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Wayan - Birrificio Le Baladin

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85
very good

101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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: 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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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 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 Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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 westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

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?

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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 wrightst
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of weeare138
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
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 akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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.

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Wayan from Birrificio Le Baladin
85 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.