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

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BA SCORE
78
okay

430 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 18.48%
Wants: 14
Gots: 21 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!
cheers!,
F.

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.

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)

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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah – the French! I just love to hate them, it is a national pastime in England. LOL.

So on a day when we beat them (yet again!!), at Twickenham 25-17, during the 6 Nations International Rugby Tournament, what better way to celebrate than with an English Beer.
Well, erm… NO actually.

It is time to crack open that most obscure of French beers, an 8 fl.oz bottle of Belzebuth. A blackened image of the bad boy himself, shown prancing and depicted in the style of those paper puppets from Japan, which together with the orange foil top – emblazoned with 15% Vol. Alc. - do little to deflect any attention from this offering.

Belzebuth is from Brasserie Jeanne D’Arc, a brewery near Lille that is over 100 years old. It is a filtered beer; top fermented and pours with a golden color and an impressive head. Aromas are slightly sweet, deeply rich, alcoholic, dangerous, warning and warming with some fruitiness.

First mouthfeel – well it is just a warming Alcohol sensation. However, the tastes are not dominated by the strength too much, which is good. As I got to the end of the bottle, it started to develop an English Barleywine character, probably as my mouth got used to the alcohol and developed some immunity from this beers high strength. The middle scotches the mouth with caramelized flashes and a slightly dark fruity (dates?) taste. Has a strong lingering presence that dominates. Best sipped, rather than quaffed, but for a 15% ABV beer, this is impressive.
I really like this beer, and for the strength, I would recommend giving it try.

Such a shame that the French Rugby team were not this strong, or good, earlier today! ;-))

This Beer is drunk, and Reviewed, in honor of Man of the Match, Englands Fly-Half, Jonny Wilkinson, who scored 20 of England's 25 points. Bring on the Welsh!!!

Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours without much of a head but there is a light carbonation, coppery/yellow color with a good malty nose. This is an expensive beer that is labeled with 13% ABV which you do notice even though it is a small (250ml) bottle. Smooth, malty but not one I will repeat. And what is the brewery - Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA or Brasserie Grain D'Orge as it is labeled??

Photo of stoutlove77
2.1/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The French have given up again, this high ABV contestant reminds me having shots of whiskey with a little club soda, the color is amber and head was small with a tan color. This had one note that was all for it, smell sweet alcohol, taste like J.D., mouthfeel also like whiskey, there is really nothing I can note to determine what I like from this, where is the beer? Experimenting with high ABV has been done and perfectly masked by some other brews, this one can be used to fight germs and bad breath.

Photo of aracauna
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I got one of the 15% bottles, marked APril 2001. Medium brownish orange. Very little head despite being a slow foamer when opened. Jellyfish sediment floats inside. Apricots and tangerines spiced with pepper and cinnamon. A little sweet and a little unbalanced. It's cloying without overwhelming sweetness. The alcohol gives a slight burn in the gut.

Photo of ryanocerus
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This review is also based on the 13% version.
The golden beer poured a syrup consistency with a thick, short lasting head. The aroma was malt, alcohol and slight spiced fruit. The taste was initial alcohol, then the malt and ended on fruit undertones, but continually swirling in the mouth. The alcohol was huge; and the taste, complex. When quaffing, I recommend it be cold. Mine was roughly high 30s to low 40s and that seemed to take the alcohol bite out of it. As it warmed, the alcohol became more evident, but did not make it a bad beer. I gave it good marks in the flavor department, just because of the complexity. As others have said, it is an experience, and I think, a good one.

Photo of purplehops
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is based on the 13% abv. Brasserie Grain d'Orge version.

The beer pours a honey yellow with a crisp white head that foams to the top of the glass and then dissappears. The aroma is of sweet malt and alcohol with background notes of pear. The taste takes a few sips to get used to. The first three or four are very astringent. After that you start to notice the malty chewiness of it up front fading into pear and hop aftertaste that finishes with alcohol warmth. The aftertaste is simular to a pear or apple brandy. The mouthfeel is syrupy and warm with just enough carbonation to tickle the roof of your mouth.

