Super Baladin - Birrificio Le Baladin

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Italy

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 07-01-2002

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear copper coloured brew with a small but long lasting head of foam, great lacing.

It smells very grainy, a bit fruity, noticeable hop presence. More whiffs in and it gets strongly caramel malty.

Malty sweet, not so much grain, light fruitiness. Very smooth, near perfect mouth feel yet, a bit lacking somehow when I take the price tag into account. +$18 for a bottle.

Photo of JaimeLondon
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

First italian beer that I make a review!
Has a nice hazy dark amber color with a persistant cream foam.
Smell and taste resembles some fruit liquors and has some floral and other fruit touches.
Maltiness is stronger in the end.
The beer is quite balanced, the smell is strong but is not easy to feel the alcohol in the tongue.
Carbonation and body are at good level, not to high.

Photo of devilben02
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle with a nearly opaque medium brown color that makes me think of mashed raisins for some reason. The aroma has some brown sugar notes, some yeast, and a little bit of mossy hops, all of which are very subdued. The flavor is more assertive, with raisins, some grassy bitterness, a little alcohol, and more brown sugar. The light-medium body and fine, active carbonation are ok, but it all leaves the beer feeling a bit thin. Overall, this beer is nicely fruity, but it lacks the complexity I wanted and comes across as a watered-down Belgian dubbel.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 250ml bottle with a BB of May 2014. Acquired ages ago from the GBBF in 2012, and stored in my garage. The label doesn't explain much, but the beer is described as 'double malt' with flavour evolution.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy reddish-amber hue with chunky floating sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a small head of frothy white foam that lasts for a moment or so before collapsing to a thin surface layer. Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with hints of raisins, dried fruit, sherry, brown sugar, caramel/toffee, fruity yeast esters, subtle spice, oxidation and faint stewed leaves. A warming whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of rich, fruity malt with a lingering finish. Notes of raisins, dried fruit, sherry, brown sugar, caramel/toffee, fruity yeast esters, oxidation, stewed leaves, faint roasted malt and a touch of earthiness. A hint of alcohol in the background. Quite sweet, followed by a mild yeasty character upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with light carbonation and good body. Yeast coats the palate. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sweet malt, dried fruit and yeast esters.

This one is hard to judge, as it isn't easy to categorise and compare to similar beers. I also don't know how much it has 'evolved', but there is a degree of oxidation present. It looks a bit murky and lacklustre, while the aroma and flavour are pretty sweet and fruity. Plenty of yeast character and mild port notes. Body is OK. Drinkability improved as it warmed to room temperature. A so-so beer; nothing really wrong with it but hard to recommend. No need to hunt it down.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a brown 8.4 oz bottle at Beer Kitchen. No dating on the bottle that I can see, but that doesn't really matter, given the style. Poured into a Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Much darker than any BSPA I've had before, a murky reddish brown, much like an unfiltered cider might look. There looks to be a significant amount of sediment in suspension after the pour. The head is very small, only a quarter finger of off-tan foam that quickly dissipates, leaving little to no lacing or foam visible after the initial head has departed.

Smell - Very fruit forward, with notes of plum, pineapple, apricot, pear and some notes of spiced apple cider. Give that there are no additives listed for this beer, I can only assume that the huge fruit basket elements come solely from the yeast used. There are also spicier elements, with hints of clove and nutmeg.

Taste - The assault of fruit continues in the taste, with notes of rum, apple cider, pineapple, apricot and pear. The fruit characteristic is so dominant that it almost lends a bit of sour/tartness to the beer like you might expect from ripe strawberries or currants. Not like the vinegary or citric sourness you get from a lot of styles that will leave your mouth puckering, but sour-like all the same.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and low carbonation, which I think is probably the biggest downfall of this beer. With more effervescence as is often standard with this style of beer, the explosion of fruit flavors would probably come across much better. Finish is a bit sweet.

