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1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,893 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 2,893
Reviews: 1,237
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 59
Gots: 123 | 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)
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surlyseth

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz'er in a Pint glass...
Looks black in color, red in the light. Thick lacy head.
Smells like chocolate, bread and raisins. Not usually my thing, but...
Tastes Very mellow. Way more mellow than I was expecting. Subtle chocolate and yeasty, like bread. I like it.
Feels thin, but smooth and silky. Really, not very carbonated at all.
Drinkability is just okay. It leaves a sweet/sour note that does not prompt me to yearn for more.
This is interesting enough. I'm just branching out from my AIPA wheelhouse, so I don't feel like I got burned or anything...Worth a try if you're at all interested.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 04:37:56 | More by surlyseth
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1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,893 ratings.