Super Baladin | Birrificio Le Baladin

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Super BaladinSuper Baladin

Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Photo of putnam
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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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.


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Photo of oberon
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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Photo of jdhilt
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 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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, deep orangeish-amber body teems with effervescence beneath a densely creamy head of white foam. The head holds quite well, buoyed by its rising carbonation, and it maintains a solid 1/4" cap and leaves clinging patches of lace throughout the glass. The nose is loaded with sugary, sweet malt that's caramelish, honeyish, and nutty with a touch of vanilla; as well as some subtle fruit; a touch of yeast; and a waft of alcohol. It's full bodied and creamy in the mouth with a light zest on the tongue up-front from it's very fine, effervescent carbonation. The flavor is initially sweet with caramelized brown sugar and a note of vanilla; but it dries out quickly as some dark fruit and alcohol appear across the middle. Its bitterness is restrained in comparison to the maltiness it offers, but there's still more than enough there to balance; and it finishes dry with a fading note of vanilla, some yeasty spiciness, and a wash of alcohol. Impressive!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A superb sexy dark green glass bottle, which looks like a Bowling Skittle. Embossed on the upper portion with an angled straight sided pint glass and the words ‘Birra Baladin’. The small front label located at the base simply says ‘Super Baladin Ale, Product of Italy, 8% Alc.Vol.’ and looks like a stained glass window at times. An even smaller reverse label has lots of crappy information written on it for the idiots amongst us. It also has a small typed code of ‘103’ at the base, does this mean Bottled October 03? Maybe!?

Appearance: I was a little unsure what Glass would best suit this finely presented beer. Being described as a Belgium Strong Pale Ale, I figured a tall-sided goblet, so I used my Cuvée Speciale Lop-Lop glass that I Nab-Nabbed from the Brussels Café of the same name. It was a good choice, the body has a clear orange glow overall, but it grades from a dark copper at the top to a light gold at the bottom thanks to the variation in light refraction from the tall curved glass sides. The last glass was hazy as the yeast slipped out. The head was a thick, and a deep 2” affair, composed of large bubbles and readily forming an off-white creamy head, which audibly “fizzes” as it settles down for the night to a uniform collar of Italian appearance. Low carbonation, but not flat at all.

Nose: The nose needs some examination and thought, I got fruits but it took me a while to name them. Apricots, Peaches and a sweet Mango Chutney smell that reminded me of the side dish served in many Indian Curry Houses in the UK. Maybe some sharp Grapefruit in there as well.

Taste: I served this a little too well-chilled when the flavors struggled to gain their composure at first. Much better as it warms towards 55°-60°F I found. Fleshy peach start, double whipped cream smoothness entices, malts, spicy yeast, light mango sweetness, some floral-herbal qualities. It would be interesting to know where the yeast is from – there is a flavor in here that reminds of another Belgium beer, but I’m damned if I remember which one.

Mouthfeel: This Pale Ale has a very delicate feel, buttery, soft, talcum-like malts with a fleshy peach fruity mouth, the sinews of apricot and grapefruit stick in the gaps in your teeth, and continually dissociate & dissolve to leave a streaming fruit feel throughout the drink. A very smooth, depilated peach feel on the tongue, if you know what I mean ;-) Only the odd burp reveals any carbonation.

Drinkability: No sign of the 8% at all, where the hell is it?? The fruity presence adds a fantastic balance to the malt base of this Pale Ale. Some bitterness in the end, this drinks exceptionally well. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall: By far the very best of the Italian beers that I have tried to date. Whilst this may very well probably be the only Belgium Strong Pale Ale from Italy that I have yet tried, it is a highly credible offering. Worth the $11.99 it cost me? I would say Yes!! I may not shell out for this all of the time, but there again; I have only ever seen this once, which was last week when I bought it. I would certainly make a special purchase the next time I see it, whence I will share it with friends, just as MrJimCat did with me in the Gingerbread Man during the BA NYC Rally when I first had this. Recommended and worth the coin.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 250 ml bottle I brought back from Italy.

