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Lucifer - Brouwerij Riva S.A.

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231 Ratings

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Riva S.A.

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The brand and brewing was transferred to Het Anker in 2008.
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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.

Photo of rastaman
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.

Photo of marc77
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light golden in hue w/ brilliant, lager - like clarity if decanted off the sediment. The dense, sticky, porcelain white head is supported by copious threads of bubbles. The aroma is dominated by clove phenols, with light fruity tartness secondary. Quite clean aromawise for style. Prickly carbonation and honey sweetness are perceptible at first, then yield to peppery alcohol and mellow clove. Subdued sweet/ tart cider notes persist as a constant undertone. Dry and well attenuated overall in profile; the use of light candi sugar is quite evident. Hop bitterness is appropriately light, yet provides some contrast to residual sweetness. Finishes expectedly dry, with clove and a hint of black licorice quickly fading. Light alcohol warmth emerges after a long deliberation. Although perhaps a bit too "clean" and tame when compared to other pale strongs, Lucifer is still a very flavorful brew. The overall clean profile and crisp mouthfeel lend excellent drinkability.

Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Todd
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of frank4sail
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bad malt nose with stong yeast alcohol effects. Blond look with a 1/4 inch thick lasting pale white head. Perfect strong pale look in the Lucifer (woman's shaped) goblet.. what lines. As you drink there is a lasting white sheen that sparkles down the glass. Sweet taste at first with a huge "bam" alcohol finish. A great bold beer, but its drinkability suffers a little due to the huge alcohol kick. Can be evil so "handle with care".

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Lucifer from Brouwerij Riva S.A.
82 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.