1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Baladin Nora - Birrificio Le Baladin

Not Rated.
Baladin NoraBaladin Nora

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

262 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Baladin Nora Alström Bros
Ratings: 262 | Reviews: 127 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ncelauro
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

ncelauro, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

LoveStout, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An Egyptian styled brew. Brewed in 05. sampled 11/07.

A: Poured a hazy copper orange color with a huge fluffy white head that slowly diminished. Visible carbonation was moderate while small bran flake yeast sediment collected on the bottom of the glass.

S: The nose was yeasty with light bread, a touch of lemon sourness and muskiness.

T: The initial flavor was a blast of lactic sourness, lemons, and light bread notes. There was a huge citrusy sourness flavor along with coriander (pepper) spicing notes. The finish was dry bitter sour citrus with a moderate fade along with some peppery notes. There was a nice tangy spiciness as well. The flavor was yeast dominated but rather one-dimensional. Still a good beer overall, yeasty, with a nice spiciness and wheat palate.

M: The mouthful was oily, with sour citrus (oranges/tangerines) gracing the tongue.

D: moderate drinkability but failed to leave me wanting more.

beerthulhu, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of nouseforotacon
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat-bottomed bottle from Italy with a neat looking label and a raised glass design that reads 'Birra Baladin'.

Pours out an extremely cloudy, hazy yellow-orange bottom with a full mound of foamy white head that evaporates to lacing quickly. Visible sediments.

Musty, funky yeast aroma. Dry white grapes that remind me of champagne. Subtle hints of banana, clove, and nectar fruit. Peppery and full on the nose, dry. Yeast is dominating.

Crisp, solid carbonation. Funky twang of sweet and sour, slices of lemon and peach/orange sweetness. Spicy, white pepper paired with coriander and more clove. A bit of banana on the tongue. White grape tartness. For me, this one is like a fruitier champagne with a sweet, caramel malt presence. Mouthfeel is nice; rich, light to medium body with a tart and spicy finish.

Interesting, really like a Belgian ale with amped up carbonation and some mouth puckering/dryness. Very champagne-like, but sweeter with the addition of malts. Worth a try.

nouseforotacon, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of granger10
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy flourescent orange color with a tall fizzy white head. A little lacing shows along the glass. Aroma is of peaches and spices but they're very light here. Then there's an acidic note, like citric fruit. Taste reminds me of a Belgian Pale with lots of spices added in. It's a soft beer with soft flavors. Light fruits mix with pale malts and other grains. I can't find any hops in here. Spices take their place and are really the dominant show here. There might be coriander but I'm only guessing here. Anyways the spices are complex but overtake the other nuances that this beer has. Finish is drying from the spices and yeast but lingers a bit. A good beer, but probably not worth it for me to spend the $$ to get this again.

granger10, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Explodes out of bottle with a thick creamy head that takes a while to fade leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Spicy/floral nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet and sour, hints of pepper, different from other spiced beers. Pricey, $12.40 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of campfirebrew
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%

campfirebrew, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of scruffwhor
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 fluid oz bottle.

Appearance- A doughy two finger head leads nto a very pale colored beer. This ancient style beer reminds of Blanche de Chambly by Unibroue. Very witbier in color. The best way to describe this beer is "liquid bread incarnate."

Smell- Imagine wonder made old world style. The generic kind of bread you would get in Cairo back in the good old days. This bread ould be ade with saffron, with a hint of green grapes and saffron.

Taste- Starts out as a green grape and white wine mix. This then leads into a bitter, yet and undefinable bitter flavor. I know they don;t use hops for this beer, but it does have a certain hop-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel- A palate of ancient times. Of beating, pyramid building, and mummification. A little yeasty, but the moldy kind, the bready kind. Has a good overall nuance of acidity and dryness.

scruffwhor, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of Glory
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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

Glory, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hugely hazy, heavily flaked apricot. It looks like Birrificio Le Baladin chose not to filter out the ingredients that make Nora unique. The yellowed bone white head doesn't look great. Never large to begin with, it falls unceremoniously and doesn't look especially attractive in the process. In addition, it doesn't possess the stickiness that would allow it to provide a decent display of lace.

The nose is truly unique. My first, fleeting thought was Belgian pale ale, but the spiciness isn't very clove-like. Since I know what ginger and orange peel smell like, I must be smelling myrrh. That particular ingredient makes the beer smell like incense more than anything else (I'm transported back to Easter in church when I was a kid). It's interesting, but I think I'd prefer ginger or orange peel... which are nowhere to be found by the way.

Nora is a little more to my liking on the palate, mostly because the myrrh isn't so damned prominent. It's much more beer-like now. I'm still not thrilled, however. Even though the added ingredients virtually guarantee that there's nothing quite like Nora in the world of beer, originality and uniqueness, in and of themselves, have never been enough to impress me.

