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Satan Gold - Brouwerij De Block bvba

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 116
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2003

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Note - reviewed on 3/24/07; best by 9/3/06

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a billowy head that leaves plenty of lace across the chalice

Smell: Fruit and funk - green apples, a touch of mango, some wood and a bit of the barnyard

Taste: Starts with a fruity green apple and mango flavor that starts to betray a metallic aspect, mid-palate; after the swallow, the woody and funky flavors arrive and are joined by some fusel alcohol tones at the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body and highly carbonated; prickly and warming

Drinkability: Has some high spots and some low ones, OK, overall (613 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Polished brassy gold, sparkling and clear. The beer should murk up nicely when the yeast at the bottom of the bottle is added. The wonderful looking bone white cap features fine, glassy bubbles and ends up depositing a fair amount of lace that looks like it's been daubed on with a small sponge.

The nose is abundantly golden fruity (apples, pears, peaches) and puts this beer into the sweet-and-spicy BSPA camp. It's a little musty as well. Although it's a well-rounded aroma, I'd like to see a more forceful, more unique personality.

It's a near thing, but I don't think Satan Gold is as good as Satan Red. The flavor seems less bold and less interesting somehow. It tastes like pears macerated in watered down Poire Williams and sprinkled with a pinch of ground clove. Gold's flavor profile isn't quite as deep, as complex or as satisfying as Red's.

It's still pretty good beer, though, and still leaves a fair number of BSPAs in the dust. The fruitiness becomes more bold with warming and the alcohol continues to be noticeable, yet well-incorporated. The same background sweetness that I appreciated in the nose is easily trumped by a firm hoppy bitterness that I'm noticing more and enjoying more the deeper into the bottle I get.

The mouthfeel is firmly medium with a minor amount of mouthcoating on the finish. There's also a 'just right' amount of carbonation that, thankfully, isn't losing steam over time. The mouthfeel is a good fit for the flavor, so I really can't find too much to fault.

Satan Gold is a simple sort of BSPA that fails to catch my fancy the way Satan Red did. It's still worth a purchase for those who are interested in the style, even if the 'wow factor' is noticeably absent. (1,723 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden, indeed, and gifted with an enormous, fluffy white white resting comfortably atop the glass before slowly collapsing...
Citric sour, plus yeast and spice in the aroma, fitting ably a generic fill-in for a Belgian tripel, but, so far, so good...
Mmmmm, tasty, has the zing, has the zest, just not too much of it! Plenty of citric fruit in the taste, a good helping of spice, very tasty...though this will never unseat Duvel as cheif of Satanic Belgian blondes, sorry, no-one will, ever! As a tasty semi-tripel, though, this "isn't all that bad"...which is American upside-down vernacular for "pretty-good!"
Warm, glowing, fruity, tasty, has no problems, beerwise, has nothing but plusses, just doesn't compare to others in the style...Mmm, though, I do enjoy this!
Hail Satan!
(had to say it!) (816 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear yellowish orange color with a very short 1/4" head that falls to surface spots immediately, even though the pour was mildly agressive.

Smell: yeast, ripe fruits, and citrus are weak and mellow.

Taste: mild malt level, bold yeast tones, orange sweetness, hint of grapefruit tartness, and some green apples. Hints of pepper and mild bitterness round it out. Slightly dry throughout.

