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Baladin Nora - Birrificio Le Baladin

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

131 Reviews
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Reviews: 131
Hads: 295
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 67
Gots: 33 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002

This Egyptian inspired brew is spiced with ginger, myrrh, and orange peel ... very complex.
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Reviews: 131 | Hads: 295
Photo of Zraly
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Birch in Norfolk.

Pours a pretty orange-gold with minimal head. Gentle note of orange and malt lingers up front.

Twangy and a touch sour with notes of grass, herbs, orange and orange blossom honey. A touch of black pepper spice hits the dry down. Fairly light-bodied and sweet juice finish. The alcohol is well-hidden, so caution!

Really interesting, spicy ale. (378 characters)

Photo of wspscott
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle in Duvel tulip
date looks to be 02/10 in my fridge since last December from wife's xmas present (2010).

A: Pours with a thin white head, crystal clear, dark gold color.
S: Very fruity with a little bit of malt sweetness.
T: Lots of fruits (pears and apples), sweet but dry at the same time, no hint of hops. The bottle says 6.8% alcohol which seems surprising, this could be a 4% beer without any problem. I don't get any hint of spices, the flavors seem to be mostly yeast driven with a little bit of malt character. I would guess that this is pils malt a small bit of hops for bittering and a very interesting yeast, plus some spices .
M: Lots of carbonation and a slightly creamy feel makes this a very easy beer to drink.
O: A very interesting beer, very different from anything I have had before, it is very easy to drink, but has a lot going on. I probably would not buy this often because of the price, but I wish I could afford to have this all the time. Highly recommended. (998 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty straw colour, plenty of cloud and hints of floaties. Head is nice: dense but large bubbles and retaining a modest crown. Lace is a bit disappointing, but otherwise nice.

Smell is fruity and fairly fresh. Plenty of packham pear, apple and a hint of banana, with a mild phenolic spice at the back, almost aniseedy actually. Needn't be there really, but the rest of the aroma is nice enough.

Taste is also pretty fruity most of the way through. Lots of pear juice, sundowner apple and a hint of banana. Slight vanilla sweetness late and a dry, mildly spicy finish with a touch of green peppercorn and a big pull from that continental yeast. Maybe some clove on there late and some nutmeg; golden syrup as well? But yeah, pleasant wheaty beer characters, nothing too special though.

The drying is all the way through the palate. The yeast just cuts through from page 1.

A pleasant, quite sweet beer, lots of wheat beer notes here. Most of the flavours here are really lifted from page one of "how to brew a wheat beer". (1,033 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a lovely bright yellow colour, but hazed with some disturbed yeast sediment. Head is fine and bubbly, and the whole thing has a very refined, champagne-like look to it. Very fine carbonation, and a lovely depth to the body, that sits with the light colour, again giving it that sophisticated character. Nice.

Nose is bright and peppery, with spicy fresh characters and a sharpness like cedar barrels. It's clean and fresh and very, very excitingly fragrant. It doesn't have a huge amount of complexity, but it's really hard not to like it for what it is.

Taste is a lot more subdued, but here it comes back to the crisp dryness and the sophistication that it looks like. Very little of that cedar character, but here the citrus peel comes through really pleasantly, and it zings off the crispness on the back palate. Very smooth and clean.

Exceptionally fresh and drinkable, and very, very refined. It reminds me in some ways of a Bière de Champagne. Certainly the dry finish and sophistication give it this character. The spices are so beautifully done. They complement the style and the flavour of the beer, and never seem like a gimmick. In fact, this beer almost makes you feel like this *is* how beer should be made. (1,283 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours a light amber with a light white head, some lace.

S: Hoppier than I'd expect, grass with some nice herbal notes.

T: Ginger and orange peel are readily apparent. Slightly sweet malt, hints of grass and herbs. The added herbs come out much more as it warms.

M: Soft carbonation, smooth and medium-bodied, delicate and elegant.

