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Lucifer - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Reviews: 127
Hads: 472
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 23.04%
Wants: 22
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 127 | Hads: 472
Photo of 9InchNails
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Bebum
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Green/gold, covering lace.
Medium body, mild but dense flavor, flat mouthfeel, avg length.
Low bitterness and acidity makes it taste sweeter than it is.
Fruity, orange, star fruit, yeasty.
Pleasant and elegant.

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Photo of Pahn
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of Spider889
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of newton99
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750mL bottle (no dates or codes) into a tulip. Pours a pale yellow w/ an enormous creamy bright head. Sticky chunks of lacing cling to the glass. Light carbonation.

Aroma is floral, spicy w/ a mild lemony zing. Just a subtle hint of musty yeast.

Taste is clean pale malt, yeast, and hops. A delicate balance of basic flavors. Water is a key ingredient too. Very slight candi sugar sweetness, increasing as it warms.

Mouthfeel is smooth, semi-dry.

Overall a light, clean, drinkable Belgian pale.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of eMPTy
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured at a Belgian beer cafe.
Head was significant but dissipated relatively quickly. Straw in colour.
Aroma of banana, with a touch of coriander.
Alcohol pretty well hidden to taste, but mouthfeel leaves a little to be desired. Perhaps a tad too sweet for my preference. Very mild bitterness possibly contributes to that impression.

Overall, very drinkable.

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Photo of tonymoore
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a big fan of Belgian beers, but I had a sip of this one and decided it wasn't too "Belgiany" and bought a growler of it for a change of pace.

It was very drinkable, like Budweiser is drinkable, and it had that same sort of overall feel (you don't mind drinking it, but you might not be loving it). The thing that set it apart, of course, is the higher ABV, which made it worthwhile in the end.

It was light and actually pretty refreshing, as in it would be good on a hot day. But it was a little average in this respect too.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Because I already possess the Lucifer branded snifter, I knew I had to buy a bottle of the beer. What I didn't expect was it to take more than six months since I bought the glass to purchase a bottle to fill it up. So, here goes a 330 ml bottle with a best by July 2012, on to the beer:

A murky straw colored beer with a thick and soapy color on the pour, eventually dropping to a thin lace. The nose is worrisome, as it features some rusty malt and touch of cardboard along with decent fruit and sugar aromas.

There isn't as much off-flavor action in its taste as the nose. It's a reasonable pleasure, offering pear, honey, pineapple, spicy alcohol heat, and a little huskiness getting in the way. Closer to medium than full bodied, somewhat airy, a little alcohol felt.

A solid strong blonde from the folks that brought us Gouden Carolus. I imagine that a bottle without the defects would rate higher, though it has a lot of work to do if it wants to meet its stablemates. At least the label is really cool.

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Photo of impending
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Toronado. Pours a hazy golden straw, nice but not noteworthy.

Scent of a traditional belgian pale, light fruits, yeast and sugar. Again not particularly noteworthy.

I liked it but only liked. The taste was ok but it tasted and felt somewhat watery. No aspect stood out and considering how crowded the strong pale ale category is with exceptional brews this unfortunately doesn't contend.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a golden amber color with a very thick fluffy head and fair lace. Smell of light Belgian yeast, spice and some fruits. Taste of the sour yeast, light sweet malts with some fruit notes. Mouthfeel is a crisp light - medium body with good carbonation. Not bad, but not great, it just lacks what I expected out of a this Belgian ale.

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Photo of wbason
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip

A Pours an opaque golden to light orange color with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Some lacing is left on the glass.

S Subdued aroma typical of the style. Light banana and clove with some citrusy and grassy notes. Some doughy malt.

T Slight banana and clove from the yeast. Sweet, yet balanced. Pear, green apple, spice, hints of citrus hops. Quite pleasant.

M I personally prefer a little bit more carbonation for the style. Otherwise mouthfeel is good.

O This is a very good belgian ale. There are certainly better examples out there but I enjoyed this one nonetheless.

