Belzebuth - Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)
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2.91/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
11-06-2013 03:13:03 | More by metter98
3.43/5 rDev +0.3%
Glossy apricot with a generous amount of swirling yeast that soon settles into suspended animation. The alabaster colored crown achieved three fingers on the pour and isn't that interested in melting. Tiny cirlicues of lace grace the glass and look as if they'll hang for a spell as well. I'm not sure what I expected, but it wasn't this.
There's no way this beer is a BSPA. The nose has no Belgian yeast character and, frankly, there isn't much else goin' on. Maybe some pale malt, but that's hardly the most aromatic of grains. Amazingly enough, almost no alcohol is noted. Something tells me I won't be saying that when it comes time to upend the glass.
Belzebuth Blond Ale tastes pretty much as expected. It's most reminiscent of an American malt liquor, although more refined. How about Euro strong ale? Whatever it is, it's heavy on power and light on complexity. It does, however, have a strange sort of charm for those of us who appreciate big beer (and don't mind the 'better' malt liquors).
Something slightly darker than pale malt gives it slightly more flavor interest. Honey liqueur is another appropriate comparison. A decent amount of hop bitterness keeps it from being a cloying mess, though it might be nothing more than alcohol cutting through the sugars like a hot knife through butter. It's definitely warm, but stops well short of hot.
What should the mouthfeel on a 13.0% ale be like? That's a tough one since there are so few of them. This one is closer to medium than full and has a 'just about right' amount of carbonation that keeps things from bogging down.
Brasserie Grain d'Orge Belzebuth is more interesting than it is good. Having said that, any beer that calls to mind honey liqueur, mead and malt liquor is okay by me. Even if I'll never lay out the cash for another bottle.
12-11-2009 15:23:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.13/5 rDev -8.5%
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
05-31-2011 23:25:08 | More by brentk56
3.68/5 rDev +7.6%
Enjoyed at my favorite local establishment--Pazzo's. Surprising to find such balance in a high-gravity lager. Very sweet and aromatic to the nose: fruity, floral, honeysuckle, and sweet spices,...ooh yea, alcohol. Apprearance is a still copper-orange color with alcohol legs all over the rim. Obviously meant to be sampled like a brandy. Tastes very sweet and malty. Honey flavors all over the place. Nice hop aroma, but not so much in the flavor. Bittered only for balance. Fruit flavors of dates, plumbs, grapes, apples, cherries--all of the over-ripe variety. Thin syrupy sweet body. Oily and resiny to the entire mouth. Numbing from 15% abv. Hot and spicy: cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice is accentuated by the alcohol as well. Alcohols are mildly fusal and phenolic, otherwise nice for such a punch. Finishes sticky sweet. She's a sipper.
09-06-2005 18:42:39 | More by BEERchitect
3.05/5 rDev -10.8%
Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-hued body with a large, foamy, white head. Fine, latticework lacing on the way down.
Smell: Slightly candyish nose with meager fruit notes and the scent of a glass of chardonnay perked up with a half shot of grain alcohol.
Taste: Sweet caramel and toffee maltiness upfront with a hot alcohol component fast on it's heels. A few helpings of rock candy. Slight peach and apple fruitiness. Sip of white wine. That ABV is very apparent and once it hits it's harsh to and beyond the finish with any subsequent flavors becoming washed out in the booziness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very warming alcohol presence from stem to sternum.
Drinkability: Whew. Definitely a candidate for a slow sipper. Seems to forgo subtle complexities and finesse for a punchy booziness.
11-21-2008 03:27:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.1/5 rDev +19.9%
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.
06-26-2011 15:18:19 | More by Knapp85
3.38/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
02-17-2003 06:37:51 | More by oberon
4.43/5 rDev +29.5%
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!?
07-28-2002 07:05:53 | More by NeroFiddled
3.88/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
04-25-2002 10:25:50 | More by Jason
3.13/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
01-18-2004 00:25:49 | More by WVbeergeek
3.18/5 rDev -7%
A frightening ale, this, that used to be available briefly, in MN, and which I tried in the days before I sat down to write about every beer. My strongest, most succint impression then was "it tastes like drugs" and, though this bottle says 13% and my previous samplings were 15%, those are still the best 4 words to use.
Appearance: a clear pale reddish hue, with a small, swiftly settling white head.
Aroma: booming fruit, huge, even suffocating alcohol. Wickedly sweet, damned powerful. Just drinking it in the nose could put you into drunkenness!
