Noël - Birrificio Le Baladin
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Reviews by Phatz:
4.72/5 rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This was amazing. I had no idea we would like it so well. My wife and I poured this beer (is it is now a custom since she drinks too) into two snifters, leaving enough to re-cork the bottle and come back to it later we start an movie and when it is over we fish up the 750. It wasn't 25 minutes later that Grace turned to me and asked "did you leave a second pour in the bottle?" I looked down and my snifter was empty as well. What happened to our routine? This beer was too damn good. (after already getting the accidental buzz she decided we should crack the first homebrew 750, which is a hole_nother story.) I will certainly be seeking more Noël Baladin ASAP;-)
Appearance: Pours a dark molasses color with a light tan head, and very attractive lacing.
Smell: Molasses, brown sugar, Caramel, Anise, and spices like shoe-fly-pie, along with a sweet cinnamon-swirl bread aroma.
Taste: Sweet and malty with rich flavors of dark fruits and sugars and pie flavors along with vinous grape wine. It starts with Raisin dates and cherry a brandy warm alcohol vinous element then sweet caramel brown sugar and molasses followed by a contingent of spices, nutmeg cinnamon and everything pecan pie but in a bready cake like form all blended beautifully in this fabulous flavorful beer.
Mouthfeel: Rich smooth and thick feel in the mouth, with a very warm holiday wine feel to it.
Drinkability: Down right absurdly dangerous. The beer is spectacular and my wifes favorite yet. 9% is so well hidden until you polish off the bottle and wt_? I'm feeling it now. This beer would be great with a holiday meal. We just had it with some bean dip and corn chips and the beer practically vanished before my eyes. I will be attempting to acquire a case next time.
Hope this is helpful.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2007 07:16:36 | More by Phatz
More User Reviews:
3.84/5 rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured a somewhat brownish black body (not completely black) with good head and lace retention. A rather complex nose because I seem to pick up dark fruits like raisins and black cherry as well as some yeast, minor hopiness and then some sweetness that seems to be beyond caramel. Not the most complex beer but it's a light to medium body, not really chewey but there's some sturdiness there, is actually pretty smooth, some more raisins, dark/black cherries, hints of figs, some caramel or candi sugar sweetness comes out and then it has a spicy finish. A rather interesting beer that was worth a shot.
Serving type: on-tap
01-19-2014 15:58:52 | More by clayrock81
3.86/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Celebrating the holiday season Italian-style! Turns out its a lot like Belgian-style as the ale opens up with the familiar fruit and spice interplay as those darker, richer Belgian Trappist ales and with a familiar candied malt base. It warms the spirit, soothes the mind and makes families much more tolerable.
As the beer settles, it does so with the rusty, reddish-brown hue that casts subtle highlights through its yeasty veil. Its foam is eggshell-white as the creamy bubbles amass a blanket of froth that shields the beer from top to bottom throughout the session. The ale creeps along, leaving denoting concentric rings of lace in its memory.
Fruity and malty aromas align in the nose with raisins, dates, figs and cherries. Throw in the orchard fruit varieties of apples and berries for good measure, allowing a vinous red wine note to permit. The fruit is pulled together with lightly seared caramel and brown sugar for a taste that strikes the nose as "fruitcake" like. Spicy white pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg sides with the alcohol for a balance that seems like spiced rum.
Soft and supple to taste, the ale simply melts on the tongue with creamy sweetness- starting off with the sweetness of powdered sugar, light molasses, mildly toasted coffee cake and slight brown sugar. As the taste of dried dark fruit fold into the mix, its nutty date, fig, sultan and cherry flavors reinforce the fruitcake notion. And all those Christmas-type spices do much the same as the fruity-sweetness is in much need of balance. But the ale trails spicy and slightly wine-like as a tangy and tannin-like finish looms.
Only medium-full on the palate, the sweetness would imply richer texture, but the soft and creamy carbonation keeps the beer silky and somewhat "feathery". As alcohol as spice builds, drier impressions are left on the back of the tongue until the finish is left with only echoes of cola nut, toasted grain and mulled spice warmth.
Where greater amplification of the ale overall would aid its vividness, its delicate mouthfeel is what is truly intangible. It simply does what the Rochefort, St. Bernardus and Westvleteren of the world do. We have a winner based on palate sensations alone!
Serving type: on-tap
01-11-2014 17:21:46 | More by BEERchitect
3.88/5 rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From a funky-shaped 750 ml bottle (code says L32/120) into a wine glass.
A-A normal pour produces about one finger of thick, khaki foam. The head hangs around for a minute before dropping to a thick cap that hangs around for quite a while. The beer is a dark-ruby hued brown color and very murky.
S-The aroma is malty and earthy, but less sweet than I would expect of a BSDA and a beer that calls itself holiday beer. There is some leather, prune, cocoa, and a touch of spice. The alcohol is noticeable and solventy in character.
T-The taste is similar to the smell with earthy prune, raisin, leather, and soil flavors. There is also some cocoa and a bit more spice like nutmeg and allspice. The solventy alcohol is also obvious, but it fits pretty well with the flavors and gives a bit of sweetness and warming.
M-The beer is soft and full in body. The carbonation is fine and foamy on my palate.
O-This is a tasty and somewhat unique beer. The flavors are complex and the warming, slightly spicy and alcoholic nature of this BSDA are mostly what I expect from a holiday beer. That being said, I could have used a little more sweetness to balance the earthy flavors. Glad I got to try to this and I would drink it again if given the chance.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2013 21:45:01 | More by spoony
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap at birch.
A - Pours a pitch-black color.
S - Grape, sour smells, some bourbon.
T - See smells. Some tar, some slight burning sensation.
M - Chewy, medium body.
O - A potent, bold, almost wine like beer. A bit different, but very solid. Worth a try.
Serving type: on-tap
03-05-2013 02:09:29 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Noël from Birrificio Le Baladin
88 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.