Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale)
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale)Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale)
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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #63
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,230
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 12.24%
Reviews:
177
Ratings:
414
From:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  24
Gots
  106
SCORE
88
Very Good
Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale)Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale)
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JonnoWillsteed from England

2.89/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Pours a quite deep honey-amber, clear as a bell but with zero head; most unusual. The glass is nucleated so there is vigorous rising CO2 from that etched spot but bubbles burst on hitting the surface.
S- A veeery mild smell. I am a bit congested but I get nothing discernible here.
T- It has quite bright dryer hops in the front-end and then goes into prominent honey notes, and yet it doesn't seem rich never mind sweet.
F- There's a lot of CO2 in the mouth and with the dry/bright hops any richness is held in check.
O- Interesting to try but I think the dominance of honey over anything much else leaves this lacking dimensions for me. The CO2 in the mouth seems mega, with is very odd as without a 'foam spot' I think that that in the glass might look entirely flat. It's not the glass, perhaps honey does this!... hmm?
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! Contains glucose-syrup!! UGH for me that's unforgivable! Oh and honey '(2%, non-EU)'. bitter orange peel and coriander, not that I noticed the last two.
330ml flipr-top bottle BB: 12/05/2022 £3.95 Bought from BeautifulBeers/BurySt.Edmunds as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Feb 21, 2021
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elnachooo from Spain

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cerveza dorada con un dedo de espuma de retención media. Cuerpo y carbonatación media. Aroma trigo, cereal y miel. En boca es muy agradable dado que lo dulce que le aporta la miel, lo cítrico de la naranja y el cilantro resultan equilibrados. Tiene un 8% de alcohol.

Feb 13, 2020
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OlaB from Norway

3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

Jun 15, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev 0%
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!

Sep 07, 2018
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The_Bujon from Ireland

4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Aug 06, 2017
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Yoann from France

3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Mar 19, 2017
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emincems from Turkey

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Mar 07, 2017
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Shanex from France

4.47/5  rDev +14%
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,

Dec 29, 2016
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sherillc from Canada (ON)

4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Oct 29, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Mar 16, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

2.79/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Feb 16, 2016
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JackieKu from Taiwan

3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Oct 19, 2015
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Zet from Netherlands

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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 ;).

Oct 04, 2015
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Bruno74200 from France

3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
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

Oct 03, 2015
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Arthuros from France

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Sep 22, 2015
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BeerChancelor from France

4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Sep 14, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
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

Aug 29, 2015
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Mll777 from Netherlands

4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

May 24, 2015
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sokol_1993 from California

4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Apr 17, 2015
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interzen from England

4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Apr 09, 2015
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BirFan from Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

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.

Dec 07, 2014
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

Sep 25, 2014
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ordybill from Georgia

5/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

Sep 08, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Jun 11, 2014
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BrewViking from California

4.47/5  rDev +14%
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.

Feb 18, 2014
Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 414 ratings