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Lucifer - Brouwerij Riva S.A.

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229 Ratings

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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.

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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Photo of Shaw


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised by Lucifer's color. It's so yellow and clear that it looks like food coloring was used. I hate to make the comparison, but the color is similar to a cheap American lager, only more deeply yellow.

Thankfully, that's where the similarity ends.

It pours with a huge, ultra-white head that quickly settles down, yet sticks around and clings to the glass as you drink it. Its aroma is a combination of malt and alcohol.

With an 8.5 percent ABV, this is potent stuff. But it still has a great taste: spicy, sweet, malty and with noticable alcohol.

Lucifer fits into the style of strong pale ale perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2003 04:09:36 | More by Shaw
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served in a Lucifer glass, and it was a clear golden yellow color with a thick head that stuck to the sides of the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet but very floral with some citrus qualities. The beer is definitely sweet on the tongue with a good amount of bitterness. There is a slight dryness and bitterness on the tongue after swallowing. The alcohol seems to peak through a little to much, but it is not offensive. One Lucifer is plenty during a session.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2003 22:59:36 | More by Gavage
Photo of RBorsato


3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear pale yellow with a moderate white head and decent carbonation. Light tinny malt aroma -- light sourness (from yeast?). Light metallic malt flavor with Belgiany yeast flavor strong. Light bodied and airy.

Very disappointing (along with Saint-Martin's...) for an M.J. Beer Club.

Label States: "Belgian Golden Ale" & 8% ABV

On Cap: June 2008
Tasted: 09/26/03

(11.2 oz. / 330 ml)

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 20:47:35 | More by RBorsato
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 01:24:15 | More by oberon
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a huge white head that leaves gobs of lace. Hazy, light yellow color. Slight hoppy nose. Carbonation is intense. Flavor is slightly sweet but yeasty, starts sweet and finishes hoppy and fizzy. Disappointing for a Belgian especially a strong ale, maybe its the green bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 01:28:13 | More by jdhilt
Photo of RoyalT


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 00:53:43 | More by RoyalT
Photo of BierManVA


4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive head! Had to slow the pour on this one. A very light golden color. Very good bier all around... taste, smoothness, drinkability. In fact, very smooth for the alcohol content. A little on the dry side, probably because of the 8% ABV. But not too distracting.

A very pleasant bier. This could become a standby. I got this via a bier club and don't normally have the opportunity to purchase. Would buy if I see it again


Serving type: bottle

08-22-2003 22:09:27 | More by BierManVA
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 fluid ounce green glass bottle with a gold and red label that simply says “Lucifer Belgian Golden Ale”, with a silhouette of a pitchfork holding devil stood atop the dot over the “i” in Lucifer. Recommended serving temperature is 55°F, no freshness date or strength listed.

Appearance: A very light straw color which was incredibly lucid at first, subsequent pours to top up my small Birra Moretti goblet resulted in a mild haze formed from the runover of the lees from this bottle-conditioned beer. A massive lovely white smooth head comprised of a plethora of uniformly sized bubbles immediately forms when first poured. The pearl white head has great staying power and leaves some lovely looking lace on the curved glass walls. A small number of streamers punctuate the beer throughout.

Nose: The air is immediately filled by a spicy herbal hoppy aroma as soon as the crown cap is prized off. A classic ‘Belgium Golden Ale’ aroma, which is hard to forget, and easily remembered.

Taste: An introduction of spicy hops, mixed with herbs and some light grain malts. Dry at times with a spritzy aspect in the mouth that lends a very lively feel to this beer. Light bread tastes at times that immediately reminded me of the Unibroue 10 that I had drunk last weekend. An accomplished Belgian Golden Ale that does not disappoint, but not the best exponent of the style.

Mouthfeel: I know its 8.5%, but the mouthfeel is nevertheless quite light. Astringent spicy hoppy finish lingers for some time.

Drinkability: I found this to be a very easy drinking Golden Ale that was good, but in the end just a tad short of being great.

