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Lucifer - Brouwerij Het Anker

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BA SCORE
86
very good

333 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%


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 11-30-2009)
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

lucifer is a wonderful example of the belgian strong golden or pale ale. it pours a hazy blonde color with an inch of patient white head that leaves heavy rings as it drinks. a nose of banana, much like a hefeweizen, but cleaner than that, without the spice. other fruit esters are present as well, and there is a light floral quality. the flavor is very similar, yeast driven. on tap i get quite a bit more hop than i do from the can, which may be slightly dated, but i almost prefer the mellow hop bitterness to a more robust experience. the carbonation is through the roof on this, which gives it refreshment value and also makes it seem much lighter than its 8% abv, which will trick you into an early and heavy buzz if you arent careful. love the cereal grain qualities, and the way the yeast becomes so summery as it finishes. under appreciated i think, this is a beer of very high quality that is widely available. a great illustration of this often butchered style. a true belgian classic.

Serving type: can

03-18-2014 18:18:59 | More by StonedTrippin
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CowsandBeer

Kansas

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Random find at the liquor store on the way home from work. 16 oz can with “L2240 13:44” printed on the bottom. Poured into a Tallgrass Brewery Cervoise style glass.

Appearance: Pours a big frothy head with a clear golden body. Lots of carbonation action with the expected rings of lacing.

Aroma: Bubblegum sweetness, peppery yeastiness, ripe bananas, some bittering noble hops, and a fruity note not unlike oxidized pears/apples.

Taste: Peppery phenols upfront, nice fruity sweetness, bubblegum sugars and a bit of hop bitterness. A very pleasant bready finish. Slightly warming.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent with a medium mouthfeel.

Overall: A very sweet, effervescent strong ale. I really enjoyed the nice oxidized fruit notes and the pleasant malty finish, but there was too much of the candi/bubblegum sweetness for my tastes. With that said, you can tell it’s of a higher abv but you certainly can’t detect any notes of alcohol, due in large part to the sweetness. Overall, it’s nothing to go out of your way for but enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: can

03-13-2014 02:35:32 | More by CowsandBeer
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BeerandWhiskeyHQ

Illinois

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Light golden pale color, slightly cloudy

S: Mild clove spice scent along with banana and fruit

T: The taste of cloves translate from the nose to the palate strongly, not foreign to these types of beers. I generally don’t like Belgian beers, but I really enjoyed this one. The alcohol content warms as it goes down.

O: I liked this beer a lot, I knew I couldn’t go wrong with a name like “Lucifer” and I was right. It was refreshing, clean and light, I look forward to drinking it again


Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 17:21:41 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big shout out to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of yeast, some mild fruits. Taste is fruity, spicy, malts, a touch of alcohol and just a bit of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Serving type: can

12-12-2013 01:17:45 | More by tone77
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FLima

Brazil

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a thick and abundant head with great retention.
Aroma of oranges, banana and booze.
Sweet and spicy flavor with notes of oranges, Belgian yeast, peaches, booze and some banana. Dry aftertaste.
Medium body with an effervescent carbonation. Considering it is 8% abv, alcohol is relatively well hidden.
Faithful to style, with medium complexity and a bit standard, but easier to drink than average. And it grows as it warms up. Plays well spicy bad cop and sweet fruit good cop.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 00:42:23 | More by FLima
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MadScientist

New York

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium amber colored beer with good clarity and a persistent head of rocky, white bubbles. Some sticky lacing.

S: A strong aroma of light colored fruits, like peaches, oranges and a touch of banana with a light note of spice. There is a moderate malt sweetness along with a floral, alcohol sweetness.

T: The spice is mode dominate in the flavor but otherwise matching the aroma with a medium-strong black pepper flavor and peach to orange fruit flavors. There is a medium-strong hops bitterness and a light earth hops flavor. With only a quick flavor of a honey-like malt sweetness this beer has a fairly bitter balance. The finish is dry with a peppery and bitter aftertaste.

M: A medium bodied beer with some creaminess and a very strong level of carbonation.

O: A decent Belgian Strong with spice and fruit.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 00:25:37 | More by MadScientist
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swoopdog

Arkansas

4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice golden star color with an impressive fluffy white head. A metric ton of carbonation streaming off the bottom like a champagne. A nice sticky lacing that really lasts.

S - Belgium yeast with a nice breadiness with good summer fruit esters. Very sweet smelling lots of that confectionery type aromas and clove.

T - Anyone who is familiar with that Belgium flavor will feel right at home with this it follows the nose to the point with some nice sweet characters of banana and clove.

