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

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78
okay

288 Reviews
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very good

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Reviews: 288
Hads: 451
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 14
Gots: 29 | 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

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-17-2002

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Reviews: 288 | Hads: 451
Photo of ThaCreep
2.61/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Few things to put under the nose so that it is alcohol. It is also very present in the drink and gives it a very powerful body and sweet enough. The palate offers flavors of fruit soaked in alcohol such as oranges and raisins. End Boche warm and alcoholic. Despite an increase from 15 ° to 13 °, Belzebuth is struggling to find a balance and the presence of alcohol is much too large to allow the flavors to savor.

ABV= 13° not 11° (436 characters)

Photo of webmanspidey
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a chalice. Dark golden in color with little head. Smells mostly of sour green grapes, with some vinegar/alcohol like bursts. Taste is mostly apple juice and grapes with a strong alcohol burn finish. Alcohol is prevalent, and this doesn't have much else to redeem itself. Not really much in terms in flavor, but I guess for the ABV it is fairly drinkable. (373 characters)

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

Pours an opaque orange color, mild lacing around the glass. As I swirl the glass, sticks to the sides like a clear syrup. Very mild carbonation.

The aroma is sour, metallic-like, malts. No booze aroma comes through in the nose (weird for a 13% beer). Some Belgian-like characteristic in the smell but is overpowered by the latter. The biggest impression I get from this beer is a medium bodied sour Belgian booze bomb. (to put it bluntly) Detecting some white grapes in the taste, mild fruity character with Belgian yeast.

Light in body and I didn't get the boozy warming character that others described and the mild sourness makes me think that perhaps this bottle is a little past its prime, then again, with this type of ABV, it should age fairly well. It's not overly complex in any way, interesting, but doesn't do much for me. Definitely a big beer. This one will creep up on you pretty quickly with the high ABV, do sip it. Smooth in character but not big on taste.

As a side note, I was VERY turned off by the packaging of this bottle. it has a big "13% ABV" sticker on the long neck portion of the bottle. Really? What's the point? Who are they targeting? A sophisticated beer crowd or someone who sees "13%" and says, "Why not? Let's buy it and get $#@%ed up!" I have to say, that's a HUGE turnoff in the packaging - flavor and complexity over ABV is way more important. Go buy yourself a bottle of Colt 45 instead, no class. The 13% sticker is so tasteless, it makes me mad. Concentrate on brewing a good beer and quit focusing on the alcohol content.

I'm reviewing this beer and setting my personal and political convictions aside considering it's a French beer. Got this as a gift but wouldn't buy it. This tastes nothing like a Belgian blonde ale, all I can say is, "Meh". (1,791 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good looking beer. Pours a clear caramel/light copper color with a medium size off white head. The head is very impressive from a 13% alcohol beer. Head retention doesn't last that long but there is covering over the top of the glass and some lacing.

Smell is fairly pronounced. Sweet fruit (apples and pears). There is a little Belgian sugar and yeast thing going on too.

Taste is similar to aroma. Slightly malty, sweet, apples raisins and pears but with some astringency. The alcohol is very noticeable but not that unpleasant. Just warms you up and slows you down a bit

Mouthfeel is about average for a Belgian, and the beer is a little thin and some alcohol presence is noticeible.

The high abv and the alcohol presence in the taste make this a nightcap/warmer type of beer.

I would like to try it again but this is not one for mass quantities. One bottle will do you. (878 characters)

Photo of ryanonline
4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice light brown/caramel like appearance, nice white head and moderate lacing.

smells very sweet, honey and yeast along with raisin, and very phenolic. and i definitely can smell Belgian yeast.

taste is the same with a definite alcohol bite.

mouthfeel is fluffy and tingly carbonation with a relatively creamy body.

apparently this is pretty drinkable because i downed a threezer without much trouble. And its 13 %!

this is a unique but very drinkable beer, i enjoy it. lovely. (482 characters)

Photo of meeekyh
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a discrete 8.4oz bottle into a fin du monde glass.

The head is quite small and a tan color with decent lacing. The color is deep golden and transparent.

The nose is strongly alcohol with hints of bread, grain and orange peel.

The taste is strongly alcoholic and very sweet. not a lot of hops or complexity. There are hints of spice and orange but not much else.

The feel is heavy, the carbonation light and the aftertaste is not remarkable.

