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Xyauyù Etichetta Oro (Gold) - Birrificio Le Baladin

Xyauyù Etichetta Oro (Gold)Xyauyù Etichetta Oro (Gold)

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.05%


Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Sammy on 06-06-2010)
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's a $50 bwine kind of night... 2009 bottle. Thanks Rodkin!

Appearance. Pours a deep deep amber with haze. No head, looks complete flat as intended.

Smell. Caramel, booze, brandy, brown sugar and ...fruit blossoms. Yep, that's what I'm picking up. Interesting for sure.

Taste. Big brown sugar, some booze and caramel and some light floral notes that I was picking up in the nose and some sweet red wine ...maybe pot but I'm not well versed in that stuff to say for sure. . Quite smooth considering the abv.

Mouthfeel. Full body, completely flat. I think a little carbonation would be nice but it actually drinks well without. Some smooth boozy heat for sure.

Overall. An experience for sure. I wouldn't normally go for such an expensive brew but this was worth the try one time at least.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 03:43:21 | More by Rutager
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Laxadaisical

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes.

Picked this one up from a wine shop in Sorrento. 2008 vintage. 14% ABV.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dark copper to brown with absolutely no trace of a head.

Aroma: Nose is very malty, with some extreme sweetness, and maybe a little nuttiness. Early is some light chocolate and candy, then molasses, caramel and toffee come through, and even a little dark chocolate. Some oak character is present, and a bit of alcohol is noticeable.

Taste: Follows the nose, it is very sweet, with molasses, toffee, vanilla extract and caramel. Maple syrup is actually a strong character, and it carries throughout the taste. The candied flavor and light chocolate come in, and a little bit of dry red wine creeps through into the alcohol warming in the finish. The whole taste is quite syrupy, I really had to sip this one slowly. The alcohol is nothing terrible, but that combined with the syrupy quality made it a sipper. The sweetness plays with the line between nice and cloying, just barely avoiding being cloying. The beer is not what I'd call balanced, but it manages to end the sweetness at just the right time.

Mouthfeel: Quite thick and syrupy, with no carbonation. The alcohol is definitely there, but it doesn't ruin the mouthfeel.

Overall: An extremely sweet, but not cloying beer. The malt profile is extremely complex, with layers of sweet flavors that play around in the mouth. Definitely a unique beer, definitely a real sipper. Not my personal favorite, but I really appreciate this well crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 10:16:41 | More by Laxadaisical
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2009 vintage, 14% ABV

A: A nice clear deep burgundy. No head, no lacing, completely flat. Didn't mark it down too much because this is intentional. Color is nice though.

S: Surprisingly mild given the 14% ABV. Very sweet, lots of syrupy caramel. Mild dark fruits, maybe a hint of raisin and fig. No booze at all. Really nice, hard to describe but basically like smelling the sweetest sugary syrup you could find.

T: Super sweet through and through. Some dark fruits up front, nothing heavy but bits of raisin, cherry and fig. Maybe plums too. I keep getting random hints of other fruits too, pomegranate sometime? Loaded with caramel and brown sugar. Even maybe maple syrup? Maybe even some honey? Hints of toffee on the back end with a little molasses. No booziness which is amazing. Strong, sweet flavors from start to finish.

M: Very thick, very syrupy. No carbonation does not help this. Like drinking maple syrup from the bottle.

O: This is one hell of a beer. Does not taste like any other beer (only Utopias comes close). Very complex and flavorful. Try this one with an open mind. The syrupy, flat nature takes a little getting used to. It's extremely sweet too, starts to get hard to drink eventually - I'm glad this is "only" 16.9 ounces and not a 750ml or something. I've had a 2004 copper version of this and it was a little mellower and simpler. This one is sharper (maybe due to less aging) but with more complexity too. An amazing brew no matter how you approach it; clearly a masterful creation and it stands alone.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 02:27:40 | More by Dope
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle, bottled in 2009, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a clear, dark brown, has no carbonation or head, looks pretty much as described.

