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Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
4.5  (2)
Louche 
 
5.0  (2)
Aroma 
 
4.0  (2)
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.5  (2)
Finish 
 
4.0  (2)
Overall 
 
4.0  (2)

Appearance
A nice medium peridot with a little moss influence, not a lot of nuance. Certainly the right tonal range with about all the depth I would want to see. Crystal clear and reasonably bright. One of the more natural looking Matter colorations I've seen.

Louche
Louche is a medium weight jade green with impressive gradients from amber at the bottom to blue at the edges and meniscus. Translucence is just right. Really beautiful opalescence in good light, the only thing that may improve this might be a little less original color, but only just a little. This is right up there with the top verte louches I've seen.

Aroma
Unlouched, wormwoods, especially the pontica, against a background of anise and fennel. Louched, really nice balance... the kind where one must look hard and critically to define the elements. Clean and herbal with good anise, fennel, and spicy support. The hyssop really begins to show as it comes up in temperature.

Flavor And Mouthfeel
A medium weight and smooth entry with wormwoods apparent immediately, however anise and fennel are right there in excellent balance. A background bitterness with a little bite. Focus is provided by a bit of pepper and other spice. Overall the palate is not as fresh and snappy as the very, very best, but it is very good.

Finish
A nice fade of the palate impressions with a blooming spice and coriander push and a tingliness that's really attractive, all wrapped in a very smooth package. The anise and fennel show once the tingliness subsides, followed by a nice wormwood linger that goes on for some time. It all leaves the palate slightly tingly and powdery, but not dry.

Overall Impression
This is very, very pleasant. Like its name, balanced, clean, traditional, and well executed. It's a really good example of what absinthe should look like with no twists or quirks. My favorite dilutions with this are from about 3.8:1 to 4.2:1 depending on my mood. Really the only thing keeping this from 5s in the categories of “Aroma” through “Overall” is the lack of that ethereal immediacy and freshness that are the hallmark of the very best.

Like its Duplais siblings by Matter (the Verte and the Blanche), Balance is just very solid and well done. This is one of those reviews where I'm not sure the scoring tells the whole story. Is Balance the world's best absinthe? Well, certainly not. However, it is IMO at the top of the range we define as “Very Good” before we move into the offerings categorized as “Outstanding”, and “Exemplary”. And I'll tell you, the world wouldn't be a bad place if this were all that was available. On balance, it only occasionally gets better.

Done with a 1 ounce dose, diluted 3.5:1, 3.8:1, 4:1, 4.2:1 and no sugar.

Duplais Balance 8/16/12, 8/18/12, 9/23/12.
All evaluations had consistent notes.
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Michael Meyers September 24, 2012
Last updated: September 24, 2012
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On Balance

Appearance
A nice medium peridot with a little moss influence, not a lot of nuance. Certainly the right tonal range with about all the depth I would want to see. Crystal clear and reasonably bright. One of the more natural looking Matter colorations I've seen.

Louche
Louche is a medium weight jade green with impressive gradients from amber at the bottom to blue at the edges and meniscus. Translucence is just right. Really beautiful opalescence in good light, the only thing that may improve this might be a little less original color, but only just a little. This is right up there with the top verte louches I've seen.

Aroma
Unlouched, wormwoods, especially the pontica, against a background of anise and fennel. Louched, really nice balance... the kind where one must look hard and critically to define the elements. Clean and herbal with good anise, fennel, and spicy support. The hyssop really begins to show as it comes up in temperature.

Flavor And Mouthfeel
A medium weight and smooth entry with wormwoods apparent immediately, however anise and fennel are right there in excellent balance. A background bitterness with a little bite. Focus is provided by a bit of pepper and other spice. Overall the palate is not as fresh and snappy as the very, very best, but it is very good.

Finish
A nice fade of the palate impressions with a blooming spice and coriander push and a tingliness that's really attractive, all wrapped in a very smooth package. The anise and fennel show once the tingliness subsides, followed by a nice wormwood linger that goes on for some time. It all leaves the palate slightly tingly and powdery, but not dry.

