Super Baladin | Birrificio Le Baladin

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BA SCORE
87
very good
132 Reviews
Super BaladinSuper Baladin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin
Italy | website

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
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
252
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
18.39%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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Photo of claspada
2.31/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Aromas of Belgian bready and grainy malts as the backbone with notes of doughy yeast and a dry lightly earthy hops. I'm getting lots of alcohol fumes as well.
The taste begins with a solid but distasteful grainy malt backbone with slightly sweet malt and the doughy yeast again. Lots of alcohol which really detract from the flavor profile. This is quite upsetting given this is only 8% ABV.
Mouthfeel is full with average to lower carbonation levels; there is a light spicy Belgian yeast effect which leaves a dry finish. Overall this is like a Belgian barleywine fermented way too high which created lots of awful flavors. Maybe this bottle hasn't been taken care of or something. Anyway, I have yet to have an Italian craft beer that has been worth anything close to the inflated $ value that accompany them.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.32/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Hazy caramel body. A tan head that dissipates to nothing. No lacing.

Aroma: Caramel, sour fermented apples.

Taste: Super, super sour and tart. Only a faint toffee or caramel presence comes out before being destroyed by sour tartness and a fermented apple note.

Mouthfeel: Bright.

Overall: I bought this on sale. And I'm wondering why it was reduced price. Maybe I'm missing the point of this beer, because to me it tastes old and sour.

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Photo of Hellrob
2.32/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

--not good not good not good this italian strong dark. eight alchool degrees is a lot but here there is a very small body and a lot of carbonation... no drinkability for this dark beer. no again. failed in my opinion... go over!-- extremely wateryyy. hope for that other Baladin are better than this

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.62/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Please pardon the brevity. This beer poured murky and orange amber in color. A very wispy, soda-like head forms and repents immediately. Aroma is very champagne-like. Sweet and dry and slightly fruity. Very carbonated and very dry on the tongue. In a blind taste test, I would guess this was some fruity champagne. Subpar in my opinon.

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Photo of joecast
2.71/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Made he mistake of chilling the glass, now I've gotta wait cause its too cold.

Great color. Fairly clear amber. My second mistake was pouring in the sediment which adds quite a bit of tiny dark flecks. I won't mark down for that though as without sediment it is quite a good looking beers.
Head is thin and lightly tanned. Low carbonation.

Strong, bready, malty sweet aroma. Not bad but not sure how this is a Belgian pale. No yeast character at all. A bit of alcohol but without the spicy aspect I don't see how it fits.

Big hit of malt sweetness without being too over the top. Probably further out of style, missing the dryness as well as any spicy yeast character. Interesting approach really. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy making it a slow sipper.

Honestly not sure what style I would put this in. Maybe English strong ale? It's got the big malt character and give it some more hops, well, might be on to something.

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Photo of SilentSabre
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a rather strange ale. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't amazing, either. The aroma and flavour were unlike anything I had ever experienced before, and I was really unsure of what to compare it to. It poured up a cloudy reddish-orange colour with virtually no head. Agitation yields a quarter inch of foam that subsides almost immediately. Smell is very fruity, but I cannot work out what kinds of fruit, as it doesn't really smell like anything in particular; simply "fruity" is about the best I can do. It also reminds me alot of those Rodenbach Flemish Reds with their "sour" smell. The flavour sort of goes through a bizarre transition of sour, dry, bitter while simultaneously be fruity the whole way through. Moderately carbonated. A very peculiar beer, indeed.

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Photo of Sludgeman
2.82/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a small tulip at Rustico.

This beer is too sweet with almost no carbonation. A beer I will never have again.

A - Pours an amber colored with almost no head.

S - The aroma is like a sweet wine.

T - Fruity, sweet, grapes, no bitterness.

MF - Medium bodied, low carbonation.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: hazy amber color, medium head dissipates quickly, good carbonation, some lacing
s: floral aroma, lightly tart notes
t: light malts are overcome by sour citrus taste, but finish is lightly sweet
m: medium / creamy body, lots of carbonation
d: had a bit of trouble with this one, in price, taste and review. sourness was too much and it doesn't fare well in the belgian strong ales if that's where it really belongs.

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Photo of Rodekill
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting beer, coming from Italy. Not your run-of-the-mill Nastro Azzurro, that's for sure. Artisanal, could be from Belgium, or the US. Light copper color, highly carbonated, bottle conditioned (I hope, given the amount of floaties in the glass). Poured as carefully as I could, but still got plenty of sediment in my glass.

Sweet & sour flavors abound, with a hint of honey. Tart & refreshing, but not transcendent.

wouldn't buy again, given the $12.99 price tag, but not a disappointing experience, either.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium amber body with a white head.

Smell: Sweet pale malt aroma with a vague fruitiness (figs, maybe) to it and light yeasty notes.

Taste: A light malt sweetness is instantly stolen away by a dry, funky sourness and the flavor of musty apple juice. Hints of a light spiced red wine. Quick, thin finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Slightly watery.