Mouthfeel: light to medium in body, as this seemed slightly watery for the style. Crisp at the start and finish. Yeast tones linger briefly into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: very average Belgian beer here. Finished the bottle, but had no yearnings for more of it. (684 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ouncer that came in a 3 pack, has best before dating on the rear label of about a year from now, so we're looking pretty good...pours cloudy medium apricot amber, under an initially huge white head, that simmers down to an 1/8 of an inch film and leaves some islands of lacing. Whiffs of pepper, melon, citrus and Belgian yeast. This is a pleasant enough Belgian pale more pepper, some funk, tropical fruits and a crisp, bitingly dry finish. Nice enough to try another three pack. More better then respectable brew from Belgium (532 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The name is clearly a knock-off of Duvel, but the beeer is just not quite as good. Pours golden with a huge initial head that fades to a cap. No lacing. Smells of sweet caramel malt, lots of adjunct sugar, and spiced fruit aromas- maybe pear preserves. The taste is sweeet and malty and with some grainy bitterness at the end. Somewhat simple and there is a fairly light finish. The maltiness is rounded out with candi sugar and the overall sweetness is relatively light and clean. The mouthfeel has a trace of stickiness. Interesting to try, but I'll stick with other Belgians. (578 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light golden colour, much like costume jewelry. Head is a pleasant frothy meringue of pure white that collapses in its own airy nothingness. Looks quite refined. Not bad overall.

Nose is pleasantly savoury, with a pleasant sprightly champagne character overarching everything else. Light dustiness and a refined sharp Belgian note. Quite a nice nose overall.

Taste is quite light, but has that pleasant Belgian yeast character drying the palate, and leaving a slightly roasted nut flavour. There's certainly not a huge amount on it, but it's pleasant enough, even though the back palate is slightly too sweet.

Not a bad beer all up. It's certainly very light and extremely drinkable, despite its ABV. I've had far better and far more complex Belgian ales, but this one is a pretty decent one. (809 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From my notes 6/3/2007 pours a five-finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Citric nose. Good-strong carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor has some malt, hints of alcohol, slight sour finish. Best by Nov 17, 2008. €2.00 ($2.74) for a 330ml bottle from de Bier Tempel Brussels, Belgium. (340 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm going to rewiev this one side by side with the Satan Red, both poured in Orval Chalices and both classified as BSPA at 8.00% ABV. Here we go:

A: Pours clear golden with strong rich small bubbles. The tall head is crystal white and quite creamy. Rich lacings. Looks way better than the Red.

S: Yeast and spice, kind of acidic Semi-sweet malt. Fruity; mainly citric notes. Smell is stronger than in the red one.

T: Sour, yeast and spices. Sweetness, but rather mild, from the malt. Almost dry and acidic; green apples, citric notes. Much drier and more acidic than the red.

M: Aftertaste is very long and sour. Body is on the medium side and carbonation is low.

O: Nice and sour. It lacked a little complexity in the taste compared to the smell and look. Not bad but it would probably have gotten a better grade if not compared side by side with the more complex-tasting red one. (888 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear golden colour with a moderate white head. Good head retention.

Mild apple aroma with light malt. Very clean.

Light malt. A touch of spice. Apple. Simple.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A simple, soft BSPA with very simple flavours. (269 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Before i even go into the taste of this particular beer.I'd like to state that this beer's logo is a great marketing logo, the devil enticing you to drink beer. Thats reason enough for me to drink this beer. Just kidding. Beer name aside, the overall flavor and mouthfeel was just oustanding. The alcoholic warmth blends well with the hoppy overtones . Even though this beer tasted great, the smell left much to be desired. To some up in one word, BLAND in comparison to the complex smells of other beers. But don't get me wrong, this beer is a MANDITORY try for any beer taster. If not for me, the logo will sell itself. (621 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to NewBrewBB for the opportunity to try this beer. 750ml bottled served in a tulip. Pours an orange-gold hue with a hazy clarity. Head is one inch, bright white and eventually dissipates into a bubbly froth. Some textured swaths and slashes of lacing present during the tasting. Nose expresses candi sugar, lightly herbal/grassy notes and a suggestion of Belgian yeast. Taste is dull and herbal; almost a little vegetal. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively, almost coarse carbonation. Overall, not bad, but there are much better examples of the style out there. (572 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours vibrant amber with a large, lasting, white head.
Nose shows doughy yeast, soft phenols, wheat and bready malt.
Flavours are more restricted, mostly consisting of doughy characters, some booze and apple notes. Quite sweet.
Needs more carbonation. (254 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent goldenrod with a supersized lacy, white froth.
Flour-spackled bread aroma, with traces of tropical fruits- especially kiwi and pineapple- and honey peeking out as it warms.
Begins with a crisp pale maltiness. Dryish off the bat. Whispers of tropical fruits, again, mostly pineapple and kiwi along with a dried apple suggestion. Breadier midway, and fuller feeling. The same flour notion from the aroma arrise again in the flavor. Draws to a close with alcohol-related graininess (though actually alcohol is well disguised), powdered sugar and whithered, leafy hops.
Medium bodied with a spritely carbonation. This is a decent, drinkable strong blonde ale. But Duvel has little to worry about when it comes to a battle of the Kings of Darkness. (760 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear light golden with a white frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was earthy with a strong Belgian yeast presence which lent a spiciness to the beer. The aroma also contained a candylike character that was subtle and contained some malt presence.

