Wayan | Birrificio Le Baladin

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Brewed by:
Birrificio Le Baladin
Italy
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Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SixpointJMH on 01-14-2003

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Ratings:
114
Reviews:
52
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
10.4%
 
 
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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of ferrari29
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a stemmed wine glass.

A - Beer poured with an orange colored body; body had small amounts of visible carbonation and had a solid amount of floating sediment; some lacing formed on the glass but faded rather quickly; one finger sized white colored head formed and dissipated very quickly

S - Sour white grape; sparkling wine smell; yeast; wheat; herbal; breaded malt scents; slight herbal nose

T - Sour white grapes, semi-sweet and dry sparkling white wine flavor; subtle hints of spices and a touch of yeasty sourness

M - Crisp and clean; watery consistancy; aftertaste is slightly sour and finishes off with a lingering bread malt taste

D - Not bad for a Saison ale, could have been a bit more sour; I felt that it wasn't much of a challenge for my palate and left my taste buds asking for more; otherwise, it was very easy to drink, I would definetely have another

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Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this one the bottled list at the Tap & Table before it closed up. I like Baladin brews quite a bit just on a personal preference. Wayan is another one that I found to be pretty good. The pour of the beer was lemon yellow with a white fizzy head that left a little lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was a little more spicy, lively and bright than I expected. I found it to be much more inviting. The taste of the beer has a little bit of grain flavors, followed by some citrus and a touch of Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel was smooth and had a good level of carbonation to keep the beer interesting. Overall it's not really a typical Saison but I still found it to be good and a little out of the ordinary. I feel that it's enjoyable and worth trying.

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Photo of ricke49
2.81/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Suprisingly bland and not really that appealing. It's hard to grasp what they were trying for with this brew - there's just not enough of anything there to impress. Thin mouthfeel. Trying to decide whether or not to finish the bottle. This beer is just too darn 'neutral' to want to drink it again.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours lemon yellow with a loose white head that disappears fast with no lace and big speckles of sediment - not promising. Nose is waxy, floral and lemon honey cough drop. Pear malts are followed by mild ginger + spice hops, with hints of brandy depth. Another review said starfruit tartness, I could see that. Piquant and gently tangy leave. Super soft, round and gently fizzy mouthfeel. Gets fruitier as you get down to the yeast at the bottom. No burn.

Straight forward at first, but the nuance is there. Seems like it would reward repeated visits, or pair well with food. But at a glance, not tops for the style.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a pretty good Saison / Farmhouse Ale.

Pours into a glass, with a nice thick head. Lots of carbonation, but almost automatically dissipates.

The aroma is funky and grassy, a nice sign of a classic farmhouse ale.

The taste is complex with a mixture of horse grass funk and dried citrus.

Overall this is a good Saison, and particularly a good Italian rendition.

I would recommend this to beer lovers whom want to try something new and different, and even appeals to Farmhouse drinkers.

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Photo of Nickls
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a healthy pure white head; dissipates into a centimeter thin foam. Didn't get that much lacing. Lightly hazy marigold orange in color.

Aroma is earthy, spicy, a little bit of white grape fruitiness. Yeastiness is definitely a feature. Some green peppercorn sneaks, and actually a little bit of pepper in the flavor as well. Yeasty flavor; a touch of citrus; very earthy flavor to me actually. Not bad, but not on par with the best in the style range. Lighter MF, and tight prickly carbonation. Very solid drinking actually, refreshing, nothing off in terms of flavor. Certainly not a boring brew either.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, cloudy dirty orange color to this one. Initially the head was large and impressive, but it sank quickly into wispy remnants. I have an excessive amount of yeast floating around the glass. Did I pour too rough? It certainly didn't seem so.

The aroma reminded my a saison, but with a leathery funkiness mixed in. Usually I am a big fan of earthy funk, but in this case it seemed out of place.

Light on the palate and a bit sourish, and again, not entirely in a good way. The beer ended with some nice spice.

All around I would say this brew is rough around edges. It could use some refinement. I really enjoyed the Nora from Le Baladin so I found this brew disappointing.

