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Lucifer - Brouwerij Riva S.A.

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BA SCORE
82
good

229 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Riva S.A.
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The brand and brewing was transferred to Het Anker in 2008.
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2001)
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49degrees

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%

An interesting brew that truly represents many of the characteristics of the traditional Belgian strong ale. In recent years, Lucifer has made its way to this side of the Atlantic in both tap and bottle form. I had the opportunity to enjoy this one on tap a few months back at the Tap House Grill in Bellevue, WA, but unwittingly got socked with a $11.00USD price for a tulip shaped glass of this stuff). Don’t get me wrong, this is very enjoyable beer, but not at that price. Thankfully, this review is based on their 11.2oz green bottle complete with gold-toned foil label and more than reasonably priced at $3.49USD.

The brew itself pours a very solid golden hue with a reasonable size head, which slowly gives way to a solid surface foam, a mid-size collar, but sadly almost no lacing.

Aroma wise, Lucifer clearly represents everything that the Belgian strong ales stand for --- strong and robust characteristics complete with an almost medicinal like quality, fruity hints and a slight earthy undertone.

Taste wise, both bottle and tap deliver a very strong kick, a pungent palette grasping attack with slight hoppy hints. Quite dry in comparison to some brews, it dishes up a fairly consistent fruity and yeasty hit that’s somewhat unique to this beer.

It appears to be clearly modeled after Duvel both in style, texture, alcohol counts and name with Duvel and Lucifer both meaning Devil. Duvel is the clear leader on this one, but Lucifer shouldn’t be discounted as a cheap knockoff. Just like the former, a modest level of attention needs to be paid to this one as its 8.5%abv will surely sneak up on unsuspecting guests.

All in all, if the price is right on Lucifer, be sure to give it a whirl, but don’t get sucked into paying some of the exorbitant prices that some retailers attempt to fetch for this one.

[ STATS:>> 10 oz draught / ABV: 8.0% abv / PRICE: $11.00 USD ]
[ STATS:>> 11.2 oz bottle / ABV: 8.0% abv / PRICE: $3.49 USD ]

01-27-2003 17:40:45 | More by 49degrees
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oberon

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%

Not a better example of a Blgiam pale,pourd a light goldrn color with a huge head,aroma is lightly spicey and a little mineral-like.Taste starts out quite sweet with a little spiciness and a dry finish.A straight forward ale but lacks alot of character in my opinion.

09-28-2003 01:24:15 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance – Deep yellow body with a typical full head.

Smell – There’s some nice yeast in the nose of this one. I can also pick up a few other aromas such as spice (clove and cinnamon), fruit (melon and banana), and alcohol.

Taste – This one isn’t as full of some of the other BSPAs that I’ve had, but the flavor still has a bite. The yeast flavor almost seems raw. The afore-mentioned spices kick in bigger as well (to the point that it is probably off-style), and the alcohol taste is very noticeable.

Mouthfeel – This is a nice, lively ale that will keep the taste buds busy.

Drinkability – I feel that this was the beer's weak point. I personally enjoyed the slightly off-style flavors, but this is not something that goes down easily.

08-28-2003 00:53:43 | More by RoyalT
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Todd

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%

On-tap @ Redbones.

Golden/yellow with a thin white Brussels lace. Phenols, bubblegum and grass in the aroma.

Musty/yeast flavour followed by a spicy-ish hop flavour that melds with a spicy alcohol presence. Grassy, leafy hop bitterness. Mild cheesy characters. Faint malt sweetness. Dry finish.

A pretty decent ale and quite full of character and hidden alcohol evil, however certainly not the best example of its style.

07-06-2002 16:55:19 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%

On-tap @ Redbones.

This shows you that most Belgian beers are better from the bottle, not to say from the tap it was not good … it actually was quite appetizing. Lacing was down to a ring around the glass by a few sips. Aroma was herbal, medicinal and grassy with hints of big alcohol. Sweet and spicy with a grassy herbal phenolic and grain, a bit leafy with the hops as their bitterness invades the palate. Mildly fruity with a vague apple skin and pear flavour. Finished quite dry.

