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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Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden color with one of the most unusual heads I’ve ever seen on a beer. It’s tall and foamy composed of many very large bubbles that dissipates in chunks leaving a rocky and patchy lace of foamy large bubbles behind. Nose is fruity and spicy with notes of peach, pineapple, clove, and vanilla. Medium in body with a zesty and spritzy texture. Taste is just a touch of malt sweetness overpowered by spicy clove and tropical fruit at first. Some woody oak flavors then come across followed by some peppery alcohol towards the end leaving a dry finish. An enjoyable big Belgian ale, but Lucifer is no match for the real Duvel.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool name, cool enough looking bottle; I've been looking forward to trying this beer since I saw it on tap at Monk's a few months back. I was surprised right from the pour -- the beer is a very pale yellow compared to most of the Belgians I'd tried. That in itself was alright, but the head was disappointing -- thinnish, fizzy-looking, and quickly-dissipating. The aroma was an improvement -- lots of herbal/floral hops, an underlying honey/candi sugar sweetness, and a nice almost pineapple-like scent. Sadly, things went downhill after that. Mouthfeel was far too light and effervescent -- any attempt to swirl the liquid in one's mouth quickly turns the beer into fizz. Taste is zesty and sharp, with typical orange, coriander, and herbal hop flavors. Alcohol comes through way too strongly though. Not an entirely unpleasant beer, but it pales in comparison with its underworldly brethren.

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Photo of Brent
2.54/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Foamy head of tiny white bubbles, quickly faded to thin sheen of lace. Very busy carbonation bubbles race from the bottom of the glass. Pale yellow/gold, almost glowing. Sharp yeasty and somewhat metallic aroma. Flavor is rather coarse - lightly fruity notes quickly brushed aside by husky malt and raw alcohol elements. Duvel's unrefined cousin.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an odd beer. My roommate poured his beer and it was a very clear golden yellow. My beer poured a cloudy, hazy yellow color. Very effervesent with a half inch head that seemed to last. The smell is pure, fruity, grainy, malty and sweet. The taste is peppery, malty, sweet and a bit of fruit.

Tim poured this beer from the first half of the bottle and I poured the last. I actually liked the taste of mine better but the look of his better. Still, a good beer that I would like to sample again.

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Photo of 49degrees
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting brew that truly represents many of the characteristics of the traditional Belgian strong ale. In recent years, Lucifer has made its way to this side of the Atlantic in both tap and bottle form. I had the opportunity to enjoy this one on tap a few months back at the Tap House Grill in Bellevue, WA, but unwittingly got socked with a $11.00USD price for a tulip shaped glass of this stuff). Don’t get me wrong, this is very enjoyable beer, but not at that price. Thankfully, this review is based on their 11.2oz green bottle complete with gold-toned foil label and more than reasonably priced at $3.49USD.

The brew itself pours a very solid golden hue with a reasonable size head, which slowly gives way to a solid surface foam, a mid-size collar, but sadly almost no lacing.

Aroma wise, Lucifer clearly represents everything that the Belgian strong ales stand for --- strong and robust characteristics complete with an almost medicinal like quality, fruity hints and a slight earthy undertone.

Taste wise, both bottle and tap deliver a very strong kick, a pungent palette grasping attack with slight hoppy hints. Quite dry in comparison to some brews, it dishes up a fairly consistent fruity and yeasty hit that’s somewhat unique to this beer.

It appears to be clearly modeled after Duvel both in style, texture, alcohol counts and name with Duvel and Lucifer both meaning Devil. Duvel is the clear leader on this one, but Lucifer shouldn’t be discounted as a cheap knockoff. Just like the former, a modest level of attention needs to be paid to this one as its 8.5%abv will surely sneak up on unsuspecting guests.

All in all, if the price is right on Lucifer, be sure to give it a whirl, but don’t get sucked into paying some of the exorbitant prices that some retailers attempt to fetch for this one.