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

Warning: all of my Baladin beer reviews are slightly dull, this is what happens when you take notes at a tasting and don't get to a computer til a week after, the thrill is gone

Appearance: Hazy straw colored with a light lingering head, minimal retention and lacing

Nose: Smells like a traditional belgian style saison, sightly musky with notes of hay and horse blanket followed up by slight coriander and peppery spice complexion

Taste: A gentle sweetness comes forward immediately as well as a light breadiness, followed by more notes of funk and musk and finishing with an intense peppery blast

Mouthfeel: Slightly prickly and acidic with a nice firmer body

Drinkability: Like a good saison, it goes down easy, a good summer sipper, I could easily have a couple of these on a summer day

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: poured a light cloudy light copper color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma of coriander and zesty refreshing and overall dry hops is very enticing. Taste is a nice mix between some nice Belgian malt, some coriander and a hoppy dry finish that is very well balanced. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well balanced between malt, hops and spices with some interesting esters.

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Photo of Suds
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Completely cloudy straw color, almost milky in appearance, this beer has a brilliant white head. Nice lace. Lots of citrus in the aroma (lemon, orange, and also other fruit...kiwi?). The beer has a grassy lightly spices aroma as well. Semi-dry, and very effervescent. It has some pepper and spice in the flavor. No hop flavor at all. Slightly estery and moderately phenolic. This is a light and very drinkable beer. It's the kind of brew that would be great on a spring afternoon.

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a spumy head that quickly drops to a ringlet leaving some lace

Smell: Telltale earthy, yeasty Saison aroma, but lacks depth; some coriander and a piquant, soapy aroma that I often smell in health food stores

Taste: Opens with a lot of cidery apple flavors, tart and sweet, with a vinous character as well; after the swallow, the earthy hops kick in to add some bitterness, but the yeast and spice flavors dominate

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; modest carbonation

Drinkability: Another older bottle from my cellar clearing of the Baladins; I would like to taste a fresher example as this is past its prime; still, I can't help thinking that this Saison would not compete with the best of Belgium; love the bottles, however, and they remind me of the Italian car I had in college (looked much better than it ran)

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Photo of nick76
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is citrusy, spicy and yeasty. The appearance is golden with some haze and particles. The flavor is like the aroma and light. The palate is light also. The finish is peppery. Overall a good beer and the more I drink the more I like it. It get's better as you drink it.

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Photo of hopdog
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Baladin shaped bottle shared courtesy of weeare138.

Poured a medium and lighlty hazy yellow color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of ginger, other spices, lemons and other citrus. Tastes of citrus, some spices, and bready.

Notes from 5/30/08

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Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened at biegamans Summer Saison tasting, thanks Jan!

Pours a cloudy gold, thin white head forms, drops to a thin ring and leaves some spots on the glass. Smell is nice, spruce, sugar, pineapple, tea, apples, very fruity, yeast, bread, light tartness, very nice. Taste is sweet and spicy, some caramel/sugary goodness, sweet fruits, wheat, yeast, some light sourness in the finish, bit of spice, very thick flavour. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation, very smooth and refreshing. Great saison, thanks Jan!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice and rare example of the style. This beer does everything that a saison should do. It begins with a very efforvescent, champaign-like carbonation above a rusty straw colored liquid. A rocky, froathy head formation rises from the glass and offers plenty of lacing. Lots of yeast particulates floating about, giving the beer an unsettling, murky hue. Aromas of fully-attenuated pilsner malts are decorated with lemon zest, peppery phenols, fruity esters, earthy hops, and hint of yeast. Flavors are much the same, but intense with the lemony, fruity, spicy notes. The texture is what makes the beer special. Light and prickly on the toung and palate, lifting the beer quite a bit. Dry, spicy, and a bit warming throughout. The beer nearly evaporates in the mouth, making it very digestable and enjoyable. finihses with a hint of hop-earthiness and with that lemony flavor carying through. It's nice to see a saison with moderate alcohol content rather than the 10%-ers that make the beer seem more Tripel-like in nature.

