Baladin Nora
Birrificio Le Baladin

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Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #3
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
89
Ranked #5,557
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 11.17%
Reviews:
151
Ratings:
362
From:
Birrificio Le Baladin
 
Italy
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  80
Gots
  66
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: This Egyptian inspired brew is spiced with ginger, myrrh, and orange peel ... very complex.
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Reviews: 151 | Ratings: 362
Reviews by Sabtos:
Photo of Sabtos
2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Dark orange, cloudy, with a paper thin head and tons of brown spice sediment floating around then settling to the bottom.

Like a Moroccan apple pie, with fresh, just poached apple, and some citrus in the background.

Don't let the apple pie description make you think sweet. In a way, it's a little toward the savory side.

It's a bit gritty and spicy due to all the unfiltered spice within.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml
Gold Foil/Capped

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a small quick creamy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some cherries, honey. The taste is malty, yeasty, nice cherry note, sweet, slight spice, very slight tart note. Medium body. Overall, a very tasty brew.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a thin collar around the edge of the glass
S: Moderate aromas of woody herbs and ginger are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and also has some added notes of spices and orange peels towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an interesting mix of herbs and spices, but these aren't overpowering. It is a nice one to sip and savor.

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Photo of nightcrawler
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I've never tasted a beer quite like this.

The smell was sour and alcoholic so I assumed this was going to be bitter and astringent, like an abbey ale gone bad. I was surprised to find the beer light and refreshing, hinting to be more like a Flemish sour beer with a dry finish. The finish may be a bit too dry, leaving me with a sort of weird thirst after each sip.

Very easy to drink with complex flavors slowly coming to the forefront the more I tasted. Light on the tongue with a sudden blast of bubbles as it hits the top of your mouth. It would be very easy to finish the bomber in one sitting.

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Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pale strong with herbs floating around at the bottom of the bottle. pour is a cloudy golden. thought i was getting a saison at first. but the head was leaner. nose was very herbal. quite of bit of licorice and peppery hops. palate was just that. pepper, licorice, coriander and a bit of an astringent citrus sweet. extremely herbal. undetectable abv.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a fizzy white head that disappears rather quickly. Smells very spicy, with loads of ginger and something else that I'm guessing is myrrh. Slightly citric, floral, and with an overall bready malt character. The same spices are strong in the taste as well, along with floral notes and some earthy character. Quite tangy overall with a dry finish. Light-medium body that is pretty effervescent. Interesting to be sure, though overspiced.

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Photo of adamette
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle purchased at a great little store in Mantua, Italy while on tour there on or about 6 19 09. Label, in Italian, mentions that it is made with an Egyptian theme. Interesting.

A Opaque, light orange body under a minimal head.

S Soft grains, some spices, kind of a wheat taste. Nice.

T Taste of some spices (coriander?) with minimal malt and hops profiles. Nice taste, nothing that is capturing my imagination though.

M Moderate thickness, feel with a beefy 6.8 per cent ABV, some interesting tastes.

D Fine drinkability but this is not my favorite Baladin.

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Photo of champ103
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Avenue Pub in New Orleans

A: Pours a murky, cloudy golden/orange color. Almost no head and no lace forms. Kind of lifeless.
S: Lightly tart and acidic. Herbal tea like aromas, ginger, other spices. Passion fruits like mango and papaya. Really interesting, and everything works together.
T: Love it. Tart and acidic apple skins. Almost apple cider like. Herbal tea, ginger, and passion fruits. Lots going on that all intermingle perfectly.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. So smooth at the same time, with a nice dry bite. So easy to drink. Something I can enjoy all day.

I am really glad to have come across this. A great beer, and something I will grab in the future if I see it. Recommended.

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with The Usual Suspects 4.21.11.

Golden orange clear body, a finger of quick dissipation head, some visible carbonation. Cedar dominates the nose, significant myrrh backbone with orange pith not peel citrus notes, floral hops. The ginger is prominent taste-wise though the cedar and especially the myrrh adds complexity, not very hoppy, more botanical than spicy IMO. Mouthfeel is medium, decent effervescence. A nice end to a epic day of beer tasting, pairs well with Italian cookies :)

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Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big creamy head, nice lacing, hazy yeast chunk murky orange

Nose floral malts, golden Belgian malts, sweet floral orange candy, esters, faint phenol

Taste sweet candy malt, candi sugar, orange candy, floral citrus and fruity esters, juicy, little biscuit toasted grainy malt, touch bitterness.

Mouth is to fuller bod, decent carb

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Photo of campfirebrew
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dsa7783
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at GingerMan in NYC...
Pours an effervescent, light-golden hue with slight carbonation...
Fruity, sweet aroma..
Taste complemented the smell... Nuances of ripe, green apples, grapes, and candies...
Light-to-medium bodied mouthfeel...
Decent drinkability to match...
This one wasn't over the top...
Good stuff...

