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Baladin Nora - Birrificio Le Baladin

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132 Reviews

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Reviews: 132
Hads: 300
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 17.28%
Wants: 70
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin visit their website

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: 132 | Hads: 300
Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Phatz
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pale golden brown color with amber hues. The small head fades quickly in my snifter glass.

Smell: The aroma is an indistinct fruity sweetness with a touch of caramel and some nutmeg, ginger & vanilla spices.

Taste: This flavor is completely unique. It reminds me of a cross between boysenberry wheat and pumpkin with a Belgian yeasty attribute and pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg and coriander, orange and flavors of Christmas. Juicy fruity malt center and then some apricot juice and a pleasant apple cider tartness in the aftertaste. The is a hint of woodiness especially on the last pour that contained some of the sediment.

Mouthfeel: It is remarkably soft smooth feel and yet zesty in flavors with fine gentle carbonation.

Drinkability: This is so easy to drink I am not even sure how to describe it. One went down so nice and easy but as unique as is I wouldn’t session this. One is enough but I want to have more on hand.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of robertjbell
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the Calgary distributor's tasting for Baladin's products we were all at a loss for what the heck this beer could be, as our knowledge of Italian was less than adequate to read their brochure. Thus the most we could get out of this beer was that it was somehow "Egyptian". In retrospect I am now aware that it is a herbed ale with ginger, rose etc. etc. Yet at the time of my reviewing the tastes were somewhat less than distinguishable

Appearance: Dark blonde coloration, opaque with a white and light head and minimal lacing

Nose: Slightly wine-like characteristics infused with light ginger notes, light citrus fruits as well

Taste: Coriander and peppery spices dominate, taste of alcohol comes through in a balsamic vinegar finish, slightly drying at the end

Mouthfeel: Full yet tart, enough carbonation to keep the beer interesting

Drinkability: Not a particularily memorable ale, and not knowing the additives did nothing to aid the drinking experience

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a large bottle at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA. They say the beer has some Egyptian inpriation, but it basically drinks and tastes like a spiced Belgian pale ale. It's very smooth and light on the palate with obvious orange peel and a white pepper finish. There are hint of ginger along with the vanilla spice and white bread. If you don't mind the spice, it's worth a try.

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Photo of BierManVA
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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."


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Photo of MilanoItaly
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Biological beer Egyptian inspired : Kamut wheat is the same used on the pharaons banquets, it contains also Ethiopian resin. Spiced with ginger, myrrh. Raw sugar in the recipe,hop is minimum and included only because law requested (to call it beer).
Other reviews well explain the taste,all I can add is the notable drinkability,you can justify it with the curiosity but when you are aware of the 6.8 ABV all you can say is : good beer.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 6,8% Abv
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
BBE: March 2012

I hope that this beer is still good, since it is so close to its expiry date!

Appearance: Bright golden-orange body filled with a ton of medium to large sized particles in perfect suspension. A large white head forms after a rough pour, but sadly it doesn't stick around for long and leaves very little lace as it recedes.

Smell: Sadly, I don't know exactly what myrrh smells like, so it would be hard for me to definitively say whether or not Nora actually smells like myrrh! What I can say though, is that it smells like a delicious and very complex beer! The initial nose is dominated by a perfumed note, reminiscent of rose water flavoured Turkish delights (could this be the myrrh?). Citrus peel, light fruits (pears, peaches and apricots), black pepper, coriander, cloves, an earthy note and some honey sweetness are also noted.

Taste: As with the nose, the flavour is initially dominated by a distinct perfumed note (it reminds me of incense; hence I would presume it to result from the myrrh). The remainder of the flavour seems quite BPA like with notes of golden fruit, citrus peel, black pepper, cloves and honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a medium-high level of carbonation.

Overall: I really enjoyed Nora; the perfumed notes (which I will presume to be the myrrh) added an extra dimension to an already solid Belgian pale ale. If it weren't so expensive I would be happy to buy this again.

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Photo of sommersb
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 04-26-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750ml dark green bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Teku
Purchased: Received in a trade

Pours a semi-clear, light orange colored beer with a warm glow look to it. The small white head fades fast and leaves a still beer with pretty much no head retention or lace. In some ways the looks are a letdown, but then again it gives it a look akin to a wine which matches some of the other aspects.

Aromas have both a fruity and spicy character, with grapes and orange in the fruit category and then ginger and other unknown spices. Also has some musty overtones

The taste has fruitiness to it with a slight sweetness. It reminds me somewhat of a semi-sweet wine. There's also a pretty strong ginger spice profile, plus other spices I can't identify.

The mouthfeel seems under-carbonated, which was also evident in the appearance. Medium-bodied, it finishes fruity and slightly sweet with a lingering spiciness.

Overall I thought this was a pleasant and very easy-drinking beer that featured some unique flavors. Would be a good beer to have with a meal more than one to drink by itself.

Thanks to Cameron (TheBishopco) for this brew!

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Photo of abfraser
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml from Pizzeria Delfina

A: Hazy opaque orangish yellow; almost looks like a dark Hefe in the sun.

