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Lucifer - Brouwerij Het Anker

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86
very good

443 Ratings
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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 19
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2009

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Ratings: 443 | Reviews: 122
Reviews by cjgiant:
Photo of cjgiant
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of MadScientist
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.

Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of pat61
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of beerman240
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BillThe3rd
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love this style; light, dry, and sweet - a classic! (C&C from Wegman's Collegeville)

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

Photo of Wegomlegging
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of plfahey
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Perfect. Pale gold in color, and brilliantly clear. Huge rocky white head with good retention and gorgeous belgian lace.

Aroma-Perfumy, huge light fruit esters (strong pear and golden raisin, hint of apple, trace of lemon/orange). Smells sweet. Light floral hops, slight grainy aroma as well. Some perfumy, roselike alcohols in the background.

Flavor-Extremely dry and well attenuated-very slight sweetness up front is followed quickly by a very dry finish. Still some of the pear esters here, but they're lighter, overtaken by a much greater alcohol presence in the flavor. The alcohols present themselves as rosewater and pepper. Some herbal, spicy hop flavors as well. The alcohol, high attenuation, and moderate hop bitterness make for a sharp, crisp, and somewhat bitter finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with high carbonation. Effervescent. Slight alcohol warmth.

This beer is phenomenal-my only complaint is that the alcohols stick out in the flavor a bit, especially as it warms. That said, it is so dry and crisp, you could certainly drink a ton of this-at least enough of this to knock you on your ass.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of ordybill
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of Bung
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of tone77
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.

Photo of n2185
3.81/5  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.

Photo of theopholis
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy, very light straw color. One of the lightest beers I'vbe ever seen. Has a huge, fluffy white head with lots of retention. Nice lacing.

Smell-Slightly subdued, but get yellow apple, pear, spicy yeast andjust the barest hint of bubblegum

Taste- Fairly citrusy up front, with some breadyness, with a nice malt sweetenss, and light, delicate malt profile. Some spicyness. As it warms, it gets much more pepperyer and spicyer.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: Quite nice.

Photo of STKPICR0720
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours clean and golden yellow. hints of fruit with a dry bitter taste that is clean and long lasting not harsh. This brew has an 8% abv that drinks like a 5%. Very deceiving brew from the abv stand point. I enjoyed it most definitely will grab another when the chance presents itself.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather odd choice for Easter when you think about it, but who really thinks about these things anyway. I cracked this one first thing along with a couple others to get the afternoon rolling along. Served chilled and poured into a 6 ounce tasting glass, this one was consumed on 04/04/2010.

Near perfect pour starts out the day with a bang. Huge head of white foam caps a bright golden and cloudy body that eventually clears and settles out to a solid light layer of golden perfection. Lots of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session that continually reinforced the already impressive look of it. Light bready notes lead the charge before some peach and pear notes start to filter in. A light note of spice is picked up as well, almost pepper like but not quite it really comes through quite nicely. First sip is again light, with a definite herbal quality to it before the light fruit notes start to percolate in and mix it up quite well. Light grasses, a touch of honey and a definite pear and apple flavor round it out quite well leaving me very happy and looking for a another sip quite readily, even before the first finishes drying out.

Overall a very solid and very well rounded pale. I had no problems putting this one down and could see it being a nice intro into the bigger styles. Really a solid offering here for sure.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me a while ago.

Appearance- pale yellow color, very thick foamy head

Smell- citrus

Taste- very fruity, lots of citrus, some apple

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would like to have another one.

Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml
Served in a tulip glass
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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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Amalak
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.

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a massive 2+ finger high white head that has excellent retention properties, as it took a long time to settle down and consistently left a small head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of apples and bananas in the smell.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of fruits as well as pale malts and yeast; notes of spices are present in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, dry and a bit smooth on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: This is a beer that you want to use a tulip glass for to capture its massive head. It’s quite drinkable for the style and the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Lucifer from Brouwerij Het Anker
86 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.