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Super Baladin - Birrificio Le Baladin

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BA SCORE
86
very good

198 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
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: guinness33 on 07-01-2002)
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ryantupy

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 22:54:22 | More by ryantupy
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 20:37:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Rodekill

Colorado

3/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 01:52:38 | More by Rodekill
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cbl2

New York

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 20:34:20 | More by cbl2
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EVLguy

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 18:18:58 | More by EVLguy
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NJbeerman

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +24%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 14:15:15 | More by NJbeerman
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 21:30:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
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phisig137

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 02:10:20 | More by phisig137
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ypsifly

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 05:00:39 | More by ypsifly
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GuinnessSmurf

Missouri

3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 21:31:49 | More by GuinnessSmurf
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Jredner

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 16:41:57 | More by Jredner
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Billolick

New York

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 19:28:38 | More by Billolick
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DogFood11

California

3.18/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2005 02:59:19 | More by DogFood11
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Dithyramb

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2005 21:56:31 | More by Dithyramb
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 02:31:13 | More by RoyalT
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Knuckles

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 21:42:46 | More by Knuckles
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GClarkage

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 21:55:06 | More by GClarkage
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a hazy medium apricot color with two fingers of head. There is a tiny bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is both fruity and spicy. There's some citrus and apple, and even a touch of hops. Some spices as well. The taste is fairly fruity as well. Lots of orange, and some lemon. It's a bit spicy too. A little pepper on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and strong. The drinkability is great for an 8% brew. Thanks to Merlin and Kev for this one!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 02:09:29 | More by SheepNutz
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks merlin48.

This beer pours a slightly browned orange color with a healthy dose of haze and a 2 finger head that falls to a nice coating over the brew. The nose is nice, with an orangey sweetness up front, followed with a nice citrusy spiceyness. bitter orange peel are most dominant. The flavor is different from the nose. I get slight raisin and alcohol spiceyness with a orangey sweetness. A touch of brown sugar. The spice is nutmeg, with a slight cinnamon. The feel is moderate to thick with a light carbonation. Drinkability is good. 8% not coming through at all. Very clean and drinkable. I enjoy it. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 02:08:26 | More by kmpitz2
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love these Baladin bottles and I think that they enhance the drinking experience. Slightly hazy, copper-apricot with a dense, tight, light off-khaki head. Thick lacing lines the glass. Smells of powdered sugar, cookie dough, tangy yeast, light citrus, and spice. Tangy, yeasty wheat-like malt flavors up front. Interesting. Pumpkin pie spice mixes with some doughy cookie malt. Citrusy hops come in with yeasty overtones. Tangier and more acidic than expected, but kinda nice. Medium bodied with a wheaty feel and plenty of bottle-conditioned carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2005 19:31:20 | More by alexgash
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice chunkie and slightly hazy medium amber with a yellow head which rose tall and fizzed like soda but then retreated to the edges of the surface to try and lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a strong caramel presence some spicy Belgian yeast character and a wisp of brett.

The flavor was caramel, dark caramel with a candy flavor contained within the maltiness. A spicy flavor existed behind the caramel of cinnamon and perhaps hints of clove probably from Belgian yeast strains. The malt was dominant, but not overpowering and well muted with other flavors.

The finish was just dry with a lasting caramel impression and slight spice. The body was medium and the carbonation was on the lower side despite the intial release upon pouring. A nice, easy drinking beer with some complexity.

750 ml bottle. $11.95 at Lee& Edwards in Roanoke, Va.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2005 20:13:51 | More by GCBrewingCo
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.05/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2005 11:02:09 | More by merlin48
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
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!?

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2005 04:59:08 | More by francisweizen
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oberon

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 02:23:06 | More by oberon
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 00:58:44 | More by Sammy
Super Baladin from Birrificio Le Baladin
86 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.