Sunday, January 30, 2011

1554 – Enlightened Black Ale – New Belgium Brewing

I have had this beer a few times and it is one of my favorites from New Belgium, who is best known for the ubiquitous Fat Tire and 2010’s Ranger.  While 1554 may not receive the accolades or the limelight that Fat Tire or Ranger do, this is a very drinkable ale that is available at many carryouts.  1554 is a dark Belgian Ale that uses a “lager yeast uses a lager yeast strain and dark chocolaty malts to redefine what dark beer can be” with an ABV of 5.6% and an IBU of 21. 

Additional notes from the website that I thought was interesting – “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 Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and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  I like 1554 and I appreciate that New Belgium experiments with other styles and take chances.  They have a “cash cow” with Fat Tire and this allows them to try new things.  1554 has been in the stable for a while and it is one that many people will enjoy..

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