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

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421 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 18.48%
Wants: 13
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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Photo of ypsifly
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 8oz with no dates into a goblet. The label indicates that this is 15% abv, contrary to what is listed on this site. But what the hell, after you get past 10% on a brew, who cares:-)

Hazy amber with a thin white head that dies to a ring surrounding swirling patches of foam that dance around from the active carbonation. There's a few floaties moving around the glass.

Smells of alcohol, brown sugar, and caramel. Rather one dimensional in the nose.

Dark fruits, confectioner's sugar, lemon peel and spicy alcohol make up the taste. The finish is somewhat dry and tart, with the boozy warmth from the abv that lingers.

Full mouthfeel that is subdued by the alcohol that becomes numbing after five or so sips. Not very drinkable due to the high abv which over powers this brew.

ypsifly, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of soulfly967
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear medium copper color with a fizzy white head that fell to a film across the top. The smell was sweet fruits, grains and some floral scents. The taste was malty, sweet with honey and a slight alcohol warmth. The mouthfeel is thick, and slightly syrupy and nicely carbonated. I cant say, however, that I could drink a bunch of these. One is more than enough.

soulfly967, Apr 21, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color with clinging white bubbles.

Sweet molasses, white raisins, honey in the smell.

Really nice. Super slick, big sweet caramel/molasses. Spicy alcohol. Malt body is delicious.

I wanted to be strong and indifferent for this French beer, but it really wasn't that bad at all.

Shultzerdugen, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: A very honey, almost mead like nose. Heavy aroma, almost nose feel. Mild alcohol and cider notes as well. Smells serious
Appearance: Very clear glass with a fizzy beer yellow color and a thin coat of white. I was concerned until I noted that the beer had some legs to it.
Flavor: Belgian like tastes, something between a Tripel and a Belgian Pale. First time I’ve seen the Euro Strong Lager style, guess that fits. Tastes sugary and alcoholic, but surprisingly mild and light.
Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body triggers a chew; it’s spritzy and drying as well.
Overall Impression: A heavy feeling, light tasting, slow sipping enjoyable monster. Hides it’s alcohol very well and I could see drinking another, and another, and hitting the floor when I stand up.
I’ll have to find some more of this style to compare to. Give it a try!

HardTarget, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of Pegasus
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium golden color, slight haze, small off-white head soon collapses to a collar, mild carbonation.

Aroma: A very strong note of sweet alcohol, benath which there is a light fruit, caramel, and honey aroma. The alcohol note is quite potent.

Taste: Quite vinous, with a profound note of sweet, but not harsh alcohol, which carries throughout the taste. Beneath the alcohol note there are subdued waves of caramel and light fruit, but in the end, this beer is about the alcohol, the sweet note of which lingers well past the finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth and very full, almost syrupy, with very soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A most excellent demon, very well crafted, and far over the top. To be consumed with moderation and reverence.

Thanks to Steve H. for sharing this rare monster.

Pegasus, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A holdout from the Halloween collection, its time has come...

Appearance - a bright tangerine pour, thin sheets of lacing and this nebula-like mass of stuff kind of hanging in the glass. It's not exactly sediment as it's not settling at all. Very unique.

Aroma - a sweet heavy grain smell with some kind of yeasty funkiness that tries to approach a Belgian-typecast but doesn't really make it. Curious and peculiar.

Taste - comes across lilke a Belgian that has had the sweetness reduced and replaced by a heavy maltiness. Ripe fruit, like pear, plum, raisin, and a massive dose of alcohol. It's raw and harsh on the palate but an interesting brew just the same. The extreme grain element and booziness give it a hard liquor feel.

Mouthfeel - rough and burning but a smooth delivery. Lots of boozy vapors here doing its best to slow you down.

Drinkability - this stuff has 'hangover' written all over it. It's distinctive and 'Worth a Try' is the perfect classification. I'd have it again but I wouldn't venture 2 of these in the same evening lest the Prince of Darkness himself attempt to abscond with me very soul.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

rhoadsrage, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of sraimondi
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this French brew for the first time at Eola Wine Company in Orlando, FL (see separate review) last week. The 13% alcohol is masked quite a bit and creeps up on you, however this beer is very drinkable. On my second night trying this one, I had 2 in a row, and the second one really nailed me. Interesting brew for sure. Nothing especially noteworthy (except maybe for the kick), but the overall package does unexpectedly come together nicely. On the malty/sweet side, but with a bit of hop nose at the beginning. Nice lacing for such a high alcoholic brew. I will definitely have this one again, although one per night will probably be my limit. If you are looking for something different with some punch, try this one. Thanks to EWC's Jennifer for suggesting this one to me--very nice choice! Joi de Vive!

sraimondi, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

WesWes, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A copper beer with orange highlights. Has a small creamy off white head and some nice lace. The aroma is a little sour with a heavy dose of grain (Made me think of what a bag of malt might smell like if it were to get wet and sit for too long) with a hint of alcohol in the background. The alcohol rushes to the back of your throat and a sweet licorice flavor settles over your tongue. There is a ghost of graininess after the finish.

ybnorml, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of BrewMaster
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Served from a 25 cl. (8 fluid oz) bottle with a freshness date of 28.03.05 on it. In the bottle the sediment was very loose and piled high on the bottom of bottom. It almost looked like smoke in the beer. It poured a cloudy reddish orange with a fluggy white head and of course some floating sediment. The head had decent retention throughout the beer.

