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Baladin X-Fumé (Lapsang Souchong)

Formerly brewed at Le Baladin
Style: Barley Wine
Piozzo, Italy
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
X Fume 2006 Riserva Teo Musso was brewed in 2006 and bottled in 2008. This begins as Xyauyu, with the added 18-day infusion of smoked Lapsang Suochong Tea.

Editor’s note: as of 2012, 2008 vintages of Baladin Xyauyù Fumé are available; note the extended name (Xyauyù) and a the back label talking about whiskey barrel ageing; if you had such beer, put your rating there.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 13, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2011 A smokey barley wine to drink with a cigar. Pours in a cognac balloon. Aroma is smokey, alcoholic, caramelled. Taste has coffee, smokey and toffe flavour, the body is full and rich at palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
IPA89 (7) - - JUN 28, 2013 does not count
Un fortissimo sapore di te affumicato che arriva a sorso già inoltrato. Retrogusto estremamente deciso molto più della boccata iniziale!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Forcina (52) - Bellinzona, Rome, Brussels, SWITZERLAND - SEP 12, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2011 Classy packaging. Exciting appearence, strong penetrating red color. Delicate candy aroma well balanced with malt. 14% alchool.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ReAle (120) - Rome, ITALY - OCT 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2011 Bottle @Piozzo. Great smoked beer. Dark amber penetrating appearance, very exciting. Flavour of smoked malt, some fruits, caramel, toffee and coffee. Some vinous notes. Heady taste, grrrreat! malt, sugar, caramel and dry fruits. Full and rich body, great complexity. Wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Zarin (202) - ITALY - FEB 3, 2011
Aroma: smoked tea, cedar, caramel Appearance: Dark amber/red Taste: sweet, with a smoked final. Palate: full. Overall: 20/20

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Poured from a bottle purchased in Indiana for @$54 into a snifter reddish brown-no head. Aroma is caramelized dark fruits in booze. Slight smoke but quite subtle. Flavor is exquisite. Whiskey fruited love. Thinking the deepest richest caramelized brew then infused with tea. So get the tea in the finish and it works wonderfully! A rare beauty of a brew. Blessed to have consumed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks hugely to Nate as part of the Imperial Geezer Tasting.
Superb amber with a thin but lasting beige head. Rather viscous, looks like it means business and my god it does. As soon as I get anywhere near the glass I’m hit with a barrage of bacon, sausage and amazing, just amazing Austrian smoked cheese. Something is stirring in the depths of my soul telling me it’s breakfast time. Once I get this magic elixir in my mouth, all thoughts of breakfast are banished and replaced with WOO HOO GET ME DRUNK YOU NUTBOX! Bugger me, this is ludicrously good. Ang and I just looked at each other litterally speechless, without speech. Incredibly rich. Toffee, fruit, cheese, loads of bacon. Just comically good. Sweet as hell but the sugar is balanced so well it seems perfectly integrated. Juicy as hell, it’s almost apple concentrate. Faint earthy notes sit down waaaaay deep, glorious vanilla, some nuts, erm... how strong? It drinks like 8%! The barley notes are about the best I have had and there is something else. Wow, hang on, I can’t think. Hmmm... errrrrrrm... nope, my head has gone bye byes. Ahh, Nate called it, thanks mate. It’s like some caramel smoky glaze you find atop some cake of sheer joy. This is stupidly drinkable for the abv, I’m struggling to get my notes out in time, I just want to immerse myself in it. The mouthfeel is completely insane, the only thing I’ve had that feels this good is ice cider. Silly, just silly. Nate, you have scored some serious brownie points here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bov (11965) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 25, 2010
courtesy of fiulijn; 2006 vintage - clear amber-brown colour with absolutely no foam; aroma of walnut, whisky and smoked sausage, a fair but well-integrated smokiness; very oily and full-bodied, notes of Madeira and honey, Portwine-like finish with more honey and smoke - a wonderful, complex beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (8038) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2014
Courtesy of Kraddel. 2006 Vintage. Respectable sample from a 500 ml. bottle. Pours a deep red copper amber with no head & no carbonation as expected. Taste is best possible oxidation notes, sherry walnuts, nicely warming, rich caramel, thick rich sweet malts, brown sugar, hazelnut, toffee, some port, not really picking up on Lapsang Souchong (maybe vanished with age?). Taste is quite sweet porn, sherry, hazelnut, walnut, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, best possible oxidation overall, vanilla, toffee, maple syrup, faint liquorish, dark fruits, touch sweet oily nature that could be interpreted as Lapsang Souchong maybe but I am really trying here. Not really getting the tea unfortunately but otherwise great. Faintly oily, rich and thick but not heavy, thinned out by oxidation but doesn’t taste thin at all. Lovely, would have probably preferred this one fresh in order to get some of that tea.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jonno (2489) - JAPAN - JUL 22, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2016 2008 bottle. My god this is something special. Has aged wonderfully. Lightly smokey with complex malts and a light smoldering tea leaf finish. Lots of layers and extremely smooth on the palate. Class in a bottle.

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