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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Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jdiddy for passing this one along. 11.2oz. bottle served in a tulip. Best before 10:13 indicated on the back label. Pours a dull, honey-colored hue with a semi-hazy clarity and a loose, quarter inch, cream-colored head that quickly disperses towards the shoulders. No lacing on this one. Nose is really interesting - citrus, coriander, grass and honey (almost reminds me of an herbal cough drop ala Ricola). Taste comes together a bit better than I would anticipate from the nose. The same elements are still there, and the overall impression is still the same, however, the edges are a bit more rounded out. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a carbonation that is lively and also a bit gassy. There's also a very faint citrus astringency in the mix. Finish is crisp, with some residual carbonation burn at the back of the throat. Overall, not a beer I think I need to revisit. It's definitely interesting and has some witbier qualities to it, but this beer just falls a little short for me.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

711th Review on BA
Bottle to goblet
330 Ml

App-  A dark orange, one finger head.  Not a ton of cling, just slid down the
glass.  Didnt leave much behind

Smell-  Very spicy and coriander forward.  Citrus and honey rounded it out.

Taste-  All the flavors meld well.  A little spice and a little malty the honey was quite tamed which I was happy tp taste.  This was like bigger more flavorful wit.

Mouth-  Medium bodied and medium carbonated.  Had a spice, citrus after with a touch of honey.

Drink-  This was pretty tasty and the honey was well tempered.  Honey isnt my favorite flavor but this was okay.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a stopper bottled that had a mild pop when opened. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, foam to the top of the glass. It settled fairly quickly, with minimal lacing. Pours a golden color with a strong carbonation stream from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is a pleasant blend of yeast and honey, with honey being the strongest.

Taste is typical of Belgian strong pale ales. On the sweet side, but not too sweet. A good weight to it without being heavy.

Feels very good in the mouth, nice balance between heavy and carbonation.

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Photo of Buggies
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Giant Eagle of all places.

Pours a hazy golden yellow. thin fizzy head. Smells really good to me. The typical Belgian yeast aromas are present. Aromas of honey and spice. But you also get citrus and fruity notes as well.

Tastes just as good. You get a lot of sweet twang from citrus. But also get some spice and orange as well.

Very easy drinking. Just a slight warming from the 8%, but it really isn't noticeable at all. I could sit and drink a pile of these.

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Photo of hreb
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Walked into my local microbrew bottle shop with the intention to buy a couple (ok, 4) beers purely based on their names/labels. Barbãr? BAR BAR BARBAR BAR BAR!

330 ml bottle dated "Best before: L20120616". Cooled and served in a tapered pint glass. Beer pours crystal clear pale gold with a thick white head.

Aroma is faintly yeasty while flavor is subtly sweet. Low level of fine carbonation. The label extols bitter orange and coriander, and of course honey. But the spicing subdued, and mostly evidenced by a dry orange peel flavor in the back of the mouth. The honey contributes sweetness, not just a dry 8% ABV gravity. And wheat contributes a light grainy body. I don't taste the coriander at all, and while I love coriander beers like the original Paper City Summer Haze, I can imagine it overpowering this beer.

Overall this is more Belgan Blonde (almost forgot to mention there is just enough funk here) than either Bier de Miel or Saison. Think a more interesting Leffe. Very tasty.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours slightly small head... Head is nice white. Brew is foggy orange color with lots of yellow and white.

S - LOTS of honey!!! Spicy! Smells great, super refreshing! Very unique. Some nice orange scents too. Coriander brings out a nice funk in the scent.

T - WOW, yum. Almost tastes sour. This could be my new go to brew... Very smooth and delicious for a nice hot evening.

M - Great carbonation, it's high, but fits the brew well! Light body. Very relaxing beer, mellow. Zero traceable heat in this brew... Well done!

O - What a great find! This brew is everything I was hoping it would be! Well done, I hope to find more beers like this one throughout the summer!

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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 hustlesworth
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- honey colored, hazy, and topped with a nice puffy white head that is ever so slow to recede. mad lace as if the honey adds extra stickiness. beautiful beer. looks similar to a good tripel.

S- great fruity aromas, orange and tropical, pineapple, banana, apple, melon, pear, and mango. soft floral honey notes blend with a touch of yeasty funk for the perfect combination. there's also a moderate tartness and a faint hint of coriander.

