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Lucifer | Brouwerij Het Anker

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
141
Ratings:
511
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
22.63%
 
 
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Reviews: 141 | Ratings: 511
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 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 jmd1978
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Is it possible to have more head than Duvel?

Yes

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

Ok though just not as good as Duvel...

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Photo of Burrlicious
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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).

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
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

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Photo of DaverCS
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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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 hreb
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
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

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Photo of MLoxxer
2.67/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer was bottled 28 months prior to my opening it. The bomber from which I poured it was pressurized adequately to propel the cork off at a pleasing velocity. The liquid had a clear, light golden appearance. The head consisted of coarse bubbles and dissipated quickly to a thin layer which left minimal lacing on my 330 ml chalice. The aroma was certainly that of a strong Belgian pale, but less pronounced than I would have liked. The flavor was somewhat disappointing in that it seemed to carry some "off" flavors. There was a slightly metallic aftertaste as well. My suspicion is that the beer's age may have been the culprit in the flavor's problem. I should also mention that I did eat a calzone while drinking this beer, which may have been (although I don't think so) a factor. Overall I was a bit disappointed.

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Photo of Slack
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden and hazy with a fair amount of head and some lacing.

Apples, pears, bubblegum, and bananas.

Taste is banana, clove, apple, pears, phenols, sweetness, and some hops.

Mouthful is light to medium and creamy. Carbonation is high. Finish is dry.

A very tasty beer that is easily drinkable. Alcohol is mild and flavor is good. Would buy again.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.74/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden hazy beer with a wide white foam head. Smell is complex with wheat notes, some spices, fruits. Taste is great, very well balanced and that 8.0 ABV is not harsh at all. great beer.

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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 eMPTy
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured at a Belgian beer cafe.
Head was significant but dissipated relatively quickly. Straw in colour.
Aroma of banana, with a touch of coriander.
Alcohol pretty well hidden to taste, but mouthfeel leaves a little to be desired. Perhaps a tad too sweet for my preference. Very mild bitterness possibly contributes to that impression.

Overall, very drinkable.

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Photo of Bebum
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Green/gold, cloudy, covering lace.
Medium body, moderate flavor, refreshing mouthfeel, short length but tasty finish.
Low bitterness makes it taste sweeter than it is.
Fruity, soap water, orange, star fruit, yeasty.
Pleasant and elegant.

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Photo of drmeto
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L:
-pours a hazy straw-golden with a huge,foamy,white head
-chunks of yeast floating in the glass
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-floral,pear,Tea,apple,coriander,hoppy,
T:
-honey,apple,spicy hop presence,lemon,litchi
F:
-light-medium body,medium carbonation
-alcohol well hidden
O:
Interesting Strong Ale that is too light-bodied

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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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 pat61
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am drinking a canned version and upon popping the tab, faint bitter hops support large pitted fruit on the nose. It pours hazy gold under a very pillowy head that persists and leaves thick lace all the way down. The palate starts with fruit balancing a line between peach and apricot with citrus, very faint grapefruit, orange, bread and light grains in the background and traces of caramel. The bitter on the finish suggests earthy grapefruit rind. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium high. While the beer is very creamy, the canned version tastes artificially carbonated opposed the the natural carbonation in the bomber bottles and the dcanned versions carbonation feels a little harsher – not as smooth as the bottle conditioned variety.

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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 Gajo74
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color, big creamy foam head and lacing that sticks to the glass. Big sweet aroma that reminds me of honey or caramel. Also, a hint of orange peel. Complex and simple at the same time. Bready malt taste, caramel, slightly peppery, light phenols, mild hops and a sweet fruity finish that becomes dry. Flavorful but also very clean. Creamy, smooth and delicious. Amazing feel; crisp carbonation, medium bodied and very drinkable. A real treat!

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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 ordybill
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330CL bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice mix of beer and fruit
Appearance- A murky golden yellow color with small white head;
Taste- Had a grain and citrus flavor that melded nicely
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation and has a creamy to oily feel. Pretty good
Overall- I enjoyed this brew, it is not in my Hot 100 but worth drinking again.

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3.8 out of 5 based on 511 ratings.
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