Lucifer | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium | website

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

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Reviews:
139
Ratings:
505
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
22.63%
 
 
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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 505
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 DaveHS
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rusty yellow/light orange, with about 2 inches of
fluffy eggshell white head. Leaves decent lacing. The dominant
aroma is spicy Belgian yeast, with notes of tropical fruit, candi
sugar, honey, and white pepper. The taste follows suit, a
mouthful of spicy yeast, with granny smith apple, bubblegum, floral hops, and sweet malts. The alcohol just barely
peeks through the surface, but it's well hidden for the most part.
The finish is predominantly herbal. A little bit of coriander on the
back palate. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, which
really brings out the spice. This is further accentuated by the
carbonation. Eh.

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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 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 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 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 zaphodchak
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straw colored and translucent with a massive (3-finger) foamy white head. Laces nicely.

Light citrus and apricot nose, some apple.

Taste is very appley, balanced by carbonation and a hint of hops for a clean, dry finish. Very balanced for something that on the surface would seem very sweet.

Not sold on the mouthfeel (in bottles, at least), too coarse in carbonation, and foams like crazy.

Quite nice; fruity, but a solid gateway Belgian for someone more used to American beers.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle 8,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 21/06/2015

Appearance: Lucifer pours a lightly hazed golden orange, with a gentle pour yielding a massive white head. The head lasts reasonably well and leaves some nice patchy lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Wow, this smells quite a lot better than I expected. The standard pale fruits (apple, banana and pear), Belgian spicing (clove and a touch of white pepper) and bready malts combine with a very interesting sweet citrus character. As the beer begins to warm the citrus character increases and the faintest hint of hops becomes apparent.

Taste: As with the nose, the flavor is better than I expected and offers a great combination of fruity and spicy characters. Notes include: Bready malt, some banana, a little citrus zest, pear, green apple, coriander, clove and a little pepper. The finish is lightly dry and the 8% is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Based on the size of the head, I was expecting the carbonation to be way too much for my tastes; happily however this is not the case. Of course there is a high level of carbonation (as in all BSPA), but it is smooth enough to aid drinkability rather than hinder it. The body is a solid medium.

Overall: BSPAs are not my favorite style, but Lucifer is a really solid example and one I would quite like to have again.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of theopholis
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy, very light straw color. One of the lightest beers I'vbe ever seen. Has a huge, fluffy white head with lots of retention. Nice lacing.

Smell-Slightly subdued, but get yellow apple, pear, spicy yeast andjust the barest hint of bubblegum

Taste- Fairly citrusy up front, with some breadyness, with a nice malt sweetenss, and light, delicate malt profile. Some spicyness. As it warms, it gets much more pepperyer and spicyer.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: Quite nice.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color topped with a thin head. Aroma is very 'yeasty,' with pineapple, lemon, tangerine, and flower petal notes throughout. Flavor is a pleasantly sweet and subtle. Bubblegum or candy comes to mind. Alcohol presence is hidden well. Classic Belgian Pale. Good, but not on the level of many others that are readily available.

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Photo of gfreed
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A perfectly serviceable Belgian PA. It has the color of a tripel, which I've always found to be unappealing, with a thin but attractive white head. Enough yeast in the aroma to remind you that it's a Belgian beer. The taste was somewhat light and sugary, with a touch of fruity Kool-Aid up front and zero bitterness at the back end. It gained some density as it warmed; still, it was lacking character. Worth a glass but nothing more.

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Photo of Philousa
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Pacific Beach Tap Room, SD, CA 12/28/11.

Served a cloudy straw color, 1 finger head with active carbonation. Fluffy lacing left on the glass with each drink. Lots of yeast in the aroma, banana and lemon esters. Not much malt, though I can tell there is a mild pale ale in there somewhere. Caramelized banana, alcohol, then lingering yeast funk with wheat biscuit flavor. A bit of clove spiciness and a bit of nuttiness. This feels a bit watery but creamy. Dry alcohol finish.

Although a solid beer, this came across as a tripel that was lacking in some way. I've had St. Feuillien triple that served up a better banana and citrus ester flavor/aroma. Piraat loves the alcohol burn. St. Bernardus is the uber balanced tripel. This lies somewhere in the middle. I love the mouthfeel, though. I guess I'm a little torn, but ultimately this is a beer that is lacking in some way compared to other awesome Belgians. Good, but not to die for.

