Formerly brewed at Grain d’Orge (Brasseurs De Gayant)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ronchin, France


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RATINGS: 741   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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.

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CanIHave4Beers (4187) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle, shared by me... in my dining room... just now.
This bottle is dated September 28 2009. I don’t know if that’s a best by or a bottled on date, don’t remember really when I got this, suffice to say I’ve had it for a while. I’m leaning towards this being six years old as opposed to 11.

Pours a deep orange color (despite the ’blond’ designation on the label). The beer has a small but well retained head that leaves a decent lacing on the glass.

Honestly, this doesn’t smell bad, or at least it’s exceeded any expectations I had for it. Yes, it has some light wet cardboard and sherry like oxidive notes, so we’ll get that out of the way straight off. Beyond that it has a reasonably enjoyable toffee and cherry liqueur character. It’s got some red apple & some mild honey notes. The alcohol is reasonably muted for a beer of this strength.

The flavor is pretty darn sweet and boozy. It’s got the classic toffee on cherry cordial thing happening, but it’s also got cotton candy, pear, and some light toasty malt. It’s hard to get over the bit alcohol presence here, it’s intruding well beyond a pleasant warming affect and it seems to be the primary flavor lingering in the finish.

Better than I expected it to be, age seems to have done this fairly well.

ffbot (420) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 19, 2015
The smell is minimal, bubblegum, banana, butterscotch, apple peel, alcohol. The taste is actually alright, there is some alcohol of course but also sweet corn, sugary, and some complexity. Average look, slight head that disappears, orangish in color, no lacing.

ogivlado (7839) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 15, 2015
Bottled 250ml. -from www.beershop.hr Dark golden coloured, small white head, alcohol in the nose. Sweet malty, caramel and pretty sharp alcohol presence with also warming alcohol in the finish. One-dimensional boozy stuff. Few months out of BBE date but it doesn’t change much in general.

Cthulhu (1035) - MARSHALL ISLANDS - JUL 11, 2015
The strongest beer ever tasted . Drunk a few years ago , all that I can remember is the sweet alcohol aroma, taste and palate.

sabb1o (6) - - JUL 7, 2015 does not count
Birra dal sapore molto intenso e dolciastro. L?elevato tasso alcolico non si sente a primo impatto. Molto buona come accompagnamento per carni o verdure

Achel (485) - Ioannina, GREECE - JUN 29, 2015
Extremely sweet, which hides the enormous alcohol content well, but also makes it taste awful. Way, way too sweet.

mcberko (17898) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle at PIB 2015, pours a hazy yellow blonde with a small white head. Aroma brings out lots of Belgian yeast, alcohol, and candied sugar. Flavour is very yeast-forward, with loads of Belgian yeast that tingles the tongue, along with light candied sugar and slight alcohol. Not actually that offensive, opposite to what I was expecting. Not very complex but still clean. Decent.

jamaty (2150) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 11, 2015
Pues sí, pedazo de licor. Casi 3 veces mas que una lager flojita. Oscura, poca espuma. Brutal en boca, frutal pero envuelta en calor alcoholico por todos los lados. Algo de dulzor tambien... Pero alcohol... No esta mal... Pero alcohol... Tomese de postre.

smroush (281) - Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Aromas of toffee and just a bit of fruit - say pear and a slight hint of orange. Hops really subdued,nut some real alcohol sweetness. Almost reminds me of a light cognac. Color is an unusual and attractive light amber orange. Quite sparse off-white head. Taste is a heavy sweetness but very little bitterness. Light to medium body. Thin, slick texture. Light carbonation. Medium length finish with sweetness, toffee and mild fruit. Overall I like this beer. I like how different and unique it is. Almost like a mild, fruity liquor - reminds me a bit of cognac or sherry. Not something I would want every week, but a nice variation to have once in a while. In some respects it’s not very "beer like" with the high alcohol, fruity flavors, sweetness and lack of hop bitterness. Still an interesting outlier; I am surprised how low the overall Ratebeer average rating is for it.

JBaggett2013 (2) - Cole Bay, SINT MAARTEN - MAR 24, 2015 does not count
caramel, roasty, resin, leather, alcohol, woody, Very strong, almost astringent in taste. Yet not overpowering. Similar to drinking a boilermaker in feel. Could do to sell in larger portions as the serving is quite small.

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