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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
75 78 70 4 21 9
1554 Brussels Style Black Ale by New Belgium Brewing Inc.
Belgian Dark Ale
5.50 % ABV

Review by everetends on 06/22/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 8 16 4 8 2010
Old Review
22 oz bottle I picked up at Hop City in ATL during the New Belgium roll out. I have had my share of Fat Tire out west but I haven't really sampled any other NB brews, so I had to pick this one up. Served up in my St. Bernardus Chalice.

A: Pours a seemingly black body. Held to the old bulb, you see that is in fact a very dark brown. Said brown is a very dark body resting on top of a lighter brown base at the bottom of the chalice. Nice look here. Had about half a finger of head off the pour . . . actually a pretty vigorous pour. The head that was built went away with some hast. Barely a ring is left in my glass, and there is no lace on the glass. Its ok, but nothing mind blowing and it leaves me needing more.

S: Smell is a bit on the light side but pleasant all the same. Got a nice base of yeast and grains coming out first. Nice and lightly sweet malt aroma. Then there is a touch of fruit that is barely there, maybe some plum? The aroma that I left with is mostly some nice and light cocoa lingering. Yet again, not blowing any minds but enjoyable.

T: I was not expecting this to taste like it does, but it is a pleasant suprise in this glass. Getting first and foremost a really nice cocoa presence. Its not crazy sweet, but its not too overly dark or bitter. Just right in the middle. Then you get that some of that Belgian yeasty quality with a nice earthiness. Malt is a light caramel and there is possibly a light coffee flavor coming out. Not getting any fruit in the flavor but its not needed, but there is a nice roasty/toasty flavor. The flavors are nice as is.

M: Medium in body with a touch of (good) wateriness to it. The thinness keeps this beer from being too heavy on the palate, or keeping the sweeter flavors from being too creamy on the palate. Carbonation is medium but kept in check. ABV is not even a factor and blends wonderfully. Aftertaste is some of that malt and some lingering cocoa goodness.

D: I am super suprised by this beer even though I didn't know what to expect. It works very nicely. Its light on the palate and the tummy and makes it so you can keep pulling from that glass. It just plain works. This bomber will not be an issue whatsoever and I should have picked up multiple bottles. This is decent one for keeping in the house if you want an easy drinker with some flavor but its not going to break the bank. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 05-29-2009 05:09:16

Served In: Goblet

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 7 17 4 8 0
Thanks go to jhammerly for this one!

Pours a dark, dark amber, perhaps some would say root beer brown. Beautiful khaki colored head, large, full, and pillowy - excellent retention. Reduces down to a 1/4" cap, lumpy and clumpy. Very active carbonation. Gorgeous lacing.

Aroma yeasty and sour (Green apple), with a nice malty, spicy roastyness to it. Some grains add to the experience.

Taste is of roasted malts - toasty, with coffee like tones. Earthy. Grainy. Light bitterness to round it out.

Medium in body, full, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Mild carbonation suits this well. Very slight dryness to the finish.

Every now and then I like a dark, black ale. They just warm my little black heart to no end. This one is treating me well... Thanks Jimi!

Served In: Goblet

Review by Oxymoron on 11/25/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 9 15 3 7 2008
Semi black color, with good clarity, retention and lacing. The nose is light with some malt and a light hint of chocolate and belgium yeast. Taste is similar but a lighter base coco-coffee thing. Some lighter yeast but clean. A bit hoppy finish with a citrus finish but light. Very clean and easy to drink

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 7 14 4 7 0
I just picked up this bomber today since it was a new arrival to the area.

A - Pours a dark brownish garnet colored body that has a nice glow to it when held up to the light. Thick looking beige head that is made of tight bubbles. Looks like the head is a solid almost. Good retention.

S - Smoky malt comes right at my nose. Toasted rye bread. Smoked meats. Hmmm...

T - Much lighter smoke than in the nose. Hits up front and is subtle and not overpowering. The rest of the beer, however, is also fairly light in the taste department in my opinion. Light raisin and prune. Some breadiness in the malt profile. Little to no aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied and very smooth.

D - Goes down fairly easy, but I wish that this bottle was a 12oz rather than a bomber. Not a bad beer really, just not packed with quite enough flavor for me.

Served In: Pint Glass

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