Satan Red - Brouwerij De Block bvba

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2003

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Reviews by assurbanipaul:
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber with red hig lights and a tall, thick creamy head. Aroma is typical Belgian yeast esters. Enough floating detritus to walk across, so maybe an older bottle.

Taste is caramel and light toasty malt. Some smooth fruity esters, maybe mild grape and pear elements. Initially sweet but it dries out as you drink. No trace of alcohol, and I don't get the off-elements that others have noted.

Mouthfeel is heavier than expected, more viscous than other Belgians. Overall, very smooth. I would buy this again if I could find a bottle in better condition (even though this one was dated 2008/04/21).

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

30 cl bottle served at Natt Spill in Madison, WI into a Duvel tulip. Color is a bit of a let down as it’s not red, and certainly not “Satan Red.” It’s more of a pale tangerine. Head is bubbly, white, khaki, and large. Aromas are strong and rise well above the lip of the glass – citric zest, pineapple yeast, bread, and caramel. Taste is refreshing and zesty. Slightly tart with green apples and lime followed by a moderately caramel base and a zinging pineapple/raspberry lemonade finish. Alcohol is felt but not tasted. Drinklability is near perfection. Extremely refreshing.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a ruddy copor color with LOADS of sediment floating around. I didn't even pour the bottom into the glass like I usually do. Decent frothy head that hangs around on this brew.

Aroma is of alcohol mainly and slight fruitiness. Smells a lot like a Brut champagne. Some phenolic and yeasty tones are in there as well.

Taste is of fruitiness, white grapes, orange peel, ready, tons of alcohol right up front in the taste. Pretty tart as well, combating the fruity sweetness. Finishes semi-dry with more alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, velvety, with lots of tiny bubbly, champagne like carbonation.

I wouldnt consider this beer to be very drinkable. Too much alcohol presence in this beer. I would have thought this beer was up in the 12% abv range if I didn;t know beforehand it was 8.0%.

Photo of Weizenmensch
4.36/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL brown bottle, best before 2010/09/08.

Pours a tasty reddish-light brown with an off-white head. Head sticks around for the duration of the beer and then some. Lacing galore. For appearance if nothing more this beer is a standout.

Not a rich bouquet but a nice sweet smell of candied sugar, straw, molasses, raisins and malt. Delicious but not as complex as some.

Sticky, complex and rich flavours. Molasses, citrus zest, raisins and a surprising hop hit on the roof of the mouth. Didn't notice that at first, but it's refreshing and very balancing. Hops are pilsenery, lending it a pleasant drinkability and avoiding a cloying ale character that might have made it resemble a bad English ale. Satisfying flavours overall show that quality ingredients were used in a skilled way. 4.5 only because I've had similar beers of the style that were even more versatile and detailed!

Mouthfeel is astringent from the hops and high alcohol content, but the beer is also quite frothy and sticky. Also dangerously drinkable, as it is rich, satisfying but refreshing at the same time. Would do better as a showcase beer, in comparison with other notable Belgian strong ales and tripels, than as several of the same ale in a row - but I'd jump at the chance for either situation!

Overall - yet another delicious Belgian ale. Not outstanding within its class, but since all of these ales are outstanding to begin with, who are we to criticise?

Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I fear that this beer relies on its label to sell it more than what's inside. Pours murky orange with a big tan head. Aroma is fruity and yeasty, but jumbled. Taste is unremarkable. Sugar and coriander, with a lot of malt and yeast. Even with the big head, the beer came across as flat due to the flavor. Don't bother.

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

Pours a commendable off-white head that stays around for most of the party. The body is a bit on the hazy side, but fairly clear for its time spent bottle conditioning. The aromas is of sweet malt, caramel and Belgian yeast. Taste is a mixture of sweetness and biscuit with some spicy hops in the background. Well-attenuated and balanced. The body is light despite its abv. Smooth mouthfeel from start to finish.

A devilishly tasty Belgian Ale. The hops and malt are well-balanced and the body is at just the right level—although it hides it alcohol well!

