Super Baladin - Birrificio Le Baladin

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Super BaladinSuper Baladin

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very good

232 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin visit their website

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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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 232 | Reviews: 124
Reviews by mattmaples:
Photo of mattmaples
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wonderful fruity aroma. Apricot / apple fruityness, spicy notes with a sweet taste and a dry almond like finish.

It is on the upper end of the price range but well worth it.

Great triple, the Belgians better watch there backs :-)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep orange with a big fluffy head that leaves a nice sheet of lace on the way down,alot of different aromas melding in this one some butter,pineapple,and a nice spicey yeastiness I even picked up a little metallic in there just alot for the senses no doubt.Flavors as well are complex and well awesome ripe pineapple and cloves a little smokiness but the fruit and spiciness really jump out and are very fresh.Wow here is a winner one of the best in the style I have had whoa.

Photo of RoyalT
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This Italian Belgian poured a deep, dark, murky orange in color with a moderate head that showed absolutely no retention.

Smell – The light yeast and hefty spicing are coupled with some strong sour notes. The malts are sour and lack any real depth.

Taste – The yeast comes on a bit more refined at the taste, but the sour malt flavors trump the light hopping.

Mouthfeel – This one is a bit shy of medium-bodied and overly carbonated. The sour finish drowns out the classic Belgian characteristics of the mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This went down kicking and screaming the whole way. I am at a total loss to understand why it has rated so high and other reviews.

Photo of Jason
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml dark green magnum with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Hazed amber orange, thin tightly lace wraps around the inside of the glass.

Smell: Estery and floral, almost perfume like. Light sweetness in the faint solvent alcohol is in the aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel : Incredibly smooth with a wave some creamy smoothness in its medium body, suggestions of almonds, citrus and toasted grain flash in front of the taste buds. Hop bitterness struggles to climb the peak of dry malt, spiced and alcoholic flavours. Slight buttery and herbal phenolic flavour middle to end. Some sweetness and residual sugars in the finish.

Drinkability & Notes: Off the wall and very flavourful, some slotted this as a Tripel … it is far from it, complexities may take away from this brew but it is certainly one that should be paired with a ripe-veined cheese and not consumed alone.

Photo of merlin48
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second bottle from this brewery, in an identcally shaped bowling pin bottle with different labeling. Super Baladin pours into a chalice a slightly hazed apricot body with a thick and creamy almond hued head that rises several centimeters in height. Excellent retention and delicate sheets of lace drape the sides of the chalice. Beautiful appearance.
Aroma features tropical fruits, mostly banana and pineapple, bubblegum, woodsy yeast, and a hint of coriander.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of effervescent carbonation.
Taste is well balanced. Fruity ripe banana and pineapple, some apple cider, orangepeel, melon, and a slice of lime. Earthy yeast is prominent throughout, and some herbal hops lend some balancing bitterness. Malt presence is soft, chalky, and chewy at times. Coriander and other spices add an interesting twist. Finish is even and satisfying.
Very Belgian in character, and well constructed for the style. No hint of the alcohol content. Light enough to be very drinkable, but a bit too expensive except for a special occasion. This brewery will convince you that Italians can produce some high quality beers.

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

Large unusual bottle, with a strange large cap and foil, no freshness indication.Pours super cloudy, brownish dark orange, with a long lasting tan head, leaving pleanty of thick, and sticky lacing. Nose is full of fruit and some smoke, nice looking and smelling brew. Taste here is full of fruit, more smoke,and creamcicle sweetness. Pleasant soft and smooth mouthfeel. This is a very pleasant,fairly complex and flavorful Italian offering. 8%, nowhere to be found.Well worth a try.

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 IntriqKen
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a very faint head that disappears instantly.

Aromas are oranges and lightly sour lemons with a hint of sugar or honey.

Taste is unusual to say the least. Fresh orange...sweet candied oranges...light pale raisin...some sweet very pale malt...a tiny touch of alcohol. There are an awful lot of belgian triple qualities about this ale.

Mouthfeel is slick but not overly thick.

Drinkability is good because it is very clean and crisp with very little aftertaste.