Drinkability: The flavors run a bit too thin for me. I preferred the Wayan to this one.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange colour with decent beige head that thins out quickly, leaving some decent lace behind. Appearance is cloudy and hazy, but otherwise flat. Lace could cling more. I like my lace clingy, like my women. Not great, not bad.

Nose is extremely malty, exxxtremely even. Huge caramel and brown sugar aroma with some fruity hints of apricot, almond and sultana. Definitely a malt bomb, could use more hopping. It's basically saccharine and sweet on the nose.

Taste is kind of the same, a lot of sweet grain coming through with notes of caramel and lactose on there. A slight tangy citrus flavour halfway through owes more to lemon squash than west coast IPA and the finish becomes sweet again with a very slight touch of bitterness lingering at the very back, slightly herbal but is more pronounced by the dessication of the feel as it goes down than any distinct bitter flavour.

Alcohol is not very noticeable, which might have been a good thing, but I think in this case, a more distinct warmth might give this a more pleasant, liqueury character, whereas now it's just sweet and flat.

I am disappointed but not surprised, as this bottle is a bit old. Watch this space for a re-review in the future with a fresher batch.

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Photo of Bmunge
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip style glass. Pours a slightly cloudy, copper color, looks like cloudy apple cider. Head is very light and quickly dissipates. The nose has strong notes of apple, fall spices, and bread with plum fruit and ripe banana. The taste carries ripe fruit, tart apples, molasses, booze, and grain. Very little carbonation with a finish of booze on the tongue. Overall a interesting brew but a bit hard to finish on your own. I would rather drink a Trappist quad for the price.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This Italian Belgian poured a deep, dark, murky orange in color with a moderate head that showed absolutely no retention.

Smell – The light yeast and hefty spicing are coupled with some strong sour notes. The malts are sour and lack any real depth.

Taste – The yeast comes on a bit more refined at the taste, but the sour malt flavors trump the light hopping.

Mouthfeel – This one is a bit shy of medium-bodied and overly carbonated. The sour finish drowns out the classic Belgian characteristics of the mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This went down kicking and screaming the whole way. I am at a total loss to understand why it has rated so high and other reviews.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a warm, punchy amber color like apple cider and just as thick. Sediment is visable. The head is frothy and active - easy to stir up the carbonation with a little aggitating.

Smell: Really sweet smelling - tons of grape and alcohol.

Taste: Comes on strong and sweet with as much fruit presence as Juicy Juice drink boxes. Seems to fade a bit once it warms up, but still the alcohol and fruit is the most the tongue gets to see. Perhaps this should have aged longer.

Mouthfeel: Very big body, enjoyable...each sip fills the mouth.

Drinkability: for the money, i'd rather not. I think it needs a good food paired with it to tame some of the sweetness.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A solid belgian strong from Italy? we shall see.

Copper to pale color with an amber edge, decent thin cover with lacing.

Floral, sweet, esters, hop balancer. this brew has a nice combination of tastes. More like a tripel to my palate than a pale but who really cares what the style is. Is it good or isn't it? Its decent. Very easy in its delivery which makes it easy drinking. nothing is offensive. Hops charge in the aftertaste along with an alcohol swish.

A bit too sweet to be highly drinkable. Mouthfeel has a nice crisp carbonation and a slightly acidic finish. Overall this is a decent belgian style brew that fails to wow in a market flooded with the style in major cities.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-draught @ Baladin Open Torino for 4.50 euro.

Has a darker malt backbone than suits the style usually, bending bready. Belgian yeast is obvious, but the complexity of its spiciness is limited, if not replaced by the stronger presence of a doughy flavour. Belgian pale malts, maybe some Caramalt or caraMunich. Apple. Vague indistinct fruit. Average depth of flavour. Not much intricacy or nuance here.

Texture is medium-bodied, smooth, and soft.

Not strong work from Baladin, but drinkable. I definitely wouldn't want to buy it at export prices, but I do like it for the simple Belgian style ale that it is and it hides its ABV decently.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of EVLguy
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml Bottle into a tulip glass

The pour brought out a thick head which dissapated very rapidly. Color: dark reddish brown. It had a light cherry aroma which came across in the taste as well. Flavor is sour and holds a fair amount of acidity and a clean, medium body. Now the advocate claims this is a strong belgian pale but all aspects of this brew say flemish sour to me. It drinks fine but don't open this one expecting your usual belgian pales like I did cuz I think that more than anything effected my score.

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Photo of stcules
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Muddy colour, with some turbidity. Average foam, in compactness and in durability.
The smell is malt, in evidence, with caramel, toffee, and a little alcoholic, that doesn't bother.
The taste: it follows with the malt, caramel, and some honey. Some notes of fruity (cherry).
Medium body, aftertaste that follow again the main road of the maltness. Not sickly, but a little too straight. The bitter is just lightly noticeable.