07-06-2002 17:06:16 | More by Jason
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

11.2 oz bottle pours into a tulip glass a pale, canary yellow body that is slightly hazed. The head is snowwhite, and tightly knit, rising to two fingers tall. Very rocky, and longlasting, leaving chunky, patches of lace on the glass.
Aroma is fruity, with banana and orange, and a hint of coriander.
Mouthfeel has the typical, explosive, Belgian carbonation and a medium body.
Taste is dry, with lots of musty yeastiness. A note of fruity banana teases the palate, but the dry, musty, yeastiness takes over midway and lasts into the finish.
Lacks the complexity of finer, Belgians of the style, but is well crafted and pleasantly drinkable.

10-01-2004 20:43:15 | More by merlin48
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jakester

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -14.1%

I had this on tap at Union Jack's on the Manatawny.

Arrives a nice clear straw yellow with a one finger head of weird bubbles. Strong carbonation in the glass. The head eventually drops to absolutely nothing, which I don't remember seeing before. No lacing.

Nice peppery, spicy, Belgiany smells. Wheat, pale malts, funky and musty. Also yeasty. Smells sweet.

The taste is dominated by sweetness. Unattenuated malts, candi sugar, a tiny amount of bittering and some alcohol. Kind of bland. Aftertaste is sweet.

Mouthfeel is sweet with a slight tingle from carbonation. Finish is sweet. Pleasant burps.

This beer approaches cloyingly sweet. One is enough for me, but if you like sweet beers, this would be a good one.

08-12-2005 12:11:16 | More by jakester
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magictrokini

California

3/5  rDev -16.9%

Decent Belgian. Cloudy gold pour with a frothy white head. Good aroma of yeast, banana, clove, and orange-peel citrus. Lots of carbonation takes away a little from this beer. Smooth taste, more hops than advertised in the nose. Fruity sweet with a lighter malt profile than expected. Overall, it was kind of like a strong wit.

12-12-2008 22:14:09 | More by magictrokini
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jimiv73

California

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%

wow the name itself scared me but i found myself very intriged anyway to try this! a definite belgium ale it pours off yellow and a nice thick frothy head white in color! their is a definite presents of yeast and citrus flavors with a slight hoppyness to it! beer tasted delicious if you duvel or victorys golden monkey!!! it felt good in the mouth there was lots of tingling and mouthwatering goin on! i give this beer a 4,5 in drinkability because its good and goes down smooth with a slight bitter feel on the tip of the tongue! plus you can drink alot of these lol!!! although a bit pricy @ 8 bucks a glass!

11-25-2009 21:03:37 | More by jimiv73
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Kraken

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle with no born on date. Slow pour yields a massive 5 finger white chunky head. A multitude of very fine bubbles with great retention and lacing. Sides of the glass are coated with sticky foam. Beer pours a very pale golden yellow. Lots of yeasty floaties.

Smell- Nose is very peppery with hints of clove.

Taste- Lots of light hop bitters, with a slightly metallic taste that fades over time. Sweet, almost verging on too sweet. Peppery, hints of citrus. Very smooth and easy to drink but verging on cloying. Slight cork in the taste. Very dry finish tells of the higher alcohol content.

Mouthfeel- Zippy plenty of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

Drinkability- Very drinkable, unfortunately the higher alcohol content and $9 make this unsessionable.

A very good example of the style. Give it a shot if you enjoy the style.

09-30-2008 00:28:23 | More by Kraken
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

Large 750 ml bottle, poured in a Duvel glass. Pale golden, translucent in impression. Big head, somewhat more pudding-like than Duvel. Laces are patchy but abundent. Aroma is sharp, a little cheesy in impact. Lots of carbonation and a light and spritzy body. Flavor starts light and sharp -- dry and hoppy with a Saaz-like cutting quality. Lacks much of a yeasty hay quality and the maltiness doesn't get much traction. And then, almost dead in the middle, the beer gives up a bit. Carbonation remains, but the second half is sparser in flavor aside from a continued aridity and a touch of candy corn. Not a bad rendition, at least not as thick as some examples, but not the distinction of "The Devil", whether you like that or not.

