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Nuova Mattina - Birrificio Del Ducato

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 181
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 10
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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Birrificio Del Ducato visit their website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 07-24-2008

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Italy definitely has a unique approach to brewing and flavor combinations; very culinary and almost always interesting, unique. This is no exception. Beautiful hazy yellow pour with an abundant creamy head that lingers. The nose has a bisquity backdrop, a rich mix of grains, on top of which a musty but piquant spice hovers ... I wouldn't have called out ginger or green pepper without knowing, but they make sense when I think about the overall impression. Body is light but creamy. A truly delicious beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

awesome beer, apparently brewed with green peppercorns and ginger and coriander and maybe some other interesting things. none of that really comes out too heavy in the beer, which is what i like best about it. its a saison in the truest sense, nice wheaty base and a real summery vibe to it, but its not as funky as i though, especially coming from these guys. i know they do they lambic blended one with 3f, and thats awesome too, i had them back to back, but i did expect at least some more bretty weirdness. the brett in it seems quite mild, and it grows on me as i sip on it. the ginger is there a little bit up front, but other than that all the extra stuff is subtle, until the coriander really turns on in the finish. expert carbonation and lots of fluffy textured body from all the wheat, a really uncommon feature, it feels almost thick, even with all the bubbles. especially well balanced and accented at various times through the drink, pleasing in its own right, and not totally in need of the lambic, but i have to say i prefer the beersel edition, one of the most compelling beers ive had this year, although this simpler version should not be overlooked. very very special, one of the best examples of the style from an italian brewer i have encountered.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A beauty. Had on tap at Brigantessa in South Philly. Pours a beautiful hazy yellow with hefty head that dies soon, leaving some lacing. Spring in a glass!

The smell is not as powerful as the looks- subdued nose with some funk, acidity, barn aromas, day-old milk and a rainy day in the country.

The taste is on point- all the brightness, acidity and weirdness you expect from a saison/sour. Perhaps a bit low-key, but oh-so-refreshing and delicious. Notes of pineapple and lemon peel plus some pomelo.

The mouthfeel is big on tartness and spice, could use a little more body but it is fine alright.

Overall, I love this brew. It may not have, as a previous reviewer said before, the depth or complexity yoy expect in this kind of ale, but it is so drinkable and gorgeous.

Were it not for the price ($13 a glass, minus $2 happy hour), I'd drink this all day.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An Offero glass contains this hazy, golden-orange (SRM 5-6) beer. The frothy, white head builds to one-half inch before dropping to a thin blanket.

Spices are herbal sweet with orange, light perfume, and musky yeast.

Flavors are subtle with a blend of sweet to sour to bitter in that order. Apple with ginger forms a spicy foreground, while coriander and lemon develop as it warms. The finish is long and bitter.

Carbonation is explosive from this medium bodied beer, while alcohol is light in the dry, scratchy texture.

This one is close to the style guidelines, however, just short on the character and depth one would expect. I would be pleased to try it again on a warm spring day, but, alas, that appears to be far into the future this year.

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Photo of tmzl
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Pours with huge fizzyish, medium sized bubbles white head. Rocky slow retention, breaking down into big bubbles that leave fat, thick layer on the top at the end. Cloudy, copper, wheat dark yellow with fair amount of carbonation and lacing.

Smell: Chamomile! Rancid chamomile. Feels kinda stuffy, like a chamomile tea left too long to brew. Overall herbal feel, with earthy, floral, light lemon, white wine and peppery notes. Some funky yeasty notes hidden in the herbal part.

Taste: More pepper, gingery than in the smell, herbal part a bit smoother. Rich medium sweet malty part combined with strong herbal notes make an unique herbal teal like feeling, which doesn't really fly in my book. Light-med noble hop bitterness with some malt/wheat sweetness at the end. Sweetness goes into the sour zone with few sips.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body, still relatively smooth. Not too much going on tho.

Overall: Chamomile! They dominate over all other and combined with the rich malt backbone make a descent herbal tea. It is interesting, but doesn't appeal to me. Don't associate herbal chamomile tea with something pleasant - rancid remedy for stomach ache.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY.

Foamy pour, 3-4 inches of head. Light golden amber color to this one. Good lacing down the glass.

Smells spicy, peppery, with some apples, pears, and Belgian yeast.

The taste is pretty similar- very peppery and prickly taste to this one. Some ginger and what I guess is coriander, and some citrusy goodness as well, orange and lemon.

Full, pretty creamy mouthfeel, full body, well carbonated.

My first Italian craft beer, and it's a good one. Saisons will never be my favorite style, but I can still really appreciate this one.

