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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mild fruity yeasty Belgina strong pale. Such an easy drink, feels like 5%. Pineapple, almond, apricot and pear on the tongue. Like a fresh draft. Sweet malts. Medium mouthfeel and finish on the sweet fruit side.Had 5 years later again at Cole's Italian tasting. and liked the appearance.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Lots of sediment is seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, honey, and lots of fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a cherry liqueur flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some fruity and boozy qualities that are quite nice.

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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 metter98
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured without any head of signs of visible carbonation.
S: There are sweet aromas of caramel malts and dark fruits in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is quite sweet with notes of dark fruits.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, very smooth and a bit syrupy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a slow sipper given its sweetness but the flavors keep the palate interesting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Where Belgian Strong Dark Ales meet English Barleywines is where this beer resides. Fruity throughout and with a rich malty base and spritzy carbonation.

While pouring a hazy bronze color that looks exactly like rust, the slightly off-white head rises in partly airy and partly fizzy demeanor for a nearly champagne-like sprite. Terse on retention and with no real lacing, the beer settles into a thin and broken sheet along the surface.

Richly aromatic with dense malt and fruit flavors throughout- toffee and caramel notes rise first and with the rummy scent of candied plumbs, prunes, raisons, figs, and dates. Apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and cola help to round out the complex nose.

Sugary sweet to start with a blend of caramel, cola, bread crust, and buttered toast. Very richly flavored while the estery complexities of grapes, dates, raisons, prunes, figs, dates, apples, and berries offer a variety to go along with the heavy sweetness. An attempt to balance falls short with mild white pepper, cinnamon, orange peel, and allspice. Very expressive with sweet malts and fruit flavors with rum-like alcohol flavor.

Heavy on the residual sweetness, the cola-like feel coats the mouth with a semi-tacky sensation. A build up of sweetness never releases, but allows some softening as the alcohol warmth and yeasty spices offer a mild reprieve in finish. Full and rounded, the beer never achieves the dryness or attenuation that it deserves.

The residual sweeness makes me approach the flavor and feel in a very barleywine kind of way. But the yeasty esters and spices tell me to expect a dry malty character with better attenuation. A very tasty beer throughout, simply don't perscribe to any preconceived notions about the beer or characterized style when moving forward with this artistic ale.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a rusty tone; the modest head quickly fizzes away to a ringlet but leaves some lacing around the sides of the chalice

Smell: Quite vinous, with green apples and sour grapes

Taste: Starts out with a tart green apple and sour grape flavor that builds in tartness, with an underlying sweet caramel element that pokes into the fray by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tart and sweet flavors combine and, as the beer warms, the sweetness becomes more prominent

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very low carbonation

Drinkability: The numbers "0504" are stamped on my bottle and it could well be that this beer is approaching five years old; it is clearly past its prime and has lost most of its carbonation, but the flavor profile is interesting; I'll need to seek out a fresher example one day

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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.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of strong Belgian malt backbone with notes of bready yeast and a dry lightly hoppy finish. Taste is also dominated by a very solid malt backbone with balance sweetness and a bready yeast with light spicy notes and a dry finish. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Nothing out of the ordinary but well brewed and very well balanced.

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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 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 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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glowing, firelight orange with a static storm of suspended yeast and flurry of uprushing carbonation. The bubbles leaving the top side outpace the bubbles being added to the bottom side by a large margin. As a result, the styrofoam-like cap lasts all of about two minutes as it snaps, crackles and pops its way into oblivion. With a better looking head and some amount of lace, the appearance score would have easily been one notch higher.

The nose is authentically Belgian (the brewer learned his trade in that country and brews beer in the Belgian style). It's immensely fruity with heavily spiced apricots and peaches in the forefront. A seriously phenolic yeast strain must have been used because medicinal clove is right up there with the fermented fruit and is perhaps even more prominent.

Super Baladin isn't your typical BSPA. That doesn't mean that it isn't good beer, just that it's unusual beer. I expected that since I've already had just plain ol' Baladin (and wasn't overly impressed). To cut to the chase, this one is enjoyable, but isn't even close to being as deep and as complex as the world's best versions.

A little more malt, another scoop of candi sugar and a few more handfuls of hops would have helped a great deal. More pale malt (especially) would have given it a more solid core, something to build a better ale around. The flavors that one experiences on the palate are pretty much the aromas that one experiences in the nose.

Desiccated, heavily clove-spiced orchard fruit is still the order of the day. As noted above, there isn't a great deal of depth to be had. The flavor profile is two-dimensional rather than expansive and multi-faceted. Tangy easily overwhelms both sweet and bitter. In fact, the beer is impressively dry for the style, becoming much more so following the swallow.

I'm not sure how it's possible to brew such a dry, crisp, light-bodied 8% ale. I guess by only giving the yeast as much malt sugar and as much candi sugar as they can consume and not a molecule more. Despite a feint toward slick on the back end, the mouthfeel is too light and is a little too sharply fizzy. Some generously carbonated Belgian beer is transcendent in the mouth. This one isn't.

