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

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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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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 it’s 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. Teo’s 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} .Here’s how Teo’s 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 it’s 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"

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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
visionthing (2575) - Oslo, NORWAY - 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 it’s quite nice. 8cl was enough, but it was quite nice. Dessert beer! (2012-08-03)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (10186) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (13106) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2012
Bottle, at Patricks. More or less clear in the glass, amber in color, and quite flat. Very mead like aroma, with honey and some oxidation. Dried fruits, casked spirits, sweetness and some vanilla notes. The flavor goes in the same direction, it’s really vinous and tasteful. Lasting finish. Full body, almost sticky, pleasantly low on carbonation. 120614

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (5538) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours deep amber with a tiny off-white head. Aroma of malt,caramel, alcohol and fruitiness. Flavor is sweet and malty with some caramel, brown sugar, oak and raisins. Full body, soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Foffern (1150) - Bodø, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2012
Bottle sample at Beer Enthusiast release tasting. The beer has no head (!), and has a clear dark amber colour. Based on the aroma, this could almost have been a liqueur with a touch of sweet berries, leather, dried fruit, marzipan, cognac and alcohol. Tasted mead recently on another occasion, and this reminds me really about it. Pretty sweet flavour that is full of caramel, liqueur tones, and a little vanlije. A sticky and silky mouth feel. This is a real beer for dessert, either to (a Crème Brûlée perhaps) or as a dessert in itself!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palme (3163) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2012
Sampled from 0.5l bottle @ Beer Enthusiast release party. This is a lovely looking glowing cognac/sherry-colored beer that has basically no head. The aroma is definitely present, and it’s really something! Fantastic sherry-sweet and really vinious with lot’s of dried red fruits, figs, roses, wood, gamy tones, honey, sweet tomatoes and it feels really really complex and delicious. I dare to say that it has no carbonation and it feels like this really thick, sticky and liquid honey-like thing in the mouth. When tasting it my taste buds almost goes bananas! Lots and lots of sweet sticky oxidized caramel, warming alcohol, it’s really vinious and vanilla-woody with dried fruits, fresh figs and dates. Amazing sweet flavors! Will definitely have this again (if I can get it) 23.04.2012

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (3854) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 27, 2012
Bottle sample @ Beer Enthusiast Release Tasting, Bergen. 2008 edition. The finisher for the evening, and doubtlessly the most anticipated (at least on my behalf). Pours a dark cognac body, with no head to be seen. Not so strange, perhaps, since this has been allowed to oxidize to a large extent even before bottling. Nose has intense port wine notes with loads of dark, dried fruits, cognac, wood, hints of caramel and the classic caramelized Norwegian bread spread "brunost" ("brown cheese"). Taste holds lots of caramelized brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, wood, hints of bitter grass and the "brunost" again. Intense. The vanilla re-surfaces with some dark sugary notes in the aftertaste, which is long and borderline sticky. This is more a dessert than a dessert wine substitute, but I quite like it. Original, intense and very, very sweet. Looking forward to more from Le Baladin for sure. :-)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 17, 2012
Delicately served in a snifter glass, 100ml from tap at Open Baladin. Clear golden brown coloured body. Naked on the surface. Dark and dried fruity smell with fresh apricot notes coming through. Comprehensive taste profile including hints of dark vanilla, almond, caramel and prunes. Herbal dryness to the ending alongside warming alcohol and dark malty bitterness. Sherry-like texture. A sipper par excellence (Roma, 31.03.2012).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moliere (27) - Viterbo, ITALY - APR 3, 2012
Cosa puoi aspettarti da una birra del genere? Quantomeno di rimanere sorpreso nello scoprire quanto sia piccola la distanza che la separa da vino. Questa birra da divano non si dimentica facilmente.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
theoncle (57) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAR 29, 2012
Color coure i sense gens d’espuma. L’aroma es de malt fruital, de raim i prunes, dolses notes de fusta, xocolata i alcohol. El sabor es de suaus cireres, panses i xocolata, algunes notes torrades, caramel i pruna. Ben equilibrada i agradable. Si no avises, no sospitaran que estan prenen una cervesa, ideal copa després de un bon menjar. Espectacular!


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