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Super Baladin - Birrificio Le Baladin

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BA SCORE
86
very good

212 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 7
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 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
Photo of SheepNutz
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

SheepNutz, Jun 14, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

kmpitz2, Jun 14, 2005
Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

alexgash, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

merlin48, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
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!?

francisweizen, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

oberon, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Sammy, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of BrewMaster
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

BrewMaster, Nov 17, 2004
Photo of StuFox
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is like a picnic in a bottle. It is light and airy with a lot of carbonation. The taste is fresh and crisp with hints of fruits. There is a sweetness that initially tastes like a heffewisen but is soon met with the floral and fruity tastes that make up most of the flavor. The subtly of this beer makes it a perfect companion to seafood. I think some oysters, clams, and mussels with some of this would just about make my day.

StuFox, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange -amber color that sits under a thick tan head. This beer literally overflows the bottle because it is so carbonated. This beer has an interesting, subtle spiced aroma, but is dominated by aromas of orange and apple. The taste is lightly sweet up front and the finish is quite fruity. This has a nice sharp middle to it that is amplified by the tongue tingling carbonation. I get notes of apple orange and cinnamon. The finish has an astringent note to it, as well as a bit of spicy hotness. This beer is definitely quite nice, I like the contrasting flavors in this. Italy is definitely starting to do some interesting things.

Gueuzedude, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
4.9/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

Mitchster, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of Crosling
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky dark orange.

Huge flowery bouquet held together with sweet cherries, orange and almonds.

An interesting interpretation of a triple. It has a lot of nutty flavors especially almond on the finish. Light toasted malts, chocolate and caramel. Unbelieveably balanced. Some spicy fruitiness. Strong yeast character.

Just an amazing beer.

Crosling, May 05, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, deep orangeish-amber body teems with effervescence beneath a densely creamy head of white foam. The head holds quite well, buoyed by its rising carbonation, and it maintains a solid 1/4" cap and leaves clinging patches of lace throughout the glass. The nose is loaded with sugary, sweet malt that's caramelish, honeyish, and nutty with a touch of vanilla; as well as some subtle fruit; a touch of yeast; and a waft of alcohol. It's full bodied and creamy in the mouth with a light zest on the tongue up-front from it's very fine, effervescent carbonation. The flavor is initially sweet with caramelized brown sugar and a note of vanilla; but it dries out quickly as some dark fruit and alcohol appear across the middle. Its bitterness is restrained in comparison to the maltiness it offers, but there's still more than enough there to balance; and it finishes dry with a fading note of vanilla, some yeasty spiciness, and a wash of alcohol. Impressive!

NeroFiddled, May 02, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful bottle, beautiful pour...gorgeous peachy hue, with some floatabilities, running 'round, under a shockingly pristine, lacily, bubbilly, off-whitish head.
Aroma: airy, other-worldly, yeastily aberrant, if you know what I mean, citric and somewhat sweetish...wonderful fruit...time to drink, isn't it?
Yum, again, if I haven't said so before, a fully yeasty, citric bent...deliciousness abounds here...odddly, I was more impressed with the flavor of Nora, but the Super appears to be a Belgian Tripel style that falls within guidelines, but doesn't go too much further beyond...it's delicious, though ...enjoy it!

feloniousmonk, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TheLongBeachBum, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of granger10
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On the pour it foamed excessively. Tons of head, I had to wait for awhile before I could even really see the color. When the beer finally came to it looked amber with a cloudy appearance. The nose was fruity and spicy, but a little burning as well. The taste was very solid. Lots of fruit in which the main flavor is citrusy like a pear. Caramel provides the base. Slight amounts of spice like cinnamon and ginger fall into the background along with a nutty flavor. Alcohol comes in the end and is quite apparent at that point. Quite a sweet and aromatic brew. If it wasn't for the excessive carbonation this one would be quite high in my ratings. But it's still a little too pricey.

granger10, Jan 23, 2004
Photo of TinusTime
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a dark golden colour with a nice white fluffy head that stuck around for a while. Smell is mild, some what fruity with a little whiff of alcohol. Taste is a little vineous, with green apple flavours, sour notes and a bit of hops push in at the end. The alcohol isnt too overwhelming, but is definitly presentA nice drinking beer especially with some stronger cheeses. I dont think the people i was drinking this with got the fact that it was a Belgian style beer. I would give it a higher drinkability if it were not for the price.

TinusTime, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really nice color here-medium caramel with a butter pecan like head that is so creamy looking you want to stick your whole face into the glass. Intriguing in its aromatics with its interplay between sweet and savory (like caramel corn or apple pie filling and savory crust) , Tropical fruit-especially pineapple enter as the beer warms, a mild splash of hop and some pepper. The texture in the mouth is creamy, full and good with soft carbonation-the alcohol is well integrated. My only complaint is that this beer has a very strange, plastic like taste that is somewhat annoying. The drive sems to be the fruitiness while the sweet malt creeps in as the beer warms. I think this is in need of some food though-I think it would be much more interesting than it is solo.

moulefrite, Dec 18, 2003
Super Baladin from Birrificio Le Baladin
86 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.