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Photo of weeare138
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a transparent gold with steady streams of lacing quickly rising to the top of the glass. The smal, white cap of silk never fades. Spotty streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, lemon, pumello, lime, coriander, and ginger.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a soapy, citrus, and coriander seed blast of flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium-light, spritzy up front, mildly spiced, with a smooth finish.

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Photo of grub
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled may 24/08 as part of biegaman's annual summer saison tasting, with a mix of BA/RB represented. biegaman contributed this bottle, so thanks jan!

750ml bottle.

pours deep golden yellow, more chunky than hazy, with a small dense white head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. caramel. orange peel. tangerine. touch of butterscotch. bread and cracker. bit floral too. really fresh and bright. bit of apple. maybe some rye-like spicy character too.

taste is good. light caramel sweetness. orange peel. tangerine. hint of apple. white bread. hint of alcohol. lots of fruit. very light non-specific spice.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium carbonation level. medium-light body.

drinkability is great. really nice balance. great fruity character. great stuff.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle from Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. in May 2008; price not recorded.

Pours a moderate-dark orange, cloudy and hazy, with a moderate to large fluffy white head.

Aroma of light citrus and hops, maybe even an apricot-pear fruit note, pleasant through and through.

Flavor is first a nice well rounded bready malt, with a few spice notes (I'm not good at spices, my wife suggests caroway and celery seeds- makes sense to me). Not as organic/barnyard/funky as most of the saisons we really enjoy, and as such, kind of plain in its overall flavor profile. Tastes good, but not as interesting as some of the more famous of the style.

Very drinkable, I just wanted drain this, but decided to drink a little more slowly.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright, hazy orange, some light peppery floaties with a thin white head.

S: Dry orange aroma with some sweet citrusy hints and spicing (coriander).

T: Very sweet flavor with nice spicing, spicy Saaz hops, with lots of fresh citrus. Flavor is clean, and sweet. Has a nice spicy hopping and tang in the finish with a good fade.

M: Moderate carbonation and mouthful.

D: Very good drinkabillity and example of a saision especially from an Italian brewery for this style.

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber of smooth drinking Belgian, neither too sweet nor bitter. Pours thick foamy orangy off-white head and orangey-white body. Above-average creamy mouthfeel. Mild yeast understated spicy aroma. At the 5.5% stated on the bottle, most drinkable pints for an hour.

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Photo of klewis
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours golden with a moderate frothy head. A bit of lace and a thick halo hang around the surface of the brew.

S: A little fruity... a bit phenolic... some biscuity aromas. Yep. It's a saison. A slight, indescript spicy character rounds out the rather light aroma.

T: A bit of tartness, but this one seems to lean on the sweet side for me. The spices give it a smooth sort of potpourri-like taste with a tropical fruit/ tutti fruity kind of flavor.

M: Light-moderate in body with plenty of carbonation. Seems to drink a bit smoother than some. Finishes semi-dry.

D: A bit unusual and the jury is still out on this one for me, but it is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip a nice gold, though not a lot of head for a saison. Lacing was decent.

I want more out of this nose. There's something going on there, but it's so very mild. I can't pick anything out other than some mild, pedestrian yeasty farmhouse aromas.

The taste is not so mild. Clean, typical lemon-y, yeast-y saison taste up front. After that, however - there's something I think I've only tasted in a beer once before...I don't claim to know exactly what this spice is that I'm tasting, but I suspect it's saffron, and a good bit of it...I say this because once I get past the initial lemon, it kinda tastes like a less sweet DFH Midas Touch, which does feature saffron. In that beer the saffron is mild, but here, if it is indeed saffron, it is fairly bold and perfume-y tasting, if that makes any sense. I really like it, but I doubt this will be a crowd-pleaser across the board. You'll either go for it in a big way, or find it disgusting.

Mouthfeel is nice - carbonation is there but doesn't feel overbearing. Slight perceived stickiness.

Very refreshing, but that mystery spice might grate on some, limiting drinkability. Even though I like it, one bottle at a time is enough for me.

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Photo of phisig137
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- one of the prettiest saisons I've ever seen. murky 24 karat gold color, 3 finger head. Fantastic retention, and loads of clumpy lace. A few floaters towards the bottom of the bottle.

