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

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 292 | Ratings: 472
Photo of DrDemento456
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one has been on my tick list for a while. Finally broke down and paid 5.99 for a bottle from Halftime beverage.

A - Wow under 9 oz. doesn't look that impressive in a British pint glass. Color is a nice ruby brown with an unexpected bit of head that is very bubbly. Nice lacing.

S - Smell is kind of faint but balanced mostly balanced fruity yeasts and caramel. Mild grains and some alcohol is also noted but also faint and balanced.

T - Well it's not very complex but its very drinkable. Fruity sugary yeasts, mild hops, some fruit like apple or pear, and very little noticeable ABV. Not bad.

M - Medium bodied and alcohol is never cloying.

Overall I don't think it's worthy to pick up again but overall very interesting and even mimics Belgium brewing at it's finest. Also noted is the 8.4 fluid oz, wtf guys for the price can't I get an even 9? Foreigners...

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Photo of billab914
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a deep amber color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a grainy, pale malt like quality to it at first. As it warmed I started to get a little more of a sweeter, caramel like presence mixing with some boozy alcohol. A decent amount of crisp fruitiness is there as well as a little spice.

The taste shows even more of the crisp, fruity, apple like flavors to it. In the finish some of the malty sweetness comes out and mixes with some of the yeast spice. Some alcohol is there in the finish as well. The crisp, apple like fruitiness is a little dominating in it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall it was a decent beer, but not one that stands out in the style. The crisp, fruitiness dominated it a little too much for me. Decent tasting beer overall though.

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Photo of hdelavega
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured to Brasserie D'Achouffe.
Pours a murky brownish amber with a thin white head that disappears to a film that leave some bad ass lacing.
The aroma is strange, malty, yeasty, some grassy hop. Tastes kind of old...
Defiantly has a nice sweetness to the taste. The high alcohol is actually pretty well masked but coming out more as it warms up. The grassy hop is even more present in the taste.
Pretty smooth mouth feel, pretty high carbonation with a warming booze finish.
I need to try to see if I can find this beer again but from somewhere that can assure me that it's fresh.

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Photo of pezfiend
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving, bottle into Palm Tulip glass

A: pours a hazy light amber color, thin head with many little bubbles that keep coming and coming

S: average, some fruit smells, strong scent of alcohol, dark fruit

T: Strong dark fruit smell, raisins, cinnamon, clove, strong taste of boozieness, brandy, for some weird reason I taste cotton candy.... hmmmm

M: Sweet but thin

O: Didn't know much about this beer, bought it on appearance of the bottle (the price tag was $6.66, thought it was appropriate). A good occasional beer, definitely warming, would be really good sometime around January/February. This could replace a nice glass of Brandy during the winter.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brilliant golden with a slight soapy head.

Aroma is pale malt, mild dark fruit, generous alcohol warmth.

Taste is initially pale malt and rich dark fruit - plenty of plum and date. Alcohol comes on strong and hot. Lingering minerally quality, and alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is a syrupy medium body.

A very nice strong ale. I wouldn't put this in the BSPA category, so I am grading it accordingly.

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Photo of bashiba
2.84/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a bright yellow/orange with a light yet persistant head.

The smell is strong spoiled fruit and old bananas with lots of alcohol.

The taste is very sweet and fruity with a lightly spicy with a big lingering alcohol. So sweet, basically a desert beer.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily and very, very warm.

This beer is just big and sweet, even the 8.4oz bottle size might be to big of a serving.

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Photo of Mar02x
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought this beer in Boulonge-sur-mer, and when I look at the label it say something different than the original Belzebuth. This should be a beer of 13% ABV!?

A - clear light brown fluid with some carbonation (bubbles racing from the bottom), not much head, just a thin layer on the surface and a white ring sticking against the glass.

S - Not a real fresh smell, some alcohol and old yeast.

T - Lucky enough the taste is much better than the smell. Not a real delight but a strong heavy beer, some fruit and nice warming alcohol after taste.

M - Nice carbonation, good mouth feeling, slightly sticky and creamy.

O - Despite the smell I find it a good strong beer. Alcohol is present but some time you want a real kicker. Worth buying to try once or twice if you ask me.

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Photo of impending
2.35/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

25cl into a tulip. Pours a nearly transparent orange butterscotch, what little head that formed dissipated rapidly, no lacing, minimal carbonation.

