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

467 Ratings

Brewed by:
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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Photo of shivtim
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Chunks to the extreme! This clearish red/brown brew has huge chunks that just float around in it. It's downright evil looking. nose is syrupy sweet apple hops. Taste is heavy on the ethanol, with syrupy hops and then a long dry ethanol finish. Not hidden well at all. Mouthfeel is chunky and syrupy. Drinkability is really hurt by the alcohol content.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.01/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 8oz bottle(28.03.07) a medium gold witha large head of foam that shrank to a solid layer that stuck around for the entire session.

The smell has some sweet malt/caramel notes and a pretty strong nose of alcohol.

The taste is of very sweet malt and there's a very strong alcohol presence. I'm trying to taste more and there *is* some fruitiness to it but it fades pretty quickly due to the high abv. Dang, I drank this near room temp...maybe that was a mistake?!

Bottom line: I'm glad I tried it but if it was in the stores here, I would not bother buying it again.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pretty medium orange color with a nice white head that melts to thick, bumpy lacing that sticks very well on the side of the glass.
A belgium smell with sweet malt, oranges and tangerines, golden raisins, and alcohol.
Thick and slippery in the mouthfeel department.
Tastes less sweet than it smells....Still some orange and tangerine but mega amounts of alcohol and (as Jason noticed) alcohol soaked raisins.
Aftertaste is primarily alcohol and the alcohol warmth is felt from the lips to the tips of your toes....all of the way down.
I think the beauty of this brew is lost in it's very high alcohol strength. Too bad because I think there is more in just gets smothered.
My bottle has a best by date of June 28th, 2007. I would like to find a couple more bottles and put them in the cellar until at least the best by date if not a year beyond that.
I really think this would improve with some age on it.

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Photo of Krishna
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I found a Belzebuth 25 cL bottle at the local Champion super-marché (dans le 14e arrondisement, for those of you keeping track), and thought I'd bring it home and try it out. Here are the results:

Clear, caramelly color, with lots of bubbles present.

Caramelly, sweet scents abound.

This is a very sweet beer, especially when it initially hits the palate. The sweetness fades over time, and the aftertaste is clean, though still with some residual sugariness. I'm not that familiar with this style of beer, but it seems to me that this beer is simply too sweet for my taste, as a whole, as there's not enough hoppy bitterness to balance it out.

For what this beer is (strong lager), it's neither too flat, nor too carbonated. It rests pretty well on the tongue while it's there, but when you swallow, you are

I'd not drink this alone, but it might work when paired with certain cheeses or foods... spicy foods like Indian or Middle Eastern food, perhaps?


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Photo of gnoff
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

(25 cl bottle)

Clear deep golden color with a white head.
Typical Belgian strong ale scent. Smells of alcohol and also very sweet. Behind it all is a familiar smell of canned crushed tomatoes.
Very sweet taste, almost no bitterness.
Very full mouth feel. T
aste is also very much like a Belgian strong ale, with an after taste of boiled vegetables.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
1.77/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I think this is my 2nd beer from France and all I have to say is leave the brewing to the Belgians. Looks nice, pours a golden orange color. Smells though like cheap malt liquor. Tastes like somebody put vodka in a malt liquor, real harsh alcohol burn. Overall it's a pretty picture that just gets ugly real fast. I did finish it but I'm only going to remember it as being another dissapointing beer. Try at your own risk.

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Photo of 1whiskey
4.37/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 8.4 oz. bottle. At 13% ABV, 8 oz should be plenty.

Hazy orange color, 2 finger frothy head.

Smell is sweet, spicy, and strong! Mmmm...this is one pungent beer :)

First taste is quite sweet. Golden raisins, nutmeg, cloves make their prescence immediatly known. As it warms it mellows into a softer orange and pepper flavor, and alcohol, while noticable, is not overwhelming as you might expect.

Slick, oily mouthfeel and a fairly thick body are lightened up by the considerable carbonation. Really clean finish for such a strong beer. For a 13% ABV beer, this is VERY drinkable. That said, I would have a hard time finishing more than one.

I wouln't drink this on a regular basis, but I will definately be having this again. A great beer to finish a rich meal. This is worth seeking out.

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Photo of maniac
3.18/5  rDev -7%
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 IceAce
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper body topped withoff-white foam leaving a nice pattern of lace for having such a high abv (this is the 13% version). Nose is very alcoholic with rum-soaked cherries at the forefront. Some malt also pokes through the backdrop of alcohol esters.

