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


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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (2908) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours heavy dark amber without any head. Heavy sweet, mead like brew. Taste of honney, plums and other dried fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hirigalzkar (2762) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2013
Bottle (2004). Pours a elegant redbrown color with no head (looks potent). Sweet, honey-like, aroma with notes of flowers and chocolate. Taste has got the same kind of sweetness. It also has a delicious earthy, strawberry seeds kind of note. Aftertaste reminds me of a liquor filled chocolate bonbon. Incredible smooth mouthfeel. Full bodied. Very similar to a sweet polish mead actually.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorqui (2168) - Brescia, ITALY - JAN 27, 2013
Bottled 0,50L. Dark brown color, much carghed with a medium foamy head resistance. Very complex nose, notes of roast cask, resin, caramel, hop and liquor Marsala. Powerfull and overpowering acoholic body, much smooth, mellow, fraught and candy. Realy exaggerated for my mouth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - JAN 25, 2013
Stupenda! Devo ringraziare il mio amico Roberto di Astral beers a Bolgna che me lha fatta assaggiare!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
travita (4754) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The smell is alcohol, toffee, candy, sweet, and malts. The look is amber in color, no head, legs. The taste is sweet, alcohol, toffee, wood, and oxidation, but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (13621) - 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 (8709) - 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 (3495) - 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.

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