Nuova Mattina - Birrificio Del Ducato
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2.93/5 rDev -24.3%
This beer was served to me in a snifter. It had a thick white head that dissipated quickly. The color was bright gold with a slight orange hint. It smelled slightly floral and yeasty. I detetcted something like lavendar that was also reflected in the taste. The taste was sharp and clean but not especially impressive. The finish was somewhat bitter.
06-28-2008 03:42:51 | More by BlueHammer
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
330mL bottle from the LCBO, part of their summer release. When I saw this bottle I had assumed that some brandy or wine bottle had somehow accidentally lost its sense of direction and found itself in beer territory, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was a new brew - a craft brew from Italy no less!
Poured into a tulip. A deep amber-orange brew, with the slightest haze. A billowing head of froth is the result of the pour, which lingers as a substantial ring with some lacing patches. The head looks very Belgian, sitting there in heaps and patches.
Nose is farmhouse with a twist - soft wheat and barley malt, musk, a bit of yeast, spice (clove), leafy hops and lemon.
Spicy and yeasty, with an assertive blast of lemon zest to open things off, and finishing with leafy hops and a touch of spice. Nice, refreshing brew, and certainly appropriate for the season.
Carbonation is initially zesty but tapers off after a few minutes. Puckery, creamy feel.
Excited to see a brew from Italy that isn't of the pale lager fare, and even more so to find that the brew was well worth the wait. Nice saison with an extra lemon kick. Fine work.
06-11-2012 17:59:32 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
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
11-02-2012 01:01:31 | More by BGDrock
3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
330ml elegant mini champagne bottle.
This beer pours a hazy pale golden hue, with a teeming, overflowing cavalcade of foamy white head, which, upon eventually settling, leaves a pockmarked limestone profile of lace around the glass. It smells like a cross between tropical fruit salad and mildly funky white Italian cheese, with some mild earthy drying hoppiness. The taste is rather multifaceted - grainy malt, some savoury spice - nutmeg and cardamom, with a twinge of black pepper, a bit of musty, yeasty funk, and leafy, earthy hops round it out. The carbonation is reserved in its bite, the body medium weight, and somewhat creamy in its undeniable smoothness. It finishes just a tad off-dry, the grain still overseeing a dance floor populated with sassy yeast, fruit, and wallflower hops.
A decent saison, the Euro-feel is there, but not gone too far south as the production origins would suggest. Funkier than usual, style-wise, but not exactly George Clinton territory. Lots going on, a promising offering from this upstart brewery from the land of vino.
10-14-2011 01:03:02 | More by biboergosum
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
09-18-2012 20:54:17 | More by mintjellie
4.3/5 rDev +11.1%
Golden yellow color, with a generous thick tight head on the pour. The smell shows the normal saison fruit flavors and light pepper.
A wonderfully balanced beer. The orange and corriander show nice and soflt upfront. Those flavors are quickly joined by a green pepper heat that helps to bring to life the traditional sassion flovors. The chamomile shows on the finish and helps to add full and roundness to the end which helps to keep the pepper flavors under control.
A great ale, and well worth the price
01-27-2008 21:20:02 | More by BBeerL
3.48/5 rDev -10.1%
Had this on tap at Rich O's in New Albany, IN tonight...
Served in a tulip glass, the gold amber liquid was slightly cloudy with very small head and a little lacing. It did not have a very robust smell but was of peppery citrus coriander. Tasted like it smelled with the addition of a little of the usual funky yeast and some earth. Slightly puckering. Overall light mouthfeel. Really, not the best flavored saison and not that well balanced I don't think, too much pepper and lemon overshadowing the beer.
07-24-2008 01:12:57 | More by daftafne
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
07-12-2012 03:40:17 | More by Sammy
3.55/5 rDev -8.3%
Hazy golden body with a half-finger of decently retaining white head.
Smell is kinda pilsnery, a tad bitter with a hint of lemon and black pepper.
Taste is odd, there's an immediate pilsner bitterness, and plenty of black pepper, or even green bell pepper. The finish is not so bitter though, slightly bready.
Mouthfeel is great, smooth with an almost fluffy texture.
Overall, not something I'd try again. The bitterness really threw me though it diminished eventually. Could probably make some good food pairings, chicken or steak diane maybe.
05-15-2011 02:50:50 | More by zaphodchak
3.83/5 rDev -1%
375ml bottles passed at Brasserie V at a recent tasting
appearance: darkest of the saisons we had - murky dark straw body, thick beige head
smell: green peppercorns, ginger, chamomile and corriander. A strangely spiced saison for sure...
taste: green peppercorn provides a light amount of heat, chamomile evident in the finish. Ginger and corriander provide a nice flavor twist. Interesting, but after the fantome, thats about all it was
mouthfeel: boldly spiced but drinkable
06-25-2010 21:23:08 | More by dirtylou
4.47/5 rDev +15.5%
Poured into my I&G tulip glass....
