Brewed by Le Baladin
Style: Traditional Ale
Piozzo, Italy


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RATINGS: 473   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Made with kamut grain from Egypt, flavoured with ginger and myrrh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Cloudy golden ale with small bubbly white head. Mild aroma of banana and a bit of funk. Also notes of red apples and a touch of apricot. Flavor is bright and bubbly initially. Crispy sweet apple flavors and a subdued banana note. Red apple peel flavor lingers after each sip. I prefered the sour edition I believe, but can’t find my notes on it unfortunately. Another good showing for the up and coming Italians.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5886) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2008
This was a different and very enjoyable beer. Pours orange with a patchy white head. The aroma is very perfumy and powdery with ginger and many other spices - very smooth aroma. Medium / thin body that’s fairly crisp with tight carbonation. The flavor starts very spiced, but it is gentle spices, unlike the normal sharp spices in most beers. The taste is much like the aroma with crispness and is very refreshing with citric lemon / orange. The finish is lightly powdery. Nice, unique and interesting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
watchnerd (22) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 12, 2008
This beer almost defies classification. Good head that deflates quickly, rich if murky color, and HUGE chunks of yeast upon pouring. Not much lacing. Some say it is best with food, but I think the opposite: drink this by itself to get the full experience. Not much hop presence, if any. Aromas of rose water, nutmeg, and feminine musk. A bit like sniffing panties while drinking beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 5, 2008
So, this is kind of strange. Needs hops! Taste is slightly sour, artificially sweet, spicy. Aroma is spicy but not overwhelmingly so, but it’s kind of nice. Eminently drinkable, artificially sweet. Finish is just too sweet and kind of fades away in an unremarkable way.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rictus (126) - Dothan, Alabama, USA - DEC 6, 2007
cloudy whit-like an bubbly with a huge head. Dusty grainy spiced smell. Bitter dusty taste, slight caramel. Spikey moderate mouth feel. Not an everday beer but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - NOV 28, 2007
750 ml bottle. A hazy blonde near amber beer with a rich and persistent white head. Strange and peculiar aroma with spicy (ginger, pepper) and fruity (overall oranges) notes. There is also something I can’t explain, similar to wheat and probably the kamut. Unusual flavours too, spicy and fruity (peaches, citric fruits) with almost no traces of hop. Light to medium body, juicy. soft carbonation, long sweet finish and alcohol well hidden. Light bitterness and acidity. Original, interesting and well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankJohansen (3617) - Sabro, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle. Hazy yellow colour with a medium white head. Aroma adn taste of malts, fruits and spice. Lasting finish. Different but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14162) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Bottle. Mixed aroma of sweet honey, spice and pale malt. Brassy gold color with fine bubbles and a decent white head. Medium body with a mild, creamy carbonation. Flavor is lightly honey, lightly sour, lightly very many things, including ginger. The finish is honey on the edges, sour in the front, and mildly bitter on the edges (of the tongue). There is a strange rosy kind of flavor lurking, could that be myrrh? Great stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - NOV 19, 2007
Straordinaria creazione di Teo Musso del Baladin, questa Nora mi incuriosisce fin da quando ne conosco il nome; finalmente, l’occasione si presenta: bottiglia divisa in due da Paola a Brescia, nel TeKu ovviamente. Versa colore dorato con buona schiuma candida; uno scrigno di spezie l’aroma e il sapore, una carezza dopo l’altra ai sensi che disinibiti si librano nella freschezza di un vagheggiato ritorno alla natura. Il vetro del bicchiere non si sente più, fra le labbra scorre soltanto questo delicato elisir d’oblio. Dopo, abbiamo letto Baudelaire; ma io avrei preferito Rimbaud.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (12131) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle @ Italian tasting @ YNWA, Kolding. Pours a nice clear golden with a medium creamy white head, weak lacing. The head diminishes fast. Aroma is complex: honey (is that the myrrh?), lots of herbs (basil peeping through), ashes, roses, ginger and wheat. Lively, but still rather full mouthfeel. Interesting flavour. Dry herbal, violets, heather, roses. Quite dry and very Saison-like. All these spices and herbs are never too much - always well-balanced.

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