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

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83
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193 Ratings
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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:
0
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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 110
Photo of DaveR514
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Kampfar
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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 TheDoctor
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

SERVICE: Bottle
Best Before: 03/17/2016


A:
Pours coke-colored thick black, a touch red when held to light with three fingers of really effervescent head that actively evaporates to a barely-there ring. No retention; no lacing. (3.25)

S:
Spiced biscuit. Dark fruits, coriander, leather, yeast spiciness, some bitter chocolate in the background. (3.5)

T:
Sweet and spiced, warm. Sweet foamy explosion in your mouth with cherries, oak, bready sweetness, spiced rum. (3.75)

M:
Pretty intense. Very carbonated (a bit too much for me), a little thin with a sticky sweetness and medium-full body that is accentuated with a noticeable alcoholic warmth. (3.5)

O:
Rich, warming Honey Beer.
An interesting beer, but definitely a different one in many respects.
It isn't much to look at but is a roller coaster to drink. Lots of woody, sweet aromas dominate the nose with a lot of alcohol in it, with the flavor beeing similar. Tons of carbonation up front with sweet earthy flavors creeping up and a mead-like burn at the finish. There is a lingering sweetness that is a bit sticky and the alcohol (to me) tastes a little more prominent that a wine but definitely less than a hard liquor. Honestly it reminds me of Dr. Pepper with a little more body and a shot of Havana Club. Not bad, not mind-blowing, interesting.
Might have again; worth a shot if you see it and like this sort of beer. (3.5)

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +9.3%

12/25/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Part of a flight. Raisins, raisins, raisins. And then...some orange but overall this one of the subtlest 'strong' ales. Must revisit in larger quantities. Repeat. Must revisit in larger quantities Repeat. Must revi....

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Photo of Whatup14
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of knot
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of mattfancett
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of BILF
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of John656
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with lots of carbonation present. The off-white head builds up nicely but dissolves almost completely to around the rim.

S - Dark fruits and molasses with something herbaceous.

T - The most dominant flavours extend from the nose. This beer is sweet but not too sweet and is nicely balanced with some subtle hints of berries, plum and honey. The flavours don't linger too long and give way to a dry, earthy finish.

M - Medium-bodied with a little too much carbonation. This easy drinking beer feels much lighter than it actually is.

O - Not a bad Strong Dark Ale but certainly not one of the best. This beer is not as complex as others in this weight class but I still enjoyed it because it felt like a lighter sipping beer. The flavour combination is unique and represents a nice change from the norm.

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Photo of Socialiste
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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 mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of houtappel
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BucBasil
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 330mL bottle into a Chimay chalice at Jing An Temple in Shanghai China.

A: The beer is a nice black color without much light coming through. Head is light tan, foamy, and stays on the sides of the glass very nicely.

S: Why/How is this so fruity? Berry and yeast character. Showing its Belgian side very readily. Some nice smooth malt in the middle. More along the lines of a dubbel.

T: Berry and anise amid the yeasts an the malt. Pretty crazy tasting. All over the place. Again a bit like a dubbel. Delicious but very unexpected.

M: Nice and smooth.

O: No way to see this coming. You see "bok" in the name and think huge malt bomb. But this is essentially a solid Belgian. Really good.

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Photo of kabritz
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of scottwurst
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Praadipto
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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