Belzebuth bière blonde
By Bill Lau | Potable Pastime
8.5% ABV, bière blonde
Les Brasseurs de Gayant, Lagrange, France
I don’t get to try very many French beers, not least because they aren’t exactly flooding the market with them. And to be honest, I didn’t realize this beer was from France at first; the cute little devil on the label got my attention, and I simply figured it was from Belgium. That said, I was happy to find out the origin of said beer upon further inspection.
Belgian or French, a beer of this strength labeled as a blonde beer (and with that devil on the label no less) made me think of something akin to Duvel. Now I have not reviewed the flagship Duvel beer (yet), although I have reviewed Duvel Tripel Hop, and have enjoyed both. So I figured it was worth giving Belzebuth a try, whether it turned out to be similar or not.
So without further ado, let’s dive in and find out just what I picked up, shall we?
Impressions: Brilliantly clear, golden-amber in presentation. Throws a decent volume of off-white foam which settles after a few minutes. Sticking my nose above the glass I’m treated to malty and spicy aromas, with alcohol also evident. Belzebuth shows definite substance and body on the tongue and delivers deeply caramelized and toasty malt notes reminiscent of an eisbock. The hop bitters take a back seat to the substantial and luscious malts, but the alcohol is no slouch, making its presence known with some burn on the tip of the tongue.
Well, this will certainly not be confused with Duvel or similar strong Belgian golden ales! Belzebuth insists on providing an experience more like that of a strong bock. Nothing to speak of in the arena of yeast-induced esters or phenolics, or in hop flavor; this beer revels in it’s potent and flavorful malt complexity. In any case, I’m glad I tried it, and will definitely consider it when I’m in the mood for a potent malt bomb.
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