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Super Baladin - Birrificio Le Baladin

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BA SCORE
86
very good

229 Ratings
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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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Photo of CHickman
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy orange amber with a 1/2 inch creamy tan head; lacing was just OK.

Smells of sweet malt, apple, grapes, pears, cinnamon, coriander, spices and alcohol - smells a little like a lambic or wine.

Wow, this is really smooth, and it tastes like apple, sweet malt, orange peel, pear, spices like cinnamon and pepper; really fruity and a little syrupy, but still malty and delicious. Very complex flavor where the alcohol is present, but not a distraction.

One of the smoothest beers I've ever tasted, and even though it has a warming alcohol feel, it still was very complicated with a unique mix of ingredients that felt good. Zero carbonation, this beer goes down like juice and has a creamy to silky smooth mouthfeel that has a little weight to it, but feels perfect.

Very nice and enjoyable experience as this beer was very smooth and hid the alcohol so well that it only showed the complex fruity flavors; loved this beer! Glad to see Italy contributing to the craft beer movement.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.62/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Please pardon the brevity. This beer poured murky and orange amber in color. A very wispy, soda-like head forms and repents immediately. Aroma is very champagne-like. Sweet and dry and slightly fruity. Very carbonated and very dry on the tongue. In a blind taste test, I would guess this was some fruity champagne. Subpar in my opinon.

Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dirty apricot in color with a very noticeable haze. Pours with a quite active, fizzy, fine-bubbled head that reduces down to a ring around the glass.

S: Yeast. A sour floral quality intermixed with a light alcohol note.

T: Sweet light malt. Honey. Light almonds/chestnuts/cashews flavor. Finishes with a Belgian sourness.

M: On the lighter side of medium with higher carbonation. A short finish, but refreshing and flavorful.

D: A very interesting and very good brew, with a good bit of subtle complexity. Can't say its worth the price (a hefty $17/ 750ml bottle), but I'm glad to have tried it.

Photo of jwinship83
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a bottle shared among family at Spiaggia restaurant.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a murky golden colored body with a finger or so of off white colored head. the head sticks around for a while, leaving small rings of lacing behind.

S- belgian yeast is the first thing i notice. bready and caramel malts. the alcohol comes through strong in the nose. sweet honey. maybe a hint of green apple. not what i was expecting.

T- the belgian yeast comes through loud and clear. very sweet with honey like notes. a small dose of green apple. bready, caramel, and toffee malts. not what i was expecting, leaving me pleasantly surprised. a slight hint of booze.

M- medium to full bodied. palate coating and somewhat syrupy. a nice subdued level of carbonation. slight warming from the alcohol.

D- we split this bottle 3 ways, and i wish i could have had some more. my first taste of an italian brewed craft beer exceeded my expectations. looking forward to trying others.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little too strong to be called a belgian pale but, like many of their other beers, a very good sour. Great color and carbonaiton, amazing sour flavor and a very drinkable beer, even at this abv. It's a little on the expensive side but I will definitely have this one again any chance I get. I would lover to find it on tap somewhere.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip, picked up at whole foods market.

A: Pours an opaque honey amber with almost champagne like bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass, a few yeast particles floating throughout, head pours a good two fingers and lingers fairly well, it never dies throughout the beer and leaves good lacing behind. Very beautiful appearance

S: Not a huge aroma, but a very complex and delicate one, primarily of light fruit esters, apricot, banana, green apple and bubblegum, very perfume like in how faint yet present the aroma is. The sweet malts come through with a little bready yeast in the middle and the finish is of fresh tobacco, leather, and a nutty spice.

T: Wow, quite similar to a belgian style dubbel, but not quite as heavy with the dark malts and fruits. The flavor is bigger than I expected from the aroma, and just as complex. Sweet caramel malt comes through first with a faint spicy hop background. The fruits are as smelled on the nose, with a little added mango and peppercorn. Bubblegum mixed with marshmallow comes through on the finish. No idea where the alcohol is on this one...8% that is never smelled, tasted, or felt in the mouthfeel. Wow!

M: This beer has one of the most superb mouthfeels that I have ever felt. It starts off incredibly creamy and then almost morphs into a tongue tingling dry finish that makes it truly an experience to be had! I would place this in the category of exceptional, these guys nailed it. So perfectly satisfying and keeps you coming back for more.

D: As stated, with the mouthfeel this beer goes down very easy and the complexity of flavor makes this so enjoyable. Highly drinkable! This is a fantastic beer and will go down as one of my favorites thus far in my journey of world brews!

Photo of ADZA
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a bright golden honey colour with decent carbonation that leaves a nice two finger head and some sporadic lacing,it gives off aromas of bananna,apricots and some funky caramel candy aswell,it has an above average mouthfeel which feels quite lush on the palette with flavours of apricots,nectarines and candy coming thru,altho not exact for the style quite a nice beer thats easy to drink with pretty much no alcohol taste and only just remembered that its 8% thats how well hidden it is.

