Baladin Nora | Birrificio Le Baladin

144 Reviews
Baladin NoraBaladin Nora

Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin

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.

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Photo of adamette
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Macca
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very murky dark orange colour with a generous head. A lot of sediment. Nice lacing.

Wow. The aroma really hits you. The ginger especially and other spice notes. Unfortunately it reminds me of the moisturizer my wife uses.

Lots of spices. The rose water is much stronger. Clove, ginger, is there anything that is not going on in here?

Medium bodied. Some sweetness

I can't say that I understand this beer but I like it, just don't know how much I could drink.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a fading white head.
Delicate aroma of doughy wheat, spicy clove notes, spices, soft sweet malt and herbal notes.
Refreshing, easy-drinking flavours. Light malt with doughy notes, sweetbread and ginger.
High carbonation works well.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall pilsner glass it forms a nice white head that leaves sliding sporadic lace. Yellow body and tons of swirling rapid carbonation.

Ginger root, dirt, earthiness on the backside. This beer is all about the spices. Crisp mouthfeel. Floral is the base smell and it comes through in the mouthfeel, drying...and the taste. Fruits and spices are the dominant theme, Mango comes into play and even some vineous characteristics. Is it well put together? Yep. Is it rustic and more of a spiced and herbed tea than a good kick as beer?Yep

Notes: This was a nights worth of depth. So many spices and fruits that I'm spent and done for the evening. Not sure what could possibly follow this. I liked it and reccomend it.

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Photo of janubio
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Kwak Glass. Clear amber colour, big head that holds on. Smell is spicy, ginger, pepper, caramel. Clean silky palate, medium body. Taste is spicy too: ginger, black pepper, notes of caramel. Sweet finish. Really good stuff.

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Photo of Travlr
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy orange color, with no head at all and no lacing to speak of.
S: Aroma of myrrh (just kidding). Bread and ginger.
T: Flavor starts with fresh bread and progresses rapidly to strong ginger and lemonade.
M: Medium body.
D: Interesting, but difficult to finish. Is this really a beer?

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty straw colour, plenty of cloud and hints of floaties. Head is nice: dense but large bubbles and retaining a modest crown. Lace is a bit disappointing, but otherwise nice.

Smell is fruity and fairly fresh. Plenty of packham pear, apple and a hint of banana, with a mild phenolic spice at the back, almost aniseedy actually. Needn't be there really, but the rest of the aroma is nice enough.

Taste is also pretty fruity most of the way through. Lots of pear juice, sundowner apple and a hint of banana. Slight vanilla sweetness late and a dry, mildly spicy finish with a touch of green peppercorn and a big pull from that continental yeast. Maybe some clove on there late and some nutmeg; golden syrup as well? But yeah, pleasant wheaty beer characters, nothing too special though.

The drying is all the way through the palate. The yeast just cuts through from page 1.

A pleasant, quite sweet beer, lots of wheat beer notes here. Most of the flavours here are really lifted from page one of "how to brew a wheat beer".

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bottle was purchased at Winchester Wine and Spirits. Poured in to a wide mouthed wine glass a hazy orange, with little heading, and lively carbonation. Smell has essences of honey, chamomile, ginger, cinnamon and wild flowers. All in all very spicy in aroma. Taste is more of the same, with a prickly spiced character that curiously sneaks around the palate. Body is on the light side, with very little alcohol present in the taste. I must say that it was a bit difficult to drink. The spice and overall huge complexity make it one that I would drink in small samples. Cheers

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25oz bottle into Orval chalice at cellar temp.

Pours with hardly any head over a fairly clear, dirty-blond body. Fair amount of yeast at the bottom of bottle.

Aromas are pleasant and inviting. White pepper, cardamom, flowers, and light citrusy fruits.

Quite light on the palate, with smooth flavors of orange, lemon, and faint spices. This would pair really well with fish or lemon-pepper chicken dish.

Mouthfeel was light, with a below-average carbonation level, and slight tang in the finish.

