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Noël - Birrificio Le Baladin

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BA SCORE
88
very good

104 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: guinness33 on 12-28-2003)
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Stoutsman

Kansas

1/5  rDev -74.5%

01-14-2012 22:05:34 | More by Stoutsman
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Cola brownish with a few crimson tinges, the ring of lace was short-lived.

Smell: Quite vinious, in a very tannic, plonk red wine kind of way, with plenty of alcohol and a wheaty finish.

Taste: It just tastes like melted ice cubes, like when you thaw out something that's been sitting in the freezer for years, it had a freezer burn flavor. Was this bottle frozen? There is a lingering rafined sugar sweetness in there, but I just found it to be watery, bland, and quite dissapointing.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 15:48:05 | More by Goldorak
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GrindFatherBob

New York

2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

01-31-2013 02:04:18 | More by GrindFatherBob
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got a bottle for Christmas (thanks joshman). Poured into two belgian style goblets. First thing you see is my nemesis: yeast floaties. I cannot stand these in a beer. The smell was average, mostly just malt, with maybe just a hint of candied sugar. The taste was very weak, not much flavor to speak of, and the body was very thin in consistency. This was my first belgian style beer from Italy, and I can see why many don't come out of that country. Glad this was a gift!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 00:48:44 | More by morebeergood
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brystmar

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: dark brown and fizzy. One full finger of off-white head with OK retention. Sticky lace.

S: smells like a Belgian dubbel with some winter spices thrown in, though they are fairly faint. Shame.

T: really malty with some dark fruit, spices are subtle and show up at the end. Compared to other winter ales I've had, this one is fairly tame. Not bad, but not special or impressively complex.

M/D: too fizzy for my liking. Strongly reminds me of Coke. And if the feel isn't good, the drinkability isn't gonna be there either. I *really* enjoyed Super Baladin and had high hopes for this brew; still looking forward to Nora.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 03:54:52 | More by brystmar
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MilanoItaly

Italy

3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Starting my career as beer taster ;-) , I'm afraid this one came too early because of its complexity.
My sensation is in becoming,what I'm sure of this beer for now is the following.
Mahogany dark colour with a creamy foam and intriguing rings left on glass.
Uneasy to drink due to alcohol accents, not referring to the 9 ABV : I had it with meat (shin) in a winter cold day and still had my hard time to finish it.
It has so much tastes in it,I was wondering if I was drinking a beer after all.Coffee accents anyway amongst all.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2008 12:02:11 | More by MilanoItaly
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nick76

Florida

3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is sweet and yeasty with some chocolate. The appearance is brown with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma with plenty of alcohol for a 9%. The palate is thin. Overall it's pretty good but not that impressive. These beers have nice bottles but that just leads to frustration with the beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 20:58:33 | More by nick76
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ricke

Sweden

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a pale beige head. Some lacings.

S: Dark malts, ripe fruits, powdered cocoa, mild spices, caramel and hints of plastic phenols.

T: The taste is sweet with notes of caramel malts, ripe fruits, spices and sweet alcohol. The finish is mildly bitter with notes of spicy alcohol and herbal hops. The taste is not as big as the smell had me to believe. Slightly unbalanced due to too the alcohol being too powerful.

M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel.

D: A good beer, but it lacks a little complexity and the alcohol is too prominent. Also, it felt like it developed poorly in the glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 19:44:22 | More by ricke
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer on tap at Churchkey, beer is brown and mostly clear but no head, low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is a little weak, mild spice, some malt, some yeast / breadiness.

Beer is about as thin as a beer can get. I forget I'm drinking while I'm drinking it. Odd, very odd, minimal flavors too, just too watery for me. Decent finish though. I won't have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 04:33:45 | More by drabmuh
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of those bowling pin looking bottles.

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of bread, light spices, licorice and some dark fruits. Tastes from dark fruits, chocolate, lighter spices and lighter bread.

Notes from 12/25/04

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 18:51:00 | More by hopdog
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-12-2013 04:36:20 | More by Jason
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

10-26-2013 13:52:27 | More by jaydoc
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a moderate brown color with just a touch of a reddish hue. A bit of head and lacing, but not as much as I'd expect for the style. The nose carries a good bit of Belgian yeast plus a light touch of spice. Nothing too complex or interesting, though it's fairly well done. Flavor is about the same. Not really much of a noel beer. Medium body and good carbonation. Not bad, but not something that I would seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 02:26:38 | More by Thorpe429
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mexikrainian

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Petrus long-stem chalice.

Aroma: sweet, malty with aroma of caramel, honey, raisins and spices.

Appearance: murky, dark amber with shallow, off-white head

Taste: acidic, slightly sour notes on the tongue initially. malty and and sweet on the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium body and unbalanced with medium carbonation

Overall Impression: not my favorite beer. too expensive for the quality.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 00:26:51 | More by mexikrainian
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jjayjaye

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent dark brown with reddish hues and a loose shallow light tan head that fades quickly to spotty patterns of Belgian lacing. The smell is really sweet of grape, fig and plums that carries directly over into the flavor. The mouth feel is light bodied with a slight tangy character from the 9% alcohol. The fruitiness lingers well after the swallow. A reasonable drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 20:04:45 | More by jjayjaye
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KAF

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-02-2014 02:54:03 | More by KAF
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

02-20-2012 22:11:45 | More by imperialking
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear ruby color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with light dry fruits and fruity ester is quite enjoyable. Taste is a well balanced mix between some caramel Belgian malt with balanced sweetness, dry fruits and light fruity ester in the finish. Body is about average with good carbonation with no signs of alcohol. Well done but additional body and spices could have benefited this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 02:30:10 | More by Phyl21ca
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Ochsenblut

Italy

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dated Nov 2010, this bottle is a little overdue. But considering the alcohol content and the storage condition, I think the review will be a fair one.