[ STATS:>> 10 oz draught / ABV: 8.0% abv / PRICE: $11.00 USD ]
[ STATS:>> 11.2 oz bottle / ABV: 8.0% abv / PRICE: $3.49 USD ]

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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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much better than I expected. A great belgian beer that poured with a pale golden look reminiscent of a Duvel, the head was also a little out of control at first(also like a Duvel). The smell and taste very very sharp and spicy and reminded me of a la fin du monde or a maudite from Unibroue. For those of you who know Unibroues beers than you know that this beer is a real treat. An incredibly spicy taste, with a great subtle, clean aftertaste, and a nice full mouthfeel round out this great Belgian brew. Very drinkablwe at 8.5%abv but damn expensive at the steelgarden where it was $6 for a single bottle!!!!!!!

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good Belgian beer for those really just starting out in the world of fine beer tasting. It is what a fundamental Belgian should be to the beginner. It is a great golden color, yet not too light. The aroma is appealing with slight sweetness and spice, but not as much as say some other Belgians. This is one that would go well at just about any time. Well worth seeking out. Prost!

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

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia. Bright golden color with a fluffy white head. Spicy, fruity, bubblegummy aromas and flavors. A bit of pear in the taste, along with peppery spiciness. Nice, but not the best Belgian on tap that day.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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 Longstaff
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Redbones and unfortunately was served in a pint glass which detracted from the presentation and flavor. No head to speak of, just a light whitish film on top. Started off sweet but the mouthfeel seemed a little thin a watery, but the alcohol flavors and fruitiness saved it. The alcohol made my body all warm and tingly. I would have more of this when its available at Redbones, but I wish they would serve it in the appropriate glass - it would be much more enjoyable.

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Photo of LarryV
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @Redbones. The head was virtually non existent but for a thin wispy lace. Not as complex in flavor as most Belgiums. Aroma was pleasant, rather fruity. Alchohol is very prevalent in the taste, almost dominating it. Smooth mouth feel. Not a bad beer, but as others have stated, rather lacking in dimension, and there are better choices.

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Photo of rastaman
2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A lot of these duvel imitators are hit and miss, this is a big fat miss from me, a bit fizzy and thin, even a bit chemically towards the end, and the alcohol is too evident, the Belgian yeast and slight spicy flavour, make up for the rest, and make it slightly interesting, but not really a good example of the style, stick with Duvel.

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Photo of marc77
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light golden in hue w/ brilliant, lager - like clarity if decanted off the sediment. The dense, sticky, porcelain white head is supported by copious threads of bubbles. The aroma is dominated by clove phenols, with light fruity tartness secondary. Quite clean aromawise for style. Prickly carbonation and honey sweetness are perceptible at first, then yield to peppery alcohol and mellow clove. Subdued sweet/ tart cider notes persist as a constant undertone. Dry and well attenuated overall in profile; the use of light candi sugar is quite evident. Hop bitterness is appropriately light, yet provides some contrast to residual sweetness. Finishes expectedly dry, with clove and a hint of black licorice quickly fading. Light alcohol warmth emerges after a long deliberation. Although perhaps a bit too "clean" and tame when compared to other pale strongs, Lucifer is still a very flavorful brew. The overall clean profile and crisp mouthfeel lend excellent drinkability.

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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 Todd
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Redbones.

Golden/yellow with a thin white Brussels lace. Phenols, bubblegum and grass in the aroma.

Musty/yeast flavour followed by a spicy-ish hop flavour that melds with a spicy alcohol presence. Grassy, leafy hop bitterness. Mild cheesy characters. Faint malt sweetness. Dry finish.

A pretty decent ale and quite full of character and hidden alcohol evil, however certainly not the best example of its style.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bad malt nose with stong yeast alcohol effects. Blond look with a 1/4 inch thick lasting pale white head. Perfect strong pale look in the Lucifer (woman's shaped) goblet.. what lines. As you drink there is a lasting white sheen that sparkles down the glass. Sweet taste at first with a huge "bam" alcohol finish. A great bold beer, but its drinkability suffers a little due to the huge alcohol kick. Can be evil so "handle with care".

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