Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël)
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël)Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël)
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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #354
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,850
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 12.94%
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
201
From:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  9
Gots
  30
SCORE
84
Good
Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël)Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël)
Notes: In the beginning, it was only brewed in the winter and was called Barbãr Winter Bok. However, since 2008 the consumer decided otherwise.
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Reviews by innominat:
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innominat from Ireland

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jan 17, 2016
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biegaman from Canada

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Mar 31, 2016
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Nov 25, 2011
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rallison from California

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark brown with a 1 finger off-white head that recedes to a bit of lacing.

Smells of orange and spices and honey. Not bad.

Taste is pretty good. Dubbel-like malt backbone with lots of spicing. I get orange, coriander and the like here. Honey. Possibly slightly overdone in the spicing, and could use a touch more of a balanced malt presence. Still, it is tasty.

Mouthfeel is a touch too carbonated.

Drinkability is good.

Overall, recommended. While not amazing, this is worth trying in the small size bottle.

Dec 04, 2007
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harpus from Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Jul 24, 2012
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Latarnik from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

May 25, 2014
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jujubeast6000 from Texas

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

Reviewed 5/21/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a very dark, reddish brown colored body with a whitish colored head, that is quickly diminishing. Has a honey and coriander, a very floral aroma, fresh flowers. A nice coriander taste. Floral, and spicy. Almost like a saison.

May 30, 2009
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Antnyd82 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Jan 09, 2012
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Va va voom! I think I can speak Flemish. Maybe it will take more of these and a little studying. This has all the great Belgian qualities that I like - the endless bubbles, the distinctive taste, etc. What it doesn't have are the funky things I sometimes associate with Belgians - cloudiness, over the top tastes or alcohol.

This is a Belgian you could have a couple of without contracting diseases for which Americans do not have a immunity. At least is seems that way. I almost thought it was an American take on a Belgian because of the clean taste. Like the head, the smell doesn't quit.

Feb 21, 2010
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a few highlights around the edges. Light cap of tan foam showing little retention and lacing.

Nose is fruity and bready, akin to a trappist quad. Rich and fragrant with notes of raisin, plums and pineapple alcohol.

Wow, super fruity and rich. Full-bodied and a little metallic on the finish. Highly carbonated and the drinkability is fairly low on this one. I have a feeling this beer might be a love it/hate it type of brew. There are many BSDAs that are more complex, subtle and delicious than this readily available (see Chimay Blue), but this one will cure a curiosity for the unknown if one is so inclined. It is decent, just really not distinguishable.

Nov 14, 2011
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scottoale from California

3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml. small skinny brown bottle with a Best before: L20100901 10:57...whenever that is? Tribal looking labels depicting ?, adorn the bottle. It pours out a dark mahogany brown with a small light tan foamy head. Not much in head retention and less in the lace dept.

Fairly sweet and fruity to the nose, some spice and that's about it. Fig, dates and honey comprise the fruitiness. Belgian yeast and sugar contributes the rest.

The taste is pretty much the same as the nose with little malty aspect, some definite spice and only just, some hop bitterness. The alcohol doesn't come out in the nose or the taste really. I'd think of it as a Belgian (notso) Strong Dark Ale, with emphisis on the Belgian. The body is medium with a lack of smooth and some fluff to the mouthfeel, but it's trying pretty hard to deliver. Easy enough to drink and worth a try as are most Belgians in my book, the price is not to bad for this one as well...give it a go.

Oct 19, 2009
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scoobybrew from Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - deep dark amber color with a thick lasting head

S - fruity flavor present associated with sweet malt

T - sweet malt characterized by a light dark fruitiness, slight bitter hop finish (styrian goldings?)

M - medium body, moderately high carbonation

D - This is an interesting beer - it's too clean for the 'Belgian Strong Dark Ale' style, but not clean enough to be a doppelbock. Perhaps it's somewhere in between - and that's what makes it interesting and makes me want another.

Feb 12, 2010
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Stoutsman from Kansas

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Jan 14, 2012
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bonbini26 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Jan 10, 2012
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ernie from Russian Federation

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown liquid, majestic creamy head, carbonation low, bubbles big.

Smell honeyish, spicy, with a note of roasted malts.

Start sweetish, body full, spices and honey very well present in the general taste. Finish herbal, spicey with a hint of hops (finally!).

Not your everyday beer, but an interesting one. Worth a try.

Jun 17, 2006
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roblowther from Texas

2.37/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Black color, soap-sudsy off-white head. Smell is sweet and earthy with a peppery note. The taste is very sweet, followed by nutmeg and wassal flavors and a licorice aftertaste. Doesn't meld well together, really. The mouthfeel is thin & oily. Drinkability is not good really. I had hopes for this but not so much any more. I keep burping up anise & phenols. :(

Dec 28, 2007
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eric5bellies from Australia

3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Achel Chalice

A - Pours a dork mahogany colour and a large bubbled off white head that dies quickly.

S - Burnt malts aromas from the bottle.Once poured more of a chocolate and jelly bean aroma takes hold.

T - Notes of dark spicey fruit and a hint of smokeyness.

M - Medium body and slightly overcarbonated

D - Not bad for the style but there are better examples

Jun 18, 2010
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gwydno from Spain

4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 06, 2015
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depechemode1983 from Texas

2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark mahogany in color. Foamy off white head with good retention. No lacing. Just an ok looking beer.

S Light toasted grains. I'm picking up corn in an American adjunct lager fashion. Faint honey and maple syrup linger in the background. All in all its pretty malt forward but not in a Belgium sense.

T - Sweet. Lots of corn syrup in the taste. Also picking up plums, wheat bread a little vanilla and candy sugars. Not impressed at all. Not horrible though.

M - Medium bodied. Pretty soft mouth feel. It goes down pretty smooth.

O - Not a very good representation of the style. Drinkable but I won't be buying this one again. There are better Belgian Ales out there for the the same price.

Aug 20, 2011
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stephendr from California

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. glass bottle- color of deep dark amber, with a medium tan colored head - nose of jammy, raisins, sweet prunes, mint jelly, and malt – robust taste of earthy, bark, mild fruit, and some citrus- body is, and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste of sweet fruit, lingering, and spices

Jan 05, 2008
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Eltrandos from France

3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 05, 2019
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BlackHaddock from England

2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The fourth and final Belgian Honey Beer is an evening of Belgian Honey Beers: Flip-top 330ml brown bottle, poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip glass.

Reddy-brown body, dark, but clear when held up to the light. A weak tan coloured head tried to sit on top for a while.

Heavy malt molasses in the aroma, with honey undertones.

The taste was of really sweet malty molasses, again with that undertone of a honey presence.

I found the beer both strange and too sweet. I generally like the sweeter brews, but this was over the top for me, almost sicky sweet towards the end of the mouthfeel.

Nov 23, 2010
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metter98 from New York

3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is jet black in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dark beige head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface..
S: There are light aromas of honey and notes of dark fruit in the nose.
T: Flavors of honey are quite evident in the taste, which is mostly sweet. There are some hints of oranges and raisins while spices are evident in the finish. The honey flavors become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is well hidden from the taste but the sweetness of the honey makes this beer slightly cloying.

Feb 11, 2011
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mendvicdog from Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Apr 12, 2014
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thierrynantes from France

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2008.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head (not persistent), no yeast.
Smell : sweet, fruity and spicy notes.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweetnes, alcohol presence, hint of bitterness in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale.

Nov 26, 2008
Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 201 ratings