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Photo of gfreed
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A perfectly serviceable Belgian PA. It has the color of a tripel, which I've always found to be unappealing, with a thin but attractive white head. Enough yeast in the aroma to remind you that it's a Belgian beer. The taste was somewhat light and sugary, with a touch of fruity Kool-Aid up front and zero bitterness at the back end. It gained some density as it warmed; still, it was lacking character. Worth a glass but nothing more.

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Photo of emartell
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cerveza con delicioso aroma a cebada, y ligeramente a otros granos.
Su color es dorado, opaco y turbio.
Al primer trago da la sensación furtementa carbonatada, sin embargo posteriormente se deja sentir la cebada, alcohol, lo cual la hace sumamente refrescante.
En general una buena Belgian Strong Ale.

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Photo of Philousa
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Pacific Beach Tap Room, SD, CA 12/28/11.

Served a cloudy straw color, 1 finger head with active carbonation. Fluffy lacing left on the glass with each drink. Lots of yeast in the aroma, banana and lemon esters. Not much malt, though I can tell there is a mild pale ale in there somewhere. Caramelized banana, alcohol, then lingering yeast funk with wheat biscuit flavor. A bit of clove spiciness and a bit of nuttiness. This feels a bit watery but creamy. Dry alcohol finish.

Although a solid beer, this came across as a tripel that was lacking in some way. I've had St. Feuillien triple that served up a better banana and citrus ester flavor/aroma. Piraat loves the alcohol burn. St. Bernardus is the uber balanced tripel. This lies somewhere in the middle. I love the mouthfeel, though. I guess I'm a little torn, but ultimately this is a beer that is lacking in some way compared to other awesome Belgians. Good, but not to die for.

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Photo of drmeto
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

-pours a hazy straw-golden with a huge,foamy,white head
-chunks of yeast floating in the glass
-medium carbonation visible
-honey,apple,spicy hop presence,lemon,litchi
-light-medium body,medium carbonation
-alcohol well hidden
Interesting Strong Ale that is too light-bodied

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 11.2oz bottle with a mean little devil in flames on the front into Delirium Tremens glass. Hazy golden body with a huge foamy and sticky white head that leaves great lacing. Champaign-like bubbles racing to the top retains the head for a loooong time.

S - Sweet malts with some Belgian yeast and boozy alcohol. A bit of spicyness in there from the alcohol I think. Candy sugar in the nose as it warms a bit.

T&M - Very much like the smell but a bit more subdued. Candy sugar and light maltiness dominate the first sip followed by slight alcohol burn. Lightly sweet and a bit boozy, especially as this beer warms. Perhaps not the most balanced of beers. Spritzy carbonation, just like champaign. Somewhat sticky in the mouthfeel. A bit thin overall in my opinion.

D - A good beer, but not great. Really lacks the complexity and the "wow" factor I was expecting. Mostly just sweet and boozy. I feel it needs a bit more spice or other flavors. A sipper for sure.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rusty yellow/light orange, with about 2 inches of
fluffy eggshell white head. Leaves decent lacing. The dominant
aroma is spicy Belgian yeast, with notes of tropical fruit, candi
sugar, honey, and white pepper. The taste follows suit, a
mouthful of spicy yeast, with granny smith apple, bubblegum, floral hops, and sweet malts. The alcohol just barely
peeks through the surface, but it's well hidden for the most part.
The finish is predominantly herbal. A little bit of coriander on the
back palate. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, which
really brings out the spice. This is further accentuated by the
carbonation. Eh.

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Photo of Dominicvampire
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color: Dorado Opaco, su cabeza es fuerte y se mantiene el tiempo necesario.
Aroma: Es Cítrico y Dulce, pero en un grado muy ligero.
Sabor: Se percata de inmediato la dulzura y sabores cítricos al parecer es naranja lo que utilizan similar a la elaboración de la duvel pero utilizan mucho menos cantidad de ingredientes y el sabor se siente mas ligero de inmediato, El largo se puede sentir o un sabor a Melón.
El alcohol se siente de inmediato combinando el sabor cítrico ligero y dando un muy Firme sabor.

