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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
Reviews:
141
Ratings:
511
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
22.63%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
86
For Trade:
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Reviews: 141 | Ratings: 511
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have a thirsty towel handy, because this one pops and fizzes like champagne! It pours a pretty, slightly hazy solar yellow with a thick, frothy white head. Strong, yeasty aroma has hints of pear and butterscotch. Flavor has a nice malty core with subtle fruity and butterscotch notes, a hint of hops, and a firm but not fierce alcohol bite. Texture has good body and plenty of sassy fizz. Devilish!

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stephen Rich's bottle. An enormous white foamy head on golden body. Fresh yeasty aroma. Smooth mouthfeel, and good drinkability, creamy even. Good hops,a little saison like spice, this is a winner for pale Belgian style. Het Anker does this one good.

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Photo of Rizzy17
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a tulip.

A: Two fingers of white head. Golden and hazy. Lots of lace on the glass.
S: Orange peel and somewhat citrusy.
T: Hints of banana with some bitterness and even some weird metallic taste.
F: Smooth and a bit bubbly.
O: Usually not big on Belgians, but this is pretty good.

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Photo of Bung
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can. Bright golden pour. Three fingers of white, receded enough to drink immediately. Just a minute bit of lacing.

Aroma, quite yeasty, some light peppercorn spice and hay. Citrus zest.

Taste, just light spice to go with the yeasty esters and grainy malt and hay. Minor funk. Some citrus and along with a herbal hop bite.

Carbonation level is good, maybe a bit to thick to be a real easy drinker. Just a very faint warmth. Thought this was very nice, would have again if looking for a Strong Belgian pale.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap, April 2010 @ Brasserie Beck, Washington DC
A blonde colored beer, the aroma is somewhat fruity, with a light herbal component, some menthol hop touches, honey-like malt sweetness underneath which are some biscuit aromatics, but really more cracker-like grain notes.

The flavor has a big straw-grain component that leads into a cracker and pale-biscuit flavor. Honey-like malt character adds a sweetness to the brew. This actually has a really nice malt character to it, but the hops are quite noticeable at this point too; hints of mint and light lemon round out the hop flavors. This is light textured, as expected, but nicely quaffable and of course way to drinkable for the style.

This is quite enjoyable and it drinks like a big, lower alcohol brew, by which I mean at 8% it is dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of babaracas
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gold with thick fluffy white head, big spray of lace on the glass, sheet for the first couple of inches. Smell: banana pudding, coriander, notes of pepper, dried pineapple, and grass. Taste: candied lemon peel, dried pineapple and banana, spicy on fair amount of pale malt sweet, then saltine with notes of banana, clove, pepper. Medium bodied, fine creamy carbonation, but finish is really dry and a bit metallic and chili pepper-ish, which was odd. From corked and caged 750 bottled 10/2013. Good but the finish leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of Moss
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very pale yellow color and somehwat foggy. Pours a two finger white head that slowly dissapates and leaves small white spots of lacing.

S - Smells of lemon, apple, and pale malts.

T - The taste is a lot more complex than what I smelled. Smells of lighter fruits such as apples and pears. It sweet and haste quite a bite.

M - Has a good mouthfeel but high carbonation.

O - A good tasting beer but the high carbonation somewhat puts me off.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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?

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Light golden pale color, slightly cloudy

S: Mild clove spice scent along with banana and fruit

T: The taste of cloves translate from the nose to the palate strongly, not foreign to these types of beers. I generally don’t like Belgian beers, but I really enjoyed this one. The alcohol content warms as it goes down.

O: I liked this beer a lot, I knew I couldn’t go wrong with a name like “Lucifer” and I was right. It was refreshing, clean and light, I look forward to drinking it again

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me a while ago.

Appearance- pale yellow color, very thick foamy head

Smell- citrus

Taste- very fruity, lots of citrus, some apple

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would like to have another one.

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Photo of misinformed
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light unfiltered gold color with very active carbonation. Slightly golden head, started off huge but settled down to around one finger tall.

S- My first thought was of a golden delicious apple. Some light yeasty sourness and a hint of alcohol.

