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Wayan - Birrificio Le Baladin

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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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Birrificio Le Baladin visit their website

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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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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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).

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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.

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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 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 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.

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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 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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Wayan from Birrificio Le Baladin
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