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Super Baladin - Birrificio Le Baladin

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Super BaladinSuper Baladin

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BA SCORE
85
very good

213 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 07-01-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 213 | Reviews: 124 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rdickey:
Photo of rdickey
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a darker amber than one usually expects from the style (which the MJ Rare Beer Club calls similar to a tripel, but I agree with the BA Bros. that's its more of a strong pale ale; in either event, it's darker than you'd expect). A fairly aggressive pour into a tulip yields a two-finger head that dissipates at a moderate rate. Sheet lacing drops pretty quickly.

Smell: Dried fruit and floral notes come through first. A little bit of the alcohol comes through in the nose, too, which worries me a bit.

Taste: Dried fruit sweetness initially. Some toasty grain comes through, but the hops never really make it to the party. It's actually a little less interesting in the mouth than in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Very nice, and the best part of the beer in my opinion. Fairly high carbonation keeps it from being cloying, and it finishes clean.

Drinkability: This is not my favorite example of the style (whatever style that is) by any means, but the mouthfeel and clean finish make it fairly drinkable.

rdickey, Oct 03, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

oberon, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

RoyalT, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of interistacanadese
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

interistacanadese, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Jason, Feb 18, 2003
Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

merlin48, Apr 05, 2005
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.

Billolick, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

GreenMountainBoy, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Marius, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

standardcherry, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

jazzyjeff13, May 18, 2014
Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

ste5venla, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of IntriqKen
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

IntriqKen, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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).

Metalmonk, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Sammy, Nov 30, 2004
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!

NeroFiddled, May 02, 2004
Photo of morimech
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

morimech, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of hotstuff
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

hotstuff, Nov 09, 2003
Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

ManforallSaisons, Sep 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

bonbini26, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

CrazyDavros, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

bluejacket74, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Jredner
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Jredner, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev +4.2%

hoppymcgee, Jun 02, 2012
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Super Baladin from Birrificio Le Baladin
85 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.