Al-Iksir | Birrificio Le Baladin

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Birrificio Le Baladin

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by John_M on 01-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 39
Photo of dar482
2.7/5  rDev -29.3%

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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Photo of clickpush
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle to tulip. Big four finger head erupts in the glass over a slightly clouded orange amber beer. Head is loud and crackly, descends quickly. I feel like I just poured milk over Rice Crispies the way this thing is making noise. Lots of carbonation. The head settles as a flat bubbling cap across the surface.

Aroma is tart and spicy, dominated by smells all characteristic of playful and outgoing yeast strains. Vanilla, lemon, peppercorn, strawberry, eggnog. Not quite as strong as it seemed upon first pour. Looking forward to tasting this one.

Interesting combination of sweet vanilla, almost oily, with also some dry flavors of peppercorn, dehydrated fruit. Mouthfeel is not exactly consistent... Some large bubbles but also buttery, oily finish. Astringent characteristics, over ripe fruit. It's a big beer, and you can taste all 10% of it. Some concentrated hop flavors in the finish as well. Quite complex & spicy yet there's something that rubs me the wrong way. I think it's the mouthfeel... if it were crisper it would certainly go down a lot more easily.

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Photo of koopa
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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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Photo of GradyS1
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-cloudy golden appearance after pour, darker at bottom, small half finger head and hazy throughout.
S-Fruity, grape and apple, lots of fresh fruit, cherry and a sweet almost honey like smell
T-A bit of funk to this one, slightly tart, apples, cherries and pears in the taste. A good amount of belgian yeast in the finish
M- medium body, spicy afterfeel and average amount of carbonation.

Overall a solid beer, hides the 10% very nicely

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Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a glass at the Trapp Door in Emmaus PA. The beer was smooth and well-aged, but as distinct or complex as you'd hope for a beer like this. There was a big fig ester hit up front and a light, nutty caramel malt taste rolls through the finish. It's a tasty beer, but the flavors are blending together instead of standing out and complementing each other.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this beer at Gingerman in South Norwalk where it was served in a tall wine glass.

Initially looks much like you'd expect from a Belgian strong pale ale - strongly golden, with a soft honey cloudiness to it. Foamy, but with no lacing, kind of dies out. Nose has an interesting mix of banana and whiskey oak - just a little tart, and definitely a good share of tropical fruit.

Taste has a reasonable amount of maltiness, and a definite tartness to it, but no balanced hops. Its sweet, with tropical fruits, and while interesting, its really not that enjoyable, just too much going on. Doesn't have the crispness of a Duvel, for example. Smooth, and light/medium body, soft and creamy. Heavy on the ABV is definitely noticeable throughout the drink, which hinders the drinkability.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Poured into a small Snifter. Color is a slightly murky tannish caramel color. Lots of dark fruit notes (prune, raisin, etc) in the nose along with some caramel. Medium mouthfeel. Caramel sweet start with dark fruit sweetness and a touch of tangy, sour/tart. Booze evident and warms slightly. Overall, not bad and good to see a good bee coming out if Italy!

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer looks very much like the super baladin, with sort of hazy golden amber color. The beer menu mentions that this beer is a whiskey malt ale, and I'm not sure what that means. In any event, the has some light citrus, light cherry, vanilla, and maybe a hint of whiskey. On the palate, I'm much more impressed with this beer. While it's on the sweet side, I get some very nice underlying whiskey flavor (canadian or Irish if I had to hazzard a guess), as well as some brown sugar, vanilla, toffee and light milk chocolate. This is a pretty tasty brew. Mouthfeel is fairly light and drinkability is terrific considering the abv. It's hardly noticeasble, and this beer is not at all heavy or tiring on the palate.

Yummy. This is impressive.

