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

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BA SCORE
78
okay

396 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 396
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 18.48%


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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beerogre

New York

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

It was one of those nights tonight. Should I have a beer or not? That was the question I mulled over for a while, but since there was actually a very worthwhile event to celebrate today, I ultimately decided that not only should I have a beer, but that I would go with the strongest currently in my inventory.

Since I am still in the process of moving into my new place, I have to admit my arsenal is somewhat threadbare at the moment, but even in more stocked up times the beer I picked out would in many cases be the strongest.

Belzebuth (with a subtitle of "pur malt") sampled in a 25cl brown bottle, which the label states equates to 8oz. This is the last of a 3 pack I bought from Cellars while visiting Fort Lauderdale a couple of months ago. (See my BeerFly review).

The bottle reviewed has an abv of 13%, which I understand is slightly reduced from the previous 15%. Since I never experienced it in its former glory I am unable to comment on how it varies from the original product.

Appearance: The contents of this particular bottle had an amber colour and a slightly cloudy appearance when poured into my Cambridge Folk Festival imperial pint mug. The head quickly disappeared.

Smell: Predominantly sweetness.

Taste: The first thing I noticed was the sweetness, which continues to dominate throughout, then the alcohol and some bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A welcome visitor in my mouth anytime. I liked its assertive presence.

Drinkability: Since I like sweet beers and since it's in a small bottle I could drink a couple of these in an evening, but I think one bottle would be enough for most folks.

Notes: I like my beer sweet, strong and warming, (my favourite style is barleywines) so this is a beer I enjoyed and would drink again occasionally. My main gripe is that although this is a strong beer, I always find 8oz is never quite enough. It seems the suggestion is "ooh this is so strong we only dare package it in such small quantities." It's not a marketing technique that I'm particularly fond of, and I for one was highly delighted, when Anchor moved Old Foghorn from 8oz to 12oz bottles.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 02:57:22 | More by beerogre
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Belzebuth from Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)
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