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Lucifer - Brouwerij Het Anker

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86
very good

390 Ratings
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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 14
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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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RollTide05

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-24-2012 16:45:16 | More by RollTide05
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

07-28-2014 21:13:07 | More by ThisWangsChung
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

08-01-2014 22:42:31 | More by aszatk01
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phimonkey

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

02-03-2012 17:44:23 | More by phimonkey
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MadScientist

New York

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
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Zakk

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-06-2012 04:15:45 | More by Zakk
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-21-2013 00:32:40 | More by tbryan5
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-17-2013 19:20:16 | More by danthehopslamman
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petewheeler

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-16-2014 20:30:54 | More by petewheeler
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aquazr1

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-22-2013 00:41:05 | More by aquazr1
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-19-2012 21:06:42 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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bsp77

Minnesota

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
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Marius

Romania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-12-2013 07:50:20 | More by Marius
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mrw1zard

Alabama

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-30-2013 13:47:26 | More by mrw1zard
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fionn13

Ireland

4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-10-2012 13:40:35 | More by fionn13
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beerman240

Alabama

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
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lionelzeus

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-09-2012 07:28:07 | More by lionelzeus
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Legra

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-13-2013 15:34:02 | More by Legra
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-08-2012 22:17:47 | More by ste5venla
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

04-25-2013 23:45:34 | More by JMS1512
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DruC4

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-24-2013 23:03:02 | More by DruC4
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-29-2013 23:11:44 | More by whatname
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Wegomlegging

Virginia

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
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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
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Lucifer from Brouwerij Het Anker
86 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.