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

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418 Ratings
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Ratings: 418
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 18.48%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-17-2002)
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Photo of Elemental
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is nice with a good orangish copper color that is very clear. It has a average amount of head the fades by the time you are done with the drink. IT has malt, sugar, and alcohol smell to it But, very little hops to be noticed. The taste was ok but I found that the 13% alcohol was a little overwhelming to the taste. It packed a punch (making it somewhat hard to drink) but because of that, it lacked in other tastes. It had a somewhat malty taste with little bitterness. Overall - an ok beer, but I found it to be somewhat disappointing.

Elemental, Sep 02, 2003
Photo of jtw5877
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish golden hue, smells and tastes of candied sugar, One hearty beer for the soul. I think this beer has been underestimated in the past. A solid malty profile with a belgian golden taste, I like this one. I'd reccomend this to penny pinching extreme beer fans.

jtw5877, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of beerinator
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Super clear tannish golden. Nice head with attractive retention.

Aroma: Big fruity aroma followed by alcohol-stabbing attacks. Grapey notes under the blanket of alcohol filling the air.

Taste: Sharp taste. Tingles with alcohol, cutting across the middle of the tongue. The lingering bitterness and flavor seems to stem from the alcohol in the taste. The cherry sweetness seems meek when pushed aside from the alcohol presence. Mouthfeel nice even though the beer doesn't taste quite balanced.

Notes: The first taste of this beer is very overpowering. After a few sips it becomes very interesting, and the flavors seep out a little bit more. Certainly a good beer for sampling, but not a great beer for long term drinking.

beerinator, Aug 29, 2003
Photo of IrishRedRock
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

13% ABV in an 8.4oz bottle. A lotta punch in a small package. The whole bottle easily pours into my smaller-than-a-pint glass, a golden, heavily carbonated brew for sure. Thousands of large bubbles cascade from the bottom of the glass. Alcohol is prevalent in the nose, though candy and sweet malt are traceable. Belzebuth packs a carbonated feel, very champagnelike in character. Flavor has a good deal of noticeable alcohol, though it isn't so strong that it is overpowering. A mild candy like sweetness underlies the alcohol. This is like a less hoppy barleywine on steroids. I'd prefer a barleywine, but this is an interesting brew and perfect for me at this very moment. Aging would be interesting. Definitely worth a try.

IrishRedRock, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of Ellbert
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

This was something I just had to try. I had a 13% ABV version. It poured a orange/reddish color with a decent head that vanished in the blink of an eye. It poured like pop with all of the carbonation. It left a small lace around the glass. The smell was mostly alcohol along with the taste. There is a little malty sweetness hidden under the alcohol. The taste gets better once it sits a little bit. A lot of alcohol. Definitely a warming brew. Definitely not an everyday brew. Not bad for 13%.

Ellbert, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

feloniousmonk, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well, I finally tried the famous (or infamous) Belzebuth. I was actually a little hesitant to try it. I've had several people make horrible faces and comments when I've asked about it. Overall, it is nothing to be afraid of, but nothing special either. Dull pour, with little head or lace (to be expected). After that, a little sweet malt and the rest is all booze. When consumed slowly, not that hard to take. I certainly wouldn't drink two, and I really can't see any reason to try it again. If you're looking for a fast buzz, there's other better tasting beers with almost as high an ABV. I'm glad I tried it, now on to Samichlaus!

JohnnyDuvel, Jul 29, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a small head of quickly diminishing small fizzy bubbles. It had a light orange brown color. The aroma contained notes of malt, hops and a discernable alcohol content of medium strength. It had a stong alcohol flavor that was very over powering the other flavors. It was smooth yet burned as it went down. Truely a devilish brew!

TheDM, Jul 27, 2003
Photo of cokes
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13% version.

Glowing amber. Perfectly clear. Head is absent except for an intial film.
Grain alcohol wafts with underlying but substancial green raisins and orange peels.
RIdes in with an intial dark fruit surge. Figs and raisins and grape jam. A more intricate tropical fruit essence begins to materialize via mangoes and oranges, but is instantly swept away in the vicious vodka-esque alcohol riptide. Very sweet but rough and ragged.
Devastating while chilled.
Once warmed, this is still a heaty beverage, though tamer and more drinkable. Woodier, with oak and cedar notes. Suppressed vanilla and nutmeg. Green apple peels. Traces of honey-roasted nuts. A butter-toffee base provides a malt offset for the assertive alcohol content which swings closer to scotch as it sits. Ever-so-slightly smoky. Some sweeter bourbon nuances as well.
In all honesty, this one is all about the brute alcohol strength. At any temperature below cellar results in a glass full of windshield-wiper fluid. The girth of the ABV never hides once it heats up a bit, but it adopts more manageable and interesting characteristics.

Surprisingly light-bodied, clocking in around medium, without any sense of cloying or coating stickiness. The exiting blast of etoh helps vacate the mouth and lends a huge pepper spiciness along with a burning sensation south of the epiglottus.

