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Lucifer - Brouwerij Het Anker

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129 Reviews
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Reviews: 129
Hads: 478
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 23.04%
Wants: 24
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
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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: 129 | Hads: 478
Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another devil reference. how original. haha. Lets see how this one compares to duvel, the standard for the strong golden style.

A: Nice big, typical, sustained, cloudy white head. Huge carbonation, you'll have to wait a while to drink this one after pouring. Clear golden color, but doesn't look filtered.

S: A good amount of clove and some yeast aroma too. Also a sweet smell, can't put my finger on it, but there is no hop presence here, and most of what I smell seems to be coming from yeast esters and phenols.

T: citrus, probably lemon, some clove, and sugary sweetness. I get a good amount of yeast characteristic, in a pleasent way. The beer is pretty clean still, and there is a good presence of alcohol too. That alcohol really stays around in your throat. I wouldn't call the flavor one demensional, but that yeast is really powerful on the palate.

M: smooth, light body, and goes down easy, despite the high alcohol content. The alcohol warms your throat, and stays there, especially as the beer warms.

D: Pretty drinkable, but you couldn't pound this one all night. The drinkability is detracted from a slight bit from the strong alcohol presence in the nose and throat, but otherwise is pretty easy to go down because of the light body, pilsner malt, and dry finish.

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Photo of Meerkey
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Bierlerner
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Slack
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden and hazy with a fair amount of head and some lacing.

Apples, pears, bubblegum, and bananas.

Taste is banana, clove, apple, pears, phenols, sweetness, and some hops.

Mouthful is light to medium and creamy. Carbonation is high. Finish is dry.

A very tasty beer that is easily drinkable. Alcohol is mild and flavor is good. Would buy again.

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Photo of Agent1
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Great lacing. Pours a cloudy yellow gold. Quite striking. Bright white head and it lingers at the top for a while. Not the best head retention, as it fades rather quickly. Nice color. Does not seem super active in the glass.

Smell – Dry hops with a strong scent of coriander that dominates. Vanilla is quite strong on the nose. Slightly bready with subtle cloves. Banana esters. A strong use of floral hops. Lemon zest.

Taste – Honey, plenty of coriander and citrus peel. A nice, natural orange undertone. Vanilla, star anise, banana leaf, Saaz floral notes, perhaps clove, with a crisp, clean pilsner malt and plenty of coriander. Fairly complex and a great blend of flavor. Smooth and bright.

Mouthfeel – Not carbonated enough. It sits a little flat on the tongue. More carbonation would really give this beer more zap and help to make it seem more refreshing and tangy. Given the style, it could really benefit from this (maybe an off bottle?)

Overall – This really is not that far off from Gouden Carolus' Tripel. I'm actually quite shocked at how similar they are, given that this recipe did not originate from the Het Anker brewery. In fact, the only noticeable differences are:

1) This beer is not filtered to be clear like the Gouden Tripel.

2) Not nearly as carbonated, and therefore, a less interesting mouthfeel.

A solid Belgian Pale Ale, but too similar to the Gouden Carolus Tripel to make a lasting impression. That being said, I would buy this again. It fits the style and borrows most of Gouden's signature ingredients.

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Photo of Wegomlegging
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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 STKPICR0720
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Light golden pale color, slightly cloudy

S: Mild clove spice scent along with banana and fruit

T: The taste of cloves translate from the nose to the palate strongly, not foreign to these types of beers. I generally don’t like Belgian beers, but I really enjoyed this one. The alcohol content warms as it goes down.

O: I liked this beer a lot, I knew I couldn’t go wrong with a name like “Lucifer” and I was right. It was refreshing, clean and light, I look forward to drinking it again

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Photo of misinformed
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light unfiltered gold color with very active carbonation. Slightly golden head, started off huge but settled down to around one finger tall.

S- My first thought was of a golden delicious apple. Some light yeasty sourness and a hint of alcohol.

T- Very mellow flavor. Sweet then yeasty with some bread notes. Sometimes there was a spicy aftertaste with a bit of alcohol heat. After it warmed up all I could taste was alcohol, but pleasant and still very mellow. Not what I was expecting from "Lucifer"! I would almost describe the flavor as weak, but it was enjoyable so I lean towards mellow.

M- Light and smooth with a little bit of small bubbled carbonation at the beginning of the glass. I did detect some alcohol heat now and then which was nice and not overpowering.

D- There is some trace of the higher alcohol content here, but it was not distracting or overpowering at all. I think the fact that the flavor was so mellow was a bit of a disappointment, but this was still an enjoyable beer. I finished a 750ML bottle myself over the course of an evening of cooking. Refreshing and worth trying.

