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Baladin Nora - Birrificio Le Baladin

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

251 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 48
Gots: 15 | 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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GreenWBush

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

I usually don't take into consideration the actual bottle and labeling in regards to the appearance score, but this time I have to. An absolute gorgeous keeper.

This one releases into my snifter with audible, whirring carbonation that continuously streams upward. Honey colored. Big head that fades to nil but leaves nice lace. The glass will be opaque with yeast flurry by the end of the bottle.

The nose is intense and vivacious with cinnamon, sour apple, lemons, and oranges. Tart. Quite Saison like in nature. Candi sugar, earthy yeast. Cider. Almost salty, hints of cracked pepper.

Dry as a bone, carbonation is like pop-rocks on the tongue.

Tropical fruit facade on the nose continues in the palate with a carbonation wall that obscures the malt flavors. I detect these only slightly, as a lingering oily sweetness.

Very similar to sparkling wine. What a centerpiece of beer conversation and tool to convert the unitiated. Only bad part of the flavor package is a slightly chemically after burp. Cider.

Wife likes this more than any saison she's tried. That's a major complement in my book. Substantial and smooth, but not too thick as to be refreshing. A winner!

I can't say thanks enough to Tom at the Blind Pig in Champaign, IL for the opportunity to try this.

11-07-2005 15:46:37 | More by GreenWBush
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

Thanks to merlin48 for bringing this one our way. This one pours a cloudy yellow color with a small head that falls off fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is just wild. Tons and tons of flowery aroma, with a lemony kick. The flavor is just as odd. Tastes like chewing on flowers, mixed with a little bit of pepper. Just wild. The mouthfeel is slightly thicker than expected, but very nice and very drinkable. What a strange and tasty brew.

04-29-2005 17:15:25 | More by clvand0
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elNopalero

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

Brought this back from a trip to Rome. I like the design of their bottles and even the fonts in their labels. Waxed bottle, cork held in place without the aid of a cap or cage. That’s a first for me.

Poured this into my Baladin teku. Seemed appropriate enough!

This has a pleasing pumpkin-amber orange tinged glow to it with tight bubbling on the foam. I could wax poetic but the point is it looks fantastic.

I’m struggling to place the aroma. It’s akin to a Belgian-style triple, with a light, floral, fruity ester characteristic. There’s a slight must to it, reminding me of white grapes, with just the faintest whisper of lavender and orange blossom on the margins. Wow. Fantastic, layered and complex.
Each sip lit an explosion of flavor on my palate. I get the same floral-fruity complexity, with a great combination of orange blossom, clover honey, and a touch of ginger spice. There’s an almost-champagne effervescence to it, keeping it light and delicate.

Opens with amber honey, orange sweetness, floral essence, light, delicate and inviting.

Yes, it’s that good!

I am glad I saved this for a special occasion as it deserved my full attention. This review is a little bittersweet, as this is the last of the brews I brought back from my Italy trip. Alas, now all I have left are my memories.

06-02-2013 06:18:18 | More by elNopalero
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tetu

Louisiana

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

06-24-2011 22:38:47 | More by tetu
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wspscott

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

10-25-2011 23:57:50 | More by wspscott
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jreitman

California

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

08-24-2002 18:10:34 | More by jreitman
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RedBrewer83

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

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!

10-02-2010 13:17:21 | More by RedBrewer83
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brystmar

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

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!

02-20-2011 02:08:03 | More by brystmar
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

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... :)

09-19-2010 09:47:20 | More by eduardolinhalis
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sleazo

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

Served in a red wine glass at Spuyten Duyvil

A-hazy beautiful orange. Lovely head.

S-there is that "horseblanket" aroma I love. Very nice odor without being too strong.

T- more funk with some lemon hits the tongue first. Also some cloves and a vague spicyness. Almost no hop character. Very much tart but a slight sweetness comes through as it warms.

M-refreshingly bubbly but not overwhelming. A nice medium body

D-very nice outdoorsy beer and very good with some brie goat cheese and brasaola. This is a very unique beer and one I will get again despite the high price.

07-22-2007 17:00:15 | More by sleazo
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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

Australia

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

10-01-2011 07:35:36 | More by lacqueredmouse
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champ103

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

On tap at the Avenue Pub in New Orleans

A: Pours a murky, cloudy golden/orange color. Almost no head and no lace forms. Kind of lifeless.
S: Lightly tart and acidic. Herbal tea like aromas, ginger, other spices. Passion fruits like mango and papaya. Really interesting, and everything works together.
T: Love it. Tart and acidic apple skins. Almost apple cider like. Herbal tea, ginger, and passion fruits. Lots going on that all intermingle perfectly.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. So smooth at the same time, with a nice dry bite. So easy to drink. Something I can enjoy all day.

I am really glad to have come across this. A great beer, and something I will grab in the future if I see it. Recommended.

10-04-2012 20:35:03 | More by champ103
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emilylee

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

02-08-2013 03:39:09 | More by emilylee
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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Badger6

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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pathman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

10-19-2012 16:05:07 | More by JohnK17
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-14-2013 17:51:37 | More by nmann08
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

06-07-2012 01:58:29 | More by jwat
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

10-21-2012 16:51:03 | More by RblWthACoz
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KevinTK


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-30-2012 15:17:35 | More by KevinTK
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DbbC

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

09-29-2013 03:56:08 | More by DbbC
Baladin Nora from Birrificio Le Baladin
90 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.