Overall, pretty refreshing for a Belgian Pale Ale.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Italian craft beer is a completely new concept to me...along with the classy bottle, I finally convinced myself to pick this up after merely considering it the last few times I saw it. Poured a small head that withered quickly, indicating maybe this sat on the store shelf for a good bit (there was some dust on the bottle). Color is burnt-orange/rust (not very pale) with some haze and sediment, despite a careful pour. Not sure if it's just the shape of the bottle, but this really "glugs" on the pour, so be careful.

But the aroma is alive! Reminds of lots of the fresh beers enjoyed in Belgium, having that raw, pastoral, lovingly-brewed feel. If fruit and spices are huge in the nose, the yeast is just as enormous in aromatic presence. If you love fine Belgian ales, give this one a sniff and you'll see what I mean. Not Bretty, but clearly whatever yeast was used is still working its magic at the bottom of the bottle.

Flavor is an unsubtle melange of sour fruits and sweet dessert spices. More of a sour ale than a Belgian pale. It's raw but not dirty, hugely flavorful but balanced. The tart and sweet fruit are accented by a syrupy feel and flavor, something most Belgian ale aficionados will enjoy and many others probably won't get into.

Carbonation is crisp and bubbly, almost like champagne but not quite so biting. Round body helps hold its own against the bubbles. Leaves a sticky coating that had me reaching for water after each sip. A little bothersome, but doesn't totally ruin the experience.

Incredibly refreshing, having lightness of flavor, but also up-front and unsubtle (especially in texture). The 8% alcohol is hardly tasted. I'll have to check out more Italian craft beers...too bad most pizza places only serve fizzy yellow Italian lager (Peroni).

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mild fruity yeasty Belgina strong pale. Such an easy drink, feels like 5%. Pineapple, almond, apricot and pear on the tongue. Like a fresh draft. Sweet malts. Medium mouthfeel and finish on the sweet fruit side.Had 5 years later again at Cole's Italian tasting. and liked the appearance.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, deep orangeish-amber body teems with effervescence beneath a densely creamy head of white foam. The head holds quite well, buoyed by its rising carbonation, and it maintains a solid 1/4" cap and leaves clinging patches of lace throughout the glass. The nose is loaded with sugary, sweet malt that's caramelish, honeyish, and nutty with a touch of vanilla; as well as some subtle fruit; a touch of yeast; and a waft of alcohol. It's full bodied and creamy in the mouth with a light zest on the tongue up-front from it's very fine, effervescent carbonation. The flavor is initially sweet with caramelized brown sugar and a note of vanilla; but it dries out quickly as some dark fruit and alcohol appear across the middle. Its bitterness is restrained in comparison to the maltiness it offers, but there's still more than enough there to balance; and it finishes dry with a fading note of vanilla, some yeasty spiciness, and a wash of alcohol. Impressive!

Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky burnt orange color with two inches of white head that had decent retention before settling to a thick cap. Just minor lacing is left on the glass. Some particulate matter suspended in the beer. The aroma and flavor is somewhat unusual. In the aroma I detect green apple, candied sugar, and Belgian malt. But really the aroma is dominated by the apple tartness. The flavor is mildly tart with hints of apples and honey. I wish this had some more malt as the flavor and body suffers some by the lack of depth. Carbonation is lively without being harsh which compliments the tartness. An interesting beer that is just a little shy of being a good.

Photo of hotstuff
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured, the head was of medium size, creamy, smooth, ivory with fine-medium sized bubbles that was mostly diminishing.The body was carbonated, cloudy, and yeasty with an orange-brown hue.The aroma was fruity especially of pineapple.The flavor was sweet, sour, a little acidic, and bitter.The palate was fairly smooth and medium bodied.The lacing was of fair degree.

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 bluejacket74
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy orange/copper color with about an inch off-white cola-like carbonated head that went away quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is mostly fruity, the brew smells like pineapple, flowers, bready malt, cherries and pears. It tastes like bready malt/grain, white grapes, bananas, nuts and some floral hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and a bit slick with good carbonation. It's easy to drink, and the soft carbonation helps with that. Alcohol isn't very noticable. I think it's a decent enough beer, but for $14.99 a bottle I wouldn't buy this very often.

