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1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,919 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 2,919
Reviews: 1,237
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 65
Gots: 135 | 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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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

08-29-2012 05:27:49 | More by LambicPentameter
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CHickman

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 8/25/12: pours clear blood red color when held up to light, with a 2 finger foamy tan head that faded slowly leaving craters and great foamy lacing coating the sides.

Smells of sweet malt, syrup, yeast funk, grains, caramel, light brown sugar, biscuit, toffee and light booze like rum or red wine; nose is typical of a Belgian style ale with a fruity, funky sweetness that basically controls the aroma.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, syrup, yeast funk, caramel, light brown sugar, grains, biscuit, wet bread, toffee, dark fruit like cherry or plum, herbs, floral hops and light booze like rum or red wine; the finish is funky and like licking cardboard, but has a fruity sweetness at the same time. Tart, bitter and funky, this has a very complex flavor that seems a little different with each sip.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, with a chewy medium body, light carbonation and a sweet funky finish that trails off with yeast, grains and brown sugar coating the tongue.

Overall it was OK, and a nice effort for recreating an old beer with a partial Belgian recipe, but I would not seek this out and deem this my least favorite New Belgium beer thus far. This beer was just off to me somehow, and while it was not bad, it really just didn’t excite me all that much.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 04:11:42 | More by CHickman
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thegrifter

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-28-2012 00:14:48 | More by thegrifter
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KegsAndEggs

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

08-27-2012 21:48:17 | More by KegsAndEggs
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CWhite

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

08-27-2012 13:47:31 | More by CWhite
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beerpadawan

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-26-2012 19:32:29 | More by beerpadawan
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ZorroMulder

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-26-2012 14:58:49 | More by ZorroMulder
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Escsolo

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

08-26-2012 05:47:29 | More by Escsolo
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yankhawk

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

08-25-2012 20:09:06 | More by yankhawk
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Csnowbrown


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

08-25-2012 11:00:55 | More by Csnowbrown
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wceaton

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-23-2012 18:32:13 | More by wceaton
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joh04587

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

08-22-2012 19:46:07 | More by joh04587
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MrBarbecue


4.25/5  rDev +11%

08-22-2012 00:18:58 | More by MrBarbecue
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Wanna_B_Hmong


5/5  rDev +30.5%

08-21-2012 03:17:10 | More by Wanna_B_Hmong
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Renegrenade

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

08-20-2012 20:55:08 | More by Renegrenade
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warmspray

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-20-2012 19:57:32 | More by warmspray
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lauran24

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +11%

08-20-2012 19:54:54 | More by lauran24
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enelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-20-2012 16:24:12 | More by enelson
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ajs4bd

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

08-20-2012 12:26:51 | More by ajs4bd
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slowdaddy

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

08-20-2012 05:58:50 | More by slowdaddy
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

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

12oz bottle with a Best Before date of 16DEC12. Pours a black color with dark brown hues and a thin tan head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is nutty chocolate with some malts and earth. Some hazelnut coffee as well. Taste is more of the chocolate nuttiness but with a bit more coffee flavor than the aroma. Malty finish. Creamy mouthfeel. This is a perfect beer for crisp Autumn nights. Overall, worth grabbing again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 03:27:31 | More by PicoPapa
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CelticAleMan

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-20-2012 03:18:50 | More by CelticAleMan
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Tech_Savy


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

08-20-2012 02:36:36 | More by Tech_Savy
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-17-2012 22:00:42 | More by ste5venla
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FrankyV


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-17-2012 17:16:25 | More by FrankyV
1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,919 ratings.