LuciferNovember 1, 2009 Mechelen, Belgium
Imported by: Wetten Importers
Available: AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IN, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MI, MD, MN, MA, NC, NJ, NY, NM, NV, OH, OR, PA, VA, TN, TX, WI, WA
The Lucifer brand fell into hands of brewery Duvel Moortgat when the Liefmans/Riva breweries closed. However, given Moortgat’s own Duvel brand is also a golden ale, the right to produce Lucifer was transferred to brewery Het Anker.
Original gravity: n/a
The duvel may have made them brew it, but they ended up with one hell of a beer. A spun gold color and impressive ermine head, more likely seen in heaven than hell, invite exploration. Sensual nose combines spicy, fruity and floral notes, in part from the yeast. The palate is luscious and full-bodied without being too sweet, making this a beer for rich food. We had a devil of a meal with local Penn Cove Mussels steamed in Lucifer and served on home made fettuccini with a side of eggplant Parmigiano and an heirloom tomato salad. For desert—fresh strawberry divinity with a molten chocolate sauce.
- Charles Finkel
A load of Belgian-inspired foam meringues the surface of this hazed pale. At 8 percent one would anticipate fruitiness. There’s no disappointment. Pleasant fruitiness, mint-like hop character or is that the yeast conspiring? Hop bitterness is simple and doesn’t lend itself to interesting complexity of whole or late hopping, yet it endorses the malt balance. It’s refreshingingly delirious. A nice beer if you’re having only one, or stop with a buzz at two.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.