be the same beer.

A- Very dark reddish brown. Almost looks black. Nice beige head is a very fizzy foam which is kind of different to me.

S- smells great. Cherry coke. The cherry in a ''fruit at the bottom'' yogurt. Yeast and a little something metallic. And then... it started fading a bit. Usually a beer ''blooms'' as it warms but not this one for some reason.

T- Dark cherry. A discrete but still noticeable typical Strong Belgian bitterness. Alcohol is hot and very present but it tastes great.

M- Medium to low carbonation. Medium body but can get quite foamy if you swish it around. This is a very good mouthfeel but nothing to some other BSDAs I've had the chance to try.

D- Good. Clean drinking. 8% ABV of course so you can't drink tons but it is a pretty drinkable brew.

The honey Barbar didn't do much for me so I wasn't expecting much but I liked this.

Can't say it's a favorite but would buy it again.

Photo of GRG1313
2.06/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Amber/orange with short white head. Candidly a rather unimpressive effort. A very light and "soda poppy" drink, although there are hints of honey and spice, coriander and orange peel - all very mild and a bit too subtle for my taste. Very light bodied with the carbonation being the primary "standout." Nothing special here; almost like a "light beer" of winter ales. Just my experience....

Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with honey and spices (coriander, orange peel).

A: Poured a very dark, opaque mahogany with a sudsy off tan head.

S: fresh and fruity full of plums, honey, raisins, pears and oranges. The nose was very sweet and spicy with some fresh grapes as well.

T: fruity with some white grapes, raisins, figs, and a vinous sweet fruity wine notes as well a honey sweetness. The palate was sweet and vinous with a touch of smokiness coming through upon warming.

M: moderate with some warm raisins and grape juice like texture. There was a soft roasted character along with some dark molasses with a very nice winter spiciness.

D: Overall a nicely done winter bock at 8.0%abv. that was spicy and semi-sweet, providing a good alcohol warming.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark ruby color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sugary dry fruit and candy is some what appealing. Taste is also dominated by candi with clear sugar notes and light dry fruit ester. Body is a bit thin for style with good carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Not too bad overall though a bit too sweet for my own taste.

Photo of theopholis
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- Poured a dark opaque mahogany hints of amber on the edges. Almost like syrup. The head was a sticky off-white head that had some impressive staying power. The beer continued to effervesce for quite a long time.

Aroma- Quite sour. Not much else. No malt, no spiciness, nothing.

Taste- Much better tasting than smelling. Starts off with an interesting spiciness with a honey/malty sweetness followed by some kind of grape. Hints of raisin and licorice. Despite the grapiness and raisins, I would not say I tasted much in the way of dark fruits. Interesting.

Mouthfeel- Lots of CO2 that dissipates very quickly as soon as it hits your tongue. An interesting effect. Good, full body.

Drinkability- Worth a shot.

Photo of Kacid
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip Glass

Appearance: Pepsi-colored with a pepsi-like colored foam. Both fine and medium sized bubbles that float on a creamy head. Nice, thick lacing that follows the long-lasting head.

Nose: Anise, pepsi, sweet alcohol, herbal, herbal soda (like Mr.Green), spicy. Strong smell of honey
Warmed up: the nose smells like purple grape kool-aid, dark bitter chocolate becomes more prominent, as well as sweet red wine. Slightly unctuous. Lacing stuck thick to the entire glass

Flavour: Herbal, Pepsi, Bitter at the back of the toungue, Alcoholic burn at the back of the throat and tongue, dark/bitter chocolate malt, Honey and Brown sugar, dried fruits

WOW, i did not expect so much out of this beer, especially having never heard of it. It is an incredible Dark ale, complex flavours that only unfold more as it warms up. While it could pair well with some berry-like dark chocolate, i'd almost prefer to savour it alone to feel its complexity. Definitely worth a try! I'm keeping at least 1 of these in my fridge from now on

Photo of Frosty80
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: pours medium golden-brown. sits clear, dark brown with ruby hue, active carbonation and a thick cola-like head that dissipates as such initially but retains more with just a half inch left

Smell: strong hop, orange peel and coriander presence along with a light maltiness, and faint dark fruit and honey presence. aromas, especially the malt, are very clean and crisp and light

Taste: components come together as an obvious Belgian of course. pronounced yet balanced hop character. bitter orange and coriander followed by some honey and dark fruit notes. spicy yeast character. finish is slightly dry with a light hop bitterness and flavor balanced by sweet malt and dark fruit notes with just a tinge of smoke that i didnt get initially in the palate