T- the honey adds a distinct floral sweetness and i don;t know yet whether i like it or not. it overtakes the grassy hop flavor and the earthy yeast. the beer is still plenty fruity, the orange peel comes through, and that tartness in the aroma makes a brief appearance in the flavor before it gets chin checked. very nice flavor, not overly sweet or too honeyish, but too sweet for me. the quality of the honey and the rest of the the brew are apparent. finishes grassy with lingering sweetness.

MF- body is pumped up and luscious and the carbonation is tight and prickly and zesty. residual sticky sugary feeling from the honey. the stickiness kinda ruins it.

D- a tasty brew but i'm just not a fan of sweet beers. one and done for me but it's always cool to drink something that is modeled after, or made according to, an ancient recipe.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barbar pours a clear golden color, bone white fizzy head forms and leaves some lace on the glass. In the aroma, honey, malt sweetness and some floral hops. Also a note of coriander like spice. In the flavor, dry spicyness reminiscent of coriander, lemon zest and anise. A nice sweetness and belgian yeast kick pair well with the spices. Solid mouthfeel, lighter bodied. Overall, a tasty little beer here. A pleasent mix of malt, belgian yeast, honey and spice.

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Photo of biegaman
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Barbãr is topped with what looks like cotton-candy; although it's pristinely white, as opposed to the customary pink or blue, it shares the same airy, ultra-fleecy, almost fury semblance and, given the tremendous size of the mound, presents a small difficulty of actually getting at the liquid. The beer is golden and, for all I know, may be clear but the frosted glass of its branded mug prevents me from being sure.

I'm inclined to believe that thick, doughy fleece might be muting some of the aroma too. This strikes on first impression as being a little quiet for a beer seasoned with honey, coriander, orange peel and, most importantly, Belgian yeast. Each of those ingredients are perceptible, mind you, as is the cereal, bready-sweetness of the wheat and pale malts.

Like the composition and sequence of musical notes, the combination of flavours in beer is equally infinite; this particular ensemble is nothing short of a symphonic masterpiece. It has toasty pale malts, a zestful and exotic spicing (enhanced by the natural zest of the yeast), cool and refreshing citrus as well as a succulent honey sweetness. In fact, I find it so incredibly tasty that I'm being reduced to using one word: delicious!

I'm impressed too with how well the individual parts come together. Bright citrus and subtle spice join forces to make one super refreshing duo. And despite nearly doubling the scope of the alcohol, carbonation is tired none and the crisp wheat suffers none; this possesses all the same effervescence and quaffability of a standard-strength witbier.

Given the beer's sweetness (sugar is added as well as honey) I started seeing it as more of an aperitif than beer; indeed, something about it seemed to stimulate my appetite. Given its natural zeal and inherent refreshment, I'd also consider it hands down one of the best beers one could offer as a happy hour pint or entree drink for tasting or dinner guests.

Barbãr sounds like the kind of beer made on a dare, but believe me when I tell you that it's one of the few 8% beers you'll end up chugging rather than sipping. It was a bold man, he who first decided to toil with such dissonant, oddball ingredients, and it was a very adept one who could formulate such a delicious, balanced recipe out of them. I loudly applaud brasserie Lefèbvre for this offering - I'd buy it anytime.

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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 generallee
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a "Best Before" date.

Appearance: It has tarnished golden color with a cloudy complexion. On top I got a two finger tall, light fluffy head. This head slowly settles to a wispy thin layer with a clingy ring at the edge of the glass. This leaves some lace rings at the top of the glass and a few spots on the way down.

Smell: I get a very inviting nose full of sweet malts spiced with coriander, citrus orange peel and spicy herbal/floral hops.

Taste: It starts with a touch of spice and a touch of wheat malt. Bready malt and yeast notes move in with some honey like sweetness and a touch of bitter orange peel. This then leads into a mild herbal/spicy hop finish mixed with balanced malt sweetness. On the palate it has a medium to full smooth mouth feel with soft carbonation.

Notes: Overall Barbar (honey ale) is a very tasty and complex ale. It is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: straw yellow, faint hue of cloudiness, up + down 2 finger head,

S: honey, orange peel, grain, coriander, hint of earthy pine.

T: big fresh citrus fruit and honey flavor.

M: medium/light body, mild carbonation, slight prick on the tongue, smooth + dry finish.

D: This is delicious! Complex, fresh delightful bundle or various flavors. Amazing how those brilliant Belgians hide the alcohol in the various flavors. Do your soul a favor and give this a try, you deserve it!

