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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 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 number1bum
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip, it's a slightly hazed bright golden color with a massive white head that makes for a slow pour. It's big and rocky leaving a mess of stick on the sides, as lots of bubbles rapidly shoot upwards from the base of the glass.

Smell is bright and floral, with a grassy hop aroma that seems dry hopped to me, some spicy black pepper and just a hint of swaeet tree fruits.

Taste just bursts with flavor and is exceptionally smooth. Lots of grassy, spicy and fruity flavor, with a dry hop sort of quality to the grassiness like the smell. I don't know if it's actually dry hopped but that's what I'm thinking based on what I'm tasting/smelling. There is a very subtle sweetness of pale malt and pears. Some black pepper as well. I am marveling at how flavorful and smooth this is.

Mouthfeel is very crisp yet smooth, with a light creaminess to it as well. Finishes dry and clean, and the crispness is very refreshing.

As I was drinking this I found myself saying 'man, this is better than Duvel,' but I almost didn't want to believe what I was thinking. I happened to have a few bottles of Duvel in the cellar, so I cracked one for a side by side. Duvel smells a bit sweeter while Lucifer has a bigger grassy hop nose and is a bit more floral I think. Taste wise, Duvel is again a bit sweeter, while the grassy and spicy characters of Lucifer jump out more. I stand by my original assessment; this is better than Duvel. It even keeps more stick than Duvel. I never had the old version of Lucifer brewed by Riva, and there are very few reviews of this new one so far, but in my opinion this is an absolutely exceptional beer. I enjoyed it immensely. (1,671 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Le Trappe SFO 4.2.10 25 cl $7 poured into tulip glass during pre-6pm happy hour.

Hazy orange body, two fingers white head, medium dissipation with significant lacing. The nose was orange peel, cardamon muted pepper presence and noticeable Belgian yeast in the finish. Taste is more grainy than citrusy, pepper doesn't become prevalent until the beer is fully warmed, dry finish. Medium dry mouthfeel but not overly so, a bit sticky. Not too much of a ABV hit to effect drinkability, but it really didn't taste all that great. This ain't Duvel. (554 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 (589 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 Rizzy17
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a tulip.

A: Two fingers of white head. Golden and hazy. Lots of lace on the glass.
S: Orange peel and somewhat citrusy.
T: Hints of banana with some bitterness and even some weird metallic taste.
F: Smooth and a bit bubbly.
O: Usually not big on Belgians, but this is pretty good. (316 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 impending
3.24/5  rDev -15%
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 (399 characters)

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 Pahn
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
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. (1,491 characters)

Photo of ordybill
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330CL bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice mix of beer and fruit
Appearance- A murky golden yellow color with small white head;
Taste- Had a grain and citrus flavor that melded nicely
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation and has a creamy to oily feel. Pretty good
Overall- I enjoyed this brew, it is not in my Hot 100 but worth drinking again. (383 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
3.85/5  rDev +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. (742 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a goblet in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger white head. Thick and nice retention. Pale yellow body with nice haziness.

S- Strong Belgian aroma, hoppy and aromatic. Crisp aroma.

T- Slightly sweet, very hoppy. Tasty, balanced beer. Complex and crisp.

M- Malty feel, mellow.

O- Great beer. I liked this very much. Hoppy and mellow. (420 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a golden amber color with a very thick fluffy head and fair lace. Smell of light Belgian yeast, spice and some fruits. Taste of the sour yeast, light sweet malts with some fruit notes. Mouthfeel is a crisp light - medium body with good carbonation. Not bad, but not great, it just lacks what I expected out of a this Belgian ale. (343 characters)

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! (589 characters)

Photo of alysmith4
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmm.. interesting beer. Also had this on-tap at The Black Squirrel. Was not what I was expecting. The appearace was average, smell was fresh and light. Taste was very yeasty. I couldn't tell what it was at first, it was kind of an "off" flavor. I also tasted a lot of sugar and bananas. The beer was good, but very.. thin if that makes any sense. I kept waiting for more, but it just didn't deliver. There are so many other beers in this style that are available, so I wouldn't waste your time with this one. (508 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 MadScientist
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium amber colored beer with good clarity and a persistent head of rocky, white bubbles. Some sticky lacing.

S: A strong aroma of light colored fruits, like peaches, oranges and a touch of banana with a light note of spice. There is a moderate malt sweetness along with a floral, alcohol sweetness.

T: The spice is mode dominate in the flavor but otherwise matching the aroma with a medium-strong black pepper flavor and peach to orange fruit flavors. There is a medium-strong hops bitterness and a light earth hops flavor. With only a quick flavor of a honey-like malt sweetness this beer has a fairly bitter balance. The finish is dry with a peppery and bitter aftertaste.

M: A medium bodied beer with some creaminess and a very strong level of carbonation.

O: A decent Belgian Strong with spice and fruit. (823 characters)

Photo of DaveHS
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (636 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 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. (263 characters)

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. (830 characters)

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. (483 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 Thehuntmaster
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle 8,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 21/06/2015

Appearance: Lucifer pours a lightly hazed golden orange, with a gentle pour yielding a massive white head. The head lasts reasonably well and leaves some nice patchy lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Wow, this smells quite a lot better than I expected. The standard pale fruits (apple, banana and pear), Belgian spicing (clove and a touch of white pepper) and bready malts combine with a very interesting sweet citrus character. As the beer begins to warm the citrus character increases and the faintest hint of hops becomes apparent.

Taste: As with the nose, the flavor is better than I expected and offers a great combination of fruity and spicy characters. Notes include: Bready malt, some banana, a little citrus zest, pear, green apple, coriander, clove and a little pepper. The finish is lightly dry and the 8% is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Based on the size of the head, I was expecting the carbonation to be way too much for my tastes; happily however this is not the case. Of course there is a high level of carbonation (as in all BSPA), but it is smooth enough to aid drinkability rather than hinder it. The body is a solid medium.

Overall: BSPAs are not my favorite style, but Lucifer is a really solid example and one I would quite like to have again. (1,370 characters)

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