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Nuova Mattina - Birrificio Del Ducato

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96 Reviews
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Reviews: 96
Hads: 183
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato visit their website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-24-2008

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Photo of jrallen34
2.96/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle poured into my Darkness glass...Not a gusher but a huge tope head rises about 8 fingers with great retention, decent lacing...The beer is a medium gold that looks really good...The front of the aroma is lots of chamomile, not off to a good start in my book. That slowly fades to a musky saison backbone that has really interesting accents of green peppers and coriander. Interesting but notes I'm not in love with a lot going on...The taste is terrible, it tastes exactly like watery days old tea. A hint of green peppers show which again, is interesting but not enough so to drink this.

Not worth trying.

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Photo of BlueHammer
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a hazy golden color with a thin white head on top that basically lasted less than a minute. The smell of the beer was a little herbal and a little spicy all at the same time. It also had some interesting floral aromas too. The taste of the beer was a little odd in my opinion, I'm not sure how well the blend of ingrediants work with each other in this one. The mouthfeel of the beer is light and kind of refreshing. Overall I wouldn't buy this again because I don't think it's worth the price on the tag. I'm glad I tried it but probably will leave it alone from now on.

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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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Lightly hazy, gold body with a thin, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Spicy, fruit nose liven up the pale malts present as do notes of fresh-picked herbs and field flowers.

Taste: Pale malts and malted wheat with a dull sweetness. Very spicy throughout its entirety, you certainly can't miss that ginger in there. Pops of floral and herbal hints. Apple and apricot fruitiness. Unforgiving underlying bitterness. Dry, herbaceous, lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, engaging carbonation.

Drinkability: Even for a saison it's a bit different, I'll give it that much. Maybe it's just the ginger.

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Photo of nick76
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is very complex with yeast, malt, soap, vegetables, ginger, coriander, and leaves. The appearance is cloudy orange/gold with a very large head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth and a tad thin but helped a lot by plenty of carbonation. Overall I think the beer is unique and worth drinking.

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Photo of stcules
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light chestnut wood color. Cream color head, quite good.
The smell is very fresh: spices, hop, anise, fresh hop, camomile, flowers, even some honey.
The taste is sure hoppy, dry, with a good amount of spiciness. Honey, bitter roots.
Light to average in body, quite good dryiness, and good drinkability.
Good bitterness in the aftertaste.
After some while, the spices disappear, and rises up the hop.
Maybe a bit to balance, but a good beer.

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Photo of daftafne
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of oline73
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a mild amount of white head and some great lacing.

Smell: Very herbal and a bit perfume like. Reminds me a lot of fancy soap.

Taste: Extremely herbal, I'm not picking out many individual herbs, but there are a lot in there. Mild citrus notes and some crisp malt. There is a bitter herbal hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive, prickly carbonation and an extra dry finish.

Overall: I thought the herbal flavors covered up anything else that might have been going on. Not at all unpleasant, but taking a small step back would have been alright with me.

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Photo of 57md
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This offering was a cloudy straw color with little head and no retention.There was a definite smell of cloves upfront. This beer is very light and thin with flowery notes. Camomile is present for sure and there is cinnamon in the finish. This was interesting, but not worth the price from my perspective.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Zraly
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes:

A gold, pale, and hazy saison with a foamy white head poured into a pretty goblet. Nice nose of spice and yeast.

This hits the palate very dry, almost powdery. Nice thyme note up front. Light bodied with a "cottony" note. Cracker-like malt flavor provides the backbone, whereas the ginger, flowery, tea notes linger.

Very interesting and quite drinkable. This would be great for a sunny afternoon picnic basket lunch.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rustic and complex Belgian style ale that piles on layer after layer of flavors onto a softly malted beer that gives a distinct impression of yeast Belgain Pale Ales.

The pour delivers a very creamy and froathy pour of medium golden, light amber colors and with a significant yeasty haze. Ivory foam carries a fluid texture and is supported by steady streams of carbonation. Lot of lace and superb retention really carries the visuals.

Malt balls, yeast, dough, and a kiss of powdered sugars all give a delicate and bready scent. Appricots, white grapes, apples, and pears give a fruity impression while spicy white pepper, corriander, and ginger balance against the malt and fruit notes. Quite flowery and floral otherwise for added intrigue and interest. Lightly grainy early on, the aromas are almost ideal.

Flavors do much the same with a sweet bread, lightly biscuity malt flavor with extra emphasis on true malt flavor and yeasty brine. Lightly minerally at mid palate just before the fruity flavors play on the malt and seem to give added impression of sweetness. Balanced spices of corriander, ginger, pepper, and almost-plastic carry the late flavors for a terse flowery finish. Somewhat perfumy in aftertaste.

Very creamy and richly textured as the constant carbonation continues the fuller than expected body well past mid palate. As the creaminess fades, the slickness of chamomile coats the mouth and prevents the dryness that's expected from Belgian Ales and gives greater impression of fullness and roundness even in finish and aftertaste.

The fruity/spicy flavors all represnt what's best about Saisons, but the malty richness, moderate weight, and oily feel keeps it more in line with Belgian Pale Ales. With the added spices, the beer offers a ton of complexity and variance.

