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Baladin Nora - Birrificio Le Baladin

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

246 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 46
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Egyptian inspired brew is spiced with ginger, myrrh, and orange peel ... very complex.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002)
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putnam

Michigan

5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've just drunk a Deus with friends and this ancient review (1.29.03)called for re-doing. It is the same product as then. I gave it all 5s then. Steep mousse. Exotic, winy bouquet. Tart tangerine succulence is offered in the palate-drenching interlude between nose and cheek. It is chewy young fruit braised with age. I renew my perfect scores for this elixir. It satisfies one's spine.

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Named after the proprietor's wife who claims Egytian heritage, this beer contains near eastern flavorings such as myrrh as well as more conventional Belgian seasonings such as orange peel.
Exquisite aromatics...the balance...!!!
Vegetable ash, ginger, orange pith, sea foam, pebbles...clear and bright with fractal complexity. Every firm element (rocks, citrus peel) is disputed by a hedonistic one (iris, vanilla) Again, just as with the Super Baladin, the bubbles are intricate, milled to a state of fine-ness that boggles the mind. Fluffy, piercing, bright pinpoints of gas serve as the primary structure here. It is dry and so drinkable.
Poetry.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2004 03:34:21 | More by putnam
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, orange-copper color. It is well carbonated, which holds up a large fluffy light tan head. The aroma is reminiscent of a fresh cut crisp apple, plus I get notes of orange, ginger, a bready yeastiness, and an earthiness. The taste is lightly sweet up front, but finishes with a drying acidity that is quite pleasant. The carbonation is nice and prickly as the beer flows through my mouth.

The acidity and sweetness really accentuate the fresh apple character of this beer. Also the acidity almost seems to have a tamarind character to it. This is quite tasty, and has an herbal quality to it that only adds to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2004 21:27:36 | More by Gueuzedude
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a highly carbonated copperish colour, with a big foamy snow white head. lots of must and fruit aromas. ample head leaves lots of lace. initial estery flavours of ginger, honey, melon, apricot, and orange. all very subdued and intertwined. malt tilts toward the caramel spectrum, although very lightly. ghostly spicy...alcohol lends some pepper. there is a flowery aspect of this ale that i'm not sure comes from the light hopping or the fruity essence. the mouthfeel is astounding. with all the charged up carbonation, i was expecting a soda like fizzy mouthfeel, but i am pleased at the silky smooth, well rounded and succulent body of this ale. goes down exceptionally well. some warming in the belly is detected, also. finishes light and dry with a bit of musty fruit lingering in the aftertaste. this is a very nice quaffer and a sweet treat in summer. recommended!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2004 00:08:47 | More by budgood1
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winomark

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold, almost orange with a pale tan, frothy and vigorous head. Candy, citrus and mild bread notes on the nose. Similar to a belgian pale ale, IMO. Sweet, spicy finish. Some ginger is noticable, along with some white peppercorns. Sugary throughout. Slightly yeasty finish. Good mouthfeel overall. Flavorful and coating, but not heavy. A nice brew. Not sure of the style they were going for; belgian pale ale meets a spice beer, i guess. Solid. Give it a try if you find it.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 16:37:24 | More by winomark
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scottum

Vermont

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazey orange amber with a large off-white head. Sweet is there very much, but in an unusual way. Almost Belgian in style, but with a twist. Spicey turns down the sweets with some citrus and pepper, and maybe ginger. Tastes very interesting. Mouthfeel is solid. Certainly worth checking out. A very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 00:08:32 | More by scottum
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A fantastically super sexy dark green glass bottle, which looks like a Bowling Skittle. Embossed on the upper portion with an angled straight sided pint glass and the words ‘Birra Baladin’. The small front label located at the base simply says ‘Nora Ale, Product of Italy, 6.8% Alc.Vol.’ and looks like a pastel colored stained glass window at times. An even smaller reverse label has lots of crappy information written on it for the idiots amongst us. It also has a small typed code of ‘103’ at the base, does this mean Bottled October 03? Maybe!? This is all finished with a crown cap covered in a thick copper colored plastic which has the words ‘Birra Baladin CAN 117/T’ embossed on the top.

