Brewed by Le Baladin
Style: Traditional Ale
Piozzo, Italy


on tap

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RATINGS: 465   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Made with kamut grain from Egypt, flavoured with ginger and myrrh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2008
75cl bottle from Willow Bend Liquors (Tampa, FL). Pours a hazy dark golden caramel color with a huge frothy off-white head that settles slowly. Nice lacing on glass. Aroma is interesting with strong ginger notes, spice, flowers, a strong pine note, and a pungent, earthy character as well. Flavor is very interesting as well with notes of sweet malt, slightly tart and sour with a strong incense-like character. Very complex ale. Difficult to detect all the flavors in this one. Generally medium body with slightly sweet and tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5356) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
The old ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy quickly dissipating head. The aroma is interesting, floral and spicy and slightly bready. A medium to light bodied ale. The malts are caramel and dark fruits. The hops are more spicy and herbal than hoppy. Nice beer. I can see this one being I love or hate it thing. Light and refreshing, with some very lively carbonation. The spices really contrast the malt sweetness. Starts fairly sweet, but somewhere about the middle it turns crisp and dry. Lots of citrus, lemon and herbal notes. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Pleasant surprise. I knew the brewery but I did not know how wide their range was in Italy. This had a complexity from an unusual grain and a spice I originally attributed to wheat. Gold / orange / amber pour, great head, great lace. Complexity in nose and in taste, from unusual grain and the additional spicing. Good mouth feel, complexity builds, with notes of casual Saison yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Had on tap at Bir & Fud in Rome on 7/6. Pours golden amber with a huge white head. Nose of yeast with distinct sour niotes. Taste is complex, with notes of a saison (yeast, some souice) and a sour (tart apple). One of the more unique beers I’ve tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Upon opening, there is a distinct aroma of grapes and tart apples. The flavor is that of a tangy apple. There are also hints of a yeasty banana. Nice mellow beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2008
750ml from Sam’s, Durham. Big booming gold-to-orange pour into a Duvel tulip. Fairly impressive carbonation, and good sticky retention. The nose is potent yeast with some sour apples. I think this one may be a bit past its prime, as it’s certainly less complex than I recall, and few hints of the spices remain (I get more honey than ginger). Still, a good and relatively funky brew that goes down well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Hazy golden pour with a finger thick white head. Pineapple with light fruit aroma. Canned pineapple in the flavor with some alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Light malty citrus aroma. Malty flavors and black pepper with some sweet caramel. Sweet citrus duration. Fruit juice qualities. Light pickle juice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 26, 2008
nice and hazy golden orange body with a lasting, frothy white head; this is a smooth, calm, complex, and vinous ale; i preferred the flavor than the aroma; the subtle mix of spices and herbs provides an interesting, soft, and also welcome addition to taste--how it contrasts to typical flavor profiles of this day yet grasps smoothness and deliciousness is good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Has a somewhat herbal nose, mixed with some floral notes and a bit of ripe fruit and honey. Nose really matches the flavor, rosewater, a bit of honey, and apple skins. Its quite different. I love the idea behind it, and I love recreations of historical styles, but I just don’t think it all came together.

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