T- Very mellow flavor. Sweet then yeasty with some bread notes. Sometimes there was a spicy aftertaste with a bit of alcohol heat. After it warmed up all I could taste was alcohol, but pleasant and still very mellow. Not what I was expecting from "Lucifer"! I would almost describe the flavor as weak, but it was enjoyable so I lean towards mellow.

M- Light and smooth with a little bit of small bubbled carbonation at the beginning of the glass. I did detect some alcohol heat now and then which was nice and not overpowering.

D- There is some trace of the higher alcohol content here, but it was not distracting or overpowering at all. I think the fact that the flavor was so mellow was a bit of a disappointment, but this was still an enjoyable beer. I finished a 750ML bottle myself over the course of an evening of cooking. Refreshing and worth trying.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml
Served in a tulip glass
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A - It is a beautiful pale shade of yellow. A champagne-like head perches atop it.

S - I smell some fruit notes of pear and apple.

T - It has some white wine characteristics. I also get more of the pear. The spices come through with the finish.

M - It has a moderate mouthfeel with biting carbonation. Once again, reminding me of champagne.

O - It was surprisingly good. It is a little mild as far as taste goes, but I'd rather have that than a lot of bad taste.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

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 medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a good beer with a good taste that makes it easy to drink

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Almost takes my head off as the cork explodes out of the bottle and hits the ten ft. ceiling. Whoa. Pours a light gold color w/ a massive three finger white head. Gobs of carbonation and lacing. Very easy to see through this brew. Definitely on the light side.

S- Belgian yeast, spices, pepper, some alcohol. The nose to this is really pretty weak, I'd like it to be a little more robust. Still, for the style, not bad.

T- Nice- yeast, malt, spices, some alcohol burn but very slight. Smooth, but has a bite to it as well. This is definitely not the best of the style, but it's a solid BSPA.

M- Smooth w/ a bite at the same time. Balanced between the two. This is not super easy to drink, it's more of a sipper.

O- Nice example of the stye, but you can find better. Still... worth checking out if you haven't had it before.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden yellow with a big long lasting whitish head. Little lacing.

S - Bananas, pears, bubblegum, citrus, sweet candy pilsner-like malts. Very low spicy/earthy hops.

F/M - Sweet candy-like pilsner malts, fruity esters of citrus and pears. Little banana. Medium-lite bitterness really lets the malts and yeast flavors shine through. Clean, dry finish. Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation.

D - Clean, fizzy and refreshing. Very good and worthy of another glass (or two).

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Paid $5.99 for a can of this shipped to my door with Halftime beverage.

A - A touch hazy for a pale ale but still a very solid bright yellow, to me looks like a Hefeweizen. Head is an impressive 1/2 inch that seems to stick around for a while.
S - Really fruity yeasts and malts. Strong pineapple and Guava fruit with a slight hop bite in the nose.
T - It's hoppy which is nice but that edge seems to cover up the predominant flavors of the Belgium yeast not being as fruity as I expected. Finish has a bit of peppery spice and it seems tasty enough.
M - Very well hidden ABV. To me it drinks like a pale ale around 5%.

Overall defiantly not worth 6 dollars a can but totally smooth and worth checking out just on the allure of the name. A very balanced Belgium pale ale.

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Photo of rodkin
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange, very translucent, almost opaque. About a 3 finger head that reduces pretty quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell is nice. Some grassy hops, a bit of fruitiness (a bit of citrus, maybe some cherry), and yeast.

Taste is nice. Bitterness upfront, followed by the fruitiness that flows really naturally into the yeast flavor. A bit of spice, too.

Mouthfeel is nice and bubbly, good carbonation.

Pretty dang good overall. Very easy to drink, good on a hot summer day.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a slightly murky yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a goblet in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger white head. Thick and nice retention. Pale yellow body with nice haziness.

S- Strong Belgian aroma, hoppy and aromatic. Crisp aroma.

T- Slightly sweet, very hoppy. Tasty, balanced beer. Complex and crisp.

M- Malty feel, mellow.

O- Great beer. I liked this very much. Hoppy and mellow.

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Photo of Agent1
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Great lacing. Pours a cloudy yellow gold. Quite striking. Bright white head and it lingers at the top for a while. Not the best head retention, as it fades rather quickly. Nice color. Does not seem super active in the glass.