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Thirsty Monk downtown Asheville.Poured into a small tulip glass a slight hazed mix of amber and burnt orange,a thinner white head atop.Big whisky-ish notes in the nose along with dark fruit and yeast,the whisky notes are very big.Flavors are warming with big spice and whisky,dark fruit and light phenols round out the finish.Its big and warming with hefty alcohol flavors,a great sipper.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of Knapp85
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a giant bottle of this at Shangy's in Emmaus to take along with me to Thanksgiving dinner with my family. The bottle had the year 2000 pressed into the glass just below the neck. The cap was heavily wax coated, The bottle opened with an impressive hiss for being 10 years old.The look of the beer was a cloudy orange yellow color. The head was a little fizzy but had a light lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer had a wonderful aroma of sweet tropical fruits and some flowers in there. The beer smells really nice overall. The taste of the beer wasn't as good as the smell but not too far off. The beer had a nice amount of Belgian yeast, and fruit flavors. The mouthfeel had soft and lightly carbonated feel to it. Overall I really enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Very nice to have something like this with family and friends around the holidays.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and rich take on a BSPA.

Presentation: 12 oz draft pour. Menu offers a short and fair description of the brew. Notes Alc. by Vol. (10.0%) Served on a tulip glass.

A - Hazy medium amber pour with a short foamy head, medium retention and some lacing.

S - Sweet aromas, caramel, and a touch of booze.

T - Rich sweetness coating a sense of whisky/liquor like notes. Whisky yeast is used for the brewing and it clearly shows here, caramel and a touch of spices are also present.

M - Medium-light body with fair to low carbonation, and a creamy finish.

D - Rich serving, almost good to sip when it is in top shape form. Alcohol is nicely integrated.

Notes: I had a chance of having this one twice in two different places and does a beer change when is out of shape. First time, more so what the review reflects, the brew felt pretty extraordinary. However the second time around it was quite flat and while drinkable it did not offer the richness and freshness noticed on the other serving. Both are typically quality places and don't incur in any form of keg mismanagement, but it could be. It could also be irregular importing and/or brewing... Hard to say.

Ah, this could also be a new take on their Elixir and maybe worth considering merging with that brew if that is the conclusion. But either recipe or branding this offering is sure hitting the region under a different coating as Al - Iksir and not Elixir.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a solid white head, good lace.

S: Guava/pineapple/mango - very tropical on the first sniff. Banana and sweet strawberry come out later with some nutmeg, very complex.

T: Bitter coriander, assorted citrus and rind, and some peach. Noticable acid adds a nice complexity.

M: Moderate acidity, with a firm Belgian strong ale body.

D: This beer is all over the place, I don't know what to expect next, and I love it for that. Belgian-styled in origin, with some Italian flair; my first from the legendary Baladin and I'm very impressed.

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Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a clear dark amber color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of rich medium malts with good amounts of ripe pear and tropical fruit aromas. Also present are mild amounts of funk and even lighter amounts of musty hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet medium malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by good amounts of medium fruit flavors - pears, apricots, and tropical fruits, in that order. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors turn slightly tart and carry through to a crisp ending. As the beer warms light hints of vanilla work their way out.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was impressed with this beer - it's got a lot going on and manages to blend everything together nicely. Worth a shot.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle brought back from my sisters trip to eatily in new york. thanks lorena! i have never even heard of this. drank from my duvel tulip.

A- the beer comes out of the bottle a a slightly hazy darkish amber color. there is a about a finger and a half of eggshell colored head on top. the head has decent retention and leaves behind solid rings of lacing. very nice.

S- the first things that pop out of the nose are fruits. apple first and foremost. pear, grape, banana and mangos can be found also. a light spicing (read coriander). some pale malts and a little bit of candi sugar.

T- the taste starts out with some pale malts and quickly moves back into the fruits that i could smell. plenty of apple cider. grapes, pears, mangos, bananas, and a little bit cherries. a little bit of spicy coriander and pepper. sweet belgian candi sugar.

M- the body is medium. the carbonation is on the low side for the style, but it works well in here. the lightest warming from the alcohol. its very well hidden.

O- drinking this, i had no idea that it was this potent. the alcohol is very well hidden. i dont usually like this style this much. check this one out if you get the chance.

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Al-Iksir from Birrificio Le Baladin
3.82 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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