S- Rich, sweet, delicious aroma. Lots of caramel, vanilla, madeira and port, and caramelized dark fruit. This is my favorite part of this beer. The aroma is just highly complex and rich, it smells great.

T- Similar to the aroma, lots of caramel, vanilla, sugar, caramelized dark fruits, and maybe a bit of chocolate. There are also nice accents of port and madeira, as well as some leathery oxidation.

M- I really wasn't sure how well this would work with no carbonation, but the beer is full-bodied, with a smooth, silky feel and a dry finish with a nice amount of boozy warmth.

O- I've never had a beer quite like this, but this was really, really delicious. I was hesitant about the cost, but this is certainly worth it, pick this up if you have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 06:30:40 | More by WillCarrera
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into HF stemmed glass.

A- Pours a reddish brown that is perfectly still without any carbonation, head, or anything. Mostly opaque with some light transparency around the edges.

S- Complex and fairly boozey smelling, but the booze smell is pleasant almost like a fine sherry mixed with aromas of vinegar, grapes, plums, cherries, light molasses, and figs. I really like the smell on this, but the booze does get to me a bit.

T- Sweet caramel, brown sugar, plums, cherries, light molasses, finishes with more molasses, dark fruits (cherries, plums, grapes), figs, raisins, and brown sugar. Sweet lingering aftertaste of aforementioned tastes. Taste definitely isn't as boozey as the smell and in my opinion definitely the best aspect of this beer.

M- Surprisingly light with almost a slight watery aspect but in my opinion it fits perfectly with the flavors of the beer and brings them out nicely. No carbonation to speak of. Very easy drinking with pretty much no abv burn.

O- I really liked this barleywine and the oxidation definitely makes it very interesting. It's fairly complex with a lot of dark fruit qualities that provide a nice sweetness. At 13.5% it is insanely easy to drink and the only part in the beer you really notice it in is the taste. I love how you can re-cork the bottle and drink it later, this is definitely a beer that is meant to be sipped and enjoyed in fairly low servings. Maybe not worth the $45/500ml bottle price tag, but I definitely recommend checking this beer out if you get the chance especially if you like complex beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 00:18:08 | More by jaasen64
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 1 pint 9 fl. oz. corked bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Brewed in 2006
Served in a snifter

Deep, dark, hazy mahogany and completely still. A few tiny bubbles dotted the liquid but they quickly disappeared. The beer looked shimmery and viscous when help to the light. The liquid left a clear film on the glass. No legs, yet close.

The aroma was magnificent and reminded me so much of an aged sweet sherry. Potent yet smooth and refined. Strong, sweet grape notes. Very raisiny. Lots of dark fruits and berries. Heavy dose of brown sugar sweetness. Hints of almonds. The lightly oxidized notes really put this beer into the sherry-like frontier. Just amazing. There was a touch of alcohol warming as well. All in all, I had a really difficult time believing it was actually beer.

Port and sherry-like notes dominated the flavor profile as well. Strong grape and brandy flavors on the front end. Lots of raisins, plums and dark fruits. Good amount of brown sugar-like sweetness. Touch of maple syrup. Slight oxidation notes. Even though this beer was aged in stainless steel, I swear that I picked up some oak as well. Touch of booze, grape must and residual sweetness on the finish.

Even with the complete lack of carbonation, the liquid was creamy and plush. Though the beer contain a significant amount of residual sugars, it did not leave a sticky film on my lips or a cloying sweetness on my palate like other aged berleywines have.

Xyauyù Etichetta Oro (Gold) cost me $42, and it was worth every penny. Its similarities to aged sherry are remarkable, yet this beer manages to maintain a certain amount of drinkability and lightness that is absent in the actual spirit. If you want a unique and unforgettable beer drinking experience and you appreciate extreme beers, I advise you to spring for a bottle as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 06:09:52 | More by Damian
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Liquoric3

Germany

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage 500 ml bottle label says 14,5 % vol.

brownish, reddish, caramel colour with no head or carbonation

First thing I get is honey then some crystallized fruit , plum and melon, some sugar and a hint of oak. Can`t smell any hops. Wow I could smell this one the whole evening.

