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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

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Added by Todd on 10-10-2000

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Marc_V
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Belgianbeershop.com. Served in the original Barbar glass. Thick white head that lasts very well. The beer is amber brown. Aroma: clear honey presence but also yeast and fruits are detected. Complex and sweet aroma. The taste is very well balanced and not too sweet as one might expect from a honey ale. Long finish. Barbar is one of the best, if not the best honey ale you can get.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of sfprint
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a dull honey, with barely any rising carbonation with a half finger of head
S: sweet and beautifully fruity.
T: Not like other honey beers, the honey isn't so apparent. Not nearly as intense as other Belgian strong ales but it has a weaker version of the light strong ale flavor. But it's sweeter and fruityier. It's really excellent.
M: Perfect medium sting, light to medium body
O: A very special, unique beer. Unusual but quite appealing fruitiness.

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Photo of boudreaux
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Filosoof
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some years ago I drank this beer, and it didn't impresse me much.

Last year I took it again and found out what I missed. Ofcourse this beer is sweet, but the herbs, honey and flowers and nice soft hops make it a beer to stay.

L: just great; golden looks;
S: mjummy, could this last forever, herbs, flowers, soft hops, creamy notes;
T: the tast is round, someone could say it lacks bitterishness, okay because of that it stays a 4,5;
M: very, very drinkable, nice carbo;
O: really my style, blond not too heavy, an underestimated star....can I have another one?

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Photo of sliks96
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of peagasus
1/5  rDev -74.5%

Photo of Chrispy
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden with some small spices floating.
Smell: Sweet yeast, typical belgian smell, with some orange
Taste: sweet malt, yeast, orange with a honey taste left in your mouth.
Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation but feels light on the tongue as the beer finishes.
Overall: Very good belgian, very smooth for 8%, dont detect any alcohol.
Serving type: bottle

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of RBee
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of GRUUMSH
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Dwarf
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Josiah2729
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tulip.

Appearance: Hazy gold color with white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Some honey, sweet malt, Belgian yeast, sweet fruit.

Taste: Honey with some belgian yeast, some alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation, some alcohol burn.

Overall: Nice belgian beer. Honey was not overpowering.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

never in a million years could one guess this was 8% abv by smelling or tasting it. it pours a very light sandy yellow color with a tall belgian style white head and a mild haze. smells like fresh floral clover honey and belgian yeast. this is a very bright beer, light in flavor but complex. honey flavor but not sweetness, pollen, wheat malt, and a gentle peppery quality are all present here in the flavor. mouthfeel is prime, light and crisp, infinitely drinkable, with fine carbonation and a miraculously satisfying finish. this is a great bottle of beer, and one i very much look forward to trying again. the honey is as well balanced yet prominent in this beer as in any beer ive tasted. bravo!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber with a moderate off white head with lacing, nice looking. Belgian spice aroma. Nice medium body with pale malts, fruit, Belgian spices and distinct honey. Honey and slight hop finish. A bit sweet and has a brief acerbic flavor, but overall quite nice and interesting ale. Similar to a triple, but heavier bodied and with a nice honey backbone. I will try this again.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of flagmantho
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a huge effervescence and the tiniest hint of haze. Head is three fingers of creamy ivory foam with excellent tenacity and leaving an attractive chunky lace on the glass as I drink. Excellent.

Smell: sweet malt with a fair amount of graininess and a hint of orange and a touch of coriander -- an admirably gentle hand at the spicing. However, the raw-grain aroma I don't particularly like in this style; it just doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the picture.

Taste: super sweet flavor; the honey really stands out here. There's also a very floral quality to the beer, probably a result of the spicing. Not bad, but too sweet for my palate.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good carbonation and a good creaminess. Frankly the mouthfeel doesn't live up to the beauty of the effervescence and majestic head, but it's still pretty good.

Overall: this beer has a wonderful look and decent feel, but it is simply way too sweet for me. That said, the flavors are otherwise decent.

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Photo of mmarv74
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 396 ratings
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