Overall, a really well put-together and easy drinking spiced beer that won't offend anyone.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with a medium white head that leaves almost no lacing. The smell is very "bisquity" with corriander,pepper, clove,banana, and a champagne "dryness' to it. The taste is crisp with a hop bite along with a creamy bunch of flavors. Cloves,banana,hops,corriander,pepper.and lemon make this a complex flavor mixture. The m/f is medium,but alittle syrupy and medicanal,but not bad. A decent beer,alittle flawed,but you can drink it easily enough. Cheers.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

drank on 3.3.09 at home while working my ass off for a project that is due in a few days - I deserve a good beer at midnight. I acquired this beer through a trade with ineedabeer, thanks for the Nora. you gotta love beer trading.

ok - so I was not sure what to expect with this beer. I don't know if I have ever had an Italian 'microbrew'. But I have heard good things, so I figured I'd check it out.

To start off, when I opened the bottle, it unaggressively foamed over, so I quickly poured it into my glass. It poured a cloudy (and somewhat chunky) brownish, golden/peach color. With the bottle foam over I expected more head, but it was average and didn't last very long. It dissipated rather quickly which was slightly disappointing. The smell was a bit more mild than I was hoping for based on the style and ingredients. there was a mild citrusy smell, light malt base and some spice in the nose. There wasn't enough spice to truly discern the orange and ginger that was quoted, but you can tell something was there. maybe it was the myrh since I couldn't tell what it was. who knows.

Sorry to say it - but a bit underwhelmed with this beer. a bit spicy up front, but I still don't get that ginger - if I do - it is totally mild and behind the scenes. I get the orange and citrus in the taste, which is nice. The mouthfeel is creamy and palate coating at first, but leaves a sour and somewhat damp and sticky feeling in my mouth. A bit of phlegm hanging out in there which at first wasn't too bad, but is sort of getting annoying.

Ok - still not sure what to think. drinkability is pretty good (less the phlegm). I like it - then I don't like it - then I like it again. worth a try.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper pour, little head. Lots of orange and lemon on the nose, some other spice i assume is the myrhh. Taste has more orange, a little ginger and some alcohol esters. Not too spicy, good mouthfeel

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Photo of Gary779
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beer is bright yellow. Pours with suspended particles and a big head that doesn't stay at all or leaves lace. Beer looks like orange jell-o with a white head.

S: Elements include turkish delight, peaches, orange rind, stale urine and underripe apricot. Some aromatic herbs make themselves present at the back of the nose.

T: Slight taste of stale urine, underripe fruit (apricots and green grapes), pomegranate and strawberries. Utterly complex taste.

M: Very smooth. Full mouthfeel with soft carbonation.

O: An odd beer. Nice to taste but immensely difficult to analyse.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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 wedgie9
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Tasted from bottle at The Purple Pig. Pours a cloudy pale orange with a thick white head that leaves heavy lace. Nose has the signature aroma of Belgian yeast with some banana and fresh orange peel. It almost smells like white wine with a grape and earth aroma. Flavor is bittersweet orange peel with some spices and banana yeastiness. The body is full and coating with lively carbonation and a long yeasty orange finish. There is an acidity that makes this beer great with food.

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

2006 Edition: Bright sparkly golden in body with white bubbly head that stays. Smells of tart cider, apple pie but without the crust, little citrus. Tastes cider-like: apple pie mush, tart, sour notes, light cinnamon pear. Light in body with prickly carbonation.

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Photo of JohnboyE
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft in a tulip. Golden with slight haze. Not a lot on the nose. Luxuriant, velvety mouthfeel. Taste is subtle and perfumy with a floral finish. It's really the uniqueness of the flavor that stood out for me.

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Photo of Zraly
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Birch in Norfolk.

Pours a pretty orange-gold with minimal head. Gentle note of orange and malt lingers up front.

Twangy and a touch sour with notes of grass, herbs, orange and orange blossom honey. A touch of black pepper spice hits the dry down. Fairly light-bodied and sweet juice finish. The alcohol is well-hidden, so caution!

