Nazionale
Birrificio Le Baladin

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Style:
Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #202
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #34,389
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 11.02%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
50
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Birrificio Le Baladin
 
Italy
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  11
SCORE
83
Good
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a very clean looking and clear light yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like tea like and floral hops, vague spicing, light fruitiness, and crackery malt.

This is very basic, but cleanly brewed. It would probably pair well with a lot of different types of food. There's a light, clean, and floral hop character, with some yeasty spice, a touch of crackery and just lightly sweet malt. It works very well on a hot day while grilling.

This is quite drinkable, and goes down very easily. It's crisp and super clean.

This is nothing that's going to knock your socks off, flavorwise, but it's well-brewed, with no flaws, and it's super drinkable.

May 26, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A nice table BPA, but not at a nice price. (For $6 and less than 12 ounces, I'd much rather have Orval.) But Baladin offers up a unique bottle as part of some really innovative marketing to spread the gospel that Italians can make great beer, too. I'm glad I could taste Nazionale and see that, four years later, they have gotten their Belgian-thing better.

Released in 2011, Nazionale was the first Belgian-inspired beer of all-Italian ingredients (per Baladin's website.)
However, Looks are average for the style; a fuller yeast would help create more foam and protein swirls. Smells tell me there are some spices to complement the sweet malt. Tastes come in very balanced and strikingly refreshing and cleanse the palate for more of Bob's World-Famous Soup. Finish is fine. But, I ask myself if this is close to a wit.

While this is my fifth from Baladin, my other four came during my pre-BA days and I was on my quest to complete "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die." All four were over-priced and over-promoted. While this may be part of the Italian way, I shied from more Baladin. Then just now as I was drinking Nazionale, I went on their website for the first time and see that Baladin's founder and main force truly is a character and truly does want to spread the gospel of Italian beer. So power to him and his genius and power to Italian crafters.

But frankly, to be competitive in the world of craft brewing... they have got to lower their prices.

Dec 02, 2019
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3Vandoo from Canada

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cute little bottle quite interesting.

Look is quite boring but honest; the head did not even showed up. Not even to say "ciao" and not even "a presto"...

But the colour is a clear gold, a golden that reminds me of scotch, actually if you look at the glass now it looks like a good single malt... finally she might be a tease, let's see!

Smell: A shy hoppy presence is there with a hint of spices, but what? More mystery.

In mouth; her Italian Belgian character is present, candy sugar; malt, hops and clove are present; not bad.

reading the other reviews I think my bottle might have been to war or something as we never know with Quebec's SAQ, bottle says better before october 2020; so in theory we are in the prime but I might have got a bottle that was damaged.

Sep 08, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

when i saw a can of baladin for the very first time last week i was intrigued, i am used to the fancy bottles, and this looked sort of cheap compared to what i think i know about their aesthetic. a closer look revealed it was shipped in a container and canned in the states, likely by the distributor, which i have seen before on some beer from austria, i would think this would be for cost saving on heavy glass shipping across the ocean, but if thats the case, the cost saving doesnt seem to be passed on much to the consumer, as this was north of seven bucks for a single 12 ounce can. that said, im still glad i picked it up, its a nice beer, even if the canning itself doesnt seem quite up to best standards. its a spiced brew, with notes of coriander and clove in it, hazy and earthy malty as a base, with a neat italian yeast element that isnt quite belgian and not exactly wild, but funky and rustic, lightly estery and vinous. its almost like a wit, some haze to it, and an orange and coriander vibe, white wine too, but i taste some lightly sweet barley here too, a toasted note, and an almost allspice thing. its complex as it warms and its quite drinkable for how flavorful it is, but in the canned form it lacks the refinement i want it to have, and im sure its better in the bottle done by the brewery itself. pricey for what it is, but as unique as all the rest of their beer overall. a fun one to find in idaho too, havent seen much italian beer here yet...

Jul 16, 2019
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SSS from Canada

3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear golden yellow with a fine white head
S-Aroma is reminiscent of a Belgian blonde with musty notes as well as fruity banana notes and ripe fruit
M-Mouth feels light and carbonation is medium
T-Neutral flavour with a subtle malt sweetness coming into play before a very smooth and light bitterness
O- this is a decent Belgian ale in my opinion

Apr 21, 2019
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Alexc11 from Canada

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold, cloudy colour with a thin heading. Peach, citrus, ,malt dominate taste and smell. Not particularly punchy or spicy. Very little bitterness and moderate carbonation. Crisp and good tasting.

Mar 17, 2019
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear with a slight haze, golden color, with good activity. Light foamy white 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with poor legs but decent swirl reaction. Flavors of caramel, sweet barley, pears, Belgian style yeast, and floral hops. Medium bodied, oily yet a bit fluffy, kinda weird and uninteresting. Carbonation is strong and crispy. Light to medium strength finish, dominant maillard effect, shy fruity feel, lightly flowery hopped. Basic pale ale feel, overly accessible, good freshness though. Overall below average quality.

Jul 01, 2018
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safaricook from Netherlands

2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

mine was a gusher, which is sometimes not a good sign. and really this was infected. I got stinky feet and an unpleasant bitterness that made this a drainpour.

May 06, 2018
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drmeto from Germany

3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours an opaque orange with a small to medium,quickly dissipating,foamy,offwhite head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-artificial peach aroma,orange,coriander,honey,sugar,herbal,slight coconut,slight banana,grassy
T:
-mineral,orange,butter,white bread,pineapple with sediment poured: doughy,grainy,sweet
-finishes dry
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
A pretty good Belgian Pale Ale.I found it noticeably better without the yeast sediment poured.

