Nazionale | Birrificio Le Baladin

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin
Italy
birreria.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ferrari29 on 11-25-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
31
Reviews:
5
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of AleSan
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of andpit
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of metalspice
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of INSTACAM85
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of drtth
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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