Appearance: Hmmmm, what type of Glass??? Well I settled for a tall thin curved sided Ourdaller 0,3 ltr Glass flute from Luxembourg. It suited this one well, as the carbonation was high. The body has a very golden glow – iridescent in nature, nuclear in its shining capacity when backlit. A massive white head quickly forms a pillowy smooth transient affair that is at least 2” deep. The head fizzes and it settles. Lots of streamers, but little inherent carbonation. The sun drenched golden toasted body looks fantastic.

Nose: Fruity nose, a mix of light sugared orange and lemon fruit slices entwined with light ginger snap crackers and a smattering of spicy black pepper set amidst a light toasted malt body.

Taste: Beautiful smooth entrance that is spiky at times thanks to the high carbonation levels. Soft feel mixed with an orange tinged ginger ending that ruins any semblance of normality - thank goodness! Floral at times, fruity at others, overall this is always a rather complex tasting beer and is immensely fascinating. A gorgeously fruity Ale.

Mouthfeel: Like the bottle, it has a thick base feel with a light top end. A well-balanced beer with immense posture. An incredible fruity ale that has bold orange zest and ginger character with herbal spicy qualities. Black pepper sprinkles the mouth amidst the orange peel finish.

Drinkability: It’s expensive, but it is the sort of beer that I would not mind paying to drink all night once in a while. The fruity spicy feel is quite stupendous.

Overall: Superb! Italian beer gets such a bad name, but sup this beauty and you will forever be transformed – these dudes know what they are doing for sure. Worth the money – you bet it is!!!

This Review is dedicated to fellow BA MrJimCat, for he is the one that put me onto this beauty during the BA NYC Rally in November 2003.

Highly Recommended and well worth the coin. Took me a while to find it, but it was well worth the wait. Cheers SirJim!!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 07:21:49 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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BierManVA

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What I noticed first about this bier was the amazing amount of yeasty sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Huge chunks came out into my glass even after a careful pour.

The color is medium orage with a nice head that dissapated readily. The aroma is reminescent of a nice Hefeweizen, clove, coriander, etc. Although this bier is more distintive in palate and leaves a nice spicy peppery aftertaste.

This is quite pleasent yet a little powerful in the wrong places. A strange comment, I know, but I only mean that it is very good yet somehow unremarkable as in; "I don't believe I'll drink many of these."

John

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2004 01:06:25 | More by BierManVA
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stcules

Italy

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber colour, lightly veiled. It has a compact and creamy foam, good persitence.
The smell is floreal (geranium, daisy, flowers). Fruity (apricot, pineapples in syrup). Cane sugar. Spices.
The taste is fruity too (apricot), and very floreal. Harmonious and good, "creamy" and inviting.
Medium-medium-high body.
In the aftertaste apricot and fruitness again, and good, sweet spicy notes.

This is a beer hardly to define and to classify in a style. But it is surely interesting to prove. And very good to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2004 19:07:42 | More by stcules
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Crosling

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not messing around tonight. Nora's first and Super is next. You see, I got these two for free.

Muddy Peach.

Nora's nose is amazing. It's mainly dominated by spicy peppers but has some distinct fruity notes of coriander, watermelon, apricots and some ginger.

Intensely fruity throughout. Numerous spices: cinnamon and peppers. Peach, dates, apricots, bananas and lemons are well pronounced. No bitterness. Very low hop level. Numerous spices and weird stuff in this brew. I would love to know the ingredient list.

I'm going to the brewery in July. Hoorah!

Be aware of the yeast on the bottom as I did not know this was bottle conditioned.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2004 05:35:04 | More by Crosling
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oberon

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say the bottle is what got my attention right away but the beer itself stole the show,pours a hazy orange/golden with a nice blooming head that leaves some decent lacing.Aroma is yeasty,spicey,citruisy just a mix of some really good stuff.Taste is almost a cross between a Belgain Pale and a German Hefe Weizen spicey and clovey with a yeasty sweetness to it with a great citruisy fruity taste that lingers and gives it a great aftertaste.Wow what a great brew and incredibly easy to drink for the alcohol content I wish I would have bought more,next trip to Premiere Gourmet in Buffalo and Iam grabbing three or four.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2004 23:08:54 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light orange in color with a bit of carbonation and a decent head.

