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


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RATINGS: 324   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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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.

larsga (7508) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2013 Medium beige head. Hazy opaque deep brown body with small visible particles and carbonation. Funky vinuous dried fruit aroma with roasty spicy honey notes. Dry-sweet roasty spicy honey taste with caramelly wooden notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel, slightly fizzy. Dryish honey and dried fruit aftertaste with cardamom and chocolate notes. Nice. Highly drinkable, harmonic, well balanced, and at the same time interesting. (0.75l bottle, wine monopoly, Vika, Oslo.)

rlgk (18847) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2008
(Bottle, thanks to rickgordon) Hazy amber color, offwhite head. Malty aroma, fruity, spicy and with some grassy notes. Malty, fruity flavor, marcipan, some alcohol showing.

DenverLogan (1211) - LA, California, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Dark brown; minimal head. Liquorice malt & grain aroma. Rich and sweet malt concoction with flavors of raisins, honey, prunes, spices, amber malts...slight mineral, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sweet overall but nice!

Veeks (65) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
nice hint of chocolate...great color...able to stay on the taste buds for a long time without becoming overbearing

Nuffield (4167) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2008
What a nice opportunity to try this beer. Red brown with irregular head. Roasty with grape note. Fluffy but not exceptional in palate. Very interesting--five years ago I would not have predicted that one country we’d see a lot more of for beer would have been Italy....

Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2008
(Bottle, thanks rickgordon) Pours dark brown. The aroma is sweetish fruity with a sugary dessert wine sting of grapes, plums, pears and apples. A good malt backbone, some spices and a nice alcohol warmth are also present. Hints of candy. The flavour is malty and light sourish with tones of grapes, green apples and oranges. Also some spiciness and vinous tones in the background. Bit bitter. The mouthfeel is a bit astringent. Medium bodied.

JK (6090) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2008
My favorite baladin beer to date. The aroma has Belgian-like malt and fruit, like an abbey ale. Fruit int he flavor as well, with more sweet malt, light spice, and yeast. This is like a malty abbey beer, full of thick, sweet malt. Very good. Dark brown in color.

tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2008
750ml bottle from brewfiend (I think) sampled at the MN RB winter shindig. Raisins, prunes and alcohol on the noes. Pours a thick hazy copper with floaties. Metallic malt, mildly spicy yeast, and dried fruit on the tongue. Medium bodied bordering on the watery side.

Stine (1779) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Gingerbread and maple syrup aroma licked with pepper and expansive spices; heated. Dusky flavor, very perfumey and full of ripe fruit, suggesting saffron and lavender with a hint rich floral touch. Mace, anise seed, tangy pickled ginger; creative, nuanced, foreign and intriguing. Crisp and lively, though quite heavy on the palate. Honey glazed orange toward the long, percolating, sticky finish of unrefined sugars, coating indefinitely to the effect of a rich, full bodied honey wine. Weird, hard to categorize, and extremely likeable.

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