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

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Reviews: 289
Hads: 455
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 22.51%
Wants: 14
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best by 9/19/15.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, honey, earth, spice, yeast, and slight peanut butter aromas. Taste is much the same with peanut butter, medicinal, honey, earth, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and spice bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with some odd peanut butter and medicinal qualities and a booziness that is noticeable after every sip.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of metter98
2.96/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +29.2%
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!?

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Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of billab914
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a deep amber color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a grainy, pale malt like quality to it at first. As it warmed I started to get a little more of a sweeter, caramel like presence mixing with some boozy alcohol. A decent amount of crisp fruitiness is there as well as a little spice.

The taste shows even more of the crisp, fruity, apple like flavors to it. In the finish some of the malty sweetness comes out and mixes with some of the yeast spice. Some alcohol is there in the finish as well. The crisp, apple like fruitiness is a little dominating in it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall it was a decent beer, but not one that stands out in the style. The crisp, fruitiness dominated it a little too much for me. Decent tasting beer overall though.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.54/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11/27/07- Purchased at Beverages and More in Colma, CA.

Presentation- 8oz tiny bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Delirium Tremens tulip.

Appearance- Mid range golden colored pour with a slight foamy head. Head disipates quickly. Nasty looking protien and yeast globules floating everywhere. Should have strained this one. Kwak part II.

Smell- Not a huge nose, but mostly grain alcohol, a touch of sweet malt and maybe a bit of spice.

Taste- About all alcohol here. Pretty much what I expected. Lots of yeast flavor as well with a hefty watery but sweet malty flavor. Reminds me of those high abv strong euro lagers.

Mouthfeel- Chunky ass beer and mildly gritty going down because of the yeast chunks. Otherwise, alcohol aftertaste and that's about it.

Drinkability- Sigh, a second drain pour in a row. Drank about half and figured my mouth is used to better than this.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My utmost thanks on this part of The CANQuest (TM) go out to einweizenbitte for his due diligence in seeking out new and unusual beers for this journey.

Beer & Music: Again, not a stretch. The dot/period between the second 1 and the 8 is a forked tail instead and the character depicted is a horned, long-tailed demon with Beelzebub one of the many names for Satan. I have no fear as Bro. Woody with the Order of Disorder and so Iron Maiden's "Number of the Beast" is queued up ...

From the CAN: "CANned in Holland". Bring it on, you lowlanders!

Crack & Glug action: I got a finger of thick, bubbly eggnog-colored head with good retention off my initial pour. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. I could suddenly understand how oro was such a corrupting influence. F'n' beautiful! Nose was full of (probably) yeast-driven spice, more subtle than simple black pepper, but peppery all the same. Coriander, perhaps? My mouth was watering at this point. Mouthfeel was medium, but its presence was immediate! Holy heat, spice and pepper, Batman! This is not a beer for amateurs. OMFG, if we had access to this in our teens (which is when I developed an affinity for beer), I would not be here today. I looked into the empty CAN and I could see clear into ...

... the well! What did you think? I told you, I am a monk. it is the ways of the flesh that entice me, not simple vices like drinking beer all day on a Sunday. Uh oh. Is it suddenly warm in here, or is that just me?

I'm back. Just me and my new buddy from down the street at 666 N Queen (I (used to) live at 736 N Queen) come to pay me a visit and drink some beer. Dang, it's hot in here. And why is there now screaming coming from the cellar? Dude, are you Native AmeriCAN or is that the worst sunburn ever? Yo, man is as red as chewing tobacco!

Oh, now I get it. Finish finished me. Wow, this was a beer to be reckoned with. Hot, dark fruity, excellent lacing, a mild burn in the back of my throat. If this was not the death of me literally, it may be eventually. Proceed with caution and do NOT put this in your cooler. Zounds!

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Photo of Billolick
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of Gavage
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.13/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

How about that 13% ABV? Although this beer has caught my eye more than a few times, I never had the courage to pull the trigger on this highly alcoholic French beer. The label says "bière de fermentation haute", meaning top fermening. However, I'm also been told Belzebuth switched to a lager yeast, according to a Belgian beer enthusiast. Anyways, 250 ml are coming, so let's start drinking:

ZZZ, uh, whut? Oh, yeah. Beer. Focus. The color looks rather dull. It's not quite orangey or bronze colored liquid, on the paler side. Despite the high alcohol level, there's a small layer of head staying on top and dots of lace stay around the glass. That nose....if you like rubbing alcohol and white grapes, you'll really dig this. To me, a neutral spirit with a slice of fruit may be a better option, but I digress....

There's taste alright. Lots of sweetness. To be fair, the first part of the sip isn't so bad, tasting like a reasonable strong beer. But with time, the sweetness gets more out of control. Awful tasting cough drops immediately hit and continue. Rubbing alchol kicks in, and kick in hard. Light biscuity note lingering in the aftertate along with those listed attributes. It's strong, but it doesn't feel like a "weigh me down" beer, and it's a little syrupy too. The alcohol is not shy to show itself, tasting of metals. More oddball metallic flavor comes around and sticks hard in the aftertaste.

A very disjointed strong ale. Some parts are tolerable, and the rest is just NO. I can't take much of this. I hope the fauna below is thirsty.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the 13% version I am reviewing; expiration date is 28.03.05.

Color is clear good-looking orange amber without any cloudiness, head or floaters. It LOOKS appealing.

MAN! This stuff smells, cloying honey sweetness, the glass is beyond my arms reach and already I can smell it. Smells of malt and alcohol. There is some graininess to it and a bit of citrus too.

Taste is over the top malt and alcohol. If you hold it on your tongue long enough and let it warm up you can taste a bit of hops and a sweet finish.

It is syrupy and thicker than you would think, still it doesn't trigger a spit take.

Not really drinkable, but better than most malt liquors.

Not really something I would buy again.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden/orange color, thin head, some carbonation, some cool lacing on half the glass.

S - Scents of malts, spices, citrus, and sweet fruits.

T - The taste is tangy of citrus and a little sweet/spicy thing going on. Hints of malts and alcohol. The alcohol is hidden very well for a brew with this much alcohol in it. Also there is a nice warming factor with every sip.

M - The body is medium with a slight carbonation.

D - Drinkable. Not a bad brew, would buy again. You really do not get much, but it is very enjoyable to drink.

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Belzebuth from Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)
78 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.