Lucifer - Brouwerij Het Anker
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Reviews by Agent1:
British Columbia (Canada)
3.96/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
04-21-2013 03:47:19 | More by Agent1
More User Reviews:
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
10-01-2013 00:25:37 | More by MadScientist
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
Serving glass: Poured from tap into small glass.
Appearance: Cloudy yellow with thin white head.
Smell: Banana, peach, citrus, clove and some grassiness.
Taste: Similar flavor profile as the aroma, but a little more funky and boozy.
Feel: Decent carbonation, light but syrupy body, semi-dry finish.
Overall: Pretty good Strong Pale, but the mouthfeel is a little too syrupy and the flavor profile is a little too pedestrian.
06-30-2012 01:23:15 | More by bsp77
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
Poured from a 25.4oz bottle into mug. First glass had a strong head.
A. Golden honey. A transparent apple juice with a strong head and laced well.
S. Smells like belgian. Fruity, malts and hops are there too. Carbonation tickles
T. Starts out American, but sweeter. Leaves hoppy..burps are tastey with the sweet and bitter.
M. Nice carbonation. Refreshing... if I had more than one bottle I would guzzle.
O. I like this one! It ads a distinct belgian taste to the PBR that I would drink everyday. Not watery though. But still refreshing. The lite warmth of the 8% ABV cuddles me into bed and sings me a lullaby. Seriously...will buy again
09-29-2012 03:16:32 | More by beerman240
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
Stephen Rich's bottle. An enormous white foamy head on golden body. Fresh yeasty aroma. Smooth mouthfeel, and good drinkability, creamy even. Good hops,a little saison like spice, this is a winner for pale Belgian style. Het Anker does this one good.
03-09-2011 02:51:16 | More by Sammy
3.8/5 rDev 0%
Pours clear gold with a XXL head, no cloudiness if you pull back on the pour. Smells yeasty and musty with some malt aroma. Flavor is very nice, full bitter with no piney bite and a slight sweetness that is barely noticeable. Very carbonated feel, but remarkably quick to drink. Not as impressive as it's devil brother Duvel (doo-vel), but similar in it's strength and flavor in many ways. A good beer that is worth the try.
02-17-2011 04:12:12 | More by Wegomlegging
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Lucifer is obviously named to compete with Duvel. It's not Duvel, and it can't compete. It is, however, quite good. It's not as clean, and obviously doesn't get quite the cold-conditioning that Duvel does, but it's not nearly as hot as some others in the category (not that there's an actual category in Belgium... just the wide ranging strength categories).
It pours a clear golden body beneath a full-sized head of bright white foam that holds fairly well given the strength, and leaves some nice splashes and spots of lace behind.
The nose is clean with a sweetish, just slightly candyish malt that dominates, backed by lightly herbal, floral, and spicy hops.
In the mouth it's initially bristling and then soft as it opens up, allowing the fine-bubbles to release and becomes airy in the mouth. The medium-light body, however, anchors it, and it never becomes cottony or fluffy.
The flavor is as the nose suggests, and to be honest, I'd swear this beer was a little bit more on the aggressive side before... alas, this is fairly smooth and easy drinking, and the alcohol never shows. It's delicately fruity (apples, pear), and sweetish without becoming candyish, honeyish, or cloying. There's some malty graininess to it, and there's just enough hop character and yeasty spice threaded through to give it some guts. It's well rounded, well balanced, and clean with just enough character to keep you coming back for more.
02-22-2011 14:06:03 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Straw colored and translucent with a massive (3-finger) foamy white head. Laces nicely.
Light citrus and apricot nose, some apple.
Taste is very appley, balanced by carbonation and a hint of hops for a clean, dry finish. Very balanced for something that on the surface would seem very sweet.
Not sold on the mouthfeel (in bottles, at least), too coarse in carbonation, and foams like crazy.
Quite nice; fruity, but a solid gateway Belgian for someone more used to American beers.
04-03-2011 02:55:31 | More by zaphodchak
Lucifer from Brouwerij Het Anker
86 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.