Brouwerij Het Anker

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Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
Ranked #118
Ranked #20,535
3.81 | pDev: 11.81%
Sep 14, 2022
Nov 30, 2009
Very Good
Notes: None
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Aug. 2010: 330 ml bottle, bought at Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 8%, brewed by Het Anker. Very pale yellow colour, hazy in the end, huge white head. The aroma has notes of "Green Apples Shampoo", Belgian ale yeast and spices. The flavour is fairly refreshing for its strength and moderately spicy, notes of green apples again, also notes of white candi sugar and artificial candy, unpleasant soapy aftertaste. Overall disappointing.
Sep 14, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by ALeX117

May 06, 2022
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.75
Smell is sweet bread, caramel, sour cider, almost spoiled. Taste is muted sweet grain, hops and spice in the backgorund. Very drinkable, light and refreshing for an 8% beer (!!!) - that's the best thing I can say for it

Maybe a bad bottle...
Apr 03, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
Rated: 3.06 by Madchiotis from Greece

Jul 24, 2021
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Rated by JuanCalle from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Great duvel competitor.
Apr 17, 2021
Rated: 3.82 by smithj4 from New York

Jan 05, 2021
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Reviewed by sjdevel from Utah

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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
Rated: 3.65 by Lanas from Greece

Dec 06, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by chiefz1 from New York

Nov 09, 2019
Rated: 4 by generallee from Virginia

Sep 15, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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
Rated: 3.81 by marcrech from Brazil

Mar 23, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 23, 2019
Rated: 2.79 by yaksurf from North Carolina

Jan 15, 2019
Rated: 3.9 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Jan 13, 2019
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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
Rated: 4.33 by Swoosl from Austria

Oct 09, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado

Aug 09, 2018
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Reviewed by Eddieeight from Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%
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
Rated: 3.77 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

Jul 16, 2018
Rated: 3.67 by BlueSpader from Washington

Jun 30, 2018
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

4.19/5  rDev +10%
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
Rated: 4 by 11-52_4hops from Virginia

Mar 10, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by windowside from Germany

Feb 17, 2018
Rated: 3.81 by sisterofba from Maryland

Jan 30, 2018
Rated: 4 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Jan 21, 2018
Rated: 3.62 by Estria from California

Jan 19, 2018
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Reviewed by PlinyMeNow from California

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Dec 25, 2017
Rated: 4 by Birdlegs from Washington

Dec 24, 2017
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Reviewed by Radome from Florida

4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Reviewed by The_Bujon from Ireland

4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
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
Rated: 3.61 by dandy14 from Brazil

Nov 11, 2017
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Reviewed by jwilcox767 from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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
Rated: 3.75 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Aug 18, 2017
Rated: 3.88 by Antyk from Belgium

Aug 11, 2017
Rated: 2.75 by Bad_Attitude_Brews from South Carolina

Jul 12, 2017
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