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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BA SCORE
83
good

170 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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 djcreepshow
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

Photo of Dwarf
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

This is no longer named Barbãr Winter Bok, it's just Barbãr Bok, and has been so for some time.

APEARANCE: Black runny body, not creamy looking. Craggy beige Belgian head.

SMELL: Chocolate, hint of dandelion & burdock, roasty malts.

TASTE: Bitter rum and coke alcohol flavour which is too strong. Non of the chocolate I was anticipating. Some dandelion & burdock, reminiscent of the Floreffe dubel by the same brewery. Tingly numbing sensation on the tongue which leads me to think it may be off but I see others have reported the same alcohol burn.

OVERALL: Lots of character but totally lacking in refinement. Alcohol flavour way out of control for an 8% beer.

Photo of OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of ccozzi
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A very dark hazy brown, almost pitch black with a 1/2 inch of mocha colored head. Belgium dark ale indeed.

S - Smell is mostly fruity yeasts and dark fruits but I can smells some mild honey.

T - Well not much for sweetness of honey and the taste may impact some coriander or orange peel but the yeast and dark fruit is too overpowering to deliver those "hidden" qualities. Noticeable ABV makes it hard to drink.

M - It's medium to heavy so a very dark Belgium winter bock.

Overall I really don't like dark Belgium ales and this one assures of the dislike.

Photo of Edruil
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Brewsed
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Hyhat
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Intrinsic
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to be honest, I don't even know if I'm reviewing the right beer or not. Mine just says Barbãr Bok, but it has all the same qualities that everyone else seems to report so I'll have to assume that's the one.

Its a very dark brown colour - even held up to the outside light you can hardly see through it. Nice light brown head, although it disappears quickly. Nice lacing.

The smell is sweet, with fruits and malt dominating but not overpowering. Its very nice, and leads well into the taste. I was worried the honey would make this way too sweet, but it's very well balanced by the bitter finish. It's also quite dry and well carbonated. Overall, this is a stand-out beer. It definitely lives up to the Belgian standard.

Photo of Kacid
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to brown in color with a tan head. In the aroma, coriander, cinnamon, and a note of honey. In the taste, coriander, sweet cinnamon, and a dry honey flavor. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coriander and cinnamon like aftertaste. The honey is a bit sweet to dry, a bit basic but nice nonetheless.

Photo of beerpirates
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

Barbar bok brewed with 2.5% honey !

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

S: Sweet malt, brown sugar, honey , liquor , Belgian yeast.

T: More brown sugar and sweet malt, honey, and bread. Is that a hint of cherry in the back , also some hints of grand marnier ?

M: Medium body, with medium carbonation. Nothing special.

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

Photo of 6string
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Bob2o0o
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
83 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.