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Photo of ordybill
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not bad but I was not that impressed either. Poured a hazy straw gold color into my Chimay goblet. Medium size delicately bubbly white head that fades fairly quickly but leaves a covering on the top of the glass and a few clumps of head at the rim of the glass. Lacing is small flecks on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is mild, not much in the way of fruit, but there is a good yeasty aroma and some grassy hoppiness.

Taste is more of the same. It is light and pleasant but it could use a bit more complexity, especially some rich light fruit and some more robust spicing.

Mouthfeel is rich, The grassy hops are a nice touch.

Refreshing, a nice light sipping beer but this is no Duvel.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A strong Belgian Pale Ale with heavy fruits, spice, and alcoholic power. Finess has no place in this glass.

A dark golden colored beer releases with a medium muddy haze, yielding a rusty-orange hue. A billowing eggshell head quickly rises and slowly receeds, leaving large ordinances behind.

Strong aromas of over-rippened fruits (peaches, pears, and apples), bold spice (white pepper), and alcohol come through the nose in a very tingly fashion. Bready and yeasty notes are moderate but are swamped by the fruity, spicy, and alcoholic notes.

Flavors of pears, mangos, and apples all see of the bruised variety and are accompanied by spicy alcohol flavors, orange peel, and peppery taste. This time, the malts take a confectionary tone of powdered sugar and pilsner grains. Hop bitterness accompanies the alcohols and peppery flavors deep into the finish and aftertaste.

Early creaminess and medium fullness is buffered by the quick rise in alcoholic warmth and palate numbing sensations. Aided in bitterness and spice, the beer seems to finish drier and probably better attenuated than it acually is.

Lucifer seems to be an overly aggressive and ill-balanced beer that has a lot of comming together to do.

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Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a hazy golden yellow with an average sized (1-2 finger) white frothy head that reduced slowly, down to a heavy film with a large collar which possessed some excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a funky barnyard Belgian yeast and a light grain malt with notes of honey, citrus (lemon), toffee, a mild fruitiness and a slight alcohol scent.

The taste was lightly sweet with a malty citrus note in the beginning, and then became very yeasty and a bit sour with a hint of green apple and a slight peppery alcohol tinge towards the end. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, with a nice mild fruity funky yeast taste left behind.

Mouthfeel was light in body and creamy in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall a very good Belgian Ale with a nice fruity citrus presence, that along with a good mix of yeast and alcohol helped make sure that no one flavor was so overpowering that it overshadowed any other. This brew was very tasty and rather refreshing for a beer that has such a high ABV…

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, clear straw yellow colour, with a loose, frothy head of pure white foam. Collapses soon enough though, despite some strong and persistent carbonation. Lacing is good. Looks the part.

Nice champagne/sour notes on the nose, almost tending towards cidery, but veering from that, which would be an insult. Odd smoky characters with a little bubblegum, Belgian yeast and a light, tangy fruitiness. It's nice enough, but odd.

Pleasant, light, if somewhat subdued palate. Hints of bubblegum, grain and sweet citrus. A light bitterness on the mid palate disappears to form an arid finish. Mouthfeel is extremely dry and puckering. Refreshing, however.

Drinkable enough, but not terribly exciting, especially for the style. Not a huge Belgian brew, but quite pleasant, and easy to drink.

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Photo of carpezytha
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Brilliant bright white head with excellent lacing. Meringue head sits atop honey golden body.
S: Wet wool. Citrus and hay.
T: Tangy and a bit funky. Sweet malt and melon on the finish
M: Full bodied and well carbonated. Effervescent.
D: Not quite interesting enough to be a frequent drinker, but would not pass it up if offered again.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Lucifer from Brouwerij Het Anker
86 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.