Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale) | Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

very good
394 Ratings
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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Added by Todd on 10-10-2000

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours an orange/amber color. There is a small white head which dissipates to a cap of foam. Sparse, spotty lacing.

S: The first thing I notice is Belgian yeast followed by some strange flavors. Honey provides a sweetness that oddly complements the Belgian traits. There is an herbal smell I have trouble placing exactly but must be due to the coriander. Some malts give a bit of toffee and fig.

T: Again the first thing I pick up is Belgian yeast, but now followed closely by some sweet malty flavors. Toffee, caramel, and fig blend with honey and light citrus notes. Honey is still very prominent and adds a pervasive, weird sweetness.

M: Moderately light body with light carbonation.

O: I've used similar words a few times in this review, but the best way to describe this beer is strange. The honey character is big and adds some notes you don't find in most beers. Don't know if I would by again for myself, but interesting nonetheless.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a tulip by freshness date.

Clear golden color with generous white foamy head with good retention, it leaves thin enduring layer and fine sticky lacings, very high fizzy carbonation generates vast amount of bubbles rising fast.

Big honey in a nose mingles with floral, sweet malt, citrus, lemon rind and coriander spiciness.

Prominent sweet honey note along with sugar, citrus zest, lemon peel and coriander spice, bitter orange yields some bitterness to balance. Some residual sweetness and spice left as an aftertaste.

The body is medium, refined smooth with well suit carbonation.

Pretty good brew, alcohol is very well hidden so it’s good quaffable.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown body with substantial haze and sediment, crowned by a modest off white head. Thick lacing coats the glass walls, there is quite a bit of slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Deep and sweet notes of fermented honey, lesser orange rind, and coriander. The aroma is similar to that of mead. There is also a strong, spicy alcohol note.

Taste: Opens with strong notes of honey, this dominates the taste from start to finish. The honey is rather earthy, and there are leafy hops as well. Coriander and orange rind are also prominent, and meld well with the honey. Finishes with a mild medicinal note and a lingering mild sweetness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very full.

Drinkability/notes: As BuckeyeNation sagely noted, this is more like an Imperial Wit than a Belgian Strong Pale ale. Very well done. I would certainly try it again.

Presentation: Packaged in an 11.2 ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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