Super Baladin | Birrificio Le Baladin

very good
255 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

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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 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 Cozzatoad
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle

A- Pours a quite murky dark orange, really unattractive. One finger off-white head that disappears pretty quickly. Quite suprising in a belgium inspired beer

S- Sweet malts (caramel for sure) with a strong spicy character (probably from the alcohol, which may be detected). Then a hint of tartness and some light dark fruit notes too

T- Quite innovative for a strong ale. Malts (not as sweet as you would expect) with biscuit and caramel flavours and a slight tart note to them. Yeast plays a major role bringing a sugary feel, without feeling heavy. Spicy notes are strong too, particularly on the tongue, with lemon and a herbal feel. Again some light dark fruit notes (prune, possibly more). A peculiar and very nice range of flavours.

M- Nicely smooth on the palate. More prickly and lively on the tongue, with sharp carbonation. Some alcohol may be detectable, but it brings a nice warming feel without getting owerpowering

O- A strong pale ale in look but more a strong dark ale in taste. Sure an interesting and innovative take on the style, that nicely blends complexity and drinkabilty

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a 375 ml bottle 2/10 date stamp. Pouring at cellar temp into a snifter.
The beer pours a slightly hazy chestnut hue with several streams of bubbles rising to the surface. A thin wispy beige head remains after the pour.
Aroma is rich caramel and fruity with some red grapes and figs mixed together, makes me anticipate a bit of a sipping beer.
First sip reveals a lighter body than anticipated and very fine gentle rolling carbonation. The flavor is sweet malt with some caramel and figs a little bit of red grape and some tangy yeast mixed in. I do get some warming booze at the finish on each sip but it is overly hot. There is a lingering grape flavor after each swallow too, fairly sweet but enjoyable.
Not a bad beer and a pretty cool little bottle. I would drink again if I had a bottle.

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Photo of avalon07
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a thick consistency. Some floaties. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A sweet, floral, estery smell, with traces of malt as well.

T: Tasted of malt, some herbs, and that floral quality. The flavor is a bit thin the in the finish. Very uneven, but has its good qualities, too.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an uneven beer if there ever was one. It has some OK traits, but is too unfocused to be great.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Tulip shaped glass

A - Body pours with a pumpkin orange colored body; opaque; beer formed a small white head and dissipated rather quickly; well-carbonated; no lacing; visible sediment floats around

S - Subtle sour citrus aroma and vinegar characteristics; yeasty; sweet malt biscuit; herbal

T - Sweet malt biscuit backbone; sour yeast; caramel; tea and herbal; with a touch of lemon

M - Effervescent; bubbly solid body; taste lingers for a few seconds and disappears quickly, but is astringent when palatable

D - Great, I really like it; it was worth the wait; fantastic Pale Ale and something that should be enjoyed with a great meal

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Photo of alf212
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby orange

Smell: Very fruity and esthery

Taste: Very fruity with some pear, sugary dark fruits and clove flavors to sum it up

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, alcohol isnt present despite being 8% pretty nice

Not one of my favorites in the style and sorry for the shitty notes theyre from what I remember from last night--was out with a buncha friends wasn't the best environment to take notes.

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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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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 rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy coppery gold color, frothy white head gone quickly. Quite suprised by the strong sweet candied fruit notes - apple, strawberry, cherry, pear, grape, tangerine which come through stong in both nose and flavor. Good yeast qualities on the nose with grassy and hay like notes acompanying the sweet bown sugary malts. Taste is sweet and fruity as described above with some light sourness, the malt backbone is bready and slightly nutty. Light cough-drop medicinal quality on the finnish. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, light lingering on the palate. A quite flavorful beer with some light off notes keeping it from stardom.

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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 chefelf
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this one. I wasn't expecting a Belgian style ale so I was pleasantly surprised when that's what I got. I had been expecting something Italian which means I didn't really know what to expect having tried about three or four Italian beers in the past.

