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Nuova Mattina - Birrificio Del Ducato

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87
very good

154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-24-2008)
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

jadams11, Jan 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Lehighace06, Jan 18, 2014
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4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Why, this is just amazing beer!!! Kind of blows me away. Way different than anticipated. Commercial description is very accurate. Poured with a huge, fluffy, foamy, frothy, off white head that lasts and some lace. Color is like tea with a spot of milk in it - very hazy to almost cloudy amber. Aroma is malt, spice, herbs, yeast. Flavor is much larger - I can taste each of the listed components plus some sweetness that balances the carbonic acid perfectly. I can drink the hell outta this beer. Body is excellent: mouth filling in the density and yet the carbonation is right where I like it. Finish is dry and bitter enough to not be cloying and yet the sweetness just makes me smile. Whoa is this good!

drpimento, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of adamette
4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle purchased at Winking Lizard in Warrensville Heights, Ohio last night for $12.00. Poured into a clean, clear pint glass by me.

A 2 inch off white head over opaque orange brown body with many "floaties" around, comprising about 5% of the liquid (a significant amount really). I love this look and I do not think that it can be improved. A side note: Love the bottom heavy bottle too!

S Wow! Great spice smells of ginger, peppers, nice soft saison background. Ineteresing and inviting. This smells like a saison with an attitude!

T GREAT spice profile in this saison carried right over from the smell to the taste. Ginger and green pepper really kick up spice profile, coriander and chamomile less noticeable. I love saisons with a big spice profile, like Great Lakes Grassroots Ale. This one cannot be improved.

M Moderate as the soft saison feel balances against the uncommonly strong spices.

D If it was free: Great! Since it cost more than one USD per ounce, not so much.

Notes: What a treat to have this (apparently) rare beer at Winking Lizard tonight. Winking Lizard continues to impress.

adamette, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of Groulxsome
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Groulxsome, Jul 25, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

facundoCNB, Dec 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Danny1217, Feb 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

LoveBeerNo7, Jun 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Molson2000, Sep 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

pixieskid, Oct 03, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

orangey amber with an off white head that leaves lace. let's get to the good part... nose is ginger, exotic tea, malt, fruit, and flower. really lovely, bright smell. in the taste, ginger/pepper hits first. the ginger melds with a touch of caramelly sweetness and blends with the pepper perfectly. this folds in to a healthy, caramelly malt note that is coupled with floral and fruit (apricot?) notes. it's as if these spices are meant to be in saison, and they really do evoke a feel of a fresh, bright spring morning. what a wonderful beer. medium body with a soft feel. spicy finish that fades away in a warming sensation from the ginger and pepper. overall, an amazing take on the saison style and a fantastically spiced beer. huge winner in my book.

timtim, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of ChrisCage
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

ChrisCage, Dec 02, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

StJamesGate, Jul 06, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Italian take on a Belgian saison has all kinds of complexity working in its favour. There's lots of great spice and a little fruit--banana, citrus--in the nose. It's super-crisp and refreshing on the palate, with plenty of hops mingling nicely with the addition of some herbs/spices. Great dry finish with a pleasant lasting bitterness.

CookstLiquor, Jun 08, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass nets me a four-finger thick, fluffy, off-white colored head that forms a bit of a varied surface and leaves some lacing as it slowly subsides. The beer is a orange-tinged, straw gold color that shows a clear, orange / pale amber color when held up to the light (I don't think I have ever seen a beer this exact hue before, it is quite striking). The aroma is quite nice, it is very aromatic, satisfying, even appetizing and it is a nice mix of subtle spices, pale malt and yeast character. The individual components here work together to form a quite harmonious whole, with no components really over-shadowing the other aromas. Notes of sage, hay, lemon zest, orange peel, anise, peppermint, lightly toasted wheat, herbal coriander, . The peppermint note is quite distinctive at times (really more of a toothpaste smell now that I think of it) and very interesting for a beer that does not have this added.

Dry, lightly tart and has a lightly fizzy texture all of which combine with the light body and make this beer quite quaffable. The beer has a nice backbone of spiciness that is distinctive, but not overwhelming; touches of coriander, thyme or perhaps rosemary, lemon grass, sage, mild arugula, a hint of pepper in the finish and that sort of peppermint / toothpaste note is here in the flavor as well, but I am starting to think that it is actually the chamomile that I a tasting (which makes me a bit perplexed with my palate). The malt provides a touch of palate fullness as well as lending flavors of wheat crackers, grassy grain, pale malt. As the beer warms up it picks up a hint of sweetness that accentuates some fruit notes of pear, aromatic apple, red currant and a touch of plum. Notes of clove, young ginger, a touch of spicy phenolics and the fruitiness seem mostly contributed by the fermentation character.

My second pour of this beer reinvigorates the carbonation, which adds both a touch of carbonic acid as well as a bit more of a peppery bite. This is just a very nicely balanced beer all around; it hits the spiced Saison ideal for me quite well as the spices definitely influence that character of this beer, but are not really individually noticeable and don't' detract from the other important characterizations of a quality Saison. Softly awesome, I really wouldn't have thought so much of this if I had stopped after my first 10oz, but this beer just works quite well and is thoroughly flavorful without being obvious.

Gueuzedude, Nov 29, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

BBeerL, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper/orange color. A large, bubbly, white head rises to over two fingers. The rocky foam has good retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: The nose is great. At first, spicy cinnamon, ginger and some sweet vanilla. Funky barnyard with some yeast. Hay, grass, and a lingering grapefruit aroma. Complex and excellent.
T: Follows the nose. Spicy cinnamon and ginger up front. Some sweetness. Funky barnyard flavors and plenty of hops. Grassy and floral. A light grapefruit bitterness lingers. Again, excellent.
M/D: A medium body, and dry. Though to much prickly carbonation for me. Very easy to drink. The bottle is way to small, it is gone in no time.

This is great. This has a great Saison base, and the spices really add some complexity without overpowering everything. Highly recommend if you can find a bottle.

champ103, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.)

emerge077, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nuova Mattina | 330 ml. | 5.8% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Birrificio Del Ducato
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Glass: crystal mug

Appearance:
Honey-gold with a righteous plume of angelic white.

Aroma:
A field of daisies on a summer day. It's floral, spicy, and aromatic.

Taste:
Ginger and coriander come out strong, backed by white pepper, lemongrass, and a soothing chamomile finish. It's an herbal, floral, and slightly bitter brew that I enjoyed more with a meal than without.

Mouthfeel:
Others have pointed out that Nuova Mattina falls short delivering a creamy mouthfeel. I agree. It is highly carbonated and too harsh.

Harmony:
I am very impressed by the subtlety and variety of the tastes and smells, but less so with how it feels in my mouth.

Would I get it again?:
Yes. It's an unusual, very Italian, take on the traditional Belgian Saison. However, the flavor is impeccable, and I'd love to have it again.

Bottled: ?
Served: August 12, 2011

Price = ?

BeerNemesis, Aug 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

beerhunter13, Jul 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

traumaqueen, Oct 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

bryehn, Jul 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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Nuova Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
87 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.