Smell – This bouquet is just full of smells. The spices are very heavy, especially the ginger. I can also pick up some white pepper and coriander and even some green, leafy-type of herbs, like a subtle oregano or something like that. The fruits are very light and mellow. The melon and light, soft tangerine stand out.

Taste – This is very light, like a nice, fruity fume de blanc. It actually does turn a bit grape-like. I remember having a light white wine flavored with apples just north of San Diego a few years ago, and this reminds me of those lovely flavors.

Mouthfeel – This was light but not thin-feeling, with heavy spices that gave the ale a bit of chalkiness.

Drinkability – Only the Italians could make a light, sexy sipping ale like this. I would highly recommend as an aperitif or with a lighter meal, such as baked fish or any type of pasta in a white cream sauce. You gotta love Nora and pesto!

Comments – I suggest refrigerating this fifth-sized bottle in between pours.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2004 02:03:13 | More by RoyalT
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a unique bottle. The beer pours a golden color with a thin head that produces no lacing. The aroma is mild but very pleasant as citrus and floral tones are most prevelent. The flavor is unique and hard to describe. There is a malty sweetness that immediately hits the tongue but is balanced by some bitterness, citrus, spice, and yeasty tones. Somewhat like a belgian ale, but not really.

This has a thin mouthfeel and a clean finish. The carbonation levels are just right. The 6.8% ABV is not noticeable at all. Extremely drinkable because of its light refreshing texture and unique flavor. Not a cheap beer either - $12 in NJ and $15 in NY.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2004 19:50:24 | More by Gavage
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ngandhi

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cardamom and clove nose and palette backed by light grain. Though barely hopped, everything is in wonderful balance here. Nora is smooth, light, yet sweet and viscous at times. Above all, this is exotic and unlike anything I've ever had. The Web site makes no claim to actually spicing this beer and if the cardamom is a product just of the grain and yeast then this is an absolutely stunning achievement for beer.

It drinks mostly like a wheat beer, but with a ton more character and a spicy zing you won't have ever encountered before.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2004 00:01:15 | More by ngandhi
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I saw this bottle for the first time today and was instantly taken with it. A beer I've never heard of, that looks ever-so intriquing? Let's go for it! Reminds me in shape of bottle and label design of another Italian beer I've seen in Michael Jackson's "Great Beer Guide" ("Isaac Birra Bianca") and a simple check on this site proves that they belong to the same family...so, I chill it and tackle it on returning home from work, and am I happy that I did!
Appearance: a light amber hue, with numerous floaties flitting about, though they settle soon, under a thick, fine, fizzy white head.
Aroma, deep and spicy, reminding me instantly of Duvel, and that's a nice feather in the old cap-ola!, yeah, there''s that crystalline, flowery, ethereal essence! Nice-ety, nice, nice! Utterly uplifting!
Taste: smooth, airy, light, fruity (some citrus, peach) angelic...I can't put my finger on it, but there's some subtle complexity going on in this ale, and it probably originates from the spices, coriander, ginger, and more that I'm not keen enough to detect. Very sophisticated, very...well, "elite", shall we say, it is not for everyone, nor should it be...absolutely magical, this brew, spicy and sweet and totally happy ...flies on gossamer fairy wings through the senses, tossing flavor out ever-so-daintily, lightly, happily, yummily...Persistent with flavor, though it continues to be rather light, though utterly unique , soft and sublime...Sigh....shall I put it in one word?...Gorgeous...
Nora, I adore ya!
(P.S., I didn't check the price until check-out time, and it was $11.99 for this 750ml bottle...awfully pricey, compared to others, but there really are no comparisons to this incredible brew, so this high tag may be deserved...

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2003 09:12:31 | More by feloniousmonk
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inebrius

Michigan

5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You know that feeling? When you're out somewhere and you catch a scent that fleetingly fills you with warmth and blocks reality.