Overall Impression
This is very, very pleasant. Like its name, balanced, clean, traditional, and well executed. It's a really good example of what absinthe should look like with no twists or quirks. My favorite dilutions with this are from about 3.8:1 to 4.2:1 depending on my mood. Really the only thing keeping this from 5s in the categories of “Aroma” through “Overall” is the lack of that ethereal immediacy and freshness that are the hallmark of the very best.

Like its Duplais siblings by Matter (the Verte and the Blanche), Balance is just very solid and well done. This is one of those reviews where I'm not sure the scoring tells the whole story. Is Balance the world's best absinthe? Well, certainly not. However, it is IMO at the top of the range we define as “Very Good” before we move into the offerings categorized as “Outstanding”, and “Exemplary”. And I'll tell you, the world wouldn't be a bad place if this were all that was available. On balance, it only occasionally gets better.

Done with a 1 ounce dose, diluted 3.5:1, 3.8:1, 4:1, 4.2:1 and no sugar.

Duplais Balance 8/16/12, 8/18/12, 9/23/12.
All evaluations had consistent notes.

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Balance pours exactly peridot green. It's so nice it seems like it has to be artificial. Crystal clear. The louche is slightly too fast but otherwise gorgeous. An exquisitely defined, three-tiered louche with thickest on the bottom and unlouched on the top. The result is an absolutely beautiful pale green with lots of nuance and complexity. The aroma is tangy and floral. It almost seems to have a star anise presence but it's not obtrusive or annoying. Pontica and hyssop are detectable. The first thing I taste is a big coriander presence which gives way to strong, minty wormwood. Anise and pontica blend and become almost candylike. The Balance is creamy, but not mouth-coating. Finish is mostly wormwood and fennel and is long-lasting, finishing with a flavour reminiscent of tea leaves. I really enjoy this absinthe.
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Andrew Young July 27, 2007
Last updated: July 27, 2007
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One of my faves.

Balance pours exactly peridot green. It's so nice it seems like it has to be artificial. Crystal clear. The louche is slightly too fast but otherwise gorgeous. An exquisitely defined, three-tiered louche with thickest on the bottom and unlouched on the top. The result is an absolutely beautiful pale green with lots of nuance and complexity. The aroma is tangy and floral. It almost seems to have a star anise presence but it's not obtrusive or annoying. Pontica and hyssop are detectable. The first thing I taste is a big coriander presence which gives way to strong, minty wormwood. Anise and pontica blend and become almost candylike. The Balance is creamy, but not mouth-coating. Finish is mostly wormwood and fennel and is long-lasting, finishing with a flavour reminiscent of tea leaves. I really enjoy this absinthe.

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Overall rating 
 
4.0
Appearance 
 
4.2  (5)
Louche 
 
3.6  (5)
Aroma 
 
3.9  (5)
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.5  (5)
Finish 
 
4.0  (5)
Overall 
 
3.8  (5)
Appearance: This absinthe shows a very nice example of a clean peridot color. It is also somewhat on the lighter and yellow side.

Louche: The louche ends up uneventfully thin. It is almost a light swamp or seaweed color with blue edges.

Aroma: Very sweet and anise forward. Wormwood and mint contribute a camphorus tone. Otherwise this absinthe displays a very traditional profile.

Flavor: The alcohol base is very noticeable as a grainy and sugary texture. Anise and coriander use highlight the spikey and rough edges of the base spirit as well. The mouthfeel is astringent and the wormwood is in the background.

Finish: The finish stays the same as the flavor with the exception of the wormwood and mint showing up a bit more. The finish lasts quite a while and the chalky tone that is expected from Matter absinthes shows up just a bit.

Overall: If not for the overpowering base spirit this absinthe would be very decent, although basic.
Overall rating 
 
3.1
Appearance 
 
3.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
3.5
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Evan Camomile October 21, 2013
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All your base...

Appearance: This absinthe shows a very nice example of a clean peridot color. It is also somewhat on the lighter and yellow side.

Louche: The louche ends up uneventfully thin. It is almost a light swamp or seaweed color with blue edges.

Aroma: Very sweet and anise forward. Wormwood and mint contribute a camphorus tone. Otherwise this absinthe displays a very traditional profile.

