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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Added by Bierman9 on 01-17-2002

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Photo of mntlover
2.23/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a light brown with amber hints small head no lacing to speak of. Smells of sweet malt light fruit hiding in background. Tastes of malt, carmel and little fruit then the alcohol hits and boy is it strong, not hidden at all. Mouthfeel was fine but drinkability is terrible this beer not for me. If you want alcohhol taste get a bottle of Makers Mark much smoother and tastier then this beer. My bottle had 13% on it not 15% as on site dated 28.03.05 guessing its a best buy date.

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

The aromas emerging from this reddish brass-colored liquid are not intense. They are, however, seductive with cognac, creme brulee and milk chocolate notes. On the palate it is even keeled, with abundant burned sugar, pepper, tobacco and spice flavors. The texture is medium rather than full-bodied - wilting under the glare of 15% ABV probably. It is comparable to J. W. Lees Harvest Ales, only less sweet and with a bit more heat. This might be a worthwhile candidate for the cellar.

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Photo of merlin48
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

8 oz(250ml) bottle with "28.3.05" freshness date on front label. 13% vol alc, according to paper label around the neck. Served chilled into a tulip glass. Pours a slightly hazed, honey gold body, with a minimal, ivory head that quickly drops to collar and island chain lacing.

Aroma is malty sweet, and powered by medicinal strength alcohol. Herbal and floral hops are in the background to rein things in a bit.

Mouthfeel has an alcohol kick. Carbonation is active, and this is, surprisingly, light bodied.

Taste is caramel malt on steroids. Alcohol is medicinal, and the sweetness would be cloying if this were a 12 oz bottle, instead of an 8. Some light, herbal hops emerge at the finish to provide a clean aftertaste.

This one is pretty interesting, and defies categorization. Closer to an English, strong old ale than a pils, lager, or strong pale ale. Leave it to the French to mess your mind when trying to figure this ale out. This one will evoke a lot of controversy, as differing palates try to discern what this ale is about.

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Photo of Andreji
2.18/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had long time kept this brew unpurchased at my local store til one day it jumped right out at me, so i bought it. At first, The reddish translucid pour, scarce headed seemed to have a certain belgian air (like bush or kwak). The first smell, packed with malt wasn't the most appealing though. and the taste itself knocked me right out of place. Excessively sweet as though trying to [unsuccessfully] mask the 13% ABV that fills up your nostrils and mouth rather too much. First and last time.

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Photo of jed
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Belzebuth Pur Malt (13% version)

Presentation: Light brown, 25 cl bottle with a devil figure on the front. "Extra Strong Beer" and a big "13% alcohol" on the front. Information about the beer on the back; best by date of 01/28/05. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, caramel brown color with tons of very active carbonation. Small, almost non-existent head that dissipates quickly, although it does leave behind a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: Very syrupy, cloyingly sweet alcohol aromas mixed with some ripe fruits. Similar aroma to DFH's Raison d'Être, but cruder.

Taste: The taste of Belzebuth is completely dominated by sweet, syrupy malt flavors. Lots of dark fruit, raisin-like notes, although the flavor gives was to spicy pepper. For a beer with such a huge alcohol content, there's obviously a warming alcohol presence, and a strong alcohol aftertaste. When the beer is cold, a sweet, almost brandy-like aftertaste, although this fades to pure alcohol as it warms. Hops are completely absent from the flavor, save for a few hints of lingering bitterness before the beer reaches room temperature.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, thick mouthfeel that coats the tounge.

Drinkability: Obviously, with the 13% alcohol content this isn't — god forbid — a session beer. As it warms, the syrupy character gets more pronounced and the alcohol becomes more obvious, hurting drinkability.

An interesting offering from Brasserie Grain d'Orge. Obviously not a session beer, and as a sipper it lacks the complexity of the some of the bigger offerings from Sierra Nevada, Victory, or Dogfish Head. Also, for a beer with such a high alcohol content, Belzebuth seems like a surprisingly bad candidate for cellaring — I don't really see any immature flavors that would come out with age, since the flavor is dominated by the malt. Nevertheless, a fun beer to find as a novelty, but not something I'm buying on a regular basis. If you have a chance, check it out.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

13% version. 250ml bottle. Freshness date: 28.3.05
Amber/orange with red highlights and lightly effervescent. The head is white, diminished almost immediately and left a light sticky lace. Aroma is malty with fruity esters. Taste is sweet and fruity with a slight peppery finish (some hops). Lingering peppery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, lively and effervescent.