Smell: The aroma was malty and then wham, a big alcohol scent along with a slight rotting fruit scent. It was not off-putting, but it was not really attractive either.

Taste: There is a sharp alcohol flavor up front that is very warming as it goes down and sits in my stomach. There is a bit of hop bitterness at the end with some sweet and sour malty flavors. As it warms up the taste improves and the flavors balance a bit. There is also a slight berry aftertaste which is nice. As the beer warms it also mellows a bit and the nice pale malt flavors come out along with a fruity flavor. That flavor is like a sour or rotting pear or apple. It's not putrid, it's more of sweet and tangy rotting if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel: The flavor is so big on this beer that you feel it in all parts of the mouth. That is good and bad. This beer has some tangential flavors that should not present themselves so boldly. It is smooth and light bodied but a bit offensive. This beer would be better with less alcohol in it.

Drinkability: With the unbalanced flavors at the beginning it's hard to see myself drinking this beer again. It's big but not in a great way. But it certianly helped to put me to sleep better than any pill off the shelf. Lay down after you drink this one.

BrewMaster, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of woemad
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

8oz(?!) bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $3.75. Thought it was a Belgian 'till I pulled it out tonight. The only other French beer I've had (Fischer Amber) was godawful, so I feared the worst.

Appearance wise, I wasn't overly impressed. The color was a nice gold, not unlike a Belgian Tripel, but maybe a tad darker. The head was almost totally absent, ad what little bit of a white wisp of a head dropped in seconds. During the pour I was dismayed by how quickly a beer of only 8 ounces can drop into a glass.

This smelled better than it looked. Mildly fruity, with very sweet malts. Smelled a litle too sweet frankly.

The taste is better than the smell, as there's more of a bitter hop flavor to balance things out than one gets a sense of in the smell.THe sweet malts are the most dominant thing in the initial taste, but the bittering hops keep it from being overwhelming. There's also a Belgian spiciness to the beer, that fades into a pleasing dryness. At the swallow one becomes acquainted with a warming alcohol sensation, but what the Hell did you expect with a beer that is 13%?

The mouthfeel of this is thick, but there's also a lot of carbonation, which keeps it from seeming too big of a beer to consume.

While this isn't as big as it could be, the abv keeps this from being a serious session brew. Still, it's not a bad sipper, if only it was at least a normal euro 11.2oz size, I'd feel it was a little more worth what it costs.

woemad, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a mostly clear peachy color with no head to speak of. The nose is really strange. Its almost like a liquor. The malts are super sweet, almost candy-like. Wow. The flavor is pretty good for this huge ass beer. The sweetness in not overwhelmingly sweet. There is almost a belgian peppery quality to it. The sweetness lends an orange tone to it. I like it. The beer is thick and full in my mouth. Drinkability is okay for a beer of this magnitude. I like it, but can only handle one every so often. Thanks to clvand0 for this beer.

kmpitz2, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of dauss
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: Looks like a normal brown bottle, but it is only about 8.5 ounces. A black pointy noised devil is dancing in front of a full moon. Words that are surrounding the picture are the words "biere "pur malt" la plus forte du monde". Translated: "beer "pur malt" strongest of the world" There is also another sticker on the neck of the bottle screaming "13% Vol Alc". There is also what I presume to be an expiration date, 28.03.05.

Appearance: The beer is headless. Pours deep amber orange color with a lot of white "floaties". It isn't yeast, but it was stirred up even with the most careful handling of the bottle.

Nose: Extremely alcoholic with a sweet malty background.

Taste: Very thick mouthfeel. The hop bitterness is stronger than what I would have guessed. Sweet maltiness balances well with the bitterness. A light raisin like fruityness is present. The carbonation is prickling my tongue, but it doesn't explode into bubbles. The actual taste of alcohol is well hidden. Alcohol bitterness is in the end, and you can definitely tell that this is a strong beer when you exhale. Also warms up the esophogus as it travels down.

Notes: It really isn't anything special. Nothing stands out, alcohol isn't hidden as well as I hoped. Probably worth trying, definitely a slow sipping beer.

dauss, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear deep golden tone. Carbonation rises at a rapid clip. Good sized white head shows good retention and cling. The nose is all malt and alcohol. More malt than alcohol. Dopplebockish in it's aroma. Body is full and viscous, but there is some carbonation present to prevent this from becoming overly syrupy, which it could do I would assume. There's a good amount of heat in this brew. Not covered up as well as in Samiclaus. A lingering alcohol bitterness stays around for a while. Rum soaked melon and raisins. Deep malt tones are there, but almost get masked by the cloak of EtOH. This one's just a little too alcoholic tasting for my likes.

