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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Added by Todd on 10-10-2000

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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 393
Photo of janubio
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml. bottle. Hazy golden colour, two fingers head with bubbles, not lasting much, lace around the borders. Smell of honay, of course, but also coriander, oranges and spices. Medium body, crispy and normal carnation. Taste of honey, chocolate, orange and spices, alcohol, like a brandy but sweet. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of Douberd
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Swing top bottle of 330 ml, at home, poured into a trappist glass. The moment I popped the bottle open, strong sweet smell of honey came out.
A carefoul pour gave me a light copper-like colour beer, with two fingers of head that quickly became a thin line, covering mostly the center of the beer's surface and lingering lazy around the glass. Lots of bubbles coming to the top. The second pour of what it was left, was into a tulip glass, where the foam had significally longer duration.
The aroma is very sweet, with indeed honey aromas, reminded me also of homemade wine.
Taste is fantastic, very complex and difficult to describe. Sweet of course, with the honey flavour not so obvious as on the aroma, grapes and slighty taste of the 8% ABV. I taste some white mulberries too, something I haven't tasted since I was a child.
On the body is thin to medium with an average to high carbonation.
Overall a great beer, it brought some memories back too with its fantastic taste. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

20110910 stamped on bottle
(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy deep copper body with a spongy light beige head that last.

S- The flinty wheat dough aroma is soft with some orange blossoms and coriander finish. There is a slight mustard seed aroma in the finish as the beer opens.

T- The bright juicy orange peel has a dry spice bitterness that is softer in the finish. There is a soft sweetness in the finish. As the beer opens there is a cough syrup medicinal quality to the orange zest and coriander flavors.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The big intense orange flavor is a bit to intense and it hides some of the malt and yeast flavors. It takes on a slight jolly rancher intensity with the coriander also dominating aswell. They are some nice flavors just need to turn them down a bit, or bring up some malt flavors to balance them.

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Photo of Marc_V
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 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 sfprint
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Filosoof
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
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 Chrispy
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of Josiah2729
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +2.8%
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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Photo of flagmantho
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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 WankelEngine
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
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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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 Everydayoff
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of Pegasus
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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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Photo of schoolboy
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It is hard to fault this ale. OK, it's too good. It has a lovely light fragrance (not an aroma, a fragrance). The head is a little weak, but the color is sublime.

The taste is something I don't think I could ever get enough of. It is a good thing this is pretty expensive or I would drink it all day instead of going to work. I hope the perfect aftertaste lasts until tomorrow.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a mug glass.

A: Pours a deep yellow gold color. Clear. Forms a big and aired white head. Medium retention and many beautiful lacings

S: Honey bomb! :). Sweet, caramel malts, yeasts and hints of alcohol in the end

T: Strong on honey and sweet malts. Belgian yeasts. Grassy hops. Moderate sweet upfront and mild bitter hoppy end

M: Creamy molasses body. Good carbonation. Sweet upfront and mild bitter aftertaste

O: Delicious beer. Best honey beer I've ever had

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Photo of IPA35
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold, slighly dark. White head.

Interesting smell, quite hoppy, some honey sweetness, floral, raisin, citrus, and prehaps some resin/mango.

A sweet, refreshing beer.
It reminds me a little bit of Fraoch actually. Very sweet with fruity, flowery flavours to it (hench the Fraoch), some subdued light malts in the back, some hops but not very much and some spicyness. You can definitly taste the honey, bitter orange peel and the coriander. Nice and interesting. Not overly sweet.

Medium bodied, smooth and with good carbonation. Easy to drink.

Nice beer, but I can't decide whether it is summery or wintery.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap into a snifter

pours a light straw color, two fingers of white head which stays for a very long time.

aroma of peppery spices, some alcohol, bready malts, and light fruits

taste of the same peppery spices, honey, some bready malts, apples, perhaps even an amaretto characteristic.

not too overly sweet, mouthfeel very nice, and overall, a nicely balanced strong pale ale. the honey perhaps didn't add as much as i was expecting, but still quite enjoyable.

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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 Evil_Pidde
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours deep golden with a large white sizzeling, almost aggressivly head. Decent lacings.

S: Grassy, grainy, almost Pilsener-like malt. Bitter hops, yeast and faint spices. The honey is in the back.

T: Sweet, complex candylike malt. Fruits and spices. Honey is obvious... Grain.

M: Aftertaste lingers with a honey sweetness. Body is medium while carbonation rich.

O: Reading some of the other reviews; I don't see what the fuzz is all about. A decent (a bit above average) Belgian Strong Pale Ale. The honey makes it interesting, but in this style the grade is can't be higher...

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice lookin golden color. It has a nice white fluffy head on top and leaves a light lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is sweet, it's got some Belgian yeast aromas and has just a little bit of honey in there too. The taste of the beer is on the sweeter side, it doesn't really taste like a Braggot ale or anything. It is more or less just a sweet golden ale. The mouthfeel had a good carbonation to it and still has a smooth body. Overall this beer wasn't too bad. Not my favorite but not bad.

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Photo of NaNach
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed with Hakham Faur
Best before 6/2011
Reviewed on: 10/27/11

A Light golden yellow color with lots of sediment at the bottom

S Strong sweet honey smell

T Sweet honey flavor but not cloyingly sweet i taste some carmel smooth finish

M Light carbonation the perfect amount for this style

O Overall this beer rocks and I would definitely buy it again. The best honey beer style ale i have ever tasted.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, some spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild sweetness from flavors of honey, caramel and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer but there are several others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a mug from the tap.

A - straw golden hue, light head

S - very honeyed malt, light spice, some sweet citrus maybe tangerine

T - sweet, malty, honey is at the forefront, light bitterness, some hay (yes, I have tasted hay)

M - medium to slightly heavy, fizzy carbonation, I'm getting residual burps at the end of each gulp

D - semi sessionable in the flavor and mouthfeel but the abv is probably too high for that. A decent beer and a refreshing change of pace from most Belgian styles

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Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
3.87 out of 5 based on 393 ratings.
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