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

bottled
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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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The masterpiece of the brewery. The beer that mostly encountered the favour among the customers at Le Baladin. Although one wouldn’t believe that, it’s the most alcoholic among all the productions. It originated from an old recipe created toward the end of the ’800 following the style of the belgian abbey beers. Intense aroma of warm flowers, apricot and banana and hints of bitter almond. Agreeable, refreshing and quenching taste of apricot in syrup, almond cake and citrus fruits. Excellent the use of belgian selected hop during the fermentation process. This beer matches perfectly with ripen cheeses, biscuits and almond sweets.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (35959) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2007
Draught @ L’Isola della Birra, Milan, Italy. Unclear medium amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, light burn suger / caramel, fruiy sweet. Flavor is heavy sweet with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (051107)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (31998) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2008
75 cL bottle. Pours cloudy/hazy brown/orange with an off-white head. Aroma is mild orange fruity, yeasty and slight citric. Medium body, light oily yeast/hops mouthfeel. Holds a mild orange citric note to a mild phenolic yeast note. Sweet and light spiced. Ends with a mix of caramel malt and mellow yeast presence. A bit muddy in flavour profile, certainly not unpleasant though.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ungstrup (29846) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2005
An unclear orange beer with a nice beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of caramel while the flavor is sweet with notes of yeast and oranges.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2005 (Bottle 75 cl) Light amber, extremely hazy from the lack of filtration. Massive and quite stable head. High on carbonation. Has the typical Baladin-touch though I’m not able to describe exactly, what it is - perhaps it’s the house-yeast? Malty, sugary but not excessively sweet and then with some hoppiness in the finish. Quite well done. 231204

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (21505) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2005
Bottled. Hazy amber coloured with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel with acidic notes. Flavour of fruits and dried fruits with notes of spices and caramel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 3, 2009
Bottled (breakfast beer for me when arriving to omhper). Clear amber colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is fruity and toffeish with some slight marzipan and mild fudgelike notes. Flavour is fruits, yeast, some fudge and quite much on spices. Pleasant balance. As it warms up it shows some notes of alcohol and honey as well.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19950) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2002
Amber coloured. Very softly malty sweet, straightforward. Dangerously drinkable

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty slightly yeasty aroma with some nutty hints. Fruity malty spicy yeasty nutty flavor with some hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty yeasty finish with hints of caramel in the aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
19th July 2008. Cloudy brown beer. Soft light milk chocolate tone with pleasant deruity notes running alongside: peach, banana, a little melon, even some faint raspberry. More mild milk choc in the finish. Unusual.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (15249) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2011 2011-03-21, bottle, vintage 2002, batch 280602, bb 07 2003, 9 years old, 7-5-6-2-13=33
Beautiful red-amber color, hazy; moderate carbonation, but the fine perlage manage to support a thin collar. Mild aroma, with malt, delicate fruity touch, and only minimal oxidisation (metallic feeling). Good body structure; malt flavor, some residual sweetness, and a light fruity touch; the bitterness is totally gone; there is a light sign of oxidisation.
Interesting, even if over the top.

2004-05-20, draught, 6-4-7-3-13=33
Amber color; creamy big head. Malty aroma, and quite sweet malty flavor. Too yeasty. Ok, but quite simple.

2002-09-10, bottle, 7-4-7-4-15=37
Amber colour, hazy. Light aroma, some alcohol. Lightly fruity when warmer.
Pretty sweet, but the body structure is not convincing; some malt, too much alcohol, fruity, dry banana. Too sweet. Strong bitter final.
The note improves when the beer warms a little (alternative evaluation, first impression 5-4-6-4-13), the aroma is fruitier and so the flavour, but forget any complexity!
I will soon try the bottled version.
They claim it was presented at the GBBF-2002 as the best Italian beer; my suggestion is: go and try the Birrificio Italiano Tipopils.


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