O: I've known of this beer for years, but never got around to trying it since it's so expensive. Seeing it on-tap I jumped on the chance. Quite a good beer, complex, very tasty, a contemplative effort. (564 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy light gold with a small head of white fluff that slowly fades into a mod cap and collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of nectarines, dried apricots, golden raisins, and mild spices. A nice blast of yeast and perhaps touches of Taft wheat.
Taste is of the aromas with a bready flavor and a more evident gentle spicing that melds with the malt profile. Subtle citrus notes come through.
Mouthfeel is wonderful. Chewy, sweet up front, sugary, filling out the palate, with a viscous wheat body, and mild tart notes with smoothness running down the tongue with a semi dry finish. (618 characters)

Photo of tetu
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy tinted golden color with all kinds of stuff floating around in there. Aroma is spicy and yeasty at first but the more I smell the more I get a sweet citrus fruit (tangerine). Spicy with ginger taste. It is hard to describe it perfectly. It has some sourness to it which I wasn't expecting, but it is balanced with sweet citrus. Strange aftertaste, kinda metalic, maybe the myrrh? Medium body with the perfect amount of carbonation imo. Very clean tasting. Very good drink. Easily the best beer I've had from Italy. (525 characters)

Photo of sublimesipping
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard italian table wine glass and drunk from the apartment terrace in Spolleto, May 2011. Have been seeking to further my Baladin education and this one is the best for me so far. The complexities begin with the nose, honeyed sour sweet, excellent head on the pour, great glass lacing, the belgian yeast makes for a candied carbonation. the first sip discerns a taste profile that reminds me of Duvel, only deeper richer. The color and the glass lacing are the same but a more complex flavor profile; wasn't sure of the spice notes, thought ginger and per BA I guess I am right othe spices I cannot identify but find this beer extremely, extremely drinkable and balanced. Great finish makes me more than ready for the next sip. No discernable alchohol burn, the beer is so smooth. Would pair with a fish or chicken couscous, would be so yummy. A great eye-opening beer from a game-changing and ever-evolving brewery. (934 characters)

Photo of Glory
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Baladin series are available in Montreal at BU wine Bar on St-Laurent !
The Nora is Orange and very cloudy in appearance. Not to much carbonation or head retention. Looks like a Hefe to me !

Smell is a bit metalic, like rusty nails or the change pot a have on the kitchen counter. Its fruity as well, lots of orange peals, dried apricots toped with cloves and coriander.

The taste isin't very overwhelming, I thought it was a bit watered down. Very little carbonation. Hints of Bananas and again oranges/dried apricots. Finishes with a sweet Malt taste...very sweet finish.
Not bad but I think it lacked in taste.

Cheers lads

WS (636 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.01/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

big 25oz(?) bottle split amongst many friends at a party poured into a plastic cup. purchased at consumers on sale for 12$. i was unsure exactly what this was at time of tasting, never heard of it and had no idea what style it was.

from what i could tell it poured out a cloudy, hazy golden color, nice foamy white head with good retention.

acidic vinious aroma. very grapey and wine like.

no real funky flavors in the taste, but it has quite a bit of acidity and some sourness, similar to a wild or a belgian. again with grapey, vinious wine notes at the forefront. apricoty, pukey finish and aftertaste.

medium body. slightly tart. not very drinkable, the half pint sample i had was enough.

overall: IMO, not that great, my friends thought so as well. someone mentioned it reminded them of sam adams cranberry lambic which i agreed with. definatly not worth the 12$ price tag (and that was on sale!). one of the most wine like beers ive ever had. (953 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25oz bottle into Orval chalice at cellar temp.

Pours with hardly any head over a fairly clear, dirty-blond body. Fair amount of yeast at the bottom of bottle.

Aromas are pleasant and inviting. White pepper, cardamom, flowers, and light citrusy fruits.

Quite light on the palate, with smooth flavors of orange, lemon, and faint spices. This would pair really well with fish or lemon-pepper chicken dish.

Mouthfeel was light, with a below-average carbonation level, and slight tang in the finish.

