Satan Red | Brouwerij De Block bvba

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Brouwerij De Block bvba

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2003

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Ratings: 191 |  Reviews: 130
Reviews by roblowther:
Photo of roblowther
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife says the bottle cap rocks and so rate this beer higher than otherwise. That being said...
Poured from a 33cl bottle, it is a ruddy, opaque red-amber with a thick, rocky off-white head. And a LOT of sediment. Looks like a biology experiment in my glass. The smell is dominated by yeast with apples and a hint of hops in the background. The taste is a pleasant malty surprise. The malt that was hidden in the smell bursts forth in the taste. The yeast-fest that was promised is nowhere to be seen. And surprisingly complex! The flavor is peppery up front closely followed by a dusty malt character that is quite pleasant. Tannins follow with a crisp, not-too-dry finish. Very nice indeed. The mouthfeel is nice carbonation & a silkiness that binds it together well. Drinkable? I'll have another.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of Pandaflute
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
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%.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
4.36/5  rDev +21.4%
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?

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of NewBrewBB
5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of dmk91
1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

Photo of Shovelbum
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Momon
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ant777uk
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Deep red colour, head dies down quite fast...

I really like the's deep and complex and menacing. Many many elements...

When I had this in London a few years ago, it stood out as the best beer in the Belgian beer cafe I was in. I had had a few though before I tried it...

It's definitely complex, though it's missing the togetherness of flavors to make it really good. It's a bit too carbon dioxidey, and it's missing the fullness of a Duvel or IPA or alternative Belgian beer. If you leave it to rest for a while, it kind of improves.

This is pretty good, just not as amazing as I orinally believed

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Photo of fr0wn3r
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
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

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of elricorico
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of ByMySword
5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of MikWalker
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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Satan Red from Brouwerij De Block bvba
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 191 ratings