1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Not Rated.
1554 Enlightened Black Ale1554 Enlightened Black Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

2,919 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,919
Reviews: 1,237
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 65
Gots: 135 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-02-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 2,919 | Reviews: 1,237 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by brother_rat:
Photo of brother_rat
brother_rat

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Down in NC for work, glad to finally get my hands on a beer that's not sold up in my parts. Poured cold from a bottle into (unfortunately) a 4" tall hotel water glass. I then had a second, from another bottle that had been left unrefrigerated some 15 minutes to warm up a bit.

A: Poured a nice, delicious dark, with highlights of solid reddish-brown when held up to the light. I got a solid, one-finger head of creamy tan, even pouring into my sad hotel glass, but the bubbles were uneven (for both bottles). The head faded fast, but the lacing maintained as I continued to drink. 3.5

S: Upon cracking, a burst of dark cherry mixed with a swirl of smokey chocolate. There are hints of hops, but you mostly get a nice, thick nose of sweet malt. 3.5

T: Flavor-wise, there's a lot going on, and the mix makes for one fine-tasting beer. The sweet, dark malts predominate and keep the feel light, but you can pick out a bunch of flavors mingling: dark chocolate, candied fruits, moss/earthiness, sweet tobacco, and dark breads, and the aftertaste is dry and bitter, reminiscent of espresso or roasted nuts. 4.5

M: Despite the delicious taste, the mouthfeel for me was just so-so. The sweet malty front makes your mouth water, but the aftertaste left my mouth dry--almost in a chalky way. There was a good level of carbonation, a little on the light side but perfect for the beer. 2.5

O: Fantastic beer, and very drinkable, and it had the hallmarks of the beers I really crave: sweet, dark malts, a dry aftertaste, and repressed hops, but it seemed to lack a floral depth and juiciness that I get with my usual Belgian Blacks from Unibroue. And yet the 1554 is usually considered the gold standard for Belgian Blacks, eh? Terrific, but it doesn't quite make the pantheon. 3.75

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 05:20:46 | More by brother_rat
More User Reviews:
Photo of josh__mason
josh__mason

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-28-2014 01:25:38 | More by josh__mason
Photo of JimmyF
JimmyF

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-27-2014 21:32:54 | More by JimmyF
Photo of aoampm
aoampm

Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-27-2014 06:29:00 | More by aoampm
Photo of KyleSweetsema
KyleSweetsema

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11%

07-26-2014 23:34:37 | More by KyleSweetsema
Photo of Tyecko
Tyecko

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-25-2014 16:23:12 | More by Tyecko
Photo of BIll_Currie
BIll_Currie

Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-24-2014 16:12:45 | More by BIll_Currie
Photo of Faroveryonder
Faroveryonder

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-23-2014 16:58:30 | More by Faroveryonder
Photo of Beer_4_brains
Beer_4_brains

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-23-2014 06:51:08 | More by Beer_4_brains
Photo of woopigscotty
woopigscotty

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +11%

07-23-2014 03:11:09 | More by woopigscotty
Photo of gunterheidrich
gunterheidrich

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-21-2014 22:14:53 | More by gunterheidrich
Photo of Hrodebert
Hrodebert

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

07-21-2014 03:46:26 | More by Hrodebert
Photo of scripna
scripna

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-20-2014 19:48:51 | More by scripna
Photo of napetry
napetry

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-20-2014 00:52:05 | More by napetry
Photo of patre_tim
patre_tim

China

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-19-2014 21:12:58 | More by patre_tim
Photo of KrittyKratz
KrittyKratz

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-19-2014 15:08:54 | More by KrittyKratz
Photo of MikeDAdams
MikeDAdams

Idaho

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-18-2014 14:27:44 | More by MikeDAdams
Photo of qcbrewer
qcbrewer

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-17-2014 02:56:16 | More by qcbrewer
Photo of Stargazer2892
Stargazer2892

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-16-2014 01:03:13 | More by Stargazer2892
Photo of Sheepdog2169
Sheepdog2169

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-16-2014 01:01:42 | More by Sheepdog2169
Photo of The_Stugots
The_Stugots


4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-16-2014 01:00:28 | More by The_Stugots
Photo of Mazeman
Mazeman


4.75/5  rDev +24%

07-15-2014 22:42:36 | More by Mazeman
Photo of esanchlsu
esanchlsu

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +30.5%

07-15-2014 15:39:28 | More by esanchlsu
Photo of _morandi_
_morandi_

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-14-2014 22:41:22 | More by _morandi_
Photo of Poet
Poet


4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

07-13-2014 22:16:15 | More by Poet
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,919 ratings.