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Photo of NuclearRich
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

**zynatore project version***
On tap at prime 16, poured into a stemmed tuilp.

A. Coppery golden hues of a moderately hazy liquid. Good foamy white head that lasts and laces.

S. Chammomile. Tart strawbwrries and unripe lemons. Vanilla, dry white wine, a little barnyard. Interesting aroma.

T. Just as interesting and intense. Spicy floral wild and tart.

M. Light bodied with a thinner carbonation. Slight astringent bite.

O. Always a pleasure to taste.a zymatore. Havent had the original, but this is wild in the stylistic and literal sense.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold with major head and lace with a fruity bouquet for an aroma along with some yeast and touch of sweet malt. Smooth, light, well carbonated and spicy so there's a crispness to this beer. Balances with the candi sugar sweetness that is in there. Not as strong or flavorful as some saisons, but a citric hop bite that is lowkey mixes with some sour pear/white grape and hint of tropical fruit tastes. An easy to drink session beer that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of AugustusRex
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

-This is my first Saison
-Seems to have a mild brett character
-Not a big fan of brett, reminds me of penicillin
-Taste is almost like a mix between a czech pilsner and Orval
-Too expensive, not as refreshing for summer as a decent clean hoppy lager, and not interesting enough to have instead of a good heavy beer at night

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Photo of MaximalC
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cracking open the bottle precipitates a startlingly loud hiss, leading me to suspect some intense carbonation. Pours a handsome, translucent, golden amber color with an absolutely mammoth head of delicate, rocky, white froth--and this was with a nearly surgical pour. We're easily bordering on 3 inches here, folks. May God have mercy anyone that chooses a vigorous pour. This is why the word preternatural was invented...

Aroma is light and mild, smelling of yeast, lemon, floral notes, and maybe a dash of indeterminate spices. Flavor has a base of gentle, honeyed malt, pervasive Belgian yeast, and an appreciable earthiness typical of saisons. Determination of the spice profile becomes more manageable as the beer warms, with pepper being the first to emerge. Clove also manages to come through. Effusive carbonation nearly sizzles on the palate but is acceptable for the style. Broad, dense swaths of lacing cling impressively to the glass as the beer recedes, almost as if it was just lathered with dish soap.

Overall, this is a very palatable, albeit not especially complex, saison with a glorious presentation. It's crisp, perky, and full of the Belgian character I'm so fond of. I would readily drink this again.

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Photo of wedge
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Tasty Beverage

Hazy gold covered by a moderate layer of stable creaminess. Lovely aroma...herbal, floral, and spicy with a gentle sweetness, some dried fruit, and cereal grain. The flavor is more notably yeasty with softly sweet doughy notes and slight pepperiness. Not super spicy, but there is a dry and bitter floral quality. Medium-light body has some creaminess, though it seems to thin out towards the end of the glass and the carbonation is fairly gentle. A pretty nice Saison...

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Photo of ssmack
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The colour of an orange sunset with a thin light beige head. Very little lacing and no retention.

A complex aroma of spices, citrus and yeast.

A tart, dry, almost chalky taste. The taste is a disappointment after the enjoying the aroma. Eventually a biscuit malt taste comes through with some hops in the aftertaste.

A dry feel with carbonation.

This was just OK for me.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer by @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a solidly hazed peachy golden colour, with a frothy, rocky head of white. Minimal lace, possibly due to the relatively light body. Minimal carbonation, but everything else looks the business.

Nose is round and pleasant with Belgian characters coming through strongly. Decent peppery note as well, perhaps even a bush spice darkness. Slight juniper notes and a bunch of herbal notes—maybe basil. It's quite fragrant and bright—good stuff.

Taste is very similar, with that peppery spice and clean fragrant herbal notes coming through strongly, but it's backed up with a very nice sweet apricot character. Feel is very smooth and clear. It could use a little bit more rustic fragrance, or even a touch of acidity, but as it is, it's simple, but smooth and really quite pleasant.

