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Lucifer - Brouwerij Het Anker

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86
very good

378 Ratings
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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 14
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very easy flowing take on a Belgian Golden Ale

Presentation: 750 ml brown caged and corked bottle. Simple and succinct label with an image of a flame over black background and a new logo where a small symbol of Lucifer rest over the branding. Big rebranding after the transfer from Het Hanker playing far more explicitly with the name. Minimal description of the brew on the side. Another step backwards with the disappearance of any freshness date, which their previous branding did carry… Shows 8% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy golden pour with a rich frothy head, good retention, fair surface memory, and good lacing.

S - Yeasty and fruity nose, touch of pepper, lemon… A bit standard but rather pleasing...

T - Soft sweet maltiness with a touch of spices, citric touches, rather lemony at one point over grassy notes...

M - Light/medium body with generous carbonation initially that holds with a nice tingle over a smooth ride and a spicy-dry finish.

O -Very quaffable and easy flowing for a brew of this magnitude. A nice offering.

Notes: Riva to Het Hanker… Maybe actually there is a slight jump in quality. I did like the preceding Lucifer but his one is a touch lighter, and maybe a bit more lemony, which sorta feels better on this occasion for my palate. Now, under the offer that finally made me give it a go in this new inaction this one is well worth picking up and sharing socially, but the regular overblown pricing I see for this one in some establishment of the area is way off, and makes one wonder if they simply play with the novelty that it may be for some to get a brew with this branding…

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 09:41:26 | More by Daniellobo
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tclapper

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-04-2012 03:17:54 | More by tclapper
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antique

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-03-2012 01:18:36 | More by antique
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9InchNails

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 06:58:36 | More by 9InchNails
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Philousa

California

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 07:13:36 | More by Philousa
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-22-2011 05:05:43 | More by doucmehu
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-18-2011 23:03:52 | More by Gregwa
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jmvecchio1

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-18-2011 17:02:30 | More by jmvecchio1
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Hatshep18

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-11-2011 23:23:43 | More by Hatshep18
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fergster75

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-07-2011 03:05:00 | More by fergster75
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thadbme

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucifer

A: Pours a golden yellow with a full finger of head and heavy carbonation. Almost hefewizen like in appearance. Lots of bubbles on top, seems to be a lively beer. Its not transparent, has a cloudy look.

S: Smells similar to a hefe with a lot of wheat smell. Not a hint of alcohol or booz smell. Can't really tell too much else other than the wheat smell to it.

T: Has some heavy carbonation, and a light wheat taste to it. It reminds me of similar wheats, a bluemoon or something similar to that. It definately has more carbonation to it. Its ever so slightly bitter in its taste.

M: Light body with heavy carbonation. Heavy head feel in your mouth, almost a foamy type taste to it. IMO its a little too heavy on the carbonation, but if you like it fizzy... this is for you.

O: Its a good brew for sitting around drinking. This really strikes me as a more craft like blue moon. Its stronger for sure, but the taste is there. I'm not knocking it as I think this is something my wife would like and be okay with. I'd rather have a darker ale if I were going to pick something though.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 00:46:19 | More by thadbme
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Demosthenes255

California

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-29-2011 18:24:08 | More by Demosthenes255
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-29-2011 04:02:22 | More by JAHMUR
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy straw gold with quick dying two finger head that left minimal lace patches on top of an aroma that mixed some sour funkiness and yeast along with citric notes (lemon, orange peel) and spices like clove and pepper. A light body that is easy to drink and smooth yet retains a crispness thanks to lively carbonation and some spicy notes on the backend. Some sugary goodness balances out citric tartness so the beer is neither too tart or sweet. Also, picked up touches of other light fruit like pear or white grape skin that give off a sweet fruit taste and a sour note or two as well. This is an easy to drink and flavorful ale and I'm glad its back.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 23:48:05 | More by clayrock81
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rekel

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-28-2011 23:31:19 | More by rekel
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-25-2011 21:08:33 | More by Rochefort10nh
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-22-2011 03:05:25 | More by corby112
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-14-2011 15:45:17 | More by Jspriest
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear gold with a huge, rocky white head that takes forever to settle.

S: Aromas of biscuits, lemon, bitter orange, and cream are very evident on the nose. This ale smells a little softer than many other Belgian strong pale ales.

T: Notes of cream, biscuits, lemon, bitter orange, kumquat, grass, and peppery alcohol wash over the palate. The finish is citrusy and warming with big lemon, alcohol, and grass notes.

M: Full bodied and chewy, but with noticeable carbonation. Smoother than some ales of this style.

O: This is a very solid Belgian strong pale ale, but do not expect it to bring anything new or exciting to the table.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 13:34:57 | More by mrfrancis
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rand

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 03:36:51 | More by rand
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Bierlerner

Oklahoma

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Clear golden straw color and. Nice thick 2-3 finger head that sits around awhile. Little bit of lacing.

S- Subtle belgian spices and yeasts. Hints of lemon and bananas and phenols are high. Overall, really faint in the aroma.

T- Phenols are definitely present. Nice lemon zest background. Subtle belgian spices and yeasts. Pleasant.

M- ABV seems very present. Medium body and high carbonation.

O- Not the best BSPA I've had, but its nice nonetheless. I really enjoyed this. In the future, I might seek others first. But I will revisit.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 00:10:45 | More by Bierlerner
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ksimons

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 22:46:56 | More by ksimons
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Beerenauslese

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown, Washington, DC.

Body is hazy golden, not much head, a little lacing.

Smells of light malt and lemon.

Tastes of light malts, belgian yeast, lemons, hops.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy.

Overall, a very refreshing golden ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 03:02:45 | More by Beerenauslese
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Tone

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 21:15:55 | More by Tone
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mid-pale gold with a tight, quick head. A little sharp up front, and the flavor profile is solidly in the Belgian Strong Pale Ale tradition. Alcohol is a bit prominent, seeming even bigger than the 8% listed here. Teetered on the edge of harsh, but managed to pull back enough to be drinkable. Still just a touch hot, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 13:16:43 | More by Brent
Lucifer from Brouwerij Het Anker
86 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.