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Lucifer | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Brouwerij Het Anker

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 141 | Ratings: 510
Photo of n2185
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from one of the new Lucifer cans! Hopefully more Belgian breweries will take up canning.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with three fingers of frothy white head that fades into a dense cap with good lacing.

S: Belgian spices and candy sugar here with light fruit aromas reminiscent of white grapes and pears. There are some slight bready aromas toward the finish.

T: Belgian spices and yeast are a bit more present here with the candy sugar and sweet fruits in the background. The finish tastes of hearty breads.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer isn't quite watery but could definitely use a bit more bite from the carbonation to make it crisp and drinkable.

O: A good BSPA overall. It's nice to see this beer in cans now as well. It doesn't have the depth or drinkability of its fellow demon-themed BSPA Duvel, but is still enjoyable.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/30/2012. Pours lightly hazy bright orange color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of orange, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big orange, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, clove, pepper, honey, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with a nice crisp malt/yeast balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. There is a lightly astringent flavor note appearing after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian strong pale ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - slightly hazy, straw color with fluffy white head

smell - vibrant bouquet of citrus, yeast, green apple, hint of alcohol

taste - belgian yeast, citrus, alcohol, pale malts, lemon zest

mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, heavily carbonated, slightly sweet upfront, slightly bitter and tart in the middle

overall - this is a good example of a BSPA, albeit a step below some of its bretheren within the style. Worth trying.

Price Point - $8.99/750ML bottle

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out surprisingly clear looking. I thought for sure there would be some haze to this one. The color of the beer was a bright yellow, the head was big and fluffy white. The lacing was scattered and soapy looking. The smell of the beer had a nice floral quality to it along with some Belgian yeast in there too. The taste of the beer got better as it warmed up. The flavors of some light hops and floral spice come in strong here. The mouthfeel was light and bubbly. Overall I like this beer, found it to be pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of janubio
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden colour, big head that sticks to glass, always a ring on the surface. Smell of ripe fruits, spices, bnanas, maybe coriander. Medium body and carbonation. Taste of fruits, bananas, apples, peaches, some spices, maybe coriander. Palate is more on the sweet side, though ther'e some astringency. Really good.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer is served a light golden color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is largely as would be expected for a BPA with a decent showing of some fruity smells of orange, peach, and banana along with some spice aromas of pepper and clove. A bit of bubblegum and some candied sugar are there as well along with some hoppy smells of a grassy and lightly floral nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat fruity flavor with the presence of both peach and orange present. Along with the fruity flavors are some light cracker flavors as well as spice of pepper and clove. As the flavor advances, some of the fruity flavors decrease being replaced by bubblegum as well as a bit of yeasty banana. Toward the end some hop flavors also join the flavor profile with them being composed mainly of an earthy and citrus nature. The mix of flavors that is then left at the end of the taste, ends up leaving one with a somewhat clean and crisp BPA flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thin side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thin body is nice for the crisp nature of the beer and with the average carbonation, which still supported the flavors nicely, creates a nice easy drinker.

Overall – A fairly nice and easy drinking BPA. A good one to try.

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Photo of Wegomlegging
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold with a XXL head, no cloudiness if you pull back on the pour. Smells yeasty and musty with some malt aroma. Flavor is very nice, full bitter with no piney bite and a slight sweetness that is barely noticeable. Very carbonated feel, but remarkably quick to drink. Not as impressive as it's devil brother Duvel (doo-vel), but similar in it's strength and flavor in many ways. A good beer that is worth the try.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - A nice yellow-golden color that is somewhat trasnparent. Poured about 2 fingers of foam that lasted for a while and it also has a lot of carbonation.

s - Very distinct, yeast smell. Also has a little bit of a fruity and sweet malt smell.

t - The first taste that jumps out at me is again the yeast, and again has some fruit and sweet malt taste to it.

m - Very light body, but a lot of carbonation.

d - Overall it is a good Belgian pale ale that feels relatively light considering it is 8% ABV. I have had it a few times now and it is something I would continue to buy when looking for a Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-slightly cloudy light yellow with a lot of bubbles and a good amount of white head

S-pale Belgian malts. Bubble gum sweetness. Some corn. Medium strength

T- comes in with a sweet taste of raw Belgian malts. Some bubble gum. Some dog breath. Pretty crisp. Matching after taste.

