Satan Gold | Brouwerij De Block bvba

Satan GoldSatan Gold
124 Ratings
Satan GoldSatan Gold

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Block bvba

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-16-2003

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Ratings: 124 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of toolbrew
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Andreji
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
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...

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Photo of joshwlt
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of tigerdoc
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
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

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of janubio
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Chrisdoff
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
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").

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Photo of beeragent
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From my notes 6/3/2007 pours a five-finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Citric nose. Good-strong carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor has some malt, hints of alcohol, slight sour finish. Best by Nov 17, 2008. €2.00 ($2.74) for a 330ml bottle from de Bier Tempel Brussels, Belgium.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Note - reviewed on 3/24/07; best by 9/3/06

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a billowy head that leaves plenty of lace across the chalice

Smell: Fruit and funk - green apples, a touch of mango, some wood and a bit of the barnyard

Taste: Starts with a fruity green apple and mango flavor that starts to betray a metallic aspect, mid-palate; after the swallow, the woody and funky flavors arrive and are joined by some fusel alcohol tones at the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body and highly carbonated; prickly and warming

Drinkability: Has some high spots and some low ones, OK, overall

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Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ouncer that came in a 3 pack, has best before dating on the rear label of about a year from now, so we're looking pretty good...pours cloudy medium apricot amber, under an initially huge white head, that simmers down to an 1/8 of an inch film and leaves some islands of lacing. Whiffs of pepper, melon, citrus and Belgian yeast. This is a pleasant enough Belgian pale more pepper, some funk, tropical fruits and a crisp, bitingly dry finish. Nice enough to try another three pack. More better then respectable brew from Belgium

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of mwalters
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of beertastegood
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of buddyboy
3.34/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Satan Gold from Brouwerij De Block bvba
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 124 ratings
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