Fierce on the palate, BOOM!BOOM!BOOM!---unrelentingly hot and potentially damaging! I feel as if malt is providing too little flavor, hops are not helping either, and no parts of this beer are resisting the dominance of the occupying alcoholic forces. Gets to work in the brain quickly, like a French malt likka.
Intensely burning and buzzing, incredibly alcoholic and flavorful, but--OW!OW!OW!!!...too much so. Too, too much so. Good for a novelty perhaps, but nothing you'd reach for to quench your thirst or get you relaxing.
Thanks to JohnnyDuvel for putting it back in my hands again.
08-07-2003 23:07:39 | More by feloniousmonk
3.9/5 rDev +14%
Belzebuth bottle served in a Belzebuth serving glass (about 6 oz), I'm a glassware collector. Moderate and steady carbonation, tight head, small bubbles, lacing on glass. Beer is yellow, darker than Pils, smells sweet and some malt comes through in the smell.
Taste is unique but good. Very interesting. Sweet, warm (from the 13% alcohol). This isn't my favorite beer but I do enjoy it a lot. Drinks easy, probably too easy for something with so much alcohol. Give it a try.
08-23-2009 03:16:28 | More by drabmuh
3.63/5 rDev +6.1%
The beer pours a golden color with some floaties and a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very strong pale and carapils malt scent that reaks of alcohol. It is dry and devoid of much hop aroma. The taste is decent. It is a very thick and rich beer with loads of pale malts and a dry, warm finish. It goes down slow like liquor, but is pretty damn tastey. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good strong lager. It's a sipping beer for sure, but not at all bad. It has a good taste and decent mouthfeel.
02-06-2005 22:11:09 | More by WesWes
4.22/5 rDev +23.4%
Poured into a snifter.
Pours hazy orange with a thin, lasting head.
The smell is of caramel candy, peppery alcohol, brandyish aroma.
The taste is of sweet caramel-candy with spicy alcohol. Bready notes come in as it progresses to offset some of the sweetness, though sweet and spicy remain as the main characteristic. Although alcohol comes through, it's not as overwhelming as one might expect for abv level. It adds a nice spiciness to it. Finishes sweet, but dry.
Medium-bodied. Not quite as full-bodied as expected. Especially smooth for alcoholic character. Flavors coat the tongue.
Don't be caught off-guard - easy to drink for a 13%er. Candy-like sweetness, but not cloying. A nice "sipping" treat that is too easy to more than sip.
01-13-2007 02:23:26 | More by jwc215
3.6/5 rDev +5.3%
Cloudy, blonde color. Long lasting one-finger head, leaving impressive rings of lace on the side of the glass.
Strong oily smells from the high alcohol content. High malt aroma--a touch of caramel.
This beer has the buttery feel of alcohol. Pretty good balance given the style. This is a sweet beer without being coyingly so. No noticable hop.
If you like high-alcohol beers, this is a good one. A beautiful beer in appearance! I say it's too potent to be a regular drink-a-day beer.
12-31-2006 20:24:29 | More by smcolw
United Kingdom (England)
4.22/5 rDev +23.4%
Been saving this beer for my 666th review on BA (how sad is that?). 25cl brown bottle with the 13% brew inside. Poured into my 'La Chouffe' stemmed tulip glass.
Clear, deep golden colour, like a German Export or Dort. Same white head too.
Alcohol esters attack the nose along with a toffee/molasses/treacle semi-sweetness. Hops too, they arrive as the beer warms.
Obviously you have to get past the alcohol first, then a richness and tangy sensation puts a tingle to the back of your throat. The semi-sweetness of the aroma comes out in the taste and there is a hidden warmth in the brew which reminded me of coal fires and smoking jackets.
This is a bloody good beer, I am finding more and more French brews worth drinking, this being the second from this brewery.
04-03-2009 19:44:41 | More by BlackHaddock
3.08/5 rDev -9.9%
Pours a yellowish orange color with a little 1/4" head. The aroma was of alcohol and malt. The flavor was dissappointing as this was candy-like with raisins and some spice (pepper). The alcohol was way too predominant.
This was a medium heavy brew with a syrupy mouthfeel. The finish was sharp alcohol and sweetness. Not very drinkable, as the sweetness and alcohol combo just didn't please the tastebuds.
07-22-2004 22:56:47 | More by Gavage
Belzebuth from Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)
78 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.