Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale) | Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale)Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale)

Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 392
Photo of letsgopens
2.37/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a translucent yellow gold with scattered rising bubbles. The relatively thick white head holds well and leaves good lace.

The aroma is sweet and yeasty with plenty of honey and some mild hops. A bit of spice is detectable, but uneventful for the most part.

Sweet honey, and some spice in the flavor as well. Somewhat acidic, some orange zest and yeast. The components of the beer sound appetizing, but there is something about it that doesn't mesh well. Somewhat metallic and flat in the middle. Its not as carbonated as it looks at pour.

The flavor is mostly light and a bit weak. As a result the 8% abv becomes painfully evident as the brew warms. Okay at best.

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Photo of klewis
2.47/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear golden with a moderate, bubbly head. Good sustain with plenty of lacing.

S: Big, overly sweet smell of apple juice and honey. A bit of a put-off.

T: Intensely malty with an extremely sweet, sugary taste. The character is similar to those straws of flavored honey. A touch of hop bitterness in the end adds a very odd character that clashes a bit.

M: Full-bodied and a bit syrupy. Moderate carbonation.

D: Definitely unusual. Far too cloying for my taste, this one is a chore to drink.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.79/5  rDev -27.9%
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 impending
2.82/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

33cl into a tulip. Poured a deep orange gold, decent head & lacing.

Large fairly complex aroma due to the added spices, the orange peel and coriander are obvious, the sweetness is big.

Full bodied mouthfeel. I wanted to like this more than I did because the nose was so inviting but the various subtle and not so subtle flavors seemed thrown together, the flavors were discordant.

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Photo of IdentityAles
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nose: Fruity esters, some phenolic yeast derived smells, and maybe a hint of higher alcohol

Appearance: Hazy orange with a tight lasting ring of bubbles stuck around from beginning to end

Flavor: Fruity upfront, banana and orange, and than a hint of what I assume is coriander, followed with some sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated that cleans the residual sweetness up and leaves the palate tingling

Enjoyable and drinkable but laking certain characteristics that would make it an above average beer.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle
8.0% ABV
I tried this beer on December 22, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a pale gold with a thick, foamy, white head that lasted. The aroma was grainy malt, and a little honey. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with mild carbonation. The flavour was more grainy malt, some milky tones, and a little honey. Nothing spectacular about this one.

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Photo of Bagman007
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Yellow brown in appearance with not much head.

S- Very strong honey scent, slightly hoppy as well.

T- Very strong, somewhat overpowering honey taste. Slightly hoppy beer.

M- Sweet and bitter feel. Well carbonated.

D- I wouldn't have more than a couple of theses in a sitting.

Overall not a bad beer. I'm not really sure how I feel about honey in a beer, but it is a decent brew.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.04/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear deep golden color with a 1-finger foamy white head with good retention.

Smell: Odd spicy flavor with a bit of sweetness, though I'm not too fond of it - a bit like chemical cleaner or something.

Taste: Hops and honey sweetness up front, and some very light spices some in. Sweetness and alcohol in the finish. Somewhat astringent aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and quite carbonated - masks the flavor a bit.

Drinkability: Stronger alcohol than I expected, but not too strong. But, the flavor is a bit tough.

Sounded good, but I am not a fan. I really don't like the taste; it is a bit too "chemical"-like.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | 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 malt from the Cheval Blanc. Enjoyable but not exceptionnal

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle

Pours a clear golden straw color with a creamy white head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Mildly spicy aroma that is largely bready and yeasty. A light hint of honey is present.

Taste is spicy upfront with bready and yeasty flavors. A bit of honey and hops set in, but then the flavor falls flat and becomes boozy.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

Not as interesting as I expected. Pretty average overall, I managed to drink it with a little effort.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a honey golden semi clouded hue with effervescent bubbles streaming up to form a bright white head even fine Belgian style lacing. Aromatics mild cat pee funkiness, coriander spiciness with soft honey sweetness. Mild citrus peel with perfumey herbal hop accents, the smell works for me. Flavor brings upfront honey sweetness balanced with spicy coriander/citrus peel combo pale biscuit malt sweetness with light herbal grassy hops in the finish. I'm not crazy about honey beers but this one wasn't cloying in anyway pretty smooth and straight forward witbier, honey infused hybrid of a Belgian blonde ale. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with effervescent bubbly carbonation tickles the palate but flows nicely. Drinkability is decent not a session beer, but I'm glad I gave it a shot although in the future I know compared to some of my favorite Belgians I probaby won't return to this one in the near future.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served on draught into a Barbar glass in a bar in Ghent, Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

A: One finger head of fair thickness but no cream. Hazy orange-copper colour. Decent retention.