It had a nice rich flavor, very reminiscent of Belgian style ales. It was extremely expensive (I think about $7 or $8 for a 8oz. bottle) so, like a lot of beers, it's worth trying but you could probably achieve the same thing with a far less expensive Belgian ale.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy orange/copper color with about an inch off-white cola-like carbonated head that went away quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is mostly fruity, the brew smells like pineapple, flowers, bready malt, cherries and pears. It tastes like bready malt/grain, white grapes, bananas, nuts and some floral hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and a bit slick with good carbonation. It's easy to drink, and the soft carbonation helps with that. Alcohol isn't very noticable. I think it's a decent enough beer, but for $14.99 a bottle I wouldn't buy this very often.

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Photo of gfreed
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As expensive beer goes, this is worth a splurge not just for the beer but for the bottle: the bottom-heavy, hippy shape and very long neck make it a pleasure to hold. Or look at it as a tool: recall the scene at the beginning of Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," where the Big Ape is swinging the bone, and substitute the bone with this bottle. You get the picture.

Enough about the bottle. The beer inside has a somewhat weak aroma but I could still pick out things like figs and pineapple (particularly the latter) not to mention some nice perfume. The body is reasonably dense and the overall taste leans toward a lightweight dubble, with a slight tang of... aftershave? Odd but not a deal-killer. This is an easy drinker, and the 8% ABV is nowhere in sight. A decent cold-weather beer that deserves multiple sessions. When stacked against other $20 bottles, however, I'm not sure if the price is justified.

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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 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 eduardolinhalis
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Lovely Beer. Very fruity a yeasty.

Pours a orange hazy color with a thin head which disappears leaving few lacings. Smell is very fruity and yeasty. Red fruits, mainly. Taste follows the nose. Some caramel malts can also be felt. The yeasts taste is really great. A little bit acid aftertaste. Medium body. Medium carbonation.
High drinkability.

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

A - poured from a 750mL into a tulip. (Sat on my shelf about a year; not sure how old in total.) Bright orange in color, yet totally opaque and hazy. Big dollop of frothy white sits on top and stays there. Slightly sticky when swirled.

S - lots of sweet malts, cherry, fig, sour apple, grape, yeast.

T - pretty much exactly like the smell. A good thing.

M - moderate to heavy weight, smooth, finish is slightly dry despite all the sour/fruity flavors, nice.

D - more than the sum of its parts. Quite complex, especially for a pale ale; 8% starts to be noticeable here & there; but you never feel it's too much or doesn't work together. Frankly I want another.

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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 chickencoop
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Genova Delicatesen in the Creek, always known for solid beer, maybe not. poured a cloudy orangey amber. Smell was a faint malts, not much there. Taste was a light watery hint of malts overridden by mostly booze, finishing with some sweet fruitiness. Pretty easy to drink overall.

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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 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 lacqueredmouse
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty orange-yellow colour, full of cloudiness, with a fine and lively head of white foam. Some collapsing of the head, and there's little lacing, despite the obvious heaviness of the body. Looks pretty good.

Fair amount of mustiness on the nose, mingled with an organic Belgian yeast character. Lots of sweetness on the nose as well, perhaps one of the precursors to raw sugar - treacle or molasses, something that keeps its organic genesis prominent. Pretty decent.

Very similar characters on the palate - the mustiness takes on a lightly bitter, slightly roasted character, which oddly jangles against what I expect, but the sweetness is prominent, and the round Belgian yeast also lends some spice and a touch of acetone. Some heat is noticeable on the back of the palate, and the boozy flavours come through on the aftertaste. Body is really good. Quite thick and rich, but with a lightness that ensures it doesn't get too heavy.

Yeah, nice drop all up - the booze and acetone could be subdued a little, but it drinks surprisingly easily. A very good Belgian style from a non-Belgian brewery, in any case.

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Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had it in venice at a restaurant on the southeast end of the island.

pour is amber with a decent head that fades... not surprising judging from the nose of herbal qualities. burnt coriander(but delicately so), caramel, and pear. the beer has a maple syrup malt quality to it. but it was a clean sweet. some quite drying qualities about the palate. peppery... and sweet. very very great for meats. had it with some salty prosciutto. fantastic. great for game, lamb, and cured meat absolutely.

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