This is not for everybody. This is a love it or leave it beer. Not much in between here. For a lager I find this a very interesting beer. I wouldn't drink one everyday but it is a nice change of pace.

Photo of Wildman
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a copper gold color and formed a nice foamy head that left some foamy lace as it subsided. A heavy aroma of malt, fruit and spices with a hint of the alcohol present. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. A flavor of malt and fruit with elements of the alcohol present.

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

This is an anomaly of a beer! An all malt lager with a 15% ABV!? According to the website of Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc, "Belzebuth is the strongest lager beer in the world." Pours like soda; a head forms, a fizzy sound is heard, then it's gone. However, it has a nice golden color with a reddish tint. Or in layman's terms, "orange"! Kind of a Belgian aroma, spicy dried fruit, malt, and strong alcohol presence. Very strong spicy alcohol presence in the taste as well. Spicy dried fruit character, which reminds me of a tripel. Fizzy mouthfeel from the soda-like carbonation. Strong alcohol burn in the aftertaste, kind of numbing to the palate. The alcohol kicks you in the face, which is very un-Belgian. Well, this beer definitely gets points for originality. Who would have thought anyone would make a lager like this? A beer like this? It's got intrigue, but I wasn't too big a fan of it as a beer drinker. Still worth a try.

Photo of mzwolinski
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Some beers you just try out of curiosity, and on the scale of enticingness, this beer scores pretty well. The label is mostly in French, with a happy looking devil dancing in the center, and 15% ABV emblazened on a orange foil wrap. 15%???

Oh yes. And you can smell it. I chilled this beer to the recommended 42 degree serving temperature, and the alcohol odor is still the first thing I noticed about this beer. There's also some citrus to the aroma, and some raisin. But it takes some work to ferret them out.

The second thing you notice about this beer is the appearance, which is actually quite nice. Sunset-orange in color, my glass was actually quite clear for a bottle-referemented beer (I poured slowly and most of the sediment stayed in the bottle). Well carbonated, but no head to speak of. Once again, this is a result of the tremendous potency of this beer.

And you do need to remind yourself that it's a beer, once it's in your mouth. Tastes a bit more like cognac, though with figgish notes and a noticeable hop flavor. Did I mention the alcohol already? Present from start to finish, lending this beer a strong warming character and a peppery finish. Full-bodied and chewy.

Like I said, some beers you drink out of curiosity. Drinking this --albeit slowly and cold -- was not an unpleasant experience, but it is not one I imagine myself repeating, especially given the outrageous $6.80 price tage for a 250ml bottle. There are cheaper ways to get drunk, if that's what you're after, and cheaper, more enjoyable strong ales out there.

Photo of Mick
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One word, Alcohol. Aside from that it has a nice blonde/orange color. No real head to speak of. Personally it was difficult for me to judge the character of the body as the potency of the %15abv makes this one more suitable for sipping rather than drinking; definitely not a session beer. However, it appeared to be smooth. I let a second bottle chill a little longer past the recommended 42 to 45 degree-serving temperature and that seemed to curtail the alcohol sting a little. Very malty aromas blended with an omnipotent smell of alcohol. I really enjoyed it, and will go back for more, but mainly as an apéritif.

Photo of boblinneman
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All together a good beer. Loved the crystal blonde color. More complex than I expected, you can taste plenty of malt mixed in with all the alcohol (15%). Slightly fruity with a little bitter nip, followed by a warming alcohol (not overbearing) flavor.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +29.9%
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!?

Photo of Bierman9
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting bier....my thanks to Rosebud for the recommendation, and to Murph for the sample. Had an orangey/golden color, with a frothy head which, unfortunately, dissipated quickly to nothing, and left no lace at all. Quite the strong nose, as I expected from a strong Belgian: malty sweet and quite alcoholic. Medium body, and a touch rough on the tongue, but in a pleasant sort of way. Sometimes rough is good, eh? First tastes? Alcohol...whoa! Big time, and malty sweetness abounds, too. Lots of peppery/spicy notes swirling around... just a bit too much alco/pepper for me. Still, a good change of pace and/or kick in the ass bier!

overall: 3.8
appearance: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Belzebuth from Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)
78 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.