S: Nothing too notable or strong. A bit of yeast with some clove/banana, some lemon, a bit of muskiness

T/M: Black pepper, slightly sour citrus. The pepper really is there, unlike anything I've had. Medium bodied, refreshing. Overall a very good beer to have with our pizza

D: This one was pretty drinkable; nice spice, refreshing. Glad I tried this.

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Photo of rallison
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly, this is near to a year old at this point - but, it tastes fine with no oxidation, so I shall review it.

Pours a hazy orange-ish amber color with a 1/2 finger white head that leaves touches of lacing.

Smells quite spicy with notes of light fruits coming out. Nice indeed.

In the taste I get similar flavors - spices - almost peppery - with some earthy notes and a pleasant fruity malt background. Nice dry finish with some light bitterness amongst the spice.

Mouthfeel is relatively light on the tongue with medium carbonation but is never lacking. Wonderful drinkability here.

Recommended. I had neglected this too long and was afraid the age would have negatively affected it. However, this drinks beautifully. My guess is those spices help this beer keep.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a thin collar around the edge of the glass
S: Moderate aromas of woody herbs and ginger are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and also has some added notes of spices and orange peels towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an interesting mix of herbs and spices, but these aren't overpowering. It is a nice one to sip and savor.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


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.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very complex beer.
It poured beautifully with a highly carbonated golden, reddish hue. It had a nice thick white head that sat for a while.
The smell was very complex. It smells with a bunch of nice spices. I smelled orange and citrus and also pumpkin. At times you can smell the hops and other times a bit floral.
The taste was equally as complex. I tasted first the citrus and then ends with a lot of spice. It is a good spice that I couldn't put my finger on.
Mouthfeel is very sharp and carbonated. Good for a spiced beer.
The drinkability is very good for the type of beer it is. Usually a spiced beer is hard to drink a lot of, but this was surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.09/5  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.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hazy golden with an initially robust white head that leaves behind thick, persistent lace. Sweet malt and ginger in the aroma. The flavor of this one, unlike so many other “herbed/spiced” ales, is pleasantly dry and more subdued. It’s got a nice ginger spice that is sharp but not too overbearing and a nicely balancing malty sweetness that features hints of honey, some definite pale malt fruitiness and a light graininess. The overall flavor is rich, spicy but still quite drinkable. Be warned, though, if you just can’t stand ginger in beer, avoid this one. Otherwise, highly recommended.

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Photo of chrisjvr
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
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. =)

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Photo of AJacob81
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a murky umber w eggshell lacing. The nose is crystallized ginger, cummin, and a hint of blood orange. On the palate, whole wheat, citrus and cloves are most apparent with the aromatic notes in strong support. Mouthfeel is pleasantly thick and coating, unexpectedly so for a wheat beer. Pairs well w a Quadrella di Buffala cheese from Italia. This is intriguing enough to interest me in more of what Italian craft has to offer, despite the price tag.

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Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a hazy golden, honey-colored beer. The head is dense, thick, and quite sticky. It sports an interesting aroma…a wheat-like twang, a little cinnamon and sugar, lemon and orange peel, yeast, and a slightly wild vinous character. It’s a spritzy aroma, very much alive, and almost champagne like. The beer is moderately dry, with a lot of malt and spice flavor. Soft mouthfeel, with a medium body, and a refreshing dryness. The spice, with some peppery notes, is accentuated in the finish. Although I’m usually partial to more traditional beers, this one is sure an interesting and flavorful brew.

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Photo of scottum
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out with a hazy golden color and a decent sized white fizzy head on top. The lacing is nowhere to be seen and the retention is gone within minutes also. The smell of the beer is sweet, a little boozy with some nice soft wheat like aromas. The taste of this beer is spicy, it has elements of pepper, and it also has some hints of apple and orange in there. The spices really set this off. The mouthfeel has a bit of a sting to it. The tastebuds are left tingling and dry after each sip. Overall I found this brew to be really interesting. If the price tsg was a little lower I could see myself buyin this one again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of stcules
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(L74-75/120 - poured into a balloon)

A: poured mostly clear at first, though a bit of sediment did sneak through, murkin' it all up... light, bright, orange-y amber... not much head formed, messy puddles of bubbles left behind

S: freshly-cracked green and/or black peppercorns, even a hint of dried hot red pepper, and orange flouride - the intensity and clarity of the pepper aroma is incredible - never smelled a beer like it... a little perfumy, like dandelion flowers, in the back end... later, super soft booze and a light caramel

T: quite an American IPA citrus fruitiness... the peppery aroma doesn't translate nearly as intensely on the palate - perhaps a little flare in the finish along with clementine rind, faint citrus acids, and a touch of granola-dusted taffy

M: broad and smooth - much more like pear nectar than malt beer... would be nice if it was a bit more sharp and alive on the palate... I suppose it's moderately dry - all that sticks back is the sediment, a bit... cozy, mellow, boozy warmth after it's all gone

O: hmmm... guessing this might be a tad aged... I would imagine this would smell and taste much more dynamic fresh... the way it stands now, I've had several American beers (IPAs) that taste quite similar to this, minus the peculiar peppery element... curious to try it again, just have to be willing to fork over the dough otra vez

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Baladin Nora from Birrificio Le Baladin
90 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.