Lucifer - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Reviews: 124
Hads: 463
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 20
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 number1bum
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip, it's a slightly hazed bright golden color with a massive white head that makes for a slow pour. It's big and rocky leaving a mess of stick on the sides, as lots of bubbles rapidly shoot upwards from the base of the glass.

Smell is bright and floral, with a grassy hop aroma that seems dry hopped to me, some spicy black pepper and just a hint of swaeet tree fruits.

Taste just bursts with flavor and is exceptionally smooth. Lots of grassy, spicy and fruity flavor, with a dry hop sort of quality to the grassiness like the smell. I don't know if it's actually dry hopped but that's what I'm thinking based on what I'm tasting/smelling. There is a very subtle sweetness of pale malt and pears. Some black pepper as well. I am marveling at how flavorful and smooth this is.

Mouthfeel is very crisp yet smooth, with a light creaminess to it as well. Finishes dry and clean, and the crispness is very refreshing.

As I was drinking this I found myself saying 'man, this is better than Duvel,' but I almost didn't want to believe what I was thinking. I happened to have a few bottles of Duvel in the cellar, so I cracked one for a side by side. Duvel smells a bit sweeter while Lucifer has a bigger grassy hop nose and is a bit more floral I think. Taste wise, Duvel is again a bit sweeter, while the grassy and spicy characters of Lucifer jump out more. I stand by my original assessment; this is better than Duvel. It even keeps more stick than Duvel. I never had the old version of Lucifer brewed by Riva, and there are very few reviews of this new one so far, but in my opinion this is an absolutely exceptional beer. I enjoyed it immensely. (1,671 characters)

Photo of mtboozeaddict41
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
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 (856 characters)

Photo of swoopdog
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. (1,051 characters)

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucifer pours a slightly cloudy golden-orange with a lofty head of dense, pure white bubbles.

The smells are of spices and slightly sweet grains. I get a hint of tart cherries, as well.

The tastes are initially slightly tart and with a sharp carbonic acid tinge. The tart cherries from the nose make their way to the middle of my tongue, as well as the grainy bite of freshly malted barley. A gentle alcoholic warming balances the flavor profile.

Lucifer is a deciptively easy-drinking Belgian ale; light-bodied with the light fizz of a high carbonation level. This slightly grainy textured beer had excellent drinkability.
Recommended if available. (656 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St Bernardus goblet.

A: Big, white, billowing head. Small amounts of bubbles within a straw-yellow, if brilliant, beer. Backlighting results in a gorgeous glow. Some scattered lace.

S: Subdued, if pleasant. Yeast, grassy/floral hops, and a tinge of spice.

T: Nice BSPA. I especially enjoy the clean, floral-hopped aftertaste. The maintaste is spicy, a bit tart (lemons), and yeastily typical. Pretty great in every way, if we're being honest. Not exceptional, mind, but an exemplar of the style.

M: Titillating, drying, and always interesting.

O: I was apprehensive, as a lover of Gouden Carolus, that this beer would let me down, but I am not disappointed. A superlative Belgian Strong Pale Ale -- one of the finest -- and highly recommended. Will drink again. (801 characters)

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. (758 characters)

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. (1,167 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a perfect beautiful slightly hazy peach color with a 2 finger head that slowly recedes..smell is great also it starts with belgian yeast then apples,pears and bananas a little clove and some sweet bread in the background mmm!!..taste is superb its crisp and pure with belgian yeast lots of fresh fruits a little pepper some clove and sweet baked bread it is perfectly balanced..a treat.. mouth feel is super fresh not overpowering just full of belgian goodness..imo this is a superb bspa.that drinks like a golden..you dont notice the 8% abv..try this one (561 characters)

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter

A: hazy, old gold color with a huge, fluffy head that fades very slowly, turning into rolling mounds of foam. leaves fuzzy lacing around the glass

S: candylike aroma, a bouqet of tropical fruits and floral aromas, along with a dusty, earthy smell.

T: a wheat bread and peach flavor up front, fades to an earthy, lemon grass, and bitter hop flavor, with a white clay and peach skin finish

M: light-medium body with a refreshing carbonation and a dry, astringent finish

Overall, a deceptive and easy drinking ale with more of a hop display than I had expected. Very good, however not world class, such as its counterpart Duvel. (650 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of StephenRich
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this bottle along to a northyorksammy's (thanks for having me!). I love what Het Anker does, so I was really looking forward to this beer. It is essentially their answer to Duvel, hence the name...

The pour was smooth and lively building pretty white foam that ended up puffed on top of the beer like a tightly packed cloud. The beer shone through nicely below adding sunshine to the fluffy sky. It was clean and golden yellow with hints of haze, but overall a straw and lemon yellow beer.

