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Satan Gold - Brouwerij De Block bvba

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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 kimcgolf
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer, but just reminded me of another Duvel wannabe. Poured from the bottle with to a golden color, with thick white pillowy head and good lacing. Aroma was the same doughy, fruity, malty notes found in many beers otrf this type, with taste that followed suit, although not real pronounced. Mouthfeel was somewhat spicy and chewy, and the finish was actually fairly smooth and warming. Not a bad beer all and all.

kimcgolf, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of mwalters
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought a case home before I relized that there was also a Satan Red. Anyway, pretty light hazy color with a smell that reminds me of Duvel. The taste is a little citrusy but very mellow and typical of a belgian ale. I like this quite a bit, but I can tell that I would be smashed if I drank these all night. The devil made me do it! Nice and fizzy in the mouth, but be careful pouring it, like many belgian ales, it can foam up. Great little beer with a fun label, would make a great gift and would be a fun beer to take to a party.

mwalters, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of beertastegood
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, very clear gold with a gigantic fluffy head. Retention is excellent, lacing not so much.. Lots of fruitiness in the nose - pear/apple esters, along with cotton candy and a wlightly grainy maltiness. Very slight peppery esters in the background that become more prominent as it warms. Maybe a little citrus, orange/lemon?

The peppery phenols come through more in the flavor, they are very up front. The fruit follows close behind, with an acidic twang that reminds me of ripe green apples. Hop bitterness is about middle of the road for the style, neither understated nor overpowering. Hop flavor comes through towards the finish, and is more floral than spicy. Finishes with a nice balance, sweet but not cloyingly so.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium (good drinkability), carbonation high, no astringency...good.

Drinkability: Sneaky strong, very little noticeable ethanol.

Overall: a very enjoyable Belgian golden strong. The balance tends toward fruitiness without being overly harsh on the spiciness (like Chimay can be). Well done.

beertastegood, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of Pegasus
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

Pegasus, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of HardTarget
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

HardTarget, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of buddyboy
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into chalice.

Color is deep golen hue, cloudy, with yeast present.

Aroma is not exciting, is sweetly alcoholic, and fruity.

The taste is quite good, citrus fruits and more alcoholic sweetness. Sour aftertaste though.

Medium body; nice carbonation.

Drinkability is below average because there is a long-lasting sour taste in my mouth after drinking this that I could do without.

This is overall a pretty good beer. Its citrusiness lends itself to being a nice summer evening drink.

buddyboy, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Gavage, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A passive aggressive bastard served in a Duvel tulip at Nat Spill in Madison. Pours a clear goldenrod with huge fluffy white cumulous. French baguette dough aroma with tropical fruit, primarily pineapple, and some nice citric hops as it warms. Tastes crisp and clean. Malty with hints spice and sweet/sour fruit, i.e., unripe pineapple and kiwi. Finishes dry with some booze grassiness and tripel like hops. Body is medium with good carbonation. Enjoyable but subservient to Duvel and his Red brother.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden color with a nice looking compact white head. Not much lacing.
Smells spicy and has a champagne like fruitiness.
Does have a fruity wine/champagne like flavor, but it almost has a rotten quality about it. I hope this is not a bad bottle.
Medium bodied and dry. Kind of a sour mouth puckering dryness.
Not to drinkable with the flavor going on like it is. Glad I only bought a single.

BeerRun13, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of ByTor2112
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold color. A nice shade of Apricot, wait make that caramel syrup coloring when held to the light. My sinuses are beseiged by allergies so I can not get any aroma! Killer off-white head that hangs around but dissipates with fractured lacing. Sweet mouthfeel with fruits immediately showing their presence. When frothed, this Belgian is like a citrus explosion! Orange, tangerine and grapefruit with the latter being dominant on the finish. Hops are light to medium and give a light balance to this sweet Belgian. I agree the bottle cap is killer and it will be archived for posterity. Cheers, Joe. P.S.= 10 minutes later this Belgian Ale crept up on me and totally kicked my buzz in!

ByTor2112, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Metalmonk, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of Schooly
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by "18/10/05". Is that Juneuary? :->

A: Pours golden with a haze that dissipated as it warmed Soapy 1 finger head that quickly disappears. Leaves some lacing after a swirl in the glass. Not the 2-finger plus head I've come to expect from this style.