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, with appropriate Beelzebub beer-drinking imagery on the label. Thanks to the local rep for the sample.

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves some sparse islet lace around the glass as it readily abates.

It smells of semi-sweet pale grainy malt, some pear and apple fruitiness, a bit of earthy yeast, and a subtle metallic alcohol edge. The taste is rather sweet grainy malt, again with the drupe fruit character, some further mild dark fruits, a bit of caramel/toffee cracker, faint yeast, some faint musty hops, and a hovering, but generally well integrated hollow booziness.

The bubbles are fairly fine and neatly packed, no burbly outbursts here, the body a heady medium weight, and mostly smooth, a slight alcohol snag the only issue. It finishes pretty off-dry, the sweetness from the bready caramel malt and lingering fruitiness tamping down any other contenders.

An enjoyable and drinkable BSPA, not all that pale, but surely strong enough, that particular culprit hiding well in the complexity of the sugar components. Good stuff.

Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blurry tan-leaning amber with a copious bleached khaki head.
Nose is dough and raspberries, and cilantro, wheat hulls, and thyme.
Begins towards sweet. Full of caramel-draped breads and brown sugar-glazed pineapples. Lingers in a sweet, powdered sugar realm for a moment, then is cut with a serrated tartness. Full of ripening raspberries, green apples, UN-brown-sugared pineapples, and limes. Hopping is not noteworthy, rather the tart hues linger well enough and provide all the drying offset this needs.
And no alcohol is noted whatsoever.
Medium build, with rushing carbonation. Drinkable far beyond its listed strength.
It's not quite great...there's something here that hints at "cheap", and I'm not sure exactly how to quantify it- but I'd be lying if I said that I didn't enjoy this one. The tartness suggests an Oud Bruin quirkiness. Really surprising.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice glass.

Appearance - Deep hazy amber color with a nice thick foamy head that retained well but didn't leave much lacing as it faded.

Smell- Spicy cinnamon and raisin scents and a little caramel malt in the mix. Not as sweet as some BSPA's, but the sweetness and yeast phenols are definitely there.

Taste - Surprisingly complex with sweetness up front from the yeast, followed by nice caramel malt, spices of cinnamon and corriander, followed by just a hint of hops to finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full body with a nice creamy carbonation. Finishes clean rather than syrupy on the tongue.

Drinkability - Deceptively higher ABV is hardly noticeable as all the flavors come together for a really nice balance. I could easily session this beer and will look for more when I'm out shopping again in the future.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A ridiculously huge 4 finger plus head shows some orange highlights, but is mostly eggshell in hue, and the beer below it is clear glowing orange like a lighted jack-o-lantern. The head slowly reduces to a tight creamy cap and leaves a perfect webwork of sticky, dry, crusty lace on the glass. This is a beautiful beer!

S - Orange gummy those sugar encrusted gooey jelly candies that are shaped like an orange slice. There are a lot of phenol notes that remind me of band-aids,gauze, and hospitals. I also smell some musty floral aromas that are almost like rotten roses that are falling apart in the vase. A also smell a touch of honey, and what is almost like spicy mustard.

T - Sweet honey and orange at the first sip, then vegetal and green in the midpalate before finishing extremely peppery and saucy. Black pepper and dijon mustard in the finish wrap up a slightly sweet honey and arugalla salad flavor. Like a salad full of bitter dark green things topped with a hone based dressing and tons of black pepper.

M - Medium bodied with very minimal carbonation. This has a pretty "wet" feel, and the finish is initially sweet with a gradually building dryness.

D - This is a really uniquely complex brew that has a lot of neat things going for it. The nose and flavors are outstanding as far as complexity and uniqueness, but they are a little to odd to make this a highly drinkable brew.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Satan glass. Lots of head formed on a hellish red colored body.
The aroma is milled grain and barnyardish. Nice though.
The taste is more bitter than sweet in a good way. The Belgian yeast comes through in a pleasing manner.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a decent ale with the Belgian spin bring something special. Maybe not worth the price in the U.S. though.

Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent bronze/orange with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Murks up as the bottle drains, great lacing & head retention

S: Figggyness, marmalade & perfumy hops

T: Much dryness, leafy hops, plums, pears & white grapes & a little apple pie up front. Boozeyness, candi sugar & leafy hops, plus pears & figs & juicy-fruit. Finishes dry, fruity & with woody hops, a touch of persimmon & pineapple as well

MF: Firm carbonation, medium bodied. Over carbonated for the style

This is alright, but proof that not everything coming of Belgium is a must buy. My other 3 bottles will get cellared at least 6 months, at least. Worth a try I suppose

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

They're not kidding weren’t kidding when they named it satan. Pours vibrantly red and range with a substantial one inch head. Tastes heavily of alcohol sickly sweet, almost like bad champagne. Quite frankly other than its appearance; this beer has very little going for it. Tremendous amounts of sediment in the pour, not a big fan of that. Mediocre at best.

Photo of elricorico
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy deep orange body with a big beige head. Slow to recede and leaves lots of lacing, but really too much head again.

Fresh fruity and flowery smells. Pears and apples, citrus and a touch of black pepper aroma. Perhaps some cantelope even. Nice aroma.

Up front the flavour is quite nice, sweeter and malty. In the middle some of the pear flavour starts to show up then the finish has a bite of green apple and some fusel alcohol. Jeckel and Hyde, the front half of the taste is great, the finish is slightly unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is about average, could use just a touch more carbonation as about halfway through the glass it starts to flatten.

This could have been a good one, but that green apple and liquor finish just lingers. Not on my list of favorites.

Photo of TruePerception
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Satan RED, Belgian ale. I'm told it's a Flemish Red (by the store owner), but it's impossible to tell from the bottle. 8% ABV.

A: A bit less than a finger of head. Ranges from a mid-light burnt orange to peach (top-down) in the glass. Dimple is a dull yellow. A little arc of lacing.

S: Sourness is a little mild, reminding me of peach. I also smell peach skin/fuzz, oddly enough. A little tart cherry. A touch of golden apple.

T/MF: Practically no acidity in the mouth. Tastes more like a peach wheat beer, actually. Has some effervescent tingle on the tongue, and a bit of earthy funk. Not bad, but very disappointing for a "sour".

Poured from an 11.15 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a very murky burnt orange color with a nice thick and fluffy tan head that sits around for a while before thinning out. It has some good lacing and plenty of carbonation in it; it smells like alcohol and has a slightly bitter aroma to it like orange peels or lemon zest. It taste is far more milder than i expected, its pretty smooth on the tongue and is mildly sweet with a small hint a bitterness in its aftertaste; its pretty crisp over all and it does have a slight alcohol taste to it- it definitely warms up your mouth after a couple of sips. Its a bit dry and it does have a thinner mouth feel than i expected. Not bad, but for some reason i wanted more out of this- I guess it was the name...

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy golden amber with a three finger ivory head that dissipates slowly leaving lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and light fruit, subdued because of the heavy foam. Flavor of sweet malt, stone fruits, apple and pear with a sweet finish with a little hop bitterness. A nice combination of flavors and pleasant to drink. Light bodied, but the active carbonation gives this a nice mouth feel. An enjoyable Belgian strong pale ale; I would like to try other beer from this brewery.

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

750 ml bottle, with the back label reading "best before end: 09. 56." I'm not sure if they're implying this beer is good until 2056, but whatever. I found this oddity on the shelf at the local Binny's. My first encounter with this beer and this brewery.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a deep dark burnt sienna orange with hues of brown. Cloudy, but no real sediment is visible. About two to three fingers of fluffy off-white head.

S - The smell is kind of light and subdued, but it hits it's mark for me. Some twiggyness, overripe green apples, mustiness, earthiness, some caramel malt, some creaminess. It's a very pleasant aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose - earthy leafy hop presence, caramel malt, twiggy, herbal, candied apple, fig, raisin, lightly grapey, and some earthy yeast presence.