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Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear gold colour with a very large frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, lemon, honey, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and feels slightly creamy on the tongue. I can taste lots of breads/grains, hay, and honey. There are also notes of lemon and a grassiness. The beer finishes with a bittersweet honey aftertaste.

Drink - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and will seek it out again. The alcohol well was well hidden and the flavours really came together well.

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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 Ashmada
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Barbãr mug.

Look: Golden colour, creamy head with good staying power, the mug makes it look very hazy, but it's actually quite clear.

Smell: Honey dominates, but malt, orange peel and spices transpire in the background.

Taste: Sweet, honey and orange are once again easily detected, some bitter notes are present as well. Alcohol well-hidden.

Mouthfeel: Quite sticky and full, clings to the palate slightly, egging you on to have another sip.

Drinkability: Drinks dangerously fast for an 8% ABV beer.

Not the best beer you'll ever have, but interesting enough to highly recommend a try.

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Photo of diamondc
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 2011/11/09

A: Hazy bronze hue, huge head on this one .. lots of tiny bubbles. Patches of foam left after every sip. An excellent example of what a Belgian pale ale should look like.

S: Honey, apricot, canned pear syrup, orange zest. A bit medicinal, but very complex.

T: Honey, flowers, more of the apricot taste, white grapes. A tad bit of an aspirin-like aftertaste when cold, but goes away when warmed up.

M/D: Pretty easy drinking for being relatively high in alcohol. This beers manages to set itself apart from the wonderful world of Belgian beers.

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Photo of rarbring
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear amber, has a large white head that leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is fruity, apricot in syrup, and malty, grains.

The taste is sweet fruits, pears, apricots, raisins, and some alcohol, sherry, and a touch of yeast.

Medium high carbonation, a heavy and rather complex body.

Goes very well with strong cheese.

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Photo of yapi
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a great honey beer. I love sweet, and this is to my liking...
shared it with my girlfriend.

L: okay, good

S: great honey sweet smell, orange peel

T: 2,5% honey, and it's sweet. Also very orange like, due to the fact they make this beer with the curaçao-apple. Orange kind of fruit, and together with the honey it explains why it is so sweet.

O: good beer, very sweet, but not easy to drink 1 by yourself; great if you can share this one, 15cl is just enough to have a great experience.

ages ago, before there was sugar, they used to sweeten the beer with honey. Therefore, this should give a great idea how (sweet) beer tasted back then...

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Photo of bylerteck
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was shared with a friend that offered it up. I was extremely skeptical but ended up being pleasantly surprised.

A - Nice cloudy, golden appearance. Not alot of head.

S - Huge yeast and orange profile on this. Really inviting aroma.

T - Nice yeasty character that leads to more citrusy orange notes.

M - Med in the mouth, mild carbonation and very smooth.

D - Really high. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. ABV is reasonable for the style and I got through mine quick considering it was shared.

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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 SFLpunk
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Back label says "Best Before L20120325 14:43" whatever that means.

Appearance: Clear golden orange with some thin white head. Lots of spotting.

Nose: Big honey and orange blossom nose. Very floral and light.

Palate: Crisp and sharp with alcohol. Tastes of green apple, calvados, orange blossom honey, and some light spices. Nice clean finish.

Notes: At first, I wasn't really impressed with this one, but it grew on me. Tasty and very light for 8% abv. Very nice.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was bought et the SAQ in the kit ½ meter of beer. Poured from a 330ml brown bottle. Nice dark golden very clear bottle. White head on top. On the nose we can smell clover flowers (maybe clover flower honey). Good taste with a lot of residual sugar, some honey flavor too.

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Photo of daledeee
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into my tulip glass. 11.2 oz bottle

Nose is Belgian hops and hints of fruit and grain.

Taste is slightly tart with apples, slight hint of spice and hops. Hints of malt in the finish.

Excellent carbonated mouth feel with a wet finish

Very drinkable. Tasted fresh and alcohol had a slight warming effect.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Belgian tulip glass.

A-The color of apple juice, with an inch and a half of off-white head. Leaves fluffy, thick lacing.

S-Fairly nondescript. Some yeasty esters, maybe a hint of clove.

T-Bright and refreshing. Pale malts and honey stand out as the main flavors, with some faint hop bitterness in the finish. A simple, crisp blonde ale made just slightly sweet by honey. Not bad at all.

M-Medium bodied with thick, mouth-filling carbonation.

D-Pretty high. At only $3.99 a bottle, this is a bargain.

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Barbãr (Belgian Honey Ale) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
3.87 out of 5 based on 392 ratings.
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