Fearsome and fierce, but not without redeeming qualities.
This one started to grow on me. A 750mL of this would have likely numbed me enough (and killed enough braincells) to rate it even higher. Certainly worthy of a whirl.

cokes, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

15% alcohol version--- Orange gold color, small head. Aroma is malt and alcohol. Very interesting. Malty and complex flavors. Alcohol bite/flavor is VERY evident. There are a lot of different flavors going on here. Oranges, wood, smoke and cinnamon and some other spiciness. This stuff reminds me more of a liqueur like Grand Marnier or a scotch or Burbon than beer. Despite the high alcohol content, which is always present, it fairly smooth. It also mellows as it warms to room temperature. Would age very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is a sharp alcohol oilyness.

beerguy101, Jun 27, 2003
Photo of marburg
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one's a bit of an ass-kicker. Pours a very clear but syrupy orange/brown with an off-white head that dissipates somewhat surprisingly fast. The aromas are intense and aggressive on the senses -- alcohol, fruit, candi sugar, and flowers. Very aromatic despite the lack of head. Big mouthfeel -- alcoholic, chewy, and just flat-out huge -- with a lot of flavor. The alcohol flavor is a little overwhelming at points, but some sweet sugar fruit notes are present up front, and there's a little bit of a dry snap off to the finish. This is one that you can feel in the belly from the first sip. A very good brew. Might this be an actual bottle of "Whoop Ass?" Just a little too strong to be really drinkable, a little too alcoholic to have a great flavor, and just a bit flat in appearance to be visually interesting. But overall, a nice treat.

marburg, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whew! Packs a wallop! Pours a deep amber with a fast fading off-white head and just wisps of sliding lace. Spicy hop, clove and potent alcohol aroma. A fairly rich and sweet malt. Highly hopped, only the powerful alcohol punch fairly well disguises the type of bitterness. Some piney notes sneak in along with some caramel sweetness. An "Extreme" beer? ps - This one is 13% ABV. The 15% version must a knockout!

BeerResearcher, Jun 09, 2003
Photo of daledeee
2.38/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sorry, I'm a beer drinker not a wine drinker. Actually this tastes like vinegar to me. I just do not like this style.

Bottle label is interesting. Pours without head. Yellow/orange. Smells like horsebarn. Smell is worse as it warms up. Tastes like vinegar. Very tart apples underneath the vinegar. Don't get me wrong I like strong(alchohol)beer but this stuff was like drinking a shot. Not for me.

daledeee, May 29, 2003
Photo of DerKaiser
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is delicious beer. I had the 13% abv version. The aroma is just like liquor soaked fruit, with a hint of cinnamon. It's got a nice clear amber color. The head disappeared fairly quickly.

As you might expect with a beer this strong, it drinks more like an after dinner aperitif, and I think it would serve nicely in that capacity. It's got a very viscous mouthfeel, and the flavors are reminiscent of some ports I've had, and also similar to Muscat wine.

You're certainly not going to wash down a burger with this beer, but it's excellent for what it is. I'll keep a bottle or two in the cellar for special occasions.

DerKaiser, May 16, 2003
Photo of sabrills70
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

13% ABV version. this beer is different. Aroma is very fruity with a hint of malt. It's color is an orange amber with a quickly disappearing head. I could clearly hear the bubbles pop, like soda. Flavor is very fruity, alcohol is predominant, with just a bit of malt and hops, like champagne with with a little beer added. If the malt and hops were stronger, it would balance the alcohol and fruityness nicely. this beer is OK for what it is supposed to be, but it does not appeal to me. I enjoy champagne, and I enjoy beer - just not mixed together.

sabrills70, May 14, 2003
Photo of importguy
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden Amber colour with a littlehead. Smell not that strong with a hint of the stong alcohol.
The one I tried is 13% Al/vol. The label was really cool with a siluette of a devil in front of a full moon.
Mild carbination. Definate intense alcohol with a warm feeling from mouth down the throat because of the high alocohol.
Seatness almost like a beer from Fance called XO which is a cognac beer.
One beer is enough and not much more than that, I'm still not sure if it is for before/during or after a meal.

importguy, Apr 29, 2003
Photo of Suds
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a slight white head and a hazy orange color. The head is quite thin and disappears quickly. Bits of sediment stayed suspended in the beer through the bottom of the glass. The aroma is dominantly alcohol, with an underlying fruitiness…overripe berries.
At the first sip, I was surprised at the amount of carbonation. Underneath the sharpness of the bubbles is a syrupy maltiness and serious oily character. From start to finish, though, the beer tempered by the alcohol. Alcohol warming begins immediately and can be a little numbing.
It’s certainly an interesting beer, and very enjoyable. You can’t have many of these. The aroma and sweetness are nice, but the alcohol dominance needed to be balanced with a stronger flavor.
The little bottle was marked best before October 2002.

Suds, Apr 11, 2003
Photo of nomad
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beware, an open mind and tongue before drinking will help with this one...

Poured a completely transparent glowing light orange - a strikingly attractive color. Had lots of carbonation rising fast, with a bubbly soaplike head at first; but strangely, it had zero head after 20 minutes.