Mouthfeel: high-medium carbonation and body

Notes: not bad. nothing great. personally would have liked a little less carbonation. otherwise a decent dubbel-like brew

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a dark dark reddish amber with a fizzy two-finger light brown sugar head that has decent retention, leaving minimal lacing.
aroma is definitely belgian esters, brown sugar, maple, some spice, and a bit of bready yeastiness.
Taste is rich dark malt undertones accentuated by dark fruit, chocolate pudding, spiced rum and caramel. Some hefty Belgian yeast action underlying. Definitely liking it.
Mouth is fair for the style... maybe a hint thin and the ample carbonation doesn't quite jive with the rich darkness. a touch thicker with a smidgen less carbonation and it would be great.
Pretty easy drinking, smooth, without any crazy bitter or astringent nor cloyingly sweet notes. All in all, a solid yet interesting dark ale with decent strength, decent spice profile, and a good bit of depth. definitely worth trying.

Photo of rallison
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark brown with a 1 finger off-white head that recedes to a bit of lacing.

Smells of orange and spices and honey. Not bad.

Taste is pretty good. Dubbel-like malt backbone with lots of spicing. I get orange, coriander and the like here. Honey. Possibly slightly overdone in the spicing, and could use a touch more of a balanced malt presence. Still, it is tasty.

Mouthfeel is a touch too carbonated.

Drinkability is good.

Overall, recommended. While not amazing, this is worth trying in the small size bottle.

Photo of scottoale
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml. small skinny brown bottle with a Best before: L20100901 10:57...whenever that is? Tribal looking labels depicting ?, adorn the bottle. It pours out a dark mahogany brown with a small light tan foamy head. Not much in head retention and less in the lace dept.

Fairly sweet and fruity to the nose, some spice and that's about it. Fig, dates and honey comprise the fruitiness. Belgian yeast and sugar contributes the rest.

The taste is pretty much the same as the nose with little malty aspect, some definite spice and only just, some hop bitterness. The alcohol doesn't come out in the nose or the taste really. I'd think of it as a Belgian (notso) Strong Dark Ale, with emphisis on the Belgian. The body is medium with a lack of smooth and some fluff to the mouthfeel, but it's trying pretty hard to deliver. Easy enough to drink and worth a try as are most Belgians in my book, the price is not to bad for this one as well...give it a go.

Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is jet black in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dark beige head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface..
S: There are light aromas of honey and notes of dark fruit in the nose.
T: Flavors of honey are quite evident in the taste, which is mostly sweet. There are some hints of oranges and raisins while spices are evident in the finish. The honey flavors become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is well hidden from the taste but the sweetness of the honey makes this beer slightly cloying.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The fourth and final Belgian Honey Beer is an evening of Belgian Honey Beers: Flip-top 330ml brown bottle, poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip glass.

Reddy-brown body, dark, but clear when held up to the light. A weak tan coloured head tried to sit on top for a while.

Heavy malt molasses in the aroma, with honey undertones.

The taste was of really sweet malty molasses, again with that undertone of a honey presence.

I found the beer both strange and too sweet. I generally like the sweeter brews, but this was over the top for me, almost sicky sweet towards the end of the mouthfeel.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smell of grilled honey on the nose but you can feel also the presence of malt and yeast. At the tasting, we identify directly what little taste of honey, honey with which the beer was fermented but the flavor is much further back than in the simple Barbar. Presence of oriental spices enough, enough sour mouth (also liquorice elsewhere) and finish little persistence. A little disappointed because although it remains good, unlike its big sister, honey there is only secondary and that without it, the drink is not much different from a simple dark belgian ale.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Achel Chalice

A - Pours a dork mahogany colour and a large bubbled off white head that dies quickly.

S - Burnt malts aromas from the bottle.Once poured more of a chocolate and jelly bean aroma takes hold.

T - Notes of dark spicey fruit and a hint of smokeyness.

M - Medium body and slightly overcarbonated

D - Not bad for the style but there are better examples

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a few highlights around the edges. Light cap of tan foam showing little retention and lacing.

Nose is fruity and bready, akin to a trappist quad. Rich and fragrant with notes of raisin, plums and pineapple alcohol.

Wow, super fruity and rich. Full-bodied and a little metallic on the finish. Highly carbonated and the drinkability is fairly low on this one. I have a feeling this beer might be a love it/hate it type of brew. There are many BSDAs that are more complex, subtle and delicious than this readily available (see Chimay Blue), but this one will cure a curiosity for the unknown if one is so inclined. It is decent, just really not distinguishable.

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Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
83 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.