This pours a golden burnt umber amber color with nice lacing. The aroma is on the sweet side, with hints of stone fruits, raisin, and a rummy characteristic that runs sweetish and ever-so-slightly boozy.

I found the flavor to be pleasingly complex. It’s a slightly sweet strong ale, reminiscent of a Belgian strong ale with its rummy, floral and stone fruit characteristics. As it opened I found a honeyed amber presence take hold. Pleasingly effervescent.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip, picked up at whole foods market.

A: Pours an opaque honey amber with almost champagne like bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass, a few yeast particles floating throughout, head pours a good two fingers and lingers fairly well, it never dies throughout the beer and leaves good lacing behind. Very beautiful appearance

S: Not a huge aroma, but a very complex and delicate one, primarily of light fruit esters, apricot, banana, green apple and bubblegum, very perfume like in how faint yet present the aroma is. The sweet malts come through with a little bready yeast in the middle and the finish is of fresh tobacco, leather, and a nutty spice.

T: Wow, quite similar to a belgian style dubbel, but not quite as heavy with the dark malts and fruits. The flavor is bigger than I expected from the aroma, and just as complex. Sweet caramel malt comes through first with a faint spicy hop background. The fruits are as smelled on the nose, with a little added mango and peppercorn. Bubblegum mixed with marshmallow comes through on the finish. No idea where the alcohol is on this one...8% that is never smelled, tasted, or felt in the mouthfeel. Wow!

M: This beer has one of the most superb mouthfeels that I have ever felt. It starts off incredibly creamy and then almost morphs into a tongue tingling dry finish that makes it truly an experience to be had! I would place this in the category of exceptional, these guys nailed it. So perfectly satisfying and keeps you coming back for more.

D: As stated, with the mouthfeel this beer goes down very easy and the complexity of flavor makes this so enjoyable. Highly drinkable! This is a fantastic beer and will go down as one of my favorites thus far in my journey of world brews!

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Photo of drpimento
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened with a nice "pop" and with a large, foamy, frothy, light tan head that soon mostly settles, and a little lace. Color is a clear, orange copper except for loads of particulates in suspension. Aroma upon first opening was waves of caramel malt, then it is lots of kinds of fruits, and yeast. Flavor’s like nose, sweet in front and then balanced with some carbonic tang plus hop and yeast bitter. Great body and perhaps slightly light in carbonation. Finish is like flavor, slowly tapers and is quite pleasant. Very nice brew!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle
Beige Foil/Capped

Poured into a chalice a nice slightly cloudy golden amber color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves a very nice big island and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice malty, yeasty, lots of fruits (banana, green apple, cherry). The taste is very nice, malty, nice touch of yeast, and a nice complex touch of fruits, very nice tart/bitter/sour note. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, this one surprised me, very nice/complex brew. Recommend!

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Photo of ryantupy
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml dark green magnum with no freshness date to be found.

A - Pours a hazy dark amber hue that develops a thin lace around the glass.

S - Smells very floral in fact the floral scents take a second to let you notice the other aromas. Then you notice a nice fruity scent that leans towards apples. Yeast is moderatly present as well as sweet malts.

T - Nice and crisp carbonation bite with a floral creaminess. You have hints of sweet malts, followed by ripe fruit.

D - A nice crisp beer with a lot of complex flavors.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rustico.

Pours a moderately light yellow-orange with a nice white head that leaves behind bunches of clingy lacing. Nose brings forward a cacophony of scents, including cherries, honey, almonds, yeast, peaches, and a bit of spice. The taste isn't quite as pleasurable, with the flavors dying down a bit and some of the more faint notes from the nose going away, leaving a semi-dry body with nice carbonation consisting mostly of some yeasty spice and light fruit. Drinks quite well and is a really good play on the style.

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Photo of Homerbag
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a non-transparent orange. One finger head than leaves as fast as it comes.

Smells floral, fruity, and yeasty. Great Belgain quailities. Funny how this came from the wine nation of Italy.

