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Barbe Black - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Reviews: 13
Hads: 48
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 31.1%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale | 9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: JAHMUR on 12-03-2013

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Reviews by JayQue:
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3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good BSDA. Pours a dense dark brown color with a small bubbly tan head. The head fades fairly quick but settles in as a covering on the glass and stays for a long while.

Smell is dark fruit and fairly heavy amount of malt. Not much in the way of spices or Belgian yeast.

Taste is primarily malty (like a stout) but with with a rich dark fruit presence as well. Once again, not much in the way of yeast, candi sugar, or spicing.

Mouthfeel is smooth and very rich.

Good Belgian beer. Part stout/part BSDA.

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3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is essentially a stout flavored Belgian strong dark ale. It is not a true stout. (The quickly dissipating head gives that away at first glance.) There are unquestionably better BSDAs out there, but the stout characteristics with which this is imbued makes this an interesting if ultimately forgettable ale. Although it's a small and unusual category, Buffalo does it better.

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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a thin light tan head that dissipates to small patches and a ring around the glass. Aroma of mild toasted malt, nuts, pilsner style hops, somewhat vegetal. Flavor is toasted malt, slightly tart dark fresh fruit; cherries and plums, hints of nuts and vanilla. Medium bodied with active carbonation. An interesting Belgian strong dark ale with a stronger toasted malt presence than usual, but the dark fruit elements are still dominant. Finishes with a dark fruit and grassy hop bitterness. Nice combination of flavors and an interesting taste of dark malt for the style. Identified as a Belgian stout on the label.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of qrazvan
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.76/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Barbe chalice.

Look: Dark chocolate colored body with a mocha colored head that leaves a nice film after it recedes. Foamy bands of thick lacing.

Aroma: Belgian yeast, sharp cheeses, and milk chocolate sweetness.

Taste: More of a creamy, milk chocolate body with sharp cheese notes surrounding it. Yeast esters. Vinegar tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied.

Overall: A beer I like more as I keep drinking it. Good balance between sharpness and chocolate sweetness.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of KGilmour
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avalon07
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown, almost black color and a thick texture. There was a big, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A very underplayed aroma of dark fruit, malt, and some yeast.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, Belgian yeast, light spices, chocolate, and some dark fruit (plums, raisins, etc.). Not too bad of a flavor, but thinner than you might expect. Still, not necessarily a bad-tasting beer.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer, but not an unlikable one. Worth a try.

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3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And once again backing off of their sour tendencies, Verhaeghe brewers tackle the tried and true taste of the abbey darker, stronger Belgian ale. Dangerous territory of course, because not even all Belgian brewers nail this style down to satisfaction.

But the dark russet brown ale hits the olfactory senses with the confidence of powdered sugar, laced with dried dark fruit. Just as that confectionery taste reaches the taste buds, it explodes into a candied sweet taste with brown sugar and toasted molasses.

Upon the middle, the beer blossoms into sophisticated taste of rum-soaked apricot, date, fig and raisin. Its plumy and grapey center invites flavors of merlot which is equipped with its own peppery balance and tangy sprite. As the sweetness slowly dissolves, a feathery texture of cotton candy swirls above the palate.

Growing red wine and peppercorn displaces candied sweetness in its fleeting finish to ensure a high rate of palatability and satisfaction. Its spicy dryness is warm but soothing, outlasting the fruit and spice with a finish of fine cognac.

Though decrying a "stout" character, there's nothing outside of its dark brown hue that would suggest anything heavily toasty, roasty or charred. As these characters are mute, the ale stands on its own as a classic abbey-style ale, likely worthy of Grand Cru status.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into snifter, best before 4/1/2015. Pours nearly opaque black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, cherry, plum, toast, molasses, dark bread, light roast, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast malt and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, plum, cherry, toast, dark bread, molasses, light roast, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, toast, dark bread, molasses, light roast, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a good malt/yeast balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Belgian strong dark ale. Good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Barbe Black from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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