In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


New Belgium Brewing 1554

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.”