1554 Black Lager | New Belgium Brewing

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4,058 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,058
Reviews:
1,378
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
748
For Trade:
1
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of plasma
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprising selection. I just grabed it for a pick your own six pack with out paying much attention. I haven't been a new belgium fan in the past, so I didn't expect much. I was pleased as I poured to see it was dark like weak coffee, which could describe the smell also. Mouth feel was nice, not to thin and perfect carbonation. Tasted of malt and slight coffee. Very drinkable beer, I wish I had more and will absolutely buy more.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of D11
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from bottle into tulip

A- pours a very dark amber-black(almost violet). rich dark-tan 2-finger head with nice lacing.

S- mostly coffee, and some malt

T- taste follows the smell. coffee dominates the taste.

M- the mouthfeel was the best characteristic for me in this brew. was carbonated just right, and not too thin.

O- first off i will say i am not a fan of coffee. that being said im sure others will enjoy this more than me. coffee pretty much dominated this brew; but if you like coffee you should try this.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of KMcG
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass

A: A nice think tan head developed, but faded with a few minutes to produce patches of lace on the dark coffee colored ale.

S: toasty, coco, and sweet malts. There is just a faint hint of hops with a citrus scent.  It seems to be missing that Belgium yeast thing.

T: toasty malts dominate the taste and most of the taste follows the aroma.  The finish is a slight grapefruity hop.  Overall the taste seems diluted.

M: medium body, smooth carbonation, easy to drink.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ckollias
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark brown under black hue with amber highlights. Has a thick tan 3 ½-finger head that lasts forever, leaves a great trail down the glass, and finally dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Toasted malt aroma with hints of coffee and cocoa powder.

T: Smooth rich ale with a generous sweetness and a nice roasted malt. Slight chocolate and coffee overtones and a mild hop flavor..

M: Medium body and high carbonation

O: This is an awesome dark Belgian ale. So smooooth and tasty. It went down way too easy.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 4,058 ratings.
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