Rarely do I drink beer. However, once in a while, malted brew catches my eye. Such was the case with Lucifer, a Belgian golden ale brewed by Liefmans Brewery. Naturally I got a kick out of the label's Satanic playfulness. Yet, what sold me was the flotsam of expired yeast carcasses awash in the bottle. Upon further inspection I discovered that Lucifer undergoes secondary fermentation sur lie in the bottle. I wondered if this ale would possess some of that yeasty-tang that I often find & love in sur lie Muscadets.
Lucifer did not disappoint. This brew is fiery (8.5% abv) and full of bitter flavors. Yet it also showed a soft side with blood orange flavors and a hint of vanilla yogurt - courtesy the dearly departed yeasties. Throw your wine palate a curveball; sip a little Lucifer ($3-4, 33cl bottle; $8-9, 750ml bottle).