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New Belgium 1554

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New Belgium 1554

Beer Information

Best Served in:
Chalice or Goblet
Alcohol by Volume (ABV):
Availability:
Available Year-round
Still Brewed:
Yes

Goes Best WIth

Goes Best With (Food)
Goes Best With (Cheese)
Goes Best With (Dessert)

Product Notes

Born of a flood and centuries-old Belgian text, 1554 Enlightened Black Ale uses a light lager yeast strain and dark chocolaty malts to redefine what dark beer can be. In 1997, a Fort Collins flood destroyed the original recipe our researcher, Phil Benstein, found in the library. So Phil and brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, traveled to Belgium to retrieve this unique style lost to the ages. Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and mouthfeel.

User reviews

1 reviews

Overall rating 
 
8.8
Aroma 
 
9.0  (1)
Look (Appearance) 
 
10.0  (1)
Taste 
 
9.0  (1)
Mouthfeel 
 
8.0  (1)
Second Look (Overall Impression) 
 
8.0  (1)
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Back in Black
(Updated: February 14, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
8.8
Aroma 
 
9.0
Look (Appearance) 
 
10.0
Taste 
 
9.0
Mouthfeel 
 
8.0
Second Look (Overall Impression) 
 
8.0

I am a big fan of black lagers.

Aroma: Aroma is sweet with roasted malt and dark chocolate and perhaps coffee.

Look (Appearance): Deep mahogany in color with slight off white/tan head. Head retention is minimal.

Taste: Of roasted malt and chocolate with a bit of coffee on the exhale.

Mouthfeel: A creamy mouthfeel (almost slick) with moderate carbonation. Not bitter.

Second Look (Overall Impression): A very good Sunday afternoon beer. Light enough that you will not feel full after the first one, but with the right amount of body to satisfy the palate. This is a very good beer to start with if you are unfamiliar with black lagers.

Beer Review information

Served From:
Bottle
Where drank?
Home
Occasion
Treating myself on Valentines day.
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