Wayan - Birrificio Le Baladin

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 103
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 7.16%
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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Photo of ricke49
2.81/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Suprisingly bland and not really that appealing. It's hard to grasp what they were trying for with this brew - there's just not enough of anything there to impress. Thin mouthfeel. Trying to decide whether or not to finish the bottle. This beer is just too darn 'neutral' to want to drink it again. (298 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.91/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a wide-bottomed flute)

A- This beer has a hazy deep straw yellow body with an off-white creamy head that takes up most of the glass and pushes above the glass. There is a sea of tiny bubbles that racing around the body. This beer leaves thick rings of foam after each sip.

S- There are notes of orange and pale malt hints with a plastic shrink wrap finish.

T- This beer starts with a light musty note and a citrus oil flavor then moves to a plastic flavor in the finish. As my tongue gets used to the plastic taste notes of dry corn and city water come through. There is also a light green herbal note as the beer temp warms.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture.

D- The off-plastic flavor is the strongest flavor in the beer with most other flavors and aromas being pretty mild. I suspect that the plastic is related to the spices but I can’t figure out what spices would be in there. The beer was not horrible and was bland enough not to really offend and I finish the whole bottle. (1,049 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow with smallish off white fizzy head. Head drops quickly leaving little to no lacing. Light fruit sweetness with some mild farmy scents. Some spiciness and light tart scents. Mild sweet fruits with some doughy malts and farmy flavors. Pretty mellow and uneventful flavor. Some citric notes and bitterness. Sweet fruits on the finish. Fairly smooth with good enough carbonation. Easy enough drinking stuff but it was really overall way to mild an aroma and taste. Not bad just very average. (501 characters)

Photo of phisig137
3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- one of the prettiest saisons I've ever seen. murky 24 karat gold color, 3 finger head. Fantastic retention, and loads of clumpy lace. A few floaters towards the bottom of the bottle.

S- sweet and perfume like. Nice herbs, perhaps basil, mint and rosemary. Well integrated, but nut backed up by anything else. Where are the hops and spicy yeast? Still pleasant though...

F- Mildly sweet up front, with soft herbal tones finishing the rear. Very mild, you've got to really dig to taste anything other that weak herbs. Could make a great food beer. Really not a whole lot to say.

M- thin and somewhat flat

D- Pretty good, quite quaffable.

Overall, I'm a bit disappointed in this one... Its a decent beer, but I wouldn't call it a saison at all. Not nearly up to par with the other beers from Baladin. At $17.99, I won't be buying this ever again. I honestly don't think I could even recommend this to anyone. Its not bad by any means, its just a bad saison, and a very overpriced one at that. (998 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a transparent gold with steady streams of lacing quickly rising to the top of the glass. The smal, white cap of silk never fades. Spotty streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, lemon, pumello, lime, coriander, and ginger.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a soapy, citrus, and coriander seed blast of flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium-light, spritzy up front, mildly spiced, with a smooth finish. (427 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3/4 Liter bottle received from LuckySevens82 and BIF33 - Team Spring.

Pours a chill hazed golden colored ale with a good but not outstanding white head.

Smell is faintly sweet but more herbal and spicy. Mainly the scent is herbal hops and flowers and scents. Coriander comes through quite clearly but no other spice really does. Black pepper reaches my nose and is except for the coriander is the main spice scent.

Taste is quite dry and herbal in the first sip. The taste of coriander comes through quite clearly and is a little green and slightly grassy. This is slightly metallic tasting but not enough to make me stop drinking it.

Mouthfeel is good.

Fairly drinkable Saison here but there are better. Easy enough to drink but this is a beer that just doesn't have the complexity that you get from something like a Hennepin. (842 characters)

Photo of cps98
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A – Burnt orange with a very small bright white head. Lacing was present till the last drop.

S – Lots of citrus, lemon, orange, and grapefruit were all present. Very little funk in the nose. Some coriander and possibly nutmeg.

T – Very sweet for a sour beer, had a nice citric acid bite and some green apple tartness too.

M – Medium bodied, a little on the sweeter side but not too much. Carbonation was very active and nice.

