Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël) - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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4.45/5 rDev +20.9%
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
02-12-2012 17:20:16 | More by Kacid
4.45/5 rDev +20.9%
Never expected to enjoy this beer as much as I did! This brew pours out as a deep amber color with a half inch cream colored head on it. The aroma of this beer is so sweet and inviting. It's one of those beers I just didn't want to lower from my nose. The taste of the beer has that same rich sweetness and alcohol in there that just warms the inside of your body. The mouthfeel is Silky smooth and very easy to put down. I found this to be a hidden gem of a beer. I would look for this one again any day.
05-11-2011 23:18:51 | More by Knapp85
4.43/5 rDev +20.4%
Served on tap in a pint glass.
A- Very dark black appearance with not a whole lot of head.
S- Has a very sweet, somewhat spicy scent to it.
T- Tastes very, very sweet. Probably one of the sweeter beers I have ever tasted. Slightly hoppy.
M- Excellent carbonation and feel. Very sweet. Very smooth.
D- Sweet, but not too sweet to hurt it's drinkability. Very smooth.
Overall a really great beer. I've only had two of Brasserie Lefèbvre's beers, but they have both been spectacular.
01-10-2009 20:36:45 | More by Bagman007
4.4/5 rDev +19.6%
Va va voom! I think I can speak Flemish. Maybe it will take more of these and a little studying. This has all the great Belgian qualities that I like - the endless bubbles, the distinctive taste, etc. What it doesn't have are the funky things I sometimes associate with Belgians - cloudiness, over the top tastes or alcohol.
This is a Belgian you could have a couple of without contracting diseases for which Americans do not have a immunity. At least is seems that way. I almost thought it was an American take on a Belgian because of the clean taste. Like the head, the smell doesn't quit.
02-21-2010 22:03:26 | More by schoolboy
4.33/5 rDev +17.7%
A-Deep brown/maroon blend..light tan head on top fizzes like cola..
S-Smells yeasty...dark fruits (plums dark cherries)....
T-Sweet and very interesting....it has the backbone of a Belgian dubbel but is much sweeter...cotton candy like in some ways...orange peel and corriander evident...very sweet with mead like qualities...but the dark fruitiness of the dubbel backbone blends with it all nicely....very enjoyalbe...it sounds too sweet but it really isn't.
M-medium bodied at best...sweet and sticky but not cloying...finishes with a touch of light spiciness.
D-Different but recommended. Might be a little on the sweet side for some but it is not cloying.
12-24-2009 05:35:49 | More by ZAP
4.28/5 rDev +16.3%
11.2 oz bottle
best by, 08/22/2009
Pours a hazy deep brown color with rich orange highlights and a large peach colored head. Great big nose of Belgian yeast esters, big spice and orange skin. Other notes include cinnamon, lime and minty soap. Spicy but bold malts and citrus notes create a round balance through out. Light/medium in body with some slight alcohol heat. I usually am not a fan of big Belgian winter biers that are packed with spice and coriander but after this mellowed out for a year this became something special. Some cherry and woody notes come through more as the beer warms adding to its complexity. This is unlike any winter bock ive ever had but i enjoyed it. Its got great herbal and earthy qualities that make it slightly medicinal but not offensive. I highly recommend this for a cold night.
10-30-2008 14:41:43 | More by ATPete
4.22/5 rDev +14.7%
Poured into a tulip glass it explodes into a head that completely fills the glass leaving no ale at the bottom. As I continue to pour the head subsides slowly to leave a solid curtain of lacing. The appearance is brown and cloudy. The aroma is lightly of spicy hops and strongly of malt with a hint of orange. The taste is sweetly malty with marked coriander flavor and mild bitterness. The feel is full bodied with an astringent finish. This is a very enjoyable ale.
01-07-2010 02:03:50 | More by rfabian
4.18/5 rDev +13.6%
From the tap it pours a dark brown, clear, with ruby hues. Aroma of dark fruits, primarily raisin, grape and fig. In the taste, fruity yeast imparting date, raisin, fig notes along with a sugary malt body and a light tang. Alcohol is well hidden. Trademark dark Belgian ale flavor, big time dark fruits. Light roasted malt qualities. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall, a tasty winter brew from Barbar, a spiced honey ale is also in their lineup.