For a beer this strong I am not surprised at the alcoholic nature of the taste and nose. I was a bit surprised at the lack of strong hop to balance the alcohol and sweetness. I would put this in some sort of 'super-amber' category as it barely resembles anything Belgian, and nothing pale, I have had in the past.

OK beer but I much prefer the uber-hopped 'pirate' beers. (831 characters)

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Ommegang tall sniffer. Big 13% label on the neck of the bottle. Pours mildly cloudy/golden with a decent frothy white head that dissapates quickly to a thin ring on the surface with soft lacing.
Aroma is strong of booze...which is expected for this big beer. Picking up a little bitterness and possibly some light fruit, maybe grapefruit.

Woa, didn't expect the flavor. Then again, it is a malt beverage...haha. Very sweet...notes of apple I think. Sugary sweet malts, mildly complexity/body...and actually very tasty.

What's surprising is the booze is pretty well hidden in the sweetness of the flavor. (640 characters)

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. (1,812 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The lil' 8.5 oz bottle pours out a amber orange libation, with a surprising one inch of ivory head in the ol' diamond dipped tulip glass. A ring of lace to mark my way down.

Orange liquor marks the aroma, and dominates in the quaff. Lots of light fruits of apple, orange and pear in this one. Very sweet brew, tons o' sugar malt makes this more a cordial after dinner drink than brew. No hint of the strong booze, except for a small medicinal hint in the finish.

Very unique brew, glad to have tried and enjoyed it - worked well this cool fall day. (551 characters)

Photo of PartyBear
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy orange colour, with a rapidly fading foamy white head. Quite weak carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet alcohol on the nose, very much like a barley wine. There is a definite tart sourness to the aroma, hints of apples, and orange. With the potent alcohol, it also has a brandy like quality to the aroma.

Taste: Sweet and sugary at the front, with a plethora of spices flying about. The alcohol is very prominent towards the end, with a warming sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Oily and very clingy.

Drinkability: Nothing special, more like a fruity barley wine than a Belgian ale. It feel like the brewers got a bit to carried away with hitting a big ABV than creating a balanced beer. (687 characters)

Photo of psujesus
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this is a very fruity beer
poured into a wine glass, a nice copper brown color with lasting head, not filtered well as it had specs of what i assume is sediment
a nice fruit smell to go with its fruity/wine taste, seems to have a familiar taste is vodka to it, reminds me of my party days when i tango'd with Vladamir, the alcohol taste got stronger as the glass emptied
overall a drinkable beer that would be good for special occasions (437 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer into a 25cl tulip glass. Crowns great with three fingers of light tan head, and decent lacing lasts all the way through my serving. The body is golden copper in color, and is cleanly filtered.

Aroma wise it's fruity in the way of an orange/apple mix. Candied sugar hides beneath the fruity overtone.

This brew is actually very tasty. Spicy fruitiness is upfront, and then gives in to a medicinal flavor from the higher ABV.

For a strong beer such as this, it's actually quite drinkable. There is coarse and prickly carbonation upfront, and delves into a light syrupy finish. The alcohol is very detectable in the end, which finishes with a slight burn. (672 characters)

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

Bought at Beverage Warehouse Los Angeles, Calif.

Poured a dark, golden color into glass. Very little head and bubbles. The smell of grapes, fruits off the glass. Nice strong taste but definitely drinkable. Mouthfeel is good with a nice alcohol back end. Good drinkability and tasty. Overall, I like this beer for being 13% abv and very drinkable. I tried others with this high alcohol content and they pretty much tasted like old shoes. Easily a four pack night. (463 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

25cl single from Ft. Collins, not sure on the price. Not too sure about a beer that brags about a high abv.

A: Pours a hazy gold color with a dense cream colored head about half an inch thick or so, which is impressive for a high alcohol beer, lots of carbonation moving through this one. Pretty nice looking strong beer. Excellent lacing.

S: Alcohol, wow, big time booze all over the nose, almost like chlorine, wow, some big malty sweet smells in there, but really dominated by booze, and a definite chemical presence that burns my nose, also some earthy hops in there. Way too boozy.

T: Caramel malts, vanilla, and straight up cheap whiskey, fair amount of bitterness, but it comes from the alcohol, not much of a hop presence, slightly skunky. Loses a lot of flavor just because of the boozy presence, also slightly metallic taste. I'm not that impressed with this beer, but my girlfriend does enjoy it.

M: Thick beer, wow this is huge in the mouth, alcohol warmth in the gullet, fairly dry finish. Pretty nice really.

