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1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

3,007 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 3,007
Reviews: 1,243
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 70
Gots: 176 | 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Black and opaque upon pour, but halway through the glass the edges hitting the light show hues of deep, dark mahogany brown, 1 finger tan head becomes a whispy cap and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell - Crisp and clean grainy malts are a bit roasty but mostly earthy, hint of dark fruits and spice, whiff of sulfur...subtle but nice overall

Taste - Clean, earthy, rich, slightly roasty malts are prevalent and a little grainy sweetness tags along, notes of cocoa, toffee, and dark fruits mixed with a touch of random spice, whiff of sulfur and alcohol lends a very nice zing of peppery flavor, finishes quite dry with a drying tannic quality, minimal bitterness

Feel - Really creamy, smooth, and crisp medium body, carbonation is gentle but scrubbing enough to get the job done. Goes down extremely easily.

Overall - Is it an ale? Is it a lager? (warm fermented with lager yeast) Who cares... it's a really tasty, really drinkable dark beer. The flavor is subtle and approachable enough to not scare away rookie beer drinkers, yet ample enough to satisfy seasoned craft enthusiasts - no small feat! I can't find a whole lot wrong with this beer; it's really easy to knock a few back.

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1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 3,007 ratings.