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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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162 Ratings

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of sleephowl


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
Photo of wl0307

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
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3.9/5  rDev +6%

Appearance - Black, with a reddish tint when held to the light. Thin, vanishing head that sticks to glass.

Smell - Sweet malt, brown sugar, Belgian yeast.

Taste - More brown sugar and sweet malt, honey, and bread. Is that a hint of cherry in the back?

Mouthfeel - Medium body, with medium carbonation. Nothing special.

Drinkability - It's sweet enough that I wouldn't want to drink more than one in a night, but I'm thoroughly enjoying this one.

Notes - I might not like this so much if I hadn't already had two sweet beers already tonight, so my palate is already accustomed to the sweetness. An interesting beer, I might try it again.

01-19-2009 19:18:59 | More by Fnord
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3.73/5  rDev +1.4%

Cola colored brown with some tarnished garnet when held to the light. OK bubling beneath a nice to finger head that quickly recedes. Faintly spice brown sugared orange peel and sweet bread with a faint roast plus some molasses in the nose. Some plum jelly too. Fruit caked fruits, molasses spread over some semi-sweet grains. Sweet palate, honey infused with candi sugared grains. Not cloying at all, plus unnoticeable alcohol.

01-18-2009 03:58:22 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of Bagman007


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
Photo of armock

New York

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

A - Poured a dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of sweet malt dark fruits and some spice

T - Follows the smell lots of sweet malt with some dark fruit and spice

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - For the 8% abv this beer was very easy to drink a good solid malty beer for the winter worth trying sometime

12-15-2008 17:06:21 | More by armock
Photo of John_M


3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

On tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with fairly good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just a hint of sweet malt and spice. The beer is actually pretty intriguing on the palate. I get a sugar daddy caramel flavor, intertwined with almost a gingerale flavor. It's not bad. The beer is very light and soft on the palate, and frankly the 8% abv. is surprising. This does not come across as a big beer, and drinkabilty is pretty good. My only complaint is that over all the beer seems just a bit light and insipid, with some pretty simple flavors. Nevertheless, it's tasty enough and is fairly pleasant.

12-12-2008 15:19:29 | More by John_M
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3.35/5  rDev -9%

Pour:Dark Brown with a two finger head, with Belgium lacing.
Nose: Wheat: toasted malt, citrus, spice and hint of sweetness. and fruit
Taste: Nutty, toasted and roasted malts, orange and coriander with honey tones. The hops is barely there>
Body: Thick
Overall: A Very interesting beer with heavy tones of honey and orange and a good malt complex. It is an okay beer.

12-11-2008 22:06:40 | More by colts9016
Photo of stumac


3.45/5  rDev -6.3%

This brew pours up a dark brown color with a small tan head. the nose is a lil boozy, light sweet malts, oranges. the taste is the same as the nose but very orangey, subtle crisp hops, dark fruits, medium bodied, medium carbo. A little bit too orangey in my opinion.

12-08-2008 18:01:01 | More by stumac
Photo of GClarkage


4/5  rDev +8.7%

11/30/08- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by code on the back label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep copper in color, maybe some rust color as well. Nice 3/4 inch head and leaves light patchwork of lace behind.

Smell- Fairly sweet and a decent dose of spice. A bit of chocolate malt and honey as well.

Taste- Pretty much like the nose. Maybe a touch medicinal, but not really bothersome. Good amount of sweetend honey and a very light chocolate malted flavor. A few spices here and there including corriander and maybe a tiny bit of a peppery flavor.

Mouthfeel- Middle of the road carbonation level. Lighty sweet aftertaste and a bit sticky.

Drinkability- Nice beer overal. I've been impressed with both Barbar offerings I have had.

12-01-2008 17:14:26 | More by GClarkage
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3.73/5  rDev +1.4%

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2008.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head (not persistent), no yeast.
Smell : sweet, fruity and spicy notes.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweetnes, alcohol presence, hint of bitterness in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale.

11-26-2008 19:51:22 | More by thierrynantes
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New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%

11.2 oz bottle
2007 vintage
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
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11.2-ounce bottle poured into a large tulip glass yields a clear, dark cola-colored body with a thick cap of persistent beige foam. The head retains well and is replenished by a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Chubby wisps of lacing decorate the emptying glass.

The smell of the drink is darkly fruity with sweet malty cereal. A bit of spice tickles the nose.

The taste is exceptionally sweet with a silky malty backbone and notes of dark fruit with an unquantifiable spiciness. Despite the 8% abv, alcohol is mostly absent, save a slight warming sensation in the drinker. A hearty heft of wheat and a touch of orange-laced mellow honey sweetness round things out.

