Noël | Birrificio Le Baladin

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87
very good
127 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin
Italy
birreria.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SixpointJMH on 12-28-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
127
Reviews:
75
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
12.82%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of JamFuel
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mix_Master_Mike
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluehende
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of aprabhu
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Krey213
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of RazorX67
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. 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.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
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!).

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Photo of BuddhaBrowett
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of timmy2b
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RickS95
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of bconsidine
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 $$$

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Photo of lmaduells
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of athomasPSU
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of relynnjr
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Noël from Birrificio Le Baladin
3.9 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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