This beer is dark brown with a slight red hue. The head is khaki and subsides almost instantly, leaving a soda-like appearance.

Raisin, prune and what can only be described as freshly opened panettone (Italian fruitcake) pervade the senses. The taste is upfront and sweet. Its loaded with brown sugar notes, more raisin and tobacco. The alcohol is pretty well hidden and compliments the lingering tobacco taste. There is no hops presence to speak of, just malty sweetness. The aftertaste fades quickly to leave only a very faint reminder on the palate.

The malt profile is chewy and relatively thick, but the suspended carbonation makes it seem soda-like. This Christmas beer would have really benefited from lower carbonation.

Strictly speaking, Baladin Noel is an above average Christmas beer. It has most of the flavors closely associated with the season and the substantial body to carry them without feeling overwhelming. But as far as Yule-tide ales go, this one is lacks complexity and physical prowess. Finishing the bottle was easy, but I'm reticent to grab another.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 20:09:30 | More by Ochsenblut
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part 2 of my Christmas Eve day spree of big Noel biers.... from a 750ml bottle... no freshness dating found.

Pours a deep mahogany hue, with tinges of garnet shining through. Steady carbo rising within, heading towards a healthy, finely bubbled, creamy tan head of about 1". Topping has good staying power, and laces the glass well. Nose has some fruit notes as well as some suggestions of cola. Body is a bit less than medium, feeling quite light and airy on the tongue, with a foamy, bubbly feel similar to some Hefeweizens.

Flavor has a touch of sweetness that tags along with some mild, dark fruit characteristics. Subtle hints of chocolate make an appearance. Extremely dry throughout, with a bit of a floral hoppiness making a cameo. Has an earthy aspect to it, with hints and afterthoughts of spiciness. Nothing, though, really jumps out and takes command.... lots of background flavors without a leading actor here... I scored this at the BA Belgian Bier Fest, and am somewhat pleased I didn't have to shell out coin for it.

Prosit!!

overall: 3.7
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

953

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 23:06:43 | More by Bierman9
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mtbbaboon

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine gave me a bottle of this, courtesy of his local beer club. I poured this into a Duvel tulip glass. Color is a dark brown. Moderate head that is rather fizzy. A good amount of sediment floats around the beer. A pretty good layer of lacing sticks to the glass.

Smells spicy up front. Dark fruit (grapes and figs) and sweet caramel malt, followed by a noticeable alcohol presence. The taste follows the nose. Rather sweet up front with a nice hop presence in there. As with the nose, the alcohol is noticeable in the taste. A bit of bitterness rounds out the flavor. A little more balance would be nice. Still a good tasting beer though. It's got a medium mouthfeel and is easy to drink, considering the style. Definitely a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 21:27:08 | More by mtbbaboon
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany color with a distinctive head that hangs around for the duration and leaves splotchy lace all over the chalice

Smell: Lots of interesting fruit and spice flavors mix together - green apple, cherry and raisins on the fruit side and cinnamon and tobacco on the spice front; still, I cannot say I love the aroma

Taste: Fruity at the outset, with raisins and green apples that lead to a destinctively sour note by mid-palate; after the swallow, I pick up maraschino cherry and pear flavors, as well as tobacco and rum; oddly, some swallows are decent and others are marred by the phenolics

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with lots of carbonation

Drinkability: I had high hopes for this one and, while it is pretty interesting, I am not sure I want to spend the $ to try it again

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 00:34:33 | More by brentk56
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown, almost black Belgian hue. Can't see any bubbling in thid deep hue'd beer. The aroma is aof light Belgian spice and Belgian hops with an exotic flair. A hint of good ol' fashioned American stout lie qualities. Pretty unique smells and tastes. Just a bit too muted for my overall tatse. Hints of brown sugar caramelized currants, and burnt apples. Makes for a guido take on a Belgian classic.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 08:31:26 | More by scruffwhor
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

No, this is not a wine review. Yes, there is good beer that is brewed in Italy, and it's not just a fizzy Euro lager. Recently just a winter release, this brew has year-round status, so now you can celebrate Christmas in July.

Dark mahogany color, stunning head, this beer is not afraid to foam. Hints of chocolate, dark bread, spiced apple and orange peel, licorice root and green peppercorns. Touch of alcohol in the nose, like a young Port. Tame smoothness rolls across the medium body. Slight fruit cocktail flavor, though cherries and ripe pears are dominant. Cocoa powder, orange peel and a musty malt husk are fused together. Some hop bitterness and spicy alcoholic undertones balance out the sweet maltiness. With a beer like this, you would think of pairing it with some chocolate, though even better was our pairing of Asiago cheese, Bresaola and ripe figs.

Either way, this is an inviting dark brew with big complexities - proof that really good beer can, indeed, come from Italy.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 17:49:08 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big head, lots of lace. Foremost taste is cola, chestnut, carmelization, honeyish, some roast. Very drinkable, carbonation right there. Brown, very malty, with a little acidic in the finish. Some dark fruit. A bit alcohol warming. Slightly above average mouthfeel.
Mike's bottle from Italy, via Jason. Drunk exactly three years after bottling.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 04:41:27 | More by Sammy
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Noël from Birrificio Le Baladin
88 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.