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1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

2,976 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,976
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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

IlludiumQ36, Mar 02, 2012
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tziggy, Jul 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep ruby red. A finger of head with decent retention.

S: Cherries. Lots of cherries. Did not really get much else.

T: Sweetness then caramel. Molasses and dark fruit.

M: Medium body good amount of carbonation.

D: Great session beer. Big flavor low ABV.

aerozeppl, Jun 08, 2008
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jak, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

darklord2011, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance is a dark rich brown with a thick creamy head. Smell clean dark roasted malts and dark fruits. Taste of sweet roasted malts, dark fruits with a slight smokiness to it. Mouthfeel has a creamy medium body with good carbonation that goes down smooth. A very good black ale, but something I would better enjoy more towards the fall.

Bookseeb, Jun 30, 2007
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Jra1985, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Exp. date is Apri1 2007

Appearance: Dark brown/black color with a tan head. Head is 1" high and slowly crawls back to the surface of the beer. No lace is present. Looks like a clean beer.

Smell: Burnt hot dogs, malt, roasted pecans. Kinda of a burning feeling in the nose, almost choking. Interesting.

Taste: Burnt oak, dark roasted malt, huge smoky backbone. Rigidly dry and a cocao bean taste.

Mouthfeel: Ample carbonation and slick mouthfeel. Sort of drying in the finish. Enough to keep me coming back.

Drinkability: This is a great beer that match up against some strong food flavors like grilled wild meats or hearty sausages. This is a sipper, though it does not have an overt alcohol presence. Nicely done.

Risser09, Jul 05, 2007
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

The_Stugots, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale. Pouring the contents of the bottle into my Westvleteren goblet, it looks dark brown. The head that caps the beer is beige in color and spotted with big bubbles. So far, it looks like it really wants to lace. 4.0

I smell musty Belgian dark ale yeast, some bitter almond, faint cherry or plum, and a light milk chocolate aroma. Simple, yet forcing my smile. 4.0

More chocolate tones burst about with a spicy yeast muscle. Some fruit showing, your usual dark fruit varieties. A little clove and a little sourdough bread highlighting the malt/yeast combat. A light spritzy hop character simply provides bitterness. Earthy/clay notes comprise more of the brew. 4.0

Medium-high carbonation is of note. There's a strike of alcohol on the breath of the beer. No complaints on the body; nothing too heavy or thick for just a simple Belgian dark, but that's not to say that there isn't some depth. And, with that depth comes smoothness. 4.0

Not my favorite style (I prefer my Belgian darks to be strong), but this is nothing short of quality. It doesn't surprise me with New Belgium. I don't care for the blatant American twist on a Belgian style in the way that many craft brewers do tripels or pales. This is legit. Maybe a relief as most Belgian darks from the home country are swimming in yeast esters. This ale is complex enough to make you stop and muster up what you can in between sips, yet drinkable enough to forget that you're writing a beer review. I support you drinking this beer. 4.0

thecheapies, Apr 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

djs467, Apr 30, 2013
1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,976 ratings.