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Lucifer - Brouwerij Het Anker

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126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 467
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 21
Gots: 63 | 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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Reviews: 126 | Hads: 467
Photo of mtboozeaddict41
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
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 Immortale25
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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 4000qtrap
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle

S: Pear with a musty, cidery edge. Rich, warm yellow fruit notes. Moderate pepper and spicy near-ginger along with bubblegum which is a defining characteristic. Earthy, organic, fruity and spicy all popped into a blender. Quite solventy as it warms even a little.

T: Warm, rich, deep yellow fruit. Whereas a lot of trippels are chartreuse, this is citrine. The heaviness of the body is also immediately noticeable, even though its heavily carbonated. Malt forward - especially for the style - with yellow cake, wonderbread, and straw leading the charge, but also quite earthy and downbeat. Notes of grass, honeysuckle, ginger, lemon verbena. Somewhat sweet and a pinch tart lemon. Bitterness is there but faint with a lemon pith character. Alcohol is not well hidden but is smooth and adds to the experience. Very impressive head that doesn't last. Finish is clean with a return of the pear from the nose, slightly dry/tart notes but sweetness sticks to your lips, with a minty-fresh feeling.

Notes: Good trippel with a lot going on. However, not as good from the bottle as I recall having it on draft, which was amazing. (1,152 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P: Crystal clear golden yellow with a swampy white head that swirls around the edge of the glass.

S: Tropical fruits, cinnamon and bubblegum.

T/M: Cinnamon candy, bubblegum, coriander, tropical fruit, hints of bitter green bananas. Spice profile is aggressive and compliments the fruit well. Zesty vivacious body in a moderate body. Finish is wet but progressively dry and lingers fruit (guava and orange peel) sprinkled with ground pippali pepper.

O: A solid beer that delivers complexity and a great super clean spiced profile. It's easy drinking for an 8% beer. I would recommend this and would drink it again for sure. (627 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Paid $5.99 for a can of this shipped to my door with Halftime beverage.

A - A touch hazy for a pale ale but still a very solid bright yellow, to me looks like a Hefeweizen. Head is an impressive 1/2 inch that seems to stick around for a while.
S - Really fruity yeasts and malts. Strong pineapple and Guava fruit with a slight hop bite in the nose.
T - It's hoppy which is nice but that edge seems to cover up the predominant flavors of the Belgium yeast not being as fruity as I expected. Finish has a bit of peppery spice and it seems tasty enough.
M - Very well hidden ABV. To me it drinks like a pale ale around 5%.

Overall defiantly not worth 6 dollars a can but totally smooth and worth checking out just on the allure of the name. A very balanced Belgium pale ale. (773 characters)

Photo of Agent1
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Great lacing. Pours a cloudy yellow gold. Quite striking. Bright white head and it lingers at the top for a while. Not the best head retention, as it fades rather quickly. Nice color. Does not seem super active in the glass.

Smell – Dry hops with a strong scent of coriander that dominates. Vanilla is quite strong on the nose. Slightly bready with subtle cloves. Banana esters. A strong use of floral hops. Lemon zest.

Taste – Honey, plenty of coriander and citrus peel. A nice, natural orange undertone. Vanilla, star anise, banana leaf, Saaz floral notes, perhaps clove, with a crisp, clean pilsner malt and plenty of coriander. Fairly complex and a great blend of flavor. Smooth and bright.

Mouthfeel – Not carbonated enough. It sits a little flat on the tongue. More carbonation would really give this beer more zap and help to make it seem more refreshing and tangy. Given the style, it could really benefit from this (maybe an off bottle?)

Overall – This really is not that far off from Gouden Carolus' Tripel. I'm actually quite shocked at how similar they are, given that this recipe did not originate from the Het Anker brewery. In fact, the only noticeable differences are:

1) This beer is not filtered to be clear like the Gouden Tripel.

2) Not nearly as carbonated, and therefore, a less interesting mouthfeel.

A solid Belgian Pale Ale, but too similar to the Gouden Carolus Tripel to make a lasting impression. That being said, I would buy this again. It fits the style and borrows most of Gouden's signature ingredients. (1,566 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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 n2185
3.81/5  rDev 0%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of newton99
3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
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 (520 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +5%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of Moss
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very pale yellow color and somehwat foggy. Pours a two finger white head that slowly dissapates and leaves small white spots of lacing.

S - Smells of lemon, apple, and pale malts.

T - The taste is a lot more complex than what I smelled. Smells of lighter fruits such as apples and pears. It sweet and haste quite a bite.

M - Has a good mouthfeel but high carbonation.

O - A good tasting beer but the high carbonation somewhat puts me off. (454 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of beerman240
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
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 ummswimmin
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from copious notes:

The bartender poured this into a chalice glass. On the initial pour he got a ton of foam, which he poured until it went away. The remaining one finger of head led to some decent lacing on the glass.

The smell was soure like a single, but there wasn't much going on here.

The flavor was good, but there is nothing really exception going on here. This was a very easy to drink belgian style beer.

The name is nice, but nothing in the name would be indicative of the flavor. You would figure that there would be sharpness/harshness... that really isn't the case.

Overall this is a decent fall back when available, however, this is nothing to really pursue. (686 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear golden beer with a huge head that shows eternal lacing on the glass. The carbonation is very high and an aggressive stream of bubbles is rising to the surface.

Smell is very fruity with hints of melon and ripe bananas and some solvent whiffs. The smell is 100% Belgian. Maybe some very light coriander in the back.

Taste is dominated by the strong yeast character. The yeast adds a strong fruity taste caused by the higher alcohols. There are flavors of bananas and peaches. The maltiness is low and most probably enriched by a large sugar addition, which makes the body of the beer low and increases drinkability. For an 8% ABV beer this beer drinks way too easy. A classic and nice example of the style. In my book at the same level as a Duvel. (757 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml served in it's own glass @ Café de Bruxelles - Lausanne.

A: Pours golden slightly hazy yellow color forming a medium bubbled fluffy white head

S: Quite spice and fruity. Green apples, bananas, honey (or vanilla), candy sugar, bread, sweet grains and hints of alcohol

T: Very Belgian, I mean, sweet candy sugar and fruity upfront and a nice pleasant grassy hoppy end. Bready. At the same time, very spice in taste too. Belgian yeasts, sweet malts, lemon zest, cloves

M: Medium body and good carbonation. Sweet upfront and a mild bitter aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Good beer (589 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle of this from the Tobu department store in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Poured into a white wine glass. The appearance was golden with a thin white head. The smell was a bit lacking for a quality Belgian beer, I thought, but I found traces of hops with a bit of grapefruit. The taste followed that, and I was a bit disappointed not to find too much laying deeper in the brew. Overall, this was a decent Belgian strong, but there are so many other better options when it comes to this esteemed category of beer. (514 characters)

Photo of rodkin
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange, very translucent, almost opaque. About a 3 finger head that reduces pretty quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell is nice. Some grassy hops, a bit of fruitiness (a bit of citrus, maybe some cherry), and yeast.

Taste is nice. Bitterness upfront, followed by the fruitiness that flows really naturally into the yeast flavor. A bit of spice, too.

Mouthfeel is nice and bubbly, good carbonation.

Pretty dang good overall. Very easy to drink, good on a hot summer day. (488 characters)

Lucifer from Brouwerij Het Anker
86 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.