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Belzebuth - Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)

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BA SCORE
78
okay

395 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 18.42%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)
France

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-17-2002)
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Samuel906

California

2.25/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Oh my god is this a hard beer to drink. Basically it has all the fixings of a decent Belgian: wheat, banana, cloves, lemon and some malt. But it goes rapidly downhill from there. Basically, the best way I can put it is pour a small glass of an ok Belgian, pour a tablespoon of sugar in it, and then pour a shot of cheap vodka in it. Pretty much sums up what is going on in this beer. Overly sweet and super boozey, sticky and hard to drink. I'm glad I got it because this beer had always made me curious, but my curiosity has been piqued.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 01:40:36 | More by Samuel906
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samtrillo

California

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's a lot of marketing; trust me I have a lot of experience with American Malt Beers...this is a French equivalent of a 40oz.

I will give it credit for a slightly better taste for it's %13 alcohol content. Most American 40s top out around %8. However, the price makes this slight advantage negligible.

If you are a an aficionado of high percentage beers try it once and you'll see why you won't bother trying it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 04:43:04 | More by samtrillo
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cambabeer

Florida

2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Golden body, some amber hues, very transparent, thin white head and lace. Champagne like carbonation makes it look very appealing.

Definitely smells of the high alcohol content, some sweet sugar and fruit smells as well.
The alcohol is very present in the taste and very warming. It is a little spicy to begin with but that immediately falls away as the intense sweetness of the beer overtakes the palate. Very very sweet. It has some fruitiness to it and what little hops that are present leave a nice clean feel and aftertaste. A little citrusy. All of the above, however, are drowned out by the sweetness that powers the beer.

Simply put, this just isn't my kind of beer. I think it is well executed and a good treat, but I barely finished the small bottle I had. It was just too sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 16:05:39 | More by cambabeer
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FLima

Brazil

3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber color with a thin head, but with a constant retention.
Aroma is not as alcoholic as I initially expected; notes of caramel, malt, Cointreau and floral hops.
Very sweet flavor with notes of oranges soaked in alcohol, white wine, minerals, caramel and peat.
Light to medium body with low carbonation. Alcohol of13% abv feels lower.
This is much better than I expected, I thought this would be a very unpleasant experience such as a bad Malt Liquor.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 02:14:54 | More by FLima
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metter98

New York

2.91/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear dark golden yellow in color with some hues of amber and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with delicate lacing on the surface and a thin collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of apples and malts are present in the nose along with some slight hints of sweetness.
T: The taste starts off like the smell but as soon as it starts warming up, moderately strong flavors of alcohol are noticeable in the finish and the aftertaste. Some notes of Belgian candi sugars and associated hints of sweetness are perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation with a little warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer doesn't taste nearly as strong as its alcohol content, but seems like a Belgian-inspired version of an American Malt Liquor and something you drink to get quickly buzzed.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 03:13:03 | More by metter98
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vgarneth

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a special order for a customer that changed his mind, so it was sitting in the warehouse waiting to be picked back up from the vendor. Another customer inquired about this beer and I remembered the product from the initial request. Amazed that we even able to get it, let alone have it in the store, the customer purchased the case and gave a pack to the store to try. I must admit that this is an interesting beer from the French. It doesn't appear to be much of anything special from the pour or nose; however, it reminds me of a delicate Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France. Elegance in an 8.4 fluid ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 03:54:32 | More by vgarneth
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TruePerception

California

3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Belzebuth: French, 13% alcohol by volume, blonde ale; Appearance: yellowish amber; Smell: wheat with a hint of malt; Taste/Mouthfeel: slightly bitter wheat ale with a hint of malt flavor; decent.

Just a boring wheat beer with a higher alcohol content.

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 08:13:50 | More by TruePerception
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark fizzy yellow/orange with minimal head.

Smell is boozy.. Rum and aging fruits. Sweet.

Taste is malty, bready, boozy. Very sweet. Sharp and crisp. Leaves a lingering taste on the tongue, spicy.