Photo of champ103
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark orange, almost brown color. Tons of yeast floaters. A small beige head forms and sticks around as a small cap of foam. Light lace.
S: Sweet malt, dry wood, and lots of dark fruit. Some yeast in the nose and a little alcohol. A very complex nose.
T: Sweet malt and brown sugar. Caramel, and dark fruit. Good, but lacks some of the complexities in the nose.
M/D: A medium body, but lots of prickly carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable, but still a great beer to sip on.

I really enjoy this. Nothing pale about this beer, but very strong. Something I would recommend.

Photo of adamette
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle purchased at a great little store in Mantua, Italy while on tour there on or about 6 19 09. This is the 3rd or 4th from Baladin that I bought that day. Poured into a clean, clear glass. Review from notes, comments made without knowledge of style (I was not online during my time in Italy!).

A Brown translucent under very quickly disappearing head. After repeated pours, though, this was less the case...maybe it was just the first pour from the bottle? No observed lacing no matter when I poured it from the bottle, however.

S Strong alcohol, malt and grains. Really inviting. Reminds me of a Belgian Dubbel.

T Very nice malty, Dubbel like Ale with a kick of alcohol, nice long finish of sweet malt and grains. Very good indeed.

M Syrupy stickiness which is appropriate to the style.

D Good but its strength means that it loses something in this score. It is an apertif.

Photo of Flanco
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If this is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, it's wearing pointy-toed Italian shoes. It's like S. Pellegrino Sparkling Spring Water meets Saison Dupont. Or maybe Peroni Nastro Azzurro has a work/study with Augustijn Ale. But there is no confusing the origin here. A Belgian it ain't, but the brewer of this bottle surely enjoyed some Belgian brews.

The beer choices on the menu in the small bistro in Providence went like this: Bud, Bud Lite, Corona, and Super Baladin. Huh? Are you kidding? Oh, and the bartender said they also had a few bottles of Sagres. Given the choice between the ubiquitous ennui of two American lagers or their Mexican or Portuguese counterparts, a person who wants a taste experience from their beer has no choice but to go with the Super Baladin. A not-so-sly marketing ploy by the owners who are friends with the brewers of this ale.

Poured into a wine glass, it had a thin golden color, a frizzy effervescence and almost no head. Was this a bad bottle? Did the bartender pour it incorrectly? The taste was high, thin and fast and reminded of a Belgian Ale without the any deep, rural richness. A wiry street kid with a stiletto in a Pieter Breugel landscape.

As one who prefers the taste of Hop Wallop or Ruination IPA, this was new direction in beer taste. A broadening experience. It's worth the trip.

Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an amber-colored beer with a lot of cloudiness and sediment, topped with a furious off-white head. Lots of clingy lace. The aroma is a little disappointing (too high expectations?)...pale malt, faint fruit (peaches, apples and pears), a far-off spiciness, and that's about it. Very shy and underdeveloped aroma, considering the rest of the beer. Beautiful taste, however. Yeasty, spicy, peppery, fruity, with a massive pale malt and sugar backbone. Nice! The body is spritzy and moderate in heft. It could be a bit fuller, but the consistency does add to the beer's drikabilty. Long and lingering finish (sweetness - malt and sugar - and fruit). The yeast character could be toned up. Good job hiding the 8% alcohol. This is a fine brew.

Photo of mwilbur
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a reddish-orange color with 2 inch thick billowy white head (fair retention).
S: Sour apple and chardonnay notes. Very interesting...not the typical.
T: Toasted malt, cracker, sour apple (though not as strong as in the aroma), and some citrus hops. The longer you drink this, biscut-like malt takes over and the sour apple note fades into the background.
M: Slight effervescence/carbonation. Medium body. Decent maturation on the palate.
D: I wasn't sure what to expect with this one...an Italian take on a belgian strong pale ale. It is a unique and perhaps polarizing beer. I ended up liking it (though didn't start that way). Certainly does not follow the true belgian recipe, but that makes it interesting. People should try this beer at least once for a change of pace.

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a rusty tone; the modest head quickly fizzes away to a ringlet but leaves some lacing around the sides of the chalice

Smell: Quite vinous, with green apples and sour grapes

Taste: Starts out with a tart green apple and sour grape flavor that builds in tartness, with an underlying sweet caramel element that pokes into the fray by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tart and sweet flavors combine and, as the beer warms, the sweetness becomes more prominent

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very low carbonation

Drinkability: The numbers "0504" are stamped on my bottle and it could well be that this beer is approaching five years old; it is clearly past its prime and has lost most of its carbonation, but the flavor profile is interesting; I'll need to seek out a fresher example one day

Photo of nick76
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma has lots of yeast with caramel malt and fruit. The appearance is hazy amber with a large head. The flavor has all the elements from the aroma plus toffee and bitterness. The palate is thin. This is a mixed bag but I like it pretty good. I just wish the mouth feel was more substantial.