Taste is very sweet, honey flavour, caramel, raisins and some other dried fruits.
No alcohol presence, well hidden. Nothing there to balance the sweetness.

I really enjoyed this one but the taste was a little bit too sweet for me . 250 ml was more than enough and for 30 Euro it was rather expensive not sure if i would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 18:38:29 | More by Liquoric3
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, purchased at La Cave a Bulles in Paris. 2004 vintage, into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear reddish-amber, no head.

S: Vinous aroma - crushed grapes, molasses, some pleasant heat and cooked sugar.

T: Lots of dried fruits (peach, prune), sweet grapes, liquor-like warmth, raisins, drying honey.

M: Thick yet fluid, not syrupy. Flat.

O: Gold has a lighter feel and is a bit less syrupy, and more dry, than Silver and Copper. At this point this is my favorite of the three. A unique and masterful beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 06:26:11 | More by Etan
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'06 vintage shared with Alex (masterski) in Chicago last year. Yeah, took me a while to get these notes up.

Clear reddish-amber, has an almost purple tint. Perfectly still. Beautiful.

A lot of honey and port on the nose, wonderfully oxidized. Very sweet, which is amplified by the lack of carbonation. Dark fruit, a slight sting of alcohol. A touch more oxidized than the silver, which does replace some of the sweetness with more earthy, nutty oxidized notes.

Sweet honey and carame on the tongue, port-like oxidation, faint nuttiness, dark fruit. Full bodied and rich, but not cloying; ends somewhat dry. No noticeable alcohol, and no off-flavors from oxidation. Very drinkable. This is as good as it gets for aged beer, as far as I'm concerned.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 06:50:37 | More by largadeer
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StevenBilodeau

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

By looking at the presentation of the bottle alone my expectations were pretty high. My experience with Birrificio Le Baladin has been pretty good, along with much of the stuff from B-United. This bottle, the '06 was fantastic. Looking at this exotic beer in its glossy small and decadent bottle started what became an amazing tasting.

It poured a dark amber gold. The nose was sweet... fermented fruits, fig... hazelnuts, with a slight syrup-like quality.

The flavors were mirror. Fermented fruits, fig, caramel, hazelnut and honey like notes were intertwined with it's thin, but mead like body.

Overall, this is a rare treat; and should be consumed by true beer lovers. The beer is artisan to it's style, and pleasures the senses. To beer nerds, geeks, snobs and in general... the beer lover's paradise in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 04:37:53 | More by StevenBilodeau
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HopHead84

California

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/13/2011

Review # 1300.

2006 Etichetta Oro (Gold) poured into a snifter.

A: The color is an orange tinged copper and it pours near flat, with a few stray bubbles from the hard pour that fade instantly. A swirl brings a thick collar to life an inch up the glass, and this yields a cascading string of pearls. As beers like this go, this looks excellent, inviting.

S: Pronounced fig and date with much brown sugar and notes of leather. Smooth oxidation with maple and toffee. Smells very sweet. There's a little orange In there.

T: Sweet toffee and brown sugar meld with a complimentary sherry-like oxidation. Caramel and leather are evident. The beer is very rich, as I expected, but the flavor is complex and wonderful. Citrus is light, and there are evident plum notes.

M: Lower full in body and completely still. The mouthfeel is sticky and smooth with ample alcohol warming on the palate.

Overall: Slightly more oxidized than the Silver, but still excellent. These beers are amazing.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 09:33:44 | More by HopHead84
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured by the 5 ounce glass during the Italian beer festival at Max's. According to the beer menu, this was the 2004 version.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with virtually no head retention or lacing. In other words, this beer was completely still. While the beer may not have looked all that great, the aroma and flavor profile were outstanding. On the nose I got an aroma of sweet grape juice, brown sugar, toffee and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but if anything was even better. The flavor profile was dominated by cherry, toffee and caramel, with some nice oxidation notes in the finish. The slight oxidation seemed to work very well in this beer, and helped to counter some of the richness and sweetness. The finish was very smooth and long, and the 13.5% abv. was very well integrated into the flavor profile.