Not much bitterness at all. It’s not bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 23:27:14 | More by Smurf2055
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Beerlover

Minnesota

1.78/5  rDev -48%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

this beer has been sitting on the warm shelf of the store I work at since I started...close to two years ago (9/1/11) and was sitting on the warm self well before then, has a date on the bottle, don't know its the "bottled on" or "best by" date...(I hope it that former) of 28.09.09. that September 28th 2009, so this beer is well over 3 and a half years old at least!

appearance: unlike anything I've seen before, clear, filtered, no head at all but looks like it's be an off white, but it's the color that really gets me on this one...it's like...a greyish brown color...?! weird, maybe I shouldn't drink this. but i'm so curious...hope it doesn't kill this cat!

smell: not bad, not good but not bad smells like sweet booziness with some sourness and caramel.

taste: ha! had my wife try this before I took a sip, (she knows nothing about beer but does appreciate a good beer from time to time) she said "taste like grape juice, weird funky grape juice...ICK! its sour! really sour!" that's funny! sorry honey...hahaha. and now my turn... OMG! YEP! drain pour! not only that, she couldn't have hit the nail on the head anymore! exactly what she said!!

I think I need to find a much fresher specimen for this one!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 05:07:21 | More by Beerlover
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Tone

Missouri

3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of alcohol, pale malt, sweet malt, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of strong alcohol, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hint of hops, and a hint of sugar. Overall, alcohol was well blended for 13%, but not a complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 14:20:29 | More by Tone
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samEBC

Belgium

3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25 cl bottle poured into a Duvel snifter

A: Quite clear, orange coloured with a big, foamy, white head. Leaves a nice lacing in my glass.

S: Obvivious boozy smell combined with caramel. Vague fruity notes, pear and white grapes.

T: Follows the smell. Sweet caramel and some toffee with a lasting alcoholic heat. Some fruitiness comes through, reminiscent of white wine. almost no bitterness

M: Medium-bodied with low carbonation and a pronounced alcohol heat.

O: Not well balanced beer. The alcohol component is just too overpowering for me, which makes for an uninteresting beer. I don't think i'll buy this one again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 22:11:24 | More by samEBC
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Greywulfken

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 bottling date @ 13% alcohol.

A: medium amber beer with dark sediment in the bottom of the bottle; some specks made it into the glass, floating, suspension-style in the beer; no head to speak of - probably owing to a slow, careful pour

S: whacked with a sweet malt aroma when I popped the cap - sweet toffee and caramel

T: sweet toffee and caramel, just like it smelled; slight booziness probably mellowed by its age

M: reminded me of a Samichlaus dopplebock - very thin and slick, miminal carbonation; imperceptible alcohol

O: this beer is much more like a doppelbock than a BSPA - an interesting beer, but not anything that wowed me - it had a rather flaccid quality to it actually; perhaps if it had been a more recent bottling date? But I suspect this falls into that category of beer that will appeal to certain tastes, and for me, it was worth the drink - for sure - but not something I would return to.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 01:48:48 | More by Greywulfken
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DoubleJ

California

2.1/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

How about that 13% ABV? Although this beer has caught my eye more than a few times, I never had the courage to pull the trigger on this highly alcoholic French beer. The label says "bière de fermentation haute", meaning top fermening. However, I'm also been told Belzebuth switched to a lager yeast, according to a Belgian beer enthusiast. Anyways, 250 ml are coming, so let's start drinking:

ZZZ, uh, whut? Oh, yeah. Beer. Focus. The color looks rather dull. It's not quite orangey or bronze colored liquid, on the paler side. Despite the high alcohol level, there's a small layer of head staying on top and dots of lace stay around the glass. That nose....if you like rubbing alcohol and white grapes, you'll really dig this. To me, a neutral spirit with a slice of fruit may be a better option, but I digress....

There's taste alright. Lots of sweetness. To be fair, the first part of the sip isn't so bad, tasting like a reasonable strong beer. But with time, the sweetness gets more out of control. Awful tasting cough drops immediately hit and continue. Rubbing alchol kicks in, and kick in hard. Light biscuity note lingering in the aftertate along with those listed attributes. It's strong, but it doesn't feel like a "weigh me down" beer, and it's a little syrupy too. The alcohol is not shy to show itself, tasting of metals. More oddball metallic flavor comes around and sticks hard in the aftertaste.