The nose was just as pretty as the beer looked. It showed clean and proper malt aromas that hint at fresh pale malts, soft bread, and a whiff of honey. Hops brought light spice and fresh herbs along with an appetizing floral sweetness. I was really enjoying this. There is also a fresh and lightly spicy nose that edges on farmhouse, but it not nearly tart or funky enough to be.. ore along the lines of a saison. Definitely a richer more earthy nose than Duvel.

The flavour all wraps up the same way. The first sips are smooth and creamy - actually, its a wicked combo of creamy and effervescent. Texture is gently carbonated with a champagne like viscosity - but still very smooth and elegant. I get warm pale malt, honeycomb, and sweet flowers right in the centre of my tongue. Its so nice! Light trickles and belgian yeast show up with spice, fresh herbs, and a hint of estery must. It is so close to the Duvel is many ways, but is a bit more brash and upfront with its profile.. I am going to have to have another and compare it head to head with Duvel.

The finish is smooth and again, lightly effervescent. It leaves a clean sweetness on my tongue and totally quenched my cheeks. Good stuff Het Anker! (1,715 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
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. (1,368 characters)

Photo of nycbeerfreak
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that leaves lacing behind, good stuff

S - Is of sweet malt some citrus and alcohol

T - Starts off a little sweet with some lemon citrus finishes with a touch of alcohol

M - This beer has a nice body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a great belgian pale to enjoy (325 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, gold color. Two inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of pale malt, hint of citrus hops, hint of spice, and a hint of dough. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of citrus hops, slight spice, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good blend, appearance, aroma, and body. (458 characters)

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 (643 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky straw, Near white head that leaves to disk fast, some small cling lace.

S - Slightly pungent, tart, malty.

T - Grainy, malty, fruity, nice blend of flavors.

M - Medium body, great carb, good balance.

D - Higher than average abv, but very drinkable. I recommend. (276 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an over sized wine glass.

Look - light amber in color, a little murky, with about 4 fingers of frothy off-white foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - malty fruitiness to the smell. It smells like a blonde cider, to be honest.

Taste and Mouthfeel - upon the taste, it's more of strong ale type of taste, like a Chimay. Smokey, but in a fruity, hookah-like way, leaving an acrid metallic taste behind. Texture is very well balanced, leaning a little more toward the watery side.

Overall - would be a WONDERFUL beer for hookah smoking. Very interesting in taste! (589 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-a hazy yellow gold with two fingers worth of white head

S-pale malts, yeast, slight bitterness, and spices

T-similar to the smell, mix of pale malts and bitter hops, light fruits, yeast, and a spicy finish. Abv is well hidden

M-medium body, high carbonation

Another solid beer from Het Anker, very drinkable as the alcohol isn't too apparent, and great mix of malts and hops (380 characters)

Photo of Meerkey
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Big, white, foamy head. Pale, dull gold. Few bubbles.

S: Spices - cloves, yeast. Some fruit - bananas.

T: Tart, spicy. Citrus hops. Yeast and grains. Kind of tastes like a tripel, but not as sweet.

M: Carbonation, sweet, drying.

O: A nice beer. Tastes good. Will drink again. Recommend. (295 characters)

Photo of rand
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From tap to Palm tulip glass

Pours straw-yellow in color, hazy, almost creamy in appearance, forms a crafted, tightly bubbled head. Notes of freshly baked bread, lemon and ripe banana float from the glass. The tastes follow suit as a combination of pastries and lemon pepper coats the palate. Chewy but carbonated, the brew delivers a satisfying complexion without weighing down the palate. Eminently drinkable, could work as a session brew if it wasn't for the sneaky 8% ABV. (477 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy goldenrod with a suitably impressive head; clumps of lace stick to the sides of the chalice

Smell: Green apple/pear, spicy yeast and a hint of bubblegum

Taste: Bready, up front, with a grainy character that merges into the sweet but spicy, green apple/pear fruit, bubblegum and white pepper flavors; by mid-palate, more spicy phenols arrive and then, after the swallow, the sweeter fruit flavors step it up a notch

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice example of the Belgian Blonde style, with a lightness of touch but plenty of flavor (626 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (1,370 characters)

Photo of artcurtis
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Great Divide Tulip
A - Pours a nice, light golden color with a huge, bubbly head. A bit cloudy, very bubbly.
S - Not a huge nose, but I'm getting so light Belgian yeast and some generally fruitiness.
T - Nice and fruity, the label doesn't lie. A nice dryness as well. Tasty, but nothing too complex, but then I don't really think they were going for complex. This is nice, exactly what I was expecting and hoping for.
M - Really nice. Super bubbly, almost champagne like. But a bit of heaviness to it as well, similar to a tripel.
D - Pretty good drinkability, I had no problem putting the 750 away by myself. It is a bit heaving and filling. Probably best with a friend. (687 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
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. (997 characters)

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. (1,384 characters)

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Lucifer from Brouwerij Het Anker
85 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.