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Super Baladin - Birrificio Le Baladin

Super BaladinSuper Baladin

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BA SCORE
86
very good

184 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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


Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: guinness33 on 07-01-2002)
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claspada

New Jersey

2.28/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Aromas of Belgian bready and grainy malts as the backbone with notes of doughy yeast and a dry lightly earthy hops. I'm getting lots of alcohol fumes as well.
The taste begins with a solid but distasteful grainy malt backbone with slightly sweet malt and the doughy yeast again. Lots of alcohol which really detract from the flavor profile. This is quite upsetting given this is only 8% ABV.
Mouthfeel is full with average to lower carbonation levels; there is a light spicy Belgian yeast effect which leaves a dry finish. Overall this is like a Belgian barleywine fermented way too high which created lots of awful flavors. Maybe this bottle hasn't been taken care of or something. Anyway, I have yet to have an Italian craft beer that has been worth anything close to the inflated $ value that accompany them.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy orange/copper color with about an inch off-white cola-like carbonated head that went away quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is mostly fruity, the brew smells like pineapple, flowers, bready malt, cherries and pears. It tastes like bready malt/grain, white grapes, bananas, nuts and some floral hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and a bit slick with good carbonation. It's easy to drink, and the soft carbonation helps with that. Alcohol isn't very noticable. I think it's a decent enough beer, but for $14.99 a bottle I wouldn't buy this very often.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

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

British Columbia (Canada)

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

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

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

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

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

D: An easy drinker for its weight.

Serving type: bottle

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

Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of strong Belgian malt backbone with notes of bready yeast and a dry lightly hoppy finish. Taste is also dominated by a very solid malt backbone with balance sweetness and a bready yeast with light spicy notes and a dry finish. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Nothing out of the ordinary but well brewed and very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 02:43:21 | More by Phyl21ca
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Lovely Beer. Very fruity a yeasty.

Pours a orange hazy color with a thin head which disappears leaving few lacings. Smell is very fruity and yeasty. Red fruits, mainly. Taste follows the nose. Some caramel malts can also be felt. The yeasts taste is really great. A little bit acid aftertaste. Medium body. Medium carbonation.
High drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 18:47:04 | More by eduardolinhalis
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Richardberg

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - poured from a 750mL into a tulip. (Sat on my shelf about a year; not sure how old in total.) Bright orange in color, yet totally opaque and hazy. Big dollop of frothy white sits on top and stays there. Slightly sticky when swirled.

S - lots of sweet malts, cherry, fig, sour apple, grape, yeast.

T - pretty much exactly like the smell. A good thing.

M - moderate to heavy weight, smooth, finish is slightly dry despite all the sour/fruity flavors, nice.

D - more than the sum of its parts. Quite complex, especially for a pale ale; 8% starts to be noticeable here & there; but you never feel it's too much or doesn't work together. Frankly I want another.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 23:19:40 | More by Richardberg
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brystmar

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle's been aged on our shelf for about a year.

Pours a hazy amber-orange with lots of floating sediment and relatively thin white head. Smells sour right off the bat; fruity and wild, reminds me of a lambic.

Sour citrus hits you first, similar to biting into a lemon (but not nearly as harsh). Malty complexity and spices follow, hints of bittersweet chocolate baking powder in the aftertaste. Really interesting.

Full-bodied and perfectly carbonated. Really smooth and easy to drink, love it.

This isn't anything close to the Belgian Strong Pale Ales I'm familiar with, but it's quite an interesting (and welcome) departure.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 23:17:08 | More by brystmar
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chickencoop

California

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Genova Delicatesen in the Creek, always known for solid beer, maybe not. poured a cloudy orangey amber. Smell was a faint malts, not much there. Taste was a light watery hint of malts overridden by mostly booze, finishing with some sweet fruitiness. Pretty easy to drink overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 06:55:25 | More by chickencoop
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rustico.

Pours a moderately light yellow-orange with a nice white head that leaves behind bunches of clingy lacing. Nose brings forward a cacophony of scents, including cherries, honey, almonds, yeast, peaches, and a bit of spice. The taste isn't quite as pleasurable, with the flavors dying down a bit and some of the more faint notes from the nose going away, leaving a semi-dry body with nice carbonation consisting mostly of some yeasty spice and light fruit. Drinks quite well and is a really good play on the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 10:13:28 | More by Thorpe429
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange colour with decent beige head that thins out quickly, leaving some decent lace behind. Appearance is cloudy and hazy, but otherwise flat. Lace could cling more. I like my lace clingy, like my women. Not great, not bad.

