Lucifer | Brouwerij Riva S.A.

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Riva S.A.

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The brand and brewing was transferred to Het Anker in 2008.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 233 |  Reviews: 217
Photo of FenwaySquid
4.8/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 25.4 oz bottle, BBD of March 208 stamped on top of the cage cap, poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Poured a bright yellow color with lots of carbonation rising from the bottom. Head formed thick and faded very slowly.

Aroma: Strong alcohol smell at first, as the beer sits floral hop aromas become more dominant.

Taste: Dry malts up front giving way to floral hoppy flavors in the middle. You also get just a hint of the alcohol as well. The finish is bitter and hoppy with the dry malty undertones. The finish is excellent.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth for such a strong brew, the carbonation was balanced almost perfectly.

Overall: Not as good as Duvel, but damn close. If you like Belgian golden ales, or want to try one, this is a great choice.

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Photo of bmxatv
4.8/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer rules. 1st had it on tap at Issaac Newtons in Newtown, Pa. Pours a nice golden yellow with a fantastic frothy white head. Smells of fruits and nuts are present but the real treat is when you bring it to your mouth. Your nose immediately catches the fine aroma and alchochol smell is seductively present. This beer was like a party in my mouth, lots of carbonation and full body fill your mouth with pleasure. Just be careful as you can easily get smashed on this brew. This beer is usually on tap at most Belgian bars in center city if you're in town try Monks or Eulogy, you won't be dissappointed!

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Photo of GoSteelers
4.63/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great taste for a high alc. beer (don't usually like the sweetness)

Subtle hoppiness which is usually missing in Belgian beers.

Very light straw color, nice head, carbonation, and lacing.

Smells more malty than it tastes.

Definately will buy this beer again!

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Photo of wchesak
4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Abbaye du Val-Dieu glass, would have used a Duvel glass if I had one

A - very large white head that left a large cloud like pile on top of the beer, the head lasted forever leaving lace along the way, the color was an opaque whitish/amber almost like a Belgian wit with a big more golden color to it

S - slightly fruity, lemony, some good spice from the hops also

T - light fruit at first, then spice from the saaz hops im assuming, then goes a bit dry

M - crisp, on the light side of medium bodied - just too much substance to it to consider it light bodied; very smooth

D - i couldnt put this beer down, the heat from the alcohol comes at the far back part of the throat and is not a bad thing, lets you know you really have a 8.5 beer

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Photo of Zorro
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy sun yellow brew with ferocious champagne like carbonation.

The smell is a field of flowers in summer; the scent almost makes you dodge a passing bee by reflex. Strong coriander note to this but it really smells like a French Saison ale.

Taste is a little sweet with strong hit of coriander flavor. Flavor is mild with a lot of flavors of flowers and herbs like sage and fennel. A pleasant mild brew so I have to search for flaws, maybe a faint taste of metal? A good brew in the same class as Duvel or DeuS Brut Des Flandres.

Mouthfeel is very good, probably because of the carbonation.

Super drinkable brew, a close clone of DeuS Brut Des Flandres.

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Photo of boulevard2
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with no expiration date . Tasting date 3-3-07

Pours a golden ale with a thick head with heavy carbonation. Very light and cleansing. Has a great belgian champagne like nose with fruits and other esthers confusing my nose and mouth. 8% abv makes this a strong belgian and would put this up against what I thought was the best beer around Duval. This is a must try!!!

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Photo of probert
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of retry4z
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has to be the most disappointing label change in beer history. Part of the greatness of Lucifer before was the cool it's boring. Some would say "classy". But I liked the other one...reminded me of a Goblin soundtrack album cover. [Label is the one with the rounded lettering and a devil-figure on top of the "i"...currently pictured on BA as of this review.]

Anyway, this went into a Lucifer snifter, naturally, producing an inches-thick head with plenty of fast-moving bubbles feeding it and keeping it fluffy. Color is a gorgeous burnt gold that shines. Lace is cobwebby and thick.

Aroma is prototypical Belgian Golden Ale: big fruit sweetness, spices that tickle the nose and a bold yeast presence. Put your nose in and you can't help but think "Belgium!"

Haven't had this for almost two years, and it delivers that same boozy kick. Plenty of drunk fruits wobbling around; lighter flowery flavors; a healthy kick of spices like ginger and white pepper; syrupy malt sweetness; something lighter like pilsner malts (a la Duvel); and polite dirt/earth yeastiness bringing up the rear.

