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


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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2005
Couleur foncée allant vers le noir, apparence semi opaque laissant entrevoir une multitude de fins dépôts. Mousse écumeuse parsemée de grosses bulles savonneuses. Arômes de malt chocolaté, de crème caramel, de réglisse et de houblon sous une empreinte minérale. Présence marquée de levure cache des parfums de réglisse, d’anis et de raisins bleus demandant plus de soutien de la part des malts. Les houblons confèrent des parfums savonneux plus ou moins plaisants. Corps d’épaisseur semi mince, finale sèche, carbonatation active. Réchauffement prononcé de la part de l’alcool.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2117) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 4, 2005
another gem poured at logans during gabf weekend. a very dark brown pour with a tan head. spiced nose with some vanilla and light alcohol. bitter fresh bread and chocolate taste. lovely clean finish that allows the flavors to resonate. thanks to whoever was pouring this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorqui (2119) - Brescia, ITALY - SEP 19, 2005
Elegant dark/brown color, veiled with purple glares. Abundant and friable foam, good persistence. Racy and pinching scent also too much bitter. Much drinkable. Fresh and spiced taste, little alcoholic. Predominant bitter with herbaceous and biological rumors. Long and pleasant end, slightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2959) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2005
Aroma:caramel,plumb,light spices.. appearance:brown with small chunk of yeast,good tan head... Flavor:spicy,caramel,plumb,light sour flavor...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2005
The Lure:
Ripe fieldberries assert their presence through the bothersome yeast. Grape/plum sweetness stays behind, in case the yeast starts bullying again.

The Festivities:
A luxurious mouthfeel proffers plenty of dark fruit, laced with licorice-y spices. Alcohol heat appears in the back, but only warms, which is appreciated. Yeast is thankfully accompanied by much sweet malt (cocoa, cake) and spice infusions, so isn’t as cumbersome as in the aroma. Becomes more and more of an able evening sipper once it gets closer to room temperature.

Throwing confetti around with no thought of cleaning up afterwards.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6485) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, fully lasting. Body is hazy dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie, chocolate, toasted grain), moderately yeasty (dough), with notes of prune, plum, cinnamon, etc. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Too much vitamin B stink in the aroma, but otherwise my favorite Baladin beer so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lonelybeergeek (36) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Tasty. Had this once in Milano, once at crosling’s pad. Rated it at crosling’s because now I have an actual glass. Mild aroma, dark brown, quickly diminishing head. I can’t believe this is 9 percent, hidden very well. Smooth and creamy on the palate. I wish I could get this beer at a reasonable price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Pours with a nice big head, body is very dark brown. Aroma is alcohol, subtle chocolate and fruitiness, some floral notes. Taste is rich malts, candi sugar, and light fruitiness. Excellent job with the hopping, nice rounded bitterness and floral hops that continues through the finish. Rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6145) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2005 Close to opaque, superb lacing, nice off-white head brown to deep ruby. Woody dry sawdust aroma. Anise and sausage like spicy malts. Dry chocolate, tomatoes, caramel and bread.. Reminiscent of a drier scotch silly if anything. Pancakey entrance, leafy bitterness on the departure. Soft carbonation, medium bodied. Great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Yeasty nose, aroma of fresh fruits. Muddy light bronw body, with a small off-white head. Sweet flavor, some yeast.

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