On the full side of medium-bodied with excellent carbonation and feel, Barbar is undeniably sweet, but very, very drinkable.

09-27-2008 18:01:44 | More by cvstrickland
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New York

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
Photo of Taffle


3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Relentlessly dark brew. Black with a little shade of dark copper on the sides. Lush tan head lasting nicely.

Huge aroma of coriander and fruit. Also a lot of caramel-like sweetness going on. I like the liquorice analogy Todd referenced. Some spiciness and a hair of alcohol present.

Spicy, bitter flavors blend well with the carbonation and feel on impact. Honey sweet and citric tasting with a dry, wine finish.

Could have finished a little more boldy. Seemed lacking the Belgian roots - but still good and unique.

As I finished the brew, the aftertaste got to me a little. I can definitely see how a wine enthusiast would enjoy this one.

06-12-2008 22:21:34 | More by Taffle
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New Jersey

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
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3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

11.2 oz. bottle that I poured into a Chimay chalice. The back of the bottle had a best before date of 2009 08 22.

Barbãr is a dark cola brown with a nice looking massive 2 inch creamy head of white foam. This head of foam had excellent retention that left behind a small white film and a ton of white streaks of lace around the glass. The aroma was lightly sweet with a pinch of hops in the background. The aroma featured lightly roasted malts,sweet caramel, subtle milk chocolate, juicy fruits, a hint of honey, a tiny splash of bitter hops, and then it ended with a quick splash of orange peel. The aroma was truly unique. The taste was dry with quite a few dark fruits, roasted malts, honey, coriander, orange peel, and a big bite of alcohol at the finish. The mouthfeel was somewhere in between medium and full bodied. It was hard to tell. The aftertaste was fruity with roasted malts and more alcohol. Barbãr is a very unusual and unique brew. The small amount of honey and coriander was a nice touch and the alcohol was that powerful. If you can find a single of it, it's worth a shot.

05-06-2008 16:11:27 | More by AltBock
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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

Deep brown clear body with a pillowy head that fades to a strong layer after a bit.

A little of everything here. Some chocolate, some raisin, dark crystal malt. No alcohol or harshness.

Very thick and full of all kinds of flavors. Very sweet with the honey throughout along with faint fig flavor.

Medium/high carbonation lifts some of the heaviness, but it still sticks to your palate a lot.

A great slow sipper, just like a winter warmer should be.

01-26-2008 23:55:31 | More by bboven
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New York

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
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4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

11.2 oz. glass bottle- color of deep dark amber, with a medium tan colored head - nose of jammy, raisins, sweet prunes, mint jelly, and malt – robust taste of earthy, bark, mild fruit, and some citrus- body is, and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste of sweet fruit, lingering, and spices

01-05-2008 19:48:50 | More by stephendr
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4.03/5  rDev +9.5%

Bottle Inspection: 8% abv, notes honey, coriander, orange peel, wheat, malted barley, Hallertau and Styrian hops. Best before 20090822 (sampled 20080102) 11.2 oz.

Aroma: Perfumed with floral elements, lilac? Honey and coriander come through as well.

Appearance: Opaque brown/black glass holds a solid cover through the glass leaving coats of lace.

Flavor: Heavy grape ester element coupled with a melon characteristic that reminds me strongly of Rochefort beers. While it lacks that complexity, the honeydew melon flavor is spot on. The floral notes are matched if not exceeded by the fruit flavors, with a hint of bubblegum in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Low to moderate carbonation, medium body, clean finish.

Overall Impression: Enjoyable beer. A great winter brew full of spices and flavor, but all melding into a straightforward taste that’s easy to drink.

01-03-2008 06:52:22 | More by HardTarget
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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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Quebec (Canada)

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, l’alcool ne se fait pas sentir.

12-24-2007 16:51:46 | More by rodenbach99
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

12-12-2007 03:47:18 | More by theopholis
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4.03/5  rDev +9.5%

I bought this because I though the concept of a belgian bock was neat. It poured a nice dark somewhat see through black/brown. Some medium head and a little lacing. I think it was a bit over carbonated. The aroma was of all kinds of crazy spicing. The bottle says that it has honey, orange peel, corriander, wheat, and 2 kinds of hops. Personaly I can smell the orange, corriander, and dark malts. But I can taste the honey as well as the rest of the stuff. It was a really nice balance. This is one of those beers that turn out to be good after dumping a ton of different flavors into it. The body was medium/heavy but the excess carbonation was mildly distracting. Overall I would describe this as a hybrid of bock and dubbel but more towards the bock side. I would love to drink this again.

12-10-2007 00:58:22 | More by t0rin0
Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
83 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.