Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale)
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale)Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale)
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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #58
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,683
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 11.96%
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
408
From:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
  106
SCORE
88
Very Good
Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale)Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale)
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Photo of OlaB
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a medium top off white head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is of malts, honey and flowers.
The taste is sweet with honey notes as expected and some nice malt notes in the back. The finish has some slight bitterness.
Not the most complex flavours, but they are balanced nicely. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A refreshing and nice ale with and interesting twist.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a refreshing little ale! Tons of honey and buttery malts lead the surprisingly rich taste with spring elements of grass, wildflower, grape and wheat all present. This is not delicate either, pretty full to medium body to boot. Is it the most complex? No. But it is delicious on a hot day at the bar!

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one I was desperately hoping to be awesome.....

Pours amber/golden clear, head is disappointing, gone like the proverbial wind.

Aroma is sweet, but malty and honey comes through.

Taste is similar, first taste is malt, then honey makes this a smooth beverage.

Feel is a touch effervescent, but refreshing and certainly summons you to another sip.

Overall, almost brilliant, not as good as I had willed, but still very good....more head and less fizz in favour of a caramel note and boom it would be a world beater.

Still a great brew.

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Photo of Yoann
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a tulip
A - Golden and perfectly clear
S - Sweet malts but the honey isn't exaggerated
T - Not much to say
M - Pretty light
O - Nothing really bad but not much personality.

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Photo of emincems
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

nice orange color with strong head. tastes semi sweet grains, floral hops and honey. aftertaste is also sweet. warm finish. easy to drink for a strong ale. underrated.

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Photo of Shanex
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An excellent Belgian strong Pale Ale with heavy note of honey (miel ) .12oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

I had never heard of it before but it's great and will buy this one again. Worth it,

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Photo of sherillc
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden caramel colour. Herbal, floral and citrus aromas. The crispness and carbonation balances the higher alcohol content and slight sweetness from the honey very nicely. Flavours are of wild flower honey, orange blossom, cardomom, malt and a hint of bitter herbs. Delicious. Wish it was more readily available where I live.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Veiled honey color with storming activity. Creamy beige 3 finger sparkling head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with strong legs. Flavors of caramel and honey, sweet grains, wheat, citrus, Belgian yeast, coriander, floral and herbal spices. Tender sweetness with zesty sharpness. Slick and smooth medium body with crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, superb intensity and quite accessible, lingering sweet malts with a dash of honey. Low perception of alcohol, more treacherous than a Tripel. Soft delicious flavors. Very fresh and a pleasure to drink. Overall superb quality craft.

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Photo of stevoj
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another beauty from Belgium! I’m really going to miss being in Europe when I have to return to the US next year. Everything about this brew is top notch, a little sweeter than you average strong ale, but still a knockout!

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Photo of josanguapo
2.79/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From elcervecero. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 6x13. Not a bad beer but Im not a honey fan. Luckyly, the honey isnt overwhelming and I could drink it without too much disgust.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle.

A: pale. Slightly Hazy. Small foam and disappear soon.
S: Coriander. A little orange.
T: Coriander. Followed by the honey and some citrus. Low bitterness. Semi-dry.
M: Medium- bodied. High carbonation and creamy.
O: Fine.

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Photo of Zet
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light orange with a little haze and a medium and fairly steady head of foam. Fresh smell of grass, yeast, honey and alcohol. Same flavours in the taste, with spiciness and malt as well. Nice sweet honey flavour in the finish and aftertaste, which lingers well. Well balanced, but it gets a bit bland after a while. The honey seems to give this beer a nice soothing mouth feel, as was to be expected ;).

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is brewed with honey and it shows it face. The taste is much less fruity than some other strong Belgian pale ale. It's almost balanced but a bit overly sweet for my taste. It remains boozy

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Photo of Arthuros
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden sweet blonde, quite unusual.
Color is enticing, a nice clear gold that stands out.
Sweetness enough to cover the hops for those averse, with little maltiness behind the sweetness.
Little foam, dissipates quickly.

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Photo of BeerChancelor
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 33cl chalice.

A: Clear golden with 1 finger head

S: Honey, aromatic hops, yeasty

T: Honey and malty. Then bready and yeasty. With a final hops flavor. The after-taste is sweet!

M: Crisp, smooth medium sticky body with just the good amount of carbonation.

O: Love love love this beer! A good belgian ale, with honey flavor and with just the decent amount of hops to complement the sweetness.

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Photo of drmeto
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

-typical belgian yeast character (Banana,Bubble gum) upfront
-definite,but toned down honey and caramel
-fairly decent spice character
-slight alcohol warming
-medium carbonation
-banana and alcohol on the finish

Nice one

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Photo of Mll777
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer, but for me a real and only summer time beer. It's really light doesn't feel like 8%. It is not too carbonated which I prefer.

It should be at around 4-6 Celsius, but I drank it at around 12, curious how it would taste at the recommend temp.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

- Look: bright yellow, some head, not that lively.
- Smell: Very floral and herb-ish! Clove,, really lovely smell.
- Taste: Clove, Coriander, some jasmine taste (?!), not that hoppy. Spicy somewhat.
- Light-medium body. Great fruity after taste. My mouth was very floral after drinking this.

