Super Baladin | Birrificio Le Baladin

BA SCORE
86
very good
255 Ratings
Super BaladinSuper Baladin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin
Italy
birreria.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SixpointJMH on 07-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
255
Reviews:
132
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
13.21%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of inebrius
4.92/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Changed my whole perception of beer and Italy. Deep amber, suspended yeast, foamy lava lamp looking brew. Eyewatering aromas, papaya and kiwi, a dash of uncracked peppercorns and marinated artichoke hearts all surrounded by a field of new daisies. Beautiful! Elevated sweetness, but a fresh white grape sweetness, on top a fountain of spring greens striped with toasted walnut, dried cherries a hint of balsamic and shaved pine bark. Substantially charged and light. Initially I wasn't impressed, but as the open 750 breathed, the flavors and complexity unfolded exponentially.

Gourmet! Thanks Putnam!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.88/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid $7.49 for this 750ml bottle, which appears to be a steal compared to other reviewers on this site.

Pours out to a cloudy, but not murky, caramel with orange and tan accents, forming a peaking, soapy very-light beige head with eddies of spiral streamers, animating bits of flocculant yeast. Retention is awesome, and lacing is exquisite, with sticky sheets that actually look like finely woven lace. Carbonation is strong. Aroma is delicate with very dry and very dusty green apples and pale malts, a hint of acidity, horse blanket, perfume. Mouthfeel is just superb...creamy like a marshmallow with a refreshing and completely satisfying silky dense body. Oh...the taste is heavenly....starts out with a dry and spicy yeast and mild hop presence, followed by a very nice caramel middle, tons of fruit (most notably peppery mango, almonds, and apricots!), mild earthy bitterness perfectly in sync with the rest of the brew, heavenly lingering notes of coffee, gingerbread, and tobacco in the finish. Just a waft of alcohol and a very subtle, nearly noexistent touch of metal. Alcohol is completely imperceptable.

By far the best Italian beer I've ever had. This is liquid gold folks. This is definitely in my top 20. This is just an all-around superb brew with everything I want...balance, complexity, richness, drinkability, cleanliness...I am floored and would highly recommend this to anyone. I am smiling and a wave of content washes over me. Ciò è la dolce vita...!

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4.87/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Packed in a Prosecco bottle.
Rich, caramel hazy liquid sports a dough-colored, biscuity froth which settles quickly.
Fresh, sweet aromas of navel oranges and young, naturally cured tobacco are adorned with walnut, banana, raw almonds and stone.
On the palate it is sweet. The texture is remarkable with a wonderful underlying viscosity balanced by snug strands of fizz. I am having so much fun crushing the bubbles between my teeth that I ignore the alcohol completely. Where is it? At 8% it should taste bold, but the teasing of the gas is an hypnosis, leaving me with the impression of soft, ripe grapes, flowers and spice. Dreamy, this beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of NJbeerman
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those expensive gems. I had it last night at the Brickskellar in DC where it ran me $35. Thankfully I was sitting with a guy who had never tried it, so I had an excuse.

It is from a very small brewery (more like a brew pub) in Italy. The bar itself is about the same size as the upstairs of the brickskellar and it is one of only two food/coffee locations in the town of Piozzo. By town law, one of them has to be open every morning :). The town's people need somewhere to get there coffee.

Teo, the owner and brew master brews his beer at the main bar and then pipes it under the street to a building about 3 blocks away to be bottled - which he does by hand.

After learning that, I have no issue paying $35 for one of his fantastic brews.

The beer:
Surprisingly it is not corked, which is about the only negative I can say about it. It has a foil top which covers a pop top. The beer originally pours a deep orangey amber color. As you get lower in the beer - wake it up and get the yeast going - then it has a beautiful creamy amber brown color.

The smell is just as appealing. You get the typical begian yeast smell but even a little banana clove that you would expect from a weisse beer more then a belgian style.

Taste - my favorite part - The yeast brings forward a nice sweet sour flavor which is balanced beautifully by the strong, somewhat smokey malt flavor. This beer is as close to heaven as my taste buds have experienced. The taste lingers a little too long but I have no issue with that.

Mouthfeel - at the start it is a little light with some sour tartness and a little bit sweet but as soon as you get the yeast going, you have smooth creamy feel in the mouth.

Drinkability - uh, yes!!! I recommend letting it warm a little so you can really experience the full flavors of this beer - or drink some cold, get the yeast going and let it warm up then.

This is a beer that you simply have to experience. His other products now available in the US are Wayan - a saison styel, and Nora - a strong ale?? - are both great finds but I personally feel that Super Baladin leads the way.

ENJOY!!

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4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep orange with a big fluffy head that leaves a nice sheet of lace on the way down,alot of different aromas melding in this one some butter,pineapple,and a nice spicey yeastiness I even picked up a little metallic in there just alot for the senses no doubt.Flavors as well are complex and well awesome ripe pineapple and cloves a little smokiness but the fruit and spiciness really jump out and are very fresh.Wow here is a winner one of the best in the style I have had whoa.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark apricot and orange. Head is rich, sticky, and off-white in colour. Aromas are delicate in nature and consist of various spices and fruits such as myrh, nag champa, fruits, banana, bubble gum, and more. The taste is soft and gentle and represents an exquisite balance of fruitiness and spiciness. Mouthfeel is soft and very well textured. Chewy silk, says I. Drinkability is very good as well. Who knew some of the best Belgian beers came from Italy!?

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4.64/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour this slowly, you can get a serious head - stays but doesn't leave much lace. Nose is hazelnut and color is a cloudy amber. Serious amount of chunky bits that settle to the bottom - they do not detract from the excellent flavor. Just a slight hint of yeast. Good mix of malts and hops but the malts dominate. A 750ml bottle is $13.95.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wonderful fruity aroma. Apricot / apple fruityness, spicy notes with a sweet taste and a dry almond like finish.

It is on the upper end of the price range but well worth it.

Great triple, the Belgians better watch there backs :-)

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Photo of AndreRus
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Probably one of the best beers that you can find in Italy

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of jreitman
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very fruit nose. Dark orange with a white head. Fruity and nutty flavors are dominant. Medium bodied and well carbonated though not as heavily as their Nora. Slight belgian yeast flavor in the finish. Overall very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Before I tried this Italian beer I was under the impression that Italian beers pretty much suck. Super Baladin has proved me wrong. It pours a reddish orange cloudy color with a white frothy head. The aroma is citrusy with a floral hoppy nose. The flavor is excellent with a floral (rose?) sweetness. It also tastes like sweet maple or candy (good but not too sweet). The mouthfeel is syrup and thick and costs the mouth well. All of the flavors come together well to dance on your tongue. Very good beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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Super Baladin from Birrificio Le Baladin
3.86 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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