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

467 Ratings

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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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Photo of ashleyshalyn
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 250 ml glass bottle into a snifter

A: Rosé Champagne / Golden color.. Very pretty color. With no Head.

S: Alcohol and clean fruity smell with a kick of lemon zest maybe?

T: Citrucy with chewy malty fruit notes and alcohol. Finishes nice and clean

M: Full bodied with light carbonation.

Eh…. This one is alright. There are much better representations of this style out there. But for a French beer I’ll give it a thumbs up.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden/orange color, thin head, some carbonation, some cool lacing on half the glass.

S - Scents of malts, spices, citrus, and sweet fruits.

T - The taste is tangy of citrus and a little sweet/spicy thing going on. Hints of malts and alcohol. The alcohol is hidden very well for a brew with this much alcohol in it. Also there is a nice warming factor with every sip.

M - The body is medium with a slight carbonation.

D - Drinkable. Not a bad brew, would buy again. You really do not get much, but it is very enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of masikon
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a sort of pale marigold with a very minimal and distressed looking head. Nose is slightly fruity, with plenty of alcohol as well....some candyish sweetness as well. Mouthfeel is thick, oily, and slick, with a big malty taste and all kinds of warming....slight burn on the first few sips. Finish is very clean and the aftertaste is nice. This isn't quite as off-putting as I had expected but it is definitely a sipper. I don't love this beer although it is worth a try, certainly different.

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Photo of Brian700
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours an amber color with an orangish hue. decent head that stuck around for a while.

The smell was malty sweet with a trace of mild citrus aroma.

The flavor was nice and malty but it had a touch of tartness in the finish. It was very interesting. I could pick up on the alcohol flavor but it is pretty well masked for a beer that is 13% ABV. Very nice flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium/moderate carbonation with a full body.

I would say this beer has a pretty good drinkability but be careful.

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Photo of Naes
2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This one is golden brown in color with orange hues. There is little head to speak of.
The aroma is somewhat malty with a slight alcohol presence.
The flavor is very malty sweet and the alcohol becomes quite noticeable near the finish. There is also a fruity quality to this beer; perhaps it’s raisin.
Mouth feel is thick and highly carbonated.
Drinkability is low due to the thick mouth feel and high alcohol content. Also, the flavor does not agree with me.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.02/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew keeps resurfacing in my life....and if something keeps coming back, maybe one should give it some love. So here we go:

Nice clear honey colour...white head hits two fingers deep, then quickly falls to one, then continues its descent, leaving medium wet lace behind, as Flip tries to find a way to put more commas into this sentence, which is getting FAR too long, and boring the reader.

The smell is a fruity yeasty one. There's some malt here....but I'm picking up mainly on the yeast and a strong character of pink grapefruit and floor polish- but the floor polish is the pleasant-smelling kind.

The flavour is very malty...kind of a pungent ear-waxy malty- but it's the pleasant kind of earwax. There's also some nice spice here...a bit of nutmeg and just a hint of warming cinnamon. This one can get a little thick and treat it carefully. Still an enjoyable brew, though.

Mouthfeel is thick and a little oily, with a carbonation that hits high and tight mid-way through, and disapates from there.

Drinkability takes a hit, as this one lets you know how strong and thick it is. It can put some folks off, but if you like a beer you can chew on, this is for you. The 13% alcohol really makes itself known. I think most folks would have something else after just one of these- even though it's a very enjoyable beer.

Be well

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Photo of beerogre
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It was one of those nights tonight. Should I have a beer or not? That was the question I mulled over for a while, but since there was actually a very worthwhile event to celebrate today, I ultimately decided that not only should I have a beer, but that I would go with the strongest currently in my inventory.

Since I am still in the process of moving into my new place, I have to admit my arsenal is somewhat threadbare at the moment, but even in more stocked up times the beer I picked out would in many cases be the strongest.

Belzebuth (with a subtitle of "pur malt") sampled in a 25cl brown bottle, which the label states equates to 8oz. This is the last of a 3 pack I bought from Cellars while visiting Fort Lauderdale a couple of months ago. (See my BeerFly review).

The bottle reviewed has an abv of 13%, which I understand is slightly reduced from the previous 15%. Since I never experienced it in its former glory I am unable to comment on how it varies from the original product.

Appearance: The contents of this particular bottle had an amber colour and a slightly cloudy appearance when poured into my Cambridge Folk Festival imperial pint mug. The head quickly disappeared.

Smell: Predominantly sweetness.

