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Wayan - Birrificio Le Baladin

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BA SCORE
85
very good

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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 grub
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

grub, May 28, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Dukeofearl, May 22, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

beerthulhu, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Sammy, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of klewis
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

klewis, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Patrick999, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of phisig137
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

phisig137, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Gueuzedude, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

rhoadsrage, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Gmann, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

ChainGangGuy, May 16, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

scruffwhor, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

jdhilt, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

RoyalT, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice very lightly hazy pale golden with an white and frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly and laced the glass.

The aroma was fruity and well established with a light citrusy note. The aroma contained a very light spice that was muted and well blended to the point that I could not identify it. Very light character of a peppery note was present and something very floral was present as well.

The flavor was light with a very light sweetness intially on the palate and then a slowly drying floral character. The flavor contained a very light spice which was well blended and interesting, and which increased the complexity of the beer. A very slight citrus was present and a light pineapple was as well.

The finish was dry, but not bone dry, with a light lasting citrus and spice very pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was medium light with a high carbonation and a super creamy mouthfeel. The beer was extremely drinkable and easy to consume. A pleasure to drink with a very light touch on the spices so they contributed complexity instead of strong flavors. While not your standard saison, well done, very well done.

750 ml bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Zorro, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of Hautacam
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold...big foamy head..lots of laceing..drops to 1/8" and stays.
Smells earthy, hay...a little cidery....slight citrus.
Tastes semi sweet...lemony, yeasty, hint of apples..pepper.The yeast flavor becomes predominant as it warms up.Not detecting any spices that I can identify(it's brewed with spices). Only a slight touch of bitter.
Body was medium....carbonation pretty high.
I thought this was a pretty good saison....split a 750ml of this with my girlfriend, and we both liked it enough to want more.

Hautacam, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of meathookjones
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

meathookjones, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Rapscallion goblet.
Pours a hazy yellow gold with a nice 2 finger white head. Retention is good and lacing is nice. Carbonation streams up the sides of the glass.
Smell is fluffy wheat, spices, pepper, fruity (apricot, pear). A bit bready with just a hint of hop aroma thrown in for good measure.
Taste is sweet fruits (see above) with just a hint of wheat sharpness, and plenty of spicing to go around. Black and white peppers some coriander (it would seem) and floral spices back up the fruity and sweet back of this beer.The finish is slightly dry with just a hint of bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is good, I personally prefer my Saison ales to be a bit more carbonated, but this is still darn good.
Overall, a pretty good saison, especially considering that this is a "belgian-style" ale from Italy. I don't know. The beers I've had from the Italian peninsula have all been great, and this is no exception.

LuckySevens82, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

akorsak, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of stcules
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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).

stcules, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of Crosling
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Crosling, Jul 21, 2004
Photo of NJbeerman
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

NJbeerman, Jan 14, 2003
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Wayan from Birrificio Le Baladin
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