A- I love the mini champagne style bottle with the "new morning" label on it....everything else is in Italian. The beer itself has a brilliant head on it, being several fingers thick, and it retains very well, with the dense meringue like foam sticking around for a long time. The lacing is excellent as well with a lot of soapy suds clinging to the glass. The beer itself is golden in color, and very cloudy due to the yeast left in the bottle. Overall a very delicious looking brew!
S- There is a lot going on in the aromas here. There is distinct spice and fruit aromas, along with floral notes. The spice that I find is of some clove and spicier ginger, while the fruit comes from apricot pits and overripe banana. There is some hop presence but not overwhelming. I agree with another review that there is lots going on and it is hard to pick everything out.
T- Again, there is lots happening on the palate. This is a sweet, yet spicy brew with lots of Earthiness up front. The bittering fruit pits are noticeable to provide the freshness of the beer, and there is a slightly peppery/ginger quality in the flavor that really enhances the overall flavor. It's a truly unique, yet very enticing taste that keeps me coming back for more.
M- This is a drying beer, as I feel the need to have another sip almost right after the swallow. The body is medium and the carbonation is fairly mellow....just a little more than I thought there would be but it is of a fine nature and pops on the palate delicately. The floral nature found in the aroma is noticed in the aftertaste as well, which I find contributes to the overall dryness.
O- I haven't had too many Saison style beers, but this is a great beer in my opinion. I find it to be well balanced, and think it would be an excellent beer to enjoy with a pasta dish made with a rose sauce. I really didn't think an Italian brewery, such as this one, would be able to come up with something so good! I will probably get this again in the future, but it is expensive, so it will be in moderation....however, I do need to let my beer buddies know about this one!
12-02-2011 03:39:00 | More by ChrisCage
3.7/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
09-30-2012 04:17:49 | More by CrazyDavros
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
Into a Duvel tulip, a whipped meringue foam appears, fluffy and voluminous. The body is a bright and glowing orange, with tiny unfiltered yeast particles floating within. A swirl rekindles the head, and it has a lasting effect. Bits of lace fleck the edges of the glass.
It's aroma is very fresh feeling, with flowers and chamomile herbs leading the nose. Citrus and hay, some light honey also. Very Spring-like.
Spicy taste at first, a little pepper, rose petals, and warming element of ginger possibly. I'm not a fan of ginger, but didn't mind it in this beer. Some orange zest and sun-dried straw, very quenching and refreshingly dry in the finish. An interesting medley of flavors, that push it into a more complex territory than many other Saisons. Not quite as quirky as Fantome, but it would appeal to that school of thought. Very pleasing and refreshing most of all.
(note: Reviewed when fresh, as a new arrival to the market. This beer is much more lackluster after it's been on the shelves awhile.)
12-13-2008 04:45:18 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Bottle: Poured a cloudy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of fruity ester and bready yeast is very enticing with good notes semi-sweet Belgian style malt bill. Taste is very refreshing with light notes of apricot and a bready yeast with a solid malt backbone with well balanced sweetness. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and somewhat similar yeast to some of the Unibroue beers.
07-14-2010 17:33:36 | More by Phyl21ca
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
Bottle to Founders tulip. "Due Date" of 15 04 13
A - Very hazy orange that tapers to a golden yellow at the bottom. 3 fingers of bubbly off-white head formed and slowly receded to a thin layer with good retention.
S - Big clove aroma up front with some ripe banana and lighter citrus notes and spice. A slight crisp bitterness is evident in the background along with a slight malt sweetness.
T - Cloves, spice, Belgian yeast and a big floral presence are dominant. The big banana notes in the nose are present but more more muted than the nose indicated. The finish is dry and bitter.
M - Medium body, slightly creamy. Light to moderate carbonation.
06-03-2012 22:32:03 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
12-23-2013 02:05:46 | More by GreesyFizeek
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
@ 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...
03-22-2013 12:38:06 | More by wedge
4/5 rDev +3.4%
I saw this beer at my local beer store, and bought it solely based on the unusual bottle. This is my first experience with a saison style beer, and my third beer from Italy.
This beer pours a pale and hazy amber colour. There is a lot of carbonation floating up to the top, leading to a thick and foamy 2 finger head that shows no signs of going anywhere. I'm quite impressed.
The aroma is sweet pear and yeast, and slightly spicy. It's similar to some Belgian pale ales. quite nice.
The flavour is slightly sweet, with lots of fresh fruit flavour soming through. Towards the end, the malt character becomes more dominant, and hints of orange peel come through with a hint of hops.
Overall, I really like this beer. The flavour is subtle and layered, but still maintaining a high degree of drinkability.
08-04-2011 23:05:03 | More by evlu1441
Nuova Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
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