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

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #401
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3.47 | pDev: 17.58%
Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
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!!!

Feb 15, 2003
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

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

Dec 03, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

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.

Apr 25, 2002
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aforbes10 from Iowa

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.

Oct 13, 2006
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QuadriderMX from Michigan

3.64/5  rDev +4.9%

Nov 28, 2014
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mattpetti from New Jersey

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.

Mar 06, 2006
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Demon_Lung from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Feb 24, 2014
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

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.

Jun 13, 2009
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hmmmbeer10 from Florida

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Apr 09, 2014
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Byeast from Florida

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.

Apr 22, 2007
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One1Asterisk from Florida

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Aug 28, 2014
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scottoale from California

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!

Jun 01, 2006
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MakeMineADoubleJack from North Carolina

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

Jul 31, 2015
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maniac from Virginia

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.

Jun 27, 2006
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MaxPowers from Michigan

3/5  rDev -13.5%

Aug 02, 2014
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sinstaineddemon from Connecticut

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

May 05, 2006
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MasterPenguins from Indiana

3/5  rDev -13.5%

Sep 26, 2014
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brdc from Wisconsin

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.

Mar 19, 2009
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Johnct from New York

2/5  rDev -42.4%

Nov 03, 2014
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BMoney575 from Texas

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.

Jan 26, 2008
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rojavaga from Bulgaria

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Jul 12, 2014
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BretSikkink from Mexico

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.

Jun 23, 2007
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

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.

Dec 04, 2018
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Lagaffe74 from Louisiana

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.

May 30, 2006
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Fighterbeet from Spain

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Jul 06, 2014
Belzebuth from Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 473 ratings