Lucifer - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Reviews: 127
Hads: 472
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 23.04%
Wants: 22
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2009

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden hazy beer with a wide white foam head. Smell is complex with wheat notes, some spices, fruits. Taste is great, very well balanced and that 8.0 ABV is not harsh at all. great beer.

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Photo of Rizzy17
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a tulip.

A: Two fingers of white head. Golden and hazy. Lots of lace on the glass.
S: Orange peel and somewhat citrusy.
T: Hints of banana with some bitterness and even some weird metallic taste.
F: Smooth and a bit bubbly.
O: Usually not big on Belgians, but this is pretty good.

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Photo of eMPTy
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured at a Belgian beer cafe.
Head was significant but dissipated relatively quickly. Straw in colour.
Aroma of banana, with a touch of coriander.
Alcohol pretty well hidden to taste, but mouthfeel leaves a little to be desired. Perhaps a tad too sweet for my preference. Very mild bitterness possibly contributes to that impression.

Overall, very drinkable.

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Photo of Bebum
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Green/gold, covering lace.
Medium body, mild but dense flavor, flat mouthfeel, avg length.
Low bitterness and acidity makes it taste sweeter than it is.
Fruity, orange, star fruit, yeasty.
Pleasant and elegant.

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Photo of drmeto
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

-pours a hazy straw-golden with a huge,foamy,white head
-chunks of yeast floating in the glass
-medium carbonation visible
-honey,apple,spicy hop presence,lemon,litchi
-light-medium body,medium carbonation
-alcohol well hidden
Interesting Strong Ale that is too light-bodied

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chill hazed yellow colored beer with a tall snow white colored head.

Smells of honey and apples with just a touch of coriander. Faint cinnamon scent.

Starts out mildly sweet with a honey flavor with banana and apple. Mild coriander but this is no revved up Belgian IPA. Mild bitterness. Faint cork taste.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a very tasty beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of janubio
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden colour, big head that sticks to glass, always a ring on the surface. Smell of ripe fruits, spices, bnanas, maybe coriander. Medium body and carbonation. Taste of fruits, bananas, apples, peaches, some spices, maybe coriander. Palate is more on the sweet side, though ther'e some astringency. Really good.

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Photo of pat61
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am drinking a canned version and upon popping the tab, faint bitter hops support large pitted fruit on the nose. It pours hazy gold under a very pillowy head that persists and leaves thick lace all the way down. The palate starts with fruit balancing a line between peach and apricot with citrus, very faint grapefruit, orange, bread and light grains in the background and traces of caramel. The bitter on the finish suggests earthy grapefruit rind. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium high. While the beer is very creamy, the canned version tastes artificially carbonated opposed the the natural carbonation in the bomber bottles and the dcanned versions carbonation feels a little harsher – not as smooth as the bottle conditioned variety.

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Photo of babaracas
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gold with thick fluffy white head, big spray of lace on the glass, sheet for the first couple of inches. Smell: banana pudding, coriander, notes of pepper, dried pineapple, and grass. Taste: candied lemon peel, dried pineapple and banana, spicy on fair amount of pale malt sweet, then saltine with notes of banana, clove, pepper. Medium bodied, fine creamy carbonation, but finish is really dry and a bit metallic and chili pepper-ish, which was odd. From corked and caged 750 bottled 10/2013. Good but the finish leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color, big creamy foam head and lacing that sticks to the glass. Big sweet aroma that reminds me of honey or caramel. Also, a hint of orange peel. Complex and simple at the same time. Bready malt taste, caramel, slightly peppery, light phenols, mild hops and a sweet fruity finish that becomes dry. Flavorful but also very clean. Creamy, smooth and delicious. Amazing feel; crisp carbonation, medium bodied and very drinkable. A real treat!

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/30/2012. Pours lightly hazy bright orange color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of orange, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big orange, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, clove, pepper, honey, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with a nice crisp malt/yeast balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. There is a lightly astringent flavor note appearing after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian strong pale ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ordybill
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330CL bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice mix of beer and fruit
Appearance- A murky golden yellow color with small white head;
Taste- Had a grain and citrus flavor that melded nicely
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation and has a creamy to oily feel. Pretty good
Overall- I enjoyed this brew, it is not in my Hot 100 but worth drinking again.

