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

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163 Ratings

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 101
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

desint, May 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Dando54, May 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Ciocanelu, May 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

cowboy83, Apr 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

adamcthomp, Mar 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

PaF, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Michigan
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Michigan, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

grahamboudreaux, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of boudreaux
4/5  rDev +8.7%

boudreaux, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml thumbler served from tap at Bruxelles Café - Lausanne.

A: Pours a very dark amber color forming a good one to two fingers creamy beige head. Good retention, forming and leaving some thin lacings around

S: Strong notes of dark fruits, spices and honey. Sweet grains. Bready Belgium style yeasts

T: Sweet upfront. Sweet caramel, dark fruits (plums, mainly), spices (cinnamon?) and honey. Brown bread. Belgian yeasts. Slightly earthy. Light hoppy bitterness in the end. Strong Belgian character. A bit alcohol warming

M: Medium and bit molasses body. Medium carbonation too. Malty bittersweet aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Good winter ale. Recommended

eduardolinhalis, Jan 26, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Marius, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Douberd
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml brown bottle, with a swing top cap, poured into a snifter glass. ABV is 8,5%.

Pours a very brown colour, almost black, with a good two finger head, beige in colour, with average retention. Very light lacing left behind, although some foam persists on the beer's surface.
Very nice sweet smell. Lots of honey in the aroma, pretty much overpowers everything else. Some light alcohol aroma too.
Taste is sweet-sour, with less honey now and more flavours of dark fruits,red grapes,molasses. Tastes quite like a good red wine.
Quite carbonated with a medium to full body.
Great beer.

Douberd, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep amber colored body, verges on black, surmounted by a thick, dense and creamy tan head, which retains well. Thin, fine-beaded lacing utterly coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Dark fruits and spices (coriander, cloves) dominate the aroma. There is also a fairly prominent aroma of dark bread. The purported orange rind is not discernible.

Taste: Opens with strong dark bread notes, soon after a subdued winter spice presence makes itself known, quickly followed by spicy, slightly warming alcohol. The dark malt offers some earthy, smoky flavors as the taste unfolds. Toward the end of the taste, bitter cocoa and earth notes assert, and a moderate wave of metallic hops draws the taste to a close.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly soft, a touch thin.

Drinkability/notes: Not spectacular, but neither is it bad. Worth a try on a cold Winter's night.

Presentation: Packaged in an eleven point two ounce Euro-style brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Pegasus, Dec 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

pin, Nov 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

samEBC, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Melomanemusher, Oct 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

GRUUMSH, Sep 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

djcreepshow, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Aethien
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a fizzy tan head that fades to a thick film on the beer.

Smells like fruit, blackberries and blueberries mainly with some hints of strawberry in there as well. Slightly artificial fruit though. It's hard to smell anything past the fruits but there's some chocolaty malts in there as well, it's all very very sweet though. I loved the smell when I first got it but now that I'm drinking the beer it's less appetizing and a bit too artificially sweetened.

Taste is full of fruits again and just as sweet, it takes a lot of effort to taste much of anything past the fruity yeast and sweetness. Add a noticeable amount of alcohol to it and the thick, creamy mouthfeel and this beer is very enjoyable for the first few sips and goes downhill after that.

As mentioned, the mouthfeel is very thick and creamy, almost like you're drinking fruity yoghurt instead of beer.

Overall, this beer started out wonderful but went downhill quickly for me because of the overly sweet nose and taste and the thick mouthfeel that make it hard to drink. Still, it's worth trying, if only because it's so different from the norm for the style.

Aethien, Sep 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Dwarf, Sep 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

fionn13, Aug 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

harpus, Jul 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Texasfan549, Jul 09, 2012
Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
83 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.