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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 adamette
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Winking Lizard in Fairlawn, Ohio a few hours ago, my first visit to this restaurant. Poured into a clean, clear tulip glass.

A Pours a golden yellow, lager like with visible carbonation. Head is minimal, 1 cm in height, light yellow to white. Not that impressive really to the eye.

S Difficult to smell anything...maybe some malt and grains. Not a strong smell at all.

T Malty, sugary grains with alcohol but a much weaker taste then I was expecting/hoping for. This is like a strong Pale Ale but nothing really that special.

M On the thin side like a strong pale ale or even lager. Carbonation was obvious.

D Good, especially for an 8.5% ABV beer but the taste is so umimpressive I cannot see seeking this out with any entusiasm again.

Notes: I had to get confirmation that this beer was even Lucifer. The patient bartender at the Winking Lizard said, "yes, that is Lucifer." I replied, "ok, I thought that it tasted lighter than I expected to which he said, "yes, I hear that a lot."

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

A - Pours a fairly light shade of gold. Head is almost white and comes to around half inch in height. It takes a minute or two for it to dissipate to a thin cap. Lacing is very nice for this brew. A couple floaties made it through in the pour. Appears to have a very active carbonation level.

S - There is a very light fruity aroma up front with hints of apple. Could also be some grape as well. Big malt aromas come through midway. I'm getting pale malt, honey, and sweet bread. Some grain and cereal are also present. The finale is a significant whiff of alcohol.

T - Bread and cereal dominate. Lighter malt and alcohol are also pretty strong in the flavor. Fruit is mild and tastes like ripe apples. There is a mild earthy bitterness midway to end that comes across as a tad grassy. Some Belgian yeast notes finish it up.

M - This one is on the lighter side of medium bodied with alot of carbonation. Finish starts out sweet but ends with a bitter kick that hangs on for couple minutes.

D - Drinkability is okay. Lucifer actually tastes like a 9 or 10 percent brew which does hurt the score in this last category a little. There are some of the classic Belgian Pale flavors in the Lucifer but a true balance just isn't there. The excessive carbonation does help but the perceived alcohol is overwhelming. This one just didn't live up to my expectations.

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

Got this at Gullifty's in Villanova.

A: Pours a golden body with a thick, white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: A slightly sour, malt smell with hints of alcohol.

T: A strong, alcoholic taste that mellowed out later on and allowed the sweeter malts to come to the forefront of the taste. The beer was also quite warming.

M: A thin and slightly overcarbonated mouthfeel that was still crisp; nice for the style.

D: An ok mouthfeel and taste combination. Alcohol was present, but not too bad; pretty good beer overall.

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

Pours a mellow gold yellow with large frothy white head. Sweet aroma of lemon zest and floral notes battle it out while alcohol stings the nostrils. Strong taste awaits, that warrants sips rather than gulps. A light, bubbly wine-like taste initially transforms into a sinister, lashing alcoholic bite to finish the drink. A coating of alcohol slithers down the tongue and doesn't let you forget it. The alcoholic taste shoots beyond what the ABV gives away. Kind of like the devil himself, alluring and intriguing at first but in the end his hideous side shows and you can't get that picture out of your mind.

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Photo of nikosm
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought in Athens on 23Oct08.
Enjoyed after a yammy spicy mexican chicken, which was a great pair.

Poured in a Caracole sniffer at 7o Celsium.
The color was striking bright yellow. The foam was rich for a few minutes to leave a creamy everlasting lacing. The body looked hazy with many medium size particles floating all around, playing with the carbonation bubbles.
The smell was malt and citrus, but less than expected, judging by the looks.
The taste was spicy, peppery, malty, in a very nice balance and the mouthfeel was vey enjoyable. Unfortunately the 8.5% alcool is there so you have to go easy on it.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - poured into a Maudite goblet with a fairly deep golden color. Three fingers of flat-white foam. Very sticky residue, cakey too. Adding extra beer pushes the head up over the glass, but not making a mess...too much (doh!)... Little flakes in suspension.

Aroma - very faint. Some light sweetness, a touch of powdery grain, but overall very low-key.

Taste - malty Belgian sweetness, some light but heady alcohol. On the swallow, some dry bitterness develops. Not much flavor, just something to chase the malts out. Too bad, in my opinion, as the beginning malty side flavors outshine the finish.

Mouthfeel - very bubbly, average body with a touch of smoothness.

Drinkability - worth a try but nothing special.

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Photo of Kraken
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle with no born on date. Slow pour yields a massive 5 finger white chunky head. A multitude of very fine bubbles with great retention and lacing. Sides of the glass are coated with sticky foam. Beer pours a very pale golden yellow. Lots of yeasty floaties.

Smell- Nose is very peppery with hints of clove.

Taste- Lots of light hop bitters, with a slightly metallic taste that fades over time. Sweet, almost verging on too sweet. Peppery, hints of citrus. Very smooth and easy to drink but verging on cloying. Slight cork in the taste. Very dry finish tells of the higher alcohol content.