Overall, a really well put-together and easy drinking spiced beer that won't offend anyone. (592 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nora

Appearance: Light gold, clear in color and nice effervescence as tiny bubbles rise and pop on the surface.

Smell: Ginger, light spice, sweetness (honey), perfume like elements giving off a nice scent but certainly an original one.

Taste: Mellow flavors of honey, curaco orange peel, sweetness is kept in check by some of the interesting grains used. Hard to categorize, this ale has all the makings of a Belgian style pale ale, minus the yeasty twang and the hops. Does that even make sense? Im not so sure, but the beer is tasty.

Mouthfeel: A luxurious feel, soft with a high level of carbonation. Semi dry and certainly sophisticated. Consider my palate educated.

Overall: This Italian product of Egyptian influence certainly exceeded my expectations, which were moderately high. The Egyptians must have had it pretty good if their beer was anything like this. (874 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy golden orange; plenty of white head, average retention and lace. A plethora of sediment breaks up the effervescent body, making it difficult to distinguish the yeast from the bubbles.

S: spicy, malty, earthy, and yeasty with some citrus too.

T: similar to the nose at first with ample amounts of spice and fruit taking shots at my taste buds. Cloves and citrus give it an interesting twist. Even a touch sour! It's interesting how the different parts of this beer all pull it towards different styles: hefeweizen/wit, Belgian pale ale, saison.

M: medium-bodied; fizzy carbonation perfectly compliments this brew's flavor profile.

D: some may claim the somewhat-low ABV (6.8%) makes it easy to drink, but I beg to differ. One sip of this beer lets you know it was exceptionally well-crafted -- on par with the many Dogfish brews -- and the guys at this elite level of brewing simply know how to make beer easy to drink, regardless of style or gravity.

This is a prime example of excellence in beer, ladies and gents. Cheers! (1,044 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear light golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some light fruity notes. Taste is sweeter then expected with a solid malt backbone and some light fruity ester. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed though too sweet for my own taste and different malt are hard to distinguish. (415 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicate yet complex, this Saison-ish style beer has a bold acidic tone that chases a fruity/estery flavor from sip 'til finish.

The beer opens with an effervescent and lively pour of copper/amber hue. Medium haze allows for a slight glow. After the carbonation moderates, the beer remains relatively still with low head retention or lace.

Fruity aromas of apples, pears, and orange are met with acidic vinous character and light notes of white pepper, curacco, and cumin.

Flavors of fruit, spice, and white wine allow for a complex layering of flavor, but only medium in intensity. This allows for maximum drinkability but leaves the beer somewhat limited. These flavors are a direct result of the character of the nose, but with the peppery notes and tea-like herbal flavors comming to life along with a honeyish sweetness and late graininess (aided by the acidity and mineral taste).

Dryness of the acids and carbonation gives a spicy and snappy finish after the fullness of the bubbly senesation first. The mid palate is firm and medium that allows for a characterful transition from the early expansion to the late spicy dryness. (1,138 characters)

Photo of wedgie9
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Tasted from bottle at The Purple Pig. Pours a cloudy pale orange with a thick white head that leaves heavy lace. Nose has the signature aroma of Belgian yeast with some banana and fresh orange peel. It almost smells like white wine with a grape and earth aroma. Flavor is bittersweet orange peel with some spices and banana yeastiness. The body is full and coating with lively carbonation and a long yeasty orange finish. There is an acidity that makes this beer great with food. (498 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of my #1 beer per style project, the #1 Herbed and Spice beer, kind of a fake style but whatever. Beer is poured into a Delirium tulip. These hybrid styles are odd. There is no way to guess what you are going to get here. Beer is light yellow with a slight haze, moderate to low carbonation, thin white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is gruit like. Sweet and spicy with an almost ginger-like or tea like quality.

Beer is medium in bodied and finishes pretty dry, it tastes like flowers....it's very flavorful, like lavender and tea leaves. It's deceptively strong flavored. Interesting but probably not my cup of tea. (670 characters)

Photo of mht11
4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Let's start with the bottle. It sets up the whole experience with Nora. It's a unique shape for a unique beer. The beer itself is exquisite, smooth and highly drinkable. So far I have tried Nora and Super and overall I am quite impressed with this brewery. (256 characters)

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip...