S: Smells like the Brut I had at new years. Green apples, pears and dried green rasins. So far so good...

T: Honey and green apples up front finishing with a tart somewhat sour dryness I'm not used to or crazy about.

M: Somewhat bubbly and effervescent initally, but fades quickly, and goes down cleanly.

D: Alcohol presence is well hidden and is already catching up with me. Don't know if that sour taste will agree with me later.

The sour finish definitely detracted from the experience. Being past its best by date may have something to do with this...I'm not looking to have my other one soon and may trade it away (gotten in a 12-man case-swap). I wonder what this tastes like in its prime - although high ABV Belgians should keep for a while under proper conditions...

Schooly, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

allengarvin, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

coolest cap in the beer biz on a 12oz'er.

pours crystal golden into a snifter, produces a cotton candy head with some intermittent lace monsters. yeasty nose with a lemon splash, belgian sweetness and the faintest dab of envelope glue. aerated mouthfeel and super-sweet lightly-malted, zero-hops belgian pale flavor. sweetness and lightness cancel each other out and provide for a pleasant drinking experience. faint pepper notes and something resembling raspberry syrup show up briefly in the flavor to add an almost-unique character.. still, pretty average but a beer that i really don't mind drinking.

far superior to satan red.

goodbyeohio, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Frozensoul327, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of putnam
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buttered caramel candy aromas naturally characterize the warm, vanilla and pepper scented bouquet. I gather from the clean golden color and aromas that this is a "precision" beer -- one made with a distinct goal in mind. Think graham-cracker flavored Duvel. Indeed the palate is big and bittersweet, with flavors of brandied white raisins and cocoa flavored bitterness. Intricately spicy. A good sedative.

For drinkability I found it is crucial to serve this at 50 deg. F or warmer. When cold the gas and alcohol are a little bit punishing. Nice plump fruit joins it at a warmer temp. I drained my glass.

putnam, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.4/5  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.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of scruffwhor
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

scruffwhor, May 13, 2005
Photo of Toddv29424
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a small to moderate sized head. Nice lacing on the glass. Smell is of fermented grapes like wine with lots of carbonation. The taste is similar to this... The start of the sip has relatively no taste but as it goes down it really emerges. There is definitely spicy hops involved and different types of fruit. Again grapes is the taste that really takes hold. The finish is really pleasant with a lingering sparkling sensation.

Toddv29424, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of acrawf6
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a very golden ale. head is white. This is a good belgium strong pale ale, but nothing really sticks from it. there are better. Taste and aftertaste is perhaps a little fruity, but nothing big. Small hints of the alcohol. Its a good beer, but if you have the choice, take the Satan Red. Its better.

acrawf6, Mar 15, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before 04-05-2005. Good poorout with nice and huge head thats not that thick but stays quiet well. Noce is very yeastaromatic; mostly spice and alcoholic. Litle malts there but in the background. Taste is very alcoholic, sweetmalty, spicy and going into a sweet aftertaste almost without any hops. Drinkable but nothing to talk about.

paterlodie, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

cokes, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy yellow color. With a bubbly foamy white head that leaves some bubbly white lace. A very spicey aroma with ahint of sweetness in the background. The spiceyness appears at the start of the taste but mellows quickly with the mild sweetness. Very easy drinking and yet flavorful.

ybnorml, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of vurt
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Overall, this beer brings to mind Duvel, but a milder version. Like a lot of Gaussian Blur filter has been applied.

Appearance:
A very pale, straw-colored beer. The head is lush and pillowy, and leaves sticky lace on the glass.

Smell:
If Stella Artois ever bottled a Bock, it would smell like this. (That isn't a compliment, BTW.) Malty-sweet and lager-like, with a superficial layer of spicy/yeasty character on top.

Taste:
Plenty of fruit, like the aftertaste of a banana or a mouthful of dried fruit. Malt like a too-sweet maibock, yet ends up drier than expected. A bit of hay-like character at the finish which I don't like much.

Mouthfeel:
Lively. Some weight to reflect the strength of the beer, and luscious carbonation.

Drinkability:
A push. It's easier to drink than its alcohol content would lead me to believe, but the taste doesn't make me wish for the next sip.

vurt, Aug 30, 2004
Satan Gold from Brouwerij De Block bvba
82 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.