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Sunday
Aug312014

BALADIN BIRRA NAZIONALE

Baladin Birra Nazionale. I've tried about six Baladins now and I'm not going back. They're all overspiced, unnecessarily look-at-me pants. And they're expensive.

This is the Italian brewery's Belgian Ale or Blonde Ale and it follows the in-house style of taking an established brewing style and adding unnecessary weird to it.

Honestly, if these guys could just show me one instance of adequacy in delivering a straight-up-and-down piece of brewing, I might allow them the indulgence of thinking they always know better than everybody else and I might stretch to a tolerance of them sticking a bunch of spice, sugar, fruit or pepper in to the odd out-there brew. But they haven't. Ever.

Instead, they do stuff like this, bought at Malpensa Airport and it's so poor that I was kicking myself for not having the Beck's instead. True.

There's so much coriander on the nose and on the tongue that it makes you wonder whether there's any malt in it at all. And what malt there is shoots across the tongue like a lightning bolt, leaving you with a big wallop of spice and banana and then a burnt battery aftertaste, with definite traces of the metallic about it. It's like every mouthful starts with mediocrity, gives you a tantalising hint of what might have been and explodes into an unbalanced mess of strangeness that lingers long after each swallow.

There's a good head, so there's something that indicates they've got a clue.

 

3/10

 

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