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1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,920 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 2,920
Reviews: 1,238
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 66
Gots: 136 | 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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illestkilla


3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

04-19-2012 23:02:27 | More by illestkilla
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Talbott92

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11%

11-10-2013 13:40:23 | More by Talbott92
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LaurenGuy

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-11-2014 17:31:05 | More by LaurenGuy
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KrittyKratz

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-19-2014 15:08:54 | More by KrittyKratz
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babyhobbes

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jhammerly for this one via BeerPowerball!!

Pours a deep chocolately red-brown with a decent half-inch beige head. Head dissipated before I got a chance to take a sip but there is a ring of lacing.

Smells rathery beery, with some malty sweetness. Taste is good, malty with a sort of fruity taste, that I can't describe, maybe plums? It's good, though.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and warm. This is reasonably drinkable, I don't really want to have another. This is something to try, maybe a single or two.

Thanks again, Jhammerly.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 00:41:29 | More by babyhobbes
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bugbear

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-12-2012 08:53:00 | More by bugbear
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somnus

California

4.25/5  rDev +11%

02-19-2012 01:01:08 | More by somnus
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Polycarp

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

12-21-2011 09:04:00 | More by Polycarp
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djs467

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-30-2013 16:22:02 | More by djs467
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ShwarzAl3r

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-25-2012 01:11:28 | More by ShwarzAl3r
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ABVerageJoe

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-03-2012 02:11:24 | More by ABVerageJoe
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utvol

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-08-2014 02:15:45 | More by utvol
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Ungespundet

Germany

4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Biers brewed in the United States of America! I haven’t been the biggest fan of the other offerings from this brewery other than their sour beer, although the others are solid offerings in their own right,. Man did they hit the nail on the head here. This brewery is starting to hit a stride. With more offerings like this and them continually refining their processes(it takes time people…look at Saint Arnold) they are moving well beyond the initial hype of a well orchestrated advertising push not all so long ago. I love this Bier and while Fat Tire is their flagship, this Bier is where their history just might begin. There’s no other Bier like this in the US. I would buy this one on a regular basis and drink it gladly although I have to rely on my brother to bring a few over to me here in München. So here’s what I discovered in a little bottled called 1554……..

Pours up what can’t be improved and can only make other Biers envious, a very creamy and thick, tan colored, very fine bubbled, Schaumkrone(only Bier from the US that gets this distinction from me). Under this masterpiece you’ll find a brilliantly clear deep brown elixir with hints of a mahogany reddish hue I know only from a Les Paul that hangs on a wall in Queen Creek, Arizona. The aroma boasts big thick deep coco malts, followed by sweet toasted malts and caramel. The coffee roast aroma comes on next and is silky and sexy and it finishes with a hint of herbal hops. Reminiscent of smelling a 80-90% coco bar. Easing into this Bier I found it something like an Edel Chocolate, from a store you can’t afford, hitting the tongue. This Bier is beautifully balanced although hints of sweetness and the bitterness smoothes everything out. Only a slight roast/chocolate bitterness is noticeable on the end. The silky malts expressed in this Bier are in a league of their own. In fact this Bier is in a league of it’s own. Hey..It’s okay to drink American Bier again…..This is a dark Bier that doesn’t compromise. One could say…”A dark light in Americas brewing history”.

Zum Wohl!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 15:51:17 | More by Ungespundet
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ecmoon3

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

09-21-2012 15:35:16 | More by ecmoon3
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MrBillyMac

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

04-22-2012 00:22:57 | More by MrBillyMac
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AMG55

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

03-07-2014 13:20:24 | More by AMG55
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iuhophead87

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- Not sure what a Belgian dark ale should look like, but it appears to be a traditional brown to me. A light brown/Amber color with a light tan head. However, the head seems to be rather sticky and leaves a film all around the top of the cup.
S- A little different than what I expected! The smell is a little sweet yet chocolate and burnt malts can also be detected. Wait, I can now smell burnt malts for sure.
T- A little fruity taste at first, but then a spicy bitter finish. The cherry fruit is apparent because the beer is sweet at first, but the finish is very dry and burnt.
MF- Almost like a shot of a sour beer has been pored into a brown ale. Very dry in the finish.
D- Very drinkable. Would be better in the fall or winter for my liking. However, I can pick this up at the grocery story anytime and will drink it quite often.

I will say that Belgium beers are not my favorite style, but I like this one for sure. I was just at the brewery last month and wished I would have reviewed this beer fresh on draft. Good brewery, great beer, but nothing outstanding. This will be a great session beer when fall comes around.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 23:29:22 | More by iuhophead87
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jadedlilmonkey

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-08-2013 10:37:25 | More by jadedlilmonkey
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TheSeeker61

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a dark brown with a one inch head which dissipates to a thin head. Nice lacing.

S- Smelled some dark fruit, chicolate

T- Tasted some chocolate notes, citrus fruit.

M- nice silky medium mouthfeel.

D- really enjoyed drinking this one. Will drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 20:11:53 | More by TheSeeker61
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mwz5021

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.7%

06-06-2013 18:08:46 | More by mwz5021
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hncowden50

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-17-2011 18:06:04 | More by hncowden50
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keithwalk

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +30.5%

07-07-2012 22:30:05 | More by keithwalk
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TheMaimed


3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

08-11-2012 00:30:31 | More by TheMaimed
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Josh012012

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-03-2014 21:27:51 | More by Josh012012
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isaac

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle to chalice.

A - Dark brown body (not quite black like the bottle suggests) with a sort of reddish twinge. small, tan head sinks to a film on the top of the body and thin lacing.

S - smell is boozy with with notes a bitter chocolate and espresso beans; roasted malts pervail.

T - Very similar to an oatmeal stout - dry bitterness from the hops, chewey, raisiny, chocolatey malts. slight hints of the yeast (maybe?) and a warming feeling in the throat from the alcohol.

M - the mouthfeel gets better as this warms - pretty smooth with a a nice astringecy.

D - not bad, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 08:27:05 | More by isaac
1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,920 ratings.