M - Feel is crisp, creamy, clean, and dry on the finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Some dark fruits and caramel malt lingering on the finish.

Overall, a delicious Belgian style ale, one of the better ones I have had in recent memory. More malt forward than many of the others I've tried, but it's still very nice. I would definitely be interested in trying this again. Recommended.

Brouwerij De Block Satan Red ---4/5.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

330ml Bottle on 3rd Feb 2014 in Cambrinus, Brugge.

As the name suggests, this has a red hue to it's body colour, although it really has an orange amber beer. The head didn't hang around, it was beige when it was there.

Sweet fruits rule the nose and taste, mild apple feel with plenty of fizz in the body. Too pop like for me to be honest. I had this years ago and don't remember it being so heavily carbonated.

OK, but with so many great beers available in Belgium I'll not be buying a crate of this.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Color brown with red highlights, the beer has a caramel nose with a slight acid. These aromas of caramel then take full weight in the bottom of the glass. The taste is very bitter and this bitterness, dry enough, seems both hot and burned. She is very persistent finish. This is undoubtedly a bitter tasting beer that does not lack character.

Photo of atigerlife
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with orange highlights. 2-Finger fluffy light brown head. Good retention & lacing. Lots of carbonation rising.

Aroma of hay, dusty/musty

Taste of hay, barn, sweetness, cherries, apricots.

Mouthfeel is dry and medium cleansing.

Overall, good beer. Very drinkable.

Photo of Rastacouere
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber hue with a nice presentation, a big fluffy head that doesn't want to leave. Aroma is yeasty, fruity (cherries, peaches, oranges, spicy banana). Taste is also quite yeasty with the malt profile being honey-ish and dry. Give this 12% alcohol and there's definitely a sambuca flavor in there. Very very similar to the Satan Gold and not quite worth hunting..

Photo of Globetrotter
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found in a Moscow grocery store, this brew comes in a thin brown 33cl bottle with a tapered neck. The label is red and black, featuring Lucifer himself pondering a stemware glass of beer with a huge (half the glass) head. That large head means that he wasn't drinking this beer (see below). Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 2/16/05 - guess I could have waited! - I opened it on 9/20/03.

Pours a cloudy orange color under a thin tan head that faded to film quite quickly, but then stuck around, leaving nice lacework all the way down. The nose is very mild - just a touch of cinnamon or clove to go with the malt. The mouth is prickly and a bit on the thin side. The taste is malty, with a touch of fruit and francophone sweetness. There is a touch of hops here, just enough to provide a bitter break to the heavy maltiness. The aftertaste is malty and sweet. Certainly drinkable, you don't really notice the 8% alcohol, as this brew is very, very smooth.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Head is fizzing out rather quick from its inch down to just a mild lace ring. Color is quite dark for a Belgium pale ale a rather deep orange color.
S - Smell is quite light and fruity with sweet malts and soft yeasts. Not very much hops.
T - Quite good has a mild bit of sour apple going but mostly candied sugar malts in the taste with some soft pear flavors. Very drinkable has no notable bite of its high gravity. Nice
M - Very smooth medium bodied at best but dangerously drinkable.

Overall a very well crafted fruity Beglium ale high in octane but easy enough to drink as a 6% IPA. Worth picking up if you see it.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red and semi-cloudy in color. Pours a 1 1/2 finger head with good retention.

Smell is somewhat clovey and spiced. Some banana phenol comes through, but things are a little faint and hard to pick apart. as the beer warms, the coriander smell comes out a little more with some orange peel.

Sweet and mildly spiced with some coriander and mild cloves. Some banan phenol comes out on the nose after the swallow. Flavors are not very strong or distinct but are nice and easy to drink. A little orange peel comes out as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. It is very smooth as well.

This beer is decently balanced, but a little mild for a belgian strong pale ale.

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Satan Red from Brouwerij De Block bvba
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