New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale

I was looking on the New Belgium website about information regarding the beer and it calls this beer a “black lager,” which I found very interesting since everything else that I’ve seen states that it’s a black ale. Anyways, this was the second brew that I had during the second round of mussels at St. Arnold’s.


ABV: 5.6%

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Born of a flood and centuries-old Belgian text, 1554 Black Lager uses a 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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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.”

Random: I’ve started to watch Downton Abbey with the other half. So far, it’s really good.

The brew poured with a three finger, fluffy tan head. It dissipated very slowly and left a huge amount of lacing on the dimpled liter glass. By the way, those glasses were pretty darn heavy. The body was a dark brown color with heavy carbonation. The nose had a lot of roasted malts and some coffee with some Belgian yeast.  The taste was very heavy with roasted malts and coffee. There was no booze note to the beer at all. There was also a touch of licorice as well. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation present. The finish was long and roasty as well. This beer was okay, but not great. It could have used a bit more Belgian notes to it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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