The flavor was slightly sweet and malty with more candy character. The bittering was low in the beer and the balance was certainly toward the malt side of the equation. The flavor was earthy but with low hop character and slight Belgian yeast spiciness.

The finish was just almost dry with lasting candy flavors and slight spice into the aftertaste. The body was almost medium. The balance was sweeter than expected and the beer was not very complex at all. The 8% alcohol never comes into play and might sneak up on the unsuspecting but it does boost the drinkability of the brew.

11.2 ounce bottle, purchased at Green's in Atlanta for $3.25. Best before 2006/09/03. (1,000 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice glass, this beer is a cloudy orange color with a light head. Aroma is spicy and rather fruity. Flavor, too, is quite fruity, with notes of grapefruit and tangerine. Lots of bitterness but low hop flavor. Tart at the end, with a little spicy alcohol warmth. Lot of carbonation, good mouthfeel.

Hoppier than most Belgian pale ales, this makes a nice aperitif. (382 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a hazy lemon color with a very light white head and light lacing.

Aroma of citrus, apples, malts, and butterscotch please the nose.

Taste is very tart with plenty of citrus and apples, along with a touch of saltiness at the finish.

Light mouthfeel and very drying with an almost-flat carbonation.

A decent Belgian Strong Pale Ale but not amongst the elite. Worth trying for sure. (404 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, first off it's a great label. I opened this and made a good pour that gave a big fluffy head, but the retention was really weak. Erratic dancing bubbles that I can't stop looking at, a beautiful display, and a beautiful orange/yellow sunrise color. Hellish sheets of lace.

Wheat and hops come on strong to the nose, with a mild fruit/spice scent in back.

Taste: Good balance of earthy wheat, sweet malts and a subtle yeasty character. A little kickback in the aftertaste the reminds of grapefruit, sour enough to detract a little from the primary flavors. Maybe the bottle is too young? Exp. date on bottle is Oct. 20 '07. A more pronounced alcohol glow occurs as it warms.

Mouthfeel is zesty, tingly, though leans a little on the watery side.

A typical Belgian strong pale ale, not amazing but definitely on the good side of the scale. With such a seductive label you hope it's going to be the best pale ale you've ever had, but it's merely good...and good Belgian pale ale is good enough. (1,008 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a massive white head, which retains superbly. A thick scattering of lace adorns the glass walls. There is a profusion of fine, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Clove and phenolic alcohols define the aroma. There are also earthy yeast notes, and a slight breadiness.

Taste: Opens with a slight malt sweetness, followed by bitter medicinal and grapefruit rind notes. As the taste progresses, there are notes of bitter apple peel and light fruit. The finish is dominated by a lingering medicinal bitterness and a mild clove spiciness. The alcohol content is very well concealed, befitting its name.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, pleasant, with a mild sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A strikingly complex ale, well-made, and a bit quirky.

