Satan Gold | 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 09-16-2003

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Photo of BeerRun13
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Schooly
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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...

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Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.36/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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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.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
2.64/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this beer into a goblet style beer glass. Appearance is a yellow/gold with some slow bubbles that form a nice 1/4inch of foamy head. The smell is mostly a bourbon alcohol and some skunky wheat smells. Taste is very shallow. Mostly alcohol and syrupy malts. The body is slippery and full, but its not a taste that I needed to linger for too long on my tongue.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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!)

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Photo of genaro
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Once poured there was a big, creamy white retentive head with lots of lace. The color was light gold. The aroma had elements of citrus and spices (cinnamon). The taste was a little yeasty and citrusy with some sweetness and a worthy presence of flavoring hops The finish was dryish and slightly spicey. There was also a spicey aftertaste. Overall, I found this beer to be mellower than I expected. I'm not a big fan of Belgian ales, but I did find this one to be pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quickly fading off-white head mounts the light orange clear body. Shy aroma of herbal malts and flowery hops. Taste is yeasty, spicy (curacao) with notes of mildly sour apples and peaches. Rather thin-bodied with more 8% ABV noticeable. This is another unpretentious Duvel that doesn't quite come close to Moortgat's Lord of Darkness' beer.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

appearance: Golden and hazy with a huge white head.
aroma : sweet belgian type of smell.
taste: sweet, no bitterness, a weird husk like flavor. It is a long lasting flavor, not a good one though.
mouthfeel: medium creaminess, nothing special.
Drinkability: the wife liked it, I found it a chore to drink a whole bottle.

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