M-high carbonation with a good crisp finish

O- pretty good. This disappeared rather quickly. I appreciate any Belgian I can quaff. Some of the flavors do seem a bit artificial for a true Belgian, but it does have a lot of raw flavors too. It's definitely worth a try

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Photo of sonata2008
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The server at a local pub said Lucifer had just been tapped and recommended that I give it a try. The ale was served in a neat looking squatty stem class. It was a golden yellow, cloudy with over an inch of foam on the top and a nice bit of effervescence. The smell was fruity, a characteristic banana yeast aroma with no obvious hint of hops. It had a big banana flavor - not surprising for this style - with a light note of hop spice in the background. Very much a malt taste. Dry finish. So enjoyable.

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Photo of MM3
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this beer during my holiday in Belgium at the brasserie of 'Het Anker'. The beer was served in the glass that was special designed for it.

This beer has a beautiful golden colour with a nice strong head.

The beer has a malty sweet nose with a touch of grain and a bit of sourness. It is similar to the smell of Duvel, but much more delicate.

The taste is malty sweet and fresh, because of the sourness and the aroma hops of the beer. The aftertaste is hoppy bitter.

This beer is a nice Strong Belgian Pale Ale and like most beers in this style is very easy to drink.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at my local Total Wine.. With an ABV of 8% and having such an evil name, I thought I was in for something amazing. Good is more how I would describe it. Very weak for a Belgian, with minimal aroma, average yellow color, minimal head. The best thing about this beer is the lack of a strong aftertaste that most strong Belgians have.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle

S: Pear with a musty, cidery edge. Rich, warm yellow fruit notes. Moderate pepper and spicy near-ginger along with bubblegum which is a defining characteristic. Earthy, organic, fruity and spicy all popped into a blender. Quite solventy as it warms even a little.

T: Warm, rich, deep yellow fruit. Whereas a lot of trippels are chartreuse, this is citrine. The heaviness of the body is also immediately noticeable, even though its heavily carbonated. Malt forward - especially for the style - with yellow cake, wonderbread, and straw leading the charge, but also quite earthy and downbeat. Notes of grass, honeysuckle, ginger, lemon verbena. Somewhat sweet and a pinch tart lemon. Bitterness is there but faint with a lemon pith character. Alcohol is not well hidden but is smooth and adds to the experience. Very impressive head that doesn't last. Finish is clean with a return of the pear from the nose, slightly dry/tart notes but sweetness sticks to your lips, with a minty-fresh feeling.

Notes: Good trippel with a lot going on. However, not as good from the bottle as I recall having it on draft, which was amazing.

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Photo of ryanonline
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pale golden straw color with a very clear with a huge white foamy head, that leaves tons of gobby lacing. a little too clear for the style.

smells citrussy and grassy with a touch of skunk and hops.

taste has a strong sweet or saccharin flavor to it along with a lot of lemony citrus and grassy flavor with mild hops and a touch of yeasty skunk.

light bodied and foamy, sweet and lightly sour finish with a light dry bitter hop punch at the end. kind of watery mouth feel.

light and sweet with a medium finish. very drinkable.

not super impressive but still good nonetheless.

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Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle of this from the Tobu department store in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Poured into a white wine glass. The appearance was golden with a thin white head. The smell was a bit lacking for a quality Belgian beer, I thought, but I found traces of hops with a bit of grapefruit. The taste followed that, and I was a bit disappointed not to find too much laying deeper in the brew. Overall, this was a decent Belgian strong, but there are so many other better options when it comes to this esteemed category of beer.

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Photo of thadbme
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: Pours a golden yellow with a full finger of head and heavy carbonation. Almost hefewizen like in appearance. Lots of bubbles on top, seems to be a lively beer. Its not transparent, has a cloudy look.

S: Smells similar to a hefe with a lot of wheat smell. Not a hint of alcohol or booz smell. Can't really tell too much else other than the wheat smell to it.

T: Has some heavy carbonation, and a light wheat taste to it. It reminds me of similar wheats, a bluemoon or something similar to that. It definately has more carbonation to it. Its ever so slightly bitter in its taste.

M: Light body with heavy carbonation. Heavy head feel in your mouth, almost a foamy type taste to it. IMO its a little too heavy on the carbonation, but if you like it fizzy... this is for you.

O: Its a good brew for sitting around drinking. This really strikes me as a more craft like blue moon. Its stronger for sure, but the taste is there. I'm not knocking it as I think this is something my wife would like and be okay with. I'd rather have a darker ale if I were going to pick something though.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P: Crystal clear golden yellow with a swampy white head that swirls around the edge of the glass.

S: Tropical fruits, cinnamon and bubblegum.

