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Baladin Nora - Birrificio Le Baladin

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

262 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 52
Gots: 18 | 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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emaciated, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light haze, soft peach with copper highlights, topped by a thick finger of clingy, off-white head. Beautiful. Nose is fairly complex and inviting with notes of lightly sweet malt, kinda sugary and marshmallowy, wheat tang, fruit (banana mostly), pepper, coriander, and lots of citrus zest. Taste is centered around soft, tangy, sweet wheat malts. Notes of graham cracker, and banana cocktail, before spice and citrus zest take over. Finish is yeasty and peppery. Very soft mouthfeel, with a medium body. Very refreshing and complex. Different in a gruit sort of way, but way citrus-ier. Goes well with lots of different foods I bet.

alexgash, Jun 16, 2005
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jkorff, Aug 16, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I've never tasted a beer quite like this.

The smell was sour and alcoholic so I assumed this was going to be bitter and astringent, like an abbey ale gone bad. I was surprised to find the beer light and refreshing, hinting to be more like a Flemish sour beer with a dry finish. The finish may be a bit too dry, leaving me with a sort of weird thirst after each sip.

Very easy to drink with complex flavors slowly coming to the forefront the more I tasted. Light on the tongue with a sudden blast of bubbles as it hits the top of your mouth. It would be very easy to finish the bomber in one sitting.

nightcrawler, Jul 02, 2008
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4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of a beautifully shaped 750 mlbottle. Hazy yellowish golden with white lightly foamy head. I do see a little sediment floating around.

Smell. Very interesting. A good light ginger aroma with a little cinnamon. Lots of fresh apples and apple peel tartness. very light and refreshing, and still nice and complex.

Taste. Initial taste is the fresh apple tartness. Also has tastes of a light chardonney. Very crisp. ginger is there, but not as much as in the aroma. has a yeasty taste to it as well. Aftertaste is a touch dry and tart, but under that is just a bit of sweet apple juice flavor.

Mouthfeel is very nice and crisp. A light carbonation that barely tickles your tongue.

Overall one of the more or most unique beers i've had. Very interesting and quite delicious.

acrawf6, Mar 10, 2006
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4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to merlin48 for giving me and clvand0 the opportunity. What a champ. The brew pours a hazy straw color with a 2 finger head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is really nice. There is a lot going on in the nose. Sweet, lemoney-citrusy, spicey and floral. Damn. The flavor is very floral...kind of like I'm drinking flowers. there is a light spiceyness in there..nit quite peppery but not something I can put my finger on. Very interesting. The feel is moderate to thick, slightly creamy ith a moderate carbonation. I really do like this beer. It is nice to be drinking it with the windows open here in the spring. This one will keep me really looking forward to the other brew we have from this brewery. Thanks again Sam.

kmpitz2, Apr 20, 2005
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4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

oberon, Mar 30, 2004
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4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 18, 2003
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4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer #28 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/28.
Thanks to the g/f who probably paid way too much for this great looking bottle of Nora @ Firewaters in Atlantic City, NJ.

A: Pours a rusty orange body into a Duvel glass. A large, egg white head holds up really well. Loads of microscopic sediment floats throughout the body, & carbonation is effervescent.

S: This is different than anything I've come across, w/ the exception of Midas Touch by DFH. The overall picture is strongly perfumed (w/ myrrh apparently) & a prominent sandalwood note as well as wood, orange or rose water, clover honey, pineapple and subtle, leafy hops. Unique and really nice.

M: Light-med. body, low-med. carbonation. The body is light, a little slick & very quaffable.

T: The perfumy character doesn't translate strongly into taste, but it's a light, balancing flavor. Sweet malts w/ great spices mentioned above, w/ some soft hops and grain in the finish.

D: A unique, well-made spice beer, find this if you can. It really does remind me of DFH's Midas Touch, and I'd love to attain another bottle for a comparison. A bit thin, but incredibly drinkable.

theformula, Feb 07, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of the beer is dark golden moving toward orange capped off by a nice fluffy head that dissipated quickly. The aroma is spicy and sweet with some earthy herbs. The beer is light on the palate with a bit of carbonation. The flavor is complex: sweet fruit in particular oranges, spiciness, dry with some residual bitterness and acidity. The finish is long and dry. This beer is complex and very unique and I like it for that. I could finish off the 750 mL bottle in no time.

BeardedBoffin, Feb 03, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

ngandhi, Jan 19, 2004
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4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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!!

TheLongBeachBum, May 23, 2004
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4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 oz bottle is really interesting to behold. Served into a tulip, it pours a slightly hazed, orange/golden body with a large, three finger tall, creamy white head. Head sticks around for several minutes and deposits a moderate amount of patch lace on the glass.
Aroma: This is where the fruity and floral adventure begins. Honeydew melon, white grapes, apple cider, fresh orange pulp, peaches, and notes of tart lemon, are all noted in the aroma at some point in the sipping experience. Lots of floral notes are just as elusive, with fresh blooming lilacs and rose water notes jumping in and out of the bouquet. There is a definite spice profile, as well, but it's restrained and exotic, impossible to pinpoint but quite intriguing.
Mouthfeel: Dry and soft, medium bodied, with some effervescent carbonation. Very nice.
Taste: Fruity and floral, as the aroma suggests, but more complex. Peaches, lemons, strawberries, and honeydew melon are complimented by an intricate floral component of wild rose and lilac. An earthy yeast presence and the subdued exotic spicing keeps the florals and fruits in fine balance. Some herbal and floral hops bitterness helps, as well. This retains a dryness throughout, that compliments the fruity sweetness very well. Reminds me a bit of Fantome Saison blended with a Belgian pale ale. Very tasty.
Drinkability: I really like this one. Definitely, it's different than anything I've ever tried, but overall it has some characteristics of a fine Saison tucked inside the myriad of exotic spices, florals, and fruits. A bit expensive, but worth the effort to seek out. I would never have guessed this was brewed in Italy, if I were tasting it blind. No hint of the alcohol content is able to poke through all the complexity here.

merlin48, Apr 03, 2005
Baladin Nora from Birrificio Le Baladin
90 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.