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

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #405
Ranked #44,925
3.47 | pDev: 17.58%
Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)
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Reviews by Jason:
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3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 250ml brown bottle with a demon dancing amongst the full moon on the label. Best before date clearly notched.

Appearance: Hazy to the point of being cloudy ... most of the dregs where very unsettled and rose to the top of the bottle when opened from the carbonation. Nice orange amber hue ... thin off white lace on top.

Smell: Lots of alcohol in the nose with hints of brandy and alcohol soaked raisins.

Taste: Very fat and chewy malt mouth feel with a creamy slickness coming from the alcohol. Moderate carbonation accenting the spicy sweet alcohol that seems to dominate the front ... we could feel the alcohol warm from mouth to belly. Some fruitiness and hop bitterness is evident leaving candied orange and raisins with a hop leaf flavours. Ghost like grain in the finish that leaves an amazingly clean after taste.

Notes: Not a beer you would want to dance with every night though a treat every once in a while. The only problem was the dregs sneaking into the glass even when I did pour with care ... note that this is a filtered brew though there was a little sediment. Oddly for a brew that boasts 15% abv it has a best before date, I encourage you to buy a couple a lay one down for a while.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.32/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one boozy beer! Super sweet and quite viscous, just the way I like my strong Belgians. Hops are very faint and there are a lot of sugary aromas and aftertastes

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Photo of aforbes10
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours orange with tons of junk floating around in it and not much head. half a point for all the floaties. fruity, fermenting apple cider odor. syrupy mouthfeel, taste is like hazlenuts, cocoa butter, alcohol faily well hidden. couldn't drink a lot of this because the chunks were maybe a bit too big (a big one hit the back of my throat on the last swig which greatly diminished the entire drinking experience.

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Photo of QuadriderMX
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mattpetti
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very light golden amber with a very thin head that sticks to the side of my glass. This beer smells of all malt (as it says on the bottle) with no hop presence. I can smell alittle bit of rice in there also. There is very little alcohol in the nose as well which suprised me due to the abv. The taste is sweet with hints of fruit. The body of this beer is medium to light and it is very easy to drink. The little bottles, light body and smoothness make it possible to have much more than one of these.

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Photo of Demon_Lung
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of hmmmbeer10
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Byeast
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: poured a lightly hazed, darker peach/orange color, with a small white head.

Smell: some fruity esters, kinda flowery, cognac or brandy like scent with the alcohol as well, smell thats like those brownish fruit roll up things.

Taste: Dense, rich malt with sweet fruity complexity- flavors like raisin,pear, orange, mixed with some honeyish malts, a warming alcohol, the fruity tastes just show for a flash and the the alcohol takes over, finish is kind of cotton candy sweet, blended with some more grainy qualities.

Mouthfeel: thick, chewy

Drinkability: Interesting flavors and alcohol in this beer, for its strength its pretty drinkable, the alcohol is not biting or harsh, but it does show, a pleasant mellowing brew.

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Photo of One1Asterisk
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of scottoale
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small 8oz. brown bottle with a code on the front label that reads: 28.03.07 & L36.4.19. It pours a light honey-amber with an inch of white bubbly head. Good carbonation accompanied by some sparse bubbly lace as you drink.

The smell is of very sweet malt and alcohol aplenty. Almost smells like a liquer.

Sweet bubblegum of a malt flavor, Belgian candi-sugar and hot alcohol, that's what I'm tasting here. Pleasant malt flavor, but way too sweet and alcoholic to really be enjoyed.

The body is fairly light to medium with a mouthfeel of warm, almost hot alcohol dominating this brew. It goes down pretty easy, but drinker beware...13%ABV. Chacheers!

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of maniac
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle was labelled as 13%.
Appearance was a clear dark amber color with a thin frothy white head.
Aroma of sweet malt with hints of fruit.
Flavor of candi sugar. LOTS of candi sugar. with some hints of molassas and caramel.
Lots of alcohol here, but the candi sugar covers everything.