O – After reading the description I was a little worried since I really don’t like heavily spiced beers. I think the wild yeast help to mask a lot of the heavy spices which was really nice. I think they added some depth but weren’t over powering like I expected. (711 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, cloudy dirty orange color to this one. Initially the head was large and impressive, but it sank quickly into wispy remnants. I have an excessive amount of yeast floating around the glass. Did I pour too rough? It certainly didn't seem so.

The aroma reminded my a saison, but with a leathery funkiness mixed in. Usually I am a big fan of earthy funk, but in this case it seemed out of place.

Light on the palate and a bit sourish, and again, not entirely in a good way. The beer ended with some nice spice.

All around I would say this brew is rough around edges. It could use some refinement. I really enjoyed the Nora from Le Baladin so I found this brew disappointing. (680 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a spumy head that quickly drops to a ringlet leaving some lace

Smell: Telltale earthy, yeasty Saison aroma, but lacks depth; some coriander and a piquant, soapy aroma that I often smell in health food stores

Taste: Opens with a lot of cidery apple flavors, tart and sweet, with a vinous character as well; after the swallow, the earthy hops kick in to add some bitterness, but the yeast and spice flavors dominate

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; modest carbonation

Drinkability: Another older bottle from my cellar clearing of the Baladins; I would like to taste a fresher example as this is past its prime; still, I can't help thinking that this Saison would not compete with the best of Belgium; love the bottles, however, and they remind me of the Italian car I had in college (looked much better than it ran) (868 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow colour, almost orange. White foam, creamy, quite compact.
The smell is coriander and orange, over all. Then cereals, and maybe grape-fruit.
Citrus fruits in the taste, with orange, citric (maybe a bit too strong), and again spices (pepper) and honey.
Medium-light in body, with a long aftertaste of malt and cereals, grape-fruit, spices (pepper over all), but even some citric, too much.
On-tap it is better, with less citric, and more balance and personality (something around 3.75). (491 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color, yeast settles to bottom. Perfumy/citrusy nose. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Starts complex - sweet, sour, citrusy, yeasty and finishes that way. $10.70 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. (308 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a different type of beer, very cool bottle, super reasonable price compared to other italian offerings. blonde and mostly clear in looks, with a limited amount of yeast floaters, huge amber chunks, a little off putting but not uncommon from the italians. the enormous white head rising to the top of my red wine glass makes me almost overlook them. nose is wine like oddly, estery and funny. odd and unrecognizable yeast here. extremely light malt bill, a little stale, this may have some age on it. hopping is simply for balance, straw vibes, some funk, but the yeast does something weird to this. green apples meet french saison yeast, not my favorite, but i appreciate it. very different from the american take on saison, more clean, more clear, lighter, and that yeast is just so foreign to my palate, may take some getting used to. well made, but a bit of a miss for me personally, could stand a bit more body and something to soften the intensity of the yeast in the finish. might be nice in a fruited edition? (1,016 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a good traditional saison look. Honey, oak effervescance. Strong, whipped egg whites head. But the soft peeks dwindle a little to quickly for such a style. Especially as the beer warms. The lacing and head recede along with a lessening of bubbles as it rises in temp. The aromas are pretty bland. Just hinting at the fresh farmhouse prairie rolling on as far as the eye can see when you open the barn doors. It smells like the country malts a saison is know for, just a little subued for my liking. The taste si a bitt better. A little spicer than the nose lets on. has some coriander and thyme in dashed in with the pale Belgina malts. A mix of flat flavor and mild carbonation. Has a light to medium body, just lacking in the carbonation department. (755 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking a nice decanter-shaped Baladin bottle. The ale has been poured into a DuClaw nonic.

Appearance: The ale has a light, yellow color with no trace of haziness. The color strikes me as somewhat too light. There is a substantial amount, almost too much, carbonation, which resulted in two overflows during the night.

Smell: The smell is where I pick up the saison character. The head, as it receded, betrayed a fresh, wild presence that screamed 'SAISON'. This nose set me up for something nice in the taste (alas, that did not happen).

Taste: The ale, as labelled on the bottle, is a Saison-style brewed with spices. I pick up the spices, pepper primarily. But outside of those spices, nothing jumps out at me that makes me thing Saison. I'd expect to see some gamey yeastiness, maybe a small hop presence. Instead, I got none of them.

