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 TLove
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

(From Notes)

750 ml bottle to Stella Artois glass.

An intense amount of carbonation goes straight up the nose from the first sip. If you just started drinking this while reading through past reviews, slow down and let the carbonation die out first.

Stylistically, it is representative of its color and its thick, foamy head holds well throughout the drink. Slight floral notes, with some citrus (particularly lemon), grainy malts, and a honey-derived sweetness. Only slightly syrupy for a Belgian Golden Ale and the alcohol is definately notable, but not overpowering. Carbonation is strong throughout, as is the slight graininess. Semi-sweet, semi-smooth finish, but ultimately pretty dry and not as rewarding as I was hoping for. But for $3.99 at Rodmans in DC, I'll take one any day.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 25ozer into a large DFH snifter. I have not had this in about 5-6 years.

Bright sunshine, a bold yellow hue with some bronze outlines. A careful pour yielded just a bit of debris in the liquid. A unmistakable belgian head arose with a bright white look 2 inches high and would not quit. Spraypaint lace initially.

Lucifer is all about the Belgian yeast, it's the main scent coming off with Belgian candi, bubblegum and other like smells. Some tropical fruit with just a touch of light hopping. The alcohol seems well masked than it was when I had it last under a different brewery, as Hat Anker seems to have taken over the recipe.

Fruits mixed with yeast up front, thats for sure. A bit of alcohol as well, but masked well. Freshly mashed apples and some earthy floral hops. As it warms some malt sweetness evens the field and the flavor. Some spice on the finish, maybe coriander.

The feel is a bit bumpy once cold, and quite frankly once it warms as well. The carbonation is high, but not in the red zone. A lively feel. The alcohol and some banana linger on the palate afterwards. Light bodied and fairly well balanced.

Im thinking since this beer is in new hands, that maybe some tinkering has been done to the recipe, the alcohol seems well sheltered, and the flavor is a bit fuller. Still, this is not my favorite Belgian pale strong but it's getting there. This is a good one to go to from time to time.

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Photo of nickd717
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Cheeky Monk in Denver. Hazy blond color with a nice creamy white head. Aroma is sweet pale malt, sugar, yeast, and citrus. Flavor is more of the same, pretty sweet, with yeast, mild hop bitterness, and a touch of alcohol. Body and carbonation are medium. Drinkable, but nothing special.

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Photo of mhatters
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked 75cl bottle into a Duvel glass

Pours a yelloworange color with a thick white billowy head. A few pits of sediment got caught up in the glass. Slightly hazy.

Fruit and honey in the nose, light fruit - apple, pear.

A bit spicy, balanced by the fruit. The spice and fruit compete a bit, and then a honey sweetness comes through towards the finish.

A bit light light in the feel - lightly carbonated too. The spice hangs out a bit long in the finish.

Pretty good, but in a style with other great beers. I do not hink I want another. OK, not great.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good and reliable Belgian Golden Ale

Presentation: 750 ml corked bottle. Simple and succinct label with an image of the liquid and an award icon. Minimal description of style noting second fermentation in bottle. Showsfreshness date on top the metal plaque covering the cork (06/2010 A7165). It neither shows IBUs or ┬░Plato, only Alc. by Vol. (8.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Crisp golden color under a very large foamy head that holds pretty well with touches of lacing as it goes down.

S - Sweet softness with faint floral notes.

T - Sweet maltiness with a touch of spices and a present but not overwhelming alcoholic tone, and a somewhat dry finish.

M - Smooth, light body with hefty carbonation

D -Nicely drinkable. Straight forward offering that still represents a quality Belgian standard.

Notes: Sure, it may not be the best of the style but it is a nice brew. The style is not my favorite but I like to keep a few of these around to open up beer sessions in particular to get eager beginners going with a nice and accessible brew. The average price of this import in the US is OK but may not make it an outstanding choice next to comparable golden ales. However some of the offers for these large bottles showing up recently on the East Coast make it a great choice to stock up a few.

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Photo of mltobin
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally bought a stubby bottle of Lucifer after having seen it on beer menus and the restaurant being out of it.

Appearance is a golden color with bubbles and cloudiness inside with a fat 1 finger head at first that slowly loses its height.
Smell is sharp with spice, yeast is present and some alcohol.
Taste has more of that alcohol with some sugary sweetness, but it finishes light and easy overall. Mouthfeel contains carbonation, yeast again and more of those bubbles. And finally the drinkability is better than average, especially considering that Lucifer clocks in at an ABV of 8.5% This is a good belgian golden ale, but not a great one in my humble opinion.

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Photo of thekanna
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow with miles of billowy white frothy head.

S: Overall faint sweetness mixed with resilient Belgian yeasts. A slight spiciness hits the back of the throat when the aroma is taken in a bit more.

T: Yeasts with a wonderfully strong tinge of coriander, pepper, and honey. A slightly medicinal bitterness resounds on the tongue in the aftertaste, which detracts slightly from the beautifully rich honey sweetness in the body. Still, overall a very well-composed brew, with clear stages in the taste.

M: Nice effervescence; tingles the tongue very well.

D: Great to just sit, sip, and enjoy the flavor. I'm glad I picked this up, even though it was a bit pricey.

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Photo of Vancer
2.52/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow, poured this without swirling, and I have more floaties and chunks that I could ever imagine, doesn't look too good in the clear golden brew from the squatty 11.2 bottle.

Phenolic plastic in the aroma, this is going south quickly. Blah taste of old summer fruit and malt. Not boozy, but not a good tasting brew either. Glad I only grabbed one for a taste - won't go back for anymore.

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Photo of AccidentalKate
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bright opaque yellow, with a light head but everlasting belgium lace.

Smell: Citrusy, with a hint of malt and grain.