An experience, and an unusual style. Easy to drink, but one was enough... for a while.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

250 mL bottle. 15 % version. Best before notch of April 2003. I searched long and hard to for a glass to have this out of. I had to settle on an old fashioned. It was fitting as this is a lot like liquor and a little like beer.
This beer pours a heavy rust-orange color and has small carbonation, but absolutely no head.
The smell is of....alcohol. Wood chips too, perhaps.
The taste is sort of lacking. Some esters peek and poke through and there is a horrible slick feel from the excessive malting. Small orange like citrus taste. This beer actually coats your mouth like cough syrup. The alcohol is not covered very well, and upon sipping, a warming feel exudes from your throat as if you were drinking a hard alchol.
Could I drink more than 1? It's possible. Would I? It's doubtful. An experience for sure, with this high octane beer. I'd bet the 13% has some better flavors.

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Photo of Billolick
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

small bottle, 13% version, served in a small sample glass. Pours light and clear, white head, leaving wispy lace. Malt and alcohol nose with a bit of powdered sugar. Taste is somewhat astringent, sweet and alcoholic. This is not for beginners. Strong brew, minimal hop flavors noted. Mostly sweet malt ,some peppery spice and alcohol. A decent desert beer or after dinner sipper

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Photo of beergeek279
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

13% version, served in the 250 mL bottle, into a goblet. The color is amber, with a wispy white head. The smell is mostly alcohol with a hint of malt. The taste is very alcoholic, with the sweet malt coming through slightly in the taste. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, this would be quite tough to session on.

A light lager on crack...this is probably the best way to describe this beer. The beer is very warming and is a unique taste, but certainly nothing I'd drink everyday. Still, might have one again for the novelty factor of it, and to try the 15% version.

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

This poured to an amber/gold color with a small bubbled head that didn't last too long. The aroma was malty and alcoholly with elements of citrus and yeast. There was a sweet malt and alcohol taste that definately warmed the belly. Carbonation was fairly low and the mouthfeel was a bit chewy towards the finish. Sweetness and alcohol were the main components of the finish. This beer was a bit like a brandy or a cordial. I liked the fact the bottles came in a package with two 4 ounce Belzebuth glasses.

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

13%er. Pours an amberish golden color with a spritzy off white head that dissipates quickly. Alcohol very noticable in the nose. Some lighter fruit notes and husky grain and yeast, too. Initially sweeter, then moving towards a drier, alcohol-laden finish. Alcohol burn at the end. Pretty wine-like. The French government imposed a triple tax on beers (Belzebuth was the only French beer at) 15% and over, so the brewery revamped the recipe and rereleased it. Can't say I could have these back-to-back, but a quality warmer anyhow.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

13% abv version,
Appearance: Golden amber tone with a thin layer of head cream colored with minimal lacing due to the high alcohol of 13%. Wow, this is a big brew. Aroma: Grain alcohol in the aroma a bit of creamy grainy finish wow it's amazing this beer pushes this much alcohol without much balance in it. Taste: Strong finish of malt and alcohol a notch down from any whiskey or rum out there so good though after the unbalance still retains a tasty finish. Mouthfeel: Thick with a bit of a cloying finish on each sip from the alcohol by volume this is a big beer my goodness how does a company make a beer like this legally. Drinkability: Depending on how much you've had that's the question yes a very strong beer is here but you could concentrate on the abv or the flavor very tasty brew that is stronger than most beers can dream of.

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Photo of Zorro
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the 13% version I am reviewing; expiration date is 28.03.05.

Color is clear good-looking orange amber without any cloudiness, head or floaters. It LOOKS appealing.

MAN! This stuff smells, cloying honey sweetness, the glass is beyond my arms reach and already I can smell it. Smells of malt and alcohol. There is some graininess to it and a bit of citrus too.

Taste is over the top malt and alcohol. If you hold it on your tongue long enough and let it warm up you can taste a bit of hops and a sweet finish.

It is syrupy and thicker than you would think, still it doesn't trigger a spit take.

Not really drinkable, but better than most malt liquors.