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a well carbonated dark gold with little bit of head and lace. The aroma is light/airy and the ginger does come through so it's slightly sweet. Beer is light bodied, easy to drink, almost watery, has a spicy edge and bit of citric but mostly a mild ginger sweetness. Finishes crisp and bubbly thanks to lively carbonation. Not much going on in this beer but what is going on is pretty interesting and very tasty beer.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a pillowy two-finger head. The head recedes quickly into a thin layer of bubbles on top that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of light oranges and lighter spices. There's not a whole lot of aroma to be had here.

Tastes more potent than it smells. Light citrus flavors are joined by light spices and a husky malt flavor with a mildly bitter ending. There's a lot going on here, but somehow it manages not to be a train wreck. The flavor profile seems to change with each sip, and it took me about halfway through the glass to really get a grip on this beer.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with good carbonation and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good, mostly because it seems to change with every sip.

Overall this is one interesting beer, although I'm on the fence about how much I like it. I'm glad I gave it a try, but I think one will be enough.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A:Pours a cloudy dark peach/apricot to copper in color with moderate amounts of small black yeast particles in suspension along with light amounts of visible carbonation and some dark orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a large patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/orange rind, ginger, and myrrh. Additionally, there are slightly stronger aromas of spicy black pepper and lighter notes of honey. Just a touch of yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of pale malts and Belgian yeast (similar to a Belgian Pale Ale) which is then followed by the interesting herbal/spicy notes. First there is a strong flavor of spicy black pepper and some honey sweetness. That is followed by ginger, citrus/orange rind, and myrrh.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: This is pretty interesting as the beer initially has a smell like a Belgian pale ale that then the spicy notes really come out and take over. The taste is similar to the smell and there is quite a bit of complexity to both. Enjoyable but not sure that I could have more than one of these in a session.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of the beer is dark golden moving toward orange capped off by a nice fluffy head that dissipated quickly. The aroma is spicy and sweet with some earthy herbs. The beer is light on the palate with a bit of carbonation. The flavor is complex: sweet fruit in particular oranges, spiciness, dry with some residual bitterness and acidity. The finish is long and dry. This beer is complex and very unique and I like it for that. I could finish off the 750 mL bottle in no time.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of watchnerd
4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer almost defies classification. Good head that deflates quickly, rich if murky color, and HUGE chunks of yeast upon pouring. Not much lacing. Some say it is best with food, but I think the opposite: drink this by itself to get the full experience. Not much hop presence, if any. Aromas of rose water, nutmeg, and feminine musk. A bit like sniffing panties while drinking beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An Egyptian styled brew. Brewed in 05. sampled 11/07.

A: Poured a hazy copper orange color with a huge fluffy white head that slowly diminished. Visible carbonation was moderate while small bran flake yeast sediment collected on the bottom of the glass.

S: The nose was yeasty with light bread, a touch of lemon sourness and muskiness.

T: The initial flavor was a blast of lactic sourness, lemons, and light bread notes. There was a huge citrusy sourness flavor along with coriander (pepper) spicing notes. The finish was dry bitter sour citrus with a moderate fade along with some peppery notes. There was a nice tangy spiciness as well. The flavor was yeast dominated but rather one-dimensional. Still a good beer overall, yeasty, with a nice spiciness and wheat palate.

M: The mouthful was oily, with sour citrus (oranges/tangerines) gracing the tongue.

D: moderate drinkability but failed to leave me wanting more.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jburchett
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Kelp
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MichaelLamb
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nora

Appearance: Light gold, clear in color and nice effervescence as tiny bubbles rise and pop on the surface.

Smell: Ginger, light spice, sweetness (honey), perfume like elements giving off a nice scent but certainly an original one.

Taste: Mellow flavors of honey, curaco orange peel, sweetness is kept in check by some of the interesting grains used. Hard to categorize, this ale has all the makings of a Belgian style pale ale, minus the yeasty twang and the hops. Does that even make sense? Im not so sure, but the beer is tasty.

Mouthfeel: A luxurious feel, soft with a high level of carbonation. Semi dry and certainly sophisticated. Consider my palate educated.

Overall: This Italian product of Egyptian influence certainly exceeded my expectations, which were moderately high. The Egyptians must have had it pretty good if their beer was anything like this.

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Photo of robertjbell
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the Calgary distributor's tasting for Baladin's products we were all at a loss for what the heck this beer could be, as our knowledge of Italian was less than adequate to read their brochure. Thus the most we could get out of this beer was that it was somehow "Egyptian". In retrospect I am now aware that it is a herbed ale with ginger, rose etc. etc. Yet at the time of my reviewing the tastes were somewhat less than distinguishable

Appearance: Dark blonde coloration, opaque with a white and light head and minimal lacing

Nose: Slightly wine-like characteristics infused with light ginger notes, light citrus fruits as well

Taste: Coriander and peppery spices dominate, taste of alcohol comes through in a balsamic vinegar finish, slightly drying at the end

Mouthfeel: Full yet tart, enough carbonation to keep the beer interesting

Drinkability: Not a particularily memorable ale, and not knowing the additives did nothing to aid the drinking experience

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Baladin Nora from Birrificio Le Baladin
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 362 ratings