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

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434 Ratings
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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 14
Gots: 24 | 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

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-17-2002

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Photo of gmcfarre
2.38/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served from 25cl bottle with 9/28/06 freshness date. Back label stakes the claim that belzebuth is "the most unique ale in the world". Hmm, lets see here...

A - Head small (maybe 1/2 a finger) and leaves in a hurry. Copper/cider color with constant stream of carbonation coming up from the bottom.

S - Alcohol (whisky-like scent), not much else, a hint of raisins. I expected a little more complexity.

T - Slightly sweet malt, no bitterness at all. Taste seems to bypass the front of the tongue and attack the middle. Alcohol not as present in taste as smell, raisins remain though.

M - Nothing special. Not heavily carbonated, pretty smooth. Goes down easy at first, but at the drink progresses alcohol got harsher and harsher.

D - Although it has 13% abv, it doesn't necessitate sipping. Quaffable at first, but alcohol bites more later in the drink.

No interesting complexities to ponder. Probably wouldn't pay for another.

Photo of BeerBeing
2.04/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 8.4oz brown glass generic bottle, multicolored on black label, gold foiled neck

Appearance: cloudy rust color, minor off-white head, almost no lacing

Smell: alcohol, alcohol, alcohol and malt in background

Taste: "very" full body, "fatty" mouth feel, VERY strong malt, ALCOHOL, hoppy bitterness, minor fruitness

Notes: I review 13% version. One time is enough (not gonna "EAT" it again)

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8oz bottle

Appearance: Crisp, clear, apple-cider body with a head that was off like a prom dress. Steady carbonation throughout the glass.

Smell: Not much going on in this department. For such a big beer, I would have expected a little more. Small sweetness notes.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Surprisingly sweet with a very balanced mouthfeel. The alcohol is very evident, but blends in extremely well and warms the entire body. There was a powerful amount of fruitiness to this beer which makes it enjoyable anytime of the day. The mild sweetness is very soothing in the entire mouth. Almost has a honey-like silkiness.

Drinkability:Very easy to drink because of it weakness as far as bold flavors go. If this weren't such a high abv, I could honestly see this as a top session beer for the Euro lager lovers. It definately hits the mind and makes it do summersaults. III thinnkkk I ammmm feeeellllinnnng itttt...

Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of Beertracker
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Belzebuth should be served colder at (45-50F) from a stemmed glass or chalice. This little devil pours up crisp, lively, & effervescent. The color is deep golden with orangish highlights and has a huge, fluffy white head. WOW! The aroma is very complex and bursting with zesty citrus e.g. orange & lemon notes along with a pleasant, sweet honey-malt character. The underlying delicate spiciness e.g. black peppercorns, Indian coriander combined with some perfume accents presumably from generous late kettle hops e.g. Styrian Golding creates a dazzling performance for the nose.

The immense flavor starts off slightly cloying until the hop bitterness & spiciness catches up. There's a real nice soda-cracker maltiness underlying the generous body. The finish is extremely warming with a vinous honey character that dries towards the very end. This medium-full bodied ale has a lively carbonation and can be very deceptive on the palate. My belief is that the shear brute force of this beer maybe its only major drawback? Don't be deceived by this DEVIL and savor it slowly! Enjoy Belzebuth as a nightcap or paired with a warm slice of baked Brie & French bread.

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of Hunter
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little intimidated by some of the reviews here - I'm expecting bourbon, not beer. My particular bottle stated a 13% ABV.

Poured into a small glass so I prevented much of the oft-reported sludge in the brew. Clear and coppery, with a sudsy white head of foam that dissipates quickly. No traceable carbonation.

Aroma is akin to a roasted tripel: candi sugar, malt, some trace soapiness. Alcohol not really discernable in the nose.

Lord, but the alcohol hits you in the taste! Initial heat on the sip, warming the throat and chest on the swallow. Beneath the alcohol are notes of caramel, smoke, and general tartness. The aftertaste is akin to taking a sip of single malt. Not nearly as bad as I expected.

As others have suggested, take this brew as I think it was meant to be taken: not as a quaffer but an apertif to be sipped over a long period. More like a brandywine than a lager, so drink it as such.

Photo of DogFood11
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

8 oz bottle was pretty lame...would have liked to sample a 16 oz'er or above.

Smells like a belgian ale on steroids. Taste is similair. Fine carbonation mixed with medium sized carb. Clear pilsner like appearance.

This is not a beer for day use. this is night cap material at best. The wicked looking dragon/person on the label should tell the story and it does indeed. Not for the faint of heart ...its strong and bold.

Photo of Citadel82
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer improved as it warmed.

Pours clear burnished gold with a clean white head that left nice adequate lacing on the thistle shape tulip.

Aroma is of ripe fruit,sweet malts and a strong whiff of alcohol as well.