A very disjointed strong ale. Some parts are tolerable, and the rest is just NO. I can't take much of this. I hope the fauna below is thirsty.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 05:28:48 | More by DoubleJ
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

unusually sized 8.4oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

a murky amber/coppery pour yields very little head, so obviously not much in the way of retention or lacing; decent amount of sediment. not the most attractive of brews.

nose offers dark fruit with sweet malts and has a vinous like character to it; surprisingly little alcohol considering 13% ABV (which is prominently displayed on the neck of the bottle...). flavor is very sweet, borderline cloying. i'm again reminded of a white wine. sweet malt... yeast... hint of apple... BSPA is definitely not the first thing i think of.

overall, not bad. not great, either. almost astonishing how well-hidden the booze is; i get it in the finish/aftertaste but i thought it would be much more in-your-face. the more it warms the more i sour on it. good in small doses, perhaps (hence the small bottle?). at the end of the day i'm glad i tried it and i'd drink it again if offered, but i wouldn't buy it of my own accord.

original review on: 08-25-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 21:15:03 | More by BostonHops
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small 8.4oz bottle, which is the perfect size for my 10oz CCB snifter. Originally $6, but a shop I haven't been to in over a year had them 50%, which made the price point worth trying.

2009 vintage, I believe, with what appears to be a 2010 best by date. With 13% alcohol, I don't think age would be bad for this thing.

Pours a dark muddy orange color. Head was cream colored, and for the ABV and age, a nice frothy finger adorned it. Retention was also surprisingly good, dissipating to a nice foamy ring, leaving some nice lace.

Definitely some fruity undertones in the nose. Slightly bready and yeasty. A hint of alcohol fumes are detectable, but seemingly mild for it's strength. Some touches of pear and apple faintly mingle.

Taste has a slight candied sweetness up front, which a touch of booziness, bready, almost fruity yeast notes, caramel malts and some sweet apple.

The feel is creamy, with a hefty body. Carbonation is subtle and feels very smooth on the palate.

The alcohol is there, but not overpowering. Lends it a fairly impressive drinkability, however, the 8.4oz bottle really ends up being the perfect size.

Maybe it's the age, or how the store has been storing it, but this was surprisingly tasty and enjoyable. The store has a dozen of more left, and at $3, I will most likely enjoy this again every so often while it's there and stow a couple away for longer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 21:59:58 | More by EgadBananas
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one has been on my tick list for a while. Finally broke down and paid 5.99 for a bottle from Halftime beverage.

A - Wow under 9 oz. doesn't look that impressive in a British pint glass. Color is a nice ruby brown with an unexpected bit of head that is very bubbly. Nice lacing.

S - Smell is kind of faint but balanced mostly balanced fruity yeasts and caramel. Mild grains and some alcohol is also noted but also faint and balanced.

T - Well it's not very complex but its very drinkable. Fruity sugary yeasts, mild hops, some fruit like apple or pear, and very little noticeable ABV. Not bad.

M - Medium bodied and alcohol is never cloying.

Overall I don't think it's worthy to pick up again but overall very interesting and even mimics Belgium brewing at it's finest. Also noted is the 8.4 fluid oz, wtf guys for the price can't I get an even 9? Foreigners...

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 17:17:08 | More by DrDemento456
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billab914

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a deep amber color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a grainy, pale malt like quality to it at first. As it warmed I started to get a little more of a sweeter, caramel like presence mixing with some boozy alcohol. A decent amount of crisp fruitiness is there as well as a little spice.