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Photo of henkmudi
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%

Smell like pineapple and cherries.Weak foam, short lasting, bit bitter and astringent. Apples and plums, strong sparkling and vanilla, later weaker,sweeter and easier to drink. Goes smoothly with fish and sweet. + strong, refreshing - too much fruits, similar to other belgian ales.

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Photo of AJmon13
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Very enjoyable and smooth taste, without being as bitter as the name might suggest. That being said, I would have preferred a bit more spice in such a beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Let's get this straight - a CANNED BSPA coming from the makers of Keizer Blauw?! How will this not be awesome? 16.9 oz can into a wine glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold color. The head is a finger high, with a bubbly white shade. Retention...well, it's excellent, and the frothy texture practically sticks to the glass with fury. As such, there is a shit ton of lacing left behind.

S: This really brings a nice fruit note - mainly white grapes and apples, but also a distinct expression of sherry. After a while, some peppery yeast appears, giving it a great spicy touch. While slightly simple, it offers all the notes I like in the style.

T: It's very fruity to start, again bringing the grapey and sherry-like flavors like the nose suggested. Bready flavors build up in the middle before finishing on spicy notes of black pepper, sesame seed (!), and - unfortunately - metal shavings. Luckily, some citrusy qualities help me forget it's mild metallicness some. Ramp up the citrus, cut down on the metal, and this could even beat the mighty Duvel.

M: Creamier and softer than most in the style. While it lacks the bone dry finish I like in Duvel, it makes up for it in its rich feel (and to be fair, it's still quite dry). Oh yeah, no alcohol can be detected at all, so the danger factor is here in full force. Carbonation is a bit softer than Duvel - and truth be told, it might have an even better feel than Duvel does.

O: This is another solid Het Anker offering, only this time it's IN A CAN! None of the Belgian-ness is lost, either. It's a bit too metallic-tasting to be a proper Duvel killer, but it still fulfills everything I want from the style: it's an 8% beer that drinks like it's 5%. Plus, cans.

3.7/5: So what if it's not Duvel? CANS.

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Photo of cjgiant
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(brewed or bottled 06/24/2013)

A: hazy light straw yellow with quite a bit of effervescence that leads to a significant medium large bubbled head that lasts quite long. Just seems a little too light, but head retention is great

S: light fruitiness of lemon-lime, strawberry, with the lightest hint of yeast

T/M: very crisp and fruity, similar to nose, with a hint of banana a little later. There is also a subdued dryness to it under the carbonation. The interesting part of this beer is how this dryness turns into a peppery spiciness that lingers a bit. I might even say this spice bite has a taste of fresh jalapeno. Outside of this, there isn't much in the way of bitterness or sweetness in the end feel.

O: I really enjoyed this beer for it's crispness and mildly interesting ending. I think it has a bit of Belgian taste to it without being too funky or banana-tasting (like some Belgians seem to me). Definitely something to sip on a nice spring/summer evening.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer is served a light golden color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is largely as would be expected for a BPA with a decent showing of some fruity smells of orange, peach, and banana along with some spice aromas of pepper and clove. A bit of bubblegum and some candied sugar are there as well along with some hoppy smells of a grassy and lightly floral nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat fruity flavor with the presence of both peach and orange present. Along with the fruity flavors are some light cracker flavors as well as spice of pepper and clove. As the flavor advances, some of the fruity flavors decrease being replaced by bubblegum as well as a bit of yeasty banana. Toward the end some hop flavors also join the flavor profile with them being composed mainly of an earthy and citrus nature. The mix of flavors that is then left at the end of the taste, ends up leaving one with a somewhat clean and crisp BPA flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thin side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thin body is nice for the crisp nature of the beer and with the average carbonation, which still supported the flavors nicely, creates a nice easy drinker.

Overall – A fairly nice and easy drinking BPA. A good one to try.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of swoopdog
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
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 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.

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Photo of wbason
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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