Baladin Nora Sour Edition 2005 | Birrificio Le Baladin

Baladin Nora Sour Edition 2005Baladin Nora Sour Edition 2005
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Baladin Nora Sour Edition 2005Baladin Nora Sour Edition 2005

Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerBeing on 06-25-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by danedelman:
Photo of danedelman
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2006 sour edition. Purchased at Joe Canal's in jersey on clearance for $14.01!!

A-coppery orange color with 2 finger fluffy white head that sticks around for some time.

S-almost has a wine smell, like chardonnay grapes with a grassiness that is intoxicating. sourness funk too more of the grassy kind not horse blanket.

T-much like the smell. Add some lemony and peppery to that though. Very clean and crisp.

M-very clean and crisp, very drinkable. No alcohol heat present. Great Beer!! May go back for the other 3 bottles left.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cole's Italian tasting. Grapefruit colour, white head with a lot of bubbly head bubbles of all sizes, and lacing. A sourness that you get used to, but still is tough on the tongue. Carbonation is there. Sugar there malting it, and spices. As saison more than a saison. The sour and spicy is interesting and complex, not possible to drink too much of.

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Photo of Jimbolikesbeer
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DrBier
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stagrlee45
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2006 version (I guess we're reviewing it here then).
Shared by--I think--ShanePB. Thanks!

Hazy, golden-amber pour with a small cap of off-white head that sank to a ringlet. In the aroma: citrus, grass, pale malts. Taste was mildly sour, nothing huge, but nicely balanced, citrusy, grassy, a bit of earthy spice in there as well, and a slight oak profile, backed by a biscuity pale malt base. Medium body, and easily drinkable. Not mind-blowing, but a nice treat for sure.

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Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Ragu2387
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

****This is the 2006 Edition, apparently only 13 cases made it to America. I was lucky to stumble across one at Oak Tree Buy Rite in New jersey.****

Baladin Nora 2006 Sour Edition
750ml poured into snifter at 50-55 degrees

Appearance: Glowing golden orange, hazy body with huge, exuberant carbonation, that quickly disipates into a thin off white ring.

Nose: Orange blossoms and citrus soda dominate the nose up front, very faint wet grass on the tail end. I already feel refreshed just smelling this.

Mouthfeel: fuller mouth feel than I was expecting. Light, fizzing carbonation clean and lighten the palate after that first initial tongue coating.

Taste: The orange blossom and citrus notes continue to dominate the palate, finally the little sour notes come through, almost like a peachy, tangerine kind of tart. Oak comes through just to hi at the end, balancing it out and leaving your mouth with a refreshing pucker to keep you coming back for more.

Overall: This might be one of my new favorite sours. The nose makes you feel like you are in an orange field, while the taste was perfectly balanced, clean, and super refreshing. I wish there was more to go around!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Max's Ravens and Rare beer event last Sunday.

Hary orange with a thin white head with good retention.

Nose is very herbal and delicate with some spice, jasmine, rosemary and rose water. Very floral with a great herbal character, there's some honey and mild sweetness. Sour? Not so much, but this is one unique beer

Very very herbal and floral with a lot of green tea flavor with mild tartness in the back, this just isn't very sour. Rose and jasmine, with some sage spice character. Dry on the finish with a mild tartness, a touch of white pepper and some tea-like astringency, this is good stuff. Light in body with high carbonation, the long, flavorful finish make for one easy to drink beer, one that I can see going VERY well with food.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the January Austin BA meeting.
Thanks, Bill!
Appearance is golden, a bit cloudy. Stiff, rocky head small bubbles.
Aroma - Fruity, cinnamon notes.
Taste: cinnamon, fruit -- pear? . Very wine-like , dry finish, a bit sour.
Mouthfeel: a bit sticky on the tongue.
Drinkability: very drinkable. This is definitely like drinking a fine wine.

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Photo of pohldogg356
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of Mgmcewen
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of JoeMayo
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours from the beautifully shaped and labeled bottle a hazy gold color with a rich, pillow-like 3-finger head that dissipates to a rich fluffy cap.

S- Not getting much from the nose other than green peppercorns and herbs.

T- Sweeter than I would have expected. A sweet floral flavor comes through with herbal notes and a surprisingly good integration of the green pepper flavor. Only a hint of sourness comes through and does not contribute very much to the overall flavor of the beer.

M- Clean mouthfeel with a superfine carbonation

D- Easy to drink, although the pepper certainly acts as a bit of a shock initially.

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Photo of bauermj
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of baybum
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with golden burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a 2 finger fizzy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Slightly tart earthy funk aroma with a bit of oaky tannis and crisp fruit notes. Not as much horseblanket barnyard funk as I prefer but rather has a much more prominent fruit presence, especially dark cherry, raspberry and strawberry estery notes.

