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Super Baladin - Birrificio Le Baladin

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BA SCORE
86
very good

229 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | 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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Ratings: 229 | Reviews: 124
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Photo of inebrius
4.92/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Changed my whole perception of beer and Italy. Deep amber, suspended yeast, foamy lava lamp looking brew. Eyewatering aromas, papaya and kiwi, a dash of uncracked peppercorns and marinated artichoke hearts all surrounded by a field of new daisies. Beautiful! Elevated sweetness, but a fresh white grape sweetness, on top a fountain of spring greens striped with toasted walnut, dried cherries a hint of balsamic and shaved pine bark. Substantially charged and light. Initially I wasn't impressed, but as the open 750 breathed, the flavors and complexity unfolded exponentially.

Gourmet! Thanks Putnam!

Photo of Mitchster
4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid $7.49 for this 750ml bottle, which appears to be a steal compared to other reviewers on this site.

Pours out to a cloudy, but not murky, caramel with orange and tan accents, forming a peaking, soapy very-light beige head with eddies of spiral streamers, animating bits of flocculant yeast. Retention is awesome, and lacing is exquisite, with sticky sheets that actually look like finely woven lace. Carbonation is strong. Aroma is delicate with very dry and very dusty green apples and pale malts, a hint of acidity, horse blanket, perfume. Mouthfeel is just superb...creamy like a marshmallow with a refreshing and completely satisfying silky dense body. Oh...the taste is heavenly....starts out with a dry and spicy yeast and mild hop presence, followed by a very nice caramel middle, tons of fruit (most notably peppery mango, almonds, and apricots!), mild earthy bitterness perfectly in sync with the rest of the brew, heavenly lingering notes of coffee, gingerbread, and tobacco in the finish. Just a waft of alcohol and a very subtle, nearly noexistent touch of metal. Alcohol is completely imperceptable.

By far the best Italian beer I've ever had. This is liquid gold folks. This is definitely in my top 20. This is just an all-around superb brew with everything I want...balance, complexity, richness, drinkability, cleanliness...I am floored and would highly recommend this to anyone. I am smiling and a wave of content washes over me. Ciò è la dolce vita...!

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4.87/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Packed in a Prosecco bottle.
Rich, caramel hazy liquid sports a dough-colored, biscuity froth which settles quickly.
Fresh, sweet aromas of navel oranges and young, naturally cured tobacco are adorned with walnut, banana, raw almonds and stone.
On the palate it is sweet. The texture is remarkable with a wonderful underlying viscosity balanced by snug strands of fizz. I am having so much fun crushing the bubbles between my teeth that I ignore the alcohol completely. Where is it? At 8% it should taste bold, but the teasing of the gas is an hypnosis, leaving me with the impression of soft, ripe grapes, flowers and spice. Dreamy, this beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of NJbeerman
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those expensive gems. I had it last night at the Brickskellar in DC where it ran me $35. Thankfully I was sitting with a guy who had never tried it, so I had an excuse.

It is from a very small brewery (more like a brew pub) in Italy. The bar itself is about the same size as the upstairs of the brickskellar and it is one of only two food/coffee locations in the town of Piozzo. By town law, one of them has to be open every morning :). The town's people need somewhere to get there coffee.

Teo, the owner and brew master brews his beer at the main bar and then pipes it under the street to a building about 3 blocks away to be bottled - which he does by hand.

After learning that, I have no issue paying $35 for one of his fantastic brews.

The beer:
Surprisingly it is not corked, which is about the only negative I can say about it. It has a foil top which covers a pop top. The beer originally pours a deep orangey amber color. As you get lower in the beer - wake it up and get the yeast going - then it has a beautiful creamy amber brown color.

The smell is just as appealing. You get the typical begian yeast smell but even a little banana clove that you would expect from a weisse beer more then a belgian style.

Taste - my favorite part - The yeast brings forward a nice sweet sour flavor which is balanced beautifully by the strong, somewhat smokey malt flavor. This beer is as close to heaven as my taste buds have experienced. The taste lingers a little too long but I have no issue with that.

Mouthfeel - at the start it is a little light with some sour tartness and a little bit sweet but as soon as you get the yeast going, you have smooth creamy feel in the mouth.

Drinkability - uh, yes!!! I recommend letting it warm a little so you can really experience the full flavors of this beer - or drink some cold, get the yeast going and let it warm up then.

This is a beer that you simply have to experience. His other products now available in the US are Wayan - a saison styel, and Nora - a strong ale?? - are both great finds but I personally feel that Super Baladin leads the way.