Entry is subdued...until the alcohol hits. This situation worsens as the beer approaches the 50° mark. Midtaste is earthy malt with virtually no ability to hide the throat-stinging alcohol blast.

Much too hot to be refreshing...

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Photo of scottoale
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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 moderndrunkard
2.11/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

These crazy frenchmen and their extra-strong devil beer...

Some people like to start their night out with a couple shots. Today I'm going with some Belzebuth.

Pours a clear August-afternoon sunshiny amber with a small amount of head, about one skinny finger.

The smell is all yeasty and fruity. I smell pear. Very sweet.

The taste is very pungent, if a taste can be said to be pungent. Alcoholic and phenolic. Actually leaves a bitter taste for all that high-alcohol sweetness, but it's a phenolic bitter taste, and quite off-putting. Just doesn't taste natural to me. As it warms it becomes much more tolerable, but in the end, I was glad I only had 25cL of it.

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Photo of Lagaffe74
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
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 KarlHungus
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a clear reddish-glod color. The head is one finger in height, fairly creamy, and recedes slowly. The aroma is clean overall with herbal and caramel notes. The taste is sweet with floral and herbal flavors coming through in the sip. The finish starts with a faint alcohol burn that grows more and more intense until it is too much for enjoyment's sake. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation, but nothing special. Overall, I purchased this beer not knowing what it was. When I found out it was a euro strong ale I was a bit disappointed in my decision to buy it. Needless to say my expectations for this beer were rather low, however, they where all greatly exceeded. This beer is by no means great, but it does have more flavor and aroma than other euro strong ales. With that said I don't see myself buying it again, as it seems more of an alcohol delivery system than a true craft beer.

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Photo of matjack85
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange color that matches the color of the word Belzebuth on the small 8oz. bottle. A best before date is stamped on the bottom of the label and this one was stamped 28-03-07. Since I opened this in May of 06 I assume I got a fresh bottle. The pour produced a 3 finger creamy white head that dissipated quickly leaving tons of lace on the glass.

This beer makes no attempt to hide the big 13% abv. The smell is all malt and alcohol and pretty strong.

This beer has a huge spicy, alcoholic taste with plenty of malt backbone along with a sweet honey-like flavor. It also has a sweet orange glaze type flavor like the sauce you put on oriental orange chicken. A little hop bitterness kicks in midway thru, but the main ingredient that stays with you from first sip to last swallow is the spicy alcohol.

The mouthfeel is slick and a bit heavy, almost like a beerenauslesse wine. I didn't find it sickening sweet like syrup, but it is definately higher in viscosity than most beers. It's a nice combination of flavors, but definately not a session beer. It's a once in awhile sipping beer that is best savored slowly.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
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 mdagnew
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle bought from The Bootlegger, Paris...

Poured a coppery orange colour... White head pours quite small and fades to almost nothing...

Aroma - Sweet toffee malts, strong whiskey / cognac alcohol notes, rich creamy dark fruits (raisins, figs), oaky hints, earthy...

Taste – Very (sickly ?) sweet malts, very strong alocohol to the fore (definite whiskey and rum notes), spicy dark fruits, no noticable hops... mainly alcohol...

Feel - Quite smooth with slight sharpness underneath. Medium body.... No way you could drink more than one of these in a sitting...

Overall - Not my cup of tea... way too sickly sweet for my taste...

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Photo of Tawnos
2.51/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: A golden orangish color, almost glowing. A small head quickly dissipates, but leaves lacing on the glass.

Smell: Almost metallic, similar to elephant malt liquor. Surprisingly little alcohol smell.

Taste: Cloyingly sweet. I'm impressed the alcohol doesn't hit hard, but it almost tastes like I'm drinking rotten, horribly over ripe fruit.

Mouthfeel: Thick, sugary, syrupy. Would be great in a better tasting beer, the mouth coating isn't bad, it leaves the better parts of the beer lingering. However, the taste

Drinkability: Too high percentage and too sweet to drink again.

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Photo of Enola
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I couldn't imagine drinking more than one of these. The guys at Peabody's warned it would take the enamel off your teeth and I am now considering a trip to the dentist. The beer is a slightly cloudy light amber. There was a small head. The smell is is a hint to the coming alcohol. The taste is not much except huge alcohol. Anything in the mouthfeel is masked by the huge ABV. The drinkability is not high because of this. There is lots of carbonation. A very potent brew. The aftertaste is like that of much harder booze.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Fills up about 2/3 of my goblet with a clear gold bubbly liquid. Not at all dissimilar to other ESLs.