D: I don't know if I would put this back after just the one. A little much for me. It seems like a lot of the nice flavors get overpowered by the untamed alcohol. Strong beer, with strong flavors, but I can't say that I'd recommend this. (1,269 characters)

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. (475 characters)

Photo of erz316
4.02/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.4 floz bottle poured int le chouffe snifter. 28.09.09 is the best before date. Biere de fermentation haute; I would agree.

A - pours a hazy medium dark amber, and when held up to the light it makes a beautiful full amber colour. head is minimal, sinking quite fast after a one finger head forms. not unappealing, but the body could be a bit brighter in general, and the head could last much longer.

S- real malty and boozy. opening notes are a slight fruity maltiness. top notes are is of apricot brandy and booze soaked figs or raisins, followed by malts. middle notes are a slightly spicy alcohol presence, almost like the spice from a spiced rum. no discernible bottom notes, probably just more malts. this is a pretty good smelling beer, but nothing special. the fruit aspect is a big turn on, and if they could pump that and the spicy alcohol presence up, it would be much improved.

T - for all the misgivings that I have the taste of the beer if excelent. the alcohol knows just where to be at just the right times! the intial taste is of malty booze, some white raisins mixed in with the ever growing alcohol presence. the booze gets much more dominant as I hold it in my mouth. the booze taste like it was made of fruits, maybe apples (but not like a hard cider). quite lovely. the alcohol doesn't overwhelm though, as it is inherently attached to this fruity aspect, and is again buffered by the malts. a masterful blending of some 13 % abv. the finish is an almost even blend of the malts (making a strong comeback) and te alcohol, which gives itself as a nice burning sensation. there is also a good burst from the hops, really bitter, as it reaches the back of the palate (right before swallowing). the after taste is sweet malts, with a touch of brown sugar. the hops are also there, but not as noticeable as that absolute blast of hops during the finish. this is an excellent tasting beer; it really knows how to make use of the alcohol.

MF&D - the only problem is that the brew is too thick. this is a natural side effect of having so much alcohol. the body is full, while it should be a medium-full at most (the higher fullness being attributed to an increase in carbonation, which is acceptable). the beer, however, does not gain fullness from extra carbonation, which is quite well proportioned for a full body beer. the body itself is making it the beer full, which is not a good thing. the drinkability is then going to suffer for this style, as it should be lighter and more bubbly, easier to go down. the alcohol is also a detriment to a degree; one too many of these guys will put you in the nut house. (2,631 characters)

Photo of AccidentalKate
4.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gold with amber tints. crisp, nearly clear. A white head that lasts several minutes.

Aroma: sweet and malty, with citrus in the background. There's a small hint of hops, but it's below the other aromas. Just about the stereotypical aroma for a Belgian Pale Blonde ale.

Taste: Sweet and malt, but it doesn't leave a cloyingly sweet aftertaste that you get with some overly malty brews. Hint of toffee on the finish. Just the slightest bit of bitterness on the back of the palate. And then the hit of alcohol brushes your nose at the end. Very pleasant beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, light carbonation. Judged against the criteria of the BJCP, the alcohol hit is a weakness, but hey, I like it.

Drinkability: A very nice beer that borders on great. The mouthfeel could be a little more present, and the high alcohol content does make this less than a standard blonde ale. However, if I were to submit this for judging, I'd throw this under the speciality beer category and take a chance there. This is a good, nearly great beer, but should not be considered the standard bearer for strong blonde ales. (1,124 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. From around 2004. Getting married in a week, and trying much from the cellar.

Appearance: Hazy amber copper color.

Smell: Massive raisin sweetness and red vinousness. Mild chocolate and toffee, heavily sweet.

Taste: Massive raisins, yes. Dark fruits. Whiffs of booze. Big booze maybe. Mild wood and tar. Heavy and nice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy carbonation.

