Birrificio Le Baladin

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Barleywine - English
4.43 | pDev: 5.19%
Birrificio Le Baladin
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Bruno74200 from France

4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage enjoyed in 2019. This is the oldest beer I've had to date.
It was aged for several years in red wine barrels which brings some nice complexity.
Seems like a walnut wine

May 05, 2019
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bshefftz from California

3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2010 - totally flat, thin mouthfeel. Complex flavors with undertones of sherry and port, but because of the flatness and thin mouthfeel I did not find this very enjoyable, especially for the price. I feel that my interest in trying something rare was not rewarded here - would have been much happier with other BA English Barleywines on my shelf, including Mother of All Storms or Arctic Devil, and both of those coming in at a quarter of the price.

Apr 02, 2018
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jrenihan from Canada

4.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Nose is sweet, toffee caramel and brown sugar. Taste is good but a bit muted considering the style and abv. Some chocolate, alcohol, brown sugar, raisin. Heavy, uncarbonated, syrupy.


Very different from 2010. A berry flavour becomes present, strawberry and cherry. Red wine. Sweet and sticky. Good.

Jan 12, 2017
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Sammy from Canada

4.04/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 much better than the 2010. A berry and unique flavour, with black rice, and a bit of red wine character. Very smooth and one of the best reserva I have had.

Jan 12, 2017
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing a 2010 and 2012 side-by-side.

Both are poured into mini-snifters from the 500mL bottles. I start with about two to three ounces per glass.

The 2012:

Look- Pours viscous and caramel thick into the glass. No head or carbonation as expected as these beers are intentionally still. In the glass it looks almost like bourbon or some heavier spirit, or even maple syrup. Within the liquid, there are swirls of oiliness that add to its rich appearance.

The 2010:

Look- Practically identical to the 2012 but with a tad more clarity.

The 2012:

Aroma- Fruity and vinous first, I'm picking up notes like plum wine or raisin wine. Oak is present as is a spicy edge. Caramel shows but in a distant fashion. The wine really pops here but does slightly overshadow the barleywine characteristics.

The 2010:

Aroma- Much more barleywinesque. Toffee and caramel and butter all deliver first. More liqueur-like and the wine is less prominent. There's more of a grape sucker quality and more oak than wine, though the overall smell does suggest grapes.

The 2012:

Flavor- Still very similar to a plum wine with a tart, fruity start. There's some crisp pear and wine grape. Mid-palate offers some malty notes that translate to biscuit, hints of dark roast and finally, caramel and toffee. Like the other Baladin barleywines I've had, this beer is tremendously layered.

Palate- A touch tart, but not in a way that suggests infection. Certainly a result of the wine-barreling. The body is a tad thinner than medium, but still very viscous and capable of coating the mouth and lingering pleasantly. Mid-palate the tartness cedes to sweeter sensations.

The 2010:

Flavor- Fascinating how much more buttery toffee and caramel forward the 2010 is. I still get wine flavors injecting plum, pear and tart grape, but here they follow the sweeter, savory barleywine base. The finish is also more raisiny and introduces a touch of charred oak and brown sugar, a wonderful bonus.

Palate- This drinks thicker too. More creamy, viscous, rich caramel mouthfeel and less tartness and vinous quality. It's sweeter and more dessert-like, ultimately.

I'm about the biggest Baladin barleywine fanboy there is right now, I think. Every barleywine these guys make has caused me to marvel at its richness, multi-layered flavor and feel, delicious flavor and interplay or barrel and base beer. The Terre beers are no exception. These are something special.

Jan 31, 2016
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 12 ratings