S- sweet and perfume like. Nice herbs, perhaps basil, mint and rosemary. Well integrated, but nut backed up by anything else. Where are the hops and spicy yeast? Still pleasant though...

F- Mildly sweet up front, with soft herbal tones finishing the rear. Very mild, you've got to really dig to taste anything other that weak herbs. Could make a great food beer. Really not a whole lot to say.

M- thin and somewhat flat

D- Pretty good, quite quaffable.

Overall, I'm a bit disappointed in this one... Its a decent beer, but I wouldn't call it a saison at all. Not nearly up to par with the other beers from Baladin. At $17.99, I won't be buying this ever again. I honestly don't think I could even recommend this to anyone. Its not bad by any means, its just a bad saison, and a very overpriced one at that.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a just barely hazy, lightly orange tinged, full gold color. It is topped by a frothy, initially three finger thick, meringue like, barely off white colored head. The beer is quite well carbonated, with mad streaming rivulets of carbonation bubbles rushing to the surface of the beer. Quite a distinct aroma of fresh apple cider emanates from my glass, even as I am pouring it. Upon closer inspection pale-malted barely notes are noticeable with aromas of toasted soda crackers and pale biscuits. There is quite a bit of spiciness here as well; I did not notice it at first, but now that I have it is quite noticeable. Aromatic spice notes of black pepper, resinous pine or better yet rosemary, something that I imagine as dried lichen, and some flower notes reminiscent of lavender, perhaps a touch of rose and even chamomile. The up front fruit note is certainly not the dominant note (I am not sure any one note is), but does still play a role throughout; besides the apple there is also some pear like notes, but the apple is the most distinct. This has a very interesting, very complex aroma to it. I really like how the distinct notes of fruit, malt and spice interweave here; all are quite distinct and noticeable at various points, yet none totally dominate the others.

Lightly sweet up front, with a touch of acidity to it, both of these notes accentuate the apple notes in the flavor. The beer immediately froths up on my tongue, but somehow manages to remain fairly soft & creamy feeling, without the usual carbonic bite that one usually gets from a beer this well carbonated. This is actually fairly tart, though I would not characterize this as a sour beer. It is a very soft acidity though and is akin to the type of acidity found in ripe fruit. Flavors of apple, star-fruit and lemon round out the fruity notes. The complex spices from the aroma are much muted in the flavor, which is actually a good thing. Instead they form a subtle backdrop, which adds notes of white pepper, ginger, earthy coriander, hints of some turpene notes (reminiscent of tongue numbing nutmeg), orange blossoms and lavender.

By the second pour the pear notes have become much more apparent in the aroma, even more so than the apple. A touch of yeasty / bready aromatics has also been added to the aroma, as there was some sediment from the bottom of the 750ml bottle poured in. Along with the second pour flavor notes of orange peel (creamsicle with the creamy mouthfeel), and the fruity tartness become more apparent.

This is a really nice beer, and more importantly it is thoroughly enjoyable. It is really complex, almost challenging in the nose, yet is so smooth and drinkable, because of both the soft creamy mouth feel, yet light body and the smooth, well integrated flavors; this is almost a perfect combination as a bunch of complex spice notes in the flavor would have made this too cluttered.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a wide-bottomed flute)

A- This beer has a hazy deep straw yellow body with an off-white creamy head that takes up most of the glass and pushes above the glass. There is a sea of tiny bubbles that racing around the body. This beer leaves thick rings of foam after each sip.

S- There are notes of orange and pale malt hints with a plastic shrink wrap finish.

T- This beer starts with a light musty note and a citrus oil flavor then moves to a plastic flavor in the finish. As my tongue gets used to the plastic taste notes of dry corn and city water come through. There is also a light green herbal note as the beer temp warms.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture.

D- The off-plastic flavor is the strongest flavor in the beer with most other flavors and aromas being pretty mild. I suspect that the plastic is related to the spices but I can’t figure out what spices would be in there. The beer was not horrible and was bland enough not to really offend and I finish the whole bottle.

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Wayan from Birrificio Le Baladin
3.75 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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