Taste: The first thing I noticed was the sweetness, which continues to dominate throughout, then the alcohol and some bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A welcome visitor in my mouth anytime. I liked its assertive presence.

Drinkability: Since I like sweet beers and since it's in a small bottle I could drink a couple of these in an evening, but I think one bottle would be enough for most folks.

Notes: I like my beer sweet, strong and warming, (my favourite style is barleywines) so this is a beer I enjoyed and would drink again occasionally. My main gripe is that although this is a strong beer, I always find 8oz is never quite enough. It seems the suggestion is "ooh this is so strong we only dare package it in such small quantities." It's not a marketing technique that I'm particularly fond of, and I for one was highly delighted, when Anchor moved Old Foghorn from 8oz to 12oz bottles.

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Photo of battlekow
4.49/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"The most unique ale in the world;" disregarding the fact that one thing cannot be more unique than another, does this claim, found on Belzebuth's label, hold any water? Well, it is pretty hard to find French beers...

Pours a pale yellow with little head or lacing relative to beer in general, but a surprising amount given the 13% ABV. I was expecting to smell alcohol, and there is a bit, but mostly smells like a cross between a Hefeweizen and a Euro Lager--funky bubblegum. Alcohol is more noticeable in the flavor, but still not overly obnoxious, considering this is a 13% beer named after Satan. Behind the alcohol are more weizen characters. Definitely strong, but I'm very pleasantly surprised by its drinkability. As for being the most unique ale? It's definitely interesting, but not even the most weizeny non-weizen I've had in the last week; that honor goes to the New Glarus Smoked Rye Bock.

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Photo of gmcfarre
2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served from 25cl bottle with 9/28/06 freshness date. Back label stakes the claim that belzebuth is "the most unique ale in the world". Hmm, lets see here...

A - Head small (maybe 1/2 a finger) and leaves in a hurry. Copper/cider color with constant stream of carbonation coming up from the bottom.

S - Alcohol (whisky-like scent), not much else, a hint of raisins. I expected a little more complexity.

T - Slightly sweet malt, no bitterness at all. Taste seems to bypass the front of the tongue and attack the middle. Alcohol not as present in taste as smell, raisins remain though.

M - Nothing special. Not heavily carbonated, pretty smooth. Goes down easy at first, but at the drink progresses alcohol got harsher and harsher.

D - Although it has 13% abv, it doesn't necessitate sipping. Quaffable at first, but alcohol bites more later in the drink.

No interesting complexities to ponder. Probably wouldn't pay for another.

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Photo of BeerBeing
2.04/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 8.4oz brown glass generic bottle, multicolored on black label, gold foiled neck

Appearance: cloudy rust color, minor off-white head, almost no lacing

Smell: alcohol, alcohol, alcohol and malt in background

Taste: "very" full body, "fatty" mouth feel, VERY strong malt, ALCOHOL, hoppy bitterness, minor fruitness

Notes: I review 13% version. One time is enough (not gonna "EAT" it again)

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8oz bottle

Appearance: Crisp, clear, apple-cider body with a head that was off like a prom dress. Steady carbonation throughout the glass.

Smell: Not much going on in this department. For such a big beer, I would have expected a little more. Small sweetness notes.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Surprisingly sweet with a very balanced mouthfeel. The alcohol is very evident, but blends in extremely well and warms the entire body. There was a powerful amount of fruitiness to this beer which makes it enjoyable anytime of the day. The mild sweetness is very soothing in the entire mouth. Almost has a honey-like silkiness.

Drinkability:Very easy to drink because of it weakness as far as bold flavors go. If this weren't such a high abv, I could honestly see this as a top session beer for the Euro lager lovers. It definately hits the mind and makes it do summersaults. III thinnkkk I ammmm feeeellllinnnng itttt...

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at my favorite local establishment--Pazzo's. Surprising to find such balance in a high-gravity lager. Very sweet and aromatic to the nose: fruity, floral, honeysuckle, and sweet spices,...ooh yea, alcohol. Apprearance is a still copper-orange color with alcohol legs all over the rim. Obviously meant to be sampled like a brandy. Tastes very sweet and malty. Honey flavors all over the place. Nice hop aroma, but not so much in the flavor. Bittered only for balance. Fruit flavors of dates, plumbs, grapes, apples, cherries--all of the over-ripe variety. Thin syrupy sweet body. Oily and resiny to the entire mouth. Numbing from 15% abv. Hot and spicy: cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice is accentuated by the alcohol as well. Alcohols are mildly fusal and phenolic, otherwise nice for such a punch. Finishes sticky sweet. She's a sipper.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Belzebuth should be served colder at (45-50F) from a stemmed glass or chalice. This little devil pours up crisp, lively, & effervescent. The color is deep golden with orangish highlights and has a huge, fluffy white head. WOW! The aroma is very complex and bursting with zesty citrus e.g. orange & lemon notes along with a pleasant, sweet honey-malt character. The underlying delicate spiciness e.g. black peppercorns, Indian coriander combined with some perfume accents presumably from generous late kettle hops e.g. Styrian Golding creates a dazzling performance for the nose.

