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%
 
 
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8
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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 mishi_d
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yaron73
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Wantedandlisted
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of qrazvan
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DylanBrkhff
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dzu
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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 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 KristofH
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Yoann
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zet
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/black colour with a steady crispy head of foam that holds quite well. Fairly weak smell of yeast and caramel. The taste is alright with caramel, honey, orange, malt and yeast flavours, with honey and mild hops in the aftertaste, but it's also a bit bland. This beers seems to be missing complexity. The alcohol mixes nicely with the other flavours though, and this beer has a smooth mouth feel (probably due to the honey) and gives a warming feeling afterwards. They shouldn't call it bok though: you simply expect something more bitter and pronounced. Please relabel this beer as Noël (X-mas) again, instead of this shameless freeride on the dutch 'herfstbok' market.

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Photo of BenBreeg
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Arthuros
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very sweet dark, little to no bitterness or sourness. Quite fizzy. Color very reminiscent of soda.
Tastes like honey dissolved inside a light dark ale.
A little heavy if it starts too warm, I'd go with 33cl or half pints if on tap, needs to stay cold.

Flavors include orange peel (tangy), a little caramel (color gives that away), spices.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Bottled at 2014/9/25. Poured into tulip.

A: Nearly opaque black. Poured with thin head.
S: Toasted honey bread.
T: Caramel. Medium- sweet. Slightly orange peel. A touch of chocolate. Drying out when finish.
M: High carbonation. Medium bodied.
O: Much dryer than I expected, which is actually I preferred though. Perhaps it is why the "winter" word has been removed. A good brew, but I'd expect more complex flavors.

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Photo of gwydno
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mytu420
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Catalin90
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nine_Tails
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thebeertree
4.51/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant Bok, not overly sweet, delicious

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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 leitmotif
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EpicHobo1
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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