ENJOY!!

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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 francisweizen
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark apricot and orange. Head is rich, sticky, and off-white in colour. Aromas are delicate in nature and consist of various spices and fruits such as myrh, nag champa, fruits, banana, bubble gum, and more. The taste is soft and gentle and represents an exquisite balance of fruitiness and spiciness. Mouthfeel is soft and very well textured. Chewy silk, says I. Drinkability is very good as well. Who knew some of the best Belgian beers came from Italy!?

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4.64/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour this slowly, you can get a serious head - stays but doesn't leave much lace. Nose is hazelnut and color is a cloudy amber. Serious amount of chunky bits that settle to the bottom - they do not detract from the excellent flavor. Just a slight hint of yeast. Good mix of malts and hops but the malts dominate. A 750ml bottle is $13.95.

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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 :-)

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of jreitman
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very fruit nose. Dark orange with a white head. Fruity and nutty flavors are dominant. Medium bodied and well carbonated though not as heavily as their Nora. Slight belgian yeast flavor in the finish. Overall very drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of BrewMaster
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Before I tried this Italian beer I was under the impression that Italian beers pretty much suck. Super Baladin has proved me wrong. It pours a reddish orange cloudy color with a white frothy head. The aroma is citrusy with a floral hoppy nose. The flavor is excellent with a floral (rose?) sweetness. It also tastes like sweet maple or candy (good but not too sweet). The mouthfeel is syrup and thick and costs the mouth well. All of the flavors come together well to dance on your tongue. Very good beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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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!

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

Presentation: A superb sexy dark green glass bottle, which looks like a Bowling Skittle. Embossed on the upper portion with an angled straight sided pint glass and the words ‘Birra Baladin’. The small front label located at the base simply says ‘Super Baladin Ale, Product of Italy, 8% Alc.Vol.’ and looks like a stained glass window at times. An even smaller reverse label has lots of crappy information written on it for the idiots amongst us. It also has a small typed code of ‘103’ at the base, does this mean Bottled October 03? Maybe!?

Appearance: I was a little unsure what Glass would best suit this finely presented beer. Being described as a Belgium Strong Pale Ale, I figured a tall-sided goblet, so I used my Cuvée Speciale Lop-Lop glass that I Nab-Nabbed from the Brussels Café of the same name. It was a good choice, the body has a clear orange glow overall, but it grades from a dark copper at the top to a light gold at the bottom thanks to the variation in light refraction from the tall curved glass sides. The last glass was hazy as the yeast slipped out. The head was a thick, and a deep 2” affair, composed of large bubbles and readily forming an off-white creamy head, which audibly “fizzes” as it settles down for the night to a uniform collar of Italian appearance. Low carbonation, but not flat at all.

Nose: The nose needs some examination and thought, I got fruits but it took me a while to name them. Apricots, Peaches and a sweet Mango Chutney smell that reminded me of the side dish served in many Indian Curry Houses in the UK. Maybe some sharp Grapefruit in there as well.

Taste: I served this a little too well-chilled when the flavors struggled to gain their composure at first. Much better as it warms towards 55°-60°F I found. Fleshy peach start, double whipped cream smoothness entices, malts, spicy yeast, light mango sweetness, some floral-herbal qualities. It would be interesting to know where the yeast is from – there is a flavor in here that reminds of another Belgium beer, but I’m damned if I remember which one.

Mouthfeel: This Pale Ale has a very delicate feel, buttery, soft, talcum-like malts with a fleshy peach fruity mouth, the sinews of apricot and grapefruit stick in the gaps in your teeth, and continually dissociate & dissolve to leave a streaming fruit feel throughout the drink. A very smooth, depilated peach feel on the tongue, if you know what I mean ;-) Only the odd burp reveals any carbonation.

Drinkability: No sign of the 8% at all, where the hell is it?? The fruity presence adds a fantastic balance to the malt base of this Pale Ale. Some bitterness in the end, this drinks exceptionally well. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall: By far the very best of the Italian beers that I have tried to date. Whilst this may very well probably be the only Belgium Strong Pale Ale from Italy that I have yet tried, it is a highly credible offering. Worth the $11.99 it cost me? I would say Yes!! I may not shell out for this all of the time, but there again; I have only ever seen this once, which was last week when I bought it. I would certainly make a special purchase the next time I see it, whence I will share it with friends, just as MrJimCat did with me in the Gingerbread Man during the BA NYC Rally when I first had this. Recommended and worth the coin.

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Super Baladin from Birrificio Le Baladin
86 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.