Taste: Quite the lemony taste here, with a strong grainy backbone, and a decent finish.

Mouthfeel: Was weaker than I expected. Not as effervescent as I believed it would be. Sharp at first, but then quickly loses what ever zing it had and became a little watery.

Drinkability: A Good beer, with some flaws. Not perfect, but good enough for a hot afternoon.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours s pale and cloudy straw yellow. A wee bit reminiscent of champagne, actually. The head is not champagne like. White, big, and creamy, though with big ol' puffs as well. Belgian-characteristic retention. With the first few pours, some sediment. With the last - an absolute boatload. Not particularly pleasant looking.

A tangy nose, but overall pretty darn sweet - a very sugary bubble gum aroma. Champagne notes to the aroma to. We shall see with the taste. "Thick" biscuit malt notes.

Hard candied taste. Again, sweet. White bread bread malts. A bit of citrusy hops, lemon zest. Coriander. Slight hint of alcohol, definitely some numbing as the amount you've consumed builds, some peppery spiciness too. Dry yeastiness left on palate, a hint of sourness, surprisingly not that dusty.

Creamy in feel, with the breaking of the slight CO2 prickliness contributing. Surprisingly light in body, maybe on the light edge of medium. ABV hits the mind pretty hard, actually, which would be a problem if I found this more enjoyable to drink than I did.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/23/2007 (bottle):

Pours a big foamy white head, with big bubbles, but is quickly diminishing. Body is a pale yellow color, and clear. Has a very flowery aroma, very sweet. Has a nice flowery taste, very Belgian-like. Somewhat bitter. Okay.

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Photo of joedon
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Peering into this bottle, I noticed a lot of ugly looking sediment. Not yeast, but something that looked like it was growing. Naturally, I was i bit concerned and poured out the "good" beer before this nasty looking stuff on the bottom. Not sure how old the bottle was but I believe it hsa been properly stored, at least since I bought it.

Bright gold color with a bit of chill haze and a thin white head.

Smells of esters, spice and hops. Inoffensive but noticed.

Taste is pretty good. Very dry, no alcohol heat and good hop balance. Has a bit of sour finish. Lucifer reminds me more of a Bohemian pilsener than a golden ale.

Mouthfeel OK but a bit thin.

Very drinkable, considering it's listed at 8.5%. Not my first choice for Belgians but acceptable.

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Photo of Rayek
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold colored beer with excellent clarity for being bottle conditioned. Big and soapy white head has great retention and leaves heavy amounts of lace.

S: Spicy initially with a strong clove and coriander bite. Yeast is there with a slightly sour biscuit note. Oranges and apples linger in the background.

T: Rather sweet, despite the spicy nose. Flavors of oranges, lemons and apples start things out. A clove bitterness adds a nice balance to the proceedings. Finishes dry and tart.

M: Medium body is slightly watery.

D: This beer doesn't drink as strong as it is. The alcohol sneaked up on me and had me quite tipsy by the end of the 750ml bottle. If I have this again, I'll share it with someone.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, about $8.

A: Poured a pale blonde straw color, with a white rocky head, nice clumpy lacing, a fair amount of bubbles coming through.

S: some strong sour flavors coming through, a slight spicy hop characteristic as well. slightly metallic though, and somewhat offsetting.

T: very sweet and malty, spicy, nice hop characteristic, slight alcoholic flavor, some funky flavors as well, sort of sour.

M: somewhat thick, but nicely carbonated, interesting balance of heavy malts and thin carbonation.

D: not too bad, a little high on the abv for a session beer, but a fine beer nonetheless. a good stepping off point for the style. all in all a nice beer with a few offsetting flavors.

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Photo of WalrusJockey
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml bottle into Duvel glasses. Cork hood dated 04-09-08.

Appearance- crisp, clear, pale yellow, head is pure white, but marked down for a particularly low amount of head, especially compared to its inspiration.

Smell- pears, apples, alcohol, citrus, and rye smells. Very fruity.

Taste- pepper and rye, very gradually giving way to a small amount of pears. Swallow is very pear-y, and the aftertaste is malty and hoppy. The overall taste is strongly spicy, and not in the normal Belgian dark way, with cloves and cinnamon, but a hot spice, quite in contrast to the very sweet, fruity nose. To be honest, I'm not sure how much I like a beer tasting like cracked pepper over rye bread, with a fruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- average, decent. Carbonation is a bit light for the style, while the strong rye flavor means it doesn't go down nearly as smoothly as Duvel.

Drinkability- not great. I might drink this again, but I might not. I love the label on the 750 bottle, but unless the bottle breaks, I can't see *needing* to buy more.

Notes- for a beer so obviously inspired by Duvel, Lucifer has a lot to live up to. It not only fails to come close to Duvel, it seems to go off in an entirely different direction. The rye-pepper flavor isn't *bad*, per se, but it isn't wonderful, either, and paired with the incredibly fruity nose and combined with a sweet aftertaste, it makes a confusing package.

EDIT: as I finish the glass, I find that the odd combination of flavors is less bizarre, and more enjoyable. Still not sure about buying another bottle, but it is growing on me.

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Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent Belgian. Cloudy gold pour with a frothy white head. Good aroma of yeast, banana, clove, and orange-peel citrus. Lots of carbonation takes away a little from this beer. Smooth taste, more hops than advertised in the nose. Fruity sweet with a lighter malt profile than expected. Overall, it was kind of like a strong wit.

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Photo of adamette
3.25/5  rDev -10%
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%
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 +2.8%
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 +1.1%
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 -4.2%
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 -13.9%
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 +6.6%
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 -0.8%
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 -29.6%
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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Lucifer from Brouwerij Riva S.A.
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 233 ratings