Drinkability: Let it live a bit in the bottle. This is an older one. This is what it takes, I imagine. Try it. A big one. (524 characters)

Photo of popery
2.99/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While Belzebuth is not a bad beer, it feels like a waste of a whole bunch of barley. The color is just fine, golden dried barley at sunset, and has good retention, lacing, etc. I tend to find BSPA's on the boring side of appearance, though. The smell just isn't right. I can sense the Belgian-ish yeast, but the bland sour notes of cheap lager make an unexpected and unappreciated appearance. I'm surprised that this fancy little French bottle of extra potent brew shares aroma notes with malt liquor. These off notes don't show up on the palate, but it's a turn-off for me. My turn-ons include long walks on the beach, verticals of anything and cheap sours. Sorry. Anywho, the flavor is definitely boozy, but there are some good undercurrents of Belgian earth and stone fruit. Surprisingly, there isn't a strong malt flavor. The color, aroma and abv made me expect a bit maltiness, but the sweetness is fairly bland and the booziness overpowers anything else. Feel and drinkability aren't great even for beers in this weight class. These 12+ abv beers seem to be distinctly hit or miss, and this is a miss for me. (1,114 characters)

Photo of marvin213
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I opened this new 12oz beer and poured it directly into my Chapel Hill Brewery pint glass--support your local brewers! It actually looks like there's beer missing from my glass. Despite the respectable head and thin layer of foam remnants, I'm taken aback that this big ol' 13%er settled so easily. Relatively big, bacteria-culture lookin' bubbles layer on top of the liquid, adding to the communication from the neck's sticker: high gravity! Still, it LOOKS fairly tame.

The smell is just okay. I detect the Belgian yeast and, as usual, that overpowers all other components. It's not as pronounced as in others I've tried, but it's undisputably the smell's defining characteristic.

I do taste the alcohol. Honestly not too immense--it warms without burning--it's a well-done strong Belgian ale. For the ominous ABV, its taste is tame. You're not gonna chug it, but it's not a bad sipper. Quite frankly, though, I think this beer is designed with a purpose to intoxicate. It's just quaffable enough to drink--I credit the Belgian yeast for that--but what sorta food pairing would you offer with this? Cheese, I reckon.

Mouthfeel is warm and tingly--alcohol with Belgian yeast strain. I'm tellin' ya--this is a straight intoxicator--perhaps that's why its name and label allude to the devil. The beverage really teeters between obnoxiously strong and just tame enough to bear. A tame bear, this one....

I wouldn't recommend two--it is 13%ABV. With that in mind, however, it's not a bad beverage. If your objective is aligned with the Belzebuth from the outset, this might be the beer best suited for you. (1,610 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear light copper color with a large-bubbled off-white head. Surprisingly clear and not much head.

Smell is mostly alcohol and muscadine grapes, vinous...everything that is unripe in the world. Sour and vinegary, if I was smelling this blind, I would go with a sour wild ale.

Flavor mirrors the nose well, muscadine grapes are all I keep thinking about as I drink this. By far the most vinous beer I have had. A bare hint of yeast funk comes into play, along with the smoothest 13% alcohol I have ever had. Boozy never comes to mind with this one for me, although this is definitely not my first beer of the evening. I would classify this as a must try, just for the sheer uniqueness of the beer. I enjoyed it. (726 characters)

Photo of sivart
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

.25L bottle - Shared this one w/ SkyCop32. Picked up at Maruhn Getränke in Darmstadt, Germany. Pours a pale hazy golden yellow color. Aromas of yeast, some fruit and spice. Taste is yeasty and medicinal, can really taste the alcohol in this one, can't hold a candle compared to the other Belgian Strong Pale Ales (Duvel). (322 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip for a well carbonated see thru ruby tinted orange w/ one-finger offwhite head and some lace. A tart fruit smell of sour apple, pear, some orange, mixed w/ hints of roasted and bread malts and possibly a tad oak.
Medium-bodied beer that has a chewey breadiness to it and comprises itself of a good amount of caramelized malts and other sugary goodness (cane?). Also has some yeast and tart fruit tastes, mostly pear and orange, for balance. Kinda like a white wine...kinda. Has a hoppy, crisp backbite w/ very little alcohol burn or even notice; they hide the ABV quite well given its amount. A sipper in terms of taste and ABV, but definitely the one I sipped on was pretty good. (699 characters)

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. (769 characters)

Photo of weazal
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Thick and heavy. Some bright, spiced tangerine balanced against sun-soaked, wet hay. Alcohol is present, but hidden surprisingly well for such high content. Raisins did come out as it warmed.

T: Warm mouthfeel, all the flavor feels elevated in the palate. Weak on carbonation which adds to brandy sensation already attributed by the high alcohol content. Sweet caramel and light. I personally don't think the alcohol was as noticeable - apart from the warming - but others are more sensitive to it and subsequently repulsed. I thought it was quite drinkable. Like a meatier white wine. (589 characters)

Belzebuth from Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)
78 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.