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

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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 14
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by Tawnos:
Photo of Tawnos
2.51/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: A golden orangish color, almost glowing. A small head quickly dissipates, but leaves lacing on the glass.

Smell: Almost metallic, similar to elephant malt liquor. Surprisingly little alcohol smell.

Taste: Cloyingly sweet. I'm impressed the alcohol doesn't hit hard, but it almost tastes like I'm drinking rotten, horribly over ripe fruit.

Mouthfeel: Thick, sugary, syrupy. Would be great in a better tasting beer, the mouth coating isn't bad, it leaves the better parts of the beer lingering. However, the taste

Drinkability: Too high percentage and too sweet to drink again.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-The head is a medium bubble foam with a nice off-white color. The body is a straw yellow with a slight orange hue and a bit hazy. It has a strong carbonation with medium size bubbles.

S- sweat aroma with a nice maltyness and the faint hint of banana. Yet it is still a pretty clean aroma.

T- Spicy honey malt taste starts off with a bit of hops keeping it in balance. It has a nice alcohol warming but very subdue for a 13% beer.

M- This has a medium mouthfeel but a surprising fizziness to the finish.

D-This is a pretty sweet malt beer with a hint of hops that balances out and even hides the alcohol warmth. The sweet malt is a bit over-powering and I wish the hops or alcohol or less-sweet maltyness would stand up to the sweetness. It was also a bit too fizzy for a nice high alcohol beer.

Photo of samtrillo
2.54/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pretty medium orange color with a nice white head that melts to thick, bumpy lacing that sticks very well on the side of the glass.
A belgium smell with sweet malt, oranges and tangerines, golden raisins, and alcohol.
Thick and slippery in the mouthfeel department.
Tastes less sweet than it smells....Still some orange and tangerine but mega amounts of alcohol and (as Jason noticed) alcohol soaked raisins.
Aftertaste is primarily alcohol and the alcohol warmth is felt from the lips to the tips of your toes....all of the way down.
I think the beauty of this brew is lost in it's very high alcohol strength. Too bad because I think there is more in just gets smothered.
My bottle has a best by date of June 28th, 2007. I would like to find a couple more bottles and put them in the cellar until at least the best by date if not a year beyond that.
I really think this would improve with some age on it.

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. From around 2004. Getting married in a week, and trying much from the cellar.

Appearance: Hazy amber copper color.

Smell: Massive raisin sweetness and red vinousness. Mild chocolate and toffee, heavily sweet.

Taste: Massive raisins, yes. Dark fruits. Whiffs of booze. Big booze maybe. Mild wood and tar. Heavy and nice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy carbonation.

Drinkability: Let it live a bit in the bottle. This is an older one. This is what it takes, I imagine. Try it. A big one.

Photo of Mar02x
3/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of psujesus
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this is a very fruity beer
poured into a wine glass, a nice copper brown color with lasting head, not filtered well as it had specs of what i assume is sediment
a nice fruit smell to go with its fruity/wine taste, seems to have a familiar taste is vodka to it, reminds me of my party days when i tango'd with Vladamir, the alcohol taste got stronger as the glass emptied
overall a drinkable beer that would be good for special occasions

Photo of cokes
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13% version.

Glowing amber. Perfectly clear. Head is absent except for an intial film.
Grain alcohol wafts with underlying but substancial green raisins and orange peels.
RIdes in with an intial dark fruit surge. Figs and raisins and grape jam. A more intricate tropical fruit essence begins to materialize via mangoes and oranges, but is instantly swept away in the vicious vodka-esque alcohol riptide. Very sweet but rough and ragged.
Devastating while chilled.
Once warmed, this is still a heaty beverage, though tamer and more drinkable. Woodier, with oak and cedar notes. Suppressed vanilla and nutmeg. Green apple peels. Traces of honey-roasted nuts. A butter-toffee base provides a malt offset for the assertive alcohol content which swings closer to scotch as it sits. Ever-so-slightly smoky. Some sweeter bourbon nuances as well.
In all honesty, this one is all about the brute alcohol strength. At any temperature below cellar results in a glass full of windshield-wiper fluid. The girth of the ABV never hides once it heats up a bit, but it adopts more manageable and interesting characteristics.

Surprisingly light-bodied, clocking in around medium, without any sense of cloying or coating stickiness. The exiting blast of etoh helps vacate the mouth and lends a huge pepper spiciness along with a burning sensation south of the epiglottus.

Fearsome and fierce, but not without redeeming qualities.
This one started to grow on me. A 750mL of this would have likely numbed me enough (and killed enough braincells) to rate it even higher. Certainly worthy of a whirl.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This beer is a real malt and alcohol knockout. What character! Great orange color, but the head immediately disappears (because of the high alcohol). The aroma has some alcohol to it, with alot of fruitiness - pears, orange, floral. The flavor gives a one-two punch of alcohol and intense maltiness with a good amount of complexity. Honey-ish. Light candy. Toffee & Munich malt. Alot of alcohol but fairly well supported by malt flavor and body. Sweetish, but that differentiates it a bit. Definitely a nightcap beer - really interesting and nice beer, but it will rough up your tastebuds. Thank you sir, may I have another!?

Photo of maniac
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle was labelled as 13%.
Appearance was a clear dark amber color with a thin frothy white head.
Aroma of sweet malt with hints of fruit.
Flavor of candi sugar. LOTS of candi sugar. with some hints of molassas and caramel.
Lots of alcohol here, but the candi sugar covers everything.

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