Wayan - Birrificio Le Baladin

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Birrificio Le Baladin visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 01-14-2003

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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 48
Photo of Ethanol4one
4.87/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I loved this sour number, served up fresh at Birreria at Eataly in NYC. The aroma, color and froth were just what I'd expect from a Belgian style sour, and the mouthfeel and flavor were outstanding. Not too thin and acidic like many sours, this beer deserves a second helping... no wait, I mean I deserve a second helping of this beer, and did.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a just barely hazy, lightly orange tinged, full gold color. It is topped by a frothy, initially three finger thick, meringue like, barely off white colored head. The beer is quite well carbonated, with mad streaming rivulets of carbonation bubbles rushing to the surface of the beer. Quite a distinct aroma of fresh apple cider emanates from my glass, even as I am pouring it. Upon closer inspection pale-malted barely notes are noticeable with aromas of toasted soda crackers and pale biscuits. There is quite a bit of spiciness here as well; I did not notice it at first, but now that I have it is quite noticeable. Aromatic spice notes of black pepper, resinous pine or better yet rosemary, something that I imagine as dried lichen, and some flower notes reminiscent of lavender, perhaps a touch of rose and even chamomile. The up front fruit note is certainly not the dominant note (I am not sure any one note is), but does still play a role throughout; besides the apple there is also some pear like notes, but the apple is the most distinct. This has a very interesting, very complex aroma to it. I really like how the distinct notes of fruit, malt and spice interweave here; all are quite distinct and noticeable at various points, yet none totally dominate the others.

Lightly sweet up front, with a touch of acidity to it, both of these notes accentuate the apple notes in the flavor. The beer immediately froths up on my tongue, but somehow manages to remain fairly soft & creamy feeling, without the usual carbonic bite that one usually gets from a beer this well carbonated. This is actually fairly tart, though I would not characterize this as a sour beer. It is a very soft acidity though and is akin to the type of acidity found in ripe fruit. Flavors of apple, star-fruit and lemon round out the fruity notes. The complex spices from the aroma are much muted in the flavor, which is actually a good thing. Instead they form a subtle backdrop, which adds notes of white pepper, ginger, earthy coriander, hints of some turpene notes (reminiscent of tongue numbing nutmeg), orange blossoms and lavender.

By the second pour the pear notes have become much more apparent in the aroma, even more so than the apple. A touch of yeasty / bready aromatics has also been added to the aroma, as there was some sediment from the bottom of the 750ml bottle poured in. Along with the second pour flavor notes of orange peel (creamsicle with the creamy mouthfeel), and the fruity tartness become more apparent.

This is a really nice beer, and more importantly it is thoroughly enjoyable. It is really complex, almost challenging in the nose, yet is so smooth and drinkable, because of both the soft creamy mouth feel, yet light body and the smooth, well integrated flavors; this is almost a perfect combination as a bunch of complex spice notes in the flavor would have made this too cluttered.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice and rare example of the style. This beer does everything that a saison should do. It begins with a very efforvescent, champaign-like carbonation above a rusty straw colored liquid. A rocky, froathy head formation rises from the glass and offers plenty of lacing. Lots of yeast particulates floating about, giving the beer an unsettling, murky hue. Aromas of fully-attenuated pilsner malts are decorated with lemon zest, peppery phenols, fruity esters, earthy hops, and hint of yeast. Flavors are much the same, but intense with the lemony, fruity, spicy notes. The texture is what makes the beer special. Light and prickly on the toung and palate, lifting the beer quite a bit. Dry, spicy, and a bit warming throughout. The beer nearly evaporates in the mouth, making it very digestable and enjoyable. finihses with a hint of hop-earthiness and with that lemony flavor carying through. It's nice to see a saison with moderate alcohol content rather than the 10%-ers that make the beer seem more Tripel-like in nature.

Photo of grub
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled may 24/08 as part of biegaman's annual summer saison tasting, with a mix of BA/RB represented. biegaman contributed this bottle, so thanks jan!

750ml bottle.

pours deep golden yellow, more chunky than hazy, with a small dense white head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. caramel. orange peel. tangerine. touch of butterscotch. bread and cracker. bit floral too. really fresh and bright. bit of apple. maybe some rye-like spicy character too.

taste is good. light caramel sweetness. orange peel. tangerine. hint of apple. white bread. hint of alcohol. lots of fruit. very light non-specific spice.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium carbonation level. medium-light body.

drinkability is great. really nice balance. great fruity character. great stuff.

Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened at biegamans Summer Saison tasting, thanks Jan!

Pours a cloudy gold, thin white head forms, drops to a thin ring and leaves some spots on the glass. Smell is nice, spruce, sugar, pineapple, tea, apples, very fruity, yeast, bread, light tartness, very nice. Taste is sweet and spicy, some caramel/sugary goodness, sweet fruits, wheat, yeast, some light sourness in the finish, bit of spice, very thick flavour. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation, very smooth and refreshing. Great saison, thanks Jan!

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice very lightly hazy pale golden with an white and frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly and laced the glass.

The aroma was fruity and well established with a light citrusy note. The aroma contained a very light spice that was muted and well blended to the point that I could not identify it. Very light character of a peppery note was present and something very floral was present as well.

The flavor was light with a very light sweetness intially on the palate and then a slowly drying floral character. The flavor contained a very light spice which was well blended and interesting, and which increased the complexity of the beer. A very slight citrus was present and a light pineapple was as well.

The finish was dry, but not bone dry, with a light lasting citrus and spice very pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was medium light with a high carbonation and a super creamy mouthfeel. The beer was extremely drinkable and easy to consume. A pleasure to drink with a very light touch on the spices so they contributed complexity instead of strong flavors. While not your standard saison, well done, very well done.

750 ml bottle.

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Rapscallion goblet.
Pours a hazy yellow gold with a nice 2 finger white head. Retention is good and lacing is nice. Carbonation streams up the sides of the glass.
Smell is fluffy wheat, spices, pepper, fruity (apricot, pear). A bit bready with just a hint of hop aroma thrown in for good measure.
Taste is sweet fruits (see above) with just a hint of wheat sharpness, and plenty of spicing to go around. Black and white peppers some coriander (it would seem) and floral spices back up the fruity and sweet back of this beer.The finish is slightly dry with just a hint of bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is good, I personally prefer my Saison ales to be a bit more carbonated, but this is still darn good.
Overall, a pretty good saison, especially considering that this is a "belgian-style" ale from Italy. I don't know. The beers I've had from the Italian peninsula have all been great, and this is no exception.

Photo of breakingbland
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75 cl corked bottle (labeled "Drink by 4/15") in Levanto, Italy, a town just north of Cinque Terre

Appearance: Cloudy orange golden. The one finger head dissipated quickly to no head. There was a nice columns of bubbles throughout the entire bottle.

Aroma: Mostly malty with some candy-like sweetness. There was only the barest suggestion of hops and also a slight aroma of oranges.

Taste: This beer has a very enjoyable sourness along with the sweetness -- almost a honey-like or nectar-like sweetness. There is some coriander. Hops are pretty much absent from the taste.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels good in the mouth. It has an appropriate body and level of carbonation.

Overall: I've found a new favorite! Wayan has a very good sweet/sour balance and is well spiced. However, this is a very sweet beer and may be too sweet for some. Since I'm not a hop-head, the absence of hops was OK with me. This beer was good to the end. It paired well with a salty gnocchi dish and a salty mussels dish. All in all, a fun-to-drink, enjoyable beer.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried on-tap at Open Baladin in Rome.

Pours a lovely burnished, bright golden colour. Haze is solid in the rounded, light but hefty body. Head forms a frothy creasy of white, but persists well, leaving streaks of solid lace. Looks good.

Nose is great. Spicy and bright initially, with peppery, earthy undertones to it. Hints of ester notes from the yeast come through along with some banana/clove phenols. Clean and grassy all up, but with some rounded sweetness as well. Very good.

Taste is also very good indeed. Sweet and spicy, clean but bright, and filled with classic farmhouse characters. Spicy, pepper and a noticeable dash of grains of paradise. Slight rosewater notes, earthiness and herbal undertones. Despite all this, it's not terribly funky or organic: it just uses the style and additions to its advantage.

Biting finish gives it more organic notes, but it's smooth in the feel—the sweetness holds it together but the spice breaks out and punches through with its intensity. It's a nice combination. The feel is slightly prickly from the spice characters.

Superbly drinkable stuff—it's really very drinkable indeed, and really genuinely well-crafted. It's a saison near the top of its game, with so many of the characters that make a saison such an amazing style of beer. I love it.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours lemon yellow with a loose white head that disappears fast with no lace and big speckles of sediment - not promising. Nose is waxy, floral and lemon honey cough drop. Pear malts are followed by mild ginger + spice hops, with hints of brandy depth. Another review said starfruit tartness, I could see that. Piquant and gently tangy leave. Super soft, round and gently fizzy mouthfeel. Gets fruitier as you get down to the yeast at the bottom. No burn.

