Barbar - Brasseurs R.J.

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80
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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 17.19%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasseurs R.J. visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Barraclou on 01-28-2005)
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled under license by the Cheval Blanc in Montreal. Light golden ale witha medium head that did not disapear too quickly. The honey taste is very discreet. I could recognize the usual taste of the yeast use by Cheval Blanc. Enjoyable but not exceptionnal

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fizzy fluffy head rises over 2 fingers and and fades at a medium pace with tons of lacing and a fluffy Belgian messy head, over clear slightly hazy golden watery pale colored beer.

Nose loaded with Belgian malts, fruits, etc, a light Belgian malt aroma, lots of fruits from the Belgian yeast, apple, pear, orange peel, spices bringing light coriander, citrus, etc.

Taste starts with plenty more Belgian flavors, plenty of light Belgian malts, semi sweet, little creamy malt, plenty of fruits again with apple, pear, orange peel, apricot, etc, then some light spices coriander, bitter orange peel, zest, etc, it mentions honey but I don't really get any other than a dry finish. There's a decent booze feel even for 7.8%, a bit tingly and warming. The finishes dries quite a bit, also some lingering fruits plenty of apple, little sticky feel, malts, orange, etc.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied for a light beer, warming and tingly booze, and good carbonation.

Overall pretty good, I was expecting a very light beer but it had a nice bite to it, booze, malts, and spices all blended.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter) best before L20110910 13:42
A- This beer has a crystal clear apricot body with a billowy off-white head and a sea of microbubbles swirling to the surface. S- The full honey aroma has a shampoo quality, but in a nice way. There is a fruity quality with a softer yeasty note to follow. The finish is pears with a calendula flower aroma.
T- The dry circus peanut fruity yeast flavor has a softer wheat malt note and some fresh honey flavors. There is a soft tang of hop bitterness with a dry hop flavor in the finish aswell.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a light fizzy cleaning finish.
D- The great smooth fruity yeast and honey flavors blend together nicely and hide the 8%abv nicely. The sweet flavors are supported nicely by the hops so that it doesn't turn cloying.

Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml Bottle

Appearance – Hazy yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone. There was also lots of yeast floating around the beer.

Smell - Wheat, bananas, lemons, coriander/cloves

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste bananas mixed with some lemons and a coriander/cloves spiciness. I can also pick up on the alcohol and a touch of a honey sweetness. It ends with a lemon/banana tart aftertaste.. that also comes across as medicine like for some reason.

Overall – The scent was definitely the highlight of this beer, very pleasant. It had shades of a Unibroue beer but in the end it fails in comparison. The flavours just need a little bit of work to make this a truly great beer. I wouldn't buy this one again, but it wasn't a waste of money either.

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of oldp0rt
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of cfalovo97
1/5  rDev -71.3%

Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of NightINgale
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of dstc
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange-brown color with tan head. Head falls quick to nothing. Not much lace. Downright ugly color actually.

Smells of spice and heavy on the yeast. Smells like a typical Belgian but a mess of a Belgian.

Taste is of Belgian yeast, spice, citrus and a touch of coriander. Alcohol is present as well. Bit strong but tastes better than it looks or smells.

Medium bodied and a bit burning in the tongue.

Seems messy but it's not bad. Will most likely have again.

Photo of Sspeer1
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Socialiste
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of roblowther
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Looks like mead. Hazy golden color, very little head & it doesn't last long. Smells good but WOW that honey comes on strong. Tastes of honey and flowers, lavender maybe? Good and very unique. Great up front, actually, but the flowery aftertaste is a bit overwhelming. Well-carbonated and oily on the tongue. Drinkability is limited by that flowery aftertaste. Just couldn't do more than one of these. Unique and worth a try but this one will never be a session beer.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(3.75) A: Clear amber coloured with a copper hue and pours with a sizeable and dense head.

(3.5) S: Cloves, wheat, pineapple, apple, honey, and hints of floral. Nice belgian yeast, fruits, and a noticeable honey sweetness present.

(3.25) T: Similar to aroma with pineapple and honey sweetness followed by a grain and floral bitterness. Theres a bit of an odd/off taste here and I can’t narrow it down – it may be the clove/floral combination or yeast as others have noted.

(3.5) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a creamy, oily mouthfeel.

(3.5) D: This is decent and it does get better after a glass or two, perhaps as it warms. There is a bit of an off taste though and the alcohol is noticeable.

Photo of Krakpoff
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of lmaduells
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jeiiVP
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JOaikido
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

660 ml brown bottle.

A- Cloudy golden yellow. Big chunks of sediments at the bottom that I avoided pouring into my glass (at least at first). Almost no head.

S- Interesting yeasty, wheaty aroma. Some spice. Sweet, fruity notes.

T- Alcohol, yeast, spices. Very sweet honey middle. Very little bitterness, almost none in fact. Different. One of the few sweet beers I have actually enjoyed.

MF- Surprisingly crisp given the flavour. Catches slightly in the throat, which is a problem I've noticed before with RJ's yeasty beers.

D- Sweetness and the catching in the throat makes this a beer I wouldn't drink many of at a time. Mediocre drinkability, but I feel it,s passable because of the interesting flavour.

Photo of goalie35
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Melomanemusher
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Barraclou
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Presentation: 660ml brown glass bottle, 7,8 ABV

Appearance: Golden and a good neck of foam. Maybe too dark for a pale ale.

Smell: Weird. I doubt about this mix smelled. Some hops smell too.

Taste: Sweet and bitter. Very instable. Strong presence of hops.

Mouthfeel: Really too metallic and bitter to say that it was ok.

Overall: If this is your style of beer, you may like it. Otherwise...

Photo of Satyr179
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of MOB210SA
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before: 02.02.11
Had to buy the matching Barbar glass.

Even though I hadnt previously heard of it, I had to add it to my collection. The glass is a short wide, frosted mug with the name and logo on the front. Looks really nice when its holding what it was made for. Dont regret my purchase one bit.

The usual pour resulted a huge palm sized luscious, fluffy, creamy, just slightly off white head. The head is pretty crazy, I only had to wait this long with Orval. Future pours might be slightly slower..

Very nice subtle aroma. A wheaty almost heffe aroma. Some citrus, and yes now im picking up the honey, but its light. Mostly sweet and light in aroma. Slight bready yeastiness.

This beer is very good, and very different. It almost has a tea like quality, I thought on the first few drinks. Its super slick low carbonation mouthfeel, and the honey, I guess. The wheat prevails with the honey sweetness there. I finding the first drink pretty good and want more. This is no way near Duvel but this seems to be a different style and not even compareable. To me they are way different, even though in the same style catagory. Different from Delirium too. A little hope bite finish.

This beer pours extremly carbonated but isnt at all on the tongue. Its super smooth, and has just enough carbonation to get by it seems. Its enjoyable.

Im not the average person, but this to me is light enough to be a summer beer , believe it or not. Light mouthfeel thats medium body, goes down really easy.

Could say I envy those of ancient times that drank the original creation.

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Barbar from Brasseurs R.J.
80 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.