Overall, this is a very unique beer, but one that appeals to the point that I'm likely to pick it up again. I think some more carbonation and a bit more bitterness would serve it well, to avoid allowing the huge fruit presence to overtake the beer.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.32/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Hazy caramel body. A tan head that dissipates to nothing. No lacing.

Aroma: Caramel, sour fermented apples.

Taste: Super, super sour and tart. Only a faint toffee or caramel presence comes out before being destroyed by sour tartness and a fermented apple note.

Mouthfeel: Bright.

Overall: I bought this on sale. And I'm wondering why it was reduced price. Maybe I'm missing the point of this beer, because to me it tastes old and sour.

Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light copper with a honey hue in the edges. There was practically no head on this offering, but the nose was fruity and potent nonetheless. The flavor profile included bananas and a nutty essence accompanied by honey sweetness on the finish. This beer is a bit hearty, bordering on syrupy. The malt is present though not at all overpowering, That said, it certainly adds to the sweetness of this beer.

Photo of Sludgeman
2.82/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a small tulip at Rustico.

This beer is too sweet with almost no carbonation. A beer I will never have again.

A - Pours an amber colored with almost no head.

S - The aroma is like a sweet wine.

T - Fruity, sweet, grapes, no bitterness.

MF - Medium bodied, low carbonation.

Photo of elNopalero
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 250 ml bottle I brought back from Italy.

This pours a golden burnt umber amber color with nice lacing. The aroma is on the sweet side, with hints of stone fruits, raisin, and a rummy characteristic that runs sweetish and ever-so-slightly boozy.

I found the flavor to be pleasingly complex. It’s a slightly sweet strong ale, reminiscent of a Belgian strong ale with its rummy, floral and stone fruit characteristics. As it opened I found a honeyed amber presence take hold. Pleasingly effervescent.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Lots of sediment is seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, honey, and lots of fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a cherry liqueur flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some fruity and boozy qualities that are quite nice.

Photo of FLima
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown orange murky color with floating particles. It poured a 2 finger head with good retention.
Mild aroma of Belgian yeast, a bit sour like in lambics but milder.
Mouth does not follow nose. Sweet malt taste with some earthy hops, prunes and figs. Aftertaste has a mild but pleasant bitterness.
Light to medium body with light carbonation.
Relatively with good drinkability, very smooth. Interesting that the smell is quite different from taste, and how capable they were to disguise the 8% ABV. Flavor a bit thin compared to other top beers from its style.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby/copper with a quickly fading head.
\Nose shows brown sugar, chocolate, toasty malt, spicy phenols, caramel, dried figs. Very similar flavours.
A bit too sweet, with loads of caramel, golden syrup and brown sugar. Some booze follows.
Too much carb.

Photo of drpimento
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened with a nice "pop" and with a large, foamy, frothy, light tan head that soon mostly settles, and a little lace. Color is a clear, orange copper except for loads of particulates in suspension. Aroma upon first opening was waves of caramel malt, then it is lots of kinds of fruits, and yeast. Flavor’s like nose, sweet in front and then balanced with some carbonic tang plus hop and yeast bitter. Great body and perhaps slightly light in carbonation. Finish is like flavor, slowly tapers and is quite pleasant. Very nice brew!

Photo of John_M
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hard to believe, I know, but on cask during the Italian fest at Max's.

The beer pours a reddish orange color with minimal head retention and light lacing. Teh nose is attractive, as I pick up sweet tea, wine, a hint of sour and some light underlying cherry. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this moderately sweet beer, and there's just enough wine and light sour to counter that sweetness. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a soft, long, very smooth finish. This is really easy to take. Alcohol is almost unnoticeable, and so this is a very easy beer to drink and appreciate.

Nice...

Photo of joecast
2.71/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Made he mistake of chilling the glass, now I've gotta wait cause its too cold.