Presentation: Packaged in an 11.2 ounce Euro-style brown glass longneck bottle, served in a standard pint tap glass. (934 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 11.2 oz bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Pours a murky, dark-gold hue with slight carbonation... No head at all and very little lacing...
Sweet, golden aroma rendolent of green apples and spices...
Flavor was loaded with rich, candied sugars, ripe fruit, bananas, pears, and yeast...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel with a nice level of drinkability for an 8% ABV... Hardly any alcohol detected...
Recommended as a good depiction of the style... (491 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy light orange/gold with a 1 inch foamy white head; smells sweet and malty, with spices, yeast and orange peel coming through.

Tastes sweet overall, with a combo of malt, spices, citrus, coriander, and some yeast. It finishes dry with the malt and fruit lingering. The beer is smooth with very light carbonation and gets better as it warms. The alcohol comes through in a subtle way that is not overbearing, but allows the sweetness and malt to resurface.

A very good beer, which I enjoyed and recommend trying. Complex, but not overly complex. (559 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière à la robe blond cuivré, belle mousse blanche tenant bien, dégagement gazeux important
Smell : nez de levure
Taste and mouthfeel : ronde en bouche, elle révéle des saveurs de houblon, notes herbacées, amertume équilibrée et prolongée
Drinkability : bière correcte mais sans plus, dans le style Belgian strong ale (390 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Inspection: Lists abv 8%, best before 2008/04/13 (sampled 2006/09/07)

Aroma: Spiked fruit, sourdough, and mild white pepper.

Appearance: Big sticky white head threatened to crest my tulip, but settled back to a very respectable finger floating on a dark yellow clear glass.

Flavor: Hard to draw out many flavors as the overall flavor is very mild. Main notes are white wine, light fruit, mild honey. A bit of a let down from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Very firm carbonation level, at the edge of fizzy, champagne like. Dry finish, medium light body.

Overall Impression: The high carbonation level and white grape/wine flavor really put me off. I’m not a fan of champagne, and this was too close for comfort for me. It’s not bad, no serious flaws, just not my mug of beer. I took putnam’s advice and let it warm, which helped a bit. (852 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This clear brew is lemon yellow-gold with a huge four finger white-as-a-sheet head that looks really rocky and cratered. Lots of really nice lace coats the glass and reminds me of artificial snow and ice that covers the windows of a tiny Christmas village. Head retention is really long lasting, and a quick swirl builds is up quite a bit.

S - I smell lemon grass and seaweed along with an apple skin crab-apple note that is really unique. I'm thinking of crabapples and those big lumpy green things that fall from the trees...I have no idea what those are called, but this smells like them. Some pepper and saltine crackers round out the aromas.

T - White pepper, lemon grass, seaweed (nori), and asparagus with lemon butter. This is salty and biting like cold sea-spray, and has some definite vegetable notes...predominately asparagus, but also bitter salad greens and lemon rind.

M - Medium bodied with a sugary and spicy midpalate that fades to a fairly dry and hoppy finish. Carbonation is mellow, but sort of prickly initially before disappearing in the finish.

D - This is good stuff. It's extremely unique and PEPPERY as hell. If you like bitter green salads with lemon vinaigrettes, then this is for you. I like this one a lot. (1,245 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thankfully, a better brew than it's "Red" Cousin. Poured out to a slightly hazy golden color with a ncie 1/4 inch head and pillar-like lacing around the glass. Nice. Aromas of malt and yeast fill the nose, along with the hint of sweetness that makes one think that a treat is in order. The taste is good, but still a bit of a let down; flavors of malt, sweet grain and sourness are all present, but too weak. If the flavor could kick up a notch and really be notable, this beer could almost compete with other Belgian such as Duvel. But it doesn't; so it can't. Mouthfeel was good, high carbonation prepared the palate for an array of flavors that failed to reach maturity. Perhaps this beer is best as a crossover brew for those wanting to see the entry way into what good Belgians can beer. Still, it's a good beer, and well made. Worth a try. (845 characters)

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Satan Gold from Brouwerij De Block bvba
83 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.