1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Thanks to Tim for bringing this up from North Carolina. I've actually never had this before.
APPEARANCE: Pours into an English tulip a deep crimson brown with good transparency. A light tan head forms on top and soon drops to a hazy covering on the surface of the beer with a medium-sized collar.
SMELL: Lightly roasty with some mild esters lurking in the background. It almost takes on a spicy floral quality though in ways completely unlike those aromas traditionally found in hops. This is much more of a yeast-based quality. Other than that, it's very clean and very tame. The understatedness is actually quite nice.
TASTE: The flavor starts out with some light caramels and bready toasted malt. The dark flavors then start to come on, but in the form of dark fruit rather than coffee and chocolate. Belgian yeast is quite apparent but still seems way too clean to really give it an authentic Belgian character. The finish is completely fleeting, disappearing so much as to do a complete 180 and take the form of a lager-like crispness.
MOUTHFEEL: It finishes reasonably dry but still carries a bit of body and robustness to it, which is nice. I don't really have any complaints here.
DRINKABILITY: The ABV is reasonable. The finish is dry. The flavors are okay. I could do a bomber of this which is what I have tonight.
This makes for a decent beer to usher in autumn with. Try it if you see it. It's a unique beer that'll be a nice change up to your daily rotation.
Serving type: bottle
10-01-2009 22:19:33 | More by jmalex
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1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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