Overall: The real test for a Belgium Strong Golden Ale, has always been, “would I swap this for a Duvel?” Well the answer is – No!! Nevertheless, this is a solid, tasty Belgium Golden Ale that drinks well and belies it strength, but sadly fails to live up to its ‘bold’ name.

A big thanks to Francisweizen for rekindling some old memories with this beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 03:46:06 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of granger10


3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was hoping that this would be a great beer, but I was let down. The appearance is just dreadful to me. Looks like my piss. Even the head looks odd. This beer seemed like it had too many flavors put in and it didn't know how to handle it. So it just made all the flavors weak except for the alcohol which tasted really strong, but not in a good way. The spicyness was good for a time and at times the malts and hops mixed well, but it was weird. At one moment this was a solid beer, at the next this was a horrible beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 18:27:41 | More by granger10
Photo of tavernjef


3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a light golden straw, solid yellow, hefty tall white head of creamy froth that sits like a mall Santa in his red chair the day after Thanksgiving. Good lacing in layered strings and ink blot patches that stick like glue.

Aroma is a bit funky - strong soapyness and musty bad fruits like banana and bolonga put together and has been sitting a little long in the picnic basket.

Taste is way mellow with light but firm hop presense thats quick and lightly estery and lemony with a touch of orange and lime. A bit sweetish in candy and spice but undertoned and a bit loose. Airy sparklyness in its carbonation making the feel a bit frothy with a light textured medium body, much like just sucking the foam off the top. Finish is also undertoned and simple, but refreshing to drink. This Lucifers' fork don't poke, it'll dull you to death though if ya let it.

Thanks to Francisweizen for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 19:38:54 | More by tavernjef
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 15:23:46 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of BeerResearcher


4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This unique Belgian Golden pours a dull butterscotch color with a full bubbly, slow fading head. Belgian lace sticks nicely in stages, letting you know just how big those gulps were. A damp earthy aroma mingles with hop, clove and alcohol. The lightly sweet malt body balances well with the citrusy bitterness and hint and camphor and slight spicy tartness. A mellow light herbal quality remains constantly in the background, softening an otherwise edgy and wildly flavored ale. Nice job!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2003 18:35:29 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of Morris729


4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden color with one of the most unusual heads I’ve ever seen on a beer. It’s tall and foamy composed of many very large bubbles that dissipates in chunks leaving a rocky and patchy lace of foamy large bubbles behind. Nose is fruity and spicy with notes of peach, pineapple, clove, and vanilla. Medium in body with a zesty and spritzy texture. Taste is just a touch of malt sweetness overpowered by spicy clove and tropical fruit at first. Some woody oak flavors then come across followed by some peppery alcohol towards the end leaving a dry finish. An enjoyable big Belgian ale, but Lucifer is no match for the real Duvel.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2003 21:31:22 | More by Morris729
Photo of mzwolinski


3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool name, cool enough looking bottle; I've been looking forward to trying this beer since I saw it on tap at Monk's a few months back. I was surprised right from the pour -- the beer is a very pale yellow compared to most of the Belgians I'd tried. That in itself was alright, but the head was disappointing -- thinnish, fizzy-looking, and quickly-dissipating. The aroma was an improvement -- lots of herbal/floral hops, an underlying honey/candi sugar sweetness, and a nice almost pineapple-like scent. Sadly, things went downhill after that. Mouthfeel was far too light and effervescent -- any attempt to swirl the liquid in one's mouth quickly turns the beer into fizz. Taste is zesty and sharp, with typical orange, coriander, and herbal hop flavors. Alcohol comes through way too strongly though. Not an entirely unpleasant beer, but it pales in comparison with its underworldly brethren.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2003 21:15:56 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of Brent


2.53/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Foamy head of tiny white bubbles, quickly faded to thin sheen of lace. Very busy carbonation bubbles race from the bottom of the glass. Pale yellow/gold, almost glowing. Sharp yeasty and somewhat metallic aroma. Flavor is rather coarse - lightly fruity notes quickly brushed aside by husky malt and raw alcohol elements. Duvel's unrefined cousin.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2003 07:08:26 | More by Brent
Photo of CharlesRiver


3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an odd beer. My roommate poured his beer and it was a very clear golden yellow. My beer poured a cloudy, hazy yellow color. Very effervesent with a half inch head that seemed to last. The smell is pure, fruity, grainy, malty and sweet. The taste is peppery, malty, sweet and a bit of fruit.

