Lucifer | Brouwerij Het Anker

BA SCORE
86
very good
518 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
LuciferLucifer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium
hetanker.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
518
Reviews:
142
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
87
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 518 |  Reviews: 142
Photo of Spiral517
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Lob
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Jason1337
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of superduperfly
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Number3red
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Kurt_Dog
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of MIKESTARR01
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of taigor
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Jeff728
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of gatornation
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a perfect beautiful slightly hazy peach color with a 2 finger head that slowly recedes..smell is great also it starts with belgian yeast then apples,pears and bananas a little clove and some sweet bread in the background mmm!!..taste is superb its crisp and pure with belgian yeast lots of fresh fruits a little pepper some clove and sweet baked bread it is perfectly balanced..a treat.. mouth feel is super fresh not overpowering just full of belgian goodness..imo this is a superb bspa.that drinks like a golden..you dont notice the 8% abv..try this one

 561 characters

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter

A: hazy, old gold color with a huge, fluffy head that fades very slowly, turning into rolling mounds of foam. leaves fuzzy lacing around the glass

S: candylike aroma, a bouqet of tropical fruits and floral aromas, along with a dusty, earthy smell.

T: a wheat bread and peach flavor up front, fades to an earthy, lemon grass, and bitter hop flavor, with a white clay and peach skin finish

M: light-medium body with a refreshing carbonation and a dry, astringent finish

Overall, a deceptive and easy drinking ale with more of a hop display than I had expected. Very good, however not world class, such as its counterpart Duvel.

 650 characters

Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chill hazed yellow colored beer with a tall snow white colored head.

Smells of honey and apples with just a touch of coriander. Faint cinnamon scent.

Starts out mildly sweet with a honey flavor with banana and apple. Mild coriander but this is no revved up Belgian IPA. Mild bitterness. Faint cork taste.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a very tasty beer. Highly recommended.

 379 characters

Photo of Ivixor
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StephenRich
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this bottle along to a northyorksammy's (thanks for having me!). I love what Het Anker does, so I was really looking forward to this beer. It is essentially their answer to Duvel, hence the name...

The pour was smooth and lively building pretty white foam that ended up puffed on top of the beer like a tightly packed cloud. The beer shone through nicely below adding sunshine to the fluffy sky. It was clean and golden yellow with hints of haze, but overall a straw and lemon yellow beer.

The nose was just as pretty as the beer looked. It showed clean and proper malt aromas that hint at fresh pale malts, soft bread, and a whiff of honey. Hops brought light spice and fresh herbs along with an appetizing floral sweetness. I was really enjoying this. There is also a fresh and lightly spicy nose that edges on farmhouse, but it not nearly tart or funky enough to be.. ore along the lines of a saison. Definitely a richer more earthy nose than Duvel.

The flavour all wraps up the same way. The first sips are smooth and creamy - actually, its a wicked combo of creamy and effervescent. Texture is gently carbonated with a champagne like viscosity - but still very smooth and elegant. I get warm pale malt, honeycomb, and sweet flowers right in the centre of my tongue. Its so nice! Light trickles and belgian yeast show up with spice, fresh herbs, and a hint of estery must. It is so close to the Duvel is many ways, but is a bit more brash and upfront with its profile.. I am going to have to have another and compare it head to head with Duvel.

The finish is smooth and again, lightly effervescent. It leaves a clean sweetness on my tongue and totally quenched my cheeks. Good stuff Het Anker!

 1,715 characters

Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Ah, the pleasure(s) of The CANQuest (TM)! I was visiting the Foodery (N. Liberties) in PHL (where else?) when I spotted this gem in the cooler. I moved a little too slowly to be the first to review it from a CAN, but this is a real serving type for this beer.

From the CAN: "Classic Belgian Ale"; "A fiery specialty from Belgium, Lucifer is a gold-yellow ale with a delicate bitterness, fruity aroma and complex finish."; "Brewed by Het Anker 'Brewers of Gouden Carolus'".

The Crack had a nice snap to it and I once again employed the Inverted Glug to create more than two fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with great retention. "Fruity aroma"?!? It smelled like somebody was chewing an entire pack of Juicyfruit gum! Color was a slightly-hazy sunshine-yellow. I leaned in for a better sniff and caught not only mixed fruit, but also a yeasty mustiness. Oh my! Mouthfeel was soft, caressing on the tongue with a very fruity flavor in the mouth. "Delicate bitterness"? Too delicate to register on my palate, apparently, but I am not usually drinking this style for its associated IBUs. Finish was semi-dry with the yeast causing a dryness in my throat on the extreme finish. This is most impressive in a CAN and while I would not want a whole bunch, it would probably play pretty big among both initiates and those in the know if if I brought some in a cooler.

 1,368 characters

Photo of nycbeerfreak
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that leaves lacing behind, good stuff

S - Is of sweet malt some citrus and alcohol

T - Starts off a little sweet with some lemon citrus finishes with a touch of alcohol

M - This beer has a nice body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a great belgian pale to enjoy

 325 characters

Photo of BillThe3rd
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love this style; light, dry, and sweet - a classic! (C&C from Wegman's Collegeville)

85 characters

Photo of jdrankin
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of mmesce2
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 50cl can, poured into a Belgian glass. Great straw hazy color. Delicious taste. Overall great beer. Would have again, no doubt.

135 characters

Photo of constantine_272
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I rated this as a 4 over 2 years ago. Finally time to repeat with notes. Bright golden with a touch of haze. A viscous thin white ring sticks around but keeps low. The smell is of golden wheat and a touch of graphite. The taste has a sweet oat creaminess up front but cleans up nicely with a wonderful whit wine dryness and bittersweet melon fruitiness. Balance is nice from thick up front to light and crisp on the finish. The only downside is a little mouthcoating feel of candy sugar. Overall, a great beer. Albeit an unoriginal name knockoff of a certain famous Belgian ale, but to be honest, we need more beers of this style.

 630 characters

Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, gold color. Two inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of pale malt, hint of citrus hops, hint of spice, and a hint of dough. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of citrus hops, slight spice, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good blend, appearance, aroma, and body.

 458 characters

Photo of DaverCS
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

 592 characters

Photo of beerman240
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25.4oz bottle into mug. First glass had a strong head.

A. Golden honey. A transparent apple juice with a strong head and laced well.

S. Smells like belgian. Fruity, malts and hops are there too. Carbonation tickles

T. Starts out American, but sweeter. Leaves hoppy..burps are tastey with the sweet and bitter.

M. Nice carbonation. Refreshing... if I had more than one bottle I would guzzle.

O. I like this one! It ads a distinct belgian taste to the PBR that I would drink everyday. Not watery though. But still refreshing. The lite warmth of the 8% ABV cuddles me into bed and sings me a lullaby. Seriously...will buy again

 643 characters

Photo of LDOMustang17
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lucifer from Brouwerij Het Anker
3.81 out of 5 based on 518 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.