T/M: Cinnamon candy, bubblegum, coriander, tropical fruit, hints of bitter green bananas. Spice profile is aggressive and compliments the fruit well. Zesty vivacious body in a moderate body. Finish is wet but progressively dry and lingers fruit (guava and orange peel) sprinkled with ground pippali pepper.

O: A solid beer that delivers complexity and a great super clean spiced profile. It's easy drinking for an 8% beer. I would recommend this and would drink it again for sure.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Let's get this straight - a CANNED BSPA coming from the makers of Keizer Blauw?! How will this not be awesome? 16.9 oz can into a wine glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold color. The head is a finger high, with a bubbly white shade. Retention...well, it's excellent, and the frothy texture practically sticks to the glass with fury. As such, there is a shit ton of lacing left behind.

S: This really brings a nice fruit note - mainly white grapes and apples, but also a distinct expression of sherry. After a while, some peppery yeast appears, giving it a great spicy touch. While slightly simple, it offers all the notes I like in the style.

T: It's very fruity to start, again bringing the grapey and sherry-like flavors like the nose suggested. Bready flavors build up in the middle before finishing on spicy notes of black pepper, sesame seed (!), and - unfortunately - metal shavings. Luckily, some citrusy qualities help me forget it's mild metallicness some. Ramp up the citrus, cut down on the metal, and this could even beat the mighty Duvel.

M: Creamier and softer than most in the style. While it lacks the bone dry finish I like in Duvel, it makes up for it in its rich feel (and to be fair, it's still quite dry). Oh yeah, no alcohol can be detected at all, so the danger factor is here in full force. Carbonation is a bit softer than Duvel - and truth be told, it might have an even better feel than Duvel does.

O: This is another solid Het Anker offering, only this time it's IN A CAN! None of the Belgian-ness is lost, either. It's a bit too metallic-tasting to be a proper Duvel killer, but it still fulfills everything I want from the style: it's an 8% beer that drinks like it's 5%. Plus, cans.

3.7/5: So what if it's not Duvel? CANS.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a massive 2+ finger high white head that has excellent retention properties, as it took a long time to settle down and consistently left a small head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of apples and bananas in the smell.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of fruits as well as pale malts and yeast; notes of spices are present in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, dry and a bit smooth on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: This is a beer that you want to use a tulip glass for to capture its massive head. It’s quite drinkable for the style and the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of karait95
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice looking, yellow pale color not translucent but cloudy,, carbonation is good enough for keeping a permanent layer on top of the beer, the head is really impressive, big, with, compact and dissipates slowly, after disappear leaves behind a lot of traces on the glass.

S: fruits can be sensed at once it is not to intense but also some malts are present, at some point the alcohol is felt not bad considering the style.

T: some faint sweet flavor maybe some citrus or fruits but it is replace fastly with the malts with alcoholic sensation.

M: sweetness and bitterness are well balanced the ending is good a little dry but with good lasting mostly bitter and complex.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Bierlerner
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Clear golden straw color and. Nice thick 2-3 finger head that sits around awhile. Little bit of lacing.

S- Subtle belgian spices and yeasts. Hints of lemon and bananas and phenols are high. Overall, really faint in the aroma.

T- Phenols are definitely present. Nice lemon zest background. Subtle belgian spices and yeasts. Pleasant.

M- ABV seems very present. Medium body and high carbonation.

O- Not the best BSPA I've had, but its nice nonetheless. I really enjoyed this. In the future, I might seek others first. But I will revisit.

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Photo of jdense
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Le Trappe SFO 4.2.10 25 cl $7 poured into tulip glass during pre-6pm happy hour.

Hazy orange body, two fingers white head, medium dissipation with significant lacing. The nose was orange peel, cardamon muted pepper presence and noticeable Belgian yeast in the finish. Taste is more grainy than citrusy, pepper doesn't become prevalent until the beer is fully warmed, dry finish. Medium dry mouthfeel but not overly so, a bit sticky. Not too much of a ABV hit to effect drinkability, but it really didn't taste all that great. This ain't Duvel.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from copious notes:

The bartender poured this into a chalice glass. On the initial pour he got a ton of foam, which he poured until it went away. The remaining one finger of head led to some decent lacing on the glass.

The smell was soure like a single, but there wasn't much going on here.

The flavor was good, but there is nothing really exception going on here. This was a very easy to drink belgian style beer.

The name is nice, but nothing in the name would be indicative of the flavor. You would figure that there would be sharpness/harshness... that really isn't the case.

Overall this is a decent fall back when available, however, this is nothing to really pursue.

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Lucifer from Brouwerij Het Anker
3.8 out of 5 based on 510 ratings.
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