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1554 Enlightened Black Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,037 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 3,037
Reviews: 1,245
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 70
Gots: 184 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

swgwilt, Sep 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

MN_Beerticker, Sep 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Chugs13, Sep 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

MilkManX, Sep 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

amstokesdb9, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of DavidGross
4/5  rDev +4.2%

DavidGross, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of tmm313
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

tmm313, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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 -8.9%

ChopsMeister, Sep 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

samturner, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

swimfire, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jjauga, Sep 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

jstevep00, Sep 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Peller80, Sep 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Morockm, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of clemtiger8202
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/walnut, nearly opaque. Small, tan head that had good lacing and lingered. Aroma was of roasted malt, coffee, and maybe a hint of charcoal. Taste was of coffee, roasted malt, and a sweetness of dark fruit, maybe like raisin. Beer was initially served cold but aroma and flavor improved dramatically as it warmed. The beer had a lot of body and lingered well after swallowing. Paired quite nicely with my steak and was good with desert as well.

clemtiger8202, Sep 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Eriktheipaman, Sep 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

tencents, Sep 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Chokobo, Sep 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

jcmittag, Sep 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Checkurtone, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of BrownAleMale
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a Lake front brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Dark coke a cola like. When held to light amber streaks rip through the darkness.

Smell- Not a lot here. I'm getting a very sweet coffee and toffee smell with some caramel also.

Taste- Bakers chocolate with a almost grape like hops. There is a slight watered downess that is killing what could be an epic beer. All the right flavors are there just not prevalent enough.

Mouthfeel- Nice heavy mouthfeel. Goes well with what coffee and chocolate flavors that I'm getting.

Overall- So so close to being such a great beer. In my line of work we have something called near misses. This is a case of a near miss. Some things done phenomenally while others just lacking.

BrownAleMale, Sep 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Chou, Sep 07, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

GMan, Sep 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

BlackBelt5112203, Sep 06, 2012
1554 Enlightened Black Ale from New Belgium Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 3,037 ratings.