Cloying sweet aroma, hard to get past the sugars to what could be a complex underbelly.

Massive residual sugars dominate the flavor, no bitter, no dry. The fusel alcohol is almost an appropriate counterbalance to the sugars but it isn't. Full bodied syrupy mouthfeel.
No sense of cultured restraint.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a nice looking golden orange color. The head was minimal but had a good aroma. The smell of the beer was fruity and yeasty. The taste has a bready citrus flavor with some spices in the mix. The mouthfeel was about medium bodied and had a low carbonation level. Overall I enjoyed this beer and have been meaning to pick more up but have yet to do so.

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Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a very modest head that leaves a lot of sheeting, nevertheless

Smell: Very bready and somewhat sweet

Taste: Bready, up front, with a growing sweetness and fusel alcohol character, by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweetness continues

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; slightly syrupy

Overall: Just doesn't float my boat; rather one dimensional

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a light brown/amberish color. It has a very thin, small white head that doesn't stick around long. It appears to have limited carbonation.

S: A sweetness comes through the most in the smell. It is like a sweet apple cider almost. The alcohol is also very present, as expected from its high alcohol content, it stings the nostrils. There are also some light floral aromas.

T: The sweetness of apples and its alcohol come through the most in its taste. Not much else going on here.

M: It feels like it's on the thin side and leaves a dry finish.

D: This is definitely a sipper due to its high alcohol content. It doesn't try to hide that aspect either, which makes it a little difficult to drink. It certainly wasn't overpowering though, just would've liked to see other aspects more profoundly presented.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Source/Serving: 8.4oz bottle that looked like a 11+ ouncer in the store. Crafty marketers. Labeled 28.01.10 but I'm not sure if that is bottling or expiration date.

S: Toasted pears covered in caramel and blended with a touch of apple cider. Backdrop is a little earthy/musty, but the fruits are upbeat and are the driver. As it warms alcohol appears as floral and is very ethereal.

T: Unexpectedly fresh fruit character with orange/apple and caramel and light straw grains up front. Moderately sweet but well within tolerance. Smooth booziness shows up in the middle to add nice depth and cut the sweetness a bit along with mild herbal hoppiness, toasted caramel, and light bread and amorphous spice. Hits all the essential notes with hops, some yeast esters, and a moderate grain character and is subtle and solid but not overwhelmingly good or complex. I'd definitely appreciate more yeast ester character on the tongue and more hop character. Moderate-full body with moderate carbonation. Finish is slightly dry with a light, pleasant peppery burning in the very back of the throat that’s quite nice but could be confused with the start of a sore throat. Lingering, sticky apple/pear stick around for a while.

Notes: Slightly better than serviceable brew with nice flavors that hit all the marks, but its not tremendously compelling for some reason and lacking much Belgian character. To some extent its like a fortified (by taste, not % Abv) white wine and I'd imagine as it is it should work nicely as is as a night-time sipper with some bready dessert.

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Photo of acemathew
4.27/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 03-29-2011
Bottle is dated for best by date of 28-02-11

Poured tall into Hennepin Tulip

Appearance Has a nice head and great lacing

Aroma-Smells ridiculously malty letting it warm up whilst I enjoy my own 'Something Different Ale'

Taste-Sweet and malty little overall bitterness qualities you would expect.

Very subdued alcohol for a 13% beverage. Finish is nice and clean.

Mouthfeel is smooth and easy going.

I have a sense that this beer is better fresher.

But aging melted the abv into this device. Very good overall.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Assertive and boozy blonde ale, and actually while not extraordinary it is pretty recommendable.

Presentation: 25 cl brown capped bottle. Blue label with a drawing of Belzebuth glowing against the moon and the name of the brew in orange. Neck label brags about the Alc. by Vol. (13%). Back label barely brags about being the most unique ale in the world, and adds serving suggestions alongside the perfunctory legal notes. Shows best by date (28.11.11) Served in a snifter.

A - Clear deep gold to pale amber pour, with a frizzy small head, short-lived, faint surface memory with a fair surface ring and small lacing.

S - Boozy nose, with dash of caramel and a dry hint.

T - Taste is compact with a sweet/dry caramel coated boozy sense. A bit fruity as it rides fairly nicely the alcohol.