Straight forward at first, but the nuance is there. Seems like it would reward repeated visits, or pair well with food. But at a glance, not tops for the style.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: poured a light cloudy light copper color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma of coriander and zesty refreshing and overall dry hops is very enticing. Taste is a nice mix between some nice Belgian malt, some coriander and a hoppy dry finish that is very well balanced. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well balanced between malt, hops and spices with some interesting esters.

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This fella poured a lovely, cloudy dull yellow with a nice, puffy head that wasn't too big and wasn't too small.

Smell - This has some very mild sour notes to the aroma; not biting but just noticeable. The base is a mild mix of piss and Diet Sprite. Overall, very pleasing to smell.

Taste - The light, easy flavor profile contrasts with other examples of the style. It's light like a lemon-lime soda but not as bubbly and seems to be mixed with watered-down urine.

Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied but not watery with some killer carbonation that's big but not annoying. The carbs, flavors, and mouthfeel are well-balanced.

Drinkability - This is an exceptionally easy-drinking Saison that some purists of the style may pooh-pooh.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle from Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. in May 2008; price not recorded.

Pours a moderate-dark orange, cloudy and hazy, with a moderate to large fluffy white head.

Aroma of light citrus and hops, maybe even an apricot-pear fruit note, pleasant through and through.

Flavor is first a nice well rounded bready malt, with a few spice notes (I'm not good at spices, my wife suggests caroway and celery seeds- makes sense to me). Not as organic/barnyard/funky as most of the saisons we really enjoy, and as such, kind of plain in its overall flavor profile. Tastes good, but not as interesting as some of the more famous of the style.

Very drinkable, I just wanted drain this, but decided to drink a little more slowly.

Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle at Max's today.

The beer pours a somewhat light gold color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is OK, with something of a soapy clove aroma, and then some underlying nutmeg. It's pretty good, actually. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with minimal soap flavor and plenty of spice, wheat and clove. The beer is fairly dry, with some light honey overtones, but clearly dominated by the underlying spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, spice infused finish. The beer is juat a bit watery in the finish, but given the relatively low abv., that's almost to be expected.

While nothing extraordinary, this is still a pretty solid beer. It's main problem is the price, which in this market is absurb. Even during the Italian festival at Max's, a 10 ounce glass was $8. That's just too much to spend for this beer.

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this one the bottled list at the Tap & Table before it closed up. I like Baladin brews quite a bit just on a personal preference. Wayan is another one that I found to be pretty good. The pour of the beer was lemon yellow with a white fizzy head that left a little lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was a little more spicy, lively and bright than I expected. I found it to be much more inviting. The taste of the beer has a little bit of grain flavors, followed by some citrus and a touch of Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel was smooth and had a good level of carbonation to keep the beer interesting. Overall it's not really a typical Saison but I still found it to be good and a little out of the ordinary. I feel that it's enjoyable and worth trying.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap into snifter at Avenue Pub NOLA. Pours a slightly brown/bronze golden color with no head or lacing, and no carbonation at all. Sour and funk aromas but grape dominates. Slightly sour and funky lager like with lots of grape flavors...almost white wine or grape skin. Slightly sweet but finishes sour and tart. Nice easy brew and pleasant. I Wish it was as sour as the nose suggests but still nice. One of the more unique brews ive had in a while and my first from Birrifico. Questa birra fa grande. Cent'annti!

Photo of Patrick999
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip a nice gold, though not a lot of head for a saison. Lacing was decent.

I want more out of this nose. There's something going on there, but it's so very mild. I can't pick anything out other than some mild, pedestrian yeasty farmhouse aromas.

The taste is not so mild. Clean, typical lemon-y, yeast-y saison taste up front. After that, however - there's something I think I've only tasted in a beer once before...I don't claim to know exactly what this spice is that I'm tasting, but I suspect it's saffron, and a good bit of it...I say this because once I get past the initial lemon, it kinda tastes like a less sweet DFH Midas Touch, which does feature saffron. In that beer the saffron is mild, but here, if it is indeed saffron, it is fairly bold and perfume-y tasting, if that makes any sense. I really like it, but I doubt this will be a crowd-pleaser across the board. You'll either go for it in a big way, or find it disgusting.

