Barbãr Bok – Brasserie Lefebvre (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: B+

Barbãr Bok – Brasserie Lefebvre, 8.5% ABV – 330ml., (Belgium)

Ingredients: water, barley malt, wheat, honey, hops ,sugar, bitter oranges, coriander, yeast.

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  • Style: (honey, spices) Flavoured Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Stealthly alcoholic malty caramel cola
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off) – 330ml., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: possibly, it’s just so drinkable
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours malty dark brown with minimal quickly dissipating head, a thin layer of retention, lots of steady streams, no lacing.

Nose: caramel malts all day long (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: soda-fizzy, light creamy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) malts, cola, honey, molasses, subtle orange oils

Finish: coriander, stealth hops mixed with malty sweet crisp finish.

Summary: Incredibly smooth. It has just the right balance of heaviness, complexity, and crispness which makes it so drinkable. It drinks like a less-sweet/more malty Cola with a creeper buzz.

Floreffe Triple – Brasserie Lefebvre (Rebecq-Quenast, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: C

Floreffe Triple – Brasserie Lefebvre, 8% ABV – 330ml., (Rebecq-Quenast, Belgium)

Ingredients: water, barley malt, hop, canesugar, yeast.

  • Style: Abbey Tripel
  • Taste: Creamy-fizzy salty chamomile honeyed malts
  • Where I got it : W. 16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off) – 330ml., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours golden honey brown with a large cream-foamy head, long retention, lots of sticky lacing, lots of steady streams.

Nose: typical tripel honeyed malts with chamomile (lvl 5)-pungency

Attack: super crisp fizzy

Mid-palate: creamy mouthfeel, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) weird saltiness, chamomile, honey malts, 

Finish: salty off-dry hopped finish.

Summary: The strange saltiness in the mid-to-finish is hard for me to thoroughly enjoy. Although the body and depth are there, I can think of several other Belgian tripel I’d much rather enjoy.

Floreffe Prima Melior – Brasserie Lefebvre (Rebecq-Quenast, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: B-

Floreffe Prima Melior – Brasserie Lefebvre, 8% ABV – 330ml., (Rebecq-Quenast, Belgium)

Ingredients: water, barley malt, roasted malt, hop, canesugar, yeast, spices.

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: honeyed brown sugar malted strong ale
  • Where I got it : W. 16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off) – 330ml., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours cloudy cola brown with a massive creamy-foamy head, good retention, lots of steady streams.

Nose: Caramel malt, brown sugar, honey, minor alcohol detection (7/10-pungency)

Attack: sharp-heavy sugar hit

Mid-palate: (9/10)-cola sweetness, creamy-fizzy mouthfeel, (MAIN) caramel malts, brown sugar, honey, cola (star anise/clove)

Finish: minor hopped bitter/mainly malty sweet finish.

Summary: A very full and sweet beer, quite a typical Belgian Strong Ale. Not outstanding but no slouch either.