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Lucifer - Brouwerij Het Anker

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126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 469
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 22
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: 469
Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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… (1,073 characters)

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

Have a thirsty towel handy, because this one pops and fizzes like champagne! It pours a pretty, slightly hazy solar yellow with a thick, frothy white head. Strong, yeasty aroma has hints of pear and butterscotch. Flavor has a nice malty core with subtle fruity and butterscotch notes, a hint of hops, and a firm but not fierce alcohol bite. Texture has good body and plenty of sassy fizz. Devilish! (398 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - slightly hazy, straw color with fluffy white head

smell - vibrant bouquet of citrus, yeast, green apple, hint of alcohol

taste - belgian yeast, citrus, alcohol, pale malts, lemon zest

mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, heavily carbonated, slightly sweet upfront, slightly bitter and tart in the middle

overall - this is a good example of a BSPA, albeit a step below some of its bretheren within the style. Worth trying.

Price Point - $8.99/750ML bottle (470 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (1,014 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  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. (752 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color topped with a thin head. Aroma is very 'yeasty,' with pineapple, lemon, tangerine, and flower petal notes throughout. Flavor is a pleasantly sweet and subtle. Bubblegum or candy comes to mind. Alcohol presence is hidden well. Classic Belgian Pale. Good, but not on the level of many others that are readily available. (343 characters)

Photo of emartell
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (302 characters)

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

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. (498 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt some citrus and alcohol

T - Starts off a little sweet with some lemon citrus finishes with a touch of alcohol

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a good beer with a good taste that makes it easy to drink (344 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-slightly cloudy light yellow with a lot of bubbles and a good amount of white head

S-pale Belgian malts. Bubble gum sweetness. Some corn. Medium strength

T- comes in with a sweet taste of raw Belgian malts. Some bubble gum. Some dog breath. Pretty crisp. Matching after taste.

M-high carbonation with a good crisp finish

O- pretty good. This disappeared rather quickly. I appreciate any Belgian I can quaff. Some of the flavors do seem a bit artificial for a true Belgian, but it does have a lot of raw flavors too. It's definitely worth a try (549 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +5%
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… (1,647 characters)

Photo of 9InchNails
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of Philousa
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (959 characters)

Photo of thadbme
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (1,094 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of rand
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of Bierlerner
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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 (380 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +5%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +5%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of karait95
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice looking, yellow pale color not translucent but cloudy,, carbonation is good enough for keeping a permanent layer on top of the beer, the head is really impressive, big, with, compact and dissipates slowly, after disappear leaves behind a lot of traces on the glass.

S: fruits can be sensed at once it is not to intense but also some malts are present, at some point the alcohol is felt not bad considering the style.

T: some faint sweet flavor maybe some citrus or fruits but it is replace fastly with the malts with alcoholic sensation.

M: sweetness and bitterness are well balanced the ending is good a little dry but with good lasting mostly bitter and complex. (678 characters)

Photo of Meerkey
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Big, white, foamy head. Pale, dull gold. Few bubbles.

S: Spices - cloves, yeast. Some fruit - bananas.

T: Tart, spicy. Citrus hops. Yeast and grains. Kind of tastes like a tripel, but not as sweet.

M: Carbonation, sweet, drying.

O: A nice beer. Tastes good. Will drink again. Recommend. (295 characters)

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