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Satan Gold - Brouwerij De Block bvba

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82
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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2003)
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Photo of roddwolff
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a tulip glass. Look: Cloudy amber color, the foam looks like a creamy cloud, thin, and never disappeared, until i finish the beer, i like the logo. Smell: Smoky malt, alcohol and red apples. Taste: Banana, citrus hops, with some biscuity malts and alcohol at the end. Mouthfeel: Warm and fruity, high bitterness, creamy and robust body, medium carbonation and alcoholic sensation. Drinkability: It's good but Satan Red was better

Photo of Hopfist
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a great beer, no dispute. There exists however, one trait that keeps this beer out of the higher echelon. It's distractingly, over-poweringly, unnecessarily sour. A little sourness is perfectly acceptable and even pleasant in many fine ales. Even moderate levels are fine if balanced with the right pH. I just found it too sour to focus on the malt, hop, or ethanol profiles. A shame too, because I would have loved to pour a bottle of Satan for some of my more "cough" conservative friends.

Photo of CHickman
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of jwinship83
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 corked and caged with a weird cheap looking plastic cork. bottle says best before july 21, 2009. poured into my duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours a golden colored body with a finger of brilliant white head. the head lasts for a while and leaves rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- belgian yeast and spices. coriander and clove. a little bit of banana. pretty sweet smelling. reminds me of a tripel so far.

T- overly sweet. very tripel like, as with the smell. clove, banana, and coriander. lots of belgian yeast. its starting to sour at this point. not terrible yet.

M- thin and watery with a harshly high level of carbonation. tongue stinging. small heat from the alcohol on its way down.

D- i wish i had someone to split this bottle with, the whole thing was a little much. the off sour flavor and massive amount of sweetness makes this one i wont be coming back to. oh well, you cant win em all. i think its been misclassified and really belongs in the tripel catagory.

Photo of TheSarge
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Satan Gold pours with a good two finger thick head of bright white, and has a golden body, with a mild chill haze look.

The aroma is a mixture of citrusy and white wine like characteristics; perhaps, even a powdery candied sugar fragrance is here too.

The taste is sweet up front with a slightly sour note of hops, but gives way to a sugary bubble gum like finish.

Mouth feel wise, this has a fullness of oily hops and the bite of a good amount of carbonation. This follows through with an alcohol warming feeling.

This is a pretty good Belgian beer. I'd liken it to Duvel, thought this beer I believe is harder to come by.

Photo of Cs1987
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Gold (duh), 1 finger of head which reduced.

Smell - Sweet fruits, rather lacking in spices.

Taste - Very sweet - definitely too sweet for the style. Lacking in the complexity I expect from Belgian Strong Pale Ales.

Mouthfeel - Texture and carbonation both good.

Drinkability - Very drinkable considering the high alcohol content.

Overall - After trying the excellent Satan Red, this was a disappointment. It isn't a very good representation of the style. Try Duvel instead.

Photo of thirdeye11
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: Drank this at New Amsterdam bar in Dallas, TX. Poured from 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice glass.

A: This beer pours a murky goldish/brown tending more towards the gold, but strangely murky for the style. I didn't mind it so much, but it was not the most attractive beer I've ever seen. I did not pour it, so the head was only a thin layer on top that stuck around most of the session.

S: Smell is nothing substantial and has no stand out notes, but it was slightly fruity and refreshing.

T: A lot sweeter than I expected. I do like sweetness though so it didn't bother me too much. It was slightly too sweet for even me though which brought its score down. I prefer to be able to pick out what fruit a beer reminds me of, but this one was tough to discern. I liked it better when cold.

M: Crisp, slightly creamy, and nicely carbonated. No complaints here.

D: I found myself enjoying this a lot at first, but as it warmed it got worse. Something I don't typically find with Belgian style ales. I could only drink one of these in a row, but maybe 2 in a night.

Overall given the price and availability factor I might seek this out again. It was a decent representation of Belgian beers, but certainly not up to par with other Belgian breweries or even some top American brewers of Belgian styles. Worth trying though.

Photo of elricorico
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy brownish gold with a thick foamy white head. Head is well retained. A good sheet of lacing is left as I drink. Bottle gushed when I cracked it costing me a small amount of the beer.

Smells of apple juice, almost exactly like the juice I had given to my daughter today. A little bit of Belgian yeast aroma, making it just a bit earthy.

A little bit of apple right at the front, then the flavour becomes a bit more citric. Solvent like alcohol mixes into the back half. A bit of woody funkiness throughout. It is an odd mix, one that doesn't really agree with my palate.

Body and carbonation are pretty normal for the style but there is a bit of filmy feeling left on the tongue wherever I taste the solvent liquor flavour.

Not the worst beer I've had, but not one I would suggest to anyone unless they've run out of Belgian brews to try.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with one finger of white head.

Scent is light, slightly sour, and sweet with sugars and yeast. Nothing complex, but a fine example of that a Belgian Strong Pale Ale should smell like.

Taste of yeast and sugars again, not bad, but there is some room for improvement. Finishes with some marshmallow and more sugars.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Photo of toolbrew
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Pours a deep golden color. Thick fluffy/creamy head on top. Lots of carbonation. Excellent head retention.

Citrusy and hoppy aroma with some grains mixed in.

Sweet citrusy taste with a hop finish. Goes down very smoothly.

Light body that packs a punch. Leaves the hop flavor in the mouth, but it's subtle and well balanced.

Very drinkable beer. I initially purchased it for the bottlecap, but I'm so happy I did. Awesome brew!