Smell: Has a nice yeasty flavor to it, sweet and malty, with alcohol pretty well hidden in the background.

Taste: For the strength and vs. the style, this is actually a pretty good beer. Grainy and yeasty, the alcohol is not cloying and the flavors work pretty well. One of my favorites of the style, definitely.

Mouthfeel: Sharp alcohol and carbonation, but that is what you should expect from a beer of this strength.

Drinkability: A better beer than most of the strong pale euro lager variety. Maybe the alcohol masks some off flavors, but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of nflmvp
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured a rich copper color into a flute with a nice 1 inch, almond colored head with only moderate retention. The head left a thin but sticky foam coating on the side of the glass. The smell was sweet and pleasant but followed abruptly by alcohol. Mouthfeel was thick but smooth and creamy up front. Taste was sweet, followed by a bit of the bite you'd expect from a 13% offering. There are other high ABVs of this type that I think hide the bite a lttle better but in this case the alcohol is warm and welcoming.

I'll give this one another whirl, later on down the road. I found it to be very drinkable, inspite of the bite.

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Photo of Muddybuddy
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A lighter amber color that is very free of sediment and quite appealing to the eye. There is no haze at all. A just off white head forms quickly and it is well carbonated by all appearances.

Smell: A distinct alcohol aroma is present along with a maltiness that is lingering and almost unpleasant to me. The bottle says in French that this is the strongest beer in the world, so that smell isn't suprising, but maybe they should look into what some U.S. brewers are doing now...(Dogfish Head and Sam Adams to name a few...)

Taste: There is a very "grainy" taste to this in my opinion, but that is, I believe, to be expected of this style and it isn't all that bad. There is residual sweetness that helps to break up the alcohol flavor and make it more palatable. While this beer isn't a cheap beer, I do recommend that you at least try it to see what a very experienced brewery has come up with as their "strong" beer.

Mouthfeel: There is a thickness that is betrayed by the light color of the beer. I have a feeling that fermentation was stopped short of converting all of the available sugars into alcohol, but there is also a discernable alcohol warmth that this beer gives off.

Drinkability: I wouldn't recommend any more than one in a session and that only occasionally. Being such a strong beer, the makers of this one also encourage some responsibility to be taken in drinking it by presenting it in a smaller than standard bottle (approximately 7-8oz). This is an interesting beer, but it won't find a home in my regular pantheon of malty delights.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An intriguing beer with an unknown pedigree. Are we to understand this as an unhopped “pure malt” ale? Or is it a lager? There’s certainly too much fruitiness in the flavor and cloudiness in the body to suggest a lager. Without confirmed evidence it’s a tough call to make.

Belzebuth is deep golden yellow with a skimpy white head and strange suspended clusters of orbital yeast clouds. It emanates a heavy, syrupy fragrance of toasted grains with a notable alcohol presence and Belgian-esque spice. The taste is sharp and modestly sweet with a dry finish. It is slightly sugary at the lip. No yeast dregs occurred in the diminutive 8-ounce bottle.

This is very elegant drinking. The 13% alcohol content is well integrated. I wouldn’t hesitate to seek it out again.

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Photo of Raymond69
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

best before 28.03.07
Product of France! eeek the Devil ! Must surrender.

Poured all 25clE's ? into Orval chalice. Not much head. Has an orange glow.

Almost no alcohol, hops or Malt are detected when smelling. maybe a slight grassiness thats barely perceivable.

Taste shows the alcohol , with some of malitness , unbalanced with no hop bitterness. After the taste lingers/dissipates for awhile , I can almost imagine I'm drinking Natural Ice.

Overall this beer has good drinkabilty. Nothing about it impresses me enough to seek it out , but I'd drink it again if someone's buying.

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Photo of mattpetti
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
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 Sephiroth
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with slight head which seems to have staying power. The bottle says "pur malt", and I believe it, no hop aroma at all. Grainy malt, and rice are detected.

Tastes pretty smooth for 13%ABV. There is a fruitiness with the grain bill that I cannot properly describe. Mouthfeel is nice and thick without being syrupy. Drinkability is OK.

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Belzebuth from Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)
3.42 out of 5 based on 467 ratings.
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