Not really something I would buy again.

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

Belzebuth “13% Version”:
This version was produced when the French raised the taxes on any beer as I understand it that was in excess of “13%”.
The color on the pour a translucent deep gold with a personable head that is semi-creamy in texture and a bright white color, the lace form's a decent sheet to cover the glass. Nose that of a typical lager, crisp and clean, somewhat sweet, with a hint of fusel alcohol and the start cloyingly sweet, nicely malted with the top light to medium in feel. Finish is fairish in its acidity; the hops are subdued but seem to perk up a bit as the beer warms to the glass and the room. Aftertaste is quite dry and it lingers for quite sometime, a definite “Warming Sensation” in the “Tummy, I must say I don’t dislike this beer, of all the “European Strong Lagers” I’ve sampled, I find this one along with the 15% version to at least have a body and a nice malt profile.

Belzebuth “15% Version”:
Well, I’ve heard and read a lot about this beer, mostly negative, but I always like to judge or review for myself. Color on the pour is translucent golden amber, the head modest in size, creamy in its texture and the remaining lace a nice coating sheet. Dominated by the malt, alcohol quite pronounced also, crisp and clean and not all that unpleasant. Front is sweet, the top skeletal and the finish “ZAP, ZING, POOF, ZOWIE” all alcohol Baaaabbbby! Whew, moderate carbonation and sparsely hopped and the aftertaste alcohol bitter and dry. More like "Jim Beam" Bourbon than a beer. "Bad", I’d say “No”, different, Oh yes, not a beer meant for the weak of palate, heart, stomach, or those that have any palate at all. Not something I would want to drink on a regular basis, but "Hey I like it”, but then I'm a bit weird. Oh I almost forgot, I've got a six pack aging away, wonder what it will be like in a couple of years?

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

Strange beer, which I swear I have tasted before, but no matter. Poured a completely clear amber with virtually no head an no lace. Smelled of slight carameland raw, raw esters. Taste was also very raw and gritty with a characteristic lack of flavor profile found in a lager. Interesting none the less. Totally full of alcohol and not much else. Mouthfeel was somewhat carbonated but in a weird way. I remembered that it tastes like Midas Touch. Just weird. I don't recomend drinking more than one, but one is worth a shot.

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Photo of AbePhroman
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smaller bottle set me back a few bucks. I wanted to try it out becasue I pass it every day at the store and it just stares at me. Nice looking bottle, smaller than usual. I'm assuming because of the 15% abv. Pours a thick cloudy amberish color. Very fizzy gold head arises right away. The alcohol is easily noticed in both taste and smell. I would try this but not something that I will buy regularly. I don't enjoy the taste of the alcohol. I've had other beers that are around 15% and the alcohol taste is subdued. This is one spicy kick.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

250ml. bottle. Lable states: 15% abv. Best by date: 3/03. A little late? I hope not.

Pours a cloudy deep amber. Plenty of floaties about. A very small head and little lacing. Scents are huge in alcohol and some dried fruit. Dried apricots and apples come to mind.

Strange flavors. The alcohol is warming and not too bad with the bite but supresses the flavors. Caramel flavors and a huge dried fruit flavor dance around the alcohol. They are very present but this beer is unbalanced. Too much alcohol. Very unique and unrefined flavors.

A bit opressive on the old taste buds. An overwhelming crispness. Alcohol is warming but it is too dominant. Not an easy drinking beer. It has to be forced down.

Despite the best before date, if I buy another of these beers I will cellar it for a year. It was too unbalanced and harsh.

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Photo of Winter
2.13/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

13 % ABV. Best by 28.05.04 marked on the 8.4 oz bottle. Pours a pale amber with an off-white head. Aroma consists of apricot and yeast. Mouthfeel is thin to medium in body. Taste is harsh and oddly flavored. The alcohol is so dominant, unbalanced and overpowering that it kills any flavor subtleties that this beer might have. From what I could pull out it, there seems to be an alcohol sloshed fruitiness, oak (at times), grain and some stomped out caramel malt. Alcohol warms the back of the throat and chest as it goes down.

It's not surprising that a beer that so prominently advertises its 13% abv on the neck and bottle label is all about one thing- the alcohol. Is the abv here a selling gimmick? To me this beer has little appeal and is totally lacking in the flavor department.