A: Pours a nice pale orange hue with a three finger head of frothy off white foam. Body is slightly opaque. Head falls off fairly quickly.

S: I wouldn't guess its italian! Smells belgian all the way, nice malt upfront blended with sweet honey and anise along with some citrus.

T: Follows the nose, a little earthy and dank but it pairs well with the bright citrus and honey notes and the anise comes through quite pronounced. Very complex and yet balanced, very impressive.

M: Rich and hearty medium body, nice smooth carbonation, a bit heavy for the style but overall very nice.

D: Very drinkable, only knock is a slight booziness for the 6.8%, needs to be a little more balanced, but very nice beer overall! (735 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Excellent beer, despite of the hype around Baladin. This first experience with Nora specimen was quite a surprise. Curious to drink the Super and the Xyauyù... (next reviews :))

A: First of all, the bottle art: Beautiful. A beer with such a "visual" cannot be a bad one... Pours an orange color with a fluffy and bubbled white head which does not remains for long and disappears leaving no lacings... Many particles floating around

S: Once opened, it spreads a nice perfume of herbs... Licorice, ginger, coriander(?), honey, etc. The spices blend quite well with the malts. Earthy yeasts tone can also be felt. Sweet: First impression is of a Belgium Saison

T: Sweet malts, honey and spices. Licorice is a must. Very herbal as the nose. Earthy. Very Complex. Good blend with the malt taste. Very light bitterness (by the style, I guess). No alcohol felt
M: Medium to heavy body. Very molasses (heavy mouth sensation). Good carbonation. Liquor sensation

D: High. Delicate and well done. It brings good reputation to the new generation of Italian beers... :) (1,096 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pale strong with herbs floating around at the bottom of the bottle. pour is a cloudy golden. thought i was getting a saison at first. but the head was leaner. nose was very herbal. quite of bit of licorice and peppery hops. palate was just that. pepper, licorice, coriander and a bit of an astringent citrus sweet. extremely herbal. undetectable abv. (350 characters)

Photo of DerBayer
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brewery and this particular beer have been highly commended so I was really looking forward to it.

This is a pre-hopping style beer and honey and spices are used to balance out the malt.

This works quite well only that the main aroma is honey both in smell and taste and the other spices were hard to tell apart.

In all a good beer but not living up to the hype. (370 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Baladin Nora is a slightly hazy light orange with a orange tinged off-white head leaving scattered, foamy lace. Really interesting cap, with a plastic liner that reminds me of a stelvin.

Smell has a soft, delicate sweetness, orange-creamsicle, perhaps a faint incense quality as well.

Taste is complex, but the adjuncts are really well integrated without standing out to strongly in anyone direction, with the orange the most dominant, although I suspect it's amplified by fruity esters. Not sure that I can pick up the other spices to well, which is a good thing, although they're surely providing some delicate complexity, which has impressive depth.

Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth, but with a dryness to it I attribute to the spices.

Drinkability is good, a really nice Belgian style ale, complex without being overwhelming to the palate, digestible and smooth. Still, one 750ml bottle is plenty. (965 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL

Poured a moderate gold with a few orange highlights. Plenty of visible carbonation bubbles. The nose is full of spices, along with some citrus and a tiny bit of earthiness. Flavor takes it up another notch with loads of well-balanced spice and intricacies. Very complex. Mouthfeel is good with the right amount of carbonation. Excellent drinkability, as the brew is intense yet quite quaffable. (437 characters)

Photo of Travlr
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy orange color, with no head at all and no lacing to speak of.
S: Aroma of myrrh (just kidding). Bread and ginger.
T: Flavor starts with fresh bread and progresses rapidly to strong ginger and lemonade.
M: Medium body.
D: Interesting, but difficult to finish. Is this really a beer? (290 characters)

Baladin Nora from Birrificio Le Baladin
91 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.