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Al-Iksir | Birrificio Le Baladin

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Birrificio Le Baladin

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John_M on 01-08-2010

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 16
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5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

just had a really old bottle of this and its holding up incredibly well, hardly any oxidation at all and just a wonderful integration of flavors, almost more barleywine at this point than anything else, and although ive never had it fresh, this seems almost meant for extended cellaring. the label says it has islay whiskey yeast in it, which is pretty neat, and it is oddly yeasty, very italian in my experience, yeast driven but in a bizarre sort of way. its bready and kind of english, old but not tired, and really fermenting this down pretty close to dry for what it is. i get pepper and clove and white grape and dried apricot and even a fennel note among the maple and brown sugar flavors in here, really layered and interesting beer that was quite memorable for me. the booze is oddly well hidden, and to my own demise, i drink a whole bottle of this one fairly expediently and feel it far more than i ever tasted the strength. full fluffy body, and despite the all the sediment in it, its smooth and even clean to drink on. good carbonation for the style too, this is a super unique strong ale that i highly recommend. i havent had anything quite like this, and age has done wonders for it. i continue to be obsessed with italian beer...

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.16/5  rDev +5.6%

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2.7/5  rDev -31.5%

The beer tastes towards an apple cocktail, especially with the huge alcohol punch at the mid palate. Spice hits the front, but then explodes of that almost "vodka" character.

One of the worst beers I've had in recent memory. The beer is flat of flavor, hot, and just boozy.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of koopa
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra in a trade from a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a light amber to honey tinged copper with decent clarity and a 1 finger white crown that shows little lace as well as little retention.

Smell: Mildly earthy and herbal with a faint caramel to toffee malt profile.

Taste: Alcohol presence and esters up front. Caramel, toffee, honey, brown sugar, and minor plum notes in the finish. Surprisingly no signs of oxidation found.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Overall: I probably shouldn't assume that this beer tasted anything like this back when it was made quite a long time ago, but based on how it tastes now I'm happy they retired it.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger head on a cloudy copper and crimson body. Very bready and malty with peach, apricot and cantaloupe fruity sweetness. Fairly spivey as well. Flavor is fairly boozy and malt forward bordering on a barleywine. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Candied oranges, citrus hops notes as well. This one is very sweet as expected. Fairly boozy overall.

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Al-Iksir from Birrificio Le Baladin
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 42 ratings
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