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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2009

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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 493
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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St Bernardus goblet.

A: Big, white, billowing head. Small amounts of bubbles within a straw-yellow, if brilliant, beer. Backlighting results in a gorgeous glow. Some scattered lace.

S: Subdued, if pleasant. Yeast, grassy/floral hops, and a tinge of spice.

T: Nice BSPA. I especially enjoy the clean, floral-hopped aftertaste. The maintaste is spicy, a bit tart (lemons), and yeastily typical. Pretty great in every way, if we're being honest. Not exceptional, mind, but an exemplar of the style.

M: Titillating, drying, and always interesting.

O: I was apprehensive, as a lover of Gouden Carolus, that this beer would let me down, but I am not disappointed. A superlative Belgian Strong Pale Ale -- one of the finest -- and highly recommended. Will drink again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out surprisingly clear looking. I thought for sure there would be some haze to this one. The color of the beer was a bright yellow, the head was big and fluffy white. The lacing was scattered and soapy looking. The smell of the beer had a nice floral quality to it along with some Belgian yeast in there too. The taste of the beer got better as it warmed up. The flavors of some light hops and floral spice come in strong here. The mouthfeel was light and bubbly. Overall I like this beer, found it to be pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow-gold color with a chill haze. Leaves excellent lace despite the head settling to a thin layer of bubbles.

Cream aroma with an ever-so-faint Belgian yeast nose. Almost like a cross between an English Mild and a lighter pale Belgian Ale.

The flavor is predictable based on the smell. I note some additional alcohol warmth. The body is rich even if the beer is relatively dry. Quite carbonated.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Almost takes my head off as the cork explodes out of the bottle and hits the ten ft. ceiling. Whoa. Pours a light gold color w/ a massive three finger white head. Gobs of carbonation and lacing. Very easy to see through this brew. Definitely on the light side.

S- Belgian yeast, spices, pepper, some alcohol. The nose to this is really pretty weak, I'd like it to be a little more robust. Still, for the style, not bad.

T- Nice- yeast, malt, spices, some alcohol burn but very slight. Smooth, but has a bite to it as well. This is definitely not the best of the style, but it's a solid BSPA.

M- Smooth w/ a bite at the same time. Balanced between the two. This is not super easy to drink, it's more of a sipper.

O- Nice example of the stye, but you can find better. Still... worth checking out if you haven't had it before.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours clean and golden yellow. hints of fruit with a dry bitter taste that is clean and long lasting not harsh. This brew has an 8% abv that drinks like a 5%. Very deceiving brew from the abv stand point. I enjoyed it most definitely will grab another when the chance presents itself.

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Photo of nycbeerfreak
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that leaves lacing behind, good stuff

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 nice body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a great belgian pale to enjoy

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Photo of boss302
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Golden unclear looks a bit like a wheat beer, appetizing. 4 

S Aroma is very much Saison like, estery. 4

T Tastes like a saison, a little tangy, very tasty. 4

M Med mouthfeel, good body, high carbonation. 4

D Very good beer, abv is deceptively high, easy drinking. 4  

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Photo of Nerudamann
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an over sized wine glass.

Look - light amber in color, a little murky, with about 4 fingers of frothy off-white foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - malty fruitiness to the smell. It smells like a blonde cider, to be honest.

Taste and Mouthfeel - upon the taste, it's more of strong ale type of taste, like a Chimay. Smokey, but in a fruity, hookah-like way, leaving an acrid metallic taste behind. Texture is very well balanced, leaning a little more toward the watery side.

Overall - would be a WONDERFUL beer for hookah smoking. Very interesting in taste!

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me a while ago.

Appearance- pale yellow color, very thick foamy head

Smell- citrus

Taste- very fruity, lots of citrus, some apple

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would like to have another one.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straw colored and translucent with a massive (3-finger) foamy white head. Laces nicely.

Light citrus and apricot nose, some apple.

Taste is very appley, balanced by carbonation and a hint of hops for a clean, dry finish. Very balanced for something that on the surface would seem very sweet.

Not sold on the mouthfeel (in bottles, at least), too coarse in carbonation, and foams like crazy.

Quite nice; fruity, but a solid gateway Belgian for someone more used to American beers.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucifer pours a slightly cloudy golden-orange with a lofty head of dense, pure white bubbles.

The smells are of spices and slightly sweet grains. I get a hint of tart cherries, as well.