The taste shows even more of the crisp, fruity, apple like flavors to it. In the finish some of the malty sweetness comes out and mixes with some of the yeast spice. Some alcohol is there in the finish as well. The crisp, apple like fruitiness is a little dominating in it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall it was a decent beer, but not one that stands out in the style. The crisp, fruitiness dominated it a little too much for me. Decent tasting beer overall though.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 01:48:34 | More by billab914
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hdelavega

Florida

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured to Brasserie D'Achouffe.
Pours a murky brownish amber with a thin white head that disappears to a film that leave some bad ass lacing.
The aroma is strange, malty, yeasty, some grassy hop. Tastes kind of old...
Defiantly has a nice sweetness to the taste. The high alcohol is actually pretty well masked but coming out more as it warms up. The grassy hop is even more present in the taste.
Pretty smooth mouth feel, pretty high carbonation with a warming booze finish.
I need to try to see if I can find this beer again but from somewhere that can assure me that it's fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 22:31:43 | More by hdelavega
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pezfiend

New York

3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving, bottle into Palm Tulip glass

A: pours a hazy light amber color, thin head with many little bubbles that keep coming and coming

S: average, some fruit smells, strong scent of alcohol, dark fruit

T: Strong dark fruit smell, raisins, cinnamon, clove, strong taste of boozieness, brandy, for some weird reason I taste cotton candy.... hmmmm

M: Sweet but thin

O: Didn't know much about this beer, bought it on appearance of the bottle (the price tag was $6.66, thought it was appropriate). A good occasional beer, definitely warming, would be really good sometime around January/February. This could replace a nice glass of Brandy during the winter.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 19:51:27 | More by pezfiend
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brilliant golden with a slight soapy head.

Aroma is pale malt, mild dark fruit, generous alcohol warmth.

Taste is initially pale malt and rich dark fruit - plenty of plum and date. Alcohol comes on strong and hot. Lingering minerally quality, and alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is a syrupy medium body.

A very nice strong ale. I wouldn't put this in the BSPA category, so I am grading it accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 01:48:03 | More by Blakaeris
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bashiba

Iowa

2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a bright yellow/orange with a light yet persistant head.

The smell is strong spoiled fruit and old bananas with lots of alcohol.

The taste is very sweet and fruity with a lightly spicy with a big lingering alcohol. So sweet, basically a desert beer.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily and very, very warm.

This beer is just big and sweet, even the 8.4oz bottle size might be to big of a serving.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 01:39:03 | More by bashiba
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Mar02x

Netherlands

3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought this beer in Boulonge-sur-mer, and when I look at the label it say something different than the original Belzebuth. This should be a beer of 13% ABV!?

A - clear light brown fluid with some carbonation (bubbles racing from the bottom), not much head, just a thin layer on the surface and a white ring sticking against the glass.

S - Not a real fresh smell, some alcohol and old yeast.

T - Lucky enough the taste is much better than the smell. Not a real delight but a strong heavy beer, some fruit and nice warming alcohol after taste.

M - Nice carbonation, good mouth feeling, slightly sticky and creamy.

O - Despite the smell I find it a good strong beer. Alcohol is present but some time you want a real kicker. Worth buying to try once or twice if you ask me.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 18:27:20 | More by Mar02x
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impending

California

2.33/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

25cl into a tulip. Pours a nearly transparent orange butterscotch, what little head that formed dissipated rapidly, no lacing, minimal carbonation.

Cloying sweet aroma, hard to get past the sugars to what could be a complex underbelly.

Massive residual sugars dominate the flavor, no bitter, no dry. The fusel alcohol is almost an appropriate counterbalance to the sugars but it isn't. Full bodied syrupy mouthfeel.
No sense of cultured restraint.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 04:38:14 | More by impending
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a nice looking golden orange color. The head was minimal but had a good aroma. The smell of the beer was fruity and yeasty. The taste has a bready citrus flavor with some spices in the mix. The mouthfeel was about medium bodied and had a low carbonation level. Overall I enjoyed this beer and have been meaning to pick more up but have yet to do so.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 15:18:19 | More by Knapp85
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a very modest head that leaves a lot of sheeting, nevertheless

Smell: Very bready and somewhat sweet

Taste: Bready, up front, with a growing sweetness and fusel alcohol character, by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweetness continues

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; slightly syrupy

Overall: Just doesn't float my boat; rather one dimensional

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 23:25:08 | More by brentk56
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Belzebuth from Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)
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