Nose was of hops, floral, hay, that barleywine smell of wine-like barley, and apple once it really warmed and opened. Taste was malty, orangey, buttery in the middle, and bittersweet. Had an almost true grapefruit flavor from the hops, but not in the way good IPAs do it, less salty and astringent. I could taste the alcohol a little. The highly drying finish developed into a creamy kind of bitterness, but at the end of this somewhat long finish it felt refreshing.

Undoubtedly Unique: had a mix of characteristics of a strong pale ale, barleywine, and those fruity-frunky bier de garde. Complex in number of layers and peculiar blend of things. Very interesting and lots of subtle and not-so-subtle things going on; hard to wrap your senses around it all with just one. If you're adventurous you'll enjoy it, especially if you're into the newer experimental belgian brands (the line of brews by Caracole, La Chouffe, etc.) that are trying to make distinct beers outside of the lines. It was fun for me because I like that kind of stuff!

nomad, Mar 31, 2003
Photo of fattyre
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear orange/yellow with a dissipating white head with heavy effervescence. The body is quite firm. The smell is slight sweet bubblegumlike malt and strong alcohol. The taste is strong sweet maltiness and heavy ALCOHOL with a mild hoppiness. This is a very intense sweet strong alcohol beer.

fattyre, Mar 29, 2003
Photo of JISurfer
4.33/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the a review for the 13% one. I really liked this brew. I saw it was from France, or is it Freedom now, oh well, after I bought it, but I figured, what they hey, give it a shot. Anyways, it had a very nice dark golden caramel color, with an off white head. The head lasted a while, then faded into a lace. The smell was like an imperial, but lighter, and it also had a hint of caramel in the smell. The taste was just like that of the smell. It was mapley, caramel, and citrus type tastes. The aftertaste was quite warming! It left a coating of warmth in the mouth. This is the best French beer I've ever had.

JISurfer, Mar 22, 2003
Photo of beerluvr
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

15% version. Pours with a cream colored head that settles over heavily sedimented orange liquid. Nose is heavy, with intense maltiness and a solvent-like alcohol aroma. Taste is in your face malt and alcohol...and enough hopping to make you take notice. Burns going down, but not in an offensive way. Fruity tones pop up midtaste, finishing balls to the wall with over the top flavors of malt and strong alcohol. May be overpowering to some, but I think it rocks! Try if you dare!

beerluvr, Mar 15, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not as bad as some other reviews would have you believe. I don't know how long the 15% version has been discontinued and how the 13% version is in comparison but this review is for the 15% version. 8oz bottle, cool desgn and a foiled neck. When you pop the cap it makes a very loud sound! Then this beer pours out a WONDERUFL hazy orange/reddish amber colour that is a sight to behold. This smells like a strong belgian pale ale with some vodka thrown in the mix. Still it has a very pleasant aroma and a very pleasant taste, which is very similar to its aroma. This tastes like a belgian pale ale with a kick to it. I do have one recommendation when you drink this beer....drink it cold! The warmer it gets the more the 15% abv becomes apparant and the beer starts to taste like straight up vodka! A strong beer and one to split with a loved one, this beer has a VERY crisp mouthfeel but obviously the drinkability suffers due to its super high abv. One of the strongest beers in the world, and worthy a try from any BA!

francisweizen, Feb 27, 2003
Photo of StevieW
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Odd shaped 8 oz. brown bottle. Gold foil neck label with "15 %" stamped on it. The label has a wierd cartoonish depiction of the prince of darkness himself.
Ah well shit, where to begin with this one. It's all over the map. Clear copper to shiny orange color. Kind of the color of that Billy Mays miracle orange clean stuff on the top shelf at your local Wal-Mart. Maybe a hint of brown. The faint rocky, facade of a head, faded and fled faster than the French Army in the summer of 1940. (Sorry, but you have to make your lay-ups, and that was a lay-up!)
The smell, like most things French, is very odd and relentless. Rubbing alcohol, bubble gum, and belgian yeast combined with a hint of florals. The taste is malty sweet, and burning hot. Reminds me of my Clark Co., TN moonshine stash, aka "Love Juice". Grainy, hot, and sweet at the same time. The feel in lightly carbonated and slick. Sweetness and belly burning alcohol finish the feel. A really faint and I meant faint hint of vanilla and Sam Adams Utopias MII taste in the finish.
Like so many things French, this one is an odd duck, and hard to understand. At first glance it repulses you, but after a while it tends to grow on you. I still don't like those foul smelling surrender monkeys, but I'm sure they wouldn't like me either.

StevieW, Feb 22, 2003
Photo of Bunnyhop
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear, orange-yellow Strong Ale with a dissipating, effervescent, white head. The smell is sweet and bubblegum-like, along with a definite presence of alcohol (not surprising since it is quite strong 15% abv). At first I taste a peppery effervescence, followed by a smooth sweetness, finishing with a strong alcohol taste. The body is heavy and firm in my mouth. Overall, I found this FABULOUS and STRONG! I like Belgian beers, especially stronger ones, this was very Belgian-like, and there is no denying the strong alcohol presence. I like the name of this too, Belzebuth...isn't it devilish.

(source: PremierGourmet; Buffalo, NY)

Bunnyhop, Feb 18, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

oberon, Feb 17, 2003
Belzebuth from Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)
78 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.