Just a very light coating in the mouth, an interesting counter to its basic crispness. Slightly metallic notes in the finish, but also some nice flowery flavors and something like maple syrup too.

This was one of the first Belgian beers that provided a gateway for me when I was just discovering bigger, bolder, better beer. It still has its charm, and is an excellent example of what Belgium can offer...but over time, I've found 100 others I prefer even more. Bring back that old label!!

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Photo of dsa7783
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from Short Hills... As far as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale is concerned, this is a top depiction of the style, bursting with quality, flavor, and chracter... Very nice, lucid, clear appearnce, very ginger-ale like, with non-stop, rising carbonation that wouldn't stop... frothy, foamy head lingered on top of a golden-colored hue... smell was replete with honey, florals, citrus, lemon, and lime... taste strongly complemented the aroma, with a noticeable candied-sugar flavor that was very powerful and includes slight esters, vanilla, phenols, and peppermint... very good, rich, thick flavor that was loaded with quality and strong taste... really enjoyed this one, with a great, rich mouthfeel that was easily drinkable and went down, crisp, clean, and smooth... Very good depiction of the style - Definitely recommended...

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Photo of atsprings
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Swerved a crisp straw gold with a decent head that left decent lacing. The aroma was a little weak, some sweet fruits and yeast. The taste was a wonderful citrus flavor that did a nice job slightly covering the yeast. The beer was very light and crisp with well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jimiv73
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow the name itself scared me but i found myself very intriged anyway to try this! a definite belgium ale it pours off yellow and a nice thick frothy head white in color! their is a definite presents of yeast and citrus flavors with a slight hoppyness to it! beer tasted delicious if you duvel or victorys golden monkey!!! it felt good in the mouth there was lots of tingling and mouthwatering goin on! i give this beer a 4,5 in drinkability because its good and goes down smooth with a slight bitter feel on the tip of the tongue! plus you can drink alot of these lol!!! although a bit pricy @ 8 bucks a glass!

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Now I really enjoyed this beer. I split one with my girlfriend and I was impressed. This is one of the first almost hop based belgians I've had, and a damn good one at that. This is a truly unique belgian beer. While this may not be for all, I really really liked it. Give it a shot.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up golden with a thick creamy head. Slightly hazy and there were some floaters.

S - Smells like sweet apple cider. Delicious aroma.

T & M - Very dry with apple notes in the background, and good mouthfeel.

D - I was put off by the small bits floating in the beer, but this is extremely drinkable.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented as a golden yellow liquid with minimal white head. Smell is slightly of spices, but a nice maltiness also is present.Taste is amazingly light with a slight sweet maltiness. The finish is very calm with a nice swettness. Was a very pleasant easy drinking beer. Hard to believe that 8.5% alcohol was hidden in there. Would love to try again.

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with two fingers of creamy, white head on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves little lace.

S - Fruity notes of pears and some pineapple with lots of earthy hops and a bit of pilsner malt sweetness.

T - Sweet pilsner malt up front with earthy herbal hop flavors. Some spicy clove notes from the yeast in the middle along with some pepper. Finishes with moderate bitterness, more honey malt notes and canned pineapple flavor.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This beer has a great, plisner like character of rich malt. The fruity yeast adds complexity and helps to identify this as a Belgian, though the yeast character is cleaner than that of some other pale Belgian ales and the fruit notes in the flavor fall a little flat. Drinkable and refreshing, it is a good beer though there are better examples of the style that are readily available.

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Photo of Phatz
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a surprise. It is late tonight. I thought I would just grab Belgian pale ale that I expected to be like all the other and write a simple review before going to bed. I lit it warm a bit poured in my snifter and WOW to my surprise:

Appearance: Pours a clear gold with active carbonation fueling the massive rocky head that filled half my glass. The head fades and leave sticky splotchy lace randomly but heavily around the glass.

Smell: Hot with spices and alcohol. Bread malts some raw Belgian candy sugar some yeast a splash of pepper.

Taste: Tart apples, lemon and coriander, bready malts and a hop presence that grows as it warms. The pepper in the finish also grows. The aftertaste is dry and warm with alcohol and pepper.

