BelzebuthJuly 1, 2000 Ronchin-Lille, France
Brasserie Jeanne d’Arc
Imported by: D & V International, Inc.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Available: NY, NJ, PA, IL
This ale is brewed with pale, Vienna and amber malts; and Hallertau, Brewers Gold and Styrie hops. The a hundred-year old brewery is in Northern France, although the beer style is often termed “Belgian-style strong golden ale.”
Original gravity: 1120
DAM, that's good! The seductive color of cloudy fire topped with a firm and sensual head of smoke. Belzebuth has the big, bold, powerful body of an animal⎯muscular yet slightly soft. It is a strong and virile brew. Try it after a sauna, or even with especially sinful desserts. Produced to compete with Belgian beers Duvel (devil), Lucifer (devil), and Mort Subite (sudden death). Obviously, the devil made them brew it!
- Charles Finkel
Pale in color but, oh, so deceiving. Complex aroma almost defies description, but here goes: fruity, herbal, malt, cocoa, nutmeg-cinnamon-laurel-vanilla. You gotta experience this one yourself to really know. Fifteen percent alcohol⎯no doubt about its strength, but the fullness of flavor overcomes the warming sensation of alcohol. A unique experience. Straight away, a well-brewed beer, wonderfully complex and integrated. I’m at a loss for words for a big, big beer.
- Charlie Papazian
A devil of a beer. At 15 percent alcohol by volume, this is a nightcap ale. I wonder how the brewer achieved that level of alcohol, as brewer's yeast gives up at 12 percent⎯perhaps a wine or Champagne yeast is used in the finish? This is deep and complex, with dried grapes, sultanas, toasted malt and marzipan on the aroma, fruitcake and sweet malt in the mouth, and a massive malt and citrus fruit finish. Forget sippin' whiskey. This is sippin' beer. I don't need to recommend food accompaniments, it's a meal in itself.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.