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Brewed by Grain d’Orge
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ronchin, France

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RATINGS: 702   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle (13% abv) and can (11.8%): Filtered.
Ingredients: Water, Barley Malt, Wheat, Rice, Sugar, Hops.
Alcohol content lowered in 2002 from 15% to 13% when brewery changed name from Jeanne d’Arc to Grain d’Orge.
"The dark amber coloured Belzebub offers an intense alcohol flavour with a strong supporting maltiness."
The 11.8% version is canned in Holland.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - JAN 2, 2003
This is one hell of a ale. Reminded me somewhat of Navigator malt liqour. The alcohol in this is strong in the flavoring. Definitely reminds me of some malt liqours than ales. The little devil on the bottle should have been a warning for me but I had to try it. ;)

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 28, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2003 With a strong 15% ABV, this beer does not disappoint if you're looking for alcohol, but unfortunately, the alcohol overpowers the true beer taste. The initial pour has a small head and a brownish-copper color. I was hoping for a more balanced flavor, but the alcohol was simply too much in this brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerGod (5168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Wow! This one packs a punch. Surprisingly it is not overwhelming considering the 15% alcohol content. Blondish brown and somewhat transparent in color and appearance. Not as malty as I was lead to believe. Strong alcohol odor and taste. There’s a slight floral and bubblegum or cotton candy taste within and underlying the finish. Wonderful beer definitely worth seeking out.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Nice golden color, but no head. Smells like alcohol. Tastes like it too. Sweet, but almost completely overpowered by the alcohol. Not neccessarily bad, I might even drink it again someday, but it sure doesn’t match what I think of as "beer". By the way, an 8 ounce bottle? Odd.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2002
Great taste if you stand the strong alcohol taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
15%version.Sweet caramel cognac aroma.Copper appearance with high carbonation.Sweet butterscotch alcohol flavors balanced br the hop bitterness at the finish.Great as a night cap.A fine rival to Scaldis/Bush.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrDick (346) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Jeanne d’Arc 15% - Poured copper/brown with little head. Tastes of sweet malt and syrup/molasses. Much more flavors become apparent as the ale warms. The sweet flavors gives ways and the alcohol is more prevalent. Almost reminds me of a smooth whiskey.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilsnerrogge (2454) - Finspång, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2002
15% Version. Whisky coloured, medium head, dissipates quickly. Grainy, sweet aroma. Strong and warming. Bitter finish with notes of oak. Tastes better when it gets warmer. I wish I had more bottles of this. Has anyone tried to cellar it?

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2593) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 24, 2002
This rating is for the 15% Jeanne d’Arc version. Very faintly flowery aroma, a little alcohol and some brown sugar. Light-to-medium amber color, clear and fairly effervescent. Head is very slight. No lacing. Bottle says to serve at 42-44 degrees F, so that’s what I’m doing. Light, grainy, sugary malts and very noticeable alcohol combine in roughly equal quantities. Interesting to have a huge beer like this so chilled, but I’m totally convinced that warmer is not the way to go. Uncomplicated profile. Deep, warming alcohol burn, in the finish especially. Distinct lack of hop flavors. ’Pur malt’ indeed. No real surprises here, I guess, but for some reason I wanted to try the 15% French ale named after and featuring the devil on the label. Unique.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2002
15% ABV: Copper red color. Airy head vanishes quickly with minimal lace. Cognac appearance. Smells like ’juicy fruit’ gum. Syrupy start with a ’swisher-sweet’ sugariness left on the lips. Sweet malty taste with a bit of an alcohol bite. Greasy mouthfeel. Warming, but styptic alcohol and butterscotch finish. Decent, but too sweet for me.


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