M - Medium body and carbonation, with an obvious sense of alcohol that explicitly drives the brew rather well. In fact, the menacing astringent touch is tamed and hidden under how it is woven back with the overall profile. I'm in.

D - Good sipper, not one for the ages, by far, but a good boozy blonde worth trying.

Notes: Not half as extraordinary as it pretends, and certainly not anywhere near being the "most unique ale in the world". But nevertheless it is a pretty solid brew, that makes of its boozy profile its most significant character but works relatively well, and makes for a good drink.

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Photo of BrauKilR
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a bottle serving rescued from the top shelf of a specialty store.
A: Clear, tan leather in color, white head that dwindles slowly to a persistent film. Good lacing. Legs.
A: Tart smell of a Granny Smith apple which I put my finger through when I go to eat it and find it rotting. Goethe wrote with a rotting apple in his desk drawer, so I do not consider it at all bad. In fact, I'm being inspired now to write with a Belzebuth sitting beside me. Sweetness. Malt forward in aroma. No hops. No melanoidins as in many big beers. Alcohol/port wine
F: Apples, alcohol, no undesireable or off flavors. The alcohol is thinly masked but not obtrusive. No harshness or fusels. Cleanly, meticulously fermented. High gravity finish without much bitternedd to dry or balance the finish, which is long.
M: Mod carbonation zest, full bodied, sweet finish. Alcohol evident. Warming. Sherry-like or sack mead finish
Overall: A beer worth knowing. Strong ale which follows through with expectations from initial nose to finish. No staleness or oxidation which implies good care on the retailer's end. Ale's what cures ya, and don't the belgians know it!

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Photo of Daredevil
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

... amber color .... smooth almost fluffy ... starting candyish, with peppery alcohol flavors ... nevertheless surprisingly dry ... brandy like finish ...
... certainly not an easy or everyday brew, but a very smooth example for a barley wine type ...

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Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My utmost thanks on this part of The CANQuest (TM) go out to einweizenbitte for his due diligence in seeking out new and unusual beers for this journey.

Beer & Music: Again, not a stretch. The dot/period between the second 1 and the 8 is a forked tail instead and the character depicted is a horned, long-tailed demon with Beelzebub one of the many names for Satan. I have no fear as Bro. Woody with the Order of Disorder and so Iron Maiden's "Number of the Beast" is queued up ...

From the CAN: "CANned in Holland". Bring it on, you lowlanders!

Crack & Glug action: I got a finger of thick, bubbly eggnog-colored head with good retention off my initial pour. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. I could suddenly understand how oro was such a corrupting influence. F'n' beautiful! Nose was full of (probably) yeast-driven spice, more subtle than simple black pepper, but peppery all the same. Coriander, perhaps? My mouth was watering at this point. Mouthfeel was medium, but its presence was immediate! Holy heat, spice and pepper, Batman! This is not a beer for amateurs. OMFG, if we had access to this in our teens (which is when I developed an affinity for beer), I would not be here today. I looked into the empty CAN and I could see clear into ...

... the well! What did you think? I told you, I am a monk. it is the ways of the flesh that entice me, not simple vices like drinking beer all day on a Sunday. Uh oh. Is it suddenly warm in here, or is that just me?

I'm back. Just me and my new buddy from down the street at 666 N Queen (I (used to) live at 736 N Queen) come to pay me a visit and drink some beer. Dang, it's hot in here. And why is there now screaming coming from the cellar? Dude, are you Native AmeriCAN or is that the worst sunburn ever? Yo, man is as red as chewing tobacco!

Oh, now I get it. Finish finished me. Wow, this was a beer to be reckoned with. Hot, dark fruity, excellent lacing, a mild burn in the back of my throat. If this was not the death of me literally, it may be eventually. Proceed with caution and do NOT put this in your cooler. Zounds!

