Review: New Belgium Brewing 1554 | Craft Beer & Brewing
New Belgium Brewing 1554
89 out of 100

Style: Dark Lager

ABV: 6.0 IBU: 25

89/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 2
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 3

New Belgium Brewing 1554

What the brewers say

“A surprisingly bright taste and a dry, chocolaty finish—one evocative of dark brews enjoyed in Belgian taverns 500 years ago. Not a porter, not a stout—it’s 1554.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Roast, toasted bread, biscuit, slight burnt caramel-malt aromas. Very subtle noble-hops aromas. Some woody and spicy hops are in the background with light fruit esters.”

Flavor: “Sweet melanoidin malt character up front, middle roast notes. Decent amount of body to support the flavors. Slight floral and soapy noble-hops flavors. Sweet dark bready malt, toffee, and coffee.”

Overall: “Nice well-balanced dark bready malt complexity. Super-clean and drinkable lager. Enough pronounced roasted malt for the malt lover and a clean easy drinkability for the lager lover.”

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