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Super Baladin - Birrificio Le Baladin

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BA SCORE
86
very good

206 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 6
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)
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Photo of IPAcraig
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up at some fancy wine store in East Nashville. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

This beer pours a hazy gold with a big fluffy off white head.

This beer as a lightly sour aroma with hints of spice. It reminds my of a Saison. Nice.

This beer is spiced with hints of lemon zest. Finishes fairly dry with a lingering tartness.

High carbonation, light bodied.

Very drinkable and nice take on the style. Defnitely the best Italian birra I have had.

IPAcraig, Mar 19, 2008
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 Homerbag
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a non-transparent orange. One finger head than leaves as fast as it comes.

Smells floral, fruity, and yeasty. Great Belgain quailities. Funny how this came from the wine nation of Italy.

Taste is confusing. sweet, smooth, yeasty, strong,somewhat fruity. Tastes like a triple, but not quite. Strong ale fits it, more yeast and candi sugar and it's a triple.

Feels dry and crisp in almost a lawnmower fashion. I can see why this is in a 750. Easy to drink.

This is really good for as wierd as it is. This beer has somewhat of an identity crisis, but it is still very good to drink and will knock you on your ass if you drink it all by yourself.

Homerbag, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of montageman
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip.

I'd never heard of this beer. My mother-in-law, always on a quest to find me new beer, found this at an Italian restaurant that usually does not sell bottles unless you're drinking whilst eating. Needless to say, this is quite a treat - an Italian Belgian Strong Pale ale? How could you go wrong?

This is an interesting beer to say the least. A nice cloudy deep amber to brown pour that gives off a sweet, spicy, and fruity aroma. It's difficult to pinpoint, but there is some citrus and possibly some cherry as well. The taste doesn't live up to the complex aroma, but it is still nice - very smooth, rich, and fruity. Mouthfeel is good for this style, almost syrupy. Good stuff here - very different, but I'm not sure how it would pair with Italian food. Recommended.

montageman, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of timtim
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy dark orange with tons of chunks floating around and a frothy white head that had a short life and left some okay lace. once it was freed from the bottle, it reminded me of the witch from the wizard of oz. "I'm melting..." it popped and crackled and fizzed with some serious flailing untill it was no more in about one minute. nose was very interesting. not what i expected of a bspa. i got bubblegum, nuts (almond), sugars and vanilla. taste was also nutty, sweet and vanilla. not too sweet though, and definitely not syrupy. nice. unique. diferent for sure. full medium body with a slightly dry, almost like vanilla beans and almonds marinated in wild honey meets dry finish. great drink. nice change. good effort. super.

timtim, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a couple of wine glasses for my girlfriend and I.

It pours a ruby red-orangish color with a little cloudiness and a fluffy off-white head that fades moderately fast. Towards the end of the bottle there are HUGE chunks of yeast. The most yeast I've ever seen in a beer. It looks like someone was dipping sugar cookies in it. The smell is first a bunch of C02 with a yeast beginning. After a few whiffs I smell raisins, green grapes, candi sugar, and figs. The flavor starts with some phenolic heat that parallels the spicy yeast. As the flavor fades I can taste apple peels, citrus peel, and that C02 again. The mouthfeel is crisp, spicy and smooth. I think it would be good after dinner as a treat. A little pricey for what you get IMHO.

Rudgers73, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: hazy amber color, medium head dissipates quickly, good carbonation, some lacing
s: floral aroma, lightly tart notes
t: light malts are overcome by sour citrus taste, but finish is lightly sweet
m: medium / creamy body, lots of carbonation
d: had a bit of trouble with this one, in price, taste and review. sourness was too much and it doesn't fare well in the belgian strong ales if that's where it really belongs.

belgbeerdrinker, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy deep amber, a tan head, and a bit chunky. In the aroma, a bit cider-ish and a belgiany yeast smell. In the taste, a dry black cherry and belgiany biscuit taste. Dry all around, including the aftertaste. Smooth, yet on the border of a flemish style red/ brown, with some red wine charcteristics.

OWSLEY069, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of ryantupy
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A - Pours a hazy dark amber hue that develops a thin lace around the glass.

S - Smells very floral in fact the floral scents take a second to let you notice the other aromas. Then you notice a nice fruity scent that leans towards apples. Yeast is moderatly present as well as sweet malts.

T - Nice and crisp carbonation bite with a floral creaminess. You have hints of sweet malts, followed by ripe fruit.

D - A nice crisp beer with a lot of complex flavors.

ryantupy, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium amber body with a white head.

Smell: Sweet pale malt aroma with a vague fruitiness (figs, maybe) to it and light yeasty notes.

Taste: A light malt sweetness is instantly stolen away by a dry, funky sourness and the flavor of musty apple juice. Hints of a light spiced red wine. Quick, thin finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Slightly watery.

