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

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438 Ratings
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 14
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-17-2002

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Ratings: 438 | Reviews: 285
Reviews by Romulus141:
Photo of Romulus141
2.71/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought this one on a whim. I was mostly enticed by the 13% alcohol label.

Poured into a deep, wide wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium amber with minimal head. When held up to the light there is a faint reddish color that I detect. There is a thin layer of foam on the top of my glass. This beer leaves a strong amount of lacing on the edges of the glass. Carbonation seems to be light.

Smell: I was able to smell this the minute I opened the bottle. The dominating characteristic is, of course, the alcohol itself. There is also a faint, musty scent of fruit, although it's hard to detect. The nose also has a spice-like characteristic, leading one to anticipate a strong flavor.

Taste: The beer leaves a strong impression. It starts off intensely sweet, to the point that it's like a syrup. This leads into fruit taste, somewhere between a grapefruit and a banana. The finish is spicy and somewhat explosive, which leaves a lingering aftertaste. The common characteristic throughout a quaff is the strong alcoholic character of this brew. It dominates a bit too much, unfortunately. Although there is a lot going on here, it's rather unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thick, syrupy, and lightly carbonated. This feels like it leaves some residue behind, as the aftertaste just does not go away.

Drinkability: This is low, for a few reasons. First, the 13% makes multiple bottles a dangerous proposition. Second, the syrupy sweet taste mixed with the alcohol taste will not sit well with the stomach in large quantities. Third, the brew itself is expensive.

This reminds me of another brew I bought a case of about two years ago. It was strong, and it took forever for me to finish all the bottles. The novelty of having a high alcohol content is nice, but I've yet to find a balanced brew that pushes past the 10% barrier.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw this one up in Buffalo at Premiere Liquore,had read some things about it so wanted to try it.Odd 8 oz. bottle,poured with a huge head that didnt go away for a long time.Very bright color,it supposed to be all malt from what I understand,very fluffy starts smooth but the alcohol comes out quick,somewhat spicey in the finish.Not to incredibly thick,wich was a pleasant suprise.

Photo of RoyalT
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light, clear, and florescent orange in color, almost like an AT, with a smallish head.

Smell – Very sharp orange aroma with a warning of alcohol. There’s also a deep, dedicated malt base.

Taste – This is quite good. The alcohol sense was a little over-the-top, but the malt and orange came out nicely. There’s also some fine spicing here. I swear this is much more like a BSPA than a lager, and it’s certainly not a pilsner of any kind.

Mouthfeel – The sharp alcohol sting is the only thing that hurts this one. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with very subtle carbonation.

Drinkability – Give me that at maybe 8 or 10% and I’ll drink it all day. The vodka sting was a little much, but otherwise this was a nice ale. It is diverse and complex, refined, and very flavorful.

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of marvin213
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I opened this new 12oz beer and poured it directly into my Chapel Hill Brewery pint glass--support your local brewers! It actually looks like there's beer missing from my glass. Despite the respectable head and thin layer of foam remnants, I'm taken aback that this big ol' 13%er settled so easily. Relatively big, bacteria-culture lookin' bubbles layer on top of the liquid, adding to the communication from the neck's sticker: high gravity! Still, it LOOKS fairly tame.

The smell is just okay. I detect the Belgian yeast and, as usual, that overpowers all other components. It's not as pronounced as in others I've tried, but it's undisputably the smell's defining characteristic.

I do taste the alcohol. Honestly not too immense--it warms without burning--it's a well-done strong Belgian ale. For the ominous ABV, its taste is tame. You're not gonna chug it, but it's not a bad sipper. Quite frankly, though, I think this beer is designed with a purpose to intoxicate. It's just quaffable enough to drink--I credit the Belgian yeast for that--but what sorta food pairing would you offer with this? Cheese, I reckon.

Mouthfeel is warm and tingly--alcohol with Belgian yeast strain. I'm tellin' ya--this is a straight intoxicator--perhaps that's why its name and label allude to the devil. The beverage really teeters between obnoxiously strong and just tame enough to bear. A tame bear, this one....