10-02-2005 02:19:08 | More by ADR
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%

Appears a hazy golden hue with a vibrant bubbly white behemoth sized head that leaves thick even patches of lace in my snifter. Aroma is light stricken green bottle esque with the european hop aroma slightly turned a little enough to notice, however there is still enough pleasant fruit tones to cover up the skunky smell a little. The sweet forefront of this belgium golden ale has a shimmering malt wave profile that tickles the palate, just what a shame that this beer as the dimethyl offness caused by the light. Overall still an enjoyable Belgium offering, just makes me more aprehensive about ordering beer in a green bottle. Lighter in body nice full carbonation, overall a very drinkable beer just beware of the 8.5% abv I didn't know it was that high.

06-25-2003 15:23:46 | More by WVbeergeek
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%

Appearance: Golden color with a quickly dissipating head. Yeast is visible throughout the glass.

Smell: Citrus and floral notes.

Taste: A hopiness that still manages to be sweet. The yeast leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A little on the sugary side with some nice carbonation.

Drinkability: The only reservation I have with the beer is the yeast aftertaste. The alcohol is excellently masked.

01-28-2007 01:39:52 | More by stereosforgeeks
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.6/5  rDev -28%

A lot of these duvel imitators are hit and miss, this is a big fat miss from me, a bit fizzy and thin, even a bit chemically towards the end, and the alcohol is too evident, the Belgian yeast and slight spicy flavour, make up for the rest, and make it slightly interesting, but not really a good example of the style, stick with Duvel.

08-20-2002 21:27:46 | More by rastaman
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -5%

This is a Belgian ale with little or no personality. It is a slightly above average beer but there are other Belgian ales that are a lot better (Duvel). It has a citrus start but fizzles after that. To me this beer is worth a try but it gets boring to the taste buds quick. If you want a good buzz real fast and don't want to get it from keystone ice this is your beer.

10-24-2007 03:36:13 | More by jbphoto88
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

This has to be the most disappointing label change in beer history. Part of the greatness of Lucifer before was the cool label...now it's boring. Some would say "classy". But I liked the other one...reminded me of a Goblin soundtrack album cover. [Label is the one with the rounded lettering and a devil-figure on top of the "i"...currently pictured on BA as of this review.]

Anyway, this went into a Lucifer snifter, naturally, producing an inches-thick head with plenty of fast-moving bubbles feeding it and keeping it fluffy. Color is a gorgeous burnt gold that shines. Lace is cobwebby and thick.

Aroma is prototypical Belgian Golden Ale: big fruit sweetness, spices that tickle the nose and a bold yeast presence. Put your nose in and you can't help but think "Belgium!"

Haven't had this for almost two years, and it delivers that same boozy kick. Plenty of drunk fruits wobbling around; lighter flowery flavors; a healthy kick of spices like ginger and white pepper; syrupy malt sweetness; something lighter like pilsner malts (a la Duvel); and polite dirt/earth yeastiness bringing up the rear.

Just a very light coating in the mouth, an interesting counter to its basic crispness. Slightly metallic notes in the finish, but also some nice flowery flavors and something like maple syrup too.

This was one of the first Belgian beers that provided a gateway for me when I was just discovering bigger, bolder, better beer. It still has its charm, and is an excellent example of what Belgium can offer...but over time, I've found 100 others I prefer even more. Bring back that old label!!

02-28-2008 23:44:26 | More by Metalmonk
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -9.1%

This little demon poured a very pale yellow with a pillowy white head from a 750mL corked and caged bottle.

