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Baluba | Birrificio Di Como

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Birrificio Di Como

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Winter

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Added by stcules on 02-11-2006

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of LambicKing
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of stcules
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer flavoured with ruta (I think it is rue in english).
Dark mahogany color, with a decent brownish head, not very much, but beautiful.
At the smell, roasted malt and spices, ruta, vanilla. Then fruity notes (pineapple).
The taste is again roasted malt, hazelnut, mou, caramel, vanilla, and again ruta and bitterness behind. The caramel is present, but not overwhelming.. Resolute, but not too loaded.
The body is not exaggerated, but it quite fulfilling.
In the aftertaste the ruta is well noticeable, with a very pleasant bitterness. Again malt and hazelnut. The ruta is quite long.
Interesting beer.

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Photo of clickpush
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: Comes out a nice burnt sienna color, pretty cloudy without much aggravation. Head is sizable to begin with but reduces to the barest of lace. It looked good out of the bottle but looks frighteningly weak after just a minute in the glass. There's still plenty of carbonation coming up through the body though.

Nose: Fruits, nuts, spice. Dried or candied fruits mostly. Something you might expect from a bag of trail mix. Roasted chestnuts. Very rich. Belgian yeast...

Mouth: Caramel & yeast, like a Belgian double. Lots of fruity characters. Warm spicy finish at the end. Body doesn't seem to have quite the cohesion that I look for, though I wouldn't say it's too thin. Rich but not super sweet, especially up front - drier on the finish. Nice roasted, nutty flavor in the finish.

Not exactly my cup of (barley) tea.... Interesting beer though.

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Photo of nick76
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is soapy with tropical fruit, polynesian BBQ sauce, and cola. The appearance is mahogany with an average sized head that falls fast. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is not quite smooth but not quite thin. Overall its pretty darn decent.

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Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the Farmers' Cabinet in Philadelphia.

Pours a cloudy, dark amber color with a two finger, frothy beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks and chunks of lacing left behind.

Sweet vinous aroma with dark fruit, subtle oak and a nice roast character underneath.  Lots of red wine notes especially grape and other dark berries.  Faint vanilla and toasted oak.  Some toffee and caramel as well.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation up front and a very prominent red wine flavor that dominates the flavor a bit, lingering into a sweet finish. Lots of dark fruit especially grape, plum, currant and other dark berries.  Tart with a slightly creamy texture and some dry oak toward the finish.  Malt is overpowered and barely noticeable.  The flavor is good but it's a bit one dimensinonal. Whiskey becomes noticeable as the beer warms but is nicely integrated into the flavor balancing out the red wine.  

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Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cole's Italian tasting. Surprising favourite of the evening. Very brown with a Caesar head, a line of lace. A nutty aroma. Fuller mouthfeel, carbonation is right there. A nutty sweet taste, offset with the bitter ruta herb,with a tad of ginger, that leaves an aftertaste of wine.

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Photo of akorsak
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Listed as Di Como Malthus Baluba - Zymatore, a brown ale aged in Ransom Whiskey barrels that once held pinot noir.

A: Appropriately brown for a brown ale, perhaps even a little towards the reddish side of the spectrum. A thin white head.

S: Whiskey and wine make for interesting bedfellows, vinous and bourbony at once, the brown ale tends to lose touch with its base beer.

T: Incredibly effervescent, the ale feels like a brut. The pinot noir lends dark grapey vinousness, a full flavor on its own. Accompanying the wine is a sweet bourbon presence. Very smooth with the pinot tannins leaping out at me.

M: Effervescent and bubbly. Both the wine and whiskey make appearances in this interesting ale. Another rare score.

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Photo of jsanford
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Redlight Redlight in Orlando, Florida.

Pours a dark mahogany-brown with a thin white head. Aromas and flavors of sweet dried cranberries, caramel malt, oak, cherries, and a touch of vinegar. In some moments this reminds me a bit of Rodenbach, in others of a Stout. Such a strange, ethereal beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy, with a medium body and good carbonation. Overall a very interesting beer that was a pleasure to have on-tap, I may need to seek out a bottle to re-aquaint myself with this!

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Photo of foursquare
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This being my first review - it is actually a pleasure that it's for an enigma like this brew. I had it as a suggestion from the great bartender at Novare Res Bier Cafe in Portland, Maine on a recent visit from up north.

Appearance - The appearance of the pour had a clear medium copper color with a long lasting cream colored head.

Smell - The aroma of this beer was fantastic - hints of raisins and dates along with a strong malt aroma.

Taste - Malt. Sweet delicious malt. As other reviewers have noted, I wish that the overall taste had more of what the aroma of this beer hinted at - as the overall taste wasn't very complex. But for those fans of sweet malt flavors, this is a beer for you!

Mouthfeel - Wow. A velvet feel that didn't carry any high alcohol overtones. I just kept wanting to leave it in my mouth and not swallow.

Drinkability - At 6.9%, it's not over the top as far as far as alcohol goes, but enough that more than a couple of these would end your session. Also, if you're looking for complexity in aroma and flavor, this might not be a beer for you. But, if you're a fan of sweet malt flavors - this is a great sample.

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Photo of beef13
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a dark brown to orange color with an okay head that settles to a ring. Strange sweet/tart aroma with some pleasant vegetal qualities like a chutney, or sugar beets. The taste has that same elusive quality. Sweet-tart, light, and with a berry finish, like cloudberries or something else light, honeyed , slightly sour, and unusual. The mouthfeel is smooth and with a crisp finish. Unusual and delicious. Upon writing this I read the original review and see that some of the unusual flavors can apparently be traced to the use of "Rue". I certainly didn't detect the bitterness that the original reviewer did, but regardless, I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of drpimento
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm, different and good! We likes it. Looked up Rue and I just hope... nevermind. Poured with a smallish off white head and a little lace. Aroma is - odd, good, but odd: spicey malty rich roasty and a little bakelite. Flavor we really picked up on the rue. Nice stuff. Good body and carbonation. Nice finish. A litle like ginger. Good finish. Borderline session depending upon mood.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Max's the other day. The ridiculous beer menu at Max's describes this beer as an Italian double malt stout. WTF??? I don't think so. It doesn't look or taste like a stout and I think the BA description here is much more apt.

The beer pours a reddish brown color with good head retention, but with minimal lacing. One gets lots of malt and barley on the nose, and on the palate it comes across as a rich, sweet, malty ale. This beer is very smooth and is literally mouth coating. It is very soft and plush on the palate, with a very long finish.

A very interesting beer, one I quite liked. Another amazing find at Max's.

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Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Risser09
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a taster by mughugger - Thanks so much Karen - - This one was a treat

Appearance: Pours a caramel brown, probably closer to chestnut than caramel. A tan head arises with 1 inch of height to it. There is moderate lacing left behind.

Smell: Amazing aromatics. Huge doses of caramel, toffee, hazelnut and amaretto. There is also aromas of coffee and snickers. Not sure what makes this beer a fruit beer...

Taste: A pale malt beer, with slight toffee and caramel notes. This is different than the aroma. The beer has a slight sour acidity, almost a pickled flavor. Deep flavors of balsamic vinegar arise as it warms. Pretty good, but different from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: This is a delightfully creamy beer. It drinks very smooth and has very little noticeable alcohol.

Drinkability: Overall, this is an awesome beer. I wish the taste had matched the aroma. I am also confused as to why this is considered a fruit beer. What was included in the brewing process.? Try it!

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Baluba from Birrificio Di Como
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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