Nose is extremely malty, exxxtremely even. Huge caramel and brown sugar aroma with some fruity hints of apricot, almond and sultana. Definitely a malt bomb, could use more hopping. It's basically saccharine and sweet on the nose.

Taste is kind of the same, a lot of sweet grain coming through with notes of caramel and lactose on there. A slight tangy citrus flavour halfway through owes more to lemon squash than west coast IPA and the finish becomes sweet again with a very slight touch of bitterness lingering at the very back, slightly herbal but is more pronounced by the dessication of the feel as it goes down than any distinct bitter flavour.

Alcohol is not very noticeable, which might have been a good thing, but I think in this case, a more distinct warmth might give this a more pleasant, liqueury character, whereas now it's just sweet and flat.

I am disappointed but not surprised, as this bottle is a bit old. Watch this space for a re-review in the future with a fresher batch.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 01:59:36 | More by laituegonflable
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty orange-yellow colour, full of cloudiness, with a fine and lively head of white foam. Some collapsing of the head, and there's little lacing, despite the obvious heaviness of the body. Looks pretty good.

Fair amount of mustiness on the nose, mingled with an organic Belgian yeast character. Lots of sweetness on the nose as well, perhaps one of the precursors to raw sugar - treacle or molasses, something that keeps its organic genesis prominent. Pretty decent.

Very similar characters on the palate - the mustiness takes on a lightly bitter, slightly roasted character, which oddly jangles against what I expect, but the sweetness is prominent, and the round Belgian yeast also lends some spice and a touch of acetone. Some heat is noticeable on the back of the palate, and the boozy flavours come through on the aftertaste. Body is really good. Quite thick and rich, but with a lightness that ensures it doesn't get too heavy.

Yeah, nice drop all up - the booze and acetone could be subdued a little, but it drinks surprisingly easily. A very good Belgian style from a non-Belgian brewery, in any case.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 11:02:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
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rtepiak

Poland

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

had it in venice at a restaurant on the southeast end of the island.

pour is amber with a decent head that fades... not surprising judging from the nose of herbal qualities. burnt coriander(but delicately so), caramel, and pear. the beer has a maple syrup malt quality to it. but it was a clean sweet. some quite drying qualities about the palate. peppery... and sweet. very very great for meats. had it with some salty prosciutto. fantastic. great for game, lamb, and cured meat absolutely.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 02:58:52 | More by rtepiak
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snpub540

California

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this the other day at Beachwood BBQ.

Poured a very clear orange hue with a nice amount of carbonation. Not alot of a head but it did leave some streaky white lace.

Aroma was very floral, roses mostly. Also a sweet malt aroma.

Taste was very fruity with cherry and banana being present. Nice mild nuttiness in there like almonds. Very balanced and complex.

This was a very drinkable beer and I enjoyed it immensely. Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Would have had another one of these but there were way too many other Italian beers on the list I wanted to get my tastebuds on.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2010 00:38:47 | More by snpub540
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Halcyondays

California

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

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a translucent orange, with a light white head, no lace.

S: Cherries and oranges in syrup, roses.

T: Fermented kumquat with sweet Rainier cherries, and the ale brings a nice malt finish.

M: Mildly acidic, medium-bodied.

D: Another intriguing ale from Baladin. It has a rustic acidity, complex yeasty flavours, very enjoyable and something to delve into.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 23:07:59 | More by Halcyondays
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CHickman

New York

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 22:24:47 | More by CHickman
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

2.63/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 01:09:54 | More by SaCkErZ9
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morimech

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 19:16:50 | More by morimech
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Florida9

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 02:11:50 | More by Florida9
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jwinship83

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 17:38:38 | More by jwinship83
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david18

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 23:56:02 | More by david18
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RedBrewer83

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 04:28:12 | More by RedBrewer83
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ADZA

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 10:09:19 | More by ADZA
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champ103

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 01:00:16 | More by champ103
Super Baladin from Birrificio Le Baladin
86 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.