M - Medium mouthfeel and ridiculous carbonation create a strong and poignant tongue bite. It's heavy and its sharp but with incredible drinkability. There is a warming sensation to the 8.0% ABV which is very typical to the style.

O - Very nice I have never actually tried this before although it is readily available in my market...call it normalcy I would definitely pick up several of these next time I am out. Very drinkable and honestly I am not sure why the suggested serving temperature is so low I am having it around 70° and i'ts just beautiful.

Serving type: can

09-28-2013 20:10:37 | More by swoopdog
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wbason

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip

A Pours an opaque golden to light orange color with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Some lacing is left on the glass.

S Subdued aroma typical of the style. Light banana and clove with some citrusy and grassy notes. Some doughy malt.

T Slight banana and clove from the yeast. Sweet, yet balanced. Pear, green apple, spice, hints of citrus hops. Quite pleasant.

M I personally prefer a little bit more carbonation for the style. Otherwise mouthfeel is good.

O This is a very good belgian ale. There are certainly better examples out there but I enjoyed this one nonetheless.

Serving type: can

09-09-2013 00:50:20 | More by wbason
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Murrhey

Montana

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a goblet in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger white head. Thick and nice retention. Pale yellow body with nice haziness.

S- Strong Belgian aroma, hoppy and aromatic. Crisp aroma.

T- Slightly sweet, very hoppy. Tasty, balanced beer. Complex and crisp.

M- Malty feel, mellow.

O- Great beer. I liked this very much. Hoppy and mellow.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 03:58:28 | More by Murrhey
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mtboozeaddict41

Montana

4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Carter's brewery pint glass.

A: Pours a dark golden color lookin like a boss. Beautiful white puffy head, great retention, definitely a belgian.
S: Big yeasty ester aroma. To me, its a wet dream of belgian beer aroma. Big banana, apple, and a hint of citrus. traces of clove and spice mixed in.
T: Big assault of yeast, spice and fruit. huge character of sweet citrus and herbal hops. lovely, oh so lovely. killer beer. Alcohol sets in mid-palate to finish and leaves a mild bready yeast after note.
M: Strong carbonation and huge body. large personality in this brew
O: Definitely a killer beer. Puts most beers, including belgians, to their knees. beautiful aroma of everything that begians stand for. Taste is huge with a prodigious amount flavor. Hops, sweet banana, and yeast. well worth the dollar to buy it. i approve this message

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 02:02:30 | More by mtboozeaddict41
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and spackled surface foam.

S- Belgian yeast, some light fruit and wet cardboard. Slightly effervescent with a bit of alcohol fume.

T- Some banana notes, citrus and a tad of spice. More Belgian yeast comes through and everything balances out enough to make it plenty drinkable.

M- Crisp and semi-sharp with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Pretty standard for a BSPA but enjoyable enough to get high marks.

Serving type: can

06-29-2013 00:14:53 | More by Immortale25
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JayQue

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not bad but I was not that impressed either. Poured a hazy straw gold color into my Chimay goblet. Medium size delicately bubbly white head that fades fairly quickly but leaves a covering on the top of the glass and a few clumps of head at the rim of the glass. Lacing is small flecks on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is mild, not much in the way of fruit, but there is a good yeasty aroma and some grassy hoppiness.

Taste is more of the same. It is light and pleasant but it could use a bit more complexity, especially some rich light fruit and some more robust spicing.

Mouthfeel is rich, The grassy hops are a nice touch.

Refreshing, a nice light sipping beer but this is no Duvel.

Serving type: can

06-12-2013 16:12:38 | More by JayQue
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Bung

North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can. Bright golden pour. Three fingers of white, receded enough to drink immediately. Just a minute bit of lacing.

Aroma, quite yeasty, some light peppercorn spice and hay. Citrus zest.

Taste, just light spice to go with the yeasty esters and grainy malt and hay. Minor funk. Some citrus and along with a herbal hop bite.

Carbonation level is good, maybe a bit to thick to be a real easy drinker. Just a very faint warmth. Thought this was very nice, would have again if looking for a Strong Belgian pale.

Serving type: can

06-06-2013 01:53:24 | More by Bung
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle 8,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 21/06/2015

Appearance: Lucifer pours a lightly hazed golden orange, with a gentle pour yielding a massive white head. The head lasts reasonably well and leaves some nice patchy lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Wow, this smells quite a lot better than I expected. The standard pale fruits (apple, banana and pear), Belgian spicing (clove and a touch of white pepper) and bready malts combine with a very interesting sweet citrus character. As the beer begins to warm the citrus character increases and the faintest hint of hops becomes apparent.

