Brouwerij Het Anker

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #112
Ranked #24,718
3.83 | pDev: 11.75%
Brouwerij Het Anker
Very Good
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sjdevel from Utah

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - quite hazy pale yellow/orange...great retention...lots of foam...looks amazing

Smell - tart fruit, bread, mango, cracker, slight malt...nice aroma...some Belgian yeast

Taste - tart right of the bat - some honey, cracker, lemon/orange, some spices like clove and black pepper, hints of banana....decent Belgian yeast appears here and there

Feel - not quite up to the medium bodies level...a touch thin maybe... Stays active and still a nice mouthfeel

Overall - very good beer...I've seen this one around and had to try. Think it was $5 or so. I'll grab another one in the future. Pleased with this one.

Mar 07, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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

See-through light yellow.

Nice off-white head; strong lacing.

Fresh bread nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Corn and hops mark the taste; like a high quality lager! Good not great.

May 06, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked bottled 3/11/16 (2.5 years ago) poured into a Duvel glass at 55F 8% ABV. The beer pours bright golden straw yellow with nearly white head. The head is prolific and eventually falls to a 1/4" cap and laces the glass. The aroma reveals honey, light malt, and subtle Belgian yeast. The taste is fruity and lightly clovey with very nice pils malt taste and a pepper lightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. No alcohol in the taste or aroma. Overall, very good. This is very nice all around. The feel, malt and yeast notes are well integrated and it's beautiful in the glass. This review has 666 characters!

Dec 16, 2018
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Eddieeight from Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow the head on this beer is like two inches thick and it takes a long time to dwindle. Never disappears completely. Golden yellow in color
Smell is somewhat fruity and estery and yeasty. Taste is also giving notes of banana and honey. Mouthfeel is medium thickness but lots of carbonation. Overall a decent beer but nothing stands out about it other than the fantastic name and label design! I love Satan so this is right up my alley.

Jul 24, 2018
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Nass from Florida

4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I am drinking a pint size canned version of the Lucifer Belgian Strong Ale. NO DATE on the can folks. I really dig the can artwork. This tastes sort of old like it has oxidized a little too long. It is more soury & acidic than other Belgian Strong Pales Ales that I have had in the past. This is up there with some Belgian Ale classics like Duvel & Delirium Tremens. It's okay but its nothing special in my opinion. It is sort of dull tasting compared to those 2 other beers that I mentioned. Great carbonation & color. There is some cool looking Lucifer bottle label artwork. It's savory beer, although it would taste better when drank at a fresher date, but I have to grade this beer based on what I am drinking. This is a nice style of beer that is almost as good as some classic Hefeweizens. Cheers! B

Apr 11, 2018
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PlinyMeNow from California

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark golden, rocky white head. Smells of Belgian yeasty spice, fruity, sugar, candy sweetness. Taste has candied banana, clove, honey, malt, other fruits. This is a sweet version of a BSPA which is not my personal preference; I prefer Duvel. Highly drinkable at 9% however and it does have some “hook”; after one pour, I wanted another.

Dec 31, 2017
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Radome from Florida

4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Two Fools Tavern in Albuquerque, NM. It was served in an authentic Lucifer goblet.

Slightly hazy with a dark gold color, topped by a tall. pillowy, off-white head and massive lacing. A gorgeous beer.

Aromas of cracked grain, black pepper, light citrus and low honey. Boozy alcohol lurks in the background.

Flavors start out sweeter than expected, with cotton candy, honey and light orange citrus, but the effect is still fairly delicate rather than cloying. The finish dries out and highlights the black pepper, perhaps assistedby peppery hops.

Body is medium to heavy. Carbonation is full buth smooth and helps cut through the sweetness and body. Hops bitterness is low to moderate but noticeable. Alcohol is definitely present, but not overpowering.

Overall a good example of one of my favorite styles. I think it could use a slightly lighter body and a bit less sweetness up front, but that is just splitting hairs. This is a great beer.

Dec 18, 2017
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The_Bujon from Ireland

4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gouden Chalice.
Looks goods, half hazed golden body, decent retaining head...inviting.

Aroma is smoked, imagine a curing shed for cured meats. Appealing, but not in a beer in my opinion.

Taste is very good, a sweet citrus and light hop with a lovely honey finish.

Feel is also solid, smooth down the throat, mainly due to honey say this is 9%, it is a chuggable brew.

