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Noël - Birrificio Le Baladin

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very good

104 Ratings

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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

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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Photo of CrazyDavros


3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a small head.
Nose shows golden syrup, brown sugar, candi sugar, sultanas. Very sweet smelling.
Very similar flavours. Lots of rich sweet notes. Bready malt, golden syrup, dried figs and soft booze.
Needs more carbonation to help cut the overt sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 00:26:51 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of Jason


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-12-2013 04:36:20 | More by Jason
Photo of doggydaddy


3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

01-10-2013 21:47:14 | More by doggydaddy
Photo of smithj4

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

12-24-2012 21:44:13 | More by smithj4
Photo of kayrex


4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

12-15-2012 19:19:46 | More by kayrex
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

12-13-2012 15:40:40 | More by rolltide8425
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

12-12-2012 23:30:20 | More by jrfehon33
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-21-2012 16:50:47 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of JohnK17


4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-09-2012 19:13:48 | More by JohnK17
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

08-30-2012 01:06:10 | More by LarryMyers
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

05-30-2012 15:17:48 | More by KevinTK
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

02-20-2012 22:11:45 | More by imperialking
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4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a very dark red brown with a two finger fine light tan head with good retention and lacing. Looks nice. Belgian strong ale aroma, dark and light fruit, sweet malt and Belgian yeast a spicing. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, dark and light fruit, a hint of citrus. A hint of cinnamon and cloves. Very nicely integrated flavors and a taste. Skates to the edge of being too sweet, but the flavors carry the sweetness. Medium bodied with sharp, active carbonation. I liked this quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 03:20:13 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of Thorpe429


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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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
Photo of John_M


3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a coca cola dark brown color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. Not getting a whole lot on the nose with this one... some light brown sugar and chcolate is about it. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but there's just a lot more richness and intensity than I was expecting (thankfully). There is also some vanilla and cherry, and damn if this isn't pretty tasty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the finish is fairly long and moderately sweet. The alcohol is very well disguised; there's no way I would guess I'm drinking a 9% abv. beer.

While the pricing on this beer will likely keep me from ordering it again any time soon, this is still a pretty tasty beer from the folks at Baladin.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 21:01:37 | More by John_M
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4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good head retention

Nose of caramel, light black pepper, esters, figs.

Palate is layered, balanced, and complex.

Long finish.

Overall a great beer. A hefty price tag as with most Italian craft, but this is something I will throw in the cellar for sure. Good job!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 10:24:11 | More by RyanDouglasWhite
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1/5  rDev -74.5%

01-14-2012 22:05:34 | More by Stoutsman
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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured in a mug.

A: Pours a deep dark amber color. Many particles floating. Head is beige and bubbled. Medium size, small retention and practically no lacings

S: Sweet. Caramel, caramel malts, dark fruits (mainly raisins). Yeasts and flowery hops

T: Caramel malts, yeasts and dark fruits. Mild sweet upfront. Moderated bitter aftertaste. Some alcoholic notes in the end. An authentic Belgian strong dark ale :)

M: Medium body and carbonation. Lighter than I was expecting from a 9% ale. Good sweet-bitterness balance

O: High drinkability. My favorite Italian brewery

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 19:06:00 | More by eduardolinhalis
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

12-06-2011 02:17:57 | More by randylangford
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2%

11-25-2011 15:18:17 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4/5  rDev +2%

11-25-2011 00:59:24 | More by deapokid
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4/5  rDev +2%

11-14-2011 23:51:31 | More by JAHMUR
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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge yeasty nose off the bottle, lots of spicy alcohol as well malts and slight caramels...Overripe grapefruit, pear and belgian styled yeast hit first followed by a hint of citric hops. Medium bodied yet the champagne carbonation gives it so much more. 9% hides well. All of this happens from a booze that looks like someone strained water through smoked tobacco, little bits of tobacco still floating round in there too, awesome.

I like it. Picked it up as my "Night before I get Married Beer", not a bad choice.

Wish me luck on the marriage thing ;)


Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 04:49:32 | More by JoeAmerican77
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3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle
Once brewed for the christmas period, now avialable all year. So that's it, christmas in october

A- Very dark brown, almost black. One finger of quite dense and thick off-white head, that has good retention and leaves some lacing on the glass

S- Dark malts on the chocolate side, with some dark fruits overtones (raisin, maybe more). A slight spiciness, probably from the esters, brings some light peppery notes

T- Very close to the aroma but maybe a bit of a letdown as flavours are not as distinct as the smell suggested. Delicate dark malts with hints of chocolate and liquorice, though still quite on the sweet side as sugar is easily detectable. Then some very light dark fruit notes, a subtle spiciness (pepper, orange) and a slightly acidic finish/aftertaste that reminds of red wine

M- Very light body for a 9%ABV beer, you'd actually say that this beer sits somewhere between 7/7.5ABV. Very smooth on both tongue and palate with soft, delicate carbonation. Not a big mouthfeel but a nice, delicate one

O- Drinkabilty is awesome for a 9%ABV beer. While strong dark ales are usually big in body and flavours, this one is a delicate beer that leans more towards subtle complexity (faint spiciness, that slightly vinous finish) and drinkability, with nice results

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 08:13:37 | More by Cozzatoad
Noël from Birrificio Le Baladin
88 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.