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Super Baladin - Birrificio Le Baladin

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86
very good

184 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%


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: guinness33 on 07-01-2002)
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.34/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 04:18:24 | More by LambicPentameter
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

2.31/5  rDev -39.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 23:04:29 | More by JuicesFlowing
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elNopalero

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 05:13:02 | More by elNopalero
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 23:22:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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FLima

Brazil

3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 18:38:52 | More by FLima
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CrazyDavros

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 19:48:36 | More by CrazyDavros
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 04:11:59 | More by drpimento
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joecast

Australia

2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 10:52:18 | More by joecast
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 11:56:25 | More by Thehuntmaster
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Hellrob

Italy

2.3/5  rDev -40.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 11:15:46 | More by Hellrob
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 03:59:01 | More by LiquidAmber
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crossovert

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 03:50:37 | More by crossovert
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 17:45:46 | More by Knapp85
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 03:58:58 | More by BEERchitect
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Cozzatoad

Italy

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 08:49:53 | More by Cozzatoad
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 03:18:02 | More by sulldaddy
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 12:10:18 | More by avalon07
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ferrari29

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 03:03:23 | More by ferrari29
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 22:01:53 | More by weeare138
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claspada

New Jersey

2.28/5  rDev -40.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 15:46:34 | More by claspada
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chefelf

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this one. I wasn't expecting a Belgian style ale so I was pleasantly surprised when that's what I got. I had been expecting something Italian which means I didn't really know what to expect having tried about three or four Italian beers in the past.

It had a nice rich flavor, very reminiscent of Belgian style ales. It was extremely expensive (I think about $7 or $8 for a 8oz. bottle) so, like a lot of beers, it's worth trying but you could probably achieve the same thing with a far less expensive Belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 14:47:06 | More by chefelf
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 22:47:56 | More by bluejacket74
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gfreed

Massachusetts

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

As expensive beer goes, this is worth a splurge not just for the beer but for the bottle: the bottom-heavy, hippy shape and very long neck make it a pleasure to hold. Or look at it as a tool: recall the scene at the beginning of Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," where the Big Ape is swinging the bone, and substitute the bone with this bottle. You get the picture.

Enough about the bottle. The beer inside has a somewhat weak aroma but I could still pick out things like figs and pineapple (particularly the latter) not to mention some nice perfume. The body is reasonably dense and the overall taste leans toward a lightweight dubble, with a slight tang of... aftershave? Odd but not a deal-killer. This is an easy drinker, and the 8% ABV is nowhere in sight. A decent cold-weather beer that deserves multiple sessions. When stacked against other $20 bottles, however, I'm not sure if the price is justified.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 13:25:27 | More by gfreed
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Yeastie haze, coppery straw, thin ring of retention leaves a hint of leg.

S: Candied pineapple, steelie mineral and grass, sponge toffee.

T: Candied pineapple, good bitterness, steelie, yeastie bread, alcohol is subtle.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a dry finish.

D: An easy drinker for its weight.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 04:31:27 | More by Derek
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 02:43:21 | More by Phyl21ca
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Super Baladin from Birrificio Le Baladin
86 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.