Brewed by Le Baladin
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Piozzo, Italy


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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Aroma initially characterized by pepper that fight in a field ruled by a rich fruity fragrance of dried fruits with ripen banana, toffee and a soft sweet chocolate fragrance. The attentive taster shouldn’t miss a sharp floral of rose and a sensation of must of wine always pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cittadinu (23) - ITALY - FEB 11, 2007
Colore bruno opaco, schiuma compatta, gusto millefluo, avvolgente e persistente.Ottima!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4079) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 6, 2007
Bottle; nose of berries, caramel, with some chocolate and woodiness; lightly hazed brown with a small tan head; flavor of spicy, chocolate -covered, toffee boysenberries in a medium body with a slightly tart finish. Kind of underrated!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6220) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Shared bottle at the Coastal Wine Connection’s monthly beer tasting. Poured a deep dark brown wtih a thin tan head. Lightly medicinal at first, but this mellows with a bit of woody bark-like flavors, lightly bittered with an almost currant-like fruitiness. Quite good. Only my second Baladin offering, but I’m impressed with their offerings. (#2674, 2/1/07)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (12834) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2007
750 ml bottle poured a clear dark brown with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of dark fruit, toffee and brown sugar. Palate was medium bodied and warming. Flavors of dark fruit, brown sugar, and light spice with a lingering warming bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12594) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2006
(750ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, vinous, and sourness. Flavor of vinous, balsamic vinegar, dark fruits, malt, and bretts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6943) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
Bouteille, de 750 ml, partagée dans le cadre du "Montréal YeHA! Party 2006" chez Goldorak. Arôme: Odeur de chocolat et de raisins. Apparence: La couleur est brune opaque. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel et de petits fruits confits. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #797)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3654) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
Tasted at YeHA! 2006 in Montreal. Dig the bottle! App: deep copper, a little cloudy, brownish. Aroma: mincemeat (spices, raisins, molasses and rum)... Palate: sl. sparkling carbonation, med. bodied and a little astringent. Flav.: see aroma, add kinda sweet, a little alcoholic and slightly tart. Buon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2006
Cloudy burgundy body with almost no head. Raisins and dark cherries on the nose. Typical semi-dark very fruity belgian strong ale, along the line of Chimay Rouge and so many others. Only this one is italian. Alcohol is well hidden behind the very fruity flavours (plums, raisins, etc.) and generously malted body and a touch of chocolate. A little pleasant sourness makes it feel a little less generic. Lively carbonation is appropriate to lighten up this otherwise heavy beer. Tasty but not very complex. Pleasant drink. Certainly a lot more pleasant than the real wandering entertainer christmas drink (noel du baladin) which is an old coffee in a styrofoam cup.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13167) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Bottle. Poured brown color with an average fizzy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Good complex fruit and malt aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium sweet chocolate flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Very interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Bottle. Dark ruby mahogony beer with a nice tan head. Yeasty, lemony aroma. Tart lemony (though tartness doesn’t last), spicy flavor with some underlying caramel. Medium bodied. Lemony finish that fades to herbal tones with some honey. Easy to drink. Smooth mouthfeel. Hides alcohol well. It’s different and I can see people either not liking it, or digging it.

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