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Photo of sonata2008
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of carpezytha
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of newton99
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of henkmudi
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%

Smell like pineapple and cherries.Weak foam, short lasting, bit bitter and astringent. Apples and plums, strong sparkling and vanilla, later weaker,sweeter and easier to drink. Goes smoothly with fish and sweet. + strong, refreshing - too much fruits, similar to other belgian ales.

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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


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 mtboozeaddict41
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Carter's brewery pint glass.

A: Pours a dark golden color lookin like a boss. Beautiful white puffy head, great retention, definitely a belgian.
S: Big yeasty ester aroma. To me, its a wet dream of belgian beer aroma. Big banana, apple, and a hint of citrus. traces of clove and spice mixed in.
T: Big assault of yeast, spice and fruit. huge character of sweet citrus and herbal hops. lovely, oh so lovely. killer beer. Alcohol sets in mid-palate to finish and leaves a mild bready yeast after note.
M: Strong carbonation and huge body. large personality in this brew
O: Definitely a killer beer. Puts most beers, including belgians, to their knees. beautiful aroma of everything that begians stand for. Taste is huge with a prodigious amount flavor. Hops, sweet banana, and yeast. well worth the dollar to buy it. i approve this message

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Photo of MLoxxer
2.67/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer was bottled 28 months prior to my opening it. The bomber from which I poured it was pressurized adequately to propel the cork off at a pleasing velocity. The liquid had a clear, light golden appearance. The head consisted of coarse bubbles and dissipated quickly to a thin layer which left minimal lacing on my 330 ml chalice. The aroma was certainly that of a strong Belgian pale, but less pronounced than I would have liked. The flavor was somewhat disappointing in that it seemed to carry some "off" flavors. There was a slightly metallic aftertaste as well. My suspicion is that the beer's age may have been the culprit in the flavor's problem. I should also mention that I did eat a calzone while drinking this beer, which may have been (although I don't think so) a factor. Overall I was a bit disappointed.

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Photo of swoopdog
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice golden star color with an impressive fluffy white head. A metric ton of carbonation streaming off the bottom like a champagne. A nice sticky lacing that really lasts.

S - Belgium yeast with a nice breadiness with good summer fruit esters. Very sweet smelling lots of that confectionery type aromas and clove.

T - Anyone who is familiar with that Belgium flavor will feel right at home with this it follows the nose to the point with some nice sweet characters of banana and clove.

M - Medium mouthfeel and ridiculous carbonation create a strong and poignant tongue bite. It's heavy and its sharp but with incredible drinkability. There is a warming sensation to the 8.0% ABV which is very typical to the style.

O - Very nice I have never actually tried this before although it is readily available in my market...call it normalcy I would definitely pick up several of these next time I am out. Very drinkable and honestly I am not sure why the suggested serving temperature is so low I am having it around 70° and i'ts just beautiful.

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Photo of artcurtis
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of nycbeerfreak
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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 MM3
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Bebum
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Green/gold, cloudy, covering lace.
Medium body, moderate flavor, refreshing mouthfeel, short length but tasty finish.
Low bitterness makes it taste sweeter than it is.
Fruity, soap water, orange, star fruit, yeasty.
Pleasant and elegant.

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Photo of tonymoore
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a big fan of Belgian beers, but I had a sip of this one and decided it wasn't too "Belgiany" and bought a growler of it for a change of pace.

It was very drinkable, like Budweiser is drinkable, and it had that same sort of overall feel (you don't mind drinking it, but you might not be loving it). The thing that set it apart, of course, is the higher ABV, which made it worthwhile in the end.

It was light and actually pretty refreshing, as in it would be good on a hot day. But it was a little average in this respect too.

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Photo of Moss
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very pale yellow color and somehwat foggy. Pours a two finger white head that slowly dissapates and leaves small white spots of lacing.

S - Smells of lemon, apple, and pale malts.

T - The taste is a lot more complex than what I smelled. Smells of lighter fruits such as apples and pears. It sweet and haste quite a bite.

M - Has a good mouthfeel but high carbonation.

O - A good tasting beer but the high carbonation somewhat puts me off.

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Photo of AJmon13
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Very enjoyable and smooth taste, without being as bitter as the name might suggest. That being said, I would have preferred a bit more spice in such a beer.

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Photo of wbason
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip

A Pours an opaque golden to light orange color with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Some lacing is left on the glass.

S Subdued aroma typical of the style. Light banana and clove with some citrusy and grassy notes. Some doughy malt.

T Slight banana and clove from the yeast. Sweet, yet balanced. Pear, green apple, spice, hints of citrus hops. Quite pleasant.

M I personally prefer a little bit more carbonation for the style. Otherwise mouthfeel is good.

O This is a very good belgian ale. There are certainly better examples out there but I enjoyed this one nonetheless.

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Lucifer from Brouwerij Het Anker
86 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.