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Brewed by Le Baladin
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Piozzo, Italy

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RATINGS: 321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Aroma initially characterized by pepper that fight in a field ruled by a rich fruity fragrance of dried fruits with ripen banana, toffee and a soft sweet chocolate fragrance. The attentive taster shouldn’t miss a sharp floral of rose and a sensation of must of wine always pleasant.

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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (9325) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2009
Bottle. Medium high and lasting creamy light brown head leaving nice curtains. Hazy very dark brown body. Roasted barley malt aroma with choccolate. Mild and creamy mouthfeel and a flavor that is quite sweet without hops bitterness. Caramel roasted malt honey flavor with low carbonation and a short aftertaste. Alcohol well hidden.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - JAN 23, 2009
La Noel del Baladin "standard" è un classico che ha ispirato due grandiose variazioni al genio birrario di Teo Musso: la Noel Chocolat e la Noel Cafè. Io prima di tutto ho assaggiato quest’ultima (la Chocolat purtroppo mi manca ma ho intenzione di rifarmi molto presto) che mi aveva stregato, alla spina, al locale a Piozzo, in un pranzo invernale con il paese ricoperto di neve... il paragone è impossibile da evitare quando oggi, per festeggiare l’esame di archeologia, decido di finire da solo un bel bottiglione di Noel che ho comprato da Squillari due settimane fa. L’aroma è ottimo, direi la cosa migliore; il sapore è molto gradevole ma non riesco a sentirci una qualche mancanza, una qualche incompletezza, qualcosa che forse anche Teo conosce e per questo vi ha esercitato le sue variazione. E’ comunque molto molto molto buona, ma l’eccellenza del marchio Baladin ci ha abituati male! a vette di assoluto prestigio e delizie di ricercata complessità; qui il corpo un po’ pesante unito ad una frizzantezza accentuata non limano il ’grezzo’ di cui parlavo ma anzi lo fanno pesare anche un poco di più così che il bevitore si trova un pochino spiazzato. Comunque sono felicissimo di averla bevuta tutta quanta; ora mi metto a lavorare alla tesi (sono sobrissimo... sarà che ero proprio affaticato e mi ci voleva un po’ di energia.... alla faccia dell’energia, fuori piove, Natale è passato ma è sempre il momento giusto per una buona birra del Baladin... e poi non mi poteva mancare questo assaggio dai)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
baggio (337) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2009
[email protected] Apperance: Copper/Red with a nice and quite light white head. Aroma: Spices, Herbs, Caramel, Dark fruit. Flavor: Caramel, Herbs, Spices (pepper among others), Licorice. Palate: Sweet with a creamy but rather thin body. Alot of carbonation in this one. This beer was extremely drinkable due to its high carbonation. Still, i hoped for some more body and more everything with this beer. Would i drink it again, yes indeed. Dunno if i would cough up the 10E this beer cost me tho. Give it a shot!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Second half of a 750ml bottle. Reddish brown pour with lots of floaties. Little head that disappears completely. A touch of spice, sweetness, and alcohol on the nose. Chocolate, a bit of dark fruit, caramel, and vague spice flavors. Finishes sweet with a little bitterness, nuttiness and unless it’s the description influencing me, a bit wine-like. Mouthfeel is a too thin for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Furseth (2158) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2008
Bottle: Clear depp,dark red colour, with a werry nice creamy head. Roma ofmalts , citric, caramel, and nice hopy balnced. Flavor is fruity/yeasty,citric mouth feeling, with a nice belgian ale touch, this is a werry nice mild but complex beer. Ìts not so "big" that the orginal Belgian beer is, but its nice enyway, difficult to explain this mouth feeling, but a well done beer it is indeed. Medium to full body, and a medium fruity/yeasty/alcy finish. Nice!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jayb0 (1183) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Not much head, thick, mild, maple syrup, a decent holiday beer, worth trying, not seeking out.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Retorp. Pours a dark brown to black color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with faint notes of dark fruit, honey, pine, phenol, maybe some chocolate. Flavor is fairly devoid of malty notes but is slightly sweet and alcoholic with some notes of caramel, yeast and bread. Generally medium body with slightly dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5411) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Pours cola brown with aroma of malt, dark fruit, whiskey, and caramel. Taste is ame with sugar and alcohol notes. Finish is malt and caramel. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2008
Pours out in a deep hazy ruby red colour with rich sticky off-white foam. Yeasty and spicy aroma of dried dark fruits, herbs, licorice, dates and alcohol. Full-bodied with notes of yeast, cumin, licorice, dark malts, fudge and mild pepper. Creamy mouthfeel. Long aftertaste of rounded anise, yeast, cocoa, figs and mild alcohol. Nice one!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Pours a very dark amber/ chestnut-brown color with a huge tan foam head. Spicy aroma with hints of dark fruit, pepper, malt, cinnamon and alcohol. Flavor consists of a roasted maltiness mixed with a creamy dark fruit presence. Hints of cherry, plum, raisin, candi sugar and pepper.


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