1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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4.18/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Black color (obviously) with some amber around the edges where light is allowed to squeeze through. Nice and neat light tan head that stays pretty well and leaves a bit of lace as you drink. A rush of toasted malt aroma hits you when you agitate the beer, along with some bready sourness, a unique aroma. Just a touch of citrus hop character. Toasted and bread-like malt characters rule the palate as well, but with more citrus hop presence that shows up in the middle. Adds a nice little acidic twang. Underneath all of this, a bit of spicy hop flavor. A medium body and very creamy mouthfeel make it quite drinkable, but it's still nice and complex. Very tasty. This is an interpretation of an interesting Belgian style similar to a schwarzbier, which, according to the bottle, New Belgium's researchers discovered in an "ancient brewing book". It seems to have been lost in time until now. I'd like to see other breweries do research like this, there could be quite a few lost beer styles that we don't know about. Way to go, New Belgium!
Serving type: bottle
10-04-2002 01:04:48 | More by hyuga
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1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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