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

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164 Ratings

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA visit their website

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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

12/25/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Part of a flight. Raisins, raisins, raisins. And then...some orange but overall this one of the subtlest 'strong' ales. Must revisit in larger quantities. Repeat. Must revisit in larger quantities Repeat. Must revi....

seedyone, Sep 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Whatup14, Sep 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

knot, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of mattfancett
3.2/5  rDev -13%

mattfancett, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of BILF
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

BILF, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

kylehay2004, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of John656
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with lots of carbonation present. The off-white head builds up nicely but dissolves almost completely to around the rim.

S - Dark fruits and molasses with something herbaceous.

T - The most dominant flavours extend from the nose. This beer is sweet but not too sweet and is nicely balanced with some subtle hints of berries, plum and honey. The flavours don't linger too long and give way to a dry, earthy finish.

M - Medium-bodied with a little too much carbonation. This easy drinking beer feels much lighter than it actually is.

O - Not a bad Strong Dark Ale but certainly not one of the best. This beer is not as complex as others in this weight class but I still enjoyed it because it felt like a lighter sipping beer. The flavour combination is unique and represents a nice change from the norm.

John656, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of Socialiste
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Socialiste, May 30, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Latarnik, May 25, 2014
Photo of MarkoNm
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

MarkoNm, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +8.7%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

gillagorilla, Mar 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

duceswild, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of houtappel
5/5  rDev +35.9%

houtappel, Jan 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

LXIXME, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

dcmchew, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of BucBasil
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

BucBasil, Oct 22, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

kabritz, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

scottwurst, Oct 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Praadipto, Sep 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

MaevaS, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Darkhnum, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of SmashPants
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
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).

SmashPants, Jul 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

wrightst, Jun 23, 2013
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Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
83 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.