Feb 14, 2018
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doktorhops from Australia

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kindly gifted to me by an Aussie rep (for reviewing purposes) are 5 bottles from a brewery in Italy I have yet to hear of, which is of course surprising given I worked at Plonk! in Canberra a couple years ago (Plonk! having the largest selection of craft beers in Australia). So who are these Birra Baladin peeps? And are they as great as Birra Del Borgo (my current favourite Italian craft brewer)? Thanks to the gift of these bottles I will be able to tell you if they’re good or great... or shit, but judging by a quick glance at their average scores on BeerAdvocate I’m not expecting any shit samples here. On to the beer, Cincin!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Presents with an eye-pleasing cloudy goldenrod body and a slightly off-white cappuccino foam head that sits firm at half a centimetre. The head agitates easily from the pour, looks great at 6.5% ABV. 8/10.

S: Spicy Belgian-style yeast brings in some interesting fruit esters - bubblegum upfront, apple and mead characters follow. Aroma lingers on the sweet side with a dash of cardamom/mace spice. Not sure if intentional by Birra Baladin but it conjures up images of a medieval banquet and pageantry... lovely stuff, this is an aroma I could sniff all day. 8/10.

T: Intriguingly not as sweet as one would expect from a Belgian counterpart, quite a balance is found between sweet/dry/spice that signals a brew of a highly adaptable nature. Flavours noted as above: Bubblegum/mead esters, cardamom/mace yeast spice, finishing with a dry white wine vinous note. This brew is uniquely Italian craft, much like Birra Del Borgo, with that merging of beer/wine flavours, nice! 8/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, and the Achilles heel of this brew: carbonation, in that it is far too gassy (I noted about 6-7 burps per bottle). We will forgive it one transgression given how the beer tasted though. 7/10.

D: As good an example of an Italian-Belgian Pale Ale gets IMO. Apart from the gassy nature of this brew there was little to criticize it for: flavourwise it was interesting and tasty, with flavours I enjoy in a beer, aroma = great, appearance = also great... so yeah, looks like there’s a new contender on the horizon for Doc’s favourite Italian craft brewer, although Birra Del Borgo so far are the more creative brewer in my eyes. However I do have 4 more Birra Baladin beers to go, they may still yet wrest that crown! 8/10.

Food match: Like a white wine - very versatile, salads and game meats/nuts FTW.

Mar 21, 2017
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in 2015, this beer was a gift from a family member who just returned from Rome.

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a lightly hazed golden yellow color with light orange highlights and a 1 1/2” airy off white head that persists quite well. Sipping creates lots of scattered small patches of foam. The retention is quite good.

The aromas include some touches of citrus (orange zest and or lemon) and some coriander along with hints of the spicy yeast and some almost bready malt character.

The flavors include the coriander and some grassy and herbal bitterness. The coriander character is quite light and blends well with the bready malt. The sweetness from the malt provides a touch of balance to the herbal bitterness and the interplay is balanced without either dominating the other.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium with a nice touch of prickliness from the gentle, persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the slight sweetness changes to become more dry and bitter. It ends with a dry light herbal and citric bitterness.

This strikes me as being a well made and easily drinkable example of a Belgian Pale Ale and an interpretation I'm definitely enjoying. I regret a bit that I have only one bottle and so don't know when I'll be having it again. The light herbal bitterness is a nice combination of flavors.

Sep 11, 2016
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FLima from Brazil

3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden orange whitish color with a thick head with decent retention.
Aroma with notes of oranges, herbs, coriander, bread, Belgian type yeast and mild spices.
Lots of herbal bitterness (as flavor not harshness), Belgian type yeast, bread, chamomile, coriander, white grapes and malt sweetness. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
I loved its herbal bitterness profile which perfectly combined hops with herbs and spices. I feel this walks towards a Belgian IPA.

Oct 02, 2015
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eduardolinhalis from Switzerland

3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: first of all, beautiful bottle art, Le Baladin trademark. Pours a pale cloudy yellow color forming a huge big bubbled, aired and soapy white head. Huge retention and lots of spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Quite herby and lemony in the nose. A malty backbone with strong notes of flowery and citrus hops. I would dare some wheat and some orange zest

T: Quite herby in the mouth too. The upfront can be slightly sweet but it quickly changes to a dry and bitter overall taste. Some notes of coriander and orange zest. Hops are significantly bitter and citrus too

M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Citrus hops aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Excelent La Baladin specimen, as expected

Apr 03, 2013
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ferrari29 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Tulip-stemmed wine glass; picked this up at LoSfuso - Turin, Italy. Made with the finest Italian-only ingredients and only distributed in Italy.

A - Beer pours with a nice two finger sized, white colored head; body has a cloudy golden straw color; no visible carbonation and not much lacing formed either; head held well, but besides that, it didn't look as full or healthy as I would like

S - Belgian white beer spice nose; white wine, champagne refreshing scents, rather airy, couldn't really pinpoint exactly what I was smelling, lager nose; hop scents are of light weeds and grass; honey; floral and slightly herbal, like a chamomile;

T - Dry herbal taste; tangy and sour; sour white grapes; not much hop flavor; lacking much of a malt identity, kind of airy like a lager; rice; grassy

M - For what its worth, the flavor was consistent, from the sip's - start to finish; tart around the edges; slightly dry bitter aftertaste from the hops

D - Alright drink; needs more malt flavor; washes down pretty quick; great step in the right direction, I'm glad to see Italy break out of its "wine" laden past and building on something new

Nov 25, 2011
Nazionale from Birrificio Le Baladin
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 50 ratings