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Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper) - Birrificio Le Baladin

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Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper)Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper)

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 71
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-26-2006)
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-02-2012 03:16:04 | More by Bouleboubier
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A few ounce decanting thanks to yamar68, poured into a snifter.

Pour: A dead burgundy with no head, no lacing, no carb. Nice legs, alcohol presence is definitely letting itself be known. Port?

Aroma: Caramel, brown sugar, raisin, fig, vanilla, light booziness. All come together pretty seamlessly. In keeping line with being closer to a sherry or port, the alcohol provides more of a sting on the nostrils than a boozy character.

Taste: Decadent, truly. Brown sugar and chewy raisins up front, followed by boozy fig newtons. Halfway through my pour, the barleywine characters come out, with chewy sticky caramel. Finally, the complexities of a smooth bourbon dance on the last sip, even though barrel aging was not part of this beasts regimen.

Mouthfeel: Light syrup effect, but not cloying. Slightly boozy.

Overall: A very unique experience, and one I relished. I would love to have this, or other Xyauyu's in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 15:21:03 | More by cfrances33
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was bottled the same year that:
-North Korea banned cell phone use
-Facebook was launched
-A grocery store fire in Paraguay killed over 300 people

2004 vintage, poured into a wine tasting glass:

Pours a bright ruby gold, zero head or any other sign of carbonation. Good amount of alcohol legs.

The nose is extremely rich - heavy toffee and caramel, toasted grains, maple syrup, brown sugar, slight leather, oats, almonds. I'm amazed how well this 'oxidation process' has turned out. Zero wet cardboard/must.

Incredibly rich. Massive sweet caramel qualities - a bit of red fruit, a bit of alcohol heat, loads of maple syrup, taste like a sundae. Not overly sweet though, somehow. Warming, a tad cloying, but still relatively dry. This is beer?

Like nothing I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 19:13:55 | More by yamar68
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DCon

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +10%

09-12-2012 04:47:59 | More by DCon
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -19%

09-12-2012 00:53:08 | More by bsuedekum
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle, taken down solo.

A: Pours a thinnish woody brown with a bunch of floaties and no head.

S: Thick raisins and booze, lots of grapey vinous notes, prune.

T: Very rich maple, raisins, brown sugar, slight pleasant heat, vanilla.
Becomes more rich and warming as the beer settles.

M: Flat, thick and a tiny bit syrupy.

O: I really enjoy the intense oxidation character of this beer. I can see how it could be a bit sweet for some, but that's the point of the beer. Utterly unique (Utopias probably comes the closest). Can't wait to try the other beers in the series.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 03:05:07 | More by Etan
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

08-26-2012 00:47:25 | More by Hanzo
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -19%

08-24-2012 14:47:24 | More by sholland119
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -19%

08-23-2012 03:01:36 | More by t0rin0
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

2004 vintage.

Pours a dark copper/amber color with burnt orange edges.  Completely still with no head or lacing but it does have nice legs after an aggressive swirl.

Sweet, boozy aroma that's almost all alcohol until t warms up considerably.   Once it does, sweet malt and dark fruit are apparent.  Hints of caramel, toffee and maple syrup followed by raisin, fig plum and more alcohol.

Viscous with no carbonation to speak of and a real syrupy consistency.  Boozy, syrupy flavor dominates with lots and lots of alcohol sweetness but not overly hot.  After it warms the sweet malt and dark fruit notes come to the forefront.  Hints of toffee, caramel and hazelnut followed by plum, raisin and fig.  These notes are still pretty faint with the overbearing alcohol flavor dominating everything.  One dimensional, lacking in carbonation and pretty tough to drink more than a few ounces of.  I was the only one at a recent tasting that finished their pour.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 01:12:56 | More by corby112
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drewone

California

3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

07-24-2012 05:07:18 | More by drewone
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour courtesy of jmgrub at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear orange with no head and no lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, wood, and vanilla. Taste is much the same with a very syrupy sweetness to it. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great flavors and smells but the mouthfeel is a bit lacking in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:48:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$9 for a 5 oz glass at Max's today. 2004 vintage

Mildly hazy, this amber-copper colored beer is still with no head or lacing. The nose is rich with toffee, sherry, port, beautifully oxidized with deep dark fruit - raisins, and plums. While not bright, this is vibrant and vivacious. Some butterscotch is noticeable as well.

