Baladin Xyauyù Etichetta Argento (Silver Label)

Formerly brewed at Le Baladin
Style: Barley Wine
Piozzo, Italy
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
A beer brewed and matured to 13.5% ABV going to 14.5% in next productions.
Malts: Pilsner Durst, aromatic Dingemans, caramunich 140 Dingemans. Hops: Hallertau Hernsbrucker, Spalt Select and East Kent Golding.
Brewing process: the wort is hyperconcentrated then boiled for two hous and half. Primary fermentation for 25 in steel vessels. Then after a sterile filtration (to eliminate primary yeast strains) the beer is transfered in a steel vessel with transparent membrane and a "oxygen hat". Afeter several tasting from 6 to 24 months later (it depends on the oxidation velocity, very inconsistant!) the brewer decides when it’s time to bottle in 50cl. champagne shape bottles with good quality cork. The production is very limited. Three productions brewed during two years will be available from October 2006. Teo Musso produces three versions Gold, Silver & Copper label which differ from each other in terms of degree of oxidation allowed and fruity perfumery aromas created. Teo’s objective is to allow Xyauyu to perfectly oxidize during the aging proces of 2.5 years {oxidation plays a critical role in aging port, sherry, as well as our vintage beers - too much oxidation will ruin the liquid - too little will not optimize the change in flavor / aroma during the aging process} .Here’s how Teo’s system works: Xyauyu is transfered to a steel vessel with transparent membrane and a "oxygen hat". After several tastings during the 2.5 year aging process Teo decides when it’s time to bottle (it all depends upon the oxidation velocity). Etichetta Oro Golden label This golden beer reminds of an enjoyable Madera or an intriguing Chateau Chalon of the French Jura.
It can be accurately compared to a drawing-room sherry.

Editor’s note: the label says also "Riserva Teo Musso" and the vintage (year).

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asheft (3108) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2012
[bottle at Danish Invasion tasting with cgarviuk and fonefan--thanks, fellas!] Nutty sherry aroma with a very slight grain accent. Almost clear dark amber with no top. Sweet and sour grainy flavour with some nice sherry and almonds. Medium body, very low carbonation, smooth and sweet finish.

Beer5000 (6678) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2012 750 ml bottle, 2007 vintage, sampled in 2009. Clear amber body with no head. Strong aroma of dry fruit like prunes and raisins, caramel and warming alcohol like sherry. Flavor is as expected from aroma, super sweet with dry fruit and caramel balancing perfect on a hot alcoholic edge, not sticky, not boozy, just delicious. Sweet and vinous in aftertaste with a hint of oxidation. Lovely.

Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 14, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2013 Nuova bottiglia stappata, stavolta grande delusione, l’ossidazione era eccessiva ed è risultata un po’ nauseante a tutti.

drpimento (3736) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2011
This is a still beer. So, of course, no head or lace. Color is a cloudy apricot amber. Aroma is a very heady blend of dark ripe fruits, caramel, malt, solvents. Flavor is super sweet, I was thinking cream sherry, but it’s much sweeter, but otherwise like nose. Body is full and lush. Finish is exactly like flavor and has good length with no off notes. I do prefer barleywines to be carbonated.

dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2011
Sampled at cgarvieuk’s - thanks! Dark orange copper, no head. Rich sherry nose - booze and raisin. Super sweet, tastes like a sweet sherry! Caramel palate, no real finish to speak of. Very nice, but hardly a beer!?

after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2011
500, corked and foiled. Crystal clear dark amber with golden edges. No head or lace but sticky shiny legs. Huge nose of toasted wood, dark brandy, intense dark chocolate, and sweet tree fruit. Sticky thick body. Crazy caramel, peat, toasted oak, brandy, and plums on the mid palate. Long sticky sweet finish. Fantastic.

Beersiveknown (5301) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 25, 2011
Tasted at CAGarvie’s House, thank you! Speyside whisky hue with a toasty, sour nose. Initial sour flavour with alcohol, sweet chocolate, hovis biscuits and sweet rasin finish.

Travlr (25873) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2011
2004 bottle, batch #1, generously shared by Manuele at Makke - thank you sir! Reddish brown color, nearly flat. Aroma of cinnamon toast, rust, Christmas fruitcake. Taste has sweet burnt caramel candy, vanilla, toast. Interesting stuff.

oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2011
Bottled (2nd CS/ES Beer Gathering, thanks SV!). Amber colour with a minor head. Aroma is sweet malts, caramel, alcohol, some mild toasted notes as well as mild notes of alcohol. Flavour is being quite similar along with some honey and dark fruityness.

brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 18, 2011
A: The pour is amber in color with no carbonation or head. Didn’t realize this was a Lost Abbey beer (badum tss). S: The only flaw here is that there is some booze up front on the nose. Otherwise, it’s a wonderfully well integrated beer with tons of maple syrup, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate. Definitely very sweet and very oxidized, but very appealing. T: The flavor is even more rich. Caramel, maple syrup, and toffee provide an excellent base of sweetness to the beer. There are lots of fruit notes here, especially sweet grapes. Even some vanilla and chocolate. M: The body is medium and the beer is flat, but it works fine here. O: Absolutely fantastic stuff. It’s still a bit out of my price range, but I loved this beer.

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