Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël) | Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël)Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Belgium
brasserielefebvre.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the beginning, it was only brewed in the winter and was called Barbãr Winter Bok. However, since 2008 the consumer decided otherwise.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,980
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
194
pDev:
13.32%
Bros Score:
3.36
 
 
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Reviews by brewqueno:
Photo of brewqueno
2.94/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not so good... too sweet. Boring.

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Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Barbãr Bok has a stylish look: bubbly foam atop of sleek black liquid. It reminds me of a piano key, the off-white tint is reminiscent of old, tarnished ivory. Opaque and serious, the beer's actual appearance is a stark contrast to the easy-to-dismiss, cartoonish, pixelated cave-art label.

Some people may know this beer as 'Barbãr De Noël' and, indeed, this winter seasonal is highly suggestive of the holiday season; the aroma brims with baking spices and brown sugar sweetness. Most prominent is probably anise, but it's followed closely behind by coriander, nutmeg, clove and orange zest.

A curious thing about the Barbãr beers is that the honey is added during the boil. As result, it doesn't factor nearly so much into the flavour, although given the strong presence of black licorice, bitter orange peel, fennel and pantry spice, there's a good chance it wouldn't be noticed much anyhow.

Barbãr Bok is a beer of strength but not body; it's a featherweight offering despite the deep, dark flavours. Malt is really not this beer's strong suit. The not-so-subtle 8.5% combines with earthy notes of fennel and anise and spicy cardamom to create a miniature Fernet or Absinthe of sorts.

Barbãr Bok is as good a digestif as standard Barbãr is an aperitif. I very much enjoy the distinctive character of both though I can see why others may not. Still, I'd recommend this darker version to anyone in cold climates given the spicy, sweet, savory profile is perfectly suited to holiday drinking.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A rich black pour with a medium off-white head. The nose is very sweet with hints of brown sugar, honey & molasses. The taste as well is awfully sweet. Decent spiceiness. Black licorice & light chocolate notes. Too sweet for my liking. lacking in many other good qualities. A nice lively mouthfeel but the finish is too sweet and high in alcohol. While the alcohol warmth could be nice, this beer needs to be mellowed out and more subtle with it suagry sweetness.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):

Winter in Belgium is a glorious time, as nearly every brewery has some form of winter or Christmas Ale. Here, we have a strong Brown Ale that is brewed with honey, bitter orange peel and coriander.

Dark enough so the light does not make it through; solid lofty head nearly spills over the side of the glass, but thankfully we have a beer-pouring expert or the day would have been ruined. Sweet aroma with a couple of bitter whacks from the orange peel and coriander; a little buttery and juicy (cherries?) as well. Carbonation is pushy, with a big rolling crispness. Hints of roasted grain and orange peel battle against the maltiness and residual honey. Medicinal and clove phenols add more to the spicing that overtakes the malt but not its foundation. Finishes dry with a kiss of mineral/metallic flavor.

A bit in your face. Even when it warms up a little between the orange peel and the phenolic clove flavor, it really grabs a hold of the taste buds and does not want to let go. A good choice is looking for a strong, dark spice ale that is going to clean your palate with every sip.

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Photo of Todd
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Notes from the 2002 Kerstbierfestival, Essen, Belgium.

Black beer, thin off-white lace. Herbal, black currant aroma with some liquorice. Lightly carbonated with a coarse mouthfeel. Fruity, a bit juicy, dry, chocolate, caramel and notes of raw honey. Prickly herbal spice with a bitter finish that's dry and leafy ... thin, too.

Not too impressed by this offering ...

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Photo of generallee
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: It pours a very dark brown color that has coppery highlights. The body is nearly opaque and it forms a big tan foamy head that has very good retention. It also makes nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has sweet, fruity and spicy character with just a hint of hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a wonderful natural sweetness from the honey and malted barley. Dark sweet fruit notes of raisins, figs and plums mix with coriander, bitter orange peel and a touch of earthy yeast. Hop flavor is very mild and adds just a hint of bitterness. The alcohol adds a nice warming quality and it finishes slightly dry. Its palate is medium to full bodied with a smooth creamy texture that is tempered by its lively carbonation.