Mouthfeel is nice - carbonation is there but doesn't feel overbearing. Slight perceived stickiness.

Very refreshing, but that mystery spice might grate on some, limiting drinkability. Even though I like it, one bottle at a time is enough for me.

Photo of robertjbell
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warning: all of my Baladin beer reviews are slightly dull, this is what happens when you take notes at a tasting and don't get to a computer til a week after, the thrill is gone

Appearance: Hazy straw colored with a light lingering head, minimal retention and lacing

Nose: Smells like a traditional belgian style saison, sightly musky with notes of hay and horse blanket followed up by slight coriander and peppery spice complexion

Taste: A gentle sweetness comes forward immediately as well as a light breadiness, followed by more notes of funk and musk and finishing with an intense peppery blast

Mouthfeel: Slightly prickly and acidic with a nice firmer body

Drinkability: Like a good saison, it goes down easy, a good summer sipper, I could easily have a couple of these on a summer day

Photo of JaimeLondon
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice beer of a golden color and an ok whitey foam.
Smell is typical of saison, spiced, earthy, with fruity notes of banana and papaya.
The spices get easy to detail in the taste. First come the fruits, but then come some cinnamon and then some black pepper "poking" the throat. Coriander is always present in the taste.
Feel is normal, I would say this beer should be maltier - it's made with different kinds of malts and grains, but the malty/grainy notes are somewhat hidden in this beer, unfortunately.

Photo of ferrari29
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a stemmed wine glass.

A - Beer poured with an orange colored body; body had small amounts of visible carbonation and had a solid amount of floating sediment; some lacing formed on the glass but faded rather quickly; one finger sized white colored head formed and dissipated very quickly

S - Sour white grape; sparkling wine smell; yeast; wheat; herbal; breaded malt scents; slight herbal nose

T - Sour white grapes, semi-sweet and dry sparkling white wine flavor; subtle hints of spices and a touch of yeasty sourness

M - Crisp and clean; watery consistancy; aftertaste is slightly sour and finishes off with a lingering bread malt taste

D - Not bad for a Saison ale, could have been a bit more sour; I felt that it wasn't much of a challenge for my palate and left my taste buds asking for more; otherwise, it was very easy to drink, I would definetely have another

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright, hazy orange, some light peppery floaties with a thin white head.

S: Dry orange aroma with some sweet citrusy hints and spicing (coriander).

T: Very sweet flavor with nice spicing, spicy Saaz hops, with lots of fresh citrus. Flavor is clean, and sweet. Has a nice spicy hopping and tang in the finish with a good fade.

M: Moderate carbonation and mouthful.

D: Very good drinkabillity and example of a saision especially from an Italian brewery for this style.

Photo of Hautacam
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold...big foamy head..lots of laceing..drops to 1/8" and stays.
Smells earthy, hay...a little cidery....slight citrus.
Tastes semi sweet...lemony, yeasty, hint of apples..pepper.The yeast flavor becomes predominant as it warms up.Not detecting any spices that I can identify(it's brewed with spices). Only a slight touch of bitter.
Body was medium....carbonation pretty high.
I thought this was a pretty good saison....split a 750ml of this with my girlfriend, and we both liked it enough to want more.

Photo of NJbeerman
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was recently at the brewery in Italy. The brewery is in fact a brew pub stuck in a little town in northern Italy. He makes six year round flavors. The beer is brewed in the pub but pumped a 1/2 mile to his hand bottling plant.

Wayan is a french saison style named after his 2yr old daughter. The beer pours hazy with a champanie air and light, foamy head. The aroma is a little lacking but the flavor of fruit(mostly pear but little subdued) and yeast come through in the taste. It is a little too drinkable.

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber of smooth drinking Belgian, neither too sweet nor bitter. Pours thick foamy orangy off-white head and orangey-white body. Above-average creamy mouthfeel. Mild yeast understated spicy aroma. At the 5.5% stated on the bottle, most drinkable pints for an hour.

Photo of Crosling
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in Milan, Italy but sampled on a lonely night in Rome.

Peach Skin.

Strong hints of orange, lemon peel, vanilla, candy sugar, butter and pear.

Light, but big for its size with some distant fruit notes; nectarine, pear, peach and lemon. An odd yeastiness. Much more a saison than a pale ale.

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Wayan from Birrificio Le Baladin
85 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.