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Wayan - Birrificio Le Baladin

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BA SCORE
85
very good

82 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%


Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: guinness33 on 01-14-2003)
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
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?

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 04:22:19 | More by StonedTrippin
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breakingbland

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 16:12:49 | More by breakingbland
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 21:32:56 | More by johnmichaelsen
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ferrari29

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 13:03:44 | More by ferrari29
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 20:47:56 | More by Knapp85
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ricke49

Oregon

2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 20:03:42 | More by ricke49
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StJamesGate

New York

4.15/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 20:52:21 | More by StJamesGate
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StevenBilodeau

Connecticut

3.73/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 03:06:31 | More by StevenBilodeau
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Nickls

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 16:42:39 | More by Nickls
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 21:15:26 | More by BeardedBoffin
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robertjbell

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 00:42:52 | More by robertjbell
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 03:13:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 21:14:17 | More by Suds
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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)

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 01:49:02 | More by brentk56
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nick76

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 21:06:11 | More by nick76
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 18:56:09 | More by hopdog
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 02:01:42 | More by Viggo
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 12:08:13 | More by BEERchitect
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 02:14:20 | More by weeare138
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 19:22:37 | More by grub
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Dukeofearl

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 00:15:52 | More by Dukeofearl
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 00:19:14 | More by beerthulhu
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 00:31:28 | More by Sammy
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klewis

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 04:04:45 | More by klewis
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Patrick999

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 01:29:16 | More by Patrick999
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Wayan from Birrificio Le Baladin
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