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Photo of MaxPowers
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - a golden apple juice color, with a thick fizzy tan head that bubbles away very quickly, moderate carbonation that quickly diminishes to almost none

S - smells like apple juice as well, very malty sweet, beneath that a very strong alcohol aroma, like a malt liquor

T - smooth at first, and lightly sweet, then pow, the alcohol kicks in, strong but not obscenely disgustingly strong, a liquor shot burn feel afterwards, but not gross, pretty good

M - smooth at first, then the alcohol burn kicks in, id say needs a little more balance

D - moderate, the burn lowers it slightly, its ok, definitely the best of this style i've had so far, but not my cup of tea, or beer in this case

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Photo of MasterPenguins
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of brdc
1.61/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Small capped bottle poured into a snifter.

Hazy orange, lots of sediment, very thin white head that does not hold at all; little to no lacing as expected for the high ABV.
Aroma is alcohol, grains, a strong note of corn. Thin on the mouth, it is excessively hot even after well over one year of aging; grainy, with little maltiness to be noted. It is not the hottest beer out there, but it has very little else other than some grains and alcohol.
Not wortwhile.

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Photo of Johnct
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of BMoney575
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 1-25-08
28/09/07 stamped on bottle

Pours a hazy orange-gold color, with a surprisingly foamy head that settles to a thin lace. Unfortunately, there are lots of little tiny yeast floaters.

Smell is intense, very boozy and fruity, with a very wine-like quality. Definitely fermented grapes in the aroma.

Taste is alcohol foremost, then lightly fermented sweet fruity flavors. Very strong, but not unpleasant. Finish is unexpectedly slick, with a subtle alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is about right, very slick from the alcohol.

Drinkability is not very good, this is clearly a booze-centric beer.

Overall, I bought this because it sounded crazy and it was. Worth a try if you're in the mood for something different.

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Photo of rojavaga
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy orange brew, off white lace is large of bubble and weak. Decent sticky retention.

Dark ripe fruit aroma, but thin and acidic with alcohol. Sweet fermented malt in big quantities.

Overriding experience is the alcohol, which brings peppery spicing as well as overly sweet, thick malt. Quite full in the mouth, the carbonation is low in this thick brew. Marginal flavors of raisin or fig, candy sugar, and a lesser presence of citric hop.

It's actually a little difficult to continue with this beer. The alcohol is such a cumbersome presence..other 'big' beers use extraordinary characteristics to hide, accentuate, and complement high alcohol content, but the pale malt and paltry hops stand no chance against fully fermented barley. Pass on this booze bomb unless you want just that.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky ice tea brown color with a small ivory cap that falls away immediately but leaves decent legs when swirled. Aroma is caramel and honey. Flavor is very sweet (think of booze soaked baklava) with the honey being joined by almonds. Feel is medium to thick bodied with low carbonation. Overall a decent boozy brew.

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Photo of Lagaffe74
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Belzebuth. 13% alcohol. Fruits, plants, and a little malty in the nose. Nice feeling on the palate, with a alcohol lingering. You do feel all 13 of them. Could benefit from a more subtle alcohol feel since after the first two gulps, you tend to get your palate ready for that. Overall, nice beer. It's hard to even think of having another one right after.

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Photo of Fighterbeet
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Damian
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from an 8 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA

Poured a deep, hazy amber with a off white, fizzy head. Later, this faded to a thick film with a substantial ring of lace (this stayed until the end of the drink). Large clumps of bubble ridden lacing lasted well after the beer was finished.

Smell was very mild. Malty and slightly peaty with a bit of fruit. Some crisp hops lay in the background. As the beer warmed, some sweet caramel malts became apparent as well.

Taste was malty and alcohol rich. Syrupy, sugary and fruity as well as a bit peppery. The alcohol warming effect was apparent from start to finish but, to my surprise, it was never biting or overwhelming. Somewhat dry, clean finish.

Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth but light.

Drinkability was outstanding especially when considering that this beer is a whopping 13% ABV. The alcohol did however catch up with me in a big way after I was finished.

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Belzebuth from Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 473 ratings