I like Super Baladin more than I liked Baladin, even though I don't believe it's good enough to earn the 'Super'. It's an interesting take on the BSPA style that doesn't quite work as well as I had hoped. I've passed over a few other Birrificio Le Baladin beers because of cost. After drinking this one, I feel pretty comfortable with those decisions. Interestingly, I don't think I've ever had an Italian beer that has knocked my socks off.

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Photo of Jason
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Hazed amber orange, thin tightly lace wraps around the inside of the glass.

Smell: Estery and floral, almost perfume like. Light sweetness in the faint solvent alcohol is in the aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel : Incredibly smooth with a wave some creamy smoothness in its medium body, suggestions of almonds, citrus and toasted grain flash in front of the taste buds. Hop bitterness struggles to climb the peak of dry malt, spiced and alcoholic flavours. Slight buttery and herbal phenolic flavour middle to end. Some sweetness and residual sugars in the finish.

Drinkability & Notes: Off the wall and very flavourful, some slotted this as a Tripel … it is far from it, complexities may take away from this brew but it is certainly one that should be paired with a ripe-veined cheese and not consumed alone.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large unusual bottle, with a strange large cap and foil, no freshness indication.Pours super cloudy, brownish dark orange, with a long lasting tan head, leaving pleanty of thick, and sticky lacing. Nose is full of fruit and some smoke, nice looking and smelling brew. Taste here is full of fruit, more smoke,and creamcicle sweetness. Pleasant soft and smooth mouthfeel. This is a very pleasant,fairly complex and flavorful Italian offering. 8%, nowhere to be found.Well worth a try.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful bottle, beautiful pour...gorgeous peachy hue, with some floatabilities, running 'round, under a shockingly pristine, lacily, bubbilly, off-whitish head.
Aroma: airy, other-worldly, yeastily aberrant, if you know what I mean, citric and somewhat sweetish...wonderful fruit...time to drink, isn't it?
Yum, again, if I haven't said so before, a fully yeasty, citric bent...deliciousness abounds here...odddly, I was more impressed with the flavor of Nora, but the Super appears to be a Belgian Tripel style that falls within guidelines, but doesn't go too much further's delicious, though ...enjoy it!

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Photo of GClarkage
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

08/09/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 750ml bottle, undated, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Amber colored pour, 1/2 inch off white head with small amounts of lacing.

Smell- Tropical fruits and spices. Maybe a touch of alcohol as well.

Taste- Damn strange is the best way to put it. Lots of funky fruit tastes as well as some spices that I can't really figure out. There is also a paint thinner or turpentine kind of taste as you slosh the beer around in your mouth. I guess that's the odd spices that I am trying to figure out.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not sure if I'm going to try the Super again, but maybe the regular Nora. This one was just too funky for me. Different to be sure though, and not really bad, just weird.

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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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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 Gueuzedude
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange -amber color that sits under a thick tan head. This beer literally overflows the bottle because it is so carbonated. This beer has an interesting, subtle spiced aroma, but is dominated by aromas of orange and apple. The taste is lightly sweet up front and the finish is quite fruity. This has a nice sharp middle to it that is amplified by the tongue tingling carbonation. I get notes of apple orange and cinnamon. The finish has an astringent note to it, as well as a bit of spicy hotness. This beer is definitely quite nice, I like the contrasting flavors in this. Italy is definitely starting to do some interesting things.

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Photo of John_M
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hard to believe, I know, but on cask during the Italian fest at Max's.

The beer pours a reddish orange color with minimal head retention and light lacing. Teh nose is attractive, as I pick up sweet tea, wine, a hint of sour and some light underlying cherry. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this moderately sweet beer, and there's just enough wine and light sour to counter that sweetness. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a soft, long, very smooth finish. This is really easy to take. Alcohol is almost unnoticeable, and so this is a very easy beer to drink and appreciate.


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Photo of Halcyondays
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a translucent orange, with a light white head, no lace.

S: Cherries and oranges in syrup, roses.

T: Fermented kumquat with sweet Rainier cherries, and the ale brings a nice malt finish.

M: Mildly acidic, medium-bodied.

D: Another intriguing ale from Baladin. It has a rustic acidity, complex yeasty flavours, very enjoyable and something to delve into.

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Photo of Derek
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Yeastie haze, coppery straw, thin ring of retention leaves a hint of leg.

S: Candied pineapple, steelie mineral and grass, sponge toffee.

T: Candied pineapple, good bitterness, steelie, yeastie bread, alcohol is subtle.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a dry finish.

D: An easy drinker for its weight.

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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 weeare138
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a orange toned amber with a beige head that slowly fades into a gentle cap. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of light caramel, fruity, doughy, with cracked grain and gentle notes of brown sugar and a him of tartness.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a candi sugar blast that runs into fruity bread notes.
Mouthfeel is nice. Chewy, full bodied, smooth, and mildly warming. Would benefit with aging but this is a decent brew fresh too.

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