Flavor: The alcohol base is very noticeable as a grainy and sugary texture. Anise and coriander use highlight the spikey and rough edges of the base spirit as well. The mouthfeel is astringent and the wormwood is in the background.

Finish: The finish stays the same as the flavor with the exception of the wormwood and mint showing up a bit more. The finish lasts quite a while and the chalky tone that is expected from Matter absinthes shows up just a bit.

Overall: If not for the overpowering base spirit this absinthe would be very decent, although basic.

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For me, it was just right at 3:1. I tried 4:1 , and liked it both ways. You may not need sugar with this one, I found it just right with none.

Color is a lovely and natural crystal clear peridot. Gem-like and magical looking.
After louche, it is a beautiful shade of light green.

Louche: Wonderful. Dramatic curling trails give way to smoke and clouds with a clear fat layer on top right to the very end. A nice translucent louche at 4:1.

Aroma: Clean crisp balanced and inviting. As I added water, it filled the room.

Flavor: Quality wormwood and anise in a wonderful balance. The herbal and spice character is very tasty and refreshing. Nothing overwhelms. Very sweet and dessert-like, with no heavy or earthy edges. A gentle crisp delicious taste.

Finish: A very nice finish with a light pull and build. it ends with a sweet and spicy tingle in the back of the mouth and tip of the tongue.

Overall: I wish it were available in the USA! A very solid enjoyable absinthe that I'd buy regularly if it were available here.
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.5
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Scott M. March 19, 2010
Last updated: January 05, 2013
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Quite a Balancing Act!


For me, it was just right at 3:1. I tried 4:1 , and liked it both ways. You may not need sugar with this one, I found it just right with none.

Color is a lovely and natural crystal clear peridot. Gem-like and magical looking.
After louche, it is a beautiful shade of light green.

Louche: Wonderful. Dramatic curling trails give way to smoke and clouds with a clear fat layer on top right to the very end. A nice translucent louche at 4:1.

Aroma: Clean crisp balanced and inviting. As I added water, it filled the room.

Flavor: Quality wormwood and anise in a wonderful balance. The herbal and spice character is very tasty and refreshing. Nothing overwhelms. Very sweet and dessert-like, with no heavy or earthy edges. A gentle crisp delicious taste.

Finish: A very nice finish with a light pull and build. it ends with a sweet and spicy tingle in the back of the mouth and tip of the tongue.

Overall: I wish it were available in the USA! A very solid enjoyable absinthe that I'd buy regularly if it were available here.

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Color: I really liked the color although i would have enjoyed a darker shade of green.
Louche: Was quickforming and a little on the light side
Aroma: Pleasant anise and citrus scent with little alcohol aroma
Flavor: I like this one much better than the stronger verte and as its name implies seems a great balance of wormwood and other herbs with the alcohol
Finish: Sweet anise and wormwood finish. Very nice.

I like this one best of the 3 duplais I have tried. Verte had a strong alcoholic kick but this seems just right.

* Recommended!!
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
3.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Leichenwagen January 21, 2010
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My favorite Duplais

Color: I really liked the color although i would have enjoyed a darker shade of green.
Louche: Was quickforming and a little on the light side
Aroma: Pleasant anise and citrus scent with little alcohol aroma
Flavor: I like this one much better than the stronger verte and as its name implies seems a great balance of wormwood and other herbs with the alcohol
Finish: Sweet anise and wormwood finish. Very nice.

I like this one best of the 3 duplais I have tried. Verte had a strong alcoholic kick but this seems just right.

* Recommended!!

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Color: nice clear emerald green, slightly on the pale side. I'm getting so used to seeing olive-hued green absinthes that this one was a bit of a surprise when I poured it. But this is a very nice shade of green, and I think it would be beautiful with just a bit more intensity to give it more of a jewel-like appearance.



Aroma (neat): anise, herbal, and minty. I got a bit of a Wrigley's spearmint gum smell, not unpleasant but seemed a bit out of place. Nice and clean, the herbs stand out and the alcohol stays out of the way.



