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 Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of lace, pure yeasty taste with some spiciness, corriander and pepper and citrus and fairly malted though not overly sweet, medium body, drying finish from sugar and aggressive carbonation. Somewhat astringent lemony mouthfeel otherwise Easy drink. Cole's Belgium fest sample.
Had it again a couple months later and raised the aroma score on the yeast and spice. Carbonation was easier at room temperature.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this was to be similar to a Duvel. The beer poured out as a nice looking hazy yellow color. The head was large and white. The lacing wasn't too bad here either. The smell of the beer was spicy and had some hoppy aromas coming from it. The taste was hoppy and spicy, there was some booze in there too. The mouthfeel was aggressive lots of tingling carbonation on the tongue. Overall it was a pretty cool beer to have had. A little bummed that it's retired now.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't know why, but I really didnt' think this beer would be any good. It looks so novel-ish, that I constantly passed it up. Although it is not exactly Duvel, it's pretty good stuff. Alcoholic, fuity, spicy, and dry...even in the aroma. Looks lemon yellow with fair / active carbonation and a loosely-knit head. Tastes fruity with lemons, oranges, pears, and green apples. Stops short of rich creamy fruits (peaches or apricots). Peppery with curraco and corriander. Pretty thin in the body, but compensates with flavor intensity--maybe a little over-attenuated. Not really creamy, but crisp and clean. Arid-dry in the finish and void of any aftertaste. Not overly complex or full of thought, but clean and to-the-point.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a prodigious head that leaves some lacing, but less than expected

Smell: Herbacious and yeasty; somewhat medicinal; that typical Belgian Golden aroma, but somewhat understated

Taste: Starts with a herbacious mouthful that, after the swallow, shows elements of yeast, bubblegum, balsa wood and floral tones

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly

Drinkability: Certainly representative of the style but not outstanding

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a huge head with perfect retention. Aroma is mix between floral malt and some spices. Taste is very refreshing with again the floral malt mixing well with the spices. The alcohol is well hidden and body is just above average. Probably of Riva’s best product and very nice example of a blonde Belgian Ale.

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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 oberon
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a better example of a Blgiam pale,pourd a light goldrn color with a huge head,aroma is lightly spicey and a little mineral-like.Taste starts out quite sweet with a little spiciness and a dry finish.A straight forward ale but lacks alot of character in my opinion.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey.

A: Huge glass with huge fizzy head, hazy amber orange color.

N: Nose of Belgian malts, yeast, and a touch of Belgian sweet malts and sugar.

T: Creamy Belgian malts again, slight pale hops with spicy flavors, strong flavor and boozy taste, some yeast too.

M: Semi thick with warming booze and decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty pale and slightly bitter. Lingering boozy malts and Belgian malt flavors.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bubblicious fuzzy gold with pale lemon trim. The airy, eggshell head is large after a fairly gentle pour and is being maintained by the hyperkinetic carbonation feeding its underside. Sections of the cap are maintaining contact with the sides of the glass, but not much lace ends up sticking. Dribs and drabs only.

Lucifer doesn't smell bold enough to be a BSPA, but I guess the ABV is determinative in this case. It smells more like a Belgian pale ale, or better yet, a 'Belgian Golden Ale' as indicated on the label. It's mostly malty with a decent quantity of (probably) noble hops and a smattering of spice. There's no alcohol and very little Belgian yeastiness.

The flavor is good, it just doesn't blow me away. Again, BPA/BGA is spot-on due to the restrained nature of... pretty much everything. I'd think that a beer named for the Prince of Darkness would be more forceful than this, but maybe Beelzebub is making an effort to emphasize the more sensitive side of his personality. The carbonation is the only aspect of the beer that's 'balls to the wall' and even that's settling down with each passing minute.

The focal point is a light fruitiness reminiscent of crisp, slightly tart apples and pears. There's more white peppery spiciness on the palate than there was in the nose, although it's still far from yeast-intensive. Finally, it tastes like there are more noble hops than in most beer of this general style. The flavor intensity never reaches great heights, but it does manage to hang on for a bit, with an increasingly spicy, somewhat dry, ultimately clean finish.

The mouthfeel matches the rest of the beer's attributes very well. It's as light and as airy as the head was. I'm not usually one to look kindly on overly bubbled beer, but this is one case in which a less active mouthfeel would be detrimental. I'm having a hard time believing the stated ABV. It tastes and drinks no higher than 6.0%.

Lucifer isn't devilishly delicious, but it is a tasty, drinkable version of the BPA style. Due to its lighter, more subtle nature, it seems more angelic than demonic to me. It's worth a look, just don't expect it to set your (under)world on fire.

