Beer Reviews

Here’s a list of the beers that I’ve tried around the world, and my stab at giving them all a decent review.  I will be neither scientific nor sappy with any of my reviews; I’ll just leave my best biased opinion.  I’ll keep a running list, so standby for updates.  Cheers, everyone 🙂

1. De Verboden Vrucht / Le Fruit Defende – De Kluis Brewery, Belgium

The beer pours with a dark caramel color, thick head with a swampy sediment at the bottom.  I realize the glass in the photo isn’t the proper medium to be drinking this beer out of, but ordinarily it is served in a “goblet” style glass.  It is very light and crisp at first, and sweet.  After a second, the true ale flavor and high alc. % sets in.

I read a review online about this beer and some person said “ginger bread cake, plum, and raspberry scone with a clove hit”  LOL that’s getting too much into the weeds for me.. Yeah the beer is a bit fruity tasting and you can pick up on a little bit of honey, but overall this is just a strong ale, and I’d recommend it.  I’ll try to find this on tap and provide an update.

Strong flavor… I give it a 7/10 for my personal taste preference.


2. Barbar – Lefebvre Brewery, Quenast, Belgium

The beer I’m trying this week is another unique Belgian beer – a strong pale ale (8% abv) by the name of “Barbar” brewed in the Walloon region of Belgium.  I love this style of bottle – it’s sort of ‘corked’ by a rubber stopper that is held in place by a metal contraption that sort of reminds me of a puzzle.  The metal is leveraged perfectly to seal the stopper in place and probably works better than just a metal cap.

The beer pours a gold color and is nice and clear.  Foamy head..
First taste: sour, sharp edge.. yet tasty.
After flavor: the honey really sets in and rounds out the edge perfectly.  Really nice tasting beer.  R liked this one a lot 🙂

The alcohol content didn’t sway me at all from finishing this beer off quickly.  Despite the sharp taste at first, the flavor really smoothes out in the end – probably thanks to the honey.

I’d give this thing a 7/10 for my own personal preference, only because I’m biased towards more hop flavor in my beers.  (Back home I was crazy for IPA’s).  But Lefebvre’s Barbar is really worth trying – and I’m really curious how this beer turns out on tap.
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