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Photo of yesyouam
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belzebuth is a crystal clear, deep golden ale with a thin white head that gets lumpy and leaves very nice lacing. It has an aroma of over-ripe pear, alcohol and cardboard. It's smooth and pretty full bodied with a slightly sticky finish. It tastes pretty sweet and syrupy with notes of pear, melon and allspice. The finish brings the taste of alcohol, black pepper and a touch of phenol. It's not bad at all. It's a sipper.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

unfamiliar 8.4oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a murky amber/coppery tone with very little head - so obviously not much retention - or lacing. decent amount of sediment. nose is dark fruity, sweet malts, a white wine like character to it; surprisingly little alcohol considering 13% abv (which is proudly displayed on the neck of the bottle...). flavor is very sweet, i'm again reminded of a white wine. malty... yeast... hint of apple... overall not bad. borderline astonishing how well-hidden the booze is; i get it in the finish/aftertaste but i thought it would be much more in-your-face. my initial reaction was this was a solid beer, but then it warmed and i soured on it just a bit. good in small doses, perhaps. also, i'm seeing a date on the front that's a year ago - not specified if it's a bottled date or best by date - with 13% i'm hoping for the former (might explain the relatively subdued alcohol presence). overall i'm glad i tried it and i'd drink it again if offered, but i wouldn't buy it of my own accord.

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Photo of Philipp
2.74/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A- orangy amber color, thin head, little bit of lacing.
S- a bit like a wheat beer, but much, much boozier. Bananas and clove but with strong alcohol overtones.
T- malty and rather sweet, not hoppy at all, but boozy as hell.
M- the more you drink, the harder it is to swallow.
D- it will get the job done (-if the job is getting people drunk)

Yeah, overall, not so good. Too much alcohol taste for me personally. If you can deal with that and actually like the flavors behind the booze, you might risk buying one.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden yellow that positively glows in the light. Lots of complex bubble patterns on the top, but no head. Sporadic lacing.

S: You have to really search to find this smell, a sort of tart grainy scent.

T: Whoah. This tastes nothing like it smells. The flavours are strong and insistent; fruit and alcohol are foremost. Carbonation is very noticeable and plays counterpoint to the sweetness. Aftertaste is more bitter, leaving fruit notes lingering on the tongue for a long, long time. I am very impressed by by the taste. This beer is great!

M: Carbonation takes the edge of the alcohol, preparing the way for the sweeter main body of the beer.

D: The most alcoholic beer I've ever reviewed certainly doesn't taste like it. It's light in character, while being strong and assertive in taste. Sweeter and fruitier than anticipated, but in a good way. Very highly recommended!

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Photo of HiGravShawn
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden nectar from the sun

S: Like honey and malt

T: Sweet. Strong. Delicious. Not cloying (at least for the first bottle)

M: Heavy and slick like a buttery wine.

D: Tastes good, about as drinkable as port. Not very after half a bottle.

For what it is it's great. A sipping beer where you may share a single bottle with your mate. Even at the smaller bottle size it gets overwhelming fast so grab a few snifters in front of a cracking fire with a beautiful woman (or man) and enjoy yourself.

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Photo of caresville
2.56/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

extra received from sophisticated in a recent trade. kinda intrigued by this one at first glance.

a- matches my mahogany dresser, little to no head, absolutely no lacing.

s- really sour and funky? hints of grains, baked breads, cinnamon, cloves, grapes, orange peels. very strange, sour stench but not in a good way.

t&m- tastes more like a sauvignon blanc than a belgian strong pale ale. that is not necessarily a bad thing though, i guess unique does describe this one.

d- eh, 12 oz. is enough.

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Photo of crossovert
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

8.4 oz bottle, "best before 28/9/09".

Pours into my tulip with a large foamy off-whiteish head. The beer has a bizarre murkiness to it, there is a whispy cloud of sediment suspended amongst bright, filtered amber. An interesting looking brew.

The smell is fruity with a large amount of green apple peel. There is also some pale malts and alcohol.

It is big and fruity with some funky yeast character. Not as sweet as expected but with a decent amount of alcohol on the palate. The mouthfeel could be more bubbly and carbonated.

The alcohol hurts the drinkablity but this one isn't a big bottle, nor is it that bad of a beer, not bad. Not "the most unique in all the world" though.

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Photo of cleverbeername
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

52* bordeaux, bottle

a red amber orange. off white head, low but looks good for style

S hops, alcohol, fruit peel, maybe orange.

T sweeter, with heavy hop influence on the back end. alcohol is evident, which is fine and not too distracting.

M mid body, nice bite in side mouth.

D. creeper. i was off put at the end by the label, the 13% abv is advertised aggressively. alright, but didnt wow me.

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Belzebuth from Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 472 ratings