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Lucifer | Brouwerij Het Anker

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2009

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Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 496
Photo of srandycarter
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of beerman240
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
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

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of rodkin
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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…

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

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Photo of Spider889
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of emartell
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of draheim
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of AdamBear
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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…

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Photo of 9InchNails
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

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Photo of Philousa
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of thadbme
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Lucifer from Brouwerij Het Anker
86 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.