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
Ratings:
193
Reviews:
110
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.39%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
27
For Trade:
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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 110
Photo of GRG1313
2.06/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Amber/orange with short white head. Candidly a rather unimpressive effort. A very light and "soda poppy" drink, although there are hints of honey and spice, coriander and orange peel - all very mild and a bit too subtle for my taste. Very light bodied with the carbonation being the primary "standout." Nothing special here; almost like a "light beer" of winter ales. Just my experience....

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Photo of PapaEugene
2.2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

This should be one of the highlights one the last bock beer tasting evening with rvdoorn.

A: A darkbrown/amber color, with a lightbrown head that didn't last long.

S: Am I crazy or do I really smell washing powder... There's a good dose of floral hops and honey.

T: Floral honey upfront and a orange flavor which tastes chemical to me. Some spices.

M: Medium-low carbonation and a medium body

D: I hate beers that taste chemically modified. Often the chemicals bring the beer out of balance. The washing powder perfume association makes me never to drink this beer ever.

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Photo of kabritz
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of schavuytje
2.26/5  rDev -38.3%
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 roblowther
2.37/5  rDev -35.2%
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. :(

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Photo of Stoutsman
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of wrightst
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of sleephowl
2.61/5  rDev -28.7%
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 putnam
2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was taken in by the artwork that reminded me of the Baladin products from Italy. Doh!

Cola-colored with a spotty display of coffee and cream-colored bubbles.
On the nose it is intense with loads of sweet vanilla, root beer and caramelized banana. On the palate it is racy and jointed with separate impressions of sweet syrup, sweetened coffee, roasted, candied grains and pepsi.
Utterly unsophisticated and meaninglessly sweet. Why not drink a rum and coke?

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.71/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear, deep brown almost black color, topped with a tan colored head, with decent retention.
The aroma is malty with the addition of some honey - pleasant.
The taste is quite bittery, finishing with a roasty feel. Quite strong but still drinkable.

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Photo of BILF
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of rvdoorn
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The winterbok from the brewery that recently stole my heart with their nice honey Beers. Shared this bottle with PapaEugene. I really expected a lot of this one....
Poured into a sniffer. The beer pours a dark-brown-amber color, with a short lasting light-brown head that disappeared into a random lacing.

Smell: Extremely strong floral honey which changes into washing powder smell when smelling long and deep.... Some other sweet liquor like smell (Curacao) with some very vague hints of orange.

Taste: Again, very sweet and strong floral honey with very clear orange as well. Again liquor like, with a strong alcohol and coriander in the bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation with medium body

Overall: The smell and taste are way too sweet, and way too artificial. Completety out of balance! I really expected more from this brew. I stay with the regular barbar beers!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of brewqueno
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
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 OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Hyhat
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Hayley_86
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Carpetsmoker
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Todd
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
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 Hoppsbabo
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

This is no longer named Barbãr Winter Bok, it's just Barbãr Bok, and has been so for some time.

APEARANCE: Black runny body, not creamy looking. Craggy beige Belgian head.

SMELL: Chocolate, hint of dandelion & burdock, roasty malts.

TASTE: Bitter rum and coke alcohol flavour which is too strong. Non of the chocolate I was anticipating. Some dandelion & burdock, reminiscent of the Floreffe dubel by the same brewery. Tingly numbing sensation on the tongue which leads me to think it may be off but I see others have reported the same alcohol burn.

OVERALL: Lots of character but totally lacking in refinement. Alcohol flavour way out of control for an 8% beer.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smell of grilled honey on the nose but you can feel also the presence of malt and yeast. At the tasting, we identify directly what little taste of honey, honey with which the beer was fermented but the flavor is much further back than in the simple Barbar. Presence of oriental spices enough, enough sour mouth (also liquorice elsewhere) and finish little persistence. A little disappointed because although it remains good, unlike its big sister, honey there is only secondary and that without it, the drink is not much different from a simple dark belgian ale.

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Photo of stevoj
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Pub L'Escale - Riems, France. Sweetish brew, dark brown in color. Decent but have had better Belgians and their so called 'Boks". Somewhere between an Oud Bruin and a Dubbel

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Photo of innominat
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Barbãr Bok (formerly Barbãr De Noël) from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
3.66 out of 5 based on 193 ratings.
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