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 KI9A
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +16.5%
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 +10.7%
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 -5.5%
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 +15.2%
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 +16.5%
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 +16.5%
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 +4.7%
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 +11.3%
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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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.2/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this on-tap at the Ginger Man in Austin, and was not very impressed. I remember having this a decade ago in Quebec and being quite a bit more impressed with it...but there've been a lot of very good beers that've come into my life since then.

It poured a hazy straw color with about a cm of white head in a tulip glass. Aroma was pretty hay-like and papery, and a bit oxidized. Flavor was more wet-newspaper with quite a bit of maltiness. There was none of the effervescence of say an Atomium, and none of the light spiciness of a Duvel. It was just sort of bland and disappointing. Mouthfeel was a bit flat and unremarkable.

If this is a representative sample of this beer, I would not recommend it. I had this beer on-tap at Ginger Man in Austin.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Tap & Mallet in a snifter.

I have been interested in having a beer similar to Duvel to see the comparison. This wasn't bad at all. Very similar to Duvel in the way it looks. A bit sweeter and less dry. It kind of reminds me of what Duvel would be like if it were blended with a Unibroue golden ale. Smooth mouthfeel. Crispy apple/grape taste. Not quite as balanced as Duvel. Duvel tends to use the hopping to make a more dynamic profile where this beer is sweet the whole way through. Interesting, but for the price I could stand to go without.

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

inspired by devils, or should i say duvels, this pours a rich golden blonde with a fleeting white head that looks good at first, but falls way short of my duvelish anticipations. minimal retention and light lacing. at least i get to use my lucifer goblet for the right brew for once.

aroma reaches out with golden malts and hard candy sweetness and hint of old straw. there's a slight white grape note and a hint of milerality. somewhere off in the distance some saazy hops cry out.

flavor is malty sweet with a strong candi sugar presence and lightly roasted golden grain. midway it has white grape, a bit of musty yeast, apple, and an unpleasant wet paper note. it finishes with light minerals, and some grassy, lightly spicey hops. at 8.5% it tastes more like 10.5%. compared to others, this is a very average bspa.

body is medium, with a heavier moutfeel than i like for this style. average drinkability.

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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 Sweasty
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pale gold color. Large white head that is short lived. Head quickly falls to a ring.

Smell - Spicy/peppery aroma along with some herbal/grassy hop aromas.

Taste - Apple/pear fruitiness. Some spicy yeastiness. Noble herbal hoppiness, much more assertive than most strong pales. Finish is dry and long lingering.

Mouthfeel - Prickly and medium bodied.

Overall this is a tasty enough Strong Pale. The alcohol is well hidden. That being said, this just doesn't surpass the other Belgian devil - Duvils.

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Photo of geexploitation
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours slightly cloudy, with a golden color tinged with green. Smells of Saaz hops, overripe white fruits and sweetish pale malts. On the palate, mainly sweet notes first off that stick to the palate with a slightly artificial/nutrasweet character. Hop bitterness is most forceful at the mid-palate, while the finish remains fruity and thick. Overall, this is pretty lackluster for the style. Lots of better examples out there with more balance, depth, and interesting nooks and crannies. This is just basic and uninspiring.

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Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml corked & caged bottle. The ale puured a slightly hazy golden straw color with orange highlights. The pure white head was huge and left crazy lacing on the side of the glass. It kind of looks like cool whip on top of a beer. The smell is almost no-existant. I pick up some light grain and white grape juice. The taste has a touch of grain and a light hop presence. It has a slight German Pils taste profile. Not much Belgian yeast and the candi sugar/alcohol is well hidden. The feel is light and fizzy, finishes very easy, perhaps a touch on the sweet side. Overall a good BSPA. The flavor profile is pretty basic but there are no off-putting tastes. This beer looks great poured into my Chimay chalice.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière blonde de fermentation haute, robe blond clair, mousse fugace
Smell : nez très épicé
Taste and mouthfeel : goût équilibré, amertume en finale
Drinkability : une bière correcte dans le style Belgiuan strong ale

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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 eberkman
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Publick House. Was in the mood for something I hadn't seen and the bartender said it was like Duvel. Wrong.

Poured a crystal-clear bright yellow with a thin, weak head that diminished to nothing in minutes. Looked almost like a macro lager in appearance. Smell was weak notes of apples and candy sugar. Taste was like carbonated apple juice with a little pepper but with a slight hoppy tinge in the finish. Nothing to write home about. Fizzy and thin-bodied -- very little mouth presence. Reasonably drinkable, but not worth seeking out.

Disappointing. I don't get over to PH as much as I'd like these days and I felt like this selection was a waste on a night I had to drive home.

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Photo of sketchcornwell
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mine was in a short bottle similar to Duvel's. Poored into a brandy Snifter. Bright gold in color with a small airy head that dimished quickly, leaving little to no lace.
The smell had hints of citrus, but very faint. Light average begian taste Good mouthfeel and very easy to drink. Mine was gone fairly quickly.

Overal a sub par belgian. Its not bad there are just so many others I would prefer to drink again.

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

golden with a big white head that had great retention and great lace. looks good. smelled of candi sugar, some pear, a little malt, and some faint hop. smell was much better than the taste. a little sweetness followed by a bit of a bitter kick. fruit involved as well, but only mildly. pretty full bodied for the style, but the mouthfeel wasn't up to par with others in the category. believe it or not, i find two american beers (russian river damnation and brooklyn local one) to be miles ahead of this one. bitterness made drinkability low. dissapointing to me for a belgian beer.

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

Poured a dull gold with a decent head that lasted a few minutes in to the session. I couldn't detect any aroma due to the cold temperature, and the smokers in the bar. The flavor was interesting for the style - a odd mix of mead-like flavors with apple juice and crushed smarties (the candy). It had a moderately fuller body than the color would suggest. The finish was sweet with a touch of honey and saffron.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, pale golden color, with a small white head, slight carbonation, abundant fine lacing.

Aroma: Strong aroma of cloves, lemon zest, and a slight yeast note.

Taste: Mildly earthy, hoppy note at the open, with a wave of spicy cloves. A wave of apple and pear rind appears midway through the taste. The high alcohol content is artfully concealed, as it is neither tasted, nor felt as a warming sensation. Finishes with a lingering, mild bitter lemon note.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Rather idiosyncratic example of the style. Its not terrible, but it is rather offbeat.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.72/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown squatty 33cl bottle, best before 06/2010, drank on 26th Oct 2007. My bottle says it is brewed by a Liefmans Brewery.

Poured into a Leffe glass it came out a golden clear yellow and a large white head sat on tap, sadly the head shrank away very swiftly.

I got carbolic soap mixed in with the yeast when I put my nose to it, not a good aroma to me.

Full on alcohol taste and more lagerish than a normal Belgian Ale.

The aftertaste was thin although the alcohol does linger.

A little disappointed with this beer, I was expecting more flavour and more umph.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a Belgian ale with little or no personality. It is a slightly above average beer but there are other Belgian ales that are a lot better (Duvel). It has a citrus start but fizzles after that. To me this beer is worth a try but it gets boring to the taste buds quick. If you want a good buzz real fast and don't want to get it from keystone ice this is your beer.

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