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Nazionale | Birrificio Le Baladin

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Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ferrari29 on 11-25-2011

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 24
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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

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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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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.
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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

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Nazionale from Birrificio Le Baladin
3.8 out of 5 based on 24 ratings.
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