Barbe Black | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Belgium
brouwerijverhaeghe.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Barbe Noire

Added by JAHMUR on 12-03-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
66
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
14.13%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
12
For Trade:
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Photo of Squire123
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Like the label says, it's black. I can usually find some highlights in these dark brews but this one's black from top to bottom and side to side. Voluminous Belgian style tan cap with moderate lacing.

Aroma of dark plums and dark cherries. Not the bright red sweet little cherries but the big, bold dark ripe ones. I know there's dark malt in there (natch) and hops but don't really catch either in the scent.

Taste is big and bold, plummy, jammy and rasiny with the cherries still hanging in there. Roast malt coffee like bitterness shows up in the aftertaste as if an afterthought. There is a prickliness in the mouth feel that may be hops or carbonation but I suspect the latter.

Full textured body with balancing carbonation.

Definite alcohol whang in this brew (9%) that isn't apparent in the aroma or flavor. I only noticed after drinking a bit and then it was in effect, not in flavor. Overall it's a fairly simple group of several flavor sensations that harmonize well but don't elevate to brew to the level of complex sophistication. I'm sure the house Guinness fan will like it.

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Photo of h4ger
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akolb
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a tan head
Aroma: cherry, raisin, roast, chocolate, pepper
Taste: yeast, cherry, mild roast
Slightly disappointing, although tasty. The yeast gives off a bit too much artificial cherry flavor for my liking. The combo of roast and yeast in interesting, but I feel like the right formula isn't quite here.

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Photo of Saviour
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnTurano
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle was dated April 2015, drank in September 2016.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, best by date of 2016-05-05 so it's an aged bottle, maybe it was dated a year out?

jet black in color, thick white head. good head retention and lots of lacing. aroma is fairly roasty, but it also has some cherry and plum flavors in there too. smooth mouthfeel, taste is nice balanced flavors. on the drier side. very drinkable and overall very nice.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Noice
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dzu
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a very dark brown, almost black, with brown edges when held up to the light. A small head forms, quickly reducing to a thin layer. The nose gets the roasted notes, with a bit of chocolate. The mouth enjoys the chocolaty, malty flavor with a bit of coffee.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Under name "Barbe Noire".
Poured into tulip.
Pours opaque dark brown with good beige head, moderate retention, lots of laces.
Smell - roasted, milk chocolate, belgian yeasts.
Taste - roasted, coffee, chocolate, belgian yeasts.
Stout-like, but with recognizable belgian character, strong, but drinkable.

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Photo of Nickcal
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of samEBC
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Suds
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is an incredibly dark, nearly black beer with ruby highlights. The head is head is foamy, thick, and tan. It had a serious malt aroma...with smoke, alcohol, and dark fruit (plum). The taste is sweet, intense, and warming. Full in body and very European.

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Photo of bobv
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of -DF-
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeranbrews
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pitch black body like high coco chocolate. Thick creamy tan foam. Strong lacing. 4.25

S - Sweet creamy malty with subtle hints of bitterness. Like a dark chocolate milkshake made out of bread. 4

T - Initial sweet with a roasted toasty middle flavor bitter sour aftertaste but well balanced. 4

M - Thick and creamy with a slight crystalline effervescence. 4.

O - Not a disappointment. Maybe a bit too bitter at times but overall well balanced and a pleasure. 3.75

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Photo of WynnO
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Barbe chalice.

Look: Dark chocolate colored body with a mocha colored head that leaves a nice film after it recedes. Foamy bands of thick lacing.

Aroma: Belgian yeast, sharp cheeses, and milk chocolate sweetness.

Taste: More of a creamy, milk chocolate body with sharp cheese notes surrounding it. Yeast esters. Vinegar tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied.

Overall: A beer I like more as I keep drinking it. Good balance between sharpness and chocolate sweetness.

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Photo of Miccal
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RAFH
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Barbe Black from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
3.75 out of 5 based on 66 ratings.
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