Yep, this is good stuff. I'm really happy with it overall. It's solidly in style, albeit an approachable and pretty simple interpretation. But this simplicity makes it really very drinkable and enjoyable. Very good stuff.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a cloudy yellow / golden pour with 3 fingers of detergent-like head, nice lacing. smells of spicy belgian yeast, pepper, lemongrass.. typical saison profile with a bit of extra spicy character.. very vegetable-like!
the taste is a very strange one but delicious nonetheless! an earthy bitterness backs up a spicy overall tone. definitely taste the coriander and pepper.. the ginger is mostly in the spice.. which makes sense why it's such a nice spicy-like beer.. these are all naturally spicy on their own, blended with the belgian yeast make this fantastic! this is one of the BEST saisons i have tasted. love it, absolutely fantastic.
medium in body with high carbonation, yet still manages to have a creamy feel on the lips.

honestly, i say cough up the cash and pick this up. it is absolutely fantastic. the first beer from italy that i enjoyed thoroughly with no complaints.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: slight haze; big foam on pour, but diminishes quickly to a thin layer, leaving lace' apricot colour

Aroma: vinegary, acid, tart fruit, orange; mild spice; classic Belgian blond scent

Taste & Mouthfeel: thicker, creamier body than expected; mild overall, with something simlar to pumpkin spice being strongest - cloves, cinnamon; like a savoury dessert spice cake (would be nice with vanilla ice cream) and not too sweet; light bitterness/tartness provides contrast in the finish

Overall: wonderful, full mouthfeel and subtle, interesting spice flavour - and all well balanced

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangey amber with a massive, growing head that is threatening to turn into a mushroom cloud.
Nose shows ginger, citrus fruits, floral characters, tea and doughy yeasty notes. Also some green herbal notes.
Flavours focus on ginger but also show herbal, spicy hops.Some soft malt underneath. Pretty easy drinking stuff.
Too much carbonation.

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Photo of aspect
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle.

A- Pours a bit cloudy with a large fluffy head that lasts quite some time. Some visible sentiment floating around almost looks like spices.

S-A bit complex on the nose, up front some citrus notes followed by some spices, the citrus notes are definatley the over powering here.

T- Quite refreshing with the citrus flavours up front, a slight bitterness at the end and a touch of spice.

M-Medium body, quite a bit of carbination.

I did enjoy it, I would probably pick another one up if I came across it again, its definatley a bit complex and a tough one to pickup some notes from, I would give it a go again.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very interesting beer...

Pours a cloudy, light orange with an ample foamy head that dissipates quickly. Small-bubbled carbonation continues for an impressive length of time. Complex aroma including a wide variety of herbs & spices, plus lime, tea and pepper. Unfortunately I can't distinguish the specific herbal elements (and didn't read other reviews before starting this one). The flavour starts sweets and then transitions into a surprisingly pleasant bitter finish. No sign of the Belgian yeast at all until near the very end, where it is paired with some tropical fruit tones.

Not a style I personally choose often, but a beer I’m glad to have tried - and my first foray into Italy's nascent craft beer movement.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky burnt orange colour. Big, fluffy, off-white head shows good retention. Lime and ginger aroma also shows floral, biscuit, and delicate pepper notes. Lime and ginger flavour up front with a delicate biscuit malt backing them. Finish is peppery with a gentle medicinal bitterness. Light-bodied with loads of fine carbonation create a mousse-like texture in the mouth. Light, complex, and spicy. A fine ale.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearnace: Produced a good finger of cloudy head that produce a slight amount of lacing but retained very well. The body is cloudy like a hefe with ample a good amount of carbonation.

Smell: Fruity, as notes of lime and orange dominate the nose to a backing of caramel malt, yeast and a touch of gingerbread. It's quite potent, but it just seems a bit overdone for some reason.

Taste: There is certainly a lime undertone to the entire beer, which is a little bit strange, given no lime was added. That being said, this is a flavour explosion. Initial notes of sour apples and pears give way to a blend of spices as pepper, corriander, ginger and a floral undertone I can't place with a fruity yeast backing which ends with some out of place earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is good, the transistioning is good, the head is good, why the average low score? The aftertaste on this one builds and cloys like crazy. The earthy hops blend in all the wrong ways with the spicing leaving an awful aftertaste.

Drinkability: Well that aftertaste has been struggling near the end of the beer, but apart from that it's pretty good. The sour lime note I particularly enjoyed, but then again I like the taste of lime so it might put off some people. Silky carbonation that knows to stay out of the way.

Final Thoughts: I would say change what hops your are using, because that seems (I think) that is bringing the only negatives to the brew. Then again, as my first Siason maybe I'm judging something wrong. This is a strange one, but I enjoyed it. It tastes like a Beligan that's been given steroids with how fruity and spicy it tastes. Thumbs up though.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a puffy, pillowy white head. Little chunks of yeast can be seen gathering at the bottom of the glass.

S: Soft and spicy on the nose with aromas of biscuit, caramel, Belgian ale yeast, coriander, grassy hops, and ginger. I'm not really picking up the green pepper or the chamomile.

