Lucifer - Brouwerij Het Anker
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2.65/5 rDev -30.3%
When I popped the cork the beer erupted and spilled on my floor. I poured it into my snifter. The snow white head stayed for a little bit but faded some so I could pour more into the snifter. Straw color body that is slightly hazy. It looks very carbonated.
Grain, grass, floral and some peppery spice. It's okay smell, nothing special.
Incredibly bland grain, grass and a muted pepper taste at the end. The Belgian yeast is lacking. BORING!
Light body, reminds me of sparkling water with a little less carbonation and dry.
Stay away from this! Not horrible, just not good. Bland, boring and disappointing. I hope this is a bad batch, I'm not spending anymore time on this.
12-31-2011 06:58:36 | More by 9InchNails
2.85/5 rDev -25%
On tap at Burp Castle, NYC, into a Chimay goblet. From notes taken in early March, 2010.
Appearance: Half-inch, frothy white head dissipates very slowly. Pours hazy orange and leaves waves of lacing everywhere.
Smell: Smells peppery and a little grassy, with notes of Belgian yeast and orange rind. Inviting.
Taste: In light of the promising smell, the taste is a disaster. Heavy yeastiness with a cloyingly sweet finish. The citrus from the nose is present but tastes like orange soda (this is a very bad thing). A note of anise is present, which is already a bit dangerous in a beer, but is predictably unpleasant when alongside sickly sweetness and orange soda. Really chalky, overboard, and unbalanced. This is exactly the opposite of what you expect to get from a Belgian golden ale; no subtlety, no intriguing esters, no balance.
I let my friend try this and it stung her tongue. She said it reminds her of Fresca (I've never had Fresca). We agreed that it would be appropriate to describe drinking this beer as "flagellating the mouth."
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a crass, out of control carbonation.
Drinkability: I was able to finish it, but if offered a second one for free I would have declined.
When I sat down at the table and began taking notes, I made a conscious note to myself: "Don't compare this beer to Duvel, just take it as its own thing." It turns out that comparing this atrocity to Duvel is laughable. Maybe it needs to be bottle-conditioned to be good.
04-27-2010 05:53:21 | More by Pahn
3/5 rDev -21.1%
Thanks to keffa for sharing this at Jackie O's. While I have seen it a few times in stores it is the type of beer I'd normally never consider buying.
Clear, straw yellow with a very full white head. Left decent legs of lace.
Smells really funky and musty with spicy Belgian yest notes.
The taste is tough - huge dryness and bitterness dominates the palate. This also has overly harsh carbonation - biting, actually. Spicy clove is the main truly nameable flavor.
Dry finish with a CO2 dullness to the flavor. Very hoppy.
This was being compared to Duvel, which I get. It's like Duvel on acid - more everything: more carbonation, more funk, more bitterness, and most of it sadly in detriment to the beer.
Price isn't bad, as Kef said he bought the 750ml bottle for $7.99.
05-31-2012 23:29:11 | More by Spider889
Lucifer from Brouwerij Het Anker
86 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.