Xyauyù Etichetta Oro (Gold) - Birrificio Le Baladin
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4.93/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
01-19-2013 06:09:52 | More by Damian
4.2/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
01-01-2013 18:38:29 | More by Liquoric3
4.65/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
10-26-2012 06:26:11 | More by Etan
4.5/5 rDev +2.7%
'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.
01-12-2012 06:50:37 | More by largadeer
4.53/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
01-03-2012 04:37:53 | More by StevenBilodeau
4.6/5 rDev +5%
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.
08-21-2011 09:33:44 | More by HopHead84
4.6/5 rDev +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.
07-20-2011 16:56:23 | More by John_M
4.53/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
07-04-2011 14:35:52 | More by MasterSki
4.58/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
06-29-2011 04:19:36 | More by dgilks
4.88/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
03-28-2011 01:29:29 | More by Knapp85
Xyauyù Etichetta Oro (Gold) from Birrificio Le Baladin
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