T: Notes of green apple, unripened pear, green pepper, mild ginger, coriander, chamomile, lemon, bitter orange, spicy yeast, grass, biscuit, caramel, and honey wash across the palate. The finish is smooth and lingering with a pleasant combination of spicy Belgian ale yeast, pepper, biscuit, and orchard fruit.

M: Light in body, chalky, firm, and very dry. Carbonation is just intense enough to keep all of the spice flavors from running rampant. This is very drinkable for an ale of nearly 6.0% abv.

O: Having been somewhat disappointed by Birrificio del Ducato's Via Emelia (not a bad pilsner by any stretch, but it was perhaps built up too much by those who recommended it to me) and then impressed by Chimera, I can say that Nuova Mattina is an excellent take on a Belgian saison. The decidedly nontraditional spice flavors really work in this beer. A great effort overall from a brewery to watch.

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Photo of Groulxsome
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale golden with nice, soft white head.

S: Lots going on here. A little funky sourness, lots of great yeasty smells, and some clove and peppery spiciness.

T: Again, there is a lot going on! Of the front I'm getting really deep earthy spices which then give way to more mellow floral spices. The middle taste reminds me of really nice gin with just a splash of tonic, some of those quinine, juniper, and pine notes. Lots of citrus, particularly lime (I'd say lime rind, but you can imagine an elevated and natural version of the chemical taste in Bud Lite Lime) with a little of the lime sourness. It finishes up with some nice light wheat and barley grain notes, a little bitter, and an dry, slightly sour aftertaste.

M: It's highly carbonated, frothy, and creamy, while still being pretty light and refreshing.

O: A really outstanding beer. An amazingly complex array of sourness, spices, and yeastiness. It's dry and refreshing while remaining interesting and exciting. I'd compare it to a great Belgian White, meets gin and tonic (with good gin) with a huge wedge of lime, meets a dry saison. Something that merits being drank again and again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from LCBO.
Explosively carbonated, this was a foamer. Pleasant aroma, yielding corriander, some yeast and malts. Good tasting saison,mostly pepper and chamomile,and spicier than your average saison. smooth drinker outside of the carbonation. Worth a try.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brassy blonde with piles of eggshell froth that lumps quite nicely and leaves chunky trailers. Lean grain with herb, lemon peel, yeast and as another reviewer said, sage.
Fresh baguette insides with some ripe pear, a waxy bite, white pepper or maybe rocket, some geraniol, and an intricate floral and herbal tea finish that has an undertone of curry spices.
Rose petal ending and tingling dry perfumed finish. Incredibly creamy, soft, round, slightly oily and medium.

"It is surprisingly spicy due to the use of wild flowers, chamomile, coriander, green peppercorn and ginger," says the website.

The nose flips between potpourri sack and spiced candle in a happy and intriguing fashion. The body is silky as and the flavors are incredibly nuanced. The one thing I can't place is the hops, but it hardly matters.

Italian craft at its best.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before date 01 04 2013. Nice to see some Italian craft beer on the shelves - hopefully this is a better representation of the Italian brewing scene than Peroni. Despite having close to 300 reviews under my belt, this is the first saison I have ever bothered to try... but I'll offer my amateur opinion anyway.

Pours a cloudy golden-amber colour with some visible sediment, topped with two fingers of frothy, sparkling-white puffy head. Good retention, with gobs of it sticking to the sides of the glass as it slowly seeps away. The aroma is, on the whole, rather sweet and clearly Belgian-inspired; some wheat malt sweetness, yeast and banana, with some coriander and peppery clove spiciness.

Tasty stuff for sure. Bready malts and wheat form a lightly sweet backbone, with a quartet of lemon citrus, earthy hops, apple skin and clove/coriander spiciness comprising the rest of the profile. A bit yeasty, with some lingering sweetness and spice in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, rather creamy with some good chew. Awesome mouthfeel; probably the highlight of this stuff for me (although it does taste quite good too). Relatively mild carbonation makes this is an extremely smooth brew.

Final Grade: 4.03, an A-. I can't really compare this to anything I've had previously (maybe a Belgian pale ale?), but my tongue knows when it has found something good. New Morning is a thoroughly enjoyable brew, with a complex flavour, great texture, and just the right amount of spice. A perfect glass of beer for one of the first uncomfortably warm nights of this summer.

As a general rule I don't like to session beers with spice (ranging from wits right up to the usual hefty Belgian sippers), but I did polish off this glass pretty quickly - so who knows? It's one of the most drinkable spiced brews I've ever had, that's for sure. A solid import choice by the LCBO - I am excited to try some of the other high-quality stuff in this seasonal release.

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Nuova Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
87 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.