Overall, similar to a 'Barber', possibly edges it in that contest, but either way this is a worthwhile brew!

Dec 09, 2017
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jwilcox767 from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy color of light orange. Ok head, maybe a little thick, sticks around.
S: Belgian yeast for sure, caramel, fruity hops with a little spice.
T: Yep, yeasty taste. It smells better than it tastes but it is still ok.
M: Light bodied with good carbonation.
O: This beer was perfectly drinkable, it just didn't make me say 'I really need more of this'.

Oct 25, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange gold color with almost champagne like carbonation. Aroma was yeast with an almost bubble gum sweetness. Taste was identical but there a slight bitter hop presence which made this a bit different than some sweet versions of this style. Overall this was surprisingly a very decent beer

Oct 23, 2017
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EmperorBevis from England

3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled and presumably bottled conditioned
pours crystal clear body with massively foaming white head
aroma has channeled the diactyl into a sweet candy note on the nose
sweet dessert wine flavour

Oct 05, 2017
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mynie from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Here in the ultra-superstitious US of A, the bottle has a picture of a cute little satan guy on it. It's so weird to me, how variable cultures are when it comes to what is or is not a transgression against religious symbolism.

Anyhow, this is a regular old Belgian strong-strength pale. Pours very hazy and honey-colored with a wee little wisp of a head.

Smells sweet and yeasty with nodes of honey, white pepper, and booze.

Tastes... fizzy. The fizz is intense and blots out much of the front end. The middle has strong nodes of honey and hay along with some light vanilla, and the finish is crisp and citrusy with some white pepper and alcohol on the finish.

Jun 06, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This Belgian ale pours a cloudy
amber tinged straw color with a moderate head of white foam that
settles to a thin ring, thin layer, and light lacing. Nose of sweet candy malts,
zesty hops, subtle herbal and citrus notes, and light yeast notes. Flavors lightly
exceed the flavors with candy sugars balanced by light lemon zest and lightly
bitter hop notes mingling with light notes of cracker and subtle white peppery
notes. Excellent mouth feel; lightly warming, very dry on the finish, and medium low
carbonation. Overall a nice little brew.


Dec 28, 2016
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy to cloudy colour of a potato chips bag. Plenty of foam, especially when you first open the bottle.

Belgian yeast, candi sugar, caramel malt, fruity hops with a tinge of tartness.

Yeasty taste. Some candi sugar, fruity light tartness, kinda hoppy. Smell is superior to taste but it is still quite drinkable.

Fairly light bodied with light carbonation despite all that foam.

Dated April 23rd 2014. Best by or bottled on?

Oct 10, 2016
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden beer with huge white head, excellent retention.
Smell - yeasts, citrus, spices, apple, pear.
Taste follows the smell, moderately prominent alcohol, some bitterness in the finish.
Medium body and high carbonation.

Oct 05, 2016
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jmd1978 from Missouri

3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazey golden color. Light head. Nose typical Belgian: spicy fruits, sweet malts, grassy and beady. Taste much the same as nose plus hints of hops, alcohol comes through (which I like), grape, Apple, citrus. Finish is crisp and sweet. Belgium does what it does best. If your a fan of the style this one should suffice without the chamay price tag.

Aug 23, 2016
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Ant777uk from England

2.84/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Is it possible to have more head than Duvel?


Lucifer is real, Duvel also means devil, in both the head is trying to escape...

Ok though just not as good as Duvel...

Jun 26, 2016
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Burrlicious from California

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought the 750ml bottle. Rated highly at Total Wine & More. Cork w/cage to open
Appearance: light blonde with lots of carbonation. Medium head when poured into glass.
Aroma: Very friuty/sweet aroma. Couldn't smell the bitter hops
Taste: Not as sweet as it smells. Bitter taste that blends well with the alcohol taste you feel at the end.
Feel: dry, bubbly. Don't want to confuse it with a champagne, but characteristics are there.

Overall: 90/100 This beer has the looks of a Belgium, smell of a Belgium, but not quite the taste of an exact Belgium which makes it an intriguing choice to try. Definitely a decent/good offshoot of a traditional Belgium, but definitely not a traditional Belgium Triple/Dubble/Quad(where I found it).

Jun 11, 2016
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review: Bottle of Lucifer Beer: ABV: 8.00%

Bought in Lidl and brewed by Het Anker. Attracted by the name and the imagery on the bottle, a very retro look, Lucifer himself holding a pitchfork surrounded by fire.

