1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Open Baladin - Birrificio Le Baladin

Not Rated.
Open BaladinOpen Baladin

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

20 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Suds on 06-20-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Cozzatoad:
Photo of Cozzatoad
Cozzatoad

Italy

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%

750ml bottle, best before january 2013

A- Slighlty cloudy golden colour, with a quite huge, soft-looking white head that shows good retention and lacing. Very attractive beer

S- Sweet honey malts in evidence, with some fruity notes to back up (grapefruit, citrus). A fresh herbal presence on the back of things. Nice and refreshing, kind of faded really quickly

T- Starts sweet upfront, with honey and caramel malts. Fruity notes are pretty distinct as the smell suggested, expecially on the palate. Apple, citrus, pineapple nicely mixing with the beer's overall sweetness. A herbal/grassy feel shows up on the back of the palate and in the aftertaste, bringing a touch of lingering bitterness that makes you longing for another sip. Kinda reminds of an APA in terms of flavours, though not so much as this is actually quite on the sweet side

M- Quite light in body, actually very light for a 7.5% ABV beer, which i find to be quite common in Baladin beers. Average but delicate carbonation, the beer's overall feel is pretty smooth and slightly juicy

O- Refreshing and easy drinking beer, with a bit of a peculiar character that makes it quite interesting. Not really identifiable with one style

05-11-2012 08:08:32 | More by Cozzatoad
More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

A 250ml bottle with a BB of March 2012, so it's out of date. I didn't realise this when I bought it a couple of weeks ago in Edinburgh - grrr... The moulded bottle is quite attractive though, and the name is frankly mystifying.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A hazy orange-amber hue with good carbonation and lots of chunky floating sediment. Yields a small head of dense white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of fruity yeast and aromatic hops; notes of orange, citrus, yeast esters and a whiff of alcohol.

Tastes of fruity yeast with a hoppy character and a dry finish. Notes of earthy yeast esters, spicy citrus, stewed hops and a warming hint of booze in the background. Pretty dry upon swallowing, with a restrained bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, with tingly carbonation. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and fruity yeast.

Not bad, although the yeast character does seem to dominate. I'd prefer it if the yeast took a back seat and the hops were more pronounced, but perhaps this is due to the age of the bottle. An interesting beer, and worth trying if you come across it.

06-08-2012 21:30:22 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of Sammy
Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

Bottle at Beer Bistro. Comes on like an IPA, and then resolves into malt and a yeasty finish. More like a Belgian IPA. Orange flavours-Simcoe hops is a guess. Good drinkability, though not exceptional nor worth $35 plus tax and tip for 250 ml. Lacey and slight hop aromas.

05-16-2012 19:59:39 | More by Sammy
Photo of Bucciamarcia
Bucciamarcia

Florida

3.86/5  rDev +6%

Very malty beer, with a great smell and strong taste, heavily spiced. 7.5 ABV, but it's well balanced. Lots of yeast on the bottom, it starts to get a bit too "heavy" after a while. As usual from Baladin, a balanced beer, very good without trying to anything strange on the taste.

11-26-2013 22:07:12 | More by Bucciamarcia
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%

250ml bottle. Shaker glass. Golden color, clear appearance. Close & lasting crown of white foam. Citric aromas & slight tartar notes. Slight sour fruit -grapefruit, granny Smith apples, some white grape- at first followed by piney bitterness. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Fruity & bitter flavor in the middle linger into a long finish.

03-16-2014 07:35:32 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of papat444
papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

Thanks to hoppypocket for this one.

Poured from a 250ml. bottle.

Appearance: A sizable head that goes down the a thin ring in average time. A chilled, hazy banana-orange colored body.

Smell: Heavy yeast, citrus and grassy.

Taste: Lemon, light pepper, mild spices and a bit of herb bitterness that is just right.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is average with a light body that still manages a strong presence.

Overall: I enjoyed this Belgian-style ale. Flavor was different but good. Deserves more credit than what the overall score is.

08-28-2011 18:05:21 | More by papat444
Photo of uno99
uno99

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

Bottle from a little shop in England. Kind of overpriced for such a small bottle.

No label on this 250cl bottle, no date codes... Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass. (first beer poured into this beauty)

A: Nice looking Pale. Head and lacing are bright white with tight bubbles.

