Baladin Nora | Birrificio Le Baladin

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Baladin NoraBaladin Nora
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin
Italy
birreria.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Egyptian inspired brew is spiced with ginger, myrrh, and orange peel ... very complex.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
339
Reviews:
147
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
59
For Trade:
1
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Photo of BeerBelcher
1.79/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I didn't really care for this beer. It had an oddly perfumed aroma, and a combination of yeastiness and cerealness in its flavor that I couldn't get into. More over, the excessive amount of floaties in this beer gave it a strange and unpleasant mouthfeel that was at the same time both slick and gritty.

Appearance was a hazy tan, with some light and dark specks in it which reminded me of eggnog. Aroma was perfume-y, and the first thought that hit me was "lavender." Taste was faint at first, intensifying as it warmed, and the emerging flavor was cereal-y and yeasty in a way that was unpleasant to me. The mouthfeel was a bit gritty due to the floaties present, but also a bit slick and slimy feeling. Much of mine went down the drain.

I was not a fan of this beer and would not recommend it.

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2.28/5  rDev -43.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of Dodgerrigo77
2.74/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On draft @ Open Baladin, Rome.

Looks nice in Teku glass.

No identifying smell other than adjunct lager?

The taste has nothing but a bit of honey and faint citric taste.

I had an Open IPA 20minutes ago, that wasnt impressive, and parmesan chips,
maybe my senses are off or the style doesnt suit me, not impressed.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.95/5  rDev -27%
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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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.01/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

big 25oz(?) bottle split amongst many friends at a party poured into a plastic cup. purchased at consumers on sale for 12$. i was unsure exactly what this was at time of tasting, never heard of it and had no idea what style it was.

from what i could tell it poured out a cloudy, hazy golden color, nice foamy white head with good retention.

acidic vinious aroma. very grapey and wine like.

no real funky flavors in the taste, but it has quite a bit of acidity and some sourness, similar to a wild or a belgian. again with grapey, vinious wine notes at the forefront. apricoty, pukey finish and aftertaste.

medium body. slightly tart. not very drinkable, the half pint sample i had was enough.

overall: IMO, not that great, my friends thought so as well. someone mentioned it reminded them of sam adams cranberry lambic which i agreed with. definatly not worth the 12$ price tag (and that was on sale!). one of the most wine like beers ive ever had.

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Photo of descobar
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from a 750 ml bottle
Look: it is a pale amber with and orange hue. minimal head with very low retention. no lacing observed. it is very hazy.
Smell: very lemony, along with spices and significant ginger presence. some biscuity malt sweetness.
Taste: there's a lot of strong flavors here. lemon, orange, ginger and spices. enough sweetness to suggest maybe some candy sugar additions. if there was any bitterness, it is faded away leaving a strong tangey astringency behind.
Feel: I find it medium to light in body, and texture is thin-ish with low carbonation and astringency as previously mentioned. Finishes sweet and short with only a lingering astringency sticking to the palate.
Overall: I enjoyed the last bottle a bit more. there is a puckering astringency that is somewhat off. Still very drinkable but I can only imagine how good this beer is fresh from a tap with full carbonation... and un-faded bitterness.

Age: 4+ years (only signs are in the low carbonation and faded bitterness that leaves the beer a bit unbalanced with a bit too much puckering astringency present)

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Photo of Johnct
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of winomark
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold, almost orange with a pale tan, frothy and vigorous head. Candy, citrus and mild bread notes on the nose. Similar to a belgian pale ale, IMO. Sweet, spicy finish. Some ginger is noticable, along with some white peppercorns. Sugary throughout. Slightly yeasty finish. Good mouthfeel overall. Flavorful and coating, but not heavy. A nice brew. Not sure of the style they were going for; belgian pale ale meets a spice beer, i guess. Solid. Give it a try if you find it.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brewery and this particular beer have been highly commended so I was really looking forward to it.

This is a pre-hopping style beer and honey and spices are used to balance out the malt.

This works quite well only that the main aroma is honey both in smell and taste and the other spices were hard to tell apart.

In all a good beer but not living up to the hype.

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Photo of nick76
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is sweet with yeast, malt, spices, and fruit. The appearance is hazy amber gold. The head is decent. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall it's OK but nothing special. This is another disappointment with a nice bottle but too expensive for what it is.

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Photo of groleau
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andpit
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kiya
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was expecting something dramatic to come out of this bottle considering the bottle shape and label design.

Pours a nice golden color with little to no head but with massive yeast clots... very little lacing brings up a great and strong floral scent.
Initially i was quite surprised that the overall flavor was so smooth. Nothing jumped out at me, i was sort of wishing something would.
The mouthfeel was one of the highlights for me, great levels of carbonation and a nice light feeling make this a great beer to drink a lot of, but it's not packaged or priced like a beer that's a session beer. Regardless, i loved bits and pieces of this, while overall i felt like it was missing something.

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Baladin Nora from Birrificio Le Baladin
4.04 out of 5 based on 339 ratings.
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