Beer Review: New Belgium 1554

Brewer: New Belgium Brewing Company
Name: 1554
Style: Belgian Dark Ale
Price: $5.50

Appearance: Pours dark brown and nearly black with ruby hues on the edges. Off-white thick head that has excellent retention. When it dissipates it leaves behind a light brown foam over the top of the brew and inherently in the lacing as well.

Smell: Initially it is reminiscent of chocolate milk and plum. Some of the more subtle scents are earth, coffee, caramel, and marshmallow.

Taste: The first flavors are chocolate, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, butter, and moist soil. The more secondary flavors include raisin and cake. There is little to no bitterness to it and hence it is not very hoppy. Very light sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied. Crisp carbonation and a creamy finish.

Overall: The beer is modeled after a beer recipe from 1554 and it certainly maintains an old world belgian style flavor and appearance. Some of the best selling points is that though it appears deep dark and sludgy and mean it is actually smooth and creamy with notes primarily of chocolate and light coffee.


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