Sm: Fresh barley. Some souring hops. Subtle fruit notes, but not many. Honey is mysteriously missing.

T: Fruit ester and souring hop blend. Too simple and poorly built for the style. Balanced to an extent. Where's the alleged honey?

Mf: Nicely coarse but a bit too dry. Doesn't match the sour tones of the body at all.

Dr: Not a good session beer, but maybe worth a go for fans of the style. Hides its relatively high abv pretty well. Very affordable in Belgium.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A golden amber beer with a nice head.

The smell has some honey supported by a light dextrinous malt base. The yeast gives the beer a fruity smell that combines well with the honey. There are notes of peach and lychees.

The taste is a nice honey flavor with the fruity yeast character giving the beer a Belgian taste with fruit, light solvent and some clove, peach and lychees. The malt taste is a little thin but for a blonde beer this is ok, the mouthfeel is a little thin.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Yet another honey beer that is mead-esque in character. Still a beer though...

Golden colour with a decent snowy white head. Spicy, coriander-honey smell. Nothing too spectacular. Still a good dose of malt and hops in there.

Taste is bitter with a hint of honey sweetness, corriander, and a christmas-esque feel to it. Not very sweet, but more of a subdued spice and hop bitterness.

This is a sipper, and definitely not something I'd visit again on a regular basis. Good, but not that good.

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Photo of corby112
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold color with a one finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Spicy, slightly earthy aroma with subtle honey and lots of estery light fruit notes. Lots of peppery, zesty spice ecpecially coriander and lemon peel countered by sweeter notes.

Medium bodied with a blast of zesty spice up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a dry finish. Huge peppery, coriander flavor along with some citrus rind. This is complimented by a spicy hop bite that has hints of dry, grassy pine.  The honey flavor is there but subtle and not artificially sweet. There's also sweet light fruit notes especially apple and pear along with some banana. A bit heavy on the spices at first but it's fairly light and easy to drink.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a wine glass. Best before 23 September 2011.

A: Light, frothy head surges up. The body is golden, murky-clear, and full of little bubbles.

S: Smells like a typical BSPA -- Duvel comes to mind -- but less forceful and yeasty. This nuance isn't completely without merit, however, and a light honeysuckle scent floats through.

T: Light, floral, and boring. Maybe I'm missing something, but Barbãr seems a bit lacking. Sweet, strong, some wheaty tones on the endtaste. I can't detect any coriander. The 2.5% honey shines through. The aftertaste is alcoholically drying, and honey-sweet. Overall, disappointing.

M: Nothing exceptional, but more than adequate. Drying, sweet, and smooth.

D: Tastes bit strong, but is quenching, in its way. I could imagine quaffing a bowl after battle, but it's not something I'd want to sip after dinner. Not recommended.

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Photo of froghop
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-clear light orange with a small white head.

smell is of malt, corn, citrus, and spice.

taste is sour, a little sweet in back, spice, orange peel, some malt, and a little wheat, ends a little tart and somewhat bitter.

overall an above average belgian strong ale.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is sweet with honey and coriander and malted wheat. The taste is can be a little too alcoholic with wheat and honey. Overall, this is a pretty interesting brew but the drinkability is affected because the alcohol comes out a little too much.

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Photo of bobsy
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very good appearance on this beer - it pours a radiant yellow with a large white head, which leaves a lot of lace. The nose has a lot of honey and sweet malts, although you can also pick up the spiciness of the Belgian yeast. The honey really comes through in the flavour, along with some spiciness and a bit of dry grain and oak. Its okay, but not really doing much for me. very smooth, almost oily on the palate, as if you were pouring runny honey into your mouth, and I like this feel combined with the concept. Carbonation was low, and although it would have interfered with the wonderful slick feeling, it would have also helped to moderate some of the sweetness.

