Satan Red | Brouwerij De Block bvba

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Block bvba
Belgium
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Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
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#38,401
Reviews:
130
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191
pDev:
14.48%
 
 
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Reviews: 130 | Ratings: 191
Photo of Cs1987
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark amber, 1 finger of head with good retention.

Smell - Strong, sweet and malty, like the taste.

Taste - Quite a high malt content for the style. Very sweet and quite chocolatey. Perhaps not entirely true to the style, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

Mouthfeel - Very good texture, not too sticky.

Drinkability - Very drinkable for the style.

Overall - I have tried this before, and I never expected to rate it higher than both Rochefort 8 and 10. Having a full bottle of this allowed me to appreciate that it is a very enjoyable, nearly flawless beer. I am very surprised to see the average rating of this is well below 4.

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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 roddwolff
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Once served in my duvel tulip glass:

A: Red brown, the foamy head is fat, thin and compact, seems bitumen cake, good lacing, i like the devil logo;

S: Perfumed with floral and spicy hops, also spices, apple and sweet notes of malt and toffee;

T: Malt, toffee and apple, a fund of hops with pine and wood essences, the finish is citrusy and spicy;

M: Refreshing, very bitter, itchy tongue, strong body and creamy as a syrup;

D: Expensive but very good.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very nice dark orange/red color. Head was nice and white. Has a nice aroma, some fruits. Taste is very nice, a little citrus fruit tastes, a little sour. Aftertaste has hints of the alcohol. very nice mouthfeel. I love this beer! Better than the gold. Its just a good solid belgium strong pale ale.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very burnt orange color with a nice white head that has just a touch of orange in it...but the head is not that dense. The smell is sweet with cherries being very apparent. Plums, sweet syrup and alcohol also hit the nose. So many more aromas are present; i wish I had more of these little guys so I could take a couple days and really examine all that this beer has to offer. The taste is also biscuity with a heavy touch of pepper. Some other spices come up also; like the aroma, I wish i could further examine all the different spices in the taste if I had more to examine over more tasting sessions. Sweet fruits, alcohol and hops appear towards the middle and end, respectively. Satan Red has a full body, as it should with a name like that and is very drinkable.

Awesome, awesome beer.

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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 candy...like 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 sulldaddy
4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A chilled 750 corked and caged bottle from Feloniousmonk and BIF 20. I am pouring into a tulip glass.
The beer pours a bright clear amber color with a huge fluffy off white head fomaing up. There are several carbonation streams rising from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is a little caramel, what I can only describe as leafy vegetable , maybe some sour grapefruit as well. I do get some biscuity yeast undertones too. THe nose is kinda strange, not sure what to make of this one.
The head is fading to a frothy surface foam. Leaving some tight latticework as it fades.
The first sip reveals a slightly thin body, and almost no carbonation.
Flavor is slightly fruity and tart like a crisp green apple. A little zesty at first sip ,but further into the bottle and I have adjusted. Definately not what I expected, but it is pretty tasty and refreshing. There are some other fruits in there as well, red grapes and blueberry as well. All with a mix of sweet and tart qualities.
The beer finishes a little dry which makes me thirsty for another sip. The beer is very enjoyable, but i am sure some folks would hate it. A surpise that is tasty and refreshing, would be good with spicy BBQ food I think.
Give it a shot!

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Photo of skypup
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle from 2be beer store in Brugge, Belgium
.33L bottle served in a tulip glass

A- Medium Amber, a one finger foamy head and lots of lacing

S- Sweet malt and citrus; light floral notes with hops

T: Citrus and malt. Lightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

D: I was pleasantly suprised by this beer. It’s an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.2/5  rDev +17%

Appearance is Amber with a tiny tinge. Small head recedes fast but leaves good lacing.

Smell is of toffee apple, pear and belgian yeast.

Taste is toffe apple, sweet malt and pears. Belgian yeast and caramel intermingle in a subtle but delightful way.

Overall, a very tasty inteteresting fruity belgian ale that is super easy drinking but very well made and full flavoured.
87/100

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Photo of beeragent
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a bottle. The beer pours a deep reddish brown, forming a good 1 inch thick head. Light spots of lace, and a little sediment floating throughout. The aroma is dark fruit notes, with a hint of alcohol. The taste is sweet fruity yeast, along with a good amount of hops. The taste is complex but not?!? The mouthfeel is medium and smooth. This, IMO, is a highly drinkable Belgian. One will not to in a night. The abv. isnt so high as to restrict to just one. Overall, this is a great Belgian strong pale ale. I enjoyed this alot more than the Satan Gold. Try it!!!

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Large off-white head with a dull copper coloured body.

S: Belgian yeast - that poppy sherbet smell. Promises to be good.

T: Hints at metallic graininess. It's sharp, tastes of marzipan, strawberries, rhubarb and custard and prunes. Loads of nail varnish when I stick my nose into the glass. Almost dry.

O: Haven't had anything in a while and this was pretty decent. I'd have it again.

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Photo of mschofield
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear red gold, topped with a one finger creamy light tan head, leaves a broken sheet of lacing. Turns to a cloudy peachy red when the yeast is swirled and added.
Clean, crisp fruity aroma, apricot, tea, light floral and toast notes.
Fruity and spicy taste, lip tingling, pepper and light caramel.
Medium-full bodied, great drinkability for the ABV, can't really detect the alcohol apart from the lip tingling and the occasional taste of pepper.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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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 BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Satan Red... isn't. It's tangerine peel orange filled with superfine yeast. But then blazing hellfire is more orange than red (or so I've heard), so I guess the color is entirely appropriate. I love the head. It's rich cream in color, with the barest hint of pastel orange, and is a rumpled, bumpy, rocky, pitted affair. I'd like to see more lace though.