The immense flavor starts off slightly cloying until the hop bitterness & spiciness catches up. There's a real nice soda-cracker maltiness underlying the generous body. The finish is extremely warming with a vinous honey character that dries towards the very end. This medium-full bodied ale has a lively carbonation and can be very deceptive on the palate. My belief is that the shear brute force of this beer maybe its only major drawback? Don't be deceived by this DEVIL and savor it slowly! Enjoy Belzebuth as a nightcap or paired with a warm slice of baked Brie & French bread.

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of Hunter
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little intimidated by some of the reviews here - I'm expecting bourbon, not beer. My particular bottle stated a 13% ABV.

Poured into a small glass so I prevented much of the oft-reported sludge in the brew. Clear and coppery, with a sudsy white head of foam that dissipates quickly. No traceable carbonation.

Aroma is akin to a roasted tripel: candi sugar, malt, some trace soapiness. Alcohol not really discernable in the nose.

Lord, but the alcohol hits you in the taste! Initial heat on the sip, warming the throat and chest on the swallow. Beneath the alcohol are notes of caramel, smoke, and general tartness. The aftertaste is akin to taking a sip of single malt. Not nearly as bad as I expected.

As others have suggested, take this brew as I think it was meant to be taken: not as a quaffer but an apertif to be sipped over a long period. More like a brandywine than a lager, so drink it as such.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

8 oz bottle was pretty lame...would have liked to sample a 16 oz'er or above.

Smells like a belgian ale on steroids. Taste is similair. Fine carbonation mixed with medium sized carb. Clear pilsner like appearance.

This is not a beer for day use. this is night cap material at best. The wicked looking dragon/person on the label should tell the story and it does indeed. Not for the faint of heart ...its strong and bold.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer improved as it warmed.

Pours clear burnished gold with a clean white head that left nice adequate lacing on the thistle shape tulip.

Aroma is of ripe fruit,sweet malts and a strong whiff of alcohol as well.

Taste is sweet apples, yeasty, alcohol...buttery is this diacetyl? Not unpleasant and not unexpected but not endearing. Notes of Calvados and Congnac. Hoppiness at the tail end. Long alcohol after taste.

Mouthfeel is light though the taste least the hoppy and not the buttery, yeasty part does. Not pleasant to be a staple honest but very as a occasional treat - drinkable.

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

Devilish label and attractive gold foil bottle touting 13% ABV. Yikes! Mommy!

AP: Fills a glass with a mighty good amount of suspended yeasty particles and floaty scrod chunkers in a dark stormy orange hued pour with no head cap or lacing to speak of.

AR: Malty scents abound with a deep aroma of awl-kee-hawl esters. Much like a barleywine in the nose. Some twinges of a pineapple fruit escape as well.

First swigs: Dry white wine and barley wine. Hot burn of warming 13% ABV, no doubt. Some sweet cherry syrup juice action. Almost like a cherry apertif of sorts. Dry finish. Lingering sweet sugary flavor. Almost a hint of vanilla ice cream.

MF: Medium body with some sticky tongue coating qualities. Jeepers! Sweet as hell. Syrup all the way.

DR: More of a curiosity satisfaction than anything else. Nothing special, really. Better barleywines blow this away. Tastes a little like an oak aged barley wine. This would probably be a good after dinner beer. All hot cherries and malt. One moe thing, if you cellar this, major scrod chunks grow.

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Photo of karengarys
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours amber with lots of gloppy things and stuff bouyant in the drink like bubbles of a gelatinus hand soap. Let's call it "suspended floaties". Yes, I will ingest this.

Smells okay. thick alcohol wiskey-like smells (duh), and some sparkley hops.

Tastes primarily like sweet alcohol wiskey or some hard liquor (pardon my lack of an accurate hard liquor correlation, I don't know my hard liquors well at all).

Mouthfeel is thick and alcoholic. I had to rate it a "3", though it is not "average" at all. Just the good and the bad weigh out to a "3". It is too alcoholic, but there is some creaminess.

