Birrificio Le Baladin

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #208
Ranked #25,590
3.82 | pDev: 10.99%
Birrificio Le Baladin
Very Good
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 36 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured with one finger of off white foam on a hazy, amber brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves light lace.

S - a very yeasty aroma of sour cherry, caramel, and a hint of sulphur.

T - sweet malt, caramel, and tart cherry. Caramel, clove, and plum in the middle that transitions to a sweet/sour finish with a light fruity finish.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - sweet, yet complex with an almost sour character. Nicely done.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy dark copper color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with notes of fruity ester and light warming alcohol. Taste is also a mix between some heavy Belgian malt with lots of candi sugar and some fruity ester. Sweetness is maybe a bit too much overwhelming but enjoyable nonetheless. Body is about average with good carbonation. Interesting too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of corby112
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a hazy, dark golden amber/orange color with a thin white head that immediately disappears. Not much in the way of lacing.

Slightly spicy, peppery aroma with hints of candy sugar and crisp light fruit, notably cherry, strawberry and apple.

Medium bodied, slightly earthy and spicy with hints of cherry, strawberry, grape and apple as well as some candy sugar and phenolic alcohol. The spice presence is a bit too heavy for my liking with prominent pepper, cinnamon and peppermint. I'm also picking up some faint hops.

I'm a big fan of Baladin but I wasn't really into this one. It's not bad but the alcohol presence is a bit too strong and there is an overpowering spice character that takes away from the flavor, mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of tpd975
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to blazer for the share.

A: Pours a hazy orange hue with a big puffy white head that does manage some lace.

S: Aromas of sweet summer fruit like pears and apples. Hints of spice and yeast.

T: Candy like malt sweetness, summer fruit, and spice. Light floral notes as well.

M: Medium in body smooth.

D: Pretty good. The italian beers are pretty expensive some are worth the money some are not. I have the feeling is one may be in the are not category.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA.

Presented in stemmed tall tulip, a 1/2" off-white head over the slightly cloudy dull copper brew. Head holds on nicely, with random sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet, lightly fruity, and spicy. Taste mirrors the nose, sweet to start, fruity in the middle, with a spicy close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy for such a substantial offering. Nice treat.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great draft beer available at Spuyten Duyvil from among and amazing list of draft beers. This one is not as good as many of the better known strong pales (Duvel, Delirium Tremens, etc.), but is is a good beer if you're looking for a maltier and stronger version. More blond/light amber than pale. Good head, good arome and good flavor. Worth trying and expecially cool to see it on tap.

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Photo of Travlr
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listed as al-Iksir. Get it?
A: Chestnut color with an edge head only, and slight lacing.
S: Aroma of butterscotch.
T: Flavor begins with scotch whisky, then progresses to butterscotch and spice.
M: Good body.
D: Definitely an interesting beer, worth trying.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Birrotto in Genoa, Italy.

A - Pours a slightly opaque gold with some bronze hues. Nice bubbly movement up to a medium head of big, light foam.

S - There is a nice blend of rich, light brown-sugary candy and sweet fruits. Not a strong citrus bite. The 10% alcohol level is barely noticeable, as has been remarked by others' reviews.

T - There is some unexpected biscuit malt, a bit of more barley-wine like sweetness but without the "darker" sugar sweetness profile. A little dry. Complex. Some sugary fruits in here too, a little more on the citrus side than in the aroma.

M - Really pleasant mouthfeel. Slightly sticky sweetness sticks to the inside of the mouth, while a nice level of carbonation makes everything good and textured.

I continue to enjoy beers from Birrificio Le Baladin and was delighted to find a good source for the beers during my semester in Italy.

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Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the BSF Bar, GBBF 08. Coming in a 750ml brown bottle, capped; BB "Dic" 2009, served lightly-chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer. NOTE: The BSF programme describes the ingredients as including "Johnny Walker whiskey yeasts" but the back label of the bottle mentions "Islay whisky" - so maybe the source of yeasts has been changed?

