Brewed by Le Baladin
Style: Barley Wine
Piozzo, Italy
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
A beer brewed and matured to 13.5% ABV going to 14.5% in next productions.
Malts: Pilsner Durst, aromatic Dingemans, caramunich 140 Dingemans. Hops: Hallertau Hernsbrucker, Spalt Select and East Kent Golding.
Brewing process: the wort is hyperconcentrated then boiled for two hous and half. Primary fermentation for 25 in steel vessels. Then after a sterile filtration (to eliminate primary yeast strains) the beer is transfered in a steel vessel with transparent membrane and a "oxygen hat". Afeter several tasting from 6 to 24 months later (it depends on the oxidation velocity, very inconsistant!) the brewer decides when its time to bottle in 50cl. champagne shape bottles with good quality cork. The production is very limited. Three productions brewed during two years will be available from October 2006.

Teo Musso produces three versions Gold, Silver & Copper label which differ from each other in terms of degree of oxidation allowed and fruity perfumery aromas created. Teos objective is to allow Xyauyu to perfectly oxidize during the aging proces of 2.5 years {oxidation plays a critical role in aging port, sherry, as well as our vintage beers - too much oxidation will ruin the liquid - too little will not optimize the change in flavor / aroma during the aging process} .Heres how Teos system works: Xyauyu is transfered to a steel vessel with transparent membrane and a "oxygen hat". After several tastings during the 2.5 year aging process Teo decides when its time to bottle (it all depends upon the oxidation velocity).
This golden beer reminds of an enjoyable Madera or an intriguing Chateau Chalon of the French Jura.

Bronze medal at the World Beer Cup 2014, category "Experimental beer"

Editors note: the label says also "Riserva Teo Musso" and the vintage (year).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14177) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Corked 750 shared by Marcus. Pours clear brown with no head. Aroma is oaky and vinous. Full bodied. Flavor is vinous, wood and smooth brown sugar. A beautiful sipper. Finishing sweet. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (9235) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours clear orange brown with no head and a strong vanilla and oak aroma. There is a very sweet thick molasses flavor with a slightly bitter finish and a warm alcohol trail. Very dilicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2012
In bottle, thanks Craig. Pours a beautiful ruby colour with no head. Aroma of raisins, Christmas cake, alcohol, coconut, chocolate and caramel. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Alcohol is quite prominent with lingering coconut, honey and alcohol again. Lovely. I prefer this to the silver label. A little sweet to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle at Craigs. Thanks Craig. Dark amber brown. fruity caramel toffee aroma, slightly spiced. Similar taste, fruity spiced malt. cookie dough. Faltered and sweet. Very nice and balanced. Prefer to the the silver.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abemorsten (3565) - Mostery, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2012
0,5 l wine corked, waxed top bottle kindly shared by Sigmund. Label reads: "Baladin Xyauyu Birra Da Divano Riserva Teo Musso 2008". Clear copper orange body. No head. Earthy, dried fruits, sharp herbal notes and wood on the nose. Full bodied. Thick oily texture. Flat. Alco warm. Heavy rock sugar sweet, dried fruits and a hint of coconut. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (8030) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2012
Shared bottle at Sigmunds place, bottle no 263926. ABV 14,5 %.Pours clear amber with no head at all. Aroma is malty with wood and Madeira notes. Taste is medium sweet, thick oily mouthfeel, brown sugar,alcohol,vinous, dark dried fruits,flat carbonated, lingering herbal sweetness, a threat this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (10971) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle 500ml vintage 2008 @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alcohol, honey, oak, oxidization and dried fruits. Taste is heavy sweet and light bitter with a long sweet and oak finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer5000 (5959) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2012
500 ml bottle @ Patricks. Clear amber body with just a quick fading hint of a head. Looks great anyway. Strong aroma of dry fruit, sweet malt, warming alcohol and caramel. Flavor is sweet malt syrup, dry fruit, caramel, brown sugar and warming alcohol. Fine body with a long and sweet aftertaste. Another fantastic brew from Le Baladin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
visionthing (4831) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 5, 2012
8cl from a large bottle at Gaasa. Pours amber with no head. Heavy caramel aroma with lots of sugar and dark dried fruits. Very sweet and tastes more like liqueur than beer. Still its quite nice. 8cl was enough, but it was quite nice. Dessert beer! (2012-08-03)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (14189) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle at Patricks. Red brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sugar, alcohol, malt, spices, raisin, honey. Flavour is sugar alcohol, malt, spices, raisin, oxidation. Full body. Very nice beer.

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