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Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Redbones.

This shows you that most Belgian beers are better from the bottle, not to say from the tap it was not good … it actually was quite appetizing. Lacing was down to a ring around the glass by a few sips. Aroma was herbal, medicinal and grassy with hints of big alcohol. Sweet and spicy with a grassy herbal phenolic and grain, a bit leafy with the hops as their bitterness invades the palate. Mildly fruity with a vague apple skin and pear flavour. Finished quite dry.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bone white, marshmallow-fluffy head that appeared despite my careful pour as part of a training session on ale and pouring at Bridgewaters Pub. Nose had a big scent of alcohol. At 8.5%, this was no playing around. Properly poured, this was a beautiful deep-gold color, like liquid sunshine. The mouthfeel was full and creamy with a warm sensation from the alcohol. Finish was dry, definitely musty, yeasty, yummy.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy golden hue with a vibrant bubbly white behemoth sized head that leaves thick even patches of lace in my snifter. Aroma is light stricken green bottle esque with the european hop aroma slightly turned a little enough to notice, however there is still enough pleasant fruit tones to cover up the skunky smell a little. The sweet forefront of this belgium golden ale has a shimmering malt wave profile that tickles the palate, just what a shame that this beer as the dimethyl offness caused by the light. Overall still an enjoyable Belgium offering, just makes me more aprehensive about ordering beer in a green bottle. Lighter in body nice full carbonation, overall a very drinkable beer just beware of the 8.5% abv I didn't know it was that high.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw color with a lot of head of course and significant lacing. Nose is fruity with some yeasty tones and I also get a whiff off...something like old paint I used to use when I was 5 at school. The taste is a bit too accented with the alcohol for my preference, but there are still the heavy tones of hops that you’d recognize from drinking this style. Overall it is a good brew, but I can’t say I would go back to it just yet. I still want to try a lot of others to see how I feel.

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cage-corked bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

The smell is of grainy maltiness with some pepper and slight subtle grassy notes.

The taste is of sweet malt, candy sugar and some grassy notes. Like the aroma, the taste is fine, but rather muted. Alcohol comes through in a dry finish. It is appropriately light bodied.

This is fine, but nothing spectacular. Easy enough to drink despite alcohol level, mainly due to its lightness. I had it next to Duvel to compare it and it didn't stand up to it, though it's not bad on its own right.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All great things breed imitations, but not any old sparkling golden Belgian ale can match Duvel, no matter what Hellish moniker it adopts. Such is the case with Lucifer.
Pours out a hazy gold color, underneath a snowy white, brilliantly lacey and effervescent head. Aroma is quite shy, giving off bits of spiciness, but largely dry and soft, lacking any distinguishing phenols. A sparkling taste hops about the buds, but, again, not a lot of character. Dazzling hop presence, firm and fiery texture, good, solid malt body contributing to a underlying sweetness on the palate. A simple, but enjoyable finish. Overall, a pleasant, decent brew, but a far, far cry from the true Devil. More like Beelezebub Jr. the 3rd cousin removed on his mother's sister's side.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger white foamy head, nice islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, yeasty, bready, and grassy. The taste is mostly yeasty, bready, and grassy. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but would most likely not buy again, recommended though.

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Photo of Gavage
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served in a Lucifer glass, and it was a clear golden yellow color with a thick head that stuck to the sides of the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet but very floral with some citrus qualities. The beer is definitely sweet on the tongue with a good amount of bitterness. There is a slight dryness and bitterness on the tongue after swallowing. The alcohol seems to peak through a little to much, but it is not offensive. One Lucifer is plenty during a session.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse.

I think the CO2/Nitro mix might have been a little odd, but that aside, there just wasn't much flavor. It was a very smooth, too clean, golden ale, with a touch of funky yeast flavor and aroma. The funky note was light and came off like stinky cheese, so not all that pleasant. Basically an OK strong Belgian in terms of flavor, but very drinkable.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet fruity pale malt scent with Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very dry pale malt flavor with a bit of a warm earthy aftertaste. Hops are present, but are very weak in the finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a decent Belgian pale ale. It could use a little less carbonation and a bit more fruitiness in the taste. It is a very dry brew, but not a bad drinker, regardless.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Hazy straw yellow with a bit of head and some nice lacing.

S. Wheats and some spice.

T. Very very light, unanticipated. Held some clove and banana tones, and the bready yeast was there too.

M. Light and crisp. Coats the palate with a bitter aftertaste.

D. Fairly drinkable, and a good session brew. A bit expensive and not too special.

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Lucifer from Brouwerij Riva S.A.
3.63 out of 5 based on 233 ratings.
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