I wouldn't recommend two--it is 13%ABV. With that in mind, however, it's not a bad beverage. If your objective is aligned with the Belzebuth from the outset, this might be the beer best suited for you.

Photo of moderndrunkard
2.11/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

These crazy frenchmen and their extra-strong devil beer...

Some people like to start their night out with a couple shots. Today I'm going with some Belzebuth.

Pours a clear August-afternoon sunshiny amber with a small amount of head, about one skinny finger.

The smell is all yeasty and fruity. I smell pear. Very sweet.

The taste is very pungent, if a taste can be said to be pungent. Alcoholic and phenolic. Actually leaves a bitter taste for all that high-alcohol sweetness, but it's a phenolic bitter taste, and quite off-putting. Just doesn't taste natural to me. As it warms it becomes much more tolerable, but in the end, I was glad I only had 25cL of it.

Photo of Beerswag
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 250ml brown bottle with a demon dancing amongst the full moon on the label. Best before date clearly notched.

Appearance: Hazy to the point of being cloudy ... most of the dregs where very unsettled and rose to the top of the bottle when opened from the carbonation. Nice orange amber hue ... thin off white lace on top.

Smell: Lots of alcohol in the nose with hints of brandy and alcohol soaked raisins.

Taste: Very fat and chewy malt mouth feel with a creamy slickness coming from the alcohol. Moderate carbonation accenting the spicy sweet alcohol that seems to dominate the front ... we could feel the alcohol warm from mouth to belly. Some fruitiness and hop bitterness is evident leaving candied orange and raisins with a hop leaf flavours. Ghost like grain in the finish that leaves an amazingly clean after taste.

Notes: Not a beer you would want to dance with every night though a treat every once in a while. The only problem was the dregs sneaking into the glass even when I did pour with care ... note that this is a filtered brew though there was a little sediment. Oddly for a brew that boasts 15% abv it has a best before date, I encourage you to buy a couple a lay one down for a while.

Photo of merlin48
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

8 oz(250ml) bottle with "28.3.05" freshness date on front label. 13% vol alc, according to paper label around the neck. Served chilled into a tulip glass. Pours a slightly hazed, honey gold body, with a minimal, ivory head that quickly drops to collar and island chain lacing.

Aroma is malty sweet, and powered by medicinal strength alcohol. Herbal and floral hops are in the background to rein things in a bit.

Mouthfeel has an alcohol kick. Carbonation is active, and this is, surprisingly, light bodied.

Taste is caramel malt on steroids. Alcohol is medicinal, and the sweetness would be cloying if this were a 12 oz bottle, instead of an 8. Some light, herbal hops emerge at the finish to provide a clean aftertaste.

This one is pretty interesting, and defies categorization. Closer to an English, strong old ale than a pils, lager, or strong pale ale. Leave it to the French to mess your mind when trying to figure this ale out. This one will evoke a lot of controversy, as differing palates try to discern what this ale is about.

Photo of Billolick
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

small bottle, 13% version, served in a small sample glass. Pours light and clear, white head, leaving wispy lace. Malt and alcohol nose with a bit of powdered sugar. Taste is somewhat astringent, sweet and alcoholic. This is not for beginners. Strong brew, minimal hop flavors noted. Mostly sweet malt ,some peppery spice and alcohol. A decent desert beer or after dinner sipper

Photo of Byeast
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: poured a lightly hazed, darker peach/orange color, with a small white head.

Smell: some fruity esters, kinda flowery, cognac or brandy like scent with the alcohol as well, smell thats like those brownish fruit roll up things.

Taste: Dense, rich malt with sweet fruity complexity- flavors like raisin,pear, orange, mixed with some honeyish malts, a warming alcohol, the fruity tastes just show for a flash and the the alcohol takes over, finish is kind of cotton candy sweet, blended with some more grainy qualities.

