Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël) - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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Reviews by roblowther:
2.35/5 rDev -36.1%
Black color, soap-sudsy off-white head. Smell is sweet and earthy with a peppery note. The taste is very sweet, followed by nutmeg and wassal flavors and a licorice aftertaste. Doesn't meld well together, really. The mouthfeel is thin & oily. Drinkability is not good really. I had hopes for this but not so much any more. I keep burping up anise & phenols. :(
12-28-2007 02:25:21 | More by roblowther
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3.35/5 rDev -9%
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.
02-14-2003 16:05:19 | More by Popsinc
3.5/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
11-15-2010 21:58:21 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.08/5 rDev -16.3%
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 ...
02-23-2003 12:50:48 | More by Todd
3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
09-09-2008 14:18:13 | More by generallee
3.55/5 rDev -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.
12-01-2010 02:14:46 | More by Jason
4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
12-23-2009 02:35:45 | More by bsp77
3.73/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
04-08-2010 01:56:33 | More by Sammy
3.9/5 rDev +6%
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.
06-08-2009 00:22:54 | More by tempest
2.6/5 rDev -29.3%
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.
03-10-2009 22:36:14 | More by sleephowl
3.93/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
07-28-2010 20:04:29 | More by Yoonisaykul
2.05/5 rDev -44.3%
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....
05-16-2009 07:46:06 | More by GRG1313
3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
05-12-2008 23:01:43 | More by beerthulhu
Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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