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


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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 4.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 tè lapsang souchong, un particolare tè cinese affumicato, unita alla qualità 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 poiché, per un attimo, ci si scorda di trovarsi di fronte ad una birra: piuttosto la sensazione è 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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fonefan (52971) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2011

Bottle 375ml.

Clear medium to dark amber color with virtually none head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, fruity, tea leaves, raisin, wood, smoke. Flavor is light heavy sweet, light acidic and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, sweet fruit mandarin, woody, sweet cigar, orange peel, peppery ! Body is medium, texture is oily and sticky, carbonation is soft to flat. [20110411]

yespr (49162) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2012
37.5 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small tan head. Aroma overripe fruity and light citric. Wooden, caramelish and citric. Smooked, citric and fruity. Lasting smoked and slight tarish. Fruity, sweet, citric, tart and smoked. Smooth lingering of this into the far finish.

joergen (29789) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle at Alex. Hazy orange-brown coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, dried fruits, smoke, bonfire and alcohol. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel and dried fruits with notes of smoke, overriped fruits and alcohol. Fruity and warming alcoholic finish.

Travlr (26943) - 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!

cgarvieuk (26605) - 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.

Theydon_Bois (21796) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2013
Bottle, Theydon Bois Roma Pre-Nuptuals Tasting at Ma Che, 22/06/13. Thanks to Luca - Mortlach. Lightly hazed mahogony brown with no head. Nose is sugars, light smoke, Frazzles, malt, dark fruits, booze, toffee. Taste comprises dark toffee, sweet sugars, dates, dark fruits, demerara sugars, sweet sweet. Full bodied, no carbonation, booze in the finish. Ok suppable barley wine but a few notches away from a great. Overly sweet for my liking, the alcohol was pitched ok though.

fiulijn (21522) - 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 Gale’s 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 Gale’s 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 Fishermann’s Tea Party), a bit oaky; the alcohol can easily be perceived, but it’s 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 Gale’s 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.

mcberko (20255) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2016
2009 vintage (I think). 375mL bottle, pours a murky dark brown with an amber tinge and a tiny beige head. Aroma is very complex, with lots of sherry-like oxidation upfront, followed by subdued red stone fruits, and a touch of earthy notes. Flavour is remarkably complex, with notes of dark red fruits, light tartness, and sherry oxidation. The tartness would ordinarily not be pleasant in the style, but it works here with the sherry oxidation. Tart, oxidized on the finish, but not in a detracting way. Complex and warming, with very light carbonation. Lovely.

Oakes (19549) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2018
Light brown, not much head. There’s some brown sugars on the nose, some almost mezcal-like smokiness, light nuttiness. Complex and unique. Soft, sweet, plummy, then the smoke kicks in, along with light bitterness, tannins…only maybe a touch of alcohol. Silky and balanced. Really interesting beer.

Ferris (17776) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2016
Bottle - Vintage 2009 - Toffee and smoky peat with woody notes. Cloudy brown. Sweet prune and woody notes. There is a light sourness and a bit of a thin body. Weirdly good and a bit tannic.

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