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

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Reviews: 292 | Ratings: 472
Photo of jdhilt
3.42/5  rDev 0%
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??

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Photo of stoutlove77
2.13/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

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Photo of aracauna
2.67/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of ryanocerus
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of purplehops
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Wildman
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of hyuga
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.46/5  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.

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Photo of Mick
3.9/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of boblinneman
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +29.2%
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!?

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Photo of Bierman9
3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Ok, I'm redoing my review after tasting a second one. I am much more impressed with it this time. Intense alcohol presence but not hot (what do you expect at 15%) golden, malty with a floral aroma and light bitterness. Perfect beer for a night cap. Too intense for most food parings. With this bottle the aroma was much improved and the malt didn't seem so one dimentional.

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Photo of ADR
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber, not hugely carbonated. Alcohol and some floweriness to the smell. Very spicy flavors, pepper and cloves and the alcohol is noticeably present. Seems like a candied cherry is in order. Almost a bourbon-like character in the mouth. Aftertaste is pretty bitter and not very changed from the initial taste, probably from the strength rather than hops. Interesting potent brew but all in all too much of an arresting spice and alcohol overall impression to me. There are similar strength brews that are more pleasant.

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Photo of Andy
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A beer utterly lacking in artful complexity. Sharply sweet alcohol and buttery nose. Simultaneously cloying and bitter bite of alcohol. Dry finish. Too cloying for me.

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Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
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 rosebud
4.7/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sorry Jason, you must have had a bad bottle of this. This is one of my favorite beers ... it is a huge beer. Huge in flavor, an overwhelming malt presence (indicated on the label), which is great if you like a malty beer, rich golden color, huge in alcohol, though in my opinion doesn't linger on palate, which pleasantly surprised me considering the 15% alcohol content. I usally have a couple bottles of this everytime I hit PA.

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