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1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,973 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 2,973
Reviews: 1,242
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 67
Gots: 165 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

dokupe, Sep 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

JeltMaaj, Sep 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Zach136, Sep 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Keith_R, Sep 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

ecmoon3, Sep 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

diz, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of Living816
2.3/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Found this to be horribly unpleasant. Cloying, profoundly malty without any balance. The first one was passable. The second, a week later, worse. The third, 3 days later, just a nose pincher guzzler. The fourth a drain pour. The fifth I put in a beef and ale pie, which it was splendid in. The 6th stares back at me, daring me to drink it.

This beer is good for nothing except cooking. It works quite well in a slow cooker pot roast recipe, perhaps a 1/2 cup give or take, or to include in a nice beef and ale pie with some yorkshire puddings.

But as an actual beverage to drink, it's awful. Unbalanced, sickingly sweet, no hop character, horribly toffee flavored. It may be an old recipe, but not all old things are good.

Living816, Sep 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

pandatron, Sep 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Coopersbeer, Sep 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

SDellinger, Sep 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

mttdls, Sep 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

swgwilt, Sep 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

MN_Beerticker, Sep 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Chugs13, Sep 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

MilkManX, Sep 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

amstokesdb9, Sep 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

DavidGross, Sep 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

tmm313, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brownish mahogany with some amber and ruby red. Moderate bubbles and about three fingers of off white head that recede into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Smell is sweet, dark and roasty. Sweet dark roasted malts with good hints of chocolate, toffee, coffee, caramel, biscuit, and toasted bread. Some brown sugar. Some nice hints of dark fruit in the background with some raisin, fig, prune, and dark cherry. Subtle hints of Belgian yeast and candied sugar. Light earthy hops in the background. Smells like a rich Porter with a Belgian twist.

Taste: Like the smell suggests, a rich and sweet roasted taste with some nice Belgian undertones. Dark roasted malts with notes of chocolate, dark bread and biscuit, caramel, toffee, coffee, and toast. Belgian yeast along with some brown sugar and candied sugars. Undertones of dark fruits with notes of raisins, dark cherry, fig, and prune. Light hints of pepper and spice. Also some earthy hops in the background. A pretty rich and complex brew. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and somewhat syrupy. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty good and interesting ale. Not really a "black ale" like we think of them now. Hops take a backseat to a sweet dark malt presence. Subtle Belgian elements.

MattyG85, Sep 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ChopsMeister, Sep 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

samturner, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

swimfire, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

jjauga, Sep 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

jstevep00, Sep 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Peller80, Sep 14, 2012
1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,973 ratings.