Age has treated this beer very well. Just an absolutely delicious BW from the folks at Baladin.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 16:56:23 | More by johnmichaelsen
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by Chris (largadeer). Served in a snifter. This was the 2006 vintage, gold label.

A - Unsurprisingly, pours still. The body is a transparent deep bronze color. There are nice legs when the liquid is swished around the glass.

S - Caramelized sugars, fruits, sherry, port, complementary oxidation, and a hint of oak (even though I know this is aged in stainless).There's a hint of alcohol, but nowhere near the listed 13.5% is present.

T - Taste is incredibly smooth for the listed ABC, with huge sugar, caramel, and maple flavors, and hints of chocolate, berries, and other fruits. Mead-like sweetness, but without being cloying.

M - Viscous full body, a surprisingly dry, crisp finish, and a hint of alcohol warmth on the back the throat.

D - Utopias "light"? A dessert madeira? Another hard-to-peg beer that is delicious nonetheless. Expensive, but worth it in my book. I'm not sure whether to thank Chris for turning me on to this stuff, as it'll make me that much poorer.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 14:35:52 | More by MasterSki
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dgilks

Australia

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, dark amber colour with no head. Perfectly still.

Pear, peach, apricot, sweet malt. Grain. Caramel. Toffee. Raisins. Dates. A complex combination of malt and esters.

Sugar. This is one sweet beer. I also get toffee, pear, apple, raisin and dates. No bitterness. Mild aged alcohol. Malty with a touch of grain.

Full bodied and silky. No carbonation.

A complex, sweet and malty ale. The fruit character is mind blowing and melds to make a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 04:19:36 | More by dgilks
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just as good as the Copper Label. Really freaking impressive, It's just nothing like a beer. I really don't know how they make these. This brew has a tannish brown color with a stunning aroma of sugars, flowers and fruit. Has a sweetness that is a little like roasted marshmallows. Drinkablity is dangerously good on these. I wish I could've had more.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 01:29:29 | More by Knapp85
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with no carbonation. Aroma of brown sugar and maple sugar with light dry fruits and light warming notes. Taste is also a very nice mix between some dry fruit with notes of caramel with some deep notes of brown sugar and maple syrup and some dry raisins. Alcohol is somewhat apparent with a full body and no carbonation. Very interesting thought somewhat expensive for the experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 03:51:05 | More by Phyl21ca
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BigMcLargeHuge

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another huge thanks to SHIG (on ratebeer) for these Italian beauties. Thanks Shawn! Pours clear copper with zero head and tree trunk legs slowly sludging down the inside edge of the glass. The aroma is similar to the copper and silver with smooth rich blended sugary dark fruitiness to go along with ribbons of caramel and sherry-ness. The taste is rich and smooth and succulent and seems silkier than the other variants. Yum indeed. I get rich smooth blended prunes, plum juice, figs and sugar coated apricot. In behind the rich sweet smooth fruitiness are notes of creamy caramel candy and a sense of wood, earthiness and smooth warming booze. I love these beers!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 04:30:12 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
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wedgie9

Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle, 2006 vintage. Pours a muddy brown with almost no head. Nose of caramel with prune, raisin, molasses, bruleed sugar, and caramel malt. Flavors are very sweet and quite oxidized with fig, raisin, and prune. Body is thick and sticky with light to no carbonation, and a super long caramel finish. This beer is awesome and would be enjoyed by any sherry lover.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 03:48:50 | More by wedgie9
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample from bottle ($9) at Mondial 2010. Like Argento, only creamier. Strong American/fruit/vegatable ratehr than barleywine tastes. No head on dark brown. Creamy look and taste. The taste is heavenly though chestnut nectar, dark fruits, Belgian chocolate, grapey, some malts, on the sweet side.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 18:40:31 | More by Sammy
Xyauyù Etichetta Oro (Gold) from Birrificio Le Baladin
95 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.