Belzebuth - Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 410 | Reviews: 282 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by erz316:
4.05/5 rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
8.4 floz bottle poured int le chouffe snifter. 28.09.09 is the best before date. Biere de fermentation haute; I would agree.
A - pours a hazy medium dark amber, and when held up to the light it makes a beautiful full amber colour. head is minimal, sinking quite fast after a one finger head forms. not unappealing, but the body could be a bit brighter in general, and the head could last much longer.
S- real malty and boozy. opening notes are a slight fruity maltiness. top notes are is of apricot brandy and booze soaked figs or raisins, followed by malts. middle notes are a slightly spicy alcohol presence, almost like the spice from a spiced rum. no discernible bottom notes, probably just more malts. this is a pretty good smelling beer, but nothing special. the fruit aspect is a big turn on, and if they could pump that and the spicy alcohol presence up, it would be much improved.
T - for all the misgivings that I have the taste of the beer if excelent. the alcohol knows just where to be at just the right times! the intial taste is of malty booze, some white raisins mixed in with the ever growing alcohol presence. the booze gets much more dominant as I hold it in my mouth. the booze taste like it was made of fruits, maybe apples (but not like a hard cider). quite lovely. the alcohol doesn't overwhelm though, as it is inherently attached to this fruity aspect, and is again buffered by the malts. a masterful blending of some 13 % abv. the finish is an almost even blend of the malts (making a strong comeback) and te alcohol, which gives itself as a nice burning sensation. there is also a good burst from the hops, really bitter, as it reaches the back of the palate (right before swallowing). the after taste is sweet malts, with a touch of brown sugar. the hops are also there, but not as noticeable as that absolute blast of hops during the finish. this is an excellent tasting beer; it really knows how to make use of the alcohol.
MF&D - the only problem is that the brew is too thick. this is a natural side effect of having so much alcohol. the body is full, while it should be a medium-full at most (the higher fullness being attributed to an increase in carbonation, which is acceptable). the beer, however, does not gain fullness from extra carbonation, which is quite well proportioned for a full body beer. the body itself is making it the beer full, which is not a good thing. the drinkability is then going to suffer for this style, as it should be lighter and more bubbly, easier to go down. the alcohol is also a detriment to a degree; one too many of these guys will put you in the nut house.
Serving type: bottle
08-08-2009 17:33:55 | More by erz316
More User Reviews:
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
Belzebuth from Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)
78 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.