12-23-2011 01:30:36 | More by Stinkypuss
4.18/5 rDev +13.6%
As this is a Belgium Beer, available nationally, it rightly circulates under two names; Barbãr Winterbok, or Barbãr de Noël, depending on where you originate. As I tried this in Holland, it was advertised and sold as the former.
A very dark, deep chestnut color with a deep red mahogany hue when held to the light. Difficult to tell whether this beer is clear or not, because it is served in a frosted glass, the same glass as its weaker sibling actually. This helps to mask, rather than hide, the turbid nature of this beer - for it is not totally clear on closer inspection. But then, as this is a Christmas Honey Beer, perhaps that is understandable. The head is a deep smooth fantastic looking tan color that has incredible staying power and is comprised of exceptionally small bubbles barely perceptible to the naked eye, maybe the Nitrogen-CO2 mixed dispense aids this.
Nose is of malt with a honeyed sweetness - so no surpises there then. Mouthfeel is a little lacking for an 8% beer. The Barbãr is a Pale Ale with added Honey, but I am not sure how this beer is arrived at, that is to say whether it is a separate brew, or a seasonal concotion, it certainly tastes like the former. Either way, it has a very accomplished introduction, a smooth silky mouthfeel that belies it strength. Roast malt sweetness at the start that lingers in the mouth a while. The sweetness eventually makes way for some caramel in the middle and a very bitter finish in the end, almost tastes as if it is dry-hopped. A highly accomplished, interesting and very quaffable beer a really dangerous lunchtime beer (oops!), considering its high strength.
A superb beer that I found to be exceptionally drinkable from the Tap. I asked whether it was available in the Bottle and the answer was a 50-50 Yes/No split from those questioned, so who knows - perhaps it is?.
A definite 4/5 beer for me. A little more mouthfeel and this beer would really rock.
Tried on 11-26-02. Draft seasonal at the t Proeflokaal, Netherlands.
12-10-2002 22:07:35 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.18/5 rDev +13.6%
Pours a deep amber brown,with a fluffy head that did not disappear. Aroma is of sweet dark fruit,and spices. Medium bodied,with lots of carbonation. Taste is rasins, and plums,with a bit of citrus. Some peppery sipces,and a nice burn to the finish,made this a very enjoyable brew!
01-06-2008 00:12:25 | More by riversider76
United Kingdom (England)
4.15/5 rDev +12.8%
BB 25/10/2009, served chilled in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped sniffer.
A: pours a very dark mahogany hue, mildly carbonated and topped with a huge beige soufflé head that slowly retreats to a thin cap.
S: deeply aromatic, maybe due to the magic of the honey in interaction with the yeastiness? There're plenty of grainy malts, licorice syrup, black sugar, plum candy, and of course plenty of honey notes which are however very fine indeed, on top of the usual estery notes (like sweetened kidney bean paste) and bitter-sweet herbal notes of yeast sediments. Overall, aromatic and rich, but a touch too sweet for the balance.
T: an oily and lubricating swallow of rich, sweet dark malts and juicy dark fruit syrup (featuring black plums, raisins, dates and a touch of aromatic figs) is closely followed by a wave of aromatic licorice and melted black sugar, before a dry-ish wave of yeastiness and bitter hops with a residual "ginger-honey"-ish flavour creeps down deep to the four corners of the palate. Overall, the flavour structure is very clear, with one layer of flavour emerging and building on top of another layer, leaving the dry palate and a residual herbal bitter mouthfeel to linger nicely in the very end.
M&D: pretty soft in carbonation, full-flavoured but not heavy at all, with the alc. well hidden behind the malty façade, while the bitter-sweet, dry finishing touch also witnesses the good work of yeast's consumption of the sugar provided by both malts and honey. Overall, I find this a well-structured and enticing strong dark ale with a good level of complexity to offer. Very delicious and highly drinkable!
03-01-2009 18:06:34 | More by wl0307
4.11/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
10-22-2013 09:22:11 | More by BucBasil
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
4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
bouteille brune de 330ml.
belle couleur brune avec mousse épaisse, des reflets de rouge sont présents dans la bière. nez discret de malt, de caramel,en bouche tout est est rondeur, onctueuse et longue. bonne bière agréable, lalcool ne se fait pas sentir.
12-24-2007 16:51:46 | More by rodenbach99
Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
83 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.