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Lucifer - Brouwerij Het Anker

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BA SCORE
86
very good

408 Ratings
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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 16
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker visit their website
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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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Sammy, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a slightly murky yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

djrn2, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

zestar, Wednesday at 12:12 PM
Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

metter98, Apr 01, 2012
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

brentk56, May 27, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

BEERchitect, Aug 05, 2010
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

kylehay2004, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out surprisingly clear looking. I thought for sure there would be some haze to this one. The color of the beer was a bright yellow, the head was big and fluffy white. The lacing was scattered and soapy looking. The smell of the beer had a nice floral quality to it along with some Belgian yeast in there too. The taste of the beer got better as it warmed up. The flavors of some light hops and floral spice come in strong here. The mouthfeel was light and bubbly. Overall I like this beer, found it to be pretty enjoyable.

Knapp85, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +5.3%

zeff80, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +5.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 29, 2011
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.

NeroFiddled, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +5.3%

SocalKicks, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

RblWthACoz, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a freshly tapped keg, into an awesome brandy snifter-like Lucifer glass.

Hazy golden coloration, outsized eggwhite head, slowly simmers, leaving lace. Lovely.

Aroma: Sweet, sharp, spicy. Candi sugar and golden grains. Citrus fruit.

Drinking it: Light bodied, smooth, and supple. Some harshness up front, some shapness, sweet grains, some slight sugar, slips easily down the tongue. Alcohol becomes noticeable after a bit. Water, just a little, but deeee-licious.

Seven and a half years ago, a beer under this name got a thumbs down from me, as produced by Riva. Since Het Anker has been brewing it, I can't find a flaw. Though I don't normally prefer blondes, this is one I'll reach for now and then.

feloniousmonk, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Slatetank, May 15, 2013
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.

StonedTrippin, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - A nice yellow-golden color that is somewhat trasnparent. Poured about 2 fingers of foam that lasted for a while and it also has a lot of carbonation.

s - Very distinct, yeast smell. Also has a little bit of a fruity and sweet malt smell.

t - The first taste that jumps out at me is again the yeast, and again has some fruit and sweet malt taste to it.

m - Very light body, but a lot of carbonation.

d - Overall it is a good Belgian pale ale that feels relatively light considering it is 8% ABV. I have had it a few times now and it is something I would continue to buy when looking for a Belgian Pale Ale.

mdfb79, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

DrunkinYogi, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow-gold color with a chill haze. Leaves excellent lace despite the head settling to a thin layer of bubbles.

Cream aroma with an ever-so-faint Belgian yeast nose. Almost like a cross between an English Mild and a lighter pale Belgian Ale.

The flavor is predictable based on the smell. I note some additional alcohol warmth. The body is rich even if the beer is relatively dry. Quite carbonated.

smcolw, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap, April 2010 @ Brasserie Beck, Washington DC
A blonde colored beer, the aroma is somewhat fruity, with a light herbal component, some menthol hop touches, honey-like malt sweetness underneath which are some biscuit aromatics, but really more cracker-like grain notes.

The flavor has a big straw-grain component that leads into a cracker and pale-biscuit flavor. Honey-like malt character adds a sweetness to the brew. This actually has a really nice malt character to it, but the hops are quite noticeable at this point too; hints of mint and light lemon round out the hop flavors. This is light textured, as expected, but nicely quaffable and of course way to drinkable for the style.

This is quite enjoyable and it drinks like a big, lower alcohol brew, by which I mean at 8% it is dangerously drinkable.

Gueuzedude, Oct 06, 2010
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Lucifer from Brouwerij Het Anker
86 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.