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1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,044 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 3,044
Reviews: 1,245
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 70
Gots: 188 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Lukezilla90, Sep 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

This is probably my favorite New Belgium beer. It's a very unusual style for an American craft brew, and you should make sure to try it. Goes great in the wintertime, but is available year-round. Dark, but not bitter. Flavorful, but not high alcohol. You probably haven't had anything like it in these parts.

dcscientist, Sep 25, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

This beer looks more than anything like a Schwarzbier, completely black but with a body that isn't heavy or viscous. It grows a cream-colored head to about a finger with good retention and lacing.
This beer shows a lot of Schwarz-like qualities: the cocoa and nut, roast and dry coffee grounds, along with a dryness and very little bitterness. It does have just a bit of dark fruits behind it, and it goes sweeter in the middle with a little bit of peppery spiciness. Caramel and toffee notes come into the creamy middle before a little wood dries it a little.
The body is medium, and it's boldly but not heavily crisp while remaining extremely creamy with a semi-dry feel from start to finish.

Brenden, Sep 17, 2014
1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 3,044 ratings.