Taste: As with the nose, the flavor is better than I expected and offers a great combination of fruity and spicy characters. Notes include: Bready malt, some banana, a little citrus zest, pear, green apple, coriander, clove and a little pepper. The finish is lightly dry and the 8% is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Based on the size of the head, I was expecting the carbonation to be way too much for my tastes; happily however this is not the case. Of course there is a high level of carbonation (as in all BSPA), but it is smooth enough to aid drinkability rather than hinder it. The body is a solid medium.

Overall: BSPAs are not my favorite style, but Lucifer is a really solid example and one I would quite like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 16:20:16 | More by Thehuntmaster
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4000qtrap

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle

S: Pear with a musty, cidery edge. Rich, warm yellow fruit notes. Moderate pepper and spicy near-ginger along with bubblegum which is a defining characteristic. Earthy, organic, fruity and spicy all popped into a blender. Quite solventy as it warms even a little.

T: Warm, rich, deep yellow fruit. Whereas a lot of trippels are chartreuse, this is citrine. The heaviness of the body is also immediately noticeable, even though its heavily carbonated. Malt forward - especially for the style - with yellow cake, wonderbread, and straw leading the charge, but also quite earthy and downbeat. Notes of grass, honeysuckle, ginger, lemon verbena. Somewhat sweet and a pinch tart lemon. Bitterness is there but faint with a lemon pith character. Alcohol is not well hidden but is smooth and adds to the experience. Very impressive head that doesn't last. Finish is clean with a return of the pear from the nose, slightly dry/tart notes but sweetness sticks to your lips, with a minty-fresh feeling.

Notes: Good trippel with a lot going on. However, not as good from the bottle as I recall having it on draft, which was amazing.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 02:13:18 | More by 4000qtrap
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured two fingers of head on a cloudy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma was of dry grain and alcohol. Not great.
The nice was mild apple and pear with a mild bitterness. Smooth and mellow.
The texture was crisp with moderate carbonation.
An easy drinking beer, by no means the best or worst.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 03:57:36 | More by Fatehunter
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P: Crystal clear golden yellow with a swampy white head that swirls around the edge of the glass.

S: Tropical fruits, cinnamon and bubblegum.

T/M: Cinnamon candy, bubblegum, coriander, tropical fruit, hints of bitter green bananas. Spice profile is aggressive and compliments the fruit well. Zesty vivacious body in a moderate body. Finish is wet but progressively dry and lingers fruit (guava and orange peel) sprinkled with ground pippali pepper.

O: A solid beer that delivers complexity and a great super clean spiced profile. It's easy drinking for an 8% beer. I would recommend this and would drink it again for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2013 00:40:30 | More by Hopswagger
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Paid $5.99 for a can of this shipped to my door with Halftime beverage.

A - A touch hazy for a pale ale but still a very solid bright yellow, to me looks like a Hefeweizen. Head is an impressive 1/2 inch that seems to stick around for a while.
S - Really fruity yeasts and malts. Strong pineapple and Guava fruit with a slight hop bite in the nose.
T - It's hoppy which is nice but that edge seems to cover up the predominant flavors of the Belgium yeast not being as fruity as I expected. Finish has a bit of peppery spice and it seems tasty enough.
M - Very well hidden ABV. To me it drinks like a pale ale around 5%.

Overall defiantly not worth 6 dollars a can but totally smooth and worth checking out just on the allure of the name. A very balanced Belgium pale ale.

Serving type: can

05-02-2013 02:42:37 | More by DrDemento456
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Agent1

British Columbia (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Great lacing. Pours a cloudy yellow gold. Quite striking. Bright white head and it lingers at the top for a while. Not the best head retention, as it fades rather quickly. Nice color. Does not seem super active in the glass.

Smell – Dry hops with a strong scent of coriander that dominates. Vanilla is quite strong on the nose. Slightly bready with subtle cloves. Banana esters. A strong use of floral hops. Lemon zest.

Taste – Honey, plenty of coriander and citrus peel. A nice, natural orange undertone. Vanilla, star anise, banana leaf, Saaz floral notes, perhaps clove, with a crisp, clean pilsner malt and plenty of coriander. Fairly complex and a great blend of flavor. Smooth and bright.

Mouthfeel – Not carbonated enough. It sits a little flat on the tongue. More carbonation would really give this beer more zap and help to make it seem more refreshing and tangy. Given the style, it could really benefit from this (maybe an off bottle?)