Really interesting, spicy ale.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew starts with a nice light modest head. A hazy light golden color. The fullbody mouthfeel with spicy corriander and white pepper. Good small bubbles on the carbonation. Leaving some nice lacing on the glass. The simple way to describe this brew would be a luxurious hoegaarden with more exotic spices and a nice orangey sweetness. And a kick more alcohol !
Nora is expensive but well worth it, goes great with roasted pork tenderloin.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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 ChowHound
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, now I know what "horse-blankets" smell like. Hefe-weizen color of hazy gold. Small but lasting head of white froth. Funky nose, as I said, and at first taste I didn't like this beer. A little medicinal and metallic, and flavors I generally would describe as tart. After a while, this beer grew on me, and the mellowing effects did as well. Alcohol warmth combined with a saliva inducing sourdough bread flavor and a dry, tart finish.

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Photo of FLima
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber color with a three fingers head with great retention and leaving some laces.
Aroma of orange peel, some non-identifiable resin– actually like an incense, wheat and mild ginger.
Citrusy flavor with notes of ginger, lemon, orange peel, perfume, wheat (Kamut?), cloves and I guess myrrh which is quite present. Dry aftertaste with an aromatic finish (in your mouth).
Light body with somewhat effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 6.8% is absent.
Unique perfumy beer that delivers the promised flavors and aromas. Myrrh gave an enigmatic feeling to the beer. Church in your mouth. This should pair perfectly with Lebanese food.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Tulip shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a white, 1/2 finger-sized foam head; body is pumpkin orange in color and appears effervescent; not much lacing; foamy head dissipates rather quickly; lots of visible sediment, which appears to levitate/float in mid-liquid

S - Smells very spicy; coriander; allspice; ginger; subtle hints of cinnamon; some biscuit; sweet malt nose; peanut; perfume; floral

T - Taste is heavy in spices, like coriander, and allspice; some sour lemon taste; sweet brown sugar finish; nutty malt; floral

M - Beer has a nice medium body; slightly effervescent; sweet sugary aftertaste

D - Very good herbed beer; well-brewed; great spice taste (not too overpowering) and very nice malt flavoring; I recommend to anyone who likes light Belgian style or herbed beers

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Photo of Dope
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BA decided to go down for maintenance while I was writing my review so I will have to make this new one brief.

A: A cloudy amber pour. Medium sized fizzy white head. Fades prety quickly with little head retention. Only slight smudges of lacing remain.

S: Orange marmalade and ginger primarily. Floral.

T: Again, orange marmalade up front with applesauce and ginger. Maybe even a spiced apple cider too? Get honey and a slight crackery malt in the middle. Finishes sweet with a sticky marmalade again and a touch of grass. Lots of spices throughout that I can't identify (what the hell is myrrh?) but it is quite delicious.

M: Medium bodied, sticky sweet.

O: What a unique brew. I can't identify half of the flavors in this one (no idea what myrrh or kamut is) but I can tell you that is has quite a complex variety of well-balanced flavors. And they are all pretty damn good. This is an excellent beer for the style, albeit quite unusual and unique. Not in a bad way either. Not sure I'd pay $20 for this beer on a regular basis but it stands alone in its category. Never had anything even remotely similar to this one.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear medium amber golden with a white frothy head that dissapated immediately to leave a wisp at the surface of the liquid.

The aroma was yeasty with some spice nature. Spices emerged immediately upon pouring but lessened very quickly. Some Belgian yeast spice nature with coriander and a slight aroma of brett.

The flavor was low levels of muted spice, coriander and cinnamon with Belgian yeast character. Some slight brett character was emerging, but not strong and barely there. The beer began on the palate slightly malty and ended dry as a bone.

The finish was bone dry with lasting slight spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium and nicely accomplished. Probably the most interesting beer I have had from Italy, but nothing too exciting.

75 cl bottle. $12.49 at Lee & Edwards in Roanoke, Va.

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Baladin Nora from Birrificio Le Baladin
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