Smell – Dry hops with a strong scent of coriander that dominates. Vanilla is quite strong on the nose. Slightly bready with subtle cloves. Banana esters. A strong use of floral hops. Lemon zest.

Taste – Honey, plenty of coriander and citrus peel. A nice, natural orange undertone. Vanilla, star anise, banana leaf, Saaz floral notes, perhaps clove, with a crisp, clean pilsner malt and plenty of coriander. Fairly complex and a great blend of flavor. Smooth and bright.

Mouthfeel – Not carbonated enough. It sits a little flat on the tongue. More carbonation would really give this beer more zap and help to make it seem more refreshing and tangy. Given the style, it could really benefit from this (maybe an off bottle?)

Overall – This really is not that far off from Gouden Carolus' Tripel. I'm actually quite shocked at how similar they are, given that this recipe did not originate from the Het Anker brewery. In fact, the only noticeable differences are:

1) This beer is not filtered to be clear like the Gouden Tripel.

2) Not nearly as carbonated, and therefore, a less interesting mouthfeel.

A solid Belgian Pale Ale, but too similar to the Gouden Carolus Tripel to make a lasting impression. That being said, I would buy this again. It fits the style and borrows most of Gouden's signature ingredients.

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Photo of peensteen
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden colour, thick white head, slight lace on the glass. Smells of yeast, hops, malt, slightly fruity, green apple, vibrant and lively smelling. Taste is of citrus fuit, malt, slight hop presence, green apple, green fruit and a slight white grape tannic property. Nice lush mouthfeel, good use of carbonation and nice weight overall. Drinks very well, smooth and a great example of the style. Solid brew and would certainly have again,

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a freshly tapped keg, into an awesome brandy snifter-like Lucifer glass.

Hazy golden coloration, outsized eggwhite head, slowly simmers, leaving lace. Lovely.

Aroma: Sweet, sharp, spicy. Candi sugar and golden grains. Citrus fruit.

Drinking it: Light bodied, smooth, and supple. Some harshness up front, some shapness, sweet grains, some slight sugar, slips easily down the tongue. Alcohol becomes noticeable after a bit. Water, just a little, but deeee-licious.

Seven and a half years ago, a beer under this name got a thumbs down from me, as produced by Riva. Since Het Anker has been brewing it, I can't find a flaw. Though I don't normally prefer blondes, this is one I'll reach for now and then.

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

Lucifer is obviously named to compete with Duvel. It's not Duvel, and it can't compete. It is, however, quite good. It's not as clean, and obviously doesn't get quite the cold-conditioning that Duvel does, but it's not nearly as hot as some others in the category (not that there's an actual category in Belgium... just the wide ranging strength categories).

It pours a clear golden body beneath a full-sized head of bright white foam that holds fairly well given the strength, and leaves some nice splashes and spots of lace behind.

The nose is clean with a sweetish, just slightly candyish malt that dominates, backed by lightly herbal, floral, and spicy hops.

In the mouth it's initially bristling and then soft as it opens up, allowing the fine-bubbles to release and becomes airy in the mouth. The medium-light body, however, anchors it, and it never becomes cottony or fluffy.

The flavor is as the nose suggests, and to be honest, I'd swear this beer was a little bit more on the aggressive side before... alas, this is fairly smooth and easy drinking, and the alcohol never shows. It's delicately fruity (apples, pear), and sweetish without becoming candyish, honeyish, or cloying. There's some malty graininess to it, and there's just enough hop character and yeasty spice threaded through to give it some guts. It's well rounded, well balanced, and clean with just enough character to keep you coming back for more.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours clean and golden yellow. hints of fruit with a dry bitter taste that is clean and long lasting not harsh. This brew has an 8% abv that drinks like a 5%. Very deceiving brew from the abv stand point. I enjoyed it most definitely will grab another when the chance presents itself.

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

I had at Spritzenhaus in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
A. It has an opaque caramel color with no head or lacing.
S. very sweet and sugary scent.
T. It has a nice floral hop taste with a citrus underpinning. A kick of alcohol and a mild malt taste.
M. Smooth and full bodies.
O. Refreshing and fLavorful, but a bit too sweet.

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Lucifer from Brouwerij Het Anker
3.8 out of 5 based on 511 ratings.
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