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of Andreji
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Satan gold was one of the 'looks cheap' we bought at the selection in the mini carrefours throughout brussels.

but the beer wasn't all too disappointing. we had a lucky session in our hostel and quite enjoyed this burnt yellow pouring beer with a thick lasting head. the smell was very pleasant but not overly fantastic and the taste correlation was rather poor, in my opinion too sweet. full bodied and well carbonated. not too strong apparently but enjoyable, sessionable.

quite decent.

Photo of dsa7783
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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...

Photo of joshwlt
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok so it was poured at one of my favorite bars into a Satan stem glass; had a yellow gold color wtih yeast streaming to the bottom, bubbly, and a white effervescent head. Smelled like light fruits, notes of apple and an almost wine-like alcohol was barely present. Tasted more bready with the yeast involved in the taste and effected the mouthfeel. This was just a fun brew because it was light and refreshing. Seemed a bit like apple cider because of the little bit of spice and moderate carbonation, and again a bit of a bready mouthfeel is added from the yeast so it wasn't too thin. Finishes a bit dry, but flavors linger. Tasty, and an easy drinker, cool label. This devil will sneak up on you with a decent almost undetectable abv too. The alcohol is just barely detected as a slight wine-like taste of fermented fruit. I really liked it, and totally suggest it; a nice surprise.

Photo of skeetermoses
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this beer was a good one. It was golden, yet it had a smooth taste, this is definately a beer not to be consumed by an amature. I happen to think this is one of my try again beers. I do like it. and am very impressed with the packaging of the beer. This is definately a beer to buy for your satanic friends.

Photo of tigerdoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a golden yellow color with a quickly dissipating white head. Nice clarity but I would think there should be higher carbonation for a golden. The aroma is nice sweet bready yeast with some pear and peach notes. The flavor is also bready with some sweet fruit notes and finishes dry. Could use more carbonation for the mouthfeel and to help the dryness of the beer. A very drinkable beer, but could be better for a Belgian golden strong.

Photo of BeerAngel
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light golden hue with a modest head that dissipates to a thin layer and a thicker ring that holds a good ways through the consumption. The aroma consists of spices and a nice yeast ester that makes your mouth water. The taste mimics the aromas with more pronounced spicing and a slight carbonation bite. This beer has a lighter body and finishes just slightly dry. This solid offering has enough good qualities to make you want it again.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of candy sugar, raising, plum, and grapefruit. Surprising that I really don't pick up any banana phenol. It seems as an undertone which is odd for the style.

Taste is sweet of candy sugar. Slight orange peel flavor. Hints of fruitiness such as grapefruit and raisin are throughout. Not strongly spiced like some other beers in the style. One thing that seems unique is the addition of a lot of candy sugar that seems to have changed the phenols.

Banana seems to come out more on the nose and mouth as the beer warms.

This beer really seems to have a unique approach to the style with a less spiced, sweeter beer.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy bt lacks a the carbonation expected from the style.

Not a hard beer to drink by any means. A little unique and different for the style.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
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

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice, cloudy golden/brownish color that just looks like a good tasting Belgian ale, its has a very thin head when first poured into the glass( a snifter in this case) and quickly dissolves into a thin, broken white covering with some mild lacing around the edges… there is some mild carbonation. It has a very mild sweet aroma to it; it reminded me of spiced apples and various other fruits. It has a sharp slightly tart taste when it first hits your tongue, nothing too strong. You can definitely taste the spices in this beer and the tartness gets a bit stronger in the aftertaste, but not a bad beer over all, I’m definitely buying these again.

Photo of janubio
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A deep golden cloudy colour, big head, I thought it was going to overflow the glass, but it doesn't long much. Surprising, to me, aroma of tropical fruits, pineapple or maybe mango. Sweet flavour with an acid finish, mouth is of tropical fruits but not as much defined as in the nose. Some coriander touch. Just nice.

Photo of Chrisdoff
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Start by buying the whole three pack, you'll be thankful that you did. Find a Belgium ale glass to accent the white lacy head that billows from the pour. A slightly cloudy golden color will emerge highlighted by thin trails of carbonation bubbles from the bottom rising to the head, giving it retention for a few minutes, residing into well-defined legs adhering to the wall of the glass. Give it a few seconds to open so that the spicy/ peppery aromas can rise to the top. Traces of some fruity character mingle with the aromas presented by the Belgium yeast strain. The first sip tingles the tongue and excites the taste buds starting with slightly metallic/ spicy flavors, turning into a toasted light wood and then fresh mango, and ending with a pepper essence on the back of the palette. The mouth feel is thin and effervescent, while being a nice every day drinker, it is an exceptional summer time quencher. Overall a nice example of a modern Belgium Strong Golden Ale expertly produced by the guys at De-Block Brewery. I recommend trying their whole line (especially the "Special 6").

Photo of beeragent
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 11.2oz bottle. The beer pours a light slightly hazy gold, forming a very thin white head that quickly faded. No real lacing to speak of. The aroma is very full. Fruity notes that remind me of apples and maybe pears dominate the nose, along with light hops. Very similar the aroma associated with apple juice. The taste is a little less profound as far as the fruit characteristics, but still present, along with a very noticeable alcohol presence. Low hop presence more noticeable at the end. Very carbonated mouthfeel, and not as smooth as expected. Easy enough to drink, and a low enough abv. to have at least two in one night. Overall, not a bad Belgian pale, but I guess I was expecting a little more from this one. Still worth trying, which I will do again in the future.

Satan Gold from Brouwerij De Block bvba
82 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.