Isaac - Birrificio Le Baladin
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Reviews by uno99:
3.43/5 rDev -5.2%
Tiny but expensive bottle purchased in a little bottle shop, Knaresborough, UK. Best Before Dec, 2012.
A: Lackluster appearance. A dull and lifeless liquid with no head or lacing.
S: Nose is full of spice and flowers. I can't identify the exact scent, but there is something there that really dominates a little too much. (checking the brewers description later, I think its camomile and mallow). I little pale malt and wheat backbone. Hops aren't really identifiable.
T: Citrus and cloves are upfront, followed by a malty body. Finish is the camomile which lingers awhile.
M: Rather slick and sticky. slightly dry on the edges of the palate but could be more so.
Overall - I had high hopes for this one, since being featured in a Michael Jackson book, but I'm slightly dissapointed - This is typically one of my least favorite styles however, and I tend to prefer German wheat beer. Certainly not worth the money.
09-05-2011 23:48:54 | More by uno99
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4.93/5 rDev +36.2%
I obtained this from The Foodery located in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia.
I had poured this into a pint glass.
The appearance was a yellow cloud and retained a good head.
The aroma was very fruit and sweet with a natural sweetness to it.
The taste was crisp, light, and very refreshing.
I did taste fruit with sweetness, but once again it was a natural sweet.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer so much I called The Foodery and asked if I can get a case!
And for reference to all, my taste palate is not as strong as my wife's, who has a very awesome taste perception. So for me when a beer like this can make me pick up the phone and order a case, the taste was right here for me!
04-23-2011 15:39:35 | More by Giovannilucano
4.22/5 rDev +16.6%
Thanks to bu11eye for sharing this bottle.
Pours a yellow, slightly hazy color with a white head. The aroma is coriander and some orange. The flavor is strong on the orange with some coriander to balance it out. Thin-medium, soft mouthfeel and low carbonation.
A solid example of a Belgian white, and my first craft beer from Italy. Very nice.
02-02-2010 20:23:53 | More by Mora2000
United Kingdom (England)
3.3/5 rDev -8.8%
A sexy 250ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2012. Purchased ages ago from an Italian deli in York. As always, I love the Baladin label/branding.
Poured into a Delirium chalice (with swirling to agitate the yeast). A very hazy, translucent amber colour with plentiful floating sediment and medium carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that dissipates after a minute or so. Aroma of fruity, earthy yeast esters and wheat, accompanied by hints of orange, coriander, camomile and faint herbs. Subtle but interesting.
Tastes of earthy yeast with a mild fruity character and a dry finish. Notes of yeast, faint orange, hints of coriander and subtle herbal twinges. No bitterness to speak of; the flavour seems subdued upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and has good body, but is seriously undercarbonated and lacks texture. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of earthy yeast and echoes of fruit and spice.
An interesting effort with a restrained complexity, but falls short of better Belgian offerings. Doesn't look great - virtually no head. The aroma and flavour are nice but overly yeasty and insufficiently defined by the orange/spices. The body lacks carbonation, which really shouldn't be missing in a bottle-conditioned beer. It goes down quite nicely but doesn't leave you stunned. Would probably pair well with food - worth trying.
11-18-2012 22:37:21 | More by jazzyjeff13
4.47/5 rDev +23.5%
Appearance: Pours a hazy, darker yellow/golden color with the look of a lot of carbonation propelling a big head with lots of nice thin lacing
Nose: Huge character of citrus fruits, very little coriander, clove, or spice of any sort, unusual for a belgian-style wit, yet made up for by tons of grainy funkiness
Taste: Wow, did we love this beer! One of the more unusual wits I've had in my day, with a touch of spice carried by tons of mandarin and lemon citrus characteristics, the finish is dominated by touches of wild funky yeasts and a hunk of cereal grains, a highly evolved taste for a rather basic style
Mouthfeel: Very aggressive and assertive, quite heavy and chewy
Drinkability: A wit that deserves a chalice for sure! Definately a sipper
08-21-2009 00:48:52 | More by robertjbell
3.35/5 rDev -7.5%
Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige colour ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry Belgian malt with light fruity ester. Taste is not as complex as I would have expected with typical Belgian malt with a rather semi-dry aftertaste. Body is above average with good carbonation. I would have never guessed the style I had not check back on Ratebeer. The aroma of cloves, wheat and coriander is totally absent from this beer.
01-28-2011 03:50:50 | More by Phyl21ca
1.9/5 rDev -47.5%
i bought this because i had the baladin-al-iksir which was pretty good. however, i believe i my first swig was from a bottle that sat in the sun on the dock on the way over here. so, i try again and maybe i was tainted from the first, but just didn't do it for me. my italian "better things in life" buddy loved it(i traded 2 bottles for two oliva V cigars)...sorry just seemed like an expensive waste of time.
02-22-2011 18:25:45 | More by Daigaro70
3.43/5 rDev -5.2%
250ml bottle. Brugs Chalice glass. Lemon yellow color & cloudy appearance. White froth, brief crown leaving some spots on sides. Fruity & spiced aromas. Sweet malty upfront, fruity hues. Light to medium body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Fresh citric fruit flavor -orange-, subtle spices & light hoppiness. Refreshing & pleasant sweet/sour finish. Nice spot of the Witbier Style.
03-16-2014 07:29:14 | More by GONZALOYANNA
2.23/5 rDev -38.4%
Well this isnt a good start. Pours like a highly carbonated cider. Quite cloudy with lots of sediment in the glass. Head barely has a chance to form before it quickly fizzles away.
Initial hints of apple had me worried. Thankfully this didnt stick around long and some more typical aromas emerged. Light witbier yeast but little spice or anything else to add to it. Yeah, not great.
Taste is slightly less meh. Really needs to be cleaned up. Not sure if its a bad bottle, but its well within date. And I really cant say filtering out the sediment would make so much of a difference here. Something I can only describe as a cider like sharpness is combined with a sweet euro lager base. Not a great mix.
Disappointed here. Bad example of a witbier and not enjoyable.
02-21-2012 10:23:43 | More by joecast
2.78/5 rDev -23.2%
750ml brought back fromk trip to Milan. Poured into large tulip glass.
A: Hazy yellow and incredible amounts of small bubbles. Flowing head on first pour that maintained.
N: Ginger spices and grassy. Good aroma to start. Strongest aspect of this beer.
T: Falls short of the nose. Plain a somewhat sour, could have been bad bottle because this brewers others were much better. Some sweetness but the absence of the coriander which would have rounded it out better.
M: Too highly carbonated. Spices too much on the tongue without any taste with it. Odd- more like a sour ginger ale than anything else.
D: Given the high price and the availability, not worth the effort to track down. Not the best of wits.
Boring, would have rather had a Hoegaarden for about 1/5 the price.
05-23-2008 12:33:21 | More by marcpal
Isaac from Birrificio Le Baladin
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