New Belgium – 1554 Enlightened Black Ale

ONE PART NEW BELGIUM’S own dubbel-style Abbey ale, one part Guinness Stout, and one part genuine strong dark Belgian ale, the 1554 is a slightly scattershot effort on the cusp of prominent quality. Initial flavors toasty chocolate with a nearly stout-like coating, but with a subtler foundation in medium-bodied ales with more carbonation and a small burst of cherry. Filling, but still light for the targeted style of a Belgian dark ale, which is perhaps more a marketing misnomer than stylistic guarantee. The art piece, though–that they get.

Served: 12 oz bottle

Rating: 85

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