Drinkability: The flavors run a bit too thin for me. I preferred the Wayan to this one.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of Rodekill
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting beer, coming from Italy. Not your run-of-the-mill Nastro Azzurro, that's for sure. Artisanal, could be from Belgium, or the US. Light copper color, highly carbonated, bottle conditioned (I hope, given the amount of floaties in the glass). Poured as carefully as I could, but still got plenty of sediment in my glass.

Sweet & sour flavors abound, with a hint of honey. Tart & refreshing, but not transcendent.

wouldn't buy again, given the $12.99 price tag, but not a disappointing experience, either.

Rodekill, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of cbl2
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/23/2007 $11.79 750 mL 8.00% No best by date; code 0504.

Appearance:

Pours a hazy dark orange copper with flecks of yeast floating around. Topped by just a wisp of white head.

Aroma:

Sour wet socks drenched in caramel. Not appealing.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Red cherry, sour citrus funk is more reminiscent of a Flanders Red or Saison than a BSPA. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, though not unappealing. Finish is macerated cherry juice. A good beer, though not a good represenation of the style.

cbl2, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of EVLguy
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml Bottle into a tulip glass

The pour brought out a thick head which dissapated very rapidly. Color: dark reddish brown. It had a light cherry aroma which came across in the taste as well. Flavor is sour and holds a fair amount of acidity and a clean, medium body. Now the advocate claims this is a strong belgian pale but all aspects of this brew say flemish sour to me. It drinks fine but don't open this one expecting your usual belgian pales like I did cuz I think that more than anything effected my score.

EVLguy, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of NJbeerman
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
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!!

NJbeerman, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glowing, firelight orange with a static storm of suspended yeast and flurry of uprushing carbonation. The bubbles leaving the top side outpace the bubbles being added to the bottom side by a large margin. As a result, the styrofoam-like cap lasts all of about two minutes as it snaps, crackles and pops its way into oblivion. With a better looking head and some amount of lace, the appearance score would have easily been one notch higher.

The nose is authentically Belgian (the brewer learned his trade in that country and brews beer in the Belgian style). It's immensely fruity with heavily spiced apricots and peaches in the forefront. A seriously phenolic yeast strain must have been used because medicinal clove is right up there with the fermented fruit and is perhaps even more prominent.

Super Baladin isn't your typical BSPA. That doesn't mean that it isn't good beer, just that it's unusual beer. I expected that since I've already had just plain ol' Baladin (and wasn't overly impressed). To cut to the chase, this one is enjoyable, but isn't even close to being as deep and as complex as the world's best versions.

A little more malt, another scoop of candi sugar and a few more handfuls of hops would have helped a great deal. More pale malt (especially) would have given it a more solid core, something to build a better ale around. The flavors that one experiences on the palate are pretty much the aromas that one experiences in the nose.

Desiccated, heavily clove-spiced orchard fruit is still the order of the day. As noted above, there isn't a great deal of depth to be had. The flavor profile is two-dimensional rather than expansive and multi-faceted. Tangy easily overwhelms both sweet and bitter. In fact, the beer is impressively dry for the style, becoming much more so following the swallow.

I'm not sure how it's possible to brew such a dry, crisp, light-bodied 8% ale. I guess by only giving the yeast as much malt sugar and as much candi sugar as they can consume and not a molecule more. Despite a feint toward slick on the back end, the mouthfeel is too light and is a little too sharply fizzy. Some generously carbonated Belgian beer is transcendent in the mouth. This one isn't.

I like Super Baladin more than I liked Baladin, even though I don't believe it's good enough to earn the 'Super'. It's an interesting take on the BSPA style that doesn't quite work as well as I had hoped. I've passed over a few other Birrificio Le Baladin beers because of cost. After drinking this one, I feel pretty comfortable with those decisions. Interestingly, I don't think I've ever had an Italian beer that has knocked my socks off.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of phisig137
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy caramel color, with a thin head. Minimal lacing on the glass, and a thin cap of foam stays on top.

Aroma is bready, spicy, and slightly sweet. Hints of honey in the nose. There seems to be many different spices, but not a single one can be picked out.

Flavor is surprisingly mild. Again, many spices are present, but I can't put my finger on any one of them. Citrus seems to be present, and well as some sweet honey. The beauty of this beer is how it retains its complexity while being very light and mild. Alcohol begins to warm after a few sips.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and velvety, with tingly carbonation over your tongue. Drinkability is also good.

A nice beer that is very different. Quite well balanced, complex and mild. An easy drinker that changes the more you drink.

phisig137, May 22, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated and capped 750 poured into a chalice. Purchased at Big Ten in Ann Arbor.

Deep amber under a small head of light tan that fizzes down to a veiled ring. Some smudges of lace cling to the glass.