Taste is confusing. sweet, smooth, yeasty, strong,somewhat fruity. Tastes like a triple, but not quite. Strong ale fits it, more yeast and candi sugar and it's a triple.

Feels dry and crisp in almost a lawnmower fashion. I can see why this is in a 750. Easy to drink.

This is really good for as wierd as it is. This beer has somewhat of an identity crisis, but it is still very good to drink and will knock you on your ass if you drink it all by yourself.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks merlin48.

This beer pours a slightly browned orange color with a healthy dose of haze and a 2 finger head that falls to a nice coating over the brew. The nose is nice, with an orangey sweetness up front, followed with a nice citrusy spiceyness. bitter orange peel are most dominant. The flavor is different from the nose. I get slight raisin and alcohol spiceyness with a orangey sweetness. A touch of brown sugar. The spice is nutmeg, with a slight cinnamon. The feel is moderate to thick with a light carbonation. Drinkability is good. 8% not coming through at all. Very clean and drinkable. I enjoy it. Good beer.

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Photo of snpub540
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this the other day at Beachwood BBQ.

Poured a very clear orange hue with a nice amount of carbonation. Not alot of a head but it did leave some streaky white lace.

Aroma was very floral, roses mostly. Also a sweet malt aroma.

Taste was very fruity with cherry and banana being present. Nice mild nuttiness in there like almonds. Very balanced and complex.

This was a very drinkable beer and I enjoyed it immensely. Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Would have had another one of these but there were way too many other Italian beers on the list I wanted to get my tastebuds on.

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Photo of brystmar
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle's been aged on our shelf for about a year.

Pours a hazy amber-orange with lots of floating sediment and relatively thin white head. Smells sour right off the bat; fruity and wild, reminds me of a lambic.

Sour citrus hits you first, similar to biting into a lemon (but not nearly as harsh). Malty complexity and spices follow, hints of bittersweet chocolate baking powder in the aftertaste. Really interesting.

Full-bodied and perfectly carbonated. Really smooth and easy to drink, love it.

This isn't anything close to the Belgian Strong Pale Ales I'm familiar with, but it's quite an interesting (and welcome) departure.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a hazy medium apricot color with two fingers of head. There is a tiny bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is both fruity and spicy. There's some citrus and apple, and even a touch of hops. Some spices as well. The taste is fairly fruity as well. Lots of orange, and some lemon. It's a bit spicy too. A little pepper on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and strong. The drinkability is great for an 8% brew. Thanks to Merlin and Kev for this one!

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Photo of adamette
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | 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. This is the 3rd or 4th from Baladin that I bought that day. Poured into a clean, clear glass. Review from notes, comments made without knowledge of style (I was not online during my time in Italy!).

A Brown translucent under very quickly disappearing head. After repeated pours, though, this was less the case...maybe it was just the first pour from the bottle? No observed lacing no matter when I poured it from the bottle, however.

S Strong alcohol, malt and grains. Really inviting. Reminds me of a Belgian Dubbel.

T Very nice malty, Dubbel like Ale with a kick of alcohol, nice long finish of sweet malt and grains. Very good indeed.

M Syrupy stickiness which is appropriate to the style.

D Good but its strength means that it loses something in this score. It is an apertif.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very cloudy medium to dark orange-brown amber. Nice two-finger off-white head with great retention; although the color is a bit drab, still a nice appearance with active carbonation. Aroma of sweet malt, dark fruit, Belgian spicing with a faint mineral component. Flavor is intense fruit, especially cherry, apple and peach, and sweet malt, esters very forward. Finishes with sweet fruit and malt. One of the sweetest Belgian ales I've had, but the intense fruit flavors and moderate malt body make it work. Medium to heavy bodied with some creaminess. I enjoyed this Italian take on a Belgian. Not sure why this is a pale ale; the color and ABV seem much more like a Belgian strong dark ale. Would certainly try again, but the price of this small bottle might make that a bit of a wait.

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Super Baladin from Birrificio Le Baladin
3.86 out of 5 based on 252 ratings.
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