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1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,947 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 2,947
Reviews: 1,238
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 69
Gots: 150 | 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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clemtiger8202

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

Dark brown/walnut, nearly opaque. Small, tan head that had good lacing and lingered. Aroma was of roasted malt, coffee, and maybe a hint of charcoal. Taste was of coffee, roasted malt, and a sweetness of dark fruit, maybe like raisin. Beer was initially served cold but aroma and flavor improved dramatically as it warmed. The beer had a lot of body and lingered well after swallowing. Paired quite nicely with my steak and was good with desert as well.

09-13-2012 19:04:28 | More by clemtiger8202
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Eriktheipaman

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

09-11-2012 14:32:01 | More by Eriktheipaman
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tencents

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

09-10-2012 22:37:19 | More by tencents
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Chokobo

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-09-2012 23:51:03 | More by Chokobo
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jcmittag


4.25/5  rDev +11%

09-09-2012 16:18:49 | More by jcmittag
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Checkurtone

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-08-2012 20:58:46 | More by Checkurtone
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

12oz bottle poured in a Lake front brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Dark coke a cola like. When held to light amber streaks rip through the darkness.

Smell- Not a lot here. I'm getting a very sweet coffee and toffee smell with some caramel also.

Taste- Bakers chocolate with a almost grape like hops. There is a slight watered downess that is killing what could be an epic beer. All the right flavors are there just not prevalent enough.

Mouthfeel- Nice heavy mouthfeel. Goes well with what coffee and chocolate flavors that I'm getting.

Overall- So so close to being such a great beer. In my line of work we have something called near misses. This is a case of a near miss. Some things done phenomenally while others just lacking.

09-07-2012 21:45:17 | More by BrownAleMale
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Chou

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

09-07-2012 03:50:54 | More by Chou
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GMan

Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

09-07-2012 02:45:09 | More by GMan
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-06-2012 00:00:46 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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thingsidontremember


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

09-05-2012 21:06:33 | More by thingsidontremember
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GeoCait

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-05-2012 15:56:13 | More by GeoCait
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abuss2

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-05-2012 02:07:59 | More by abuss2
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ckk527

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

09-05-2012 01:33:30 | More by ckk527
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jgarvis

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-04-2012 23:30:00 | More by jgarvis
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jnoelani

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

09-04-2012 17:45:23 | More by jnoelani
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e-MoNeY


4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-03-2012 08:50:19 | More by e-MoNeY
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JonathanSuarez

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

09-03-2012 01:03:59 | More by JonathanSuarez
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DaveBlack

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

A: A full finger's worth of light tan head tops a dark beer with copper shades at the edges. The head lasts for a moderately long time and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Dark, roasted malts, caramel and a bit of chocolate. Very sweet smelling, but with a hint of malt bitterness and earthy notes. Quite a complex and delicious smelling beer.

T: For me, the taste doesn't quite live up to the smell. There is a deep roasty flavor, with notes of chocolate. the end has a kiss of hops and a slight spiciness as well, which balances it nicely. But the problem is that the beer also has a wateriness that pervades throughout.

M: moderate body and carbonation, lighter than the smell would suggest.

O: A good beer, but not a great one. The flavors are all there, but they're watered down. Despite that, it's well balanced, and delivers a lot of interesting flavors in one package.

09-02-2012 03:30:35 | More by DaveBlack
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netshark

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

09-02-2012 03:30:10 | More by netshark
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vfgccp

New York

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

A - Cherry cola brown. Bone white, fine bubbled head. Ok retention and great lace.

S - Light nose. Raisin and cola. Slightly musky.

T - Milk chocolate, medium roast caramel malts, and a light woody hop.

M - Smooth medium/full body with nice carbonation.

09-01-2012 23:15:10 | More by vfgccp
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DrClawson


4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-01-2012 20:40:23 | More by DrClawson
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jdkoch

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-01-2012 18:11:03 | More by jdkoch
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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -21.7%

09-01-2012 04:55:54 | More by fuzzcherry
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kirkse

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-31-2012 22:37:11 | More by kirkse
1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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