Lucifer | Brouwerij Het Anker

LuciferLucifer
BA SCORE
67.5%
Liked This Beer
3.81 w/ 520 ratings
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
Ranking:
#13,606
Reviews:
142
Ratings:
520
Liked:
351
Avg:
3.81/5
pDev:
11.81%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
86
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 520 |  Reviews: 142
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Bung
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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 FLima
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a thick and abundant head with great retention.
Aroma of oranges, banana and booze.
Sweet and spicy flavor with notes of oranges, Belgian yeast, peaches, booze and some banana. Dry aftertaste.
Medium body with an effervescent carbonation. Considering it is 8% abv, alcohol is relatively well hidden.
Faithful to style, with medium complexity and a bit standard, but easier to drink than average. And it grows as it warms up. Plays well spicy bad cop and sweet fruit good cop.

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Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of mynie
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Here in the ultra-superstitious US of A, the bottle has a picture of a cute little satan guy on it. It's so weird to me, how variable cultures are when it comes to what is or is not a transgression against religious symbolism.

Anyhow, this is a regular old Belgian strong-strength pale. Pours very hazy and honey-colored with a wee little wisp of a head.

Smells sweet and yeasty with nodes of honey, white pepper, and booze.

Tastes... fizzy. The fizz is intense and blots out much of the front end. The middle has strong nodes of honey and hay along with some light vanilla, and the finish is crisp and citrusy with some white pepper and alcohol on the finish.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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 AgentMunky
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St Bernardus goblet.

A: Big, white, billowing head. Small amounts of bubbles within a straw-yellow, if brilliant, beer. Backlighting results in a gorgeous glow. Some scattered lace.

S: Subdued, if pleasant. Yeast, grassy/floral hops, and a tinge of spice.

T: Nice BSPA. I especially enjoy the clean, floral-hopped aftertaste. The maintaste is spicy, a bit tart (lemons), and yeastily typical. Pretty great in every way, if we're being honest. Not exceptional, mind, but an exemplar of the style.

M: Titillating, drying, and always interesting.

O: I was apprehensive, as a lover of Gouden Carolus, that this beer would let me down, but I am not disappointed. A superlative Belgian Strong Pale Ale -- one of the finest -- and highly recommended. Will drink again.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear gold with a huge, rocky white head that takes forever to settle.

S: Aromas of biscuits, lemon, bitter orange, and cream are very evident on the nose. This ale smells a little softer than many other Belgian strong pale ales.

T: Notes of cream, biscuits, lemon, bitter orange, kumquat, grass, and peppery alcohol wash over the palate. The finish is citrusy and warming with big lemon, alcohol, and grass notes.

M: Full bodied and chewy, but with noticeable carbonation. Smoother than some ales of this style.

O: This is a very solid Belgian strong pale ale, but do not expect it to bring anything new or exciting to the table.

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

(brewed or bottled 06/24/2013)

A: hazy light straw yellow with quite a bit of effervescence that leads to a significant medium large bubbled head that lasts quite long. Just seems a little too light, but head retention is great

S: light fruitiness of lemon-lime, strawberry, with the lightest hint of yeast

T/M: very crisp and fruity, similar to nose, with a hint of banana a little later. There is also a subdued dryness to it under the carbonation. The interesting part of this beer is how this dryness turns into a peppery spiciness that lingers a bit. I might even say this spice bite has a taste of fresh jalapeno. Outside of this, there isn't much in the way of bitterness or sweetness in the end feel.

O: I really enjoyed this beer for it's crispness and mildly interesting ending. I think it has a bit of Belgian taste to it without being too funky or banana-tasting (like some Belgians seem to me). Definitely something to sip on a nice spring/summer evening.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of THECPJ
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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

Very easy flowing take on a Belgian Golden Ale

Presentation: 750 ml brown caged and corked bottle. Simple and succinct label with an image of a flame over black background and a new logo where a small symbol of Lucifer rest over the branding. Big rebranding after the transfer from Het Hanker playing far more explicitly with the name. Minimal description of the brew on the side. Another step backwards with the disappearance of any freshness date, which their previous branding did carry… Shows 8% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy golden pour with a rich frothy head, good retention, fair surface memory, and good lacing.

S - Yeasty and fruity nose, touch of pepper, lemon… A bit standard but rather pleasing...

T - Soft sweet maltiness with a touch of spices, citric touches, rather lemony at one point over grassy notes...

M - Light/medium body with generous carbonation initially that holds with a nice tingle over a smooth ride and a spicy-dry finish.

O -Very quaffable and easy flowing for a brew of this magnitude. A nice offering.

Notes: Riva to Het Hanker… Maybe actually there is a slight jump in quality. I did like the preceding Lucifer but his one is a touch lighter, and maybe a bit more lemony, which sorta feels better on this occasion for my palate. Now, under the offer that finally made me give it a go in this new inaction this one is well worth picking up and sharing socially, but the regular overblown pricing I see for this one in some establishment of the area is way off, and makes one wonder if they simply play with the novelty that it may be for some to get a brew with this branding…

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Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of rderedin
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Marius
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ArtZan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml
Served in a tulip glass
Beer review 666

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 tykechandler
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured two fingers of head on a cloudy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma was of dry grain and alcohol. Not great.
The nice was mild apple and pear with a mild bitterness. Smooth and mellow.
The texture was crisp with moderate carbonation.
An easy drinking beer, by no means the best or worst.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Lucifer from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 67.5% out of 100 with 520 ratings
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