Finish is like benzocane on the tongue.

This is an interesting experience. It must be sipped. Try one just for the challenge of consuming a 13% alcohol beverage.

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

13% ABV version. The color is honey amber with a moderate haziness. Rather large chunks of sediment float around in the beer. Head is of a good size and somewhat creamy. The aroma is of rich malts mixed with a strong astringent alcohol smell. Taste also consists of rich malt flavors joined by alcohol astringency. Alcohol taste here is a little bit too much for me, even though it provides an interesting spicy/sour flavor. Some herbal hop flavor comes through, especially in the finish. Belzebuth is very warming from the throat to the stomach and could easily work as a winter brew. Drinkability for me would be only one a night, if I wanted this much alcohol I would rather pick up an eisbock. Interesting beer, just not quite my cup of tea.

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Photo of karst
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear mandarin orange color with floaties that are hard to keep out of the tulip crystal glas. A 1 or 2 finger frothy white head fades to collar and persistant lacing. The aroma is simple malt and alcohol. The taste is pale malt and vodka like alcohol. The mouthfeel is surprizingly thick. I worry that the carbonation will leave me to soon but it stays around till the end. This is a sipping beer that needs some getting use to. at 40°F some flavors are hidden nearer 50° the malts emerge. A dry finish but not from the hops (I never found them). Respect beer - this is not a session candidate.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.04/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

15% version:
The beer poured into the chalice medium amber golden with absolutely no carbonation whatsoever.

The aroma was malty with caramel maltiness and a nutty character. Also present was some higher alcohols which brought forth spicy phenolics which included ever so slight cinnamon and a strong sherrylike component. The aroma also contained a raisin fruitiness.

The flavor was malty and alcoholic. The alcohol did not completely overshadow other flavors, but it was always in the forefront. The malty aroma carried through into the flavor with a slight nutty component and a definite caramel component. The spicy flavors were present and muted. Most notably was cinnamon and behind that a bit of clove. This was all melded together with a raisin fruit presence.

The finish was just dry with lasting slight muted spiciness long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and slightly viscous. The carbonation level was low, but present. Alcohol existed from start to finish in this beer and substantially lowered the drinkability of a fairly tasty and complex beer.

250 ml bottle. Best before M(may) 01 on label and injet on neck is 05:01. My bottle says 15% ABV. This one has been in the fridge for a long time. The bottom of the bottle was filled with yeast fluff which the beer was carefully decanted off of and left behind.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 8oz with no dates into a goblet. The label indicates that this is 15% abv, contrary to what is listed on this site. But what the hell, after you get past 10% on a brew, who cares:-)

Hazy amber with a thin white head that dies to a ring surrounding swirling patches of foam that dance around from the active carbonation. There's a few floaties moving around the glass.

Smells of alcohol, brown sugar, and caramel. Rather one dimensional in the nose.

Dark fruits, confectioner's sugar, lemon peel and spicy alcohol make up the taste. The finish is somewhat dry and tart, with the boozy warmth from the abv that lingers.

Full mouthfeel that is subdued by the alcohol that becomes numbing after five or so sips. Not very drinkable due to the high abv which over powers this brew.

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Photo of soulfly967
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear medium copper color with a fizzy white head that fell to a film across the top. The smell was sweet fruits, grains and some floral scents. The taste was malty, sweet with honey and a slight alcohol warmth. The mouthfeel is thick, and slightly syrupy and nicely carbonated. I cant say, however, that I could drink a bunch of these. One is more than enough.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color with clinging white bubbles.

Sweet molasses, white raisins, honey in the smell.

Really nice. Super slick, big sweet caramel/molasses. Spicy alcohol. Malt body is delicious.

I wanted to be strong and indifferent for this French beer, but it really wasn't that bad at all.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: A very honey, almost mead like nose. Heavy aroma, almost nose feel. Mild alcohol and cider notes as well. Smells serious
Appearance: Very clear glass with a fizzy beer yellow color and a thin coat of white. I was concerned until I noted that the beer had some legs to it.
Flavor: Belgian like tastes, something between a Tripel and a Belgian Pale. First time I’ve seen the Euro Strong Lager style, guess that fits. Tastes sugary and alcoholic, but surprisingly mild and light.
Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body triggers a chew; it’s spritzy and drying as well.
Overall Impression: A heavy feeling, light tasting, slow sipping enjoyable monster. Hides it’s alcohol very well and I could see drinking another, and another, and hitting the floor when I stand up.
I’ll have to find some more of this style to compare to. Give it a try!

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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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