Mouthfeel: The ale is smooth and well-balanced. The spices greatly help in providing a nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability: At a relatively low 5.8% abv and a nice spice balance, this ale is very drinkable. I think that it may be best used as a gateway beer into the mystical and magical world of saisons. (1,159 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Baladin shaped bottle shared courtesy of weeare138.

Poured a medium and lighlty hazy yellow color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of ginger, other spices, lemons and other citrus. Tastes of citrus, some spices, and bready.

Notes from 5/30/08 (254 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Completely cloudy straw color, almost milky in appearance, this beer has a brilliant white head. Nice lace. Lots of citrus in the aroma (lemon, orange, and also other fruit...kiwi?). The beer has a grassy lightly spices aroma as well. Semi-dry, and very effervescent. It has some pepper and spice in the flavor. No hop flavor at all. Slightly estery and moderately phenolic. This is a light and very drinkable beer. It's the kind of brew that would be great on a spring afternoon. (480 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, light yellow body with a medium-sized head.

Smell: A scent that's the embodiment of Springtime! Plenty of bright, floral notes with hints of honey and spice. The funkiness in the scent is so light, why even bring it up?

Taste: For a saison, assuming this is indeed a saison, the flavor is fairly approachable and easy-going with its mild, pleasing honey-dough sweetness and flavors of fresh-made lemonade and apple juiceboxes. I found the spicing, yeast character, and heck, even the finish to be remarkably light and clean.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: While normally I angrily demand an explanation (followed by an apology) from my saisons, I'm content to let this one be both light and refreshing. (795 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a funky 750ml capped and foiled bottle, the color is cloudy golden orange with an active white head that dissipates fairly quick. The smell is of tart apples and some light hops. At first wiff almost reminded me of a EIPA. The taste is slightly spicy, tart apple, some hoppiness to it. Not as complex as traditional saisons but has a different sort of a hoppiness to it, which makes it unique. The feel is moderate and well carbonated and finishes a bit tart. Overall an enjoyable brew, not as complex as the top tier saisons but is worth a try. (559 characters)

Photo of nick76
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is citrusy, spicy and yeasty. The appearance is golden with some haze and particles. The flavor is like the aroma and light. The palate is light also. The finish is peppery. Overall a good beer and the more I drink the more I like it. It get's better as you drink it. (277 characters)

Photo of Nickls
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a healthy pure white head; dissipates into a centimeter thin foam. Didn't get that much lacing. Lightly hazy marigold orange in color.

Aroma is earthy, spicy, a little bit of white grape fruitiness. Yeastiness is definitely a feature. Some green peppercorn sneaks, and actually a little bit of pepper in the flavor as well. Yeasty flavor; a touch of citrus; very earthy flavor to me actually. Not bad, but not on par with the best in the style range. Lighter MF, and tight prickly carbonation. Very solid drinking actually, refreshing, nothing off in terms of flavor. Certainly not a boring brew either. (616 characters)

Photo of klewis
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours golden with a moderate frothy head. A bit of lace and a thick halo hang around the surface of the brew.

S: A little fruity... a bit phenolic... some biscuity aromas. Yep. It's a saison. A slight, indescript spicy character rounds out the rather light aroma.

T: A bit of tartness, but this one seems to lean on the sweet side for me. The spices give it a smooth sort of potpourri-like taste with a tropical fruit/ tutti fruity kind of flavor.

M: Light-moderate in body with plenty of carbonation. Seems to drink a bit smoother than some. Finishes semi-dry.

D: A bit unusual and the jury is still out on this one for me, but it is definitely worth a try. (666 characters)

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a pretty good Saison / Farmhouse Ale.

Pours into a glass, with a nice thick head. Lots of carbonation, but almost automatically dissipates.

The aroma is funky and grassy, a nice sign of a classic farmhouse ale.

The taste is complex with a mixture of horse grass funk and dried citrus.

Overall this is a good Saison, and particularly a good Italian rendition.

I would recommend this to beer lovers whom want to try something new and different, and even appeals to Farmhouse drinkers. (496 characters)

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. (308 characters)

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. (264 characters)

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. (514 characters)

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Wayan from Birrificio Le Baladin
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