Belgium has a strong theme for beer names evoking thoughts of the devil and the world below. And typically they are all strong blonde ales. Duvel is undoubtedly the most well known, but Judas, Satan and Lucifer are a few others. It was the brewers way of sticking two fingers up at the church, who were espousing the evils of drinking strong beer.
Lucifer was a beer in the Liefmans portfolio, but when the brewery went bankrupt in 2008, it seemed it was the end of Lucifer. Duvel Moortgat bought the rights to all the Liefmans beers, but thought Lucifer too similar to its own Duvel to continue producing it.
Happily, the nearby Het Anker brewery negotiated an agreement to keep producing the Lucifer beer that we can enjoy today.
A glowing orange gold beer with a perfect white foam, the yeasty aroma is full of banana, citrus, clove and spice. The taste is more citrus than the aroma suggests, with just hints of tropical fruit sweetness and honey. It has a dry and lingering bitterness to the finish.