Mouthfeel: As the beer reaches room temp the smooth carbonation and the warm alcohol and spices make this a soft, yet hot feeling beer.

Drinkability: It is a sipper but a pleasant one. I would like to pair this beer with a dinner of stuffed peppers. I think it is the type of thing most suited for dinner as apposed to a tasting.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean golden yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a pilsner like hop. In the taste, a sweeter malt with nice small hoppiness. A small hoppy bite, and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, sweet pilsner aftertaste. Very pilsner like, light and good. Hides the alcohol very well.

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Photo of thartman
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am fairly sure I have the correct beer, the label and bottle shape are different, but here's what I got.

The bottle shape is similar to a Duvel, 11.2 fl. oz., label reads Belgian Golden Ale, and there is also a reference to a gold medal at the 2004 World Beer Cup for a Belgian Style Pale Ale. The label is yellow with "Lucifer" in red. The brew has an 8.5% Alc./Volume rating. The label reads brewed and bottled by Liefmans Breweries, Oudenaarde-Dentergem, Belgium. Under the Dentergems Breweries portion of the Liefmans website is a picture of the brew that I am sampling.

Anyway, this was picked out of the lineup at Union Jack's on the Manatwney by my date. Not sure what to expect by the name, but was pleasantly suprised. This brew poured a pale yellow, clear, with a thick, foamy two-finger head, excellent retention. Light smell of lemons, some malt, some bready grains. Taste of some lemon, Belgian yeast, delicate hop bitterness, and suprisingly mellow, considering the alcohol content. From the taste and feel, it is obviously a Belgian style, as brewed in Belgium. Definitely worth seeking out and don't be fooled by the label.

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Photo of BrewAStorm
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased 12/30/05 in 750ml form had date stamped 12/2007 on top of cork.

The first thing I noticed was the amount of carbonation, it seemed alittle high as the amount of head was excessive (poured into a tulip glass). The color was what was stated on the bottle, Golden and quite clear. Smell was pleasing with hops and other earthen greens. After allowing the head to subside I found the taste to be much smoother and mellow then the aroma, very drinkable, even for the non-good-beer drinker. The slight hint of alcohol was present but was not there long enough to interfere with the aftertaste. The aftertaste, although a bit sweet, was just as mellow as the first taste.
Overall, a pretty good beer! Could have had less carbonation, but allowing the beer to reach 45-50 degrees F after being poured was all that was needed to bring the levels down.

Looking for this on tap.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours golden with a massive head out of the 750ml. smells malty with a definite hint of alcohol.

goes down smooth, a little lighter than other beligians. malts donminate the flavoring, but there is a great blend of hops. the alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering.

it is good, but it is not a duvel. it is not as rich, and its alcohol flavor is stronger.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Flying Pig...
Appears a hazy gold with a nice white head that slowly fades and leaves streaks of lacing around the glass.
Smell is of bubblegum, banana, tropical fruit, cloves, pepper, yeasty bread, and coriander. I can pick up a bit of Belgian Pils, and maybe some munich malt.
Taste is of the aromas.
Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth, yeasty, slightly spicey, and peppery.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from a bottle into a twenty ounce wine gobblet. This was bottle conditioned with no sign of a best by date.

Appearance: Poured a celebratory golden sun coloration. The head was nearly two inches of creamy off white goodness. The thin lace played on the way down the glass. Tiny bubbles erupted from the bottom of the glass continously.

Smell: Smells sweet grassy herbal with clove and vanilla playing with a definate lemony citrus smell. The alcohol is present but is well masked in the sweetness of the beer.

Taste: The taste play around my palate. The beers sweetness is in evidence. The devil has a heart of candy goodness. There are definate woody herbal taste floating around with cloves, coriander and lemon. The alcohol announces its presence but is not domineering.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is a light to medium bodied beer. It is well carbonated which complements its over all drinkability. The sweetness is well balanced between spiceness and hoppy goodness. What can I say I am down with the devil.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Crisp golden color with a fading frothy head
S: Citrus sweetness with a hint of spice
T: A dry floral/fruity flavor is pervasive throughout, the spice aroma makes itself known in taste toward the end
M: Crisp finish, soft and smooth body
O Easy to consume, difficult to tire of

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Hmmmm. Interesting. It's not the beer I remember, but still worth a try.

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Lucifer from Brouwerij Riva S.A.
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 233 ratings