Bighuge, Nov 25, 2004
Photo of Hhawk06
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle but high alcohol content? Gotta give it a try. My bottle was dated 2/28/04. Mine poured with a body that was bronze but pushing towards golden and a head that was beady but very small and quick to vanish. The nose combined a mix of a nice floral bouquet, sugar, and alcohol. I first notice the full and syrupy aspect of the mouthfeel. It has a nice caramel flavor with a buttery texture. At the transformation to the finish, the alcohol level becomes much more prevalent. Its malty and stingingly strong. This is definitely one of those beers that literally warm the belly. Its amazing how such a small package packs such a punch. Good brew.

Hhawk06, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of walleye
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle said best by oct.02 and 15% abv. poured in my snifter a golden amber with off white head with lots of floaties. aroma alcohol,malts,a nice sweetness like honey, some citrus, orange , lemon, licorice. flavor surprisingly the alcohol was not the 1st thing that comes out, syrupy fruity honey mixtureand as it lingers in your mouth the alcohol comes out. this is a beer you could drink instead of cognac for a after dinner drink I didn’t think the french had it in them to make such a beer that would stand up and fight for you attention

walleye, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of thadkaster
4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First impression is of a heavy weight in your mouth that seems to dance across your tongue. Fine, lively carbonation gives one the impression of champagne. Incredibly drinkable. Alcohol is there, but it sneaks in and out of notice. Nose is a delightful caramel, floral, fresh cut tobacco, tawny port. Finish is amazing, clove, spicy, continues on for minutes. This would be and excellent match to food. Perhaps a pumpkin flan, apple tart with Gruyere, roasted ham with apple chutney. It is fully 15 minutes from open and the carbonation continues. Well portioned acidity balances the heavy malt. A dry finish leaves you wanting another sip. One of the best beers I have had lately.

thadkaster, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of rajendra82
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sent as a part of BIF 13 (from hell) by BeerAdvocate drewbage, the labeling certainly fit the theme perfectly. The orange yellow body looked very nice in the Pilsner glass with a two inch creamy head sitting atop it, and leaving decent lace considering the strength of the liquid. The aroma was very sweet, with bananas and orange peel hiding the high ABV very nicely. The taste was warm and soft, with soothing liquor like quality to it. It was not inherently complex, but instead let the alcohol make things interesting with some spicy and sweet notes carried through. A little thin on the palette, and malt liquor like in the sugar derived alcohol strength. Although one dimensional, this is not a bad beer to try once in a while.

rajendra82, Oct 20, 2004
Photo of marcobrau
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear gold with minimal foam. The first sniff smells like glue -- yes, glue. Further rousing of the beer results in a strong aroma of malt laced with a hint of paint thinner. Mmmm, hmmm -- paint thinner. Now I'm wondering if things aren't quite right with this brew. I'm undettered and I take a sip, which I find to be full of grainy flavors and alcohol. This gets a little more complex as it warms up, with some mineral-like components and bit more bitterness in the finish. Very warming and the buzzing in my head is kind of nice, too. Some of the grainy flavors remind me of a scotch (whisky.) Not too bad after getting past the off-putting aroma. Overall, a very potent brew that I'm glad I've tried, but not one that I should probably have too often.

marcobrau, Sep 30, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the 13% version, I had the 15% long ago and remember it as large and in charge.
This is a chilled bottle sampled in a snifter. The beer pours a clear copper color and puts forth a small bright white head that fades to an edge layer quickly. Aroma is fruity with white grapes, pears, and peaches and a big hit of alcohol too. First sip reveals a syrupy texture, small prickly carbonation present immediately. Flavor is white grapes and candied sugar some caramel and alcohol, that punches you in the jaw. The alcohol warms all the way down to my belly. A definite sipping brew, but I find it enjoyable. COuldnt drink more than 2 of these little bottles though!

sulldaddy, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of clvand0
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one comes in an 8oz bottle with a cool label on it. Pours a clear gold color, with a moderate head that sticks around for a while. The aroma is very sweet and fruity, but the high alcohol is also evident. The alcohol is foremost in the flavor, warming and soothing, but still somewhat strong. Has a strong flavor of caramel malt as well. This was a pretty good strong Belgian beer and I would have it again if it came in a bigger bottle and weren't so expensive.

clvand0, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of euskera
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a caramel brown into the snifter. Smell is robust malty, with almost a butterscotch feel to it. Taste is sweet, caramel and just a little roastiness in there. Fairly nuanced, not too sweet, the alcohol is hidden fairly well, but at that level (13%), it's definitely present. Not for the faint of heart. Decent brew, but not something that will go into my personal pantheon of favorites...

euskera, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of Crosling
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at Hall's Beer Tavern in Paris, France.

Golden.

Pleasantly aromatic with notes of sea plants, herbs and lemon.

It's a big one, that's for sure. Notes of melon, pear, lemon, pineapple and cooked corn. Not offensive in any way. It may have been a mistake to sample this beer after a Thomas Hardy's 1999. I wouldn't have this again. There are just so many better French beers.

Crosling, Jul 23, 2004
Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Gavage, Jul 22, 2004
Belzebuth from Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)
76 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.