Photo of SilentSabre
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a rather strange ale. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't amazing, either. The aroma and flavour were unlike anything I had ever experienced before, and I was really unsure of what to compare it to. It poured up a cloudy reddish-orange colour with virtually no head. Agitation yields a quarter inch of foam that subsides almost immediately. Smell is very fruity, but I cannot work out what kinds of fruit, as it doesn't really smell like anything in particular; simply "fruity" is about the best I can do. It also reminds me alot of those Rodenbach Flemish Reds with their "sour" smell. The flavour sort of goes through a bizarre transition of sour, dry, bitter while simultaneously be fruity the whole way through. Moderately carbonated. A very peculiar beer, indeed.

Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle frm The Belgian Cafe in the Fairmout section of Philadelphia.

Pours a cloudy amber color with foamy white head. Nice fuit aroma of apple, pear and citrus. Very crisp belgian style ale. Lots of crisp fruit notes such as aple and pear as well as a slight sour taste.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this brew from GREGER, Thanks Greg!

Poured from a 750ml bottle, served in a tulip glass.

L - hazed orange/copper color with a bubbly white head that 'fizzled' down in a minute.

S - fruity, apples and pears. As it warms, a malty scotch-like alcohol aroma is detected.

T - light and fruity sweet flavors, nice warming feeling after the swallow especially as it warms up.

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

D - a very enjoyable brew but by no means a session beer, even in Italy.

Salute!

Photo of hopdog
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1pt 9.4oz bottle (one of those typical Baladin shaped ones).

Poured a dark and hazy amber color with a very small off white head. Some sediment. Aromas of spices and fruits. Tastes of fruits, spices, and yeasty. Alcohol content well hidden. Fizzy body.

Notes from 5/30/04

Photo of Patrick999
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, this should be interesting. I've had 2 other beers from this brewery, and they were both pretty far out. Super Baladin....let's pop this one open. Now is as good a time as any.

A - Nice bomb-shaped bottle. Poured into a goblet. Color is a little darker than your standard Belgian pale, but calling it dark would be a stretch. It's cloudy and a vibrant golden amber. Head is copious, quickly settling down to a thin cap.

S - Upon dipping my nose past the goblet's event horizon, the most distinguishing aroma note I can pick out is one of carob and/or bitter cacao nibs. Ginger, too - this smells peppery. A flowery note, lilac perhaps? Notes of old-lady perfume. Also fresh plastic. Yes, definitely freshly molded plastic. If I recall my other two experiences with Baladin beers, this seems to be a function of the quirky house yeast, because Nora and Wayan both had this component as well. It's all kinda odd, but pleasing.

T - I pick up on the plastic note right away, but I was looking for it. Some ginger and odd spicing that I am struggling to identify. I seem to recall one of their other beers featuring myrrh and/or cardamom. Maybe this one gets its unique spice profile from those as well. Some herbal hop, but some of the bitterness seems to not come from hops if that makes any sense. Orange peel too. Overriding all this is a breezy caramel malt. Spicy 8% ABV pokes through every now and again. Hugely complex and fun to drink....yet it seems to lack a real flavor hook that draws me in and makes me want to drain the glass quicker. I liken it to an engaging, complicated piece of art that you analyze and enjoy at the gallery....but you're not sure how it would work if it was in your house and you had to look at it every day.

F - Airy, medium-light body. Does not weigh heavily on the palate at all. In this respect, seems to feel like a 5% pale ale.

D - It's beautiful, engaging, complex and deft on its feet. Yet, in spite of all this, it isn't what I would call eminently drinkable. I'm definitely enjoying it, but what I'm not doing is downing the contents of the 750ml bottle with alarming speed. Still, you have to give this Italian brewery credit for its unrelentingly unique, experimental take on Belgian styles.

Photo of rdickey
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky orangy brown color with a lot of aggressive carbonation. The head settles down to a thin covering but leaves back some lacing as it dissipates.

S: This reminds me a lot of a saison aroma, but it is not quite as earthy. There is a bit of a funky sourness in the aroma. The sourness blends well with the hint of the Belgian yeast aroma. There is a noticeable spice aroma as well. This is definitely the most complex aroma I remember in this style, but I avoid the highest of scores since its not quite as inviting to me as typical in the style.

T: I have never had another beer that tasted like this. There is a bit of initial fruity orange flavor. It is quickly replaced by a slight but pleasing sourness. The finish is more tart than the initial taste. It is not what I expected from this one, but it is an enjoyable different experience.

M: It has a medium body. It is very smooth, almost creamy in the mouth with quite a bit of in mouth carbonation. The tart after taste leaves the mouth very slick. That (after taste) is the reason for me dropping it down a bit.

D: The alcohol warmth, aggressive in mouth carbonation, and tart slick after taste make me take this one very slow.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
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).

Photo of IPAcraig
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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