Hazed Summer sunset. O for the redolence! Pungent with sandalwood, grapes off the vine, paved nature trails and sensous bathing. I can't stop sniffing, burlap and rose petals and lavender and something savory I can't tell. I'd give it a six for smell if only I could. But the flavor's not too far behind, no. Floral sweet as in chewing clover blossoms--you know the purple ones in your yard in Spring--yet grounded in spice and grit and well-traveled roads and longing. My oh my I feel dirty trying to describe the experience like I'm betraying a lover.

Get it!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 02:40:35 | More by inebrius
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chrisjvr

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a delicious and unique brew!

The thin, white head fizzles out quickly. The nose is sweet and spicy with notes of grain and even some orange rind. Smooth but crisp on the palate with a great mouthfeel that lingers just long enough to help the flavors come through -- very floral at first, developing further with spicy herbal tones (can't seem to pin them down, though...almost reminiscent of Saaz hops) and fruit appearing in the finish...almost a little bit of orange or apple. Long, smooth finish (the spice comes back!).

Highly recommended. =)

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2003 22:27:54 | More by chrisjvr
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jcalabre

California

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is truly a unique beer. Either you are going to *really* like it; or you'll dump it, in my opinion.
Appearnce: Nora pours a hazy golden with a large white head. The head quickly dissapates.
Nose. The aroma is quite interesting. It's a sweet/dry/herbal/floral smell. It almost reminds me of Campari. I can't quite place it, but I like it.
Flavor: It's highly carbonated, complex, and well balanced. The use of hops for bitterness is replaced by herbs and this makes a nice change.
Highly Recommended.
Penso che questa birra abbia un sapore magnifico!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2003 03:06:46 | More by jcalabre
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marburg

Michigan

4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Short story: It's like drinking a tulip. Really.

Long story: A neat, distinct label that matches the other beer I've had from the brewer is affixed to the shapely, unique bottle featuring a raised logo above the label. A smooth, coated, gold foil covers the top of the bottle and the cap.

The pour reveals a nice hazy orange beer with a fabulous aroma. After the first sip, the whole experience became something like sniffing a tulip long and hard with your eyes closed. Spicy (ginger, tiny bits of vanilla bean), citrusy, fruity, floral... Zero hop flavor or aroma, but all the extra flavors more than give this beer an abundance of flavor and aroma.

A fabulous beverage.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2003 19:59:08 | More by marburg
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Jason

Massachusetts

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

Artsy dark green 750 ml bottle with a freshness date stamped on the back label.

Appearance: Glowing hazy amber orange, decent lacing is all that comes from the slightly fizzy head.

Smell: Flower water, big on the ginger and wafting citrus in the nose. Fruity and spicy knock the nostrils over.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Solid crisp carbonation with a fluffy moderate body, sweet and spicy but more spicy than sweet. Blanket of ginger and a floral flavour extends wide … rose water. Spicy even more with a clove flavour or just a big spicy herbal and phenolic flavour on the tongue. Hops are in the shuffle but seem lost. Long bitter finish of yeast and spice. There is some thick husky graininess there, dry and soft in the after taste.

Drinkability & Notes: Extra points for being some damn interesting, so flavourful and expressive that it annihilated my taste buds for the rest of the night. I’d like to do a side by side tasting with Midas Touch from Dogfish Head and see what comes of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2003 13:26:12 | More by Jason
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice presentation in a custom shaped and embossed 25.4 oz bottle with a nice label. It pours a slightly hazy golden-peach body topped by a full and frothy white head that holds quite well. The nose is perfumey, floral, mildly spicy (ginger) and lightly fruity (apricot) with a gentle touch of alcohol. Very clean. It's medium body combines with a fine carbonation to create a gently creamy mouthfeel. The flavor displays a strong floral character, gentle spice and light fruit over a softly sweet malt. It finishes dry with a light touch of malt and a delicate spiciness (ginger). A very clean and somewhat complex ale that's well done and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2003 21:28:55 | More by NeroFiddled
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jreitman

California

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Highly carbonated and almost champagne like. Hazy gold with a persistent white head. Only slightly bitter. Spiciness in the nose and in the mouth with some sweet and fruit flavors. As it warms the sweetness comes out a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2002 18:10:34 | More by jreitman
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Baladin Nora from Birrificio Le Baladin
90 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.