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1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

3,013 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,013
Reviews: 1,244
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 69
Gots: 182 | 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 +4.2%

ineva, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This guy has been sitting in my fridge begging to be consumer. Served in a tulip

A: Pours a fine dark brown- black color with a inch thick tan head with nice amounts of lacing, much stickage to the sides of the glass

S: Barley, malts, chocolate, very rich

T: Mmm, delicious, not as rich as I was expecting, but it's got great flavor, choclate, barley, malt sugars, dark fruits, this guy is pretty sweet, very tasty, pick up hints of yeast as well

M: I'd say this beer is in the space between a rich full bodied, thick beer and a light, crisp, refreshing beer, good amounts of carbonation in a good combination with rich, robust flavors.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, another good brew from New Belgium, I actually never heard of this one, it's not one of their big names in mainstream craft brews but I really liked it and I recommend it to everyone.

Mavigo, Feb 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

RancidAggro, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

ToddKehoe, Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Bright brown with hints of amber on edges, dark but very clear, very creamy looking light tan head with big bubbles, around 1 finger

S: Nutty, lots of roasted malt, but no sweentess, smells like fresh dark bread

T: Just like the smell, can pick-up some roasted malt but it all tastes like whole grain bread with nuts in it, some sweetness also comes through and lightens it up, an almost chocolate roast at times, very mild hop presence, adds balance

M: Tad shy of medium, very pleasant over all, not heavily carbonated

D: High, easy to drink

Notes: I really liked this beer. I love dark bread and this beer has that quality. I'm not sure if this is a true Belgian Dark Ale, but it has good dark roasted notes while being light.

dpodratsky3, Apr 23, 2010
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

DrNo, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

specialkheese, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a lighten hue near the edges with a thin ring of off white head.
Smell is heavily malted with sweet and roasted elements present.
Taste first hits me with a roasted coffeejava flavor then smooths into a sweet malt experience.
Finish wet with a sweet malt after-taste which transits back to roasted flavor.
Drinks well-definitely sessionable here.

ThaBobfather, Feb 14, 2010
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Lukezilla90, Sep 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

csurowiec, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Roy1586, Nov 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

marley2112, Apr 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this since I'm usually not a fan of Belgian styles, however this tasted unlike the few Belgian dark ales I have tried. 1554's appearance is dark black with ruby highlights. Head size is about average. The aroma isn't very strong and consists mainly of light malt smells. 1554 is primarily a malty beer, hops provide only a balance. The present flavors are primarily light chocolate and maybe dark fruit taste. This is very refreshing for a darker beer, something that I could easily drink in summer sessions.

Gagnonsux, Dec 17, 2004
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

tbeq00, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

skynyrdbyrd, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

dmorgan310, Jun 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Realchunks30, Sep 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Jcarter1221, Mar 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown color with less than a finger foamy light tan head that fades slowly leaving a nice amount of Belgian lacing in its wake. Smells like a malty chocolate ice cream float with a mild nutty roasted character. The mouth feel is medium bodied with a significant tingle of hopped effervescence. The taste follows close to the nose. A semi-sweet nutty chocolate with a maltiness that lingers nicely. An easy drinker, so far my favorite New Belgium product.

jjayjaye, May 14, 2008
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

iKrystin, Jun 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

boku56, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Zabkatista22, Oct 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

IlludiumQ36, Mar 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

tziggy, Jul 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
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
1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 3,013 ratings.