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New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale

Postby turbo_ale » Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:51 pm

I just bought this beer because the store had this one on sale and because the label said "Black Ale". Still curious about Black CDA, thinking this was another one to try.

OK, I have enjoyed New Belgium's Ranger IPA, but did not like their Fat Tire. Now onto this 1554 Enlightened Black Ale:

It poured a dark brown with a red hue, clear, (24 SRM guess) tan head, toasty/bread/malt aroma with slight smoke. Flavor is much the same as the aroma. A medium mouthfeel with a dry finish, very clean. I enjoyed this beer, not expecting such a surprise. I will buy this beer again. I think the secret is the yeast, they state a Lager yeast strain.

I would call this a beer a Porter myself.

ABV - 5.6%
IBU - 21
Calories - 200
Hops - Target
Malts - Pale, Carapils, Black, Munich, Chocolate
OG - 15.3
TG - 4.5

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Last edited by turbo_ale on Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:28 pm, edited 1 time in total.
ON TAP:
1. 1C
2. 4B
3.
4.
5.
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Bottled: Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, 16B, 18B, 18E, 19B, 20, 21A, 23, 27
Fermenting:
Next: 5C

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Re: New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale

Postby pclemon » Thu Dec 08, 2011 5:29 am

turbo_ale wrote:I just bought this beer because of the store had this one on sale and because the label said "Black Ale". Still curious about Black CDA, thinking this was another one to try.

OK, I have enjoyed New Belgium's Ranger IPA, but did not like their Fat Tire. Now onto this 1554 Enlightened Black Ale:

It poured a dark brown with a red hue, clear, (30 SRM guess) tan head, toasty/bread/malt aroma and flavor. A noticeable dry chocolate flavor. I enjoyed this beer, not expecting such a surprise. I will buy this beer again. I think the secrete is the yeast, they state a Lager yeast strain.


How do they call it a Black ALE but state they use a LAGER yeast? It's like driving around in a car and asking people how they like your new truck.

With an IBU of 20 I definitely would not consider it close to a CDA. From the sounds of it a Porter might be closer but again - that's an ale.
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New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale

Postby BrewBum » Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:44 am

Can't believe you have not had it pc. It is closer to a schwarzbier actually. I haven't had it in awhile, they must have changed the label to say ale. It always has said it used a lager yeast and I assume at ale temps, much like a steam beer. I dont know that for sure though. One of their best beers for sure.

One of their original lineup beers and out long before CDA
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Re: New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale

Postby pclemon » Thu Dec 08, 2011 8:13 am

BrewBum wrote:Can't believe you have not had it pc.


We get VERY little New Belgium beers in the Northeast and since having kids don't get the opportunity to travel too far from home. So yeah, that's a new one on me. :)
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Re: New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale

Postby BrewBum » Thu Dec 08, 2011 8:36 am

pclemon wrote:
BrewBum wrote:Can't believe you have not had it pc.


We get VERY little New Belgium beers in the Northeast and since having kids don't get the opportunity to travel too far from home. So yeah, that's a new one on me. :)


I figured they were everywhere by now. I may have to remedy that for you sometime.
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Re: New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale

Postby turbo_ale » Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:52 am

pclemon wrote:We get VERY little New Belgium beers in the Northeast


Surprised because New Belgium is in CO, maybe it is just your State that they don't import in ?

I want to explore their Lips of Faith beers next.

Fat Tire & Friends
Sunshine Wheat
Fat Tire
1554
Blue Paddle

Explore Series
Trippel
Ranger IPA
Belgo IPA
Abbey
Mothership Wit

Seasonal
Hoptober
Snow Day

Lips of Faith
Le Terroir
Abbey Grand Cru
Super Cru
Kick
La Folie
Le Fleur Misseur
Clutch
Prickly Passion
Fresh Hop

Special Release
Old Cherry Ale
Ken's Beer
Frambozen
ON TAP:
1. 1C
2. 4B
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5.
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Bottled: Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, 16B, 18B, 18E, 19B, 20, 21A, 23, 27
Fermenting:
Next: 5C

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Re: New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale

Postby Brewtime » Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:29 am

pclemon wrote:
BrewBum wrote:Can't believe you have not had it pc.


We get VERY little New Belgium beers in the Northeast and since having kids don't get the opportunity to travel too far from home. So yeah, that's a new one on me. :)


It has just made its way into Maryland in the last month or so.
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Re: New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale

Postby turbo_ale » Thu Dec 08, 2011 2:56 pm

pclemon wrote:How do they call it a Black ALE but state they use a LAGER yeast?


BrewBum wrote:they must have changed the label to say ale.


Maybe because of this ?