The beer is sweet and sour in nearly equal measure, reminiscent of an off-kilter saison. There's no real funk per se, but then myrrh is a bit funky all by its lonesome. I still don't pick up much ginger; it must have been added by the thimbleful. A whacked-out wit is also a valid comparison, thanks to the unmalted kamut (a cousin of wheat) and the tart orange peel.

Interesting, odd, different... all apply to the flavor profile. Unfortunately, it doesn't add up to delicious. Good? Debatable. Great? Not a chance. Maybe I'm just not in sync with some of these wacky Italian beers. Cassissona didn't knock my socks off, and Nora (although I like it a bit better) isn't out of this world.

The body/mouthfeel is both light and lightly sticky. It's hard to know just how big the body on an herbed/spiced beer should be, so it's hard to know if this one measures up. It works, I guess, but more heft and more viscosity would help give a little pleasure where the flavor comes up short. Carbonation is fine.

Nora is yet another unique Italian beer that doesn't live up to its reputation from where I sit. Any brewery can come up with a list of ingredients that sounds interesting on paper, but turning it into worthwhile beer is a whole 'nother matter. Maybe Super Baladin will be what I'm looking for.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

drabmuh, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of shleepy
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into snifter glasses.

A: Hazy yellow, small head.

S: Honey, bubblegum, a little floral, maybe coriander or some other standard spice.

T: Bubblegum and the other flavors mentioned above shine through. Candy sugar. It's like a mix between Fantome and Orval, but with a little sugar left over.

M: Less dry than I would like. Carbonation is low; body is light-medium.

O: A bit too sweet for my liking, but complex and interesting.

shleepy, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

03/04 is stamped on the back of the bottle, don't know if that is a bottling date or a drink-by date. The Baladin website says this is modeled off of an ancient Egyptian beer, that's very cool in my book. Nora is cloudy peach-orange in color, the head is short and creamy. The aroma is lightly sweet and of orange peels. The smell also contains just a tiny bit of spice. The taste is lightly sweet and citrusy. Spices are noted as a means to balance out the beer. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth which leads to great drinkability. This seems like a good choice for summertime.

Gagnonsux, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of sloejams
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've seen this a few times before, so finally one night out - I crossed it's path and decided to split a bottle with a buddy.

It pours golden orange color into the tulip glass. The scent is strong: vanilla, clove and coriander dominate. The taste reminded me of a ginger snap. There wasn't a terribly gingery taste per se, just the sugary and spice mix. It was a very interesting beer, that I enjoyed. I was drinking some Unibroue's offerings previous to this and that was more of my speed.

sloejams, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

BEERchitect, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is bubbly. Had this bottle for about 4 years, popped it open the other day.
Orange/copper body with huge carbonation white head. Kinda like champagne or coke. Settle quickly to a thin layer, some lacing.
Smell of soft fruit, some herbs and anise. Sweet malt perhaps
Taste is fruity, banana and blood orange, with hints of herbal spice.
Mostly, the carbonation is focused upon. Gives it a crisp sensation without the hops.
A good beer. Interesting. Good for pseudo-special occaisions.

Mebuzzard, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of adamette
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle purchased at a great little store in Mantua, Italy while on tour there on or about 6 19 09. Label, in Italian, mentions that it is made with an Egyptian theme. Interesting.

A Opaque, light orange body under a minimal head.

S Soft grains, some spices, kind of a wheat taste. Nice.

T Taste of some spices (coriander?) with minimal malt and hops profiles. Nice taste, nothing that is capturing my imagination though.

M Moderate thickness, feel with a beefy 6.8 per cent ABV, some interesting tastes.

D Fine drinkability but this is not my favorite Baladin.

adamette, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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".

laituegonflable, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a fading white head.
Delicate aroma of doughy wheat, spicy clove notes, spices, soft sweet malt and herbal notes.
Refreshing, easy-drinking flavours. Light malt with doughy notes, sweetbread and ginger.
High carbonation works well.

CrazyDavros, May 29, 2013
Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

mdillon86, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
Photo of BeerBucks
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

BeerBucks, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Macca
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very murky dark orange colour with a generous head. A lot of sediment. Nice lacing.

Wow. The aroma really hits you. The ginger especially and other spice notes. Unfortunately it reminds me of the moisturizer my wife uses.

Lots of spices. The rose water is much stronger. Clove, ginger, is there anything that is not going on in here?

Medium bodied. Some sweetness

I can't say that I understand this beer but I like it, just don't know how much I could drink.

Macca, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of PeakedInHighSchool
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

PeakedInHighSchool, May 06, 2014
Photo of KevMo84
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

KevMo84, May 23, 2014
Baladin Nora from Birrificio Le Baladin
90 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.