Overall, I couldn't help but be underwhelmed by this beer. Perhaps I should have expected something so sweet, but it just didn't hold a candle to the other Belgians I had that night. It does have a lot going for it, but I think I'll pass on it next time.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Always game to try the new stuff to the neighborhood. It is not surprising that this beer is caught somewhere between a Witbier and a Mead. The pour brings out more of a mead appearance with a honey-like color (golden, light amber) with a heaviness and legging like brandy. Aromas are also mead-like up front with a sharp honey, nectar scent before the wheat malts, barley, and twangy yeast character builds in. Estery, citrusy, and flowery throughout the nose. Flavors heavily favor the sweet honey flavor, with a backup of wheat malt, barely, yeasty flavors and herbal tea notes to follow. The hop flavors give a much needed complexity, balance, and variety. Spicy with Wit-like corriander, curraco, pepper, and a lot of yeast contributions. The textures as expected are a bit syrupy, heavy, and more cloying than malty. A hoppy bittering is the only repreive. Finishes spicy, warm, and sweet -- a good substitute for a mead. Similar to the ancient brewed concoctions that are being revived by some Dogfish Head brews. Interesting, but not exactly sessionable.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Golden, amazingly clear for a style known for being hazy. That's neither good nor bad in my book, merely unusual. Lighter colored than most in style. Thick white head retains well and leaves a couple rings of lacing.
S- Smell is on the sweet side, with hints of spice and citrus. It's a bit like a strong witbier. There is a certain mustyness about that, though appreciated in some settings, just did not seem to mesh well here.
T- Definitely sweet throughout. The honey and citrus play off each other decently, but I found it a bit too sweet and the finish just has a strange mustyness to it.
M- Sticky. not as creamy or smooth as I like from this style.
D- This was a decent BSPA and it hides the alcohol well so I will merit it on that. I would drink another, but I don't know that I would pay for another.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle pours a lightly hazed, pale gold color with a surprisingly small cap of white head. Doesnt stick around too long either.

Honey is quite evident on the nose, along with a bold presence of coriander and to a lesser degree, orange. Nice smelling beer that is fresh and sweet.

Maybe a bit too much honey? Orange flip-flops with the coriander on the flavor and makes a bigger impression. Quite sweet and the coriander accentuates that a bit without much to offset the sweet flavors...maybe a kiss of drying alcohol. Not bad, especially if you think of it more as an imperial wit than BSPA, I think it has more in common with the former.

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Photo of Zorro
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy burnt orange colored ale with an OK white Head.

Smell is sweet and musty with a clear and strong honey and pollen aroma. Orange honey and marmalade aromas are recognizable but the coriander the bottle says is in here is missing in the scent. This beer is quite intensely yeasty smells like bread.

The taste starts out sweet and powdery with yeast and pollen. Significant orange flavor here it is fairly strong with a touch of orange juice flavor. Bit of sourness in the aftertaste that I interpret as citric acid.

Mouthfeel is good.

This is an OK beer but not one of the best. Try it once and I am sure you won't want a whole case of the stuff.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from McHughs, Dublin...

Poured a light copper colour. Slightly off white head poured fairly loose and frothy then faded quickly to wispy covering... decent amount of carbonation bubbles drift slowly to surface... barely any lacing...

Aroma - Stong sweet and slightly perfumed honey, quite grainy malts underneath, fairly spicy and peppery, grassy hints, tropical fruits (pineapple, lemons, mango), light wheatiness...

Taste - Sharp and spicy fruitiness (bitter oranges, pinapples, lemons, apples), lots of floral honey sweetness, grassy, quite peppery, faint anise notes, some almond nuttiness...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... light bodied... a bit too sweet to be very drinkable..

Overall - A decent enough and slightly different pale ale... just maybe a little on the sweet side though... worth a try...

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Photo of Brabander
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this beer with my buddy Andy. Our wifes are off to a party abd we are drinking a few beers. This was the second beer of the evening.

Poured in a small Struise chalice the beers looks quit nice, yellow colour fluid with a nice white head. Nice lacing. This beer has some very light sour notes in it. Smell like a saison. Not a bad beer.

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