The palate opens full and sweet with dark fruit, buckwheat honey, raisins, caramelized raisins, dates. Full in body with nice sherry notes on the finish. More oxidized than the Xfume, but this is really distinctive. Great, long lasting finish. Amazing stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 00:06:17 | More by DefenCorps
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John_M

Oregon

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured by the glass from a 2004 bottled version of this beer. At Max's...

The beer pours a slightly cloudy, brownish amber color, with no head retention to speak of. This beer is completely still. On the nose, you know you're in for a treat. I get considerable brown sugar, caramel, light chocolate, fig and rum raisans. There's a hint of nuts and sherry as well in this lightly oxidized beer. If anything, the beer is even better on the palate. Also, while fairly sweet, the oxidation helps to counter that sweetness nicely. Otherwise, this is an increadibly rich and complex beer, with the brown sugar and chocolate taking center stage. This beer is just lip smacking delicious! Mouthfeel is full and very, very long... like drinking the finest XO cognac or aged vintage port. Incredible!

Age has treated this beer very well... an absolute bargian by the glass at Max's; $9 for a 5 ounce pour. I'll probably have to order another.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 19:33:33 | More by John_M
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Pahn

New York

4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2004 vintage split 3 ways into tulips.

Appearance: No head, no lace, no carbonation. Hazy brownish red.

Smell: Raisin, some nutty aromas, marzipan. Beautiful, alcohol infused pastry and malt aromas, well-integrated.

Taste: Slightly apple-tinged brown sugar and marzipan malt flavors. Very light toffee.

Kind of a smooth, nectar-y barleywine juice. Lack of carbonation doesn't hurt it at all. Surprisingly easy drinking. Mild warmth.

This is difficult to review, because the flavors are so well integrated. It's not really individual notes, but a divine melding of dessert beer maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Flat, but not difficult to drink at all. Mild heat, almost undetectable.

Overall: Delicious, and just amazingly easy-drinking. At $45~ I would never buy it again, but I love it nonetheless. Great sugary barleywine flavor, almost no oxidation influence after 8 years of storage. Beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 03:12:19 | More by Pahn
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capuozzo84

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

05-21-2012 21:25:31 | More by capuozzo84
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from '04, poured into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks again, Dan!

A: Clear bright amber body with whisky-like internal swirls (I'm sure those things have a name, but I don't know what it is - you can see them most clearly when you put an ice-cube into room-temp Scotch...); when swirled it leaves nice sticky legs. Completely still, of course, looking more like a fine spirit than a beer - which is fine by me.

S: Whoa. Toffee, sherry, solvent (in a very good way, trust me), and straight brown-sugar caramel. Very sweet, strong, and smooth. Lovely.

T: Fruity booze up front, with sweet toffee, caramel, and candied raisins behind. Tastes like sciacchetrá, an amazing dessert wine from the Cinque Terre in Italy. Long, sweet, restrainedly boozy finish. Great.

M: Thick, viscous, sticky, and mouth-coating. Heavy, but expected.

O: I'd love to try this side-by-side with Utopias, as that's really the only beer I've had that's comparable in its sheer decadence. Obviously that one is a completely different beast, but I'd say that those two are the finish sipping beers around.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 03:51:28 | More by woosterbill
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afksports

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

05-17-2012 14:04:16 | More by afksports
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-30-2012 20:33:22 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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dogfishandi

New York

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to trxxpaxxs for sharing this!