A: pours a burnished light copper hue with absolute clarity and semi-lively carbonation consisting of very fine and large bubbles, topped with a well-lasting beige fluffy head.
S: richly fruity, featuring salted dried tangerines and hawthorn fruits, a clean and focused aroma almost like a fortified grape wine such as Pineau, musk-fragrant flesh of ripe & sweet white grapes, syrupy malts with a touch of crystal/rock sugar, and barley candy as in an English barley wine... Being categorised here as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale (BSPA), fruit esters are not pronounced at all, nor is there much trace of spiciness from the yeasts. Overall, fragrant-fruity and richly malty, pleasant in its own way (NOT like a so-called BSPA to me); most importantly, it smells VERY light for its alc. strength (10%abv.).
T: almost like a barley wine, the soothingly effervescent foretaste is firmly fruit-malty, featuring overripe apples, lightly burned sugar cane (yeah, the whole thing!), semi-sweet herb-flavoured prunes, and peach-citric fragrance; a semi herbally dry&sweet palate of biscuity malts and yeasts sits firmly in the background, along with hints of sweet grass, old plum tea, and a lingering aroma as from a well-aged semi-sweet sherry, for the lightly rough-textured woodiness lingers really well. Last but not least, the lingering palate of semi-dry bitter hops reflects the decent hop input.
M&D: the most commendable and enjoyable thing about this beer is the heavenly attenuated body and palate against the 10% alc. strength; it's semi-lively at first on the carbonation, but soon softens as the beer goes, to match a medium body (with hidden depth of course!). The subtitle on the back label, "Demi Sec" (or "half dry"), actually, I think, places emphasis on the opposite, as it's a lightly sweet, charming strong ale that I would personally relate to the style of a quality English Barley Wine (with some hints of Biere de Garde as well) instead of any supposedly more estery and dry Belgian ale. Regardless of styles, I'm happy to have tried this bottle and really look forward to sipping more interesting Italian stuff at the BSF bar this year at the GBBF~~

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Green's in Atlanta. My bottle says "Al-Ixir" instead of "Elixer", but still 10% and most likely the same beer. Pours a cloudy dark golden with a fluffy white head that is about two fingers high to start and quickly fades to a thin, tightly beaded cap. Smells quite fruity with notes of lemons and apricots and perhaps some tangerine. There is some ripe cantaloupe lurking in the background. Fairly similar, and pleasant as far as taste goes, with the cantaloupe starting things off, followed by a burst of lemon, and then some late tangerine. Juicy, slightly musky, and ripe. Unusual flavors for the style, but this is a complex beer that comes through nicely. There is almost a farmhouse quality to it, but it doesn't quite cross that threshold, instead dwelling in the land of ripe fruit. I liked this, and it appears others did not. I can't help but wonder if this has been reformulated? In any case, differnt enough and decent enough to warrant a try even with the $13 or $14 price tag I paid for it.

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Photo of Suds
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their characteristic 75 cl bottle, this beer is a rich amber color. The head is of small, dense bubbles, but not long-lasting. The aroma is full of malt, spice, and alcohol. It's an enticing aroma, and has a background of esters and yeast. The taste is peppery and sweet...apples, pale malt, alcohol warming, and fresh-baked bread. The finish is long and slightly bitter, with a decidedly alcohol feel. This is a sipping beer that's coy, but rewards a little patience. It's complexity intensified throughout the experience. Medium to heavy in body, with a notable carbonation. Quite drinkable. Not immediately exception, but, as I already mentioned, it improves throughout. I had this one with some truffle-peppered crutin cheese.

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Photo of nick76
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The aroma is malty and yeasty with some fruit and spice. The appearance is copper gold with a red hue and a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma and not too sweet. The palate is smooth. Overall it's OK. I was really disappointed with this one. I was hoping for more from this one.

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Photo of Crosling
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at Off License in Rome. Deep golden with a nice layered head. Not the most aromatic beer, it shows only some Belgian character, but the nose is a bit stiff. Flavor is well done, with hints of cinnamon and orange peel spice and a chewy dark Belgian character. It's not a great ale, but an enjoyable beverage.

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Photo of tekk9
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quick shot of foam bursted out as I opened this beer. A large head disappeared quickly. The color is golden amber. The nose has a sweet molasses smell and some spicy smells too. Along with a hint of yeast at the end. At first I taste a malty sweetness, a short stint of spiciness followed by strong alcohol. It feels slightly oily on my tongue. A very good beer. I will definitely get it again. Although I think it is it would be better to categorize it as a belgian strong dark ale.

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Photo of alexgash
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this rare bottle in a wine shop in Florence last week and it survived the trip back to Utah just fine. Popping the cap off reveals a tendency to gush, but after a short burst it settles down and pours a murky, orange amber with a thick, creamy, light khaki head that laces elegantly. Nose is spicy carrot cake and gingerbread. I'm also picking up some ripe pears, brown sugar, brandy, and yeast. Nice. Sweet fruity malt flavors start out on the palate. Pears and fruit cocktail juice meld with a spicy bready wheat malt base. Boozy, brandy-ish notes follow and are a little overpowering. Yeasty bitterness fights against a mostly sweet finish. Medium bodied with a borderline cloying finish. For the most part a good beer; just a little too boozy and not as complex as expected.

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Elixir from Birrificio Le Baladin
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 36 ratings