Isaac | Birrificio Le Baladin

IsaacIsaac
BA SCORE
3.66/5
134 Ratings
IsaacIsaac
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin
Italy
birreria.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SixpointJMH on 06-01-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,581
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
134
pDev:
12.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BdM
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LJWalker
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutSnob40
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of unclekeith
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zekenyce
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doktorhops
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Birra Baladin again? Yep, it’s #3 in my mixed 5 [read my review of Super Bitter for disclosure ‘n stuff]. So far Nazionale has been top-shelf, Super Bitter was interesting but not mind-blowing awesome, now on to Isaac, which immediately makes me think of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game for some reason... then my mind goes to Flight of the Conchords when Dave suggests that women like three things: “Men in kilts, Southern Comfort, and Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game”. This insight into my crazy sit-com addled mind has been brought to you by Lightspeed Briefs, as seen in your dreams. On to the beer, Birra Baladin Isaac is stylistically Witbier... hmmm, intrigued as to how this will turn out.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy pale tangelo body with a fairly fizzy (frizzante to the Italians) 2 centimetre white head that collapses to a lace ring yet still shows decent carbonation action... this one might be a three burps brew. 7/10.

S: Birra Baladin don’t cease to surprise with a fascinatingly spicy nose of coriander, nutmeg, mace and orange blossom. Candi sugar adds a big hit of sweetness, and some doughy yeast character comes through as well. At least at this stage this is the closest Birra Baladin have come (for me) to matching the original style. This is a classic Belgian Wit aroma. 8/10.

T: Begins musty/dry with a prominent yeast character that carries throughout the flavour profile. Notes of the above spices: Coriander, nutmeg and mace, along with that orange blossom come through mid-palate. Candi sugar is more restrained than expected. Finish is dry and cleanses the palate well. Balance is up there with some of the best Belgian Witbiers, so Birra Baladin really know their stuff, top notch! 8/10.

M: Really gassy it must be said - too far on this front - I had more than three burps (it was like 8 or 9!). Mid to light bodied, but yeah waaay over-carbed. 5/10.

D: Well so far Nazionale is still my pick of the bunch, but if you want a Birra Baladin that is stylistically as advertised then Isaac is your man. That said I like it how Birra Baladin and Birra Del Borgo come up with their own (sometimes bizarre) takes on established styles... if we can’t experiment with beer what is the point of brewing? So keep being interesting Italian craft brewers, we’re all liking where you’re going, cincin! 8/10.

Food match: A palate-cleansing brew like this would go great with duck.

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Photo of TeachChefs
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Birrificio Le Baladin "Isaac"
on tap @ Open Baladin, Roma, Italia on 29 November 2015
€5 / glass

Notes: Hazy golden amber body beneath a small but lasting creamy white head. Average lacing. The aroma is floral, citrusy with orange, spicy, yeasty, and a touch grassy/herbal. The flavor follows with a delicate wheaty malt at the base. It's just lightly bitter, but the spiciness and effervescence help to balance it and it finishes dry, spicy, and gently herbal with just a touch of residual fruitiness. Light-medium in body with a delicate, fine-bubbled effervescent carbonation.

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Photo of INSTACAM85
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EMV
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a small bottle (8.5 oz) into a tulip

L: Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Very sparse head for a wheatbeer.. thin white head with sticky lacing. Some sediment hanging out at the bottom.

S: Spice and citrus... mandarin orange slices and ginger. Lemongrass. Smells delicious.

T/F: Tart and spicy. Lots of citrus.. coriander, orange peel, and lemon zest. A bit tart... some bready yeast character. Many different flavors warring for attention. Medium in carbonation. Finish is tart and dry.

O: Hard to call this a witbier, but it's flavorful and tasty. Complex and easy to quaff a few of these (especially given the low ABV and small bottle size). Great to try one on a whim.

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Photo of Dazka
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

From Decervecitas. In Teku glass. After dinner. Too much carbonated and zesty, so much that even seemd to cause headache. Behind that, what otherwise could be a tasty wit can still be glimpsed.

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Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/22/16 bottle

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Photo of Beer-Ed
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of S_McAteer_95
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ptykozoon
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours vibrant yellow. Lacing on the rim.

Apple, wheat, lemon.

Banana, wheat, spices.

Sharp carbonation, light mouthfeel.

Simple, light, refreshing.

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Photo of DbbC
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Giangio
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Robertas
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Catalin90
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dgmirelli
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

look was yellow and smell was of grain, taste of slight citrus feel was a solid level of carbonation

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLima
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yellow whitey with a thin head with short retention.
Light aroma with notes of fresh oranges, yeast, bread and a mild hint of coriander.
Refreshing and citrusy flavor with notes coriander, ginger, orange peel and wheaty bread.
Light body with somewhat fizzy carbonation.
Highly drinkable Witbier and elegant, it is neither bold nor unique.

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Isaac from Birrificio Le Baladin
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 134 ratings
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