Beer Review: New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale

Another beer from DC-area new-arrival New Belgium: 1554 Enlightened Black Ale.

This beer was apparently derived from some old Belgian text. Although, I am not sure on the source of the “enlightened” reference, as the year 1554 is a little early for 18th Century professional complainers like Voltaire.

In all fairness, it's not his fault, he was French.

1554 has a pleasant roasted malt aroma. And it tastes like bread that is so hearty it has an extra neutron and was baked by Enrico Fermi under the University of Chicago football stadium.

Ding.

The aforementioned bread taste is accompanied by a subtle chocolate flavor and a hint of coffee. No hops to speak of. Further (despite my atomic bread hyperbole) it is very smooth and drinkable…and perhaps more importantly, it won’t give you a permanent tan and an orange afro.

A nuclear scientist by trade, Patches was never taken seriously after his years at White Sands.

The Haybag: Very drinkable for such a dark beer. Nothing about it really stands out for me, though. Ahhh, pictures of clowns…that’ll drive blog traffic.

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4 thoughts on “Beer Review: New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale

  1. LOL. I’m pretty sure that if I was drinking this beer right now that I would enjoy rereading your post more than taking another swig. I thought that “And it tastes like bread that is so hearty it has an extra neutron and was baked by Enrico Fermi under the University of Chicago football stadium” was brilliant, until Patches the clown. too funny man. cheers!

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