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Baladin Nora - Birrificio Le Baladin

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

253 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 51
Gots: 16 | 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.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

2GOOFY, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with The Usual Suspects 4.21.11.

Golden orange clear body, a finger of quick dissipation head, some visible carbonation. Cedar dominates the nose, significant myrrh backbone with orange pith not peel citrus notes, floral hops. The ginger is prominent taste-wise though the cedar and especially the myrrh adds complexity, not very hoppy, more botanical than spicy IMO. Mouthfeel is medium, decent effervescence. A nice end to a epic day of beer tasting, pairs well with Italian cookies :)

jdense, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Cubatobaco
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Cubatobaco, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev -0.7%

BeerOps, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Casey3236
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Casey3236, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

capuozzo84, May 21, 2012
Photo of gonzo000
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a - amber in color (was drinking in a dimly lit bar)

s - Sweet smells of honey

t - sweet up front with a mellow finish. Honey and citrus were the main the flavors which were well balanced with light spices.

m Velvety and creamy.

o - very enjoyable if you like your beers on the sweeter side.

gonzo000, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A:Pours a cloudy dark peach/apricot to copper in color with moderate amounts of small black yeast particles in suspension along with light amounts of visible carbonation and some dark orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a large patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/orange rind, ginger, and myrrh. Additionally, there are slightly stronger aromas of spicy black pepper and lighter notes of honey. Just a touch of yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of pale malts and Belgian yeast (similar to a Belgian Pale Ale) which is then followed by the interesting herbal/spicy notes. First there is a strong flavor of spicy black pepper and some honey sweetness. That is followed by ginger, citrus/orange rind, and myrrh.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: This is pretty interesting as the beer initially has a smell like a Belgian pale ale that then the spicy notes really come out and take over. The taste is similar to the smell and there is quite a bit of complexity to both. Enjoyable but not sure that I could have more than one of these in a session.

dbrauneis, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Uber last night. Have not seen this on draft a whole lot, so it was fun to try this beer in this format.

The beer pours a honey gold color with very good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some light honey, spice and a touch of bitter hops. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except for the most part, the predominant flavor seems to be honey and gingerale. There is also some underlying hoppy bitterness, which in my opinion enhances the drinkability in this beer. The beer is pretty light on the palate, and drinkability is not bad at all. Were it not $8 a pop for a 12 ounce glass, I would have considered getting another.

Quite the holiday treat and a nice beer to see on draft in the NW.

John_M, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of ccrida
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

ccrida, Mar 21, 2010
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

Bouleboubier, May 16, 2014
Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Suds, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer is a peachy, cloudy pour color with a smally fuzzy rim of head.

Smell: Very faint nose until it gets warm. There are hints of honey, malts and liquor.

Taste: It has a sweet, thick vanilla/caramel start. Then it blends to a brandy style alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: The body grows in teh mouth...really grows. At first it is syrupy, then it feels very foamy, and then it fades gently away.

Drinkability: This a smooth drink for special occasions, would pair well with any meal that is heavy in carbohydrates and salty. Its a little expensive versus the beer's quality.

GuinnessSmurf, Nov 19, 2004
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

scottum, Aug 04, 2004
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with head that fluffs up billowy and then disappears quickly without much of a remembrance

Smell: Ginger, honey, a touch of funky yeast, and myrhh (I guess)

Taste: Starts with a spicy, ginger and citrus flavor that continues to build through the finish; mid-palate the sweet and sour flavors battle it out with the sour ultimately dominating (not sour like a lambic, but sour like a sweet tart); all kinds of interesting sub-flavors such as apple, chamomile, apricot and honey to name a few

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and a touch under-carbonated

Drinkability: Lots of unusual and interesting flavors goign on; hard to drink the whole bottle, however

brentk56, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Gueuzedude, Sep 02, 2004
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

stcules, May 10, 2004
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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

RoyalT, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of chrisjvr
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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. =)

chrisjvr, Nov 16, 2003
Photo of BDIMike
4.08/5  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.

BDIMike, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of abfraser
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

abfraser, Oct 27, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

rallison, Apr 08, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

metter98, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Stinkypuss, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.1/5  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.

Thehuntmaster, Feb 16, 2012
Baladin Nora from Birrificio Le Baladin
90 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.