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Photo of granger10
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured a color that I don't ever remember seeing before. Really bright orange with a little head. The smell is all alcohol, is this liquor? Taste has some malts upfront. The malts are acidic like oranges or something like that and then BAM, the alcohol hits me tongue and I'm instantly thrown askew by this shot of vodka that is supposed to be beer that has just entered my mouth. Slight spices and yeast are the only things that help me finish this beer. Man oh man this is unique. Belly warming sensation running through my entire body. Tastes like a beer with a shot of vodka dropped in it. But I will go back again, this one intrigues me too much.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light, clear, and florescent orange in color, almost like an AT, with a smallish head.

Smell – Very sharp orange aroma with a warning of alcohol. There’s also a deep, dedicated malt base.

Taste – This is quite good. The alcohol sense was a little over-the-top, but the malt and orange came out nicely. There’s also some fine spicing here. I swear this is much more like a BSPA than a lager, and it’s certainly not a pilsner of any kind.

Mouthfeel – The sharp alcohol sting is the only thing that hurts this one. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with very subtle carbonation.

Drinkability – Give me that at maybe 8 or 10% and I’ll drink it all day. The vodka sting was a little much, but otherwise this was a nice ale. It is diverse and complex, refined, and very flavorful.

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

250 ml bottle served in the appropriate, 4 oz. (i think) glass at Anam Cara. Poured a clear deep yellow, no stirring of the sediment when pouring only 1/2 the bottle, no head. The second glass, poured more vigorously, allowed for an inch or more of creamy off white head. The scent of he first glass was simply alcohol, while the second had more evidence of the yerast in the nose.
The taste of this beer is unlike any other i've tried. An assertive mouthfeel, but crisp and obvious high alcohol content. notes of sour apple and chalky yeast, slightly astringent. hot alcohol from the back of the throat to the belly to the exhale after each sip. As for drinkablity, more than a bottle of this could make a strong man weak in the knees. There's a grinning devil on the bottle and the glass, and I was a grinning devil drinking it. Excellent, and aging may make it better.

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Photo of Hex92
2.77/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Nice amber color. Thin head that disapears quickly. Mouthfeel is good, but the flavor is a little strong. You can definitely tell this is a high octane beer (my bottle said 13%). It smells and tastes very strong. The bottom line is thats its an intersting beer to have once, but its not good enough to drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of Darkale
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloudy, red-orange body, short-lived head, slight lacing.

Brassy, malty aroma.

Thick and foamy in the mouth. Darkly sweet, like a barleywine on steroids. Aftertaste is sharp and bitter with very evident alcohol.

I'm not sure what this beer is for. It's like taking a very foamy shot of hard liquor. Not a beer that I would recommend.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.42/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love beer and I love Whiskey. This is a great beer as long as you like alcohol. Very strong, but the alcohol was fairly well hidden. Not a session beer by any stretch, but still very drinkable compared to other beers in the 10%+ range (yes I'm looking at you EKU 28). Not much carbonation and just a bit foggy, mine had no sediment... is the 15% different from the 13 I've seen mentioned? Malty and sweet, but well hopped and not at all cloying as I feared.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
1.33/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

13% version. 25 cL bottle served chilled in a Maudite snifter simply for the name resonance, though my Duvel tulip would have worked just as well.

Appearance: Very orange in color. Problably the orangest beer I've ever seen. Crystal clear as well. A modest, off-white head forms as quickly as disappears, leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Alcohol is very prominent on the nose, but caramel malt, banana, and golden raisins can also be sensed. These other smells are all but obliterated by the booze, though. Still, it's a bit tempting...

Taste: Then I remembered the wages of sin are death, or in this instance, "Blech!" Strong alcoholic taste is not masked in the least. No attempt is even made to do so. World Wide Stout hides its liquor better than this and it's almost twice as strong. Faint malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Damn this stuff hurts going down. Too much like whiskey or scotch to my taste.

Drinkability: Nasty, foul stuff. Don't be fooled by this spawn of Satan. I should have brought a different bottle back from the store... like maybe some Clorox. I pondered pouring this down the drain, but I was scared of what it would do to the plumbing.

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Belzebuth from Brasserie Grain d' Orge (Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc SA)
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 468 ratings