Taste is sweet apples, yeasty, alcohol...buttery is this diacetyl? Not unpleasant and not unexpected but not endearing. Notes of Calvados and Congnac. Hoppiness at the tail end. Long alcohol after taste.

Mouthfeel is light though the taste lingers...at least the hoppy and not the buttery, yeasty part does. Not pleasant to be a staple honest but very as a occasional treat - drinkable.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Devilish label and attractive gold foil bottle touting 13% ABV. Yikes! Mommy!

AP: Fills a glass with a mighty good amount of suspended yeasty particles and floaty scrod chunkers in a dark stormy orange hued pour with no head cap or lacing to speak of.

AR: Malty scents abound with a deep aroma of awl-kee-hawl esters. Much like a barleywine in the nose. Some twinges of a pineapple fruit escape as well.

First swigs: Dry white wine and barley wine. Hot burn of warming 13% ABV, no doubt. Some sweet cherry syrup juice action. Almost like a cherry apertif of sorts. Dry finish. Lingering sweet sugary flavor. Almost a hint of vanilla ice cream.

MF: Medium body with some sticky tongue coating qualities. Jeepers! Sweet as hell. Syrup all the way.

DR: More of a curiosity satisfaction than anything else. Nothing special, really. Better barleywines blow this away. Tastes a little like an oak aged barley wine. This would probably be a good after dinner beer. All hot cherries and malt. One moe thing, if you cellar this, major scrod chunks grow.

Photo of karengarys
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours amber with lots of gloppy things and stuff bouyant in the drink like bubbles of a gelatinus hand soap. Let's call it "suspended floaties". Yes, I will ingest this.

Smells okay. thick alcohol wiskey-like smells (duh), and some sparkley hops.

Tastes primarily like sweet alcohol wiskey or some hard liquor (pardon my lack of an accurate hard liquor correlation, I don't know my hard liquors well at all).

Mouthfeel is thick and alcoholic. I had to rate it a "3", though it is not "average" at all. Just the good and the bad weigh out to a "3". It is too alcoholic, but there is some creaminess.

Finish is like benzocane on the tongue.

This is an interesting experience. It must be sipped. Try one just for the challenge of consuming a 13% alcohol beverage.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

13% ABV version. The color is honey amber with a moderate haziness. Rather large chunks of sediment float around in the beer. Head is of a good size and somewhat creamy. The aroma is of rich malts mixed with a strong astringent alcohol smell. Taste also consists of rich malt flavors joined by alcohol astringency. Alcohol taste here is a little bit too much for me, even though it provides an interesting spicy/sour flavor. Some herbal hop flavor comes through, especially in the finish. Belzebuth is very warming from the throat to the stomach and could easily work as a winter brew. Drinkability for me would be only one a night, if I wanted this much alcohol I would rather pick up an eisbock. Interesting beer, just not quite my cup of tea.

Photo of karst
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear mandarin orange color with floaties that are hard to keep out of the tulip crystal glas. A 1 or 2 finger frothy white head fades to collar and persistant lacing. The aroma is simple malt and alcohol. The taste is pale malt and vodka like alcohol. The mouthfeel is surprizingly thick. I worry that the carbonation will leave me to soon but it stays around till the end. This is a sipping beer that needs some getting use to. at 40°F some flavors are hidden nearer 50° the malts emerge. A dry finish but not from the hops (I never found them). Respect beer - this is not a session candidate.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.04/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

15% version:
The beer poured into the chalice medium amber golden with absolutely no carbonation whatsoever.

The aroma was malty with caramel maltiness and a nutty character. Also present was some higher alcohols which brought forth spicy phenolics which included ever so slight cinnamon and a strong sherrylike component. The aroma also contained a raisin fruitiness.

The flavor was malty and alcoholic. The alcohol did not completely overshadow other flavors, but it was always in the forefront. The malty aroma carried through into the flavor with a slight nutty component and a definite caramel component. The spicy flavors were present and muted. Most notably was cinnamon and behind that a bit of clove. This was all melded together with a raisin fruit presence.

The finish was just dry with lasting slight muted spiciness long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and slightly viscous. The carbonation level was low, but present. Alcohol existed from start to finish in this beer and substantially lowered the drinkability of a fairly tasty and complex beer.

250 ml bottle. Best before M(may) 01 on label and injet on neck is 05:01. My bottle says 15% ABV. This one has been in the fridge for a long time. The bottom of the bottle was filled with yeast fluff which the beer was carefully decanted off of and left behind.

Photo of ypsifly
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of soulfly967
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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.

Photo of HardTarget
3.82/5  rDev +12%
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!

Photo of Pegasus
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of sraimondi
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +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.

Photo of ybnorml
2.94/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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.

Photo of woemad
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Belzebuth from Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)
78 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.