Tim poured this beer from the first half of the bottle and I poured the last. I actually liked the taste of mine better but the look of his better. Still, a good beer that I would like to sample again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2003 18:03:12 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of 49degrees

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 ]

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2003 17:40:45 | More by 49degrees
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All great things breed imitations, but not any old sparkling golden Belgian ale can match Duvel, no matter what Hellish moniker it adopts. Such is the case with Lucifer.
Pours out a hazy gold color, underneath a snowy white, brilliantly lacey and effervescent head. Aroma is quite shy, giving off bits of spiciness, but largely dry and soft, lacking any distinguishing phenols. A sparkling taste hops about the buds, but, again, not a lot of character. Dazzling hop presence, firm and fiery texture, good, solid malt body contributing to a underlying sweetness on the palate. A simple, but enjoyable finish. Overall, a pleasant, decent brew, but a far, far cry from the true Devil. More like Beelezebub Jr. the 3rd cousin removed on his mother's sister's side.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2003 14:04:49 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of francisweizen


4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much better than I expected. A great belgian beer that poured with a pale golden look reminiscent of a Duvel, the head was also a little out of control at first(also like a Duvel). The smell and taste very very sharp and spicy and reminded me of a la fin du monde or a maudite from Unibroue. For those of you who know Unibroues beers than you know that this beer is a real treat. An incredibly spicy taste, with a great subtle, clean aftertaste, and a nice full mouthfeel round out this great Belgian brew. Very drinkablwe at 8.5%abv but damn expensive at the steelgarden where it was $6 for a single bottle!!!!!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 12:10:28 | More by francisweizen
Photo of goindownsouth


3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good Belgian beer for those really just starting out in the world of fine beer tasting. It is what a fundamental Belgian should be to the beginner. It is a great golden color, yet not too light. The aroma is appealing with slight sweetness and spice, but not as much as say some other Belgians. This is one that would go well at just about any time. Well worth seeking out. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2002 14:33:18 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of mophie


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia. Bright golden color with a fluffy white head. Spicy, fruity, bubblegummy aromas and flavors. A bit of pear in the taste, along with peppery spiciness. Nice, but not the best Belgian on tap that day.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2002 18:40:23 | More by mophie
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours golden with a massive head out of the 750ml. smells malty with a definite hint of alcohol.

goes down smooth, a little lighter than other beligians. malts donminate the flavoring, but there is a great blend of hops. the alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering.

it is good, but it is not a duvel. it is not as rich, and its alcohol flavor is stronger.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2002 19:17:43 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of Longstaff


3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Redbones and unfortunately was served in a pint glass which detracted from the presentation and flavor. No head to speak of, just a light whitish film on top. Started off sweet but the mouthfeel seemed a little thin a watery, but the alcohol flavors and fruitiness saved it. The alcohol made my body all warm and tingly. I would have more of this when its available at Redbones, but I wish they would serve it in the appropriate glass - it would be much more enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2002 08:31:32 | More by Longstaff
Photo of LarryV


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @Redbones. The head was virtually non existent but for a thin wispy lace. Not as complex in flavor as most Belgiums. Aroma was pleasant, rather fruity. Alchohol is very prevalent in the taste, almost dominating it. Smooth mouth feel. Not a bad beer, but as others have stated, rather lacking in dimension, and there are better choices.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2002 03:48:54 | More by LarryV
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United Kingdom (England)

2.6/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2002 21:27:46 | More by rastaman
Lucifer from Brouwerij Riva S.A.
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