Louche: a slow, very cold drip resulted in nice trails with cloudiness developing fairly early. Early on the color went to a sort of swampy/froggy green, almost like a glow-in-the-dark slime, but got more pale and more attractive with more water. Stopped at about 3.5 or 4:1, finished color is very attractive, but a bit more thin/translucent than I'd expect at this dilution.



Aroma (after louche): Aroma settles down a bit with the water to anise and herbal/spicy. Looking at other reviews after the fact I wasn't noticing anything that I thought was coriander, I'll be looking for that next time. Overall a very balanced, pleasant aroma.



Flavor: The flavor was quite a surprise, very full and strong, probably could have held up to a bit more water. As expected it is very nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is medium, I got some tongue tingling but not a full mouth coating. Certainly not thin.



Finish: Long, and again balanced with mostly anise and wormwood, lexx complex than expected after the initial aroma and flavor.



Overall, very good. I'm a relative newbie compared to the reviews before mine, so I didn't pick up on some of the specifics that the other reviewers noted, particularly the coriander. Generally, I feel about the Balance the same way I remember the Eichelberger 68 -- clean, very well made, traditional, tasty (I'm tempted to try the Balance and Eich side-by-side in the near future). I'd almost say "easy drinking" if it didn't sound like a negative. For those occasions when you're looking for something assertive or full of character, the Balance probably isn't what you want. But its beauty is in its balance, strength, and roundness, and on most occasions, Duplais Balance will not disappoint.
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by bksmithey September 12, 2008
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nicely balanced, everyday absinthe

Color: nice clear emerald green, slightly on the pale side. I'm getting so used to seeing olive-hued green absinthes that this one was a bit of a surprise when I poured it. But this is a very nice shade of green, and I think it would be beautiful with just a bit more intensity to give it more of a jewel-like appearance.



Aroma (neat): anise, herbal, and minty. I got a bit of a Wrigley's spearmint gum smell, not unpleasant but seemed a bit out of place. Nice and clean, the herbs stand out and the alcohol stays out of the way.



Louche: a slow, very cold drip resulted in nice trails with cloudiness developing fairly early. Early on the color went to a sort of swampy/froggy green, almost like a glow-in-the-dark slime, but got more pale and more attractive with more water. Stopped at about 3.5 or 4:1, finished color is very attractive, but a bit more thin/translucent than I'd expect at this dilution.



Aroma (after louche): Aroma settles down a bit with the water to anise and herbal/spicy. Looking at other reviews after the fact I wasn't noticing anything that I thought was coriander, I'll be looking for that next time. Overall a very balanced, pleasant aroma.



Flavor: The flavor was quite a surprise, very full and strong, probably could have held up to a bit more water. As expected it is very nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is medium, I got some tongue tingling but not a full mouth coating. Certainly not thin.



Finish: Long, and again balanced with mostly anise and wormwood, lexx complex than expected after the initial aroma and flavor.



Overall, very good. I'm a relative newbie compared to the reviews before mine, so I didn't pick up on some of the specifics that the other reviewers noted, particularly the coriander. Generally, I feel about the Balance the same way I remember the Eichelberger 68 -- clean, very well made, traditional, tasty (I'm tempted to try the Balance and Eich side-by-side in the near future). I'd almost say "easy drinking" if it didn't sound like a negative. For those occasions when you're looking for something assertive or full of character, the Balance probably isn't what you want. But its beauty is in its balance, strength, and roundness, and on most occasions, Duplais Balance will not disappoint.

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Balance pours a nice green color. The louche is fast, and not opaque.

I detect a strong fruity, citrus, aroma. The flavor gives way to a coriander, followed by a nice fennel and minty wormwood (very balanced). It is not as creamy as I would like and a little thin, however, very pleasant.

I like this absinthe and would put it up with one of my favorites.
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Appearance 
 
5.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
5.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by LeRoy October 16, 2007
Last updated: October 18, 2007
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Balanced

Balance pours a nice green color. The louche is fast, and not opaque.

I detect a strong fruity, citrus, aroma. The flavor gives way to a coriander, followed by a nice fennel and minty wormwood (very balanced). It is not as creamy as I would like and a little thin, however, very pleasant.

I like this absinthe and would put it up with one of my favorites.

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