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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 plfahey
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Perfect. Pale gold in color, and brilliantly clear. Huge rocky white head with good retention and gorgeous belgian lace.

Aroma-Perfumy, huge light fruit esters (strong pear and golden raisin, hint of apple, trace of lemon/orange). Smells sweet. Light floral hops, slight grainy aroma as well. Some perfumy, roselike alcohols in the background.

Flavor-Extremely dry and well attenuated-very slight sweetness up front is followed quickly by a very dry finish. Still some of the pear esters here, but they're lighter, overtaken by a much greater alcohol presence in the flavor. The alcohols present themselves as rosewater and pepper. Some herbal, spicy hop flavors as well. The alcohol, high attenuation, and moderate hop bitterness make for a sharp, crisp, and somewhat bitter finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with high carbonation. Effervescent. Slight alcohol warmth.

This beer is phenomenal-my only complaint is that the alcohols stick out in the flavor a bit, especially as it warms. That said, it is so dry and crisp, you could certainly drink a ton of this-at least enough of this to knock you on your ass.

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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 9InchNails
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

When I popped the cork the beer erupted and spilled on my floor. I poured it into my snifter. The snow white head stayed for a little bit but faded some so I could pour more into the snifter. Straw color body that is slightly hazy. It looks very carbonated.

Grain, grass, floral and some peppery spice. It's okay smell, nothing special.

Incredibly bland grain, grass and a muted pepper taste at the end. The Belgian yeast is lacking. BORING!

Light body, reminds me of sparkling water with a little less carbonation and dry.

Stay away from this! Not horrible, just not good. Bland, boring and disappointing. I hope this is a bad batch, I'm not spending anymore time on this.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 11.2oz bottle with a mean little devil in flames on the front into Delirium Tremens glass. Hazy golden body with a huge foamy and sticky white head that leaves great lacing. Champaign-like bubbles racing to the top retains the head for a loooong time.

S - Sweet malts with some Belgian yeast and boozy alcohol. A bit of spicyness in there from the alcohol I think. Candy sugar in the nose as it warms a bit.

T&M - Very much like the smell but a bit more subdued. Candy sugar and light maltiness dominate the first sip followed by slight alcohol burn. Lightly sweet and a bit boozy, especially as this beer warms. Perhaps not the most balanced of beers. Spritzy carbonation, just like champaign. Somewhat sticky in the mouthfeel. A bit thin overall in my opinion.

D - A good beer, but not great. Really lacks the complexity and the "wow" factor I was expecting. Mostly just sweet and boozy. I feel it needs a bit more spice or other flavors. A sipper for sure.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So, apparently this used to be brewed by Liefman's, then got bought by Duvel then Duvel didn't want it, so Het Anker bought it...LOL!!!

Pours a cloudy amber with a slight straw-colored hue to it. Lots of carbonation billows up into a huge, rocky head. It never really dissipates and leaves glacier-like sheets of lacing. Eeeexceleennt!!!

Robust, huge aromas of clove, sweet barley malt, some alcohol, some Hawai'ian Sweet bread, and even some citrusy notes, like tangerine. Very cool. So far an excellent brew.

Flavor is as big as the nose would imply. Mouthfell gets a bit thin in the early middle, which is a bummer because I was expecting, and hoping, for something a little more full bodied. This is like getting Jessica Alba instead of the ultra-fine-figured Jessica Biel...Too thin, not a lotta meat, but still beautiful...The alcohol is more pronounced than usual (8% ABV and $3.99/11.oz. bottle), too. Initial blast is a citrusy flavor - like lemonade, but unsweetened. This is battered down by the carbonation until the malt and yeast characteristics emerge from the early middle. It's like drinking a slice of Hawai'ian sweet bread. Then, this falls into the sand and is swept away while the bitterness from the hops emerges from the depths. The finish is long and bitter in a good way and leaves you wanting another drink. Despite the alcohol notes, this is highly drinkable, but a tad expensive to keep you going back for multiple rounds. Good, but not great, beer. Worth trying if you see it.

What I like most: The awesome pour and overall appearance.

What I like least: The thin bodied flavor profile.

Verdict: Short of World Class, but good beer. A tad too alcohol tasting to be a sessionable beer, but worth trying.

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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 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 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 OlRasputin989
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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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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