2004 Vintage. Copper. 500ml corked bottle poured into a bruery snifter.

pours out a deep mahghony brown color with a good amount of sediment visible. even leaves a bit of sediment on the side of the glass. the slightest ring of head off the pour immediatly fades to nothing.

big sweet, nutty aromas. sherry like. lots of burnt sugars, honey, caramel sweetness.

wow, tons of sweetness. honey, caramel, toffee, burnt sugars, molasses, a little of that sherry like nuttiness that was present in the aroma and hints of dark fruits.

minimal carbonation. big, sticky sweet mouthfeel. a bit warming going down, but no real taste of booze. flows very smooth over the palate.

wow, this was quite a barleywine. i wasnt expecting much based on the one other beer ive had from this brewery, but this was fantastic. id prolly even take this over beers like MOAS...seek it out!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 19:59:49 | More by dogfishandi
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 version...

A: Pours an auburn/caramel, light maple syrup color. It's translucent, but there are tons of floaties in there. There is absolutely no head to this beer at all.

S: Smells of honey, dates, a touch of funk, and some earth. The alcohol is there, but it's hidden under the honey and middle eastern fruits.

T: Ohh my! This beer is delicious. It's huge honey, sweet dates, raisins, and caramel. I'm blown away. There is no funk in the taste at all. It's smooth and sweet and the booze is non-existent.

M: Medium bodied beer. This beer coats the palate and last forever.

O: Fantastic. This is one of the best beers I've had in a long while. The price point on this beer is high, but it's worth it. I'd buy it again if I ever see it.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 23:16:27 | More by trxxpaxxs
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-01-2012 20:00:20 | More by JeffTheJuice
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2004 bottle that had languished on the bottom shelf of a local beer store, served in a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Barely a pop from this cork. Pours a murky, light copper. Many infinitesimally small particles float in my glass, even from the first pour - it's like liquid static. No head, and no lacing, though there are some legs evident.

At first, the oxidation is unbelievably potent. This is almost like pure sherry, with a pungent vinous fruit aroma. But as this warms, the aroma transforms beautifully. Vanilla and plums, with just a hint of toffee. Though this is fairly spirit-like, the base malt definitely peaks through.

The taste is sublime. In some ways, this reminds me of a very old J.W. Lees, though the sweetness isn't nearly as heavy or borderline cloying. Odd as it sounds, this is very evocative of sorbet. It's sort of a mixture between grape juice and iced tea, the fruit mingling with the herbal aspects of the taste beautifully. A slight, subtle vanilla note reminds me of oak, and over time a rich caramel flavor emerges. I don't know if I've ever had a beer that masks its ABV quite so well.

The mouthfeel is very still and on the thin side, but it somehow works. It's quite decadent, but still so easy to drink.

Marvelous, a truly unique take on the style that has aged incredibly well. A total joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 02:21:43 | More by amphion1065
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-26-2011 23:45:30 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had reviewed this a while ago and for some reason the review is now missing. This beer much like it's sister beers is excellent. I really enjoy these with every sip. This one specifically had a red color with no head on top. The smell is very sweet but not in a sickening way. The taste is over the top and almost unexplainable. The mouthfeel is sort of like a sweet wine, it's very soft and very easy to drink for a brew with such a high ABV. Overall I wish these beers were cheaper... I'd love to drink these over and over again. They are masterpieces in my eyes. Well worth trying at least once!

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
Thanks, MasterSki

So different, it's got a Kool-Aid sweetness to it. No alcohol burn at all. Not even like a wine sometimes has. This is something that I've never experienced before. Very pricey and not for regular basis drinking, although I wish it was. It's got a ruby red color fantastic sweet aromas and just perfect for sipping over a long period of time. I love these releases and I will be getting them whenever I can without a doubt.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 00:39:40 | More by Knapp85
Xyauyù Etichetta Rame (Copper) from Birrificio Le Baladin
95 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.