Mouthfeel: thick, chewy

Drinkability: Interesting flavors and alcohol in this beer, for its strength its pretty drinkable, the alcohol is not biting or harsh, but it does show, a pleasant mellowing brew.

Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of ryanocerus
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This review is also based on the 13% version.
The golden beer poured a syrup consistency with a thick, short lasting head. The aroma was malt, alcohol and slight spiced fruit. The taste was initial alcohol, then the malt and ended on fruit undertones, but continually swirling in the mouth. The alcohol was huge; and the taste, complex. When quaffing, I recommend it be cold. Mine was roughly high 30s to low 40s and that seemed to take the alcohol bite out of it. As it warmed, the alcohol became more evident, but did not make it a bad beer. I gave it good marks in the flavor department, just because of the complexity. As others have said, it is an experience, and I think, a good one.

Photo of fionn13
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of ohmybock
1.96/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I like some hard-to-like beers, but I didn't care for this one at all. The flavor was way too simple for such a stong beer. The alcohol was also way too stong for me with nothing to back it up. It was interesting, but not something I would ever buy again.

Photo of masikon
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a sort of pale marigold with a very minimal and distressed looking head. Nose is slightly fruity, with plenty of alcohol as well....some candyish sweetness as well. Mouthfeel is thick, oily, and slick, with a big malty taste and all kinds of warming....slight burn on the first few sips. Finish is very clean and the aftertaste is nice. This isn't quite as off-putting as I had expected but it is definitely a sipper. I don't love this beer although it is worth a try, certainly different.

Photo of sivart
3.09/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

.25L bottle - Shared this one w/ SkyCop32. Picked up at Maruhn Getränke in Darmstadt, Germany. Pours a pale hazy golden yellow color. Aromas of yeast, some fruit and spice. Taste is yeasty and medicinal, can really taste the alcohol in this one, can't hold a candle compared to the other Belgian Strong Pale Ales (Duvel).

Photo of Culture
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of ADR
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber, not hugely carbonated. Alcohol and some floweriness to the smell. Very spicy flavors, pepper and cloves and the alcohol is noticeably present. Seems like a candied cherry is in order. Almost a bourbon-like character in the mouth. Aftertaste is pretty bitter and not very changed from the initial taste, probably from the strength rather than hops. Interesting potent brew but all in all too much of an arresting spice and alcohol overall impression to me. There are similar strength brews that are more pleasant.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

13% abv version,
Appearance: Golden amber tone with a thin layer of head cream colored with minimal lacing due to the high alcohol of 13%. Wow, this is a big brew. Aroma: Grain alcohol in the aroma a bit of creamy grainy finish wow it's amazing this beer pushes this much alcohol without much balance in it. Taste: Strong finish of malt and alcohol a notch down from any whiskey or rum out there so good though after the unbalance still retains a tasty finish. Mouthfeel: Thick with a bit of a cloying finish on each sip from the alcohol by volume this is a big beer my goodness how does a company make a beer like this legally. Drinkability: Depending on how much you've had that's the question yes a very strong beer is here but you could concentrate on the abv or the flavor very tasty brew that is stronger than most beers can dream of.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of rwathree
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a pilsner glass. it's what i had.

a very opaque dirty blonde, with nice gold hues on the edges. the head didn't last long, and upon closer inspection, a lot of sediment floating around, despite a careful pour.

pretty much got alcohol from it. not surprising, given the 13% abv. (see beer thoughts)

candy sugar right up front, then some banana and apple. lacks the spiciness i associate with the style.

there's very little aftertaste, a little bit of apple and that's it. sticks to the palate for a while. resiny. the big negative is the way the alcohol hits the senses going down. big fume outburst traveled through my sinuses. not fun.

despite the above note, the high alcohol content doesn't make this hard going down. the overbearing sweetness does, though. i'm not in a rush to revisit this, though i'm interested in laying one down for a while and taking it on then.

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Belzebuth from Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)
78 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.