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Photo of JayQue
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grape and Gourmet has been featuring Italian beers lately. This one tasted good from a 2 oz pour at a Thursday tasting...and the bottle is cool....short and stubby with a long neck.

Looks good! Hazy straw gold color; big delicately bubbling white head; good head retention, thick lacing.

Smell is fairly mild..better as the beer warms up...lemon zest and a little funk.

Taste has all the Saison elements....lemon zest, yeasty, a little funk but the ginger is somewhat unbalanced and a bit too pronounced. Saisons should have more subtlety and the ginger overpowers the more delicate flavors a bit.

Mouthfeel is good, nicely carbonated, crisp and a bit of tartness/funkiness.

Overall pretty good but the ginger should be pulled back a little. Also $9.49 for a 11.2 oz bottle is a bit pricey.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like BB April 15, 2013

Beer is an orange-gold hue with a good sized white head. Decent retention.

Spices are the first scent to register. Pepper, clove, hard to differentiate anything else. I get a bit of a ginger scent as well. A hint of honey. Malt scent is present but hard to place- a bit bready. Muted light fruit scents.

Like the nose, the taste is focused on spice. Pepper, clove and ginger. Honey and fruit, but with a much subdued sweetness. A fairly dry beer.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Chewy.

Overall, OK. I am not a big fan of ginger flavours in beer, so that was a negative for me. Generally, to spice focused which detracts from other aspects of the beer.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/22/08. Rating #200!! On tap at the Ginger Man. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of sour fruits, wheat. Flavor of sourness, oak, tartness. Slow sipper with a heavy mouthfeel. Pretty good saison, nothing incredibly remarkable about it though.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

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Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle.

Poured a deeper and cloudy yellow color with a larger sized white head. Aromas of ginger, citrus, pepper, herbal, and fruity. Tastes of spices, floral, citrus, and herbal. Herbal all the way around. Some frothy lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 04/26/08.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle

A- Clear orange, gold hints if seen through light. Quite big head with fine and dense small bubbles. Good retention and enough lacing

S- Hoppier than expected. Fresh grass aroma, with some spicy notes underneath (sure pepper, maybe others). I'm also noticing some fruit hints, with lemon and maybe orange peel. Very lively and fresh

T- As the smell suggested malts are on the low side with a bit on an american IPA character, withouth being so bitter. Hops bring a fresh herbal feel and some light bitter undernotes (grapefruit maybe?); then spices (i still can clearly detect only pepper) bring complexity and a warming feel. More bitterness in the aftertaste. This beer is something in the middle between a Saison, a spiced beer and an IPA

M- The beer has a light body (quite too light to be fitting it's character in my opinion). It still feels enough rich on the mouth, thanks to it's smooth head and to lively carbonation on the back of the palate

O- An interesting and possibly unique take on the Saison style; peculiar but still an easy drinker. A stronger malt character would bring more complexity in my opinion

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Photo of korguy123
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle into tulip. Date on back is 01/04/13

A- Slightly hazy orange pour with a two finger creamy off white head. Lacing just gobs on the glass and won't let go.

S- Typical saison aroma of apples and pears, lemon zest and a slight peppery spice from the yeast. This one is a touch different though, a little sweeter. It smells... heavier (for lack of a better descriptor)

T- It is not your typical saison, right up front you get the apples and pears, than it makes a sharp left. There is a flower taste, almost like chewing on a dandelion. Pepper flavor not the typical spice from the yeast variety. Not as refreshing as a saison, but still decent.

M- It is a little heavier than a typical saison, slightly chewier. An abundance of carbonation without being prickly.

O- I didn't expect this to be the same as any Belgian saison I've come across but it is completely out of left field. The pepper and the flower tastes really threw me. Not bad, just not my thing. Give me a light, slightly tart and refreshing saison any day.

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Photo of qchic
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

After drinking countless beers, I figured I would give reviewing a shot. Here goes:

My bulbous bottle from Italy, as opposed to the photo, says "Nuova Mattina" across the label.

Dingy orange, cloudy, no head really, only a few translucent bubbles around the perimeter of the glass after an aggressive pour. I smell herbs, spice, fruit, tartness, and a touch of honey.

A complex saison with different layers of flavor, so I wouldn't recommend quenching your thirst with this beer as the label suggests. Also with a price tag of $8.99 for 11.2 oz., you'll want to enjoy it. I sense the ginger and green pepper, but it must be the chamomile that gives it the slickness after the spice. Some tart cherry and it all ends with dry bitterness.

Nice medium body, but carbonation was very low. Kept craving a little more prickliness.

Overall enjoyable. I wouldn't hesitate to drink this again, though the price tag will more than likely prohibit that.

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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 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 Suds
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a golden colored beer with light amber hues. It has an amazingly stable and firm white head. The liquid is a little cloudy with lots of 'floaties'. Nice aroma...lots of fresh fruity (peach, pear, apple) and spice. There's some yeast and very pale malt in the backdrop. Moderately sweet with some herbal hop character (as well as bitterness) in the mid-taste through the finish. Not exceptional for the style, but the beer was nonetheless enjoyable.

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