Noël
Birra Baladin

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From:
Birra Baladin
 
Italy
Style:
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #91
ABV:
9%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,183
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 12.79%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
133
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 17, 2023
Added:
Dec 28, 2003
Wants:
  8
Gots:
  17
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Reviewed by Rebry

4.89/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Dark amber / dark brown colour topped of with a white/yellow foam. you really can feel the aromas from this one. you have markant dark fruits, cocoa, and sweet citrus.
Dec 17, 2023
 
Rated: 4 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Aug 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.52/5  rDev -10%
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: 3.63 by PatrickCT from Connecticut

Dec 28, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Nearly see-through purple hue.

White head; nice lace.

Figs, jam & burnt sugar nose, with hints of cherry & smoke. An amazing nose!

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Tobacco & mild cherry flavors; decent, but extremely disappointing after that incredible smell.
Jun 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.84 by mltobin from Connecticut

Nov 26, 2017
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Pours a reddish brown color, kinda murky. Not very pretty beer at all.

Smell is pretty much as expected, lots of plums and raisins, and a bit of bread.

Sweet taste, once again with plums and raisins, aftertaste is a bit nutty.

Pretty light bodied, considering the ABV.

This was kinda underwhelming, considering the style and ABV. It was easier to drink than I thought, but it wasn't very complex.
Feb 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.55 by logicalparadox from New York

Jan 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.05 by Mix_Master_Mike from New York

Dec 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by bluehende from Delaware

Dec 10, 2016
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Reviewed by stephenjmoore from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Murky brownish-Amber with some floaters in it. Not sure if it's sediment, or dried cork residue. Aroma has cherries, grainy bread, hints of cocoa, toast and a dash of brown sugar. Flavor is rich, almost fruitcake like with some tree fruits, brown sugar, sweet bread and caramel. Feel is medium-full bodied, slightly prickly and metal-like finish. Overall a nice Belgian-style ale with lots of flavor.
Jul 22, 2016
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750ml
Gold Foil/Capped

Poured into a chalice a pretty nice dark brown color, with some nice carbonation, with a small/quick fizzy off-white head, which leaves a nice medium size island, and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some pretty nice dark fruits (grapes, figs, raisins, plums). The taste is very nice, malty, yeasty, with some very nice dark fruits. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty well. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew.
Jan 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.9 by aprabhu from Kentucky

Dec 25, 2015
 
Rated: 3.94 by Krey213 from District of Columbia

Dec 24, 2015
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Rated by papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From notes: Decent spices, pleasantly surprised by this one.
May 13, 2015
 
Rated: 4.4 by RazorX67 from Ohio

Mar 27, 2015
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
let me just preface this by saying that i love all the italian beer flooding the market right now, and my curiosity is through the roof, so it is with great enthusiasm that i get into this one, my first of these on tap, thanks to lucky pie in louisville. its got a nice red color to it, like that almost maroon red you see in old renderings of saint nick's coat. deep burgundy sort of, short lived off white head. it smells like dried cherries or cranberries, tart and sweet, but not wild yeasts really so much as a fruity tartness. the grain is heavy, but you would still never suppose 9% abv on this one. its creamy and well carbonated, and tastes like red malt, even rice starchiness, dried fruit, saison type yeast, and a mild spiced character. i also oddly taste some dr pepper or cherry cola or something, its perfect winter beer, unlike others, but fits neatly within the baladin family of beers i have had so far. one was enough, two tops, but i appreciate its uniqueness, which has been a common theme with their beers. worth trying for sure, and with longevity beyond the holiday season i think.
Jan 31, 2015
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Reviewed by leroybrown10 from Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a dark amber with a one finger light tan head. Deep ruby color when held to the light.

Smells of cocoa, licorice, figs and dates. Some spice notes of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Taste is more cocoa and spice. Some dark fruits, molasses and caramel. A hint of vanilla.

Rich, smooth mouth feel with medium carbonation.

A good beer which has a Christmas feel and taste to it.
Jan 21, 2015
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Reviewed by JaimeLondon from Brazil

4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Best italian beer I've drunk till now.
It has a beautifull dark brown color and a great creamy (and of a cream tone) foam.
Aroma and taste are malty, full of dried fruits as well as an incredible chocolate biscuit note, there's some coffe too.
Body is perfect, carbonation at great level. Alcohol is well hidden but gives a nice feel.
If you're in Turin, Italy, make sure you go to a Baladin bar and take this one (available only during winteer and spring, if I am not mistaken!).
Jan 17, 2015
 
Rated: 4.05 by BuddhaBrowett from Sweden

Jan 13, 2015
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