Leon
Birra Baladin

LeonLeon
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From:
Birra Baladin
 
Italy
Style:
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #62
ABV:
9%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,662
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 9.18%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
33
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 07, 2023
Added:
Oct 07, 2013
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  7
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Opaque very dark brown leathery looking body, tan head. Front of prune, light date, toasted caramel, faint candi sugar, followed by a wave of big chestnut, dark malt, with a wave of tobacco, earth and a refined yeast. Smell has big earth, tobacco, and caramel leading, mild yeast, malt and dried dark fruit supporting. Artisanal light and dry body with yeast starring the most here supporting by the malt and barley. One of the best beers we had in italy. The wife loved it
Nov 07, 2023
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
been ages since i have seen anything new to me from baladin, used to love scoring these sexy bottles, the beer has always been curious and delicious, and i have long had a lot of love for what they do. was stoked to find this one, somewhere between a belgian dark strong and an english barleywine, some sugar other than grain derived is likely to me, but its not really that belgian either, despite the ferment being a key element, not unlike some other hard to categorize italian craft stuff, this one is its own thing, very cool. middle brown toned with reddish edges, slightly fizzy but not much head, a little haze, and less viscosity than anticipated, perhaps some weird conditioning in the bottle has taken place, got this off a dry shelf. sort of a festive aroma here, toasted chestnut, bread crusts, dark sugar, subtle white pepper, red wine, raisin, leather, and anise, unique character for sure, slightly alcoholic but not bad. dried fruit up front here, malt layers in the middle, light licorice, dry baking chocolate, and dr pepper soda. cool sort of spice profile from the ferment but to me its not estery enough to be classically belgian, vinous as it warms, maybe faintly oxidized but i never mind that in these malty strong ales. some sort of english and german bready elements to thge malt, a molasses wrinkle, drier than expected on the finish but still with some residual sweetness, wish it had more carbonation activity to keep it moving, it gets a little heavy as it sits. cool beer, maybe a little past its prime in this instance, but great to drink a beer from these guys again after way too long. not my all time favorite from them, but a nice evening sipper.
May 04, 2023
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a darkish brown, almost black color, with a big fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like sweet milk chocolate, vague spicing, black cherry, molasses, and breadiness.

This is absolutely delicious. There’s a very pronounced chocolate, sweet but not overly so, as the spicy and bready notes help balance this sweetness. There’s a nice dark fruit and cherry note as well, dry and leathery.

This is creamy, and pretty rich, with a very good drinkability.

This is one of the best BDSAs that I’ve ever had, easily. It’s very delicious.
Jul 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3.9 by kjkinsey from Texas

Mar 13, 2022
 
Rated: 3.74 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Sep 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.05 by Dope from Massachusetts

Aug 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
750 ml corked and waxed bottle, as Baladin Leön, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. BB date Nov. 2014. ABV is 9%. Hazy dark brown colour, large off-white head. Aroma of mild spices, dark dried fruits and rotting fruits. Malty and mildly spicy flavour, notes of brown sugar and caramel, hints of vanilla, but still not too sweet. Dark dried fruits again. Light bodied for its strength, and pleasant to drink.
Jan 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by hoponit from New York

Jul 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Stengelfoot from California

Jul 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by ajdemma from New York

Mar 30, 2019
 
Rated: 3.79 by HopBelT from Belgium

Feb 27, 2019
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from the bottle into a tulip nonic pint glass.

Cherry copper red, fairly clear with minimal head creation. Tan fleeting with a limited collar.

Very closed nose. Caramel and a bit of sucrose making for a taffy candy store flavor. Doesn't seem very Belgian even a touch of black licorice is in there.

Palate is enjoyable and solid. Not quite to my style but gets into milk chocolate instead of fruit dark esters. Clean solid mouthfeel, maybe a touch of cream also.

Doesn't quite seem like Belgian dark, but has a solid flavor profile.
Sep 10, 2018
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Rated by IsmajlMaliqi from Albania

4.86/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
It tastes sour and sweet at the same time, and I like it a lot!
Sep 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.77 by Heftklammer from Massachusetts

Jul 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.83 by Giangio from Italy

Apr 13, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Mar 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by samEBC from Belgium

Feb 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.91 by Tomislav from Croatia (Hrvatska)

Feb 08, 2017
 
Rated: 3.59 by groleau from Canada (QC)

May 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.7 by poskok from Croatia (Hrvatska)

Jan 24, 2016
Leon from Birra Baladin
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 33 ratings