"Texas who defines “Ale” as a malt beverage containing 5% alcohol or higher (“Beer” is defined as between 0.5% and 5% ABV). If you’ve ever seen Paulaner Salvator labeled “Ale,” now you know why."

http://byo.com/component/resource/artic ... -big-chill
ON TAP:
1. 1C
2. 4B
3.
4.
5.
6.
Bottled: Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, 16B, 18B, 18E, 19B, 20, 21A, 23, 27
Fermenting:
Next: 5C

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Re: New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale

Postby majorvices » Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:50 am

IIRC it is fermented at ale temps. It's one of their beers beers I like well enough, along with a handful of their other beers I don't care for much.
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Re: New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale

Postby turbo_ale » Tue Jan 31, 2012 5:51 pm

Just had another 22 oz 1554 the other day, what a great beer! This 1554 is just awesome, I would call it a Porter, but whatever class it belongs to, I would like to clone this beer. Anybody have a recipe for 1554 ?

I have this so far for a 10 gallon all-grain batch, any input welcome.

17-1/4 Rahr 2-Row, 81.18%
1 Black Patent, 4.71%
1 Chocolate Malt, 4.71%
1 German Munich Malt, 4.71%
1 CaraPils/Dextrine, 4.71%

3 oz E.K. Goldings @ 60

WLP002 ale yeast or WLP862 hybrid yeast
ON TAP:
1. 1C
2. 4B
3.
4.
5.
6.
Bottled: Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, 16B, 18B, 18E, 19B, 20, 21A, 23, 27
Fermenting:
Next: 5C

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Re: New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale

Postby Henning1966 » Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:13 pm

Try checking this thread out one of the most comprehensive threads on this recipe on the web. http://www.thebrewingnetwork.com/forum/ ... php?t=4358
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Re: New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale

Postby BrewBum » Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:27 pm

Yeah, I posted that exact same thread awhile back for turbo, he must not have wanted to read it, didn't see it or didn't believe me. :lol:
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Re: New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale

Postby turbo_ale » Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:27 pm

BrewBum wrote:Yeah, I posted that exact same thread awhile back for turbo, he must not have wanted to read it, didn't see it or didn't believe me. :lol:


Must have been on another thread, I don't know if I went to that link, I click on so many links, makes my head spin. I did read the whole thread about 1554 clone now. Lots of great info about the 1554.

Thanks Henning1966 for putting that link on this post.

My revised attempt after reading BN link and drinking a 22 oz of 1554 again.

1554, 10 gal, all-grain, 75% efficiency

19 lbs, Rahr 2-Row, 79.17%
3 lbs, German Munich, 12.50%
1 lb, CaraPils/Dextrine, 4.17%
12 oz, Black Malt, 3.13%
4 oz, Chocolate Malt, 1.04%

1 oz, Magnum @ 60, 24.4 IBU

7 gm, Seeds of Pardice, @ 5

carboy 1, 2 vials WLP810 SF Lager, ferment @ 65F
carboy 2, 2 vials WLP862 Cry Havoc, ferment @ 68F

est. OG: 1.062
est. FG: 1.019
est. ABV: 5.61%
SRM: 24
IBU: 23.5
Apparent Attenuation 68.06%
ON TAP:
1. 1C
2. 4B
3.
4.
5.
6.
Bottled: Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, 16B, 18B, 18E, 19B, 20, 21A, 23, 27
Fermenting:
Next: 5C

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Re: New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale

Postby GARMISCH » Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:05 pm

turbo_ale wrote:Just had another 22 oz 1554 the other day, what a great beer! This 1554 is just awesome, I would call it a Porter, but whatever class it belongs to, I would like to clone this beer. Anybody have a recipe for 1554 ?

I have this so far for a 10 gallon all-grain batch, any input welcome.

17-1/4 Rahr 2-Row, 81.18%
1 Black Patent, 4.71%
1 Chocolate Malt, 4.71%
1 German Munich Malt, 4.71%
1 CaraPils/Dextrine, 4.71%

3 oz E.K. Goldings @ 60

WLP002 ale yeast or WLP862 hybrid yeast


Look at Austinhomebrew They have their versions of commercial beers. The kit/recipe for this is in the numerical section at the bottom of their commercial beer section.
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Re: New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale

Postby GARMISCH » Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:11 pm

GARMISCH wrote:
turbo_ale wrote:Just had another 22 oz 1554 the other day, what a great beer! This 1554 is just awesome, I would call it a Porter, but whatever class it belongs to, I would like to clone this beer. Anybody have a recipe for 1554 ?

I have this so far for a 10 gallon all-grain batch, any input welcome.

17-1/4 Rahr 2-Row, 81.18%
1 Black Patent, 4.71%
1 Chocolate Malt, 4.71%
1 German Munich Malt, 4.71%
1 CaraPils/Dextrine, 4.71%

3 oz E.K. Goldings @ 60

WLP002 ale yeast or WLP862 hybrid yeast


Fermentable Sugars:
Extract: 7 lb Liquid Malt Extract, .81 lb Specialty Grains
Mini Mash: 5 lb Liquid Malt Extract, 2.5 lb Base Grains, .81 lb Specialty Grains
All Grain: 9 lb Base Grains, .81 lb Specialty Grains
Click on the box for yeast and they give you options of what to use.
Good luck on this brew.
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