Mouthfeel- Zippy plenty of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

Drinkability- Very drinkable, unfortunately the higher alcohol content and $9 make this unsessionable.

A very good example of the style. Give it a shot if you enjoy the style.

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

"04" Aged 3 years before drinking.

A: Huge jelly fish like floaties in bottle. Pours a light golden color with a moderate white head. Lots of suspended peppery floaties in glass.

S: There was some light malt (straw) on nose and some nice spiciness. Also present was a good yeast funkiness, resembling a farmhouse yeast strain.

T: Pale malt, spicy character, coriander, orange peel, some candi sugar. Theres some fresh fruit, apples, and pears.

M:syrupy texture, medium viscosity.

D: Overall a good beer that aged well and decent per style. Not particularly outstanding amongst others but a solid good beer none the less.

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

Dark golden colored beer. Wispy, well lasting and layered foam. Polish, leather and fruit aroma isn't great. Flavor is lightly malty, fruity and sweet. Boozy and poorly balanced, with out any depth. Lacking yeast driven flavors as well. Not dirty, but not clean either. Just a poor Belgian overall.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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 vickersspitfire
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: It has a thick (two and a half fingers thick) white head that looks very creamy and has some good lacing and covers a light golden body that's crystal clear with very little carbonation.
S: There are some light citrus aromas coming through, some mild alcohol scents and some good clean hop and malt smells as well.
T: Semi-crisp with plenty of malts, some lemon zest, it has a slightly spicy aftertaste and there is a very faint alcohol flavor.
M: Light with a slight carbonation feeling on the side of your tongue and flat feeling on the tip if your tongue.
D: easy to drink, semi-smooth, the aftertaste is a bit harsh for this beers flavor, they just don't go together.

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Photo of SickBrew
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This very pale brew has a nice aroma with almost a touch of Vanilla. Nice head but it fades quicker than some of the other Belgian Styles. It was a bit zingy on the first drink but mellowed after a few sips. I actually liked it more with each successive drink. Overall this is a fine golden ale and worth a spin if you haven't had one yet.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with a big foamy head that settles to a decent lace. The aroma is cloves,malts and hops.The taste is sweet malts,alcohol with tones of hops and yeast.
The feel is high carbonation that calms a bit after it warms and a smooth,but dry finish.

Notes: A decent brew for the style,but not something I would pay top dollar for. I just feel it was not complex and the balance was just o.k.

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Photo of therica
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in bottle in Leuven.

A= nice very-foamy near-white head. Pale yellow.

S= evident banana, hops, malts.

T= nice blend of malts, Belgian yeast, hops, some hints of savory or basil-- or possibly the traditional coriander? Not sure.

M= slight flat feel on the tongue.

D= another beer with some odd traits, drinkability depends on whether you appreciate them or not.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a St Bernardous chalice, pours a somewhat clear light gold with lots of head and lacing in all shapes and forms. The aroma is a bit light, a musty earthy hop and some nice sweetly malts and candied sugars and nice clove spice. The taste is a bit better, lots of sweet caramels and fruits, an earthy hop is a bit leafy, pretty good overall. The mouth is quite carbonated, distractingly so, but once settled down, its smooth, the carbonation lightening, and the body medium. In all its pretty stock Belgian, but stock Belgian happens to be pretty good. Drink it again? sure! Buy it again? probably not, but worth the try.

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Photo of thartman
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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 TroyS
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm 99.999% sure that I've got the correct brew, but the label and brewery are different than has been noted on the site. Let me tell you what I've got and I'll note the differences in 300 words or less;) I got Lucifer in a 330ml(11.2 oz) bottle from The Grape Vine in Pocatello, ID. The label is different from the one pictured on this site as of....now;) The label on the bottle that I got has a label that shows mostly beer with bubbles and head on the top of the beer, of course, right? Well..."Lucifer" is in a red font with a crown graphic to dot the "i" and what I think are devils horns below the "ci" in Lucifer. Ok....so the label is different and the bottle is kinda a stubby brown bottle. The other notable difference is that this "Lucifer" is bottled and brewed by Liefmans Breweries of Belgium. It's still a "Belgian Golden Ale" with quite a kick; this little devil packs a 8.5% ABV.

Ok...differences aside, I hate the name of this beer, but apparently I'm who they're marketing to, so....to the beer. It's a good strong ale. It poured with a hefty head that dissipated nicely, especially for a higher ABV beer. It was super cloudy with some monster floaties in it; it's a bottle conditioned beer. Good stuff, but don't know that it deserves the 2004 World Beer Cup for stamp, which is on the label, for a golden ale. A bit hefty for a golden ale in my opinion, but I'm Troy, not a beer judge;)

All in all, it's a very nice brew that I'd buy again if it were under a different label;)

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Photo of Nipitato
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Pours with a 2"+ white moussy and beady head, which drops to about a 1/4 inch. Light gold hue. Glowing clarity. Visible effervescence.

