Lucifer | Brouwerij Het Anker

LuciferLucifer
BA SCORE
3.81/5
522 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:
#13,946
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
522
pDev:
11.81%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
88
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 522 |  Reviews: 145
Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Ah, the pleasure(s) of The CANQuest (TM)! I was visiting the Foodery (N. Liberties) in PHL (where else?) when I spotted this gem in the cooler. I moved a little too slowly to be the first to review it from a CAN, but this is a real serving type for this beer.

From the CAN: "Classic Belgian Ale"; "A fiery specialty from Belgium, Lucifer is a gold-yellow ale with a delicate bitterness, fruity aroma and complex finish."; "Brewed by Het Anker 'Brewers of Gouden Carolus'".

The Crack had a nice snap to it and I once again employed the Inverted Glug to create more than two fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with great retention. "Fruity aroma"?!? It smelled like somebody was chewing an entire pack of Juicyfruit gum! Color was a slightly-hazy sunshine-yellow. I leaned in for a better sniff and caught not only mixed fruit, but also a yeasty mustiness. Oh my! Mouthfeel was soft, caressing on the tongue with a very fruity flavor in the mouth. "Delicate bitterness"? Too delicate to register on my palate, apparently, but I am not usually drinking this style for its associated IBUs. Finish was semi-dry with the yeast causing a dryness in my throat on the extreme finish. This is most impressive in a CAN and while I would not want a whole bunch, it would probably play pretty big among both initiates and those in the know if if I brought some in a cooler.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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 mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather odd choice for Easter when you think about it, but who really thinks about these things anyway. I cracked this one first thing along with a couple others to get the afternoon rolling along. Served chilled and poured into a 6 ounce tasting glass, this one was consumed on 04/04/2010.

Near perfect pour starts out the day with a bang. Huge head of white foam caps a bright golden and cloudy body that eventually clears and settles out to a solid light layer of golden perfection. Lots of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session that continually reinforced the already impressive look of it. Light bready notes lead the charge before some peach and pear notes start to filter in. A light note of spice is picked up as well, almost pepper like but not quite it really comes through quite nicely. First sip is again light, with a definite herbal quality to it before the light fruit notes start to percolate in and mix it up quite well. Light grasses, a touch of honey and a definite pear and apple flavor round it out quite well leaving me very happy and looking for a another sip quite readily, even before the first finishes drying out.

Overall a very solid and very well rounded pale. I had no problems putting this one down and could see it being a nice intro into the bigger styles. Really a solid offering here for sure.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chippo33
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of AlexFields
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, gold color. Two inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of pale malt, hint of citrus hops, hint of spice, and a hint of dough. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of citrus hops, slight spice, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good blend, appearance, aroma, and body.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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 tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big shout out to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of yeast, some mild fruits. Taste is fruity, spicy, malts, a touch of alcohol and just a bit of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a tulip. The bottle is dated 11/6/12, so I'm guessing that's a best-by date.

Appearance: poured with a gigantic tightly-packed white head. Light yellow-golden hue with a bit of haze and apparent effervescence.

Smell: malty and a little grainy; there is a little bit of pear and apple and just a hint of cherry. Nice, but not terribly refined.

Taste: mild but tasty. Less graininess than the aroma; just a nice, mild malt with little hints of fruit here and there. Not my favorite BSPA, but it's a relatively solid entry.

Mouthfeel: very high carbonation teams up with a medium body to make for a super creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Good stuff.

Drinkability: tasty enough; with the good mouthfeel it's incredibly drinkable. The ABV is undetectable.

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Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Because I already possess the Lucifer branded snifter, I knew I had to buy a bottle of the beer. What I didn't expect was it to take more than six months since I bought the glass to purchase a bottle to fill it up. So, here goes a 330 ml bottle with a best by July 2012, on to the beer:

A murky straw colored beer with a thick and soapy color on the pour, eventually dropping to a thin lace. The nose is worrisome, as it features some rusty malt and touch of cardboard along with decent fruit and sugar aromas.

There isn't as much off-flavor action in its taste as the nose. It's a reasonable pleasure, offering pear, honey, pineapple, spicy alcohol heat, and a little huskiness getting in the way. Closer to medium than full bodied, somewhat airy, a little alcohol felt.

A solid strong blonde from the folks that brought us Gouden Carolus. I imagine that a bottle without the defects would rate higher, though it has a lot of work to do if it wants to meet its stablemates. At least the label is really cool.

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Lucifer from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 522 ratings
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