Overall – This really is not that far off from Gouden Carolus' Tripel. I'm actually quite shocked at how similar they are, given that this recipe did not originate from the Het Anker brewery. In fact, the only noticeable differences are:

1) This beer is not filtered to be clear like the Gouden Tripel.

2) Not nearly as carbonated, and therefore, a less interesting mouthfeel.

A solid Belgian Pale Ale, but too similar to the Gouden Carolus Tripel to make a lasting impression. That being said, I would buy this again. It fits the style and borrows most of Gouden's signature ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 03:47:19 | More by Agent1
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Ah, the pleasure(s) of The CANQuest (TM)! I was visiting the Foodery (N. Liberties) in PHL (where else?) when I spotted this gem in the cooler. I moved a little too slowly to be the first to review it from a CAN, but this is a real serving type for this beer.

From the CAN: "Classic Belgian Ale"; "A fiery specialty from Belgium, Lucifer is a gold-yellow ale with a delicate bitterness, fruity aroma and complex finish."; "Brewed by Het Anker 'Brewers of Gouden Carolus'".

The Crack had a nice snap to it and I once again employed the Inverted Glug to create more than two fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with great retention. "Fruity aroma"?!? It smelled like somebody was chewing an entire pack of Juicyfruit gum! Color was a slightly-hazy sunshine-yellow. I leaned in for a better sniff and caught not only mixed fruit, but also a yeasty mustiness. Oh my! Mouthfeel was soft, caressing on the tongue with a very fruity flavor in the mouth. "Delicate bitterness"? Too delicate to register on my palate, apparently, but I am not usually drinking this style for its associated IBUs. Finish was semi-dry with the yeast causing a dryness in my throat on the extreme finish. This is most impressive in a CAN and while I would not want a whole bunch, it would probably play pretty big among both initiates and those in the know if if I brought some in a cooler.

Serving type: can

04-07-2013 19:31:47 | More by woodychandler
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n2185

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from one of the new Lucifer cans! Hopefully more Belgian breweries will take up canning.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with three fingers of frothy white head that fades into a dense cap with good lacing.

S: Belgian spices and candy sugar here with light fruit aromas reminiscent of white grapes and pears. There are some slight bready aromas toward the finish.

T: Belgian spices and yeast are a bit more present here with the candy sugar and sweet fruits in the background. The finish tastes of hearty breads.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer isn't quite watery but could definitely use a bit more bite from the carbonation to make it crisp and drinkable.

O: A good BSPA overall. It's nice to see this beer in cans now as well. It doesn't have the depth or drinkability of its fellow demon-themed BSPA Duvel, but is still enjoyable.

Serving type: can

04-06-2013 01:25:59 | More by n2185
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newton99

Belgium

3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750mL bottle (no dates or codes) into a tulip. Pours a pale yellow w/ an enormous creamy bright head. Sticky chunks of lacing cling to the glass. Light carbonation.

Aroma is floral, spicy w/ a mild lemony zing. Just a subtle hint of musty yeast.

Taste is clean pale malt, yeast, and hops. A delicate balance of basic flavors. Water is a key ingredient too. Very slight candi sugar sweetness, increasing as it warms.

Mouthfeel is smooth, semi-dry.

Overall a light, clean, drinkable Belgian pale.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 09:54:39 | More by newton99
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Amalak

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had at Spritzenhaus in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
A. It has an opaque caramel color with no head or lacing.
S. very sweet and sugary scent.
T. It has a nice floral hop taste with a citrus underpinning. A kick of alcohol and a mild malt taste.
M. Smooth and full bodies.
O. Refreshing and fLavorful, but a bit too sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 06:01:10 | More by Amalak
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Moss

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very pale yellow color and somehwat foggy. Pours a two finger white head that slowly dissapates and leaves small white spots of lacing.

S - Smells of lemon, apple, and pale malts.

T - The taste is a lot more complex than what I smelled. Smells of lighter fruits such as apples and pears. It sweet and haste quite a bite.

M - Has a good mouthfeel but high carbonation.

O - A good tasting beer but the high carbonation somewhat puts me off.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 01:35:39 | More by Moss
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml
Served in a tulip glass
Beer review 666

A - It is a beautiful pale shade of yellow. A champagne-like head perches atop it.

S - I smell some fruit notes of pear and apple.

T - It has some white wine characteristics. I also get more of the pear. The spices come through with the finish.

M - It has a moderate mouthfeel with biting carbonation. Once again, reminding me of champagne.

O - It was surprisingly good. It is a little mild as far as taste goes, but I'd rather have that than a lot of bad taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 23:16:54 | More by buschbeer
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Lucifer from Brouwerij Het Anker
86 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.