Very bubbly on opening, an awful lot of carbonation, Jesus!

Too much head, HUGE, that sticks around, forever. Takes ten minutes to die down, half the beer fizzled away, Must be the bottle, A murky yellow colour, not a good start.

I dont know if it was the bottles but too much fizz, ridiculous, undrinkable.

The smell was quite strong on the nose, wow. Can really smell the hops. Even though its strong it is pleasant to smell. A lovely beery aroma, with a sweet lemon citrus note.

Very sweet taste, sweet malts initially, with a bit of fruit,
Deep aftertaste, Ok, very bitter in the end, earthy hops, and lingers long
Nice enough I guess, Manageable
Very strong, can definitely feel the alcohol!

Not sure about this one to be honest. Didn’t really enjoy at the start, but there was enough in it to make me think again, perhaps that was the alcohol kicking in, which does creep up on you in this beer. Had a cunt of a head the next day, was hellish! Lol

Jun 05, 2016
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DaverCS from Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange color with speckles of yeast sediment.

Aroma is of bubblegum, banana, clove, and some lemon.

Taste is a bit perplexing. It has the aroma and flavor characteristics of a classic German hefe, but with some Belgian yeast character and the body of a Belgian pale ale. A bit thick mouthfeel, yet a bit watery in flavor and medium carbonation. Very close to the nose, but with a solid malt sweetness. Alcohol is more present than desired.

Overall, not a bad beer but for the cost, I think I will pass in the future. I see it pairing well with clams casino. It gets a 83/100.

May 17, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The similarities between Duvel and Lucifer go well beyond the name. Had side-by-side, Looks are very similar with a big rocky head (although Lucifer is golden orange-ish.) Smells are mostly malt with a pretty full hop aroma and some lively fruits in both. Tastes and yeasts vary more as Duvel is exquisite and Lucifer is only very good. And the famous carbonation combines to make a semi- dry finish that seems to go well with a variety of food.

Reviewed in MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" and Garrett Oliver's "Brewmaster's Table", I take my cue from Garrett who suggested Lucifer (and other strong goldens) can accompany Indian food well; with the bubbles and hops clearing the palate for more. Right he was. Excellent companion.

8/21/19 Had again. Minor edits to above review and slight reduction in rating as it may have been too enthusiastic .
Accompanied well summer fare (some of it quite average); proving that Lucifer is versatile and can do his work anywhere.
I have had all nine of Het Anker's beers that get large U.S. distribution and have rated all but one above the average.
So, I decided I should go on their website. I discover they are a destination with brasserie and hotel and even whiskey.
It seems I just added yet one more to my Belgian Brewers Bucket list (hence BBB.)

Apr 23, 2016
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Continuing my show of solidarity to Belgians ... This one is 3378 days old. Nicely aged.

It's light yellow with huge head that keeps coming. A bit too much. The aroma is mildly malty. The taste is a very mild mix of yeasty malts and hops. Very mild. I think it will stay mild as it warms.

The aftertaste is also nice and easy and it lingers long.

This isn't the most exciting of the Belgians I drank recently, but it is a nice, easy drinking brew. Long live the Belgian spirit.

Apr 01, 2016
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hreb from Washington

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dated 18/03/2015. 750mL cork-topped bottle served in chalice. Beer is surprisingly pale yellow, mostly but not quite clear, and forms a really nice white foamy head. Aroma is pretty sweet and fruity. Super fine carbonation in the mouthfeel, with a very neutral, balanced Belgian pale ale kind of flavor. Grainy, notes of candi sugar and a dry, clean finish. Some fruity, funky flavors on the palate, though not overpowering. Enjoyable enough but not spectacular considering the fine offerings in this style.

Jan 15, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Score is set to current average because best by date was 2012.

Big notes of pear, green apple, peaches, and treacle in aroma. Very sweet, but fairly balanced with sharp esters.

Flavor leans more toward the toffee sweet malt initially, becoming lightly bitter in the finish. Notes of cardboard linger in the aftertaste. Pear and green apple become more assertive and balance better in subsequent sips. Still pretty alcoholic.

Jan 05, 2016
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Opaque yellow, Stacy carbonation, pencil thin white foam cap

Lemony citrus aroma, yeasty

Lemony taste, tart

Very sudsy

Dec 28, 2015
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 552 ratings