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

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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 4.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Nasce come birra da relax. La fermentazione naturale e la accurata ossidazione ne fanno una birra da accomunare ad un passito, mentre la infusione di t lapsang souchong, un particolare t cinese affumicato, unita alla qualit dell acqua di Lurisia, le donano una originale impronta aromatica. All occhio si presenta con note cromatiche di un ramato chiaro date dall ossidazione prolungata. Le tracce olfattive presentano tratti di affumicato e di madera mentre in bocca lo stupore diventa totale poich, per un attimo, ci si scorda di trovarsi di fronte ad una birra: piuttosto la sensazione quella, appunto, di un vino passito. Gradazione originaria: 30 Plato, Gradazione alcolica: 12% vol., Birra ad alta fermentazione, Temperatura di servizio: 16 C, Bottiglia da l. 0,375
Abbinamenti: da sorseggiare in piacevole compagnia e con estrema lentezza per poterne assaporare pienamente la delicata piacevolezza.

Plato 31
Ingredients: pure Lurisia water, Italian barley malt, buckwheat from Valli Monregalesi, yeast, hop, Lapsang Suchong tea.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (23289) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2011
bottle at jans ... deep copper brown ... rich sweet cheesy toffee malt ... light smokey nose ... light body ... big fruits ... hint of tea ... very light and open ... hints of tea loaf... hints of orange peel ... light tartness but not sour.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
den89 (2) - SLOVENIA - JAN 5, 2011 does not count
Not bad italian barley wine, a sort of vinho do Porto brewed with malt of barley. Nice

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zarin (202) - ITALY - JAN 2, 2011
Aroma: herbs, vanilla, citrus, fruits (cherry), oak Appearance: amber color, very deep and flat without foam. Taste: sweet then smoked and bitter. Oak flavour in the aftertaste. Palate: full body. Overall: 19/20

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gemmat5 (20) - Cuneo, ITALY - DEC 23, 2010
It seems more a fortified sweet dessert-wine, full dobied and dense, with a mix of herbs, floral and an impressive end a little bit more bitter.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Tepid red-tan, still and no head. Heavy brown sugar, heavy smoke, burning leaves, very unique nose. Flavor similar, smoked yet sweet, following with tropical fruits, dates, oak, some vanilla ice cream. Very unique blend of sour fruit, smoke, and spiced sweetness. So incredibly unique.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (23631) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Bottle shared with MrChopin and nuplastikk. Clear dark amber, no head or lacing, small legs. Aroma of spice, dried and smoky tea leaves, peppers, very complex and ever-changing nose. Taste is rich, smooth, strong, loaded with spice, flavors melt and blend in your mouth. Ottimo!

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Forcina (52) - Bellinzona, Rome, Brussels, SWITZERLAND - NOV 7, 2010
Ricorda un po il vinsanto, da bere con cantucci o in compagnia di un buon cremcaramel. Appena assaggiata sprigiona un sapore deciso e potente. Birra da meditazione, da gustare in inverno davanti al camino.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcot (770) - Campomorone, ITALY - JUL 29, 2010
Bevuta allAltrimenti Braceria come birra da dolce, servita a bicchieri. E una birra ferma, ossidata, color tonaca di frate, un passito di birra con sentori di affumicato e di torbato. Ottima nel suo genere

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - JUL 29, 2010
Eh beh eh beh Teo.. uno pensa sempre mah chiss tutte ste birrone da divano da salotto da cucina da bagno che costano 30 e ci mette il lapsang souchong (che quando vuoi scriverlo bene sbagli ma quando vuoi storpiarlo per fini comici ti viene bene) e sti cazzi infusi, la fa ossidare, mille robe poi ne viene fuori una cosa che dici, chiss che ? E finch non lassaggi pensi "bah". Invece una figata mostruosa. Come mai? Perch Teo far pure il figo, ma un po figo lo ; per quanto mi riguarda, decisamente superiore alla Xyauyu (cui avr dato un voto troppo alto per la suggestione del niubbo). E poi servita al momento giusto e nella quantit giusta una cosa impressionante. Classe!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (20222) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2016
2016-10-20, bottle from Eataly, Bologna, batch or bb 2064, 7-3-7-3-15=35
The aroma is smoked, meaty, it seems oxidized. The front is nice, malty, sourish, with Sherry notes, smoked; but then it lacks of dept. Nice but declining.

2012-08-18, bottle from Eataly, Bologna, batch or bb 2064, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Dark amber color, flat look, small head. Aroma of sweet malt, vanilla, oak, delicate smoke. Good body; sweet and not much bitter like most Baladin beers; pleasant and delicate smoke flavor, light acidity, nice warming alcohol feeling.
Good, but losing some of the harmony and depth that it used to have.

2009-09-19, bottle from Eataly, Bologna, 8-4-9-4-18=43
I curse the plastic coat over the cork and neck, messy to remove; it pours an amber color, mostly flat, with few lonely bubbles.
The aroma reminds a Gales Prize Old Ale, milder, with oak wood, vanilla, delicate smoke and fruits.
It has a medium body strength, with sweet malt flavor, but never syrupy; there is an average lactic, woody acidity; to a Gales Prize Old Ale it has a smoother and rounder body; the Lapsang Suchong tea gives a light tangy smoke touch, but not the promised tannins (as in the recent Fishermanns Tea Party), a bit oaky; the alcohol can easily be perceived, but its not disturbing.
Balanced final, with a mix of all components (acidity, light sweet malt, oak, smoke).
A very original beer, positively built over a classic Gales style, extremely interesting.

This delicious Barley Wine is by far the best beer I had so far from Baladin, wonderful and world class. Still, its price is insane in comparison with the rest of the market, and I despise the extortion that brewers prepare for us consumers.


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