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


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RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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ante (3373) - 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!

corby112 (2813) - 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.

sebletitje (10293) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2008
courtesy of a member of our tasting group. There some really amazing beers to come out of Italy, and this one is just another example. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is malty and has notes of dark fruits. Taste, malty / chocolate with some seasonal spices that characterize Christmas ales. Rich in flavors and original.

Todeon (327) - SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2008
75cl botte. Pours a dark amber color. Spicey and sweet aroma. Taste is dark fruit,chocolat and some nice spicey notes. Ends witth a burning alcohol finish,

yespr (47483) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2008
75 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden deep amber with a diminished white head. Solid hoppy bitter and spiced aroma. Sweet malty and light spiced and fruity. Vague smoked on the back of the tongue. Sweet and spiced into the finish.

Pinball (12310) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2008
aroma is a little alcoholy, lots of dark fruits, slight spices, sweetness. sweet. brown offwhite head. lots of flavor. nice flavor, some cellary notes in the background, but spices and other notes are plentiful. not well balanced, but lots of taste.

DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Nose was syrupy, sweet and even a touch salty with notes of kalamata olives, cherry syrup, and tobacco. Cloudy brown beer, thin halo of froth. Earthy tobacco and slight vanilla notes on a somewhat wet body with added hints of fennel, toffee, and somewhat tangy chocolate. The mouth here is lacking, it’s rather wet, dull, and chalky...the flavors are interesting but dulled by the palate. Alcohol well hidden, maybe too much...I like em’ boozy.

nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Bottle. Deep garnet red color with a fine off white head. Belgian yeast, caramel malt, and mint in the aroma. Vanilla notes and toasty. Some cocoa in there in the distance. Taste is less enjoyable, but it’s quite drinkable for 9%. Metallic right before the finish, which is a little flat. Overall, not bad, but I’m still underwhelmed by the Italian beers that I’ve had.

puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2008
1.5L, 2005 magnum on company money at Ginger Man. How sweet is that? I convinced other people to pay $50 for this! hahaha, suckers.

On to the beer, this was surprisingly sweet, very mellow, lots of sucrose, vanilla, cake. A bit boozy, this definitely got the crowd drunk. Overall pretty enjoyable, if not a little too mellow considering its ABV.

BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 11, 2008
This was quite nice. Starts off with some woody notes, and a lot of deep dark fruit flavors, hints of caramel and chocolate, and ever present toffee sweetness, but the nose is what makes this beer, like a bit of of banana split mixed with coffee cake.

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