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1554 Black Lager | New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
3.82/5
Very Good
4,089 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
Ranking:
#12,781
Reviews:
1,385
Ratings:
4,089
pDev:
12.04%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
128
Gots:
768
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 4,089 |  Reviews: 1,385
Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbaz
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 98green
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rsuarez1982
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ferretferret
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cnealc
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DarthVorador
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pnotuner
4.87/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What I have been searching for. I started with IPAs but they were to hoppy for me. I kept going darker and darker until I found the Porters and Black Lagers. This is just a little smoother than Founders or Brewhouse. I just bought a single so I have to go back for a six pack. I only drink one occasionally as a treat.

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Photo of cwd
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squire123
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark mahogany brown with gold highlights around the edges. Good tan cap and decent lacing.

Herbal, spicy, slightly coffeeish, toffeeish aroma with something like dark figs in the background. Not really catching any hops but these heavy flavors usually cover that up anyway.

Taste on entry is dark toffee quickly followed by the herbal element. Don't know exactly what that element is, perhaps a lager yeast at warmer temperature fermentation has created that but it's in there and it taste good. Mid palate I'm getting more of the plummy, ripe fig influence which is just adding layers to the first impression flavors. Spicy, clove like threads weave in by the finish and linger in the aftertaste along with a touch of coffee but no roast bitterness.


Full texture with balancing carbonation.

Sometimes a dark brew based on roasted malt can throw off some bitterness along with the rich flavors. Not here, the elements I'm describing work together nicely. I don't quite know what kind of animal this is, an ale influenced lager or a lagered ale, but the jammy, figgy, roasty, toasty, clove stuff shout Belgian while it drinks like a strong lager and a good one at that. Complex yet restrained, flavorful yet sophisticated, a whole lotta shakin going on.

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Photo of Spacedog666
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prototypic
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LukeB
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nater919
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zoollie
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Victoire in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark brown (not black), with a small white head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like dark fruit, dark breadiness, chocolate, caramel, and prune.

This kind of feels like a Belgian scotch ale or something, maybe. It's quite surprisingly fruity, and low on roasted malt character, unfortunately, with a strong fruity yeast character, and light chocolate and caramel. This isn't exactly what I expected it to be.

This is light bodied, with a normal level of carbonation for the style.

This is interesting, and certainly drinkable, but I'd definitely wish for a bit more crispness.

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Photo of dobroblues
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich, dark almost black appearance with some reddish hues. Head was a thin, frothy beige color. It smelled like roasted malt, chocolate, bread, and caramel. The taste was similar to the aroma. It had notes of sweetness, but the finish and aftertaste were bitter--reminded me of a fine dark chocolate. The mouth feel was creamy and pleasant, not too heavy or light. It has been a number of years since I've tried this brew, but I remember liking it then and I still do now.

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Photo of Maillard
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bbtkd
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium 1554, 5.6% ABV, 21 IBU. Pours medium viscosity and light black, with a one finger off-white head that left decent lacing. Nose is malty, bready, slightly nutty, taste follows, with very little bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of citizencane
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours translucent red-black with decent head and leaves abundant lacing. Smell is faint or roasted malts and dark chocolateZ. Taste is same, with a marked toastyness. Feel is thick and slightly creamy, but definite carbonation. Overall, not bad. Have had a few times.

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Photo of devilmakesthree
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1554 Black Lager from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 4,089 ratings
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