Brasserie Lefebvre Barbãr Blonde (8%)

A good friend of mine spent a week in Belgium recently and was kind enough to bring me back a handful of beers.
I asked him just to choose things that looked interesting rather than me supply a list, and what a great choice he made with this one.
Barbãr Blonde is a very nice golden beer with a fluffy head and the smell of spicy apple strudel.
A rather sweet beer, though the big alcohol hit stops it becoming cloying, brewed with honey, coriander and Curaçao, it’s sticky and gooey, boozy and almost chewy.
The malts are good and biscuity with a wheat and bran cereal richness, there’s a hint of liquorice but everything feels hazy through the fog of fruity rum that surrounds it.
The hops are crisp and fresh, enhanced by the coriander that pushes the finish into a herby, grassy bundle that you could happily ruminate on all evening.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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