S: Light and sweet lemon ester aroma - akin to lemon hard candy. Some pear. Pils malt is grainy. Some perfumy fusel alcohol aromas - stronger as beer warms.

T: Mouthfilling pils malt flavor is strong. Grainy. Peppery. Some light pear esters but could be much stronger. Perfumy and sweet alcohol flavors. This is all put together pretty well.

MF: Light-mediuam body - with substantial mouthfeel due to assertive carbonation and strong malt flavor. Some alcohol warming.

D,notes: Easy to drink but there is some gaps. Too overly reliant on malt, not enough esters. I would say overly carbonated.

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Photo of morimech
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle that blew the cork out of the bottle when I barely touched it after I took the cage off. It has a very nice golden color with a large foamy white head. Retention is excellant. It appears to have abundant carbonation. Lacing is heavy

I smell apples, cloves, and some sweet malt. It smells very appetizing. No sign of alcohol.

The first taste gave me nothing but alcohol. Very hot. But subsequent sips were much milder and it displayed a nice malt profile. Not as fruity tasting as I anticipated but some apple notes are present. There is a mild, earthy hop bitterness on finish before the alcohol makes a reappearance.

Light to medium body and surprisingly the carbonation isn't harsh at all.

This is no Duvel substitute. The alcohol flavor is too strong and the flavors are not as pleasing to my palate. High ABV and strong alcohol flavor limits drinkability. Cost is also a limiting factor.

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

Picked up a stubby 11.2oz bottle of this in Asheville 'cause my buddy said he liked it more than Duvel. Well!

Lucifer is a fizzy, dirty pale gold beer with a fine fat white head of lightly packed bubbles that sulks down into my glass all too soon. Good retention on the surface, though.

Served at about 50 degrees, I'm getting a pretty typical Belgian Golden here. It's yeasty, with green apples and other esters, a hint of pepper and honey sweetness, and you just know the alcohol is sneaking around in there somewhere. But it's quite well hid till it hits near room temperature, to Lucifer's credit.

::pauses to toss some salt over his shoulder::

Now, where was I? Ah yes. Tastes good, but nothing superb to my mind. It's dry and crisp with a pleasing sweetness, but not too sweet, mind! The peppery spice and yeasty tartness add life, while the pale malts do a good job of holding everything together. Minor noble (I think) hop bitterness This is an enjoyable brew, not blowing me away... but it's solid and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style, light and fluffy, highly carbonated, finishes dry and sweet with a bit of tartness.

Lucifer is rather good, but not great. Worth a try if you like Belgians. I certainly enjoyed my trip to the dark side. Better break out a St. Bernie to get back in Good Graces.

Oh yeah. It ain't better than Duvel, Chris. :P

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Photo of bmxatv
4.8/5  rDev +32.2%
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 spointon
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 330ml brown Belgian "shorty" bottle.

A= This ale pours a pale yellow color with a substantial (2 inch) snow white head. Lots of Belgian effervescence in the carbonation here. Decent but not great lacing down the glass.

S= Musty Belgian funk all the way with notes of grassy earth and medicinal herbs. Definite alcohol aromas present as well.

T= Definitely sweet up front with layers of orchard fruits present - apple and pear come to mind. A hint of hop spiciness comes out in the middle. I also get a bit of that famous Belgian yeast (grandma's dusty basement) flavor in there as well. Surprisingly little alcohol bite considering the abv. Hence the devil reference. Very dry finish.

MF= Light/medium body. Refreshing on the palate. Carbonation provides crisp clean feel.

D= I personally don't like these Belgian Golden/Pale Ales as well as Trippels, but this is a damn fine brew that deserves a place at any fine beer establishment. Definitely worth the trouble to get some of this!

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Photo of Atron67
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brasserie V in madison

A- came to the table in a nice lucifer goblet. pretty badass glass in and off itself. clear light golden color. light head on top that didnt stay long and left only light lacing

S- slightly fruity with a light maltiness and light hoppiness. mostly a yeast beer with a nice assortment of fruitiness to go with it

T- again lightly fruity with some maltiness stronger here than before in the nose. a nice clean yeast and malti finish.

M- light body, clean smooth finish, high carbonation

d- pretty good much better than leffe which is the closest thing in terms of malt and hops i bet, but a much better yeast to give great side flavors

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

I poured the whole bottle into the glass. That included some stuff on the bottom of the bottle ( a bottle conditioned beer).
A honey yellow beer with a slight haze. Has a big foamy white head and plenty of sticky lace.The aroma was earthy with a light sweetness in the background. That earthy character flows over into the taste with a light peppery hop note at the back of the tongue. The finish leaves some herbal notes in the mouth and just a hint of licorice on the roof of your mouth.

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