New Bel­gium Brew­ing 1554

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Cherry And Berry Wood-aged Sour -

LOC: Fort Collins, Colorado ABV: 6% | IBUS: N/A | SRM: N/A

What the brewer says

“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.”

AROMA: 11 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 18 MOUTH­FEEL: 3 OVER­ALL: 9

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