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Photo of nick76
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma has lots of yeast with caramel malt and fruit. The appearance is hazy amber with a large head. The flavor has all the elements from the aroma plus toffee and bitterness. The palate is thin. This is a mixed bag but I like it pretty good. I just wish the mouth feel was more substantial.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 250ml bottle with a BB of May 2014. Acquired ages ago from the GBBF in 2012, and stored in my garage. The label doesn't explain much, but the beer is described as 'double malt' with flavour evolution.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy reddish-amber hue with chunky floating sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a small head of frothy white foam that lasts for a moment or so before collapsing to a thin surface layer. Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with hints of raisins, dried fruit, sherry, brown sugar, caramel/toffee, fruity yeast esters, subtle spice, oxidation and faint stewed leaves. A warming whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of rich, fruity malt with a lingering finish. Notes of raisins, dried fruit, sherry, brown sugar, caramel/toffee, fruity yeast esters, oxidation, stewed leaves, faint roasted malt and a touch of earthiness. A hint of alcohol in the background. Quite sweet, followed by a mild yeasty character upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with light carbonation and good body. Yeast coats the palate. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sweet malt, dried fruit and yeast esters.

This one is hard to judge, as it isn't easy to categorise and compare to similar beers. I also don't know how much it has 'evolved', but there is a degree of oxidation present. It looks a bit murky and lacklustre, while the aroma and flavour are pretty sweet and fruity. Plenty of yeast character and mild port notes. Body is OK. Drinkability improved as it warmed to room temperature. A so-so beer; nothing really wrong with it but hard to recommend. No need to hunt it down.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a brown 8.4 oz bottle at Beer Kitchen. No dating on the bottle that I can see, but that doesn't really matter, given the style. Poured into a Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Much darker than any BSPA I've had before, a murky reddish brown, much like an unfiltered cider might look. There looks to be a significant amount of sediment in suspension after the pour. The head is very small, only a quarter finger of off-tan foam that quickly dissipates, leaving little to no lacing or foam visible after the initial head has departed.

Smell - Very fruit forward, with notes of plum, pineapple, apricot, pear and some notes of spiced apple cider. Give that there are no additives listed for this beer, I can only assume that the huge fruit basket elements come solely from the yeast used. There are also spicier elements, with hints of clove and nutmeg.

Taste - The assault of fruit continues in the taste, with notes of rum, apple cider, pineapple, apricot and pear. The fruit characteristic is so dominant that it almost lends a bit of sour/tartness to the beer like you might expect from ripe strawberries or currants. Not like the vinegary or citric sourness you get from a lot of styles that will leave your mouth puckering, but sour-like all the same.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and low carbonation, which I think is probably the biggest downfall of this beer. With more effervescence as is often standard with this style of beer, the explosion of fruit flavors would probably come across much better. Finish is a bit sweet.

Overall, this is a very unique beer, but one that appeals to the point that I'm likely to pick it up again. I think some more carbonation and a bit more bitterness would serve it well, to avoid allowing the huge fruit presence to overtake the beer.

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Photo of devilben02
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle with a nearly opaque medium brown color that makes me think of mashed raisins for some reason. The aroma has some brown sugar notes, some yeast, and a little bit of mossy hops, all of which are very subdued. The flavor is more assertive, with raisins, some grassy bitterness, a little alcohol, and more brown sugar. The light-medium body and fine, active carbonation are ok, but it all leaves the beer feeling a bit thin. Overall, this beer is nicely fruity, but it lacks the complexity I wanted and comes across as a watered-down Belgian dubbel.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oddly enough I found the Sour edition of this to be much better than the regular. I really enjoy trying a lot of these Italian beers because I feel that they are heading in the right direction when it comes to this movement. This beer poured out as a copperish brown color with a thin fizzy tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer was a little funky but had a light malt sweetness to it also. The taste of the beer was a little bitey and sweet in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was lightly carbonated and seemed a little watered down to me. Overall I found this one to be a little disappointing but I still I can't complain too much when Baladin puts out so many other good brews.

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Photo of farrago
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wispy head at best, a momentary coating across the surface, minimal stickiness to the lacing as well. The liquid is fully opaque and murky, at its core it’s a reddish brown, nearer the surface an orange to yellow hue, hard to peep any carbonation bubbles. The nose is somewhat simple, raisin bread, clove, banana, German chocolate cake and plum, cherry, apple fruit, more lees and yeast than finished breadiness, nothing actively opposes the sweeter elements, smelling it feels like walking through quicksand. Full-bodied, very low carbonation, here too it layers itself like wet cement. Toffee, butterscotch, dark chocolate, maple syrup, hint of orange peel. Nutty like walnuts or nuts you’d use in baking. Scone, black bread, tries to get sour but stays sweet. Glances of bubblegum and banana, the more you sip the boozier it seems. Clove, cinnamon spice mostly upfront, then gets leafy in the manner of wet forest floor matter, “sous bois.” The flavors have initial intensity but not much staying power and given its palate heaviness it becomes somewhat of a chore to finish.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby/copper with a quickly fading head.
\Nose shows brown sugar, chocolate, toasty malt, spicy phenols, caramel, dried figs. Very similar flavours.
A bit too sweet, with loads of caramel, golden syrup and brown sugar. Some booze follows.
Too much carb.

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