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Photo of interzen
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served into a tulip glass

Look: Deep, golden yellow - one could almost say the same colour as honey and they wouldn't be far wrong. Very big in the head department - thick head, plenty of bubbles and some residual lacing. Slightly hazy, but no evidence of any major sediment.

Smell: Sweet and malty - surprisingly enough, the sweet smells tend towards the honey end of the spectrum with some biscuity malts thrown in for good measure. Despite being 8% ABV there was no alcohol discernable on the nose.

Taste: Initially sweet and malty, but let it sit for a while at ambient temperature and it really starts to come alive - both the honey and the malts will come forward along with a slightly citrusy bitterness. This isn't a hop bomb by any stretch of the imagination, but there's a nice bit of bitterness in there should you go looking for it.

Feel: Good body and carbonation - the use of honey in the fermentation process means that it's also pretty dry with it. Even so, despite the ABV it manages to be very refreshing without being cloying, with a hint of warming alcohol coming through in the finish.

Overall: Being diabetic, I tend to steer clear of honey beers since they tend to taste like beer with honey added. This is different - obviously the honey was used as a source of sugar during fermentation and the amount is such that there's plenty of flavour without any major residual sweetness. If you're expecting something with mead-like quantities you'll be disappointed, but if you're after a strong beer with plenty of flavour depth you could do much worse than this. Definitely a keeper.

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Photo of BirFan
4/5  rDev +1.8%

This is an interesting brew that calls itself a honey ale. Nice taste of citrus and spice, too, with a great mouthfeel and a nice tight medium head. Kind of expensive for me to drink it all the time, but I like it about as well as anything available right now.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Golden with an orange tinge, honey colour. Little thin film of a head dissipates fast. Filtered, some carbonation present.

Smells of honey, candy, floral, malt, orange, orange candy, spices like cinnamon and pepper, very fresh and fragrant. Makes me think of standing by the ocean and breathing in the sea air.

I taste the orange and spice, the freshness. It all passes over the tongue quickly then fades, leaving a bare aftertaste of sour and slight orange bitter note that coat the tongue not as a pleasant memory but rather leaving a hope that the next sip will prove this one better than the last. I don’t really get the honey, though if I search for it at times I get something that resembles honey. I’ve never had mead so I don’t know how to compare this with mead. Some sweetness, some bitterness.


Medium body, high carbonation. Somewhat syrupy, coats the tongue slightly.


Not really doing it for me or drawing me back to it. I had this since first writing this review though, and think really a worth while beer to try. Would be good as an appertif, by itself, or with tomato based pastas. Cool labeling with a long haired warrior.

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Photo of ordybill
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 ML bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a great honey smell (go figure) along with malt and caramel.
Appearance- This is a golden amber color with a thick off-white head.
Taste- Fantastic taste of honey and malt. World class flavor in my book.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation
Overall- World Class, that sums it up. It is a "must try" beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, part of the '1/2 Meter of Beer' mixed-pack from this brewery now available in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, frothy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some broad, continental drift lace around the glass as things lazily sink away.

It smells of musty field honey, gritty and grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel/toffee sweetness, warm, and indistinct tropical fruit, yeast, a bit of black pepper, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is dry honeyed crackers, bready pale malt, a floral candied character, one rather akin to the flossy sort, white grape juice concentrate, muddled earthy spices, still understated leafy, weedy hops, and a rising, but respectful enough metallic booze astringency.

The bubbles are pretty well integrated, and manifest as a subtle edginess throughout, the body a steady medium weight, and smooth in the most basic sense, i.e. one does not sense the lack of it. It finishes off-dry, natch, the honey still pulling a certain diva routine, persisting among some near-equally heady maltiness, and the burgeoning sweetness of that bristling 16-proof booze.

Being from Canada, the very idea of honey ale does not inspire a whole lot of hope on my beer radar when I am presented with an example of such. Leave it to some old-world brewing goodness to break me out of that bit of reverie - this one performs said charitable act with aplomb. Honey? Yes, up the wazoo - but moderated, by grain, yeast, hop, and yes, alcohol alike, to provide us with a crazily workable, and drinkable end result.

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Photo of BrewViking
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the glass it's a light-brown color with a fairly large off-white head. The honey comes through in the smell and taste; it's like the best kind of blonde or white, but with a bit more flavor packed in than usual. There is almost no bitterness. Highly carbonated.

I strongly recommend Barbar.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden and honey like in appearance. A thick head of large bubbled foam floats over the beer retaining itself nicely and leaving streaks of lacing down the sides of my tulip. Some bits of sediment are visible.

S: Sweet smelling. Not too much ABV on the nose.

T: Sweet malts. Really to do this beer justice leave it out of the fridge for a while and let it warm. The honey becomes a bit more present and a bit of bitter Curacao also peaks its head out. Sweet malts are also available , I'm assuming some kind of pilsener malt. Hops profile is low and only comes though as bitterness although slight but provide good balance.

M: Ultra Ultra dry. Perhaps among one of the driest beers I've had. I can assume this is due to the honey seeing as it is highly fermentable and leaves a fair amount of alcohol with little residual sugar. This is not to say the body is too thin , which it's not. High carbonation typical of a Belgian is definitely there making the beer even more refreshing.

O: A pretty good beer overall. I would drink this again if the price was right but not really something I would hunt down.

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Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 408 ratings