Fruity sweet nose with some caramel, nuts, melons and grapes. Spicy yeast that has a bit of bread dough and warm alcohol. Very nice.

The taste is a bit vinous with some malty sweetness upfront followed by an apple and grape combo that is dry and a bit tart to puckery on the finish. Grapes linger in the aftertaste. Not very complex but it does have balance.

The mouth is moderate with some puckering. I find it enjoyable as it does lean towards a good red wine and I would buy this again if I'm going to be drinking with some of my wine drinking friends. Could be a nice crossover drink.

ypsifly, May 05, 2006
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a warm, punchy amber color like apple cider and just as thick. Sediment is visable. The head is frothy and active - easy to stir up the carbonation with a little aggitating.

Smell: Really sweet smelling - tons of grape and alcohol.

Taste: Comes on strong and sweet with as much fruit presence as Juicy Juice drink boxes. Seems to fade a bit once it warms up, but still the alcohol and fruit is the most the tongue gets to see. Perhaps this should have aged longer.

Mouthfeel: Very big body, enjoyable...each sip fills the mouth.

Drinkability: for the money, i'd rather not. I think it needs a good food paired with it to tame some of the sweetness.

GuinnessSmurf, Feb 20, 2006
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 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 DogFood11
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A solid belgian strong from Italy? we shall see.

Copper to pale color with an amber edge, decent thin cover with lacing.

Floral, sweet, esters, hop balancer. this brew has a nice combination of tastes. More like a tripel to my palate than a pale but who really cares what the style is. Is it good or isn't it? Its decent. Very easy in its delivery which makes it easy drinking. nothing is offensive. Hops charge in the aftertaste along with an alcohol swish.

A bit too sweet to be highly drinkable. Mouthfeel has a nice crisp carbonation and a slightly acidic finish. Overall this is a decent belgian style brew that fails to wow in a market flooded with the style in major cities.

DogFood11, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation- 750ml bottle, undated, poured into a clear cup pre-Ravens game, purchased at Chesapeake Fine Wine in Baltimore

Appearance- Amber brew with hefty amounts of head, lacing, and retention.

Smell- Belgian candy sugar, tropical fruits and yeast.

Taste- Chunky flavored, with all the aromas coming through in the flavor. Light sweetness from the fruit and candy is off set with a sour note and some yeasty funkiness. Nice sipper.

Medium mouthfeel with slightly more carbonation than expected. Finished initially sweet, but eventually dry.

Drinkability- Not bad, just a little bit too sweet for pounding too often, though pretty good on all other notes.

Dithyramb, Oct 16, 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 Knuckles
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was in Missoula, desperately trying to find the Kettle House Brewery so I could buy a growler of Olde Bong Water Hemp Porter, and couldn't find it. Missoula isn't terribly large, I'm just terribly lazy. So I went into Worden's Market to see if they had anything (great beer market about a block away from the Iron Horse Pub, where I had just had dinner and a couple of Bayern Hefeweizens). I found a bottle of Bitterroot Porter which I wasn't expecting, and Super Baladin (which blew my mind). I grabbed a bottle and ran up to the register, spitting excited gibberish to the clerk about Super Baladin. He was a little befuddled, as they had just got it in that day, but pleased to have someone jibber jabber so excitedly over a beer (and he gave me directions to the Kettle House, which I greatly appreciated).

Appearance: Deep orange. Light, enthusiastic head. Fills the wine goblet beautifully, and casts a lovely glow when held up to the light.

Smell: Fruit, sweetness, and some great yeasty spiciness.

Taste: Oddly, what hits me first is apricot (or, at least I recognized it as apricot after darlinclementine pointed it out). Apricot, then clove with a light finish of almonds. The usual Belgian candi sugar sweetness rides shotgun over all.

Mouthfeel: Like most, nice and light. Mildly effervescent, but still with a decent malt presence.

Drinkability: I'd have polished off the entire 750 if I'd had the chance. Sadly, I was sharing it with three other people so I couldn't. It's nice, but one bottle is probably enough.

Knuckles, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

08/09/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 750ml bottle, undated, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Amber colored pour, 1/2 inch off white head with small amounts of lacing.

Smell- Tropical fruits and spices. Maybe a touch of alcohol as well.

Taste- Damn strange is the best way to put it. Lots of funky fruit tastes as well as some spices that I can't really figure out. There is also a paint thinner or turpentine kind of taste as you slosh the beer around in your mouth. I guess that's the odd spices that I am trying to figure out.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not sure if I'm going to try the Super again, but maybe the regular Nora. This one was just too funky for me. Different to be sure though, and not really bad, just weird.

GClarkage, Aug 10, 2005
Super Baladin from Birrificio Le Baladin
86 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.