The tastes are initially slightly tart and with a sharp carbonic acid tinge. The tart cherries from the nose make their way to the middle of my tongue, as well as the grainy bite of freshly malted barley. A gentle alcoholic warming balances the flavor profile.

Lucifer is a deciptively easy-drinking Belgian ale; light-bodied with the light fizz of a high carbonation level. This slightly grainy textured beer had excellent drinkability.
Recommended if available.

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Photo of StephenRich
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this bottle along to a northyorksammy's (thanks for having me!). I love what Het Anker does, so I was really looking forward to this beer. It is essentially their answer to Duvel, hence the name...

The pour was smooth and lively building pretty white foam that ended up puffed on top of the beer like a tightly packed cloud. The beer shone through nicely below adding sunshine to the fluffy sky. It was clean and golden yellow with hints of haze, but overall a straw and lemon yellow beer.

The nose was just as pretty as the beer looked. It showed clean and proper malt aromas that hint at fresh pale malts, soft bread, and a whiff of honey. Hops brought light spice and fresh herbs along with an appetizing floral sweetness. I was really enjoying this. There is also a fresh and lightly spicy nose that edges on farmhouse, but it not nearly tart or funky enough to be.. ore along the lines of a saison. Definitely a richer more earthy nose than Duvel.

The flavour all wraps up the same way. The first sips are smooth and creamy - actually, its a wicked combo of creamy and effervescent. Texture is gently carbonated with a champagne like viscosity - but still very smooth and elegant. I get warm pale malt, honeycomb, and sweet flowers right in the centre of my tongue. Its so nice! Light trickles and belgian yeast show up with spice, fresh herbs, and a hint of estery must. It is so close to the Duvel is many ways, but is a bit more brash and upfront with its profile.. I am going to have to have another and compare it head to head with Duvel.

The finish is smooth and again, lightly effervescent. It leaves a clean sweetness on my tongue and totally quenched my cheeks. Good stuff Het Anker!

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stephen Rich's bottle. An enormous white foamy head on golden body. Fresh yeasty aroma. Smooth mouthfeel, and good drinkability, creamy even. Good hops,a little saison like spice, this is a winner for pale Belgian style. Het Anker does this one good.

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Photo of peensteen
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden colour, thick white head, slight lace on the glass. Smells of yeast, hops, malt, slightly fruity, green apple, vibrant and lively smelling. Taste is of citrus fuit, malt, slight hop presence, green apple, green fruit and a slight white grape tannic property. Nice lush mouthfeel, good use of carbonation and nice weight overall. Drinks very well, smooth and a great example of the style. Solid brew and would certainly have again,

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So, apparently this used to be brewed by Liefman's, then got bought by Duvel then Duvel didn't want it, so Het Anker bought it...LOL!!!

Pours a cloudy amber with a slight straw-colored hue to it. Lots of carbonation billows up into a huge, rocky head. It never really dissipates and leaves glacier-like sheets of lacing. Eeeexceleennt!!!

Robust, huge aromas of clove, sweet barley malt, some alcohol, some Hawai'ian Sweet bread, and even some citrusy notes, like tangerine. Very cool. So far an excellent brew.

Flavor is as big as the nose would imply. Mouthfell gets a bit thin in the early middle, which is a bummer because I was expecting, and hoping, for something a little more full bodied. This is like getting Jessica Alba instead of the ultra-fine-figured Jessica Biel...Too thin, not a lotta meat, but still beautiful...The alcohol is more pronounced than usual (8% ABV and $3.99/11.oz. bottle), too. Initial blast is a citrusy flavor - like lemonade, but unsweetened. This is battered down by the carbonation until the malt and yeast characteristics emerge from the early middle. It's like drinking a slice of Hawai'ian sweet bread. Then, this falls into the sand and is swept away while the bitterness from the hops emerges from the depths. The finish is long and bitter in a good way and leaves you wanting another drink. Despite the alcohol notes, this is highly drinkable, but a tad expensive to keep you going back for multiple rounds. Good, but not great, beer. Worth trying if you see it.

What I like most: The awesome pour and overall appearance.

What I like least: The thin bodied flavor profile.

Verdict: Short of World Class, but good beer. A tad too alcohol tasting to be a sessionable beer, but worth trying.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Wegomlegging
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of plfahey
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Lucifer from Brouwerij Het Anker
86 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.