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1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,914 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 2,914
Reviews: 1,237
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 65
Gots: 134 | 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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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 02:49:02 | More by thecheapies
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djs467

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-25-2011 13:40:30 | More by Rochefort10nh
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robertaddis

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-24-2012 01:30:04 | More by robertaddis
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smithmd4

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-13-2012 07:28:03 | More by smithmd4
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karlt

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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bhindbluis

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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joelBfrasier

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-25-2011 16:32:23 | More by joelBfrasier
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quadhog

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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wceaton

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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pirmannt1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Weston19

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like a porter with a blackish red color and mocha colored head. Leaves good lacing around the glass.

S: Very malty with subtle roasted notes. Some light piney notes as well.

T: The taste is much better than the nose hints and you get a nice refreshing taste of hope followed by the slight bitterness you'd get from a porter. Has a buttery aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied but very refreshing and well carbonated. A semi dry finish.

O: This beer is very tasty and what I love is how refreshing it is. I can take long drinks and it feels great. Would definitely recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 05:02:24 | More by Weston19
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salinasa

Delaware

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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bscalt

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Averwo

Iowa

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,914 ratings.