Notes: This is another great Belgian treat.

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Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz brown bottle w/ a freshness date.

Slightly fizzy head still retains quite well, dark brown that is pretty much opaque. Massive waft of orange peel first then coriander and some earthy honey and toasted grain. Exploding smoothness with each sip that feigns and almost viscous body but actually is semi-dry and on the lighter side. Lots of orange peel and coriander with an edge of honey and a pinch of chewy malt. Slightly estery with a quickly dissipating sweetness. Suggestion of carob powder, yeast, fruit and spicy phenols in the drying finish.

Hits all of the winter flavors, alcoholic as well ... a good pick if you are looking for a slightly dryer winter seasonal.

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Photo of bsp77
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in December shipment of my BOTM club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown with a purple-red tint. Moderate tan head with very large bubbles that mostly disintegrate.

Smell: Very dry, mead-like and borderline tart - coriander, orange peel, honey, cloves and figs.

Taste: Somewhat sweet upfront with a focus on fruity malts (maybe figs) and Belgian yeast (cloves, banana). Then it turns very dry from the coriander, honey and orange peel, while the cloves carry through to the end.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, relatively light mead-like body, dry honey finish.

Drinkability: Nice cross between a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and a Braggot. One of the better honey driven beers I have had.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of innominat
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of djcreepshow
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MaevaS
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of mattfancett
3.2/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small bottle pouring black body, with no lasting head. Sweet honey and yeast aromas. Medium bodied, full carbonation. Tastes of cola, pepper, honey,ginger, cardomon,drop of clove, orange-grapey.Satisfying though slightly drying aftertaste.Significant alcohol.

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Photo of schavuytje
2.26/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Do not smell a goat, taste it almost no, too white foam hardly show malt in taste, it's more a double with a honey's swelling, surprisingly not very special

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of adamcthomp
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a friend for sharing this. I was expecting some simple and overly sweet Belgian, but I was pleasantly surprised. At first it tasted like there was a good share of wheat from the sour malt taste. Then, yes, there was a honey note, which was followed by mild coriander and then mellow dark fruits. Very drinkable and comes off like some sort of crazy Belgian dunkel wheat. This is different and worth a try.

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Photo of sleephowl
2.61/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark mahogany color with an inch head that recedes slowly. Decent lacing on glass with slow retreat.

S- Grainy malt with subtle honey scent. Distinct belgian yeast aroma as well.

T- Was disappointed with the overall taste. While the honey is present there is a barely distinguishable taste of orange peel and coriander. A sense of pure alcohol is present on the tongue which is not very appealing to my taste.

M- A medium body and carbonation beer with a creamy feel.

D- I was very intrigued to try this beer. A winter bok with honey coriander and orange peel sounded delicious to me. While it was a unique tasting experience, I will not be trying another Winter Bok by Brasserie Lefebvre. Exceptional ingredients that just did not work well with this go around.

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Photo of Kampfar
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap in Babar mug, dark brown beer, sweet smell of honey and malt, light brown head, full creamy mouthtaste dominated by malt and honey, less hops and very less alcoholic taste, aftertaste with light hoppy dryness and a rich malty taste.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So my bottle just says Barbar Bok instead of Barbar Winter Bok but I guess it must be the same beer.

A- Very dark reddish brown. Almost looks black. Nice beige head is a very fizzy foam which is kind of different to me.

S- smells great. Cherry coke. The cherry in a ''fruit at the bottom'' yogurt. Yeast and a little something metallic. And then... it started fading a bit. Usually a beer ''blooms'' as it warms but not this one for some reason.

T- Dark cherry. A discrete but still noticeable typical Strong Belgian bitterness. Alcohol is hot and very present but it tastes great.

M- Medium to low carbonation. Medium body but can get quite foamy if you swish it around. This is a very good mouthfeel but nothing to some other BSDAs I've had the chance to try.

D- Good. Clean drinking. 8% ABV of course so you can't drink tons but it is a pretty drinkable brew.

The honey Barbar didn't do much for me so I wasn't expecting much but I liked this.

Can't say it's a favorite but would buy it again.

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Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 194 ratings
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