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Wayan - Birrificio Le Baladin

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very good

47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 104
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 01-14-2003

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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 104
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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wayan from Birrificio Le Baladin
85 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.