S: Quite sweet and fruity smelling. All the usual stuff... maybe some hay, oak, leather too.

T: Again very sweet but in a good way. fruity and juicy. Hops are present but not too loud.

M: For a beer like this it is quite dry. carbonation is smooth and well done, seems bottle conditioned.

Overall: Not sure why this one gets such mixed reviews. Its pretty darn tasty, maybe a little overpriced for us Brits / North Americans.

09-21-2011 00:39:12 | More by uno99
Photo of BeerBucks
BeerBucks

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3%

08-19-2014 14:26:29 | More by BeerBucks
Photo of mmmbirra
mmmbirra

Italy

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-25-2012 10:12:04 | More by mmmbirra
Photo of rpopescu
rpopescu

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev +3%

06-23-2014 17:59:52 | More by rpopescu
Photo of phiberoptik
phiberoptik

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3%

Tried on tap at the Rome Open Baladin, near Camp di Fiaro. Cam in a standard pint glass a cloudy yellow with sudsy head.

Faint citrus notes as well as other fruits. Banana, maltiness, with hints of yeasty esters as well.

Slightly buttery, but pleasant. Some of the citrus hop notes come out as well as some yeast. Decent.

Medium bodied and freshly carbonated.

Overall this was a tasty beer. Not my favorite of the night but I can see why this is their name sake. An enjoyable try and great example of an Italian craft brew.

11-06-2011 00:35:49 | More by phiberoptik
Photo of Suds
Suds

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Explosively carbonated (but not a gusher!), this beer is a very cloudy yellow color. Average head. The smell, though, is very nice...hops and citrus (orange peel and lemon). There is also yeast and fresh hop in the aroma. There's a small pale malt aroma as well. The taste is fairly sweet, with a spice and malt flavor. Balancing bitterness with a lingering spice finish. Interesting...something like pepper. Not bad....an open-source beer.

06-20-2009 18:54:50 | More by Suds
Photo of Istur
Istur


4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

08-01-2014 15:04:31 | More by Istur
Photo of Bellonc
Bellonc

Spain

3/5  rDev -17.6%

06-14-2014 20:52:42 | More by Bellonc
Photo of spycow
spycow

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

08-23-2014 23:17:39 | More by spycow
Photo of NightINgale
NightINgale

Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-27-2013 16:35:25 | More by NightINgale
Photo of eduardolinhalis
eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

250ml bottle poured in a tulip glass.

Another lovely Baladin specimen. Tastes like a good American ale. Fresh and Hoppy.
Pours a hazy golden yellow with big white bubbled head. Smell is very refreshing. Citrus hops and caramel malts mainly. Taste follows the nose. Yeasts are always a must in Baladin beers. Body is light and carbonation is medium to high. Drinkability is great.

12-25-2010 19:00:38 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of stcules
stcules

Italy

2.63/5  rDev -27.7%

Light orange color, slightly veiled, good carbonation. Off-white foam, quickly falling to some big ugly bubbles.
In the smell malt and honey, white flowers, but after that, some not completely pleasant note, a bit unfresh.
Not better in the mouth, malty, full, heavy. Too strong honey, ripe fruit, low drinkability.
Same for the aftertaste, quickly tiring.
Also drunk it on-tap, it was a bit better in freshness, but still not exciting.

03-20-2013 20:38:02 | More by stcules
Photo of soulgrowl
soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

An attractive beer, but not too attractive. Burnt orange peach in color, hazy but not too hazy, with an ivory white head with good but not too good retention. Pure toffee. Sure, there is a bit of fruit in there - golden raisins, ripe pear, banana bread, pineapple, honey, apricot - but really this is just a big rush of caramelized sugar. And yet the flavor is quite dry, and the mouthfeel light, amost thin. Smooth cotton candy sugars, aspirinesque medicinal bitterness, pineapple and a shot of some pretty rough alcohol (way too rough for this strength) make this an odd and decidedly below-average Belgique ale. Hints of banana, caramel, and sourdough bread notwithstanding, this is an uncomplicated and generally unpleasant beer.

06-10-2011 14:45:25 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of brandon911
brandon911

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3%

07-06-2014 10:12:06 | More by brandon911
Open Baladin from Birrificio Le Baladin
83 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.