Tart sour funk up front that is not strong enough but lingers throughout. Again, there is a lot of crisp golden fruit notes and a creamy medium body but not enough funkiness going on. Hints of apple, pear, cherry, strawberry and other dark berries. A bit too sweet with a slightly dry finish. I really enjoyed the Supra Sour Edition but thought that this one was average.

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Photo of whartontallboy
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from 750ml at the First Annual Stone Sour Fest, July 2007
Sits in my glass a hazy, gold color that is topped by the best draught head I have seen today; it actually covers the beer quite easily, but is composed of somewhat large bubbles and is a pale, off-white color. The aroma has a striking note that reminds me of black tea and hemp, though I am not quite sure why. This herbal character is mixed with a fruity note composed of starfruit, green apple and a nice, inviting, soft acidity.

The beer is fairly dry and only softly acidic. It is quite fruity, which does bring out a touch of sweetness. A flavor melange of plum, melon, chamomile and yes, even some hemp. I really can't shake the tea notes, it is quite persistent, noticeable and something must have been added to produce this character; the hemp / chamomile flavors seem most apparent but there is definitely some other things going on as well. The beer has a light, foamy carbonation and is quite light bodied. When paired with Mike's beer cheeses, the cheese brings out a note of melon-like fruitiness as well as down-playing the hemp note, while accenting the green tea note.

Actually food makes this beer much more tasty (it is very complimentary for this), which I have found to be generally true of sour beers in general (not that they need to be more tasty, as I already enjoy them quite a bit).

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of hellbilly
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 bottle graciously shared by bockyhorsey.

hazy strawberry blonde colored pour with a large short lived orange tinted white head. a blast of flowers (roses especially) hits first and is followed by aromas of white pepper, orange, lemon and wet concrete. the flavor is neat but is seems a bit watery... hay, orange, mild lemony tartness, faint caramel, pepper/tannins? and iced tea florals. there's a stoney dryness on the finish. light-medium bodied with a prickly mouth feel from the high carbonation.

this would be easy to drink with lunch.

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Photo of tneenan1
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Equal parts honey gold and tangerine orange. The alabaster colored crown is a thing of beauty. In fact, it wouldn't be a stretch to call it Belgianesque. Several streamers of lace are beginning to appear on the glass, which is enough to keep the appearance score right where it is.

The nose is dominated by myrrh, which has a burning incense-like aroma that I've never smelled before in beer (except in non-sour Nora). Although ginger was used, the spices smell more like cardamom and freshly grated white peppercorns. Considering the name, the beer doesn't smell that sour. An extra half-point is awarded for uniqueness.

The passage of time between my two reviews doesn't allow a valid comparison to be made between Nora and Nora Sour Edition 2005. That said, this beer earns a solid 4.0 for flavor, so I must like it more. Maybe the sourness (which isn't overpowering by any means) keeps the spiciness from running rampant.

BNSE has a great deal in common with a hugely estery and phenolic saison/farmhouse ale. At the risk of beating a dead horse, the (presumably) Brettanomyces sour funkiness is on the low end and wouldn't even qualify the beer as a true wild ale. On the other hand, the flavor profile is pretty wild.

Specifics include tart fruit (with plenty of orange peel), white grapes, and an interesting potpourri of spices that are most reminiscent of cardamom, white pepper and ginger. A modest sweetness, although understated, is welcome. Since it's highly unlikely that the basic recipe was changed, I find it odd that I like this version more than the original.

Later pours add a light haziness that confirms the initial appearance score. The mouthfeel is light with a pleasant back end slickness. That's probably for the best, since more full probably wouldn't have worked as well.

Either Baladin Nora Sour Edition 2005 is an improvement on the original or I finally *get* this beer. What might have been a cacophony of flavors actually come together pretty well in the end. Lovers of offbeat ales with a sour edge should find plenty here to justify the purchase price.

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Photo of nickfl
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - One finger of white foam on a slightly hazy, deep golden body. The head settles slowly, but doesn't leave much lace.

S - Lemon and black pepper, with a hint of herbal hops and some sour funk in the background.

T - Assertive sourness up front, which gives way to a lemon pepper flavor with a spicy, herbal background. Notes of clove, basil, and rosemary. The finish is dry and smooth with just a hint of hops.

M - Medium light body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - An interesting beer. Very reminiscent of a saison, especially in the nose, but with a level of acidity that is only matched by the tartest of Fantome's farmhouse beers. Bright, refreshing, and quite enjoyable overall.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been hanging onto this for a while.

Very herbal aroma. Spruce tips, pine, juniper. There is just a touch of acidity. Dries it out and gives it a rustic touch. Overall there isn't a ton of sour character, perhaps age has cleaned this up.... Regardless a tasty saison like beer.

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Baladin Nora Sour Edition 2005 from Birrificio Le Baladin
Beer rating: 76% out of 100 with 25 ratings
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