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Lucifer - Brouwerij Het Anker

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BA SCORE
86
very good

411 Ratings
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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 16
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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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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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 Wegomlegging
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold with a XXL head, no cloudiness if you pull back on the pour. Smells yeasty and musty with some malt aroma. Flavor is very nice, full bitter with no piney bite and a slight sweetness that is barely noticeable. Very carbonated feel, but remarkably quick to drink. Not as impressive as it's devil brother Duvel (doo-vel), but similar in it's strength and flavor in many ways. A good beer that is worth the try.

Wegomlegging, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of plfahey
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Perfect. Pale gold in color, and brilliantly clear. Huge rocky white head with good retention and gorgeous belgian lace.

Aroma-Perfumy, huge light fruit esters (strong pear and golden raisin, hint of apple, trace of lemon/orange). Smells sweet. Light floral hops, slight grainy aroma as well. Some perfumy, roselike alcohols in the background.

Flavor-Extremely dry and well attenuated-very slight sweetness up front is followed quickly by a very dry finish. Still some of the pear esters here, but they're lighter, overtaken by a much greater alcohol presence in the flavor. The alcohols present themselves as rosewater and pepper. Some herbal, spicy hop flavors as well. The alcohol, high attenuation, and moderate hop bitterness make for a sharp, crisp, and somewhat bitter finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with high carbonation. Effervescent. Slight alcohol warmth.

This beer is phenomenal-my only complaint is that the alcohols stick out in the flavor a bit, especially as it warms. That said, it is so dry and crisp, you could certainly drink a ton of this-at least enough of this to knock you on your ass.

plfahey, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of ryanonline
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pale golden straw color with a very clear with a huge white foamy head, that leaves tons of gobby lacing. a little too clear for the style.

smells citrussy and grassy with a touch of skunk and hops.

taste has a strong sweet or saccharin flavor to it along with a lot of lemony citrus and grassy flavor with mild hops and a touch of yeasty skunk.

light bodied and foamy, sweet and lightly sour finish with a light dry bitter hop punch at the end. kind of watery mouth feel.

light and sweet with a medium finish. very drinkable.

not super impressive but still good nonetheless.

ryanonline, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Dominicvampire
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Dominicvampire, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of ronniebruner
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at my local Total Wine.. With an ABV of 8% and having such an evil name, I thought I was in for something amazing. Good is more how I would describe it. Very weak for a Belgian, with minimal aroma, average yellow color, minimal head. The best thing about this beer is the lack of a strong aftertaste that most strong Belgians have.

ronniebruner, Dec 05, 2010
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 MM3
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this beer during my holiday in Belgium at the brasserie of 'Het Anker'. The beer was served in the glass that was special designed for it.

This beer has a beautiful golden colour with a nice strong head.

The beer has a malty sweet nose with a touch of grain and a bit of sourness. It is similar to the smell of Duvel, but much more delicate.

The taste is malty sweet and fresh, because of the sourness and the aroma hops of the beer. The aftertaste is hoppy bitter.

This beer is a nice Strong Belgian Pale Ale and like most beers in this style is very easy to drink.

MM3, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of gfreed
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

gfreed, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of carpezytha
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

carpezytha, Oct 11, 2010
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
Photo of mithrascruor
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear, light gold color. Decent somewhat foamy white head which leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Aroma of malty grains. A bit lager-like, but somewhat lighter and sweeter.

Taste: Generally light flavored. A bit of grains, hops, and hints of yeast. There's a bit of fruit in there too, and a hint of vinegar - overall a bit sweeter than just apple. Unfortunately, I find it a bit bland.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and quite smooth. Minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink - higher ABV but no presence of alcohol.

A mellow yet tasty Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Fairly fruity, and hard to believe it is really 8% ABV. Nothing too special, but nice and worth trying if you can.

mithrascruor, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of artcurtis
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Great Divide Tulip
A - Pours a nice, light golden color with a huge, bubbly head. A bit cloudy, very bubbly.
S - Not a huge nose, but I'm getting so light Belgian yeast and some generally fruitiness.
T - Nice and fruity, the label doesn't lie. A nice dryness as well. Tasty, but nothing too complex, but then I don't really think they were going for complex. This is nice, exactly what I was expecting and hoping for.
M - Really nice. Super bubbly, almost champagne like. But a bit of heaviness to it as well, similar to a tripel.
D - Pretty good drinkability, I had no problem putting the 750 away by myself. It is a bit heaving and filling. Probably best with a friend.

artcurtis, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of domtronzero
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden yellow with a big long lasting whitish head. Little lacing.

S - Bananas, pears, bubblegum, citrus, sweet candy pilsner-like malts. Very low spicy/earthy hops.

F/M - Sweet candy-like pilsner malts, fruity esters of citrus and pears. Little banana. Medium-lite bitterness really lets the malts and yeast flavors shine through. Clean, dry finish. Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation.

D - Clean, fizzy and refreshing. Very good and worthy of another glass (or two).

domtronzero, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of impending
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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.
cheers
jd

impending, Sep 06, 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 OlRasputin989
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter

A: hazy, old gold color with a huge, fluffy head that fades very slowly, turning into rolling mounds of foam. leaves fuzzy lacing around the glass

S: candylike aroma, a bouqet of tropical fruits and floral aromas, along with a dusty, earthy smell.

T: a wheat bread and peach flavor up front, fades to an earthy, lemon grass, and bitter hop flavor, with a white clay and peach skin finish

M: light-medium body with a refreshing carbonation and a dry, astringent finish

Overall, a deceptive and easy drinking ale with more of a hop display than I had expected. Very good, however not world class, such as its counterpart Duvel.

OlRasputin989, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of sonata2008
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The server at a local pub said Lucifer had just been tapped and recommended that I give it a try. The ale was served in a neat looking squatty stem class. It was a golden yellow, cloudy with over an inch of foam on the top and a nice bit of effervescence. The smell was fruity, a characteristic banana yeast aroma with no obvious hint of hops. It had a big banana flavor - not surprising for this style - with a light note of hop spice in the background. Very much a malt taste. Dry finish. So enjoyable.

sonata2008, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of theopholis
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy, very light straw color. One of the lightest beers I'vbe ever seen. Has a huge, fluffy white head with lots of retention. Nice lacing.

Smell-Slightly subdued, but get yellow apple, pear, spicy yeast andjust the barest hint of bubblegum

Taste- Fairly citrusy up front, with some breadyness, with a nice malt sweetenss, and light, delicate malt profile. Some spicyness. As it warms, it gets much more pepperyer and spicyer.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: Quite nice.

theopholis, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of gatornation
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a perfect beautiful slightly hazy peach color with a 2 finger head that slowly recedes..smell is great also it starts with belgian yeast then apples,pears and bananas a little clove and some sweet bread in the background mmm!!..taste is superb its crisp and pure with belgian yeast lots of fresh fruits a little pepper some clove and sweet baked bread it is perfectly balanced..a treat.. mouth feel is super fresh not overpowering just full of belgian goodness..imo this is a superb bspa.that drinks like a golden..you dont notice the 8% abv..try this one

gatornation, Jun 20, 2010
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 DaveHS
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

DaveHS, May 23, 2010
Photo of Pahn
2.85/5  rDev -25%
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.

Pahn, Apr 27, 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
Lucifer from Brouwerij Het Anker
86 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.