The aroma has hints of yeast and fruit, a precursor to a generically Belgian flavor. There's not much depth here, with the alcohol dominating the taste. This isn't very complex, and I'd say it's very average and pretty basic for the style.

I'd expect a lot more from a denizen as potent as Lucifer, though the price was less than I'd pay for other 750mL Belgian offerings...

Spoils of the 10/11/03 Knoxville Raid.

01-10-2004 04:52:22 | More by RockyTopHeel
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

Lots of lace, pure yeasty taste with some spiciness, corriander and pepper and citrus and fairly malted though not overly sweet, medium body, drying finish from sugar and aggressive carbonation. Somewhat astringent lemony mouthfeel otherwise Easy drink. Cole's Belgium fest sample.
Had it again a couple months later and raised the aroma score on the yeast and spice. Carbonation was easier at room temperature.

05-01-2006 09:42:45 | More by Sammy
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haddon

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

A- pours a golden brown with a frothy head. head doesn't last very long. large clumps of sediment floating at the top

S- well-balanced aromas...banana, clove, apricots, yeast & phenols

T- dry taste with alcohol evident. hint of lemon but strong carbonation drowns out any aftertaste. little off balance for my taste

M- little too heavy on the carbonation

D- little light all around not much of a flavor profile. not too impressed with this belgian pale.

10-21-2009 02:41:24 | More by haddon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

Hmmmm. Interesting. It's not the beer I remember, but still worth a try.

07-17-2007 01:43:10 | More by NeroFiddled
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Rootdog316

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

Cloudy orange color almost like a peach. Nice tight bubbles make up the thin head. I get yeast, oranges, and lemons on the nose. Nice flavor mixes citrus, hoppiness, and vanilla with a warming, clean alcohol finish. Very dry and crisp. Real nice strong belgian.

09-07-2007 19:24:18 | More by Rootdog316
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cjgator3

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%

Popped the cork on the 750ml and poured a pale yellow color that featured many bubbles rising to the top to form nice sticky white head. Smell is mostly malt with grassy and a slight yeasty aroma as well. Taste is very dry and crisp that is a little bit spicey with a touch of lemon as well. If they have this and other devilish beers in hell, is it really that bad a place?

07-03-2006 03:21:42 | More by cjgator3
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

On-tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse.

I think the CO2/Nitro mix might have been a little odd, but that aside, there just wasn't much flavor. It was a very smooth, too clean, golden ale, with a touch of funky yeast flavor and aroma. The funky note was light and came off like stinky cheese, so not all that pleasant. Basically an OK strong Belgian in terms of flavor, but very drinkable.

04-28-2007 06:18:34 | More by tempest
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nickd717

California

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%

On tap at the Cheeky Monk in Denver. Hazy blond color with a nice creamy white head. Aroma is sweet pale malt, sugar, yeast, and citrus. Flavor is more of the same, pretty sweet, with yeast, mild hop bitterness, and a touch of alcohol. Body and carbonation are medium. Drinkable, but nothing special.

10-02-2009 19:38:43 | More by nickd717
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andjusticeforale

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%

I picked this up a Wakefield wine and spirits in RHody; as far as I know its not available in CT.

You cannot deny the necessary comparison of this beer to Duvel. However, from the first pop, you are reminded that this is a clone and not the real McCoy. Maybe they are not trying to be though.

A huge head is created on the golden beer that is sits atop. But the visual is the best thing about it. There is a pilsener/ euro lager smell to this stuff;

The taste is not as bitter or sweet as you would expect, there is a twang but the middle to end of the beer is filled with a watery lager type taste, with a semi-bad aftertaste. Some yeast, some orangey citrus is prevalent, but the mouthfeel suffers as this beer tries to play a dual role as a Euro-lager and a saison. It fails at both.

Now, you can think what you want, but why, oh why would you drink this when Duvel is so readily available.

01-04-2006 15:52:55 | More by andjusticeforale
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Lucifer from Brouwerij Riva S.A.
82 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.