Great color. Fairly clear amber. My second mistake was pouring in the sediment which adds quite a bit of tiny dark flecks. I won't mark down for that though as without sediment it is quite a good looking beers.
Head is thin and lightly tanned. Low carbonation.

Strong, bready, malty sweet aroma. Not bad but not sure how this is a Belgian pale. No yeast character at all. A bit of alcohol but without the spicy aspect I don't see how it fits.

Big hit of malt sweetness without being too over the top. Probably further out of style, missing the dryness as well as any spicy yeast character. Interesting approach really. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy making it a slow sipper.

Honestly not sure what style I would put this in. Maybe English strong ale? It's got the big malt character and give it some more hops, well, might be on to something.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 8,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass
BBE June 2012

Appearance: Deep golden-orange body with a ton of large yeast particles in suspension. A rough pour yields a large off white head that displays reasonable retention and leaves some good lacing.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells quite nice - sweet citrus (orange with a touch of lemon), orange peel, peaches, golden raisins, apples, cloves, white pepper and a hint of allspice are all well noted.

Taste: Initially sweet with notes of stone fruits and brown sugar, followed by cooked apples, orange peel and light spices (cloves and white pepper). The finish is lightly dry and exhibits a tart yeast character. As the beer reaches room temperature, a hint of the 8% is noted in the flavour.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lightly sticky with a medium-high level of smooth carbonation.

Overall: A pleasant BSPA, but not one I would buy again at the price.

Photo of Hellrob
2.32/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

--not good not good not good this italian strong dark. eight alchool degrees is a lot but here there is a very small body and a lot of carbonation... no drinkability for this dark beer. no again. failed in my opinion... go over!-- extremely wateryyy. hope for that other Baladin are better than this

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very cloudy medium to dark orange-brown amber. Nice two-finger off-white head with great retention; although the color is a bit drab, still a nice appearance with active carbonation. Aroma of sweet malt, dark fruit, Belgian spicing with a faint mineral component. Flavor is intense fruit, especially cherry, apple and peach, and sweet malt, esters very forward. Finishes with sweet fruit and malt. One of the sweetest Belgian ales I've had, but the intense fruit flavors and moderate malt body make it work. Medium to heavy bodied with some creaminess. I enjoyed this Italian take on a Belgian. Not sure why this is a pale ale; the color and ABV seem much more like a Belgian strong dark ale. Would certainly try again, but the price of this small bottle might make that a bit of a wait.

Photo of crossovert
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

250ml brown bottle. 003/1AA.

It pours a hazy brown with a quickly dissipating off-white head.

The smell is intriguing. Certainly not your average beer. There is a nice fruitiness to it but not the general Belgian yeast characteristics but something else. There is a hint of caramel, jut a fine smelling and unique smelling brew.

The flavor is thick and sugary, but in a good way. It has some brown sugar, caramel, and honey but also some earthiness and fruitiness.

It is different than most other beers, call it a "Belgian strong pale ale" if you want but it is a unique beast.

Photo of Knapp85
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oddly enough I found the Sour edition of this to be much better than the regular. I really enjoy trying a lot of these Italian beers because I feel that they are heading in the right direction when it comes to this movement. This beer poured out as a copperish brown color with a thin fizzy tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer was a little funky but had a light malt sweetness to it also. The taste of the beer was a little bitey and sweet in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was lightly carbonated and seemed a little watered down to me. Overall I found this one to be a little disappointing but I still I can't complain too much when Baladin puts out so many other good brews.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Where Belgian Strong Dark Ales meet English Barleywines is where this beer resides. Fruity throughout and with a rich malty base and spritzy carbonation.

While pouring a hazy bronze color that looks exactly like rust, the slightly off-white head rises in partly airy and partly fizzy demeanor for a nearly champagne-like sprite. Terse on retention and with no real lacing, the beer settles into a thin and broken sheet along the surface.

