Noël
Birra Baladin

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From:
Birra Baladin
 
Italy
Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #102
ABV:
9%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,904
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 12.82%
Ratings:
131
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 07, 2021
Added:
Dec 28, 2003
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  17
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: None
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Photo of Sigmund
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sigmund from Norway

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
 
3.63 by PatrickCT from Connecticut on Dec 28, 2019
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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
 
3.84 by mltobin from Connecticut on Nov 26, 2017
Photo of JamFuel
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by JamFuel from Sweden

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
 
4.55 by logicalparadox from New York on Jan 04, 2017
 
4.05 by Mix_Master_Mike from New York on Dec 25, 2016
 
4.25 by bluehende from Delaware on Dec 10, 2016
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by stephenjmoore from Maryland

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
Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Wasatch from Colorado

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
 
3.9 by aprabhu from Kentucky on Dec 25, 2015
 
3.94 by Krey213 from District of Columbia on Dec 24, 2015
Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by papat444 from Canada (QC)

From notes: Decent spices, pleasantly surprised by this one.

May 13, 2015
 
4.4 by RazorX67 from Ohio on Mar 27, 2015
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by leroybrown10 from Missouri

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
Photo of JaimeLondon
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JaimeLondon from Brazil

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
 
4.05 by BuddhaBrowett from Sweden on Jan 13, 2015
 
4.06 by timmy2b from New York on Jan 10, 2015
 
3.47 by ianjsullivan from Maryland on Jan 04, 2015
Photo of RickS95
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by RickS95 from Indiana

It's close on color with a really rich brown pour. It's dark brown, but there's no hint of black like in other Belgians. The head never really impresses with a thin start and a quick dissipation. Inside the rich brown is a lot of little floaties.

You can pick up dark fruits like raisins and figs, but also a little bit of alcohol. While sugar doesn't usually have much smell, you can detect the addition of sugar in this beer. There's an oaky, bourbony scent as well.

It's very malty with no sign of hops whatsoever. The cane sugar shines, if that's a good thing. Very caramelly, slight chocolate note. Maybe a touch of vanilla.

It's very sweet, but not over the top. Kind of unbalanced, there's no hop presence to temper the sweetness and the alcohol doesn't really cut the sugar either. Barely medium bodied, it could use something else. Despite these misgivings, it's easy to drink and would make a good dessert beer because of the likeness to caramel and toffee.

In a strange way, I kind of like this beer. It's too sweet to have on a frequent basis, but I'm glad I added this to my collection. The alcohol content is nice and while it's not a great beer, it's closer to good than it is to bad. Some weaknesses, but overall a good beer.

Jan 03, 2015
 
3.81 by bconsidine from Maryland on Dec 29, 2014
Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

It pours a cloudy dark brown, small head of foam, near no lacing left behind.

Smells of dark fruits, yeasty, some spice, almost a tartness to it.

Fruit is light in the taste as is everything else. A bit of a shy brew except for the abv. I get some bready notes from time to time as I do some vanilla notes. Very slight tartness.

Pretty light bodied with, I think, too much carbonation.

Not bad but not worth the $$$

Dec 11, 2014
 
3.25 by lmaduells from Spain on Nov 16, 2014
 
3 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Nov 07, 2014
 
4 by athomasPSU from Massachusetts on Oct 28, 2014
 
4 by relynnjr from North Carolina on Oct 11, 2014
 
3.5 by KAF from Iowa on Jul 02, 2014
 
4 by wrightst from Maryland on Jun 08, 2014
 
4 by PeakedInHighSchool from Missouri on May 06, 2014
 
4 by afsdan from Colorado on Apr 24, 2014
 
4 by PEIhop from Massachusetts on Apr 18, 2014
Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a somewhat brownish black body (not completely black) with good head and lace retention. A rather complex nose because I seem to pick up dark fruits like raisins and black cherry as well as some yeast, minor hopiness and then some sweetness that seems to be beyond caramel. Not the most complex beer but it's a light to medium body, not really chewey but there's some sturdiness there, is actually pretty smooth, some more raisins, dark/black cherries, hints of figs, some caramel or candi sugar sweetness comes out and then it has a spicy finish. A rather interesting beer that was worth a shot.

Jan 19, 2014
 
4 by Gww1864 from New Jersey on Jan 19, 2014
 
4 by ortie from Kentucky on Jan 15, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Celebrating the holiday season Italian-style! Turns out its a lot like Belgian-style as the ale opens up with the familiar fruit and spice interplay as those darker, richer Belgian Trappist ales and with a familiar candied malt base. It warms the spirit, soothes the mind and makes families much more tolerable.

As the beer settles, it does so with the rusty, reddish-brown hue that casts subtle highlights through its yeasty veil. Its foam is eggshell-white as the creamy bubbles amass a blanket of froth that shields the beer from top to bottom throughout the session. The ale creeps along, leaving denoting concentric rings of lace in its memory.

Fruity and malty aromas align in the nose with raisins, dates, figs and cherries. Throw in the orchard fruit varieties of apples and berries for good measure, allowing a vinous red wine note to permit. The fruit is pulled together with lightly seared caramel and brown sugar for a taste that strikes the nose as "fruitcake" like. Spicy white pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg sides with the alcohol for a balance that seems like spiced rum.

Soft and supple to taste, the ale simply melts on the tongue with creamy sweetness- starting off with the sweetness of powdered sugar, light molasses, mildly toasted coffee cake and slight brown sugar. As the taste of dried dark fruit fold into the mix, its nutty date, fig, sultan and cherry flavors reinforce the fruitcake notion. And all those Christmas-type spices do much the same as the fruity-sweetness is in much need of balance. But the ale trails spicy and slightly wine-like as a tangy and tannin-like finish looms.

Only medium-full on the palate, the sweetness would imply richer texture, but the soft and creamy carbonation keeps the beer silky and somewhat "feathery". As alcohol as spice builds, drier impressions are left on the back of the tongue until the finish is left with only echoes of cola nut, toasted grain and mulled spice warmth.

Where greater amplification of the ale overall would aid its vividness, its delicate mouthfeel is what is truly intangible. It simply does what the Rochefort, St. Bernardus and Westvleteren of the world do. We have a winner based on palate sensations alone!

Jan 11, 2014
 
4 by Griffith from Connecticut on Jan 08, 2014
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3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by spoony from Colorado

From a funky-shaped 750 ml bottle (code says L32/120) into a wine glass.

A-A normal pour produces about one finger of thick, khaki foam. The head hangs around for a minute before dropping to a thick cap that hangs around for quite a while. The beer is a dark-ruby hued brown color and very murky.

S-The aroma is malty and earthy, but less sweet than I would expect of a BSDA and a beer that calls itself holiday beer. There is some leather, prune, cocoa, and a touch of spice. The alcohol is noticeable and solventy in character.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with earthy prune, raisin, leather, and soil flavors. There is also some cocoa and a bit more spice like nutmeg and allspice. The solventy alcohol is also obvious, but it fits pretty well with the flavors and gives a bit of sweetness and warming.

M-The beer is soft and full in body. The carbonation is fine and foamy on my palate.

O-This is a tasty and somewhat unique beer. The flavors are complex and the warming, slightly spicy and alcoholic nature of this BSDA are mostly what I expect from a holiday beer. That being said, I could have used a little more sweetness to balance the earthy flavors. Glad I got to try to this and I would drink it again if given the chance.

Dec 29, 2013
 
4 by ChaelCox from Virginia on Dec 22, 2013
 
3.5 by jaydoc from Kansas on Oct 26, 2013
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 131 ratings