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Barbe Black | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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3.79/5
Very Good
74 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#19,854
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
74
pDev:
13.72%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 23
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Photo of The_Bujon
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Where do we start?......

Oh the Look.

Pours a jet black stout with coffee coloured head, not too dissimilar to Guinness West Indies Porter.....but that is where the similarities ends, different league.

Aroma is very good, ripened fruit, mainly fig with a twist of malt.

Taste is sublime, fully loaded on the tongue... Coffee, Malt, Sweet Fig, a multitude of spices... This is a belter.

Feel is cracking, sooooo smooth, like velvet. Imagine the best Guinness you have ever had and double it!, silky.

Hides the 9% so well, this is one of the best beers available in my opinion..... That said you have to be a fan of porters and stout to get this.

A class act.......way way better than the 3.78 BA average....???

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Photo of -DF-
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alodnar
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Noice
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a black color with a one finger off white to tan foamy head that dissipated gracefully and leaving a small cap of a head. Lacing seemed structured and clingy roaming all around the glass and spider webs nicely. The smell starts off with dark fruits over top of some sweet Belgian sugars. Light clove slides in to spice things up a bit. The taste was moderately sweet with a nice bitter and roasty underscore of the Belgian spices/clove. Subtle dark fruity aftertaste. Quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body. Makes for a nice sipper. Carbonation feels good as a Belgian Stout. Overall, very nicely done Belgian stout.

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Photo of Antyk
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JasW
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is essentially a stout flavored Belgian strong dark ale. It is not a true stout. (The quickly dissipating head gives that away at first glance.) There are unquestionably better BSDAs out there, but the stout characteristics with which this is imbued makes this an interesting if ultimately forgettable ale. Although it's a small and unusual category, Buffalo does it better.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Photo of desint
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jaydoc
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a thin light tan head that dissipates to small patches and a ring around the glass. Aroma of mild toasted malt, nuts, pilsner style hops, somewhat vegetal. Flavor is toasted malt, slightly tart dark fresh fruit; cherries and plums, hints of nuts and vanilla. Medium bodied with active carbonation. An interesting Belgian strong dark ale with a stronger toasted malt presence than usual, but the dark fruit elements are still dominant. Finishes with a dark fruit and grassy hop bitterness. Nice combination of flavors and an interesting taste of dark malt for the style. Identified as a Belgian stout on the label.

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Photo of akolb
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
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 DrBier
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of qrazvan
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter.

Beautiful nose of dark fruit and chocolate. Taste follows, includes a dark maltiness. Layered and rich.

Mouth is very smooth, a little bitter, and only slightly boozy at the end.

Fantastic artistry. A great bear from a great brewery.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StrongOakOnTheFront
4.76/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
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 ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of speedvagen
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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Barbe Black from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 74 ratings
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