Photo of Jredner
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very aromatic. Sweet fruits...cherry and strawbeery and a bit of acidic tang. Pale red/light brown with a diminishing bubbly head. A lot of honey/malt sweetness in the fore. Floral notes and a biscuity malt finish. feels like a cross between a Belgian and an English pale Ale and I really like the effect.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of strong Belgian malt backbone with notes of bready yeast and a dry lightly hoppy finish. Taste is also dominated by a very solid malt backbone with balance sweetness and a bready yeast with light spicy notes and a dry finish. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Nothing out of the ordinary but well brewed and very well balanced.

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 metter98
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured without any head of signs of visible carbonation.
S: There are sweet aromas of caramel malts and dark fruits in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is quite sweet with notes of dark fruits.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, very smooth and a bit syrupy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a slow sipper given its sweetness but the flavors keep the palate interesting.

Photo of mwilbur
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a reddish-orange color with 2 inch thick billowy white head (fair retention).
S: Sour apple and chardonnay notes. Very interesting...not the typical.
T: Toasted malt, cracker, sour apple (though not as strong as in the aroma), and some citrus hops. The longer you drink this, biscut-like malt takes over and the sour apple note fades into the background.
M: Slight effervescence/carbonation. Medium body. Decent maturation on the palate.
D: I wasn't sure what to expect with this Italian take on a belgian strong pale ale. It is a unique and perhaps polarizing beer. I ended up liking it (though didn't start that way). Certainly does not follow the true belgian recipe, but that makes it interesting. People should try this beer at least once for a change of pace.

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 StuFox
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is like a picnic in a bottle. It is light and airy with a lot of carbonation. The taste is fresh and crisp with hints of fruits. There is a sweetness that initially tastes like a heffewisen but is soon met with the floral and fruity tastes that make up most of the flavor. The subtly of this beer makes it a perfect companion to seafood. I think some oysters, clams, and mussels with some of this would just about make my day.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip, picked up at whole foods market.

A: Pours an opaque honey amber with almost champagne like bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass, a few yeast particles floating throughout, head pours a good two fingers and lingers fairly well, it never dies throughout the beer and leaves good lacing behind. Very beautiful appearance

S: Not a huge aroma, but a very complex and delicate one, primarily of light fruit esters, apricot, banana, green apple and bubblegum, very perfume like in how faint yet present the aroma is. The sweet malts come through with a little bready yeast in the middle and the finish is of fresh tobacco, leather, and a nutty spice.

T: Wow, quite similar to a belgian style dubbel, but not quite as heavy with the dark malts and fruits. The flavor is bigger than I expected from the aroma, and just as complex. Sweet caramel malt comes through first with a faint spicy hop background. The fruits are as smelled on the nose, with a little added mango and peppercorn. Bubblegum mixed with marshmallow comes through on the finish. No idea where the alcohol is on this one...8% that is never smelled, tasted, or felt in the mouthfeel. Wow!

M: This beer has one of the most superb mouthfeels that I have ever felt. It starts off incredibly creamy and then almost morphs into a tongue tingling dry finish that makes it truly an experience to be had! I would place this in the category of exceptional, these guys nailed it. So perfectly satisfying and keeps you coming back for more.

D: As stated, with the mouthfeel this beer goes down very easy and the complexity of flavor makes this so enjoyable. Highly drinkable! This is a fantastic beer and will go down as one of my favorites thus far in my journey of world brews!

Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a orange toned amber with a beige head that slowly fades into a gentle cap. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of light caramel, fruity, doughy, with cracked grain and gentle notes of brown sugar and a him of tartness.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a candi sugar blast that runs into fruity bread notes.
Mouthfeel is nice. Chewy, full bodied, smooth, and mildly warming. Would benefit with aging but this is a decent brew fresh too.

Photo of claspada
2.31/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Aromas of Belgian bready and grainy malts as the backbone with notes of doughy yeast and a dry lightly earthy hops. I'm getting lots of alcohol fumes as well.
The taste begins with a solid but distasteful grainy malt backbone with slightly sweet malt and the doughy yeast again. Lots of alcohol which really detract from the flavor profile. This is quite upsetting given this is only 8% ABV.
Mouthfeel is full with average to lower carbonation levels; there is a light spicy Belgian yeast effect which leaves a dry finish. Overall this is like a Belgian barleywine fermented way too high which created lots of awful flavors. Maybe this bottle hasn't been taken care of or something. Anyway, I have yet to have an Italian craft beer that has been worth anything close to the inflated $ value that accompany them.

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Super Baladin from Birrificio Le Baladin
86 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.