The nose is a good one, but could stand to be more assertive. It's fruity and spicy, as the style dictates, with the emphasis on spicy. The usual cloviness is present, as is something more muskily earthily funky. Maybe the yeast is responsible. According to the brewery, 'the elected proper Satan-yeast' is in use. Wow, Satan-yeast! I'm impressed.

This beer is fiendishly good. There's certainly no shortage of flavor, no siree Beelzebub. Rich and malty and sweet and spicy and bitter and alcoholic... it's all here. All of those flavors and flavor sensations could be better integrated, and the whole could be more refined, but this is the devil's brew, what the hell did you expect?

On the palate, the spiciness is more along the lines of clove and white pepper, especially the latter. Those who don't care for boldly-flavored beer should probably seek out something more civilized and angelic. I also like the greater than usual amount of hoppy bitterness that is present throughout (that comes into greater focus on the finish). The alcohol has been tamed just enough, yet still delivers an alcoholic fruit punch.

The mouthfeel is a shade more full than medium and results in a pleasurable amount of unsticky mouthcoating with each sip. The carbonation is lively enough to maintain mouth interest without tipping the beer over into an annoying fizziness.

I didn't know what to expect from Satan Red. What I got was a well-built BSPA that has a great deal in common with the Begian tripel style. It doesn't achieve the delicious, controlled fury of De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch), but this devilish brew deserves to be mentioned in the same breath. It's worth a multi-bottle purchase for damned sure.

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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 Parrotbeak
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden-amber with a thin white head that remains. Lots of sediment floating about.
Smell is spicey, buttery malts with hints of ginger and cinnamon.
Taste is spicey malts with strong hints of sweet cinnamon. Ginger, clove, raisins and some faint plum come in as well. The malts become slightly buttery, carrying to the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a slightly dry finish. Medium-light body.
Drinkability is not bad, but the sweetness of this one catches up. Still, it's a very good beer overall.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beer travelled from the bottle into the chalice as slightly murky amber red colored liquid with a beautiful white head that decided to remain for the duration of the glass. Smell is of alcohol with a background sweetness. Taste is absolutely fantastic with some sourness and no alcohol tones. This beer is just great. Leaves a nice finising texture in the mouth. A superb brew.

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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 goblet
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured this in a hurry into my goblet is was a gusher.

A, i thought this was going to be hellfire red not amber orange with slight reddish hue to it .i got a thick frothy head that did disappear rather quick left a thin foam that lasts ,some lace .

S,the scent has mild fruit aromas apple,tangerine ,apricot and flowers ,the malt is nice. no there is no smell of brimstone not even hot spice .

T,the malt,spicey yeast and alcohol stand out the most. i like the mild citus flavor and other fruit esters this beer produces .

M, the mouth feel is a bit bitter with the alcohol and spicey yeast with a dry malty after taste .

D,i do find this beer drinkable but nothing exceptional or maybe i was just expecting something else ,the yeast makes this beer a good brew .

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Today was the first time that I saw this beer so I thought it was worth the $3 to try. 11.2 oz bottle with a plotting devil on the label. The color is a reddish brown. NIce fluffy white head that stays due to tons of bubbles. The smell is both sweet and sour as the sour kind of rules. The taste is different. Again, the sweet and sour come into play. Very sweet with lots of citrus notes. Earthy and grassy like a triple but add more funk.

An interesting beer that I suggest people try. I know nothing about this brewery and am going to check out their website now.

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Photo of putnam
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

COLD: Active, healthy topping. Lattice crust of foam. Bronze liquid. Doughy aromas sweetened with baked apple, baked banana and walnut scents. Rind and seed tannins shape mild fruit and spice flavors. Sharp fizz. More water than alcohol taste. Strange. Oddly neutral.
WARM: Roughly akin to the flavor of a standard English Bitter. Roasted nutshells. Apply fruit. Cottony texture softened by imperceptible alcohol. Fairly short finish. I am having trouble reconciling the taste of this beer with the reported alcohol of 8%. I think I feel it's drying effect on the palate, but I can't really "taste" it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice crimson color, beautiful, bold full whitish head...lookin' good, so far...
Aroma, fresh, zesty, citric, yeasty, i like, I like...
Taste: brisk, citric flavor, sourness is king here, but welcome, and refreshing...hey, I'm gonna drink me some more...not what I expected, but pretty damned cool, very citric...if you said "Belgian Red", this is not the taste I'd think of at all, but it's a wickedly delicious sensation, nonetheless...I like it, though...sour, yeeah, but, still very tasty...lip-smackin'ly so....hmmm, me-likey! Sweet, yet sour, tasty, underscored....this is not too terrible, sorry, Belzebub!

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Photo of BeerBard
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a GOOD beer.
Very nice head that lasts over 45 minutes in a chalise. Light brown, mildly hazy color. Smell is above average...as is the taste (a bit acidic in this bottle...will have to try another). Has the typical Belgian sugars and spice that cover up some, but not all, the alcohol. And the tastes improve with warming from the chill of the fridge.
Nothing in this beer is distracting.
Not really a "session beer" due to the high alcohol, but when thrown into "the milieu"...during a session of drinking a "smorgasbord of beer"...BeerBard says "yes!" to Satan.

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