1554 Black Lager | New Belgium Brewing

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1554 Black Lager1554 Black Lager

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-02-2002

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Photo of DreamInOrange
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of April 8, 2012.

A. A deep brown, semi-clear pour with a 1/4 inch white head that quickly dissipated leaving a whisper thin head and lacing for most of the bottle.

S. A bit malty, not a strong aroma coming from this one.

T. Nice flavor, first taste is reminiscent of a mild brown ale, but the end of the sip warms with malt and a nice hop balance. A nice mix of coffee and dark chocolate flavors as it develops. Above average compared to other brown ales I have tried. Doesn't seem as complex as some belgian dark ales to me either.

M. Decent carbonation, feel bright on the tongue.

O. Good session beer of the darker variety. I would go back to this one.

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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jmponder
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of bigdeuce
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour is of a very dark belgian ale. Not much of a head, beer may have been too cold. Sweet plummy caramel scent on the nose. Fruity sweet cherry like tartness also detected. Tastes of a slightly bittering chocolate with some pretty nice plum fruitiness on the back. Very easy to drink. Would be a crowd pleaser. A bit thin however, but a darn good beer I am pleased to have finally tried!

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Photo of AshtonCrotcher
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of PaBeerLover
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of airforceale
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of americanbelgian
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - My first Belgian dark poured a remarkably clear black with purple hints with a spotted cream head.

S - Hints of toasted coffee

T - Smooth, sweet and creamy. Perhaps a bit light on the malt, and perhaps intentially light on the finish. Bitter chocolate flavors. Lacks belgian yeast and malt flavors.

M - Light and sweet.

A bit thin for what I was expecting, but this simple brew is pleasantly approciable and went down quickly making me wishing for another.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of evilkorova
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of AaronBurr
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of debuscher22
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Rostie
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of zbooks
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, not a bad beer at all.
Especially if you like the taste of coffee.
Nice malted/hops balance that I enjoyed that was quickly followed and finished by a solid coffee taste, maybe even a slight hint of chocolate.
Enjoyed once, and would enjoy it again.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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2/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of ponbon63
1.5/5  rDev -60.9%

Photo of marshrat63
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 4,046 ratings.
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