1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a soda like brown with a head much the same color. Retention is only mildly better than that of soda.
Faint malty roasted aroma, extremely faint. Not over the top like a stout.
Belgian aromatic malts show up in this beer, slight honey from the malt, with little to no discernable hop character. Bitterness is only there to balance. Not necessarily sweet but definitely malty. Roasted character is there in the finish in a pleasant and smooth way.
Medium to light bodied with light carbonation.
I would drink this again as a session beer but the reality is that it does not really meet my expectations of a Belgian dark ale. It is like the Belgian dark ale "light" in reality, toned down for the wimpy American palate. Nevertheless, it is good and pleasant, and a fantastic transition beer, much like fat tire. New Belgium is seemingly the middleman for stone, alesmith, and rogue brewing companies, grabbing the swill drinkers and bringing them closer to the good side.
Serving type: bottle
09-22-2005 03:21:15 | More by beersarang
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1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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