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1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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1554 Enlightened Black Ale1554 Enlightened Black Ale

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very good

3,106 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,106
Reviews: 1,254
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 73
Gots: 222 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-02-2002

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jgreenearrow
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep brown with caramel hues on the sides and bottom. A 1/4' head developed on the top of the pour. Very little lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Caramel, molasses, and sweet malts dominate the nose. Hints of chocolate nibs are present as well.

T: Deep roasted malt tones hit the tongue at the onset. Sweetness of molasses enters in the middle. Some slight cocoa bitterness in finish accompanied by a slight alcohol presence.

M: Light to medium bodied, the beer drinks fairly easily with adequate prickly carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. It drinks almost as a lighter, slightly sweeter porter.

Photo of losdizzel
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of slapperloon
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Getinthevan
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a batch of this here in Chicago, as a lot of these New Belgium brews have been coming in as of late.

Appearance is incredibly dark drown/black with a good amount of lacing and head. It has a lot of porter-esque type of qualities without being a porter which is interesting.

Smell is very chocolate and sweet smelling for an ale. There's also a hint of some roasted malts too. Not a bad beer.

Taste was strong. While it smelled sweet, it definitely carried more on the bitter side. Although not a bad thing, it was least expected. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel started off strong with flavor intact but then gradually wined down pretty quickly. While it is a good beer to drink. the flavor goes rather quick.

It's a good beer to drink if you're up for a new type of ale to drink, but it's a bit on the expensive side. Buy it if you're curious but that's only for the hardcore beer connoisseur.

Photo of airforbes1
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I didn't pour this beer aggressively, but I still ended up with a billowy, two-inch head. The color is an incredibly dark brown, with the head soon receding to a sane level. All that foam at the top makes it difficult to assess the aroma; dark chocolate is what I detect for the most part.

Like with the aroma, I get a lot of dark chocolate in the taste. Much less as I would get with a chocolate stout, but more than I'd get with a typical dark brew. The creamy mouthfeel is the best aspect of this beer.

This is a delicious, smooth beer that I'd gladly buy again, especially if I wanted something that tasted like a stout with less of a roasted taste.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of likethetaste
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow another winner from New Belgium! This is even better than their Fat Tire amber ale! Wow, when will this be availavle in Virginia!! Amazing.

This is a very drinkable beer that has amazing taste and mouthfeel! If you get a chance to get this Do!!!

Photo of shawnohall
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MEsoJD
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[poured into an Luck Baldwins 2011 Belgian Fest snifter glass]

B: First thing to grab my eye is the was the beautiful yet simplistic artwork of a glass of beer on top of a barrel. The texture of the label is like the majority. Adequate amount of info on the brew, including alcohol percentage and preferred temp. I like the ridge on the lower neck with the new Belgium name and a cool red cap that you see on the majority of their works.

A: Dark body with an decent head(very fast dissipation), and decent lacing.

S: Chocolate, toffee, coffee, figs and sweet malt.

T: Sweet malt, chocolate, fig, and faint hop bitterness.

M: Smooth, Light bodied, low/medium alcohol presence, and light/med carbonation.

O: New Belgium has always been one of the better mainstream breweries. 1554 is defiantly not a great beer, but its certainly good. The biggest drawback is that the beers texture is on the light watery side.The chocolate and sweet malt come out pretty good. I was really surprised by the alcohol presence, considering that it's only 5.6. If your choices are limited, I would defiantly suggest this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Whiskeyjack
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Contagion
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer has a beautiful dark brown color with a reddish background to it. It poured a thin tan head that dissipated into a film. There was some lacing that stayed on the side of the glass, but not much.

There is a nice roasted malt scent to it. You can also detect a slight a dark dried fruit scent, like raisins and molasses. A slight earthy undertone is also noticed. The taste is a mix of roasted chocolate and coffee malts. There is a hint of nut to the taste. It has a slightly bitter finish and aftertaste.

It is a medium bodied beer. There is some creaminess to it that coats the mouth, but not a lot. The carbonation level is decent.

Photo of fourplayed
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear and dark red amber with thin lite brown head.

smells of sweet chocolate with bitter notes.

taste is mildly sweet chocolate, some chalkiness, hop bitter and bite, some milkiness and mild alcohol presense.

Solid medium body, good zesty carbonation, medium dry hop finish. mild alcohol warmth.

Easy to drink. Felt like a lite-porter. chocolate stands out, the hops and carbonation give it a decent balance.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

App: Very dark with a deep almost purple hue like that of poke berries. Nice two finger tan head clings high to the edges of the glass.

Smell: Deep, roasted chocolate nose with hints of lilac. Sweet and with no notable hops nose. Earthy with a slight salty aroma.

Taste: Smooth creamy chocolate coupled with some other more nuanced malt flavors. Some notes of caramel high in the foretaste. True taste is sweet and grainy without seeming green. After taste is that of milk chocolate and Cafe au Lait creaminess. Hops is almost completely absent, contributing only a slight lingering bitterness after the swallow.

Mouth: Rich and heavy bodied, this beer is fairly heavily carbonated for something with such a significant malt presence.

1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 3,106 ratings.