Richly aromatic with dense malt and fruit flavors throughout- toffee and caramel notes rise first and with the rummy scent of candied plumbs, prunes, raisons, figs, and dates. Apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and cola help to round out the complex nose.

Sugary sweet to start with a blend of caramel, cola, bread crust, and buttered toast. Very richly flavored while the estery complexities of grapes, dates, raisons, prunes, figs, dates, apples, and berries offer a variety to go along with the heavy sweetness. An attempt to balance falls short with mild white pepper, cinnamon, orange peel, and allspice. Very expressive with sweet malts and fruit flavors with rum-like alcohol flavor.

Heavy on the residual sweetness, the cola-like feel coats the mouth with a semi-tacky sensation. A build up of sweetness never releases, but allows some softening as the alcohol warmth and yeasty spices offer a mild reprieve in finish. Full and rounded, the beer never achieves the dryness or attenuation that it deserves.

The residual sweeness makes me approach the flavor and feel in a very barleywine kind of way. But the yeasty esters and spices tell me to expect a dry malty character with better attenuation. A very tasty beer throughout, simply don't perscribe to any preconceived notions about the beer or characterized style when moving forward with this artistic ale.

Photo of Cozzatoad
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle

A- Pours a quite murky dark orange, really unattractive. One finger off-white head that disappears pretty quickly. Quite suprising in a belgium inspired beer

S- Sweet malts (caramel for sure) with a strong spicy character (probably from the alcohol, which may be detected). Then a hint of tartness and some light dark fruit notes too

T- Quite innovative for a strong ale. Malts (not as sweet as you would expect) with biscuit and caramel flavours and a slight tart note to them. Yeast plays a major role bringing a sugary feel, without feeling heavy. Spicy notes are strong too, particularly on the tongue, with lemon and a herbal feel. Again some light dark fruit notes (prune, possibly more). A peculiar and very nice range of flavours.

M- Nicely smooth on the palate. More prickly and lively on the tongue, with sharp carbonation. Some alcohol may be detectable, but it brings a nice warming feel without getting owerpowering

O- A strong pale ale in look but more a strong dark ale in taste. Sure an interesting and innovative take on the style, that nicely blends complexity and drinkabilty

Photo of sulldaddy
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a 375 ml bottle 2/10 date stamp. Pouring at cellar temp into a snifter.
The beer pours a slightly hazy chestnut hue with several streams of bubbles rising to the surface. A thin wispy beige head remains after the pour.
Aroma is rich caramel and fruity with some red grapes and figs mixed together, makes me anticipate a bit of a sipping beer.
First sip reveals a lighter body than anticipated and very fine gentle rolling carbonation. The flavor is sweet malt with some caramel and figs a little bit of red grape and some tangy yeast mixed in. I do get some warming booze at the finish on each sip but it is overly hot. There is a lingering grape flavor after each swallow too, fairly sweet but enjoyable.
Not a bad beer and a pretty cool little bottle. I would drink again if I had a bottle.

Photo of avalon07
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a thick consistency. Some floaties. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A sweet, floral, estery smell, with traces of malt as well.

T: Tasted of malt, some herbs, and that floral quality. The flavor is a bit thin the in the finish. Very uneven, but has its good qualities, too.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an uneven beer if there ever was one. It has some OK traits, but is too unfocused to be great.

Photo of ferrari29
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Tulip shaped glass

A - Body pours with a pumpkin orange colored body; opaque; beer formed a small white head and dissipated rather quickly; well-carbonated; no lacing; visible sediment floats around

S - Subtle sour citrus aroma and vinegar characteristics; yeasty; sweet malt biscuit; herbal

T - Sweet malt biscuit backbone; sour yeast; caramel; tea and herbal; with a touch of lemon

M - Effervescent; bubbly solid body; taste lingers for a few seconds and disappears quickly, but is astringent when palatable

D - Great, I really like it; it was worth the wait; fantastic Pale Ale and something that should be enjoyed with a great meal

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