Lucifer | Brouwerij Riva S.A.

233 Ratings

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 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 vickersspitfire
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -6.9%
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 +2.5%
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 +6.9%
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 +15.8%
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 TroyS
3.43/5  rDev -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;) 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. 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, 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 -0.3%
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 +1.4%
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%
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 +8.9%
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 +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 spointon
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 +6.6%
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 +2.8%
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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Photo of KI9A
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Typical cloudy yellow. Nice head, not too long.

S: Belgium Ale! Citrus, spice, alcohol.

T: Spice-clove, corrinder, black pepper. Citrus, might even have a whiff of hops.

M/D: Kinda sharp. Not as smooth as some others. A bit sweet, ABV really shows.

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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 kbnooshay
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a cloudy golden color with a hige foamy white head that lasts for a few minutes. No matter hwo you pour this you will have a good amount of yeasty shit sea monkies populating the glass that refuses to sink. There is a decent amount of spotty lacing.

The aroma is yeasty tropical, spicy and sweet. Fairly unique compared to the other belgian pales i have had. It is very inviting.

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 bitterness is very light here. Like the smell this beer is an explosion of sweet. There are hints of clove, apple and pinneapple. Spicy and malty. A very sweet belgian pale. You can taste the alcohol but it blends well. It is altered by the awesomeness of this beer.

The carbonation is sharp to the tounge but overall the body is moderate. Like most belgians around the 8.5% abv this is CRAZY drinakble!

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Photo of Proteus93
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow pour, foamy thick head. Straight forward, but decent.

S: Modest, slightly sweet apple-peel like aromas.

T: A sugar-apple quality. Wants to be crisp, but ends up a touch cloying to my palate... just a little too sweet.

M: As mentioned in the taste, maybe a little cloying in feel, too. It's got a little bit of carbonated expressiveness, but I'd prefer it a little drier.

D: I could probably only go through 2 of these tops before it got far too sweet.

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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 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 Scoobydank
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More and more i am starting to really enjoy this style of brew, this one is no exception.
L:Huge rbight white froathy head. It takes awhile to do away. Slight cloudyness to the beer itself. The color is a birght vibrant goldish yellow.
S:A very sharp lemon citrus zest that covers up virtually any other smell. There is a slight hint of honey sweetness.
T:That lemon zest immediately. There is a quick touch of sweetness that goes away pretty quick.
M:Sharp tangy fizz on the top of the tounge. No unpleasant, but just really sharp.
D:Good. Very similar to others in this style. They don't stick out a ton, but most are pretty good.

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Photo of Opethsprite
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)
The color is a murky green-orange. Very odd, and somewhat unappealing to drink, but an interesting color if we're considering it in an artistic light. A light, short-lived head was present. The smell is largely alcohol, metal, yeast, and citrus. Pretty standard, really. It has a sweet honey flavor, warming and savory, and melting into a rasin finish. This is a surprisingly well-rounded flavor, in my opinion. Highly carbonated and fun. This is a damn drinkable beer, abeit an ugly duckling.

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