Nuova Mattina - Birrificio Del Ducato

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 176
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 6.67%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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Italy

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 wschmit
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. No apparent dating.

A: Big, fine fizzy white head caps a clear, golden body. Head like Duvel, interestingly, body less pale, more bronzed. Good carbonation up through the body. Pretty.

S: Intruiging nose. It smells like a fine German lager--clean, bare malt smelt right up front. Then comes just a bit of spice, and some straw. A slightly alcoholic finish. Not quite what I expected, but not at all unpleasant.

T: Pretty good taste. Not exactly similar to a Belgian in the same style, but good nonetheless. Again, that sort of German malt profile dominates the sweetness, but there's some nice zippy clove notes. Grassy towards the end, really good. I'm very pleased with it. Different, but solid.

M: Mouthfeel is alright. A little bit cloying and sort of sticky, I think a bit more carbonation might be good.

O: Definitely worth a shot to switch things up in this category. It's not Fantome, but it's nice. Can't recall the price, but a good beer to shake up a style sometimes filled with dreary renditions. (1,054 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Funky shaped bottle from the LCBO, 330ml into a tulip. Due date (best before): April 15, 2013.

Hazy golden brown with a really dense, lofty white head. Great retention and lacing. Nose has lemon, citrus rind, wheat, yeast and a wee bit of spice. Perhaps a bit of tartness. Well balanced and has all the right indications that this will be a solid saison. Gentle but quite complex spicing (cloves and nutmeg?), floral, wheat and more citrus. Medium light body, with a nice texture. Carbonation is medium. A refreshing saison, cool spice character. More carbonation would've helped this pop more. (596 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the LCBO. Pours a very nice, hazy, dark orange with a good amount of white head. Lots of spices and grain come through in the taste. Not an overpowering spice flavour though. Very interesting offering that isn't difficult to drink. Just a crazy kind of flavour for a beer. I'd consider picking this one up again. (330 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange colour, 1.5 fingers of rocky head, good amount of lace left. Smell is yeasty and very floral, a good portion of spice, ginger is the most apparent spice in here, lots of flower presence though, some candy scents. Taste is very floral upfront followed by some yeasty points, spices come in, pepper and ginger, light orangey flavours are there, but packed with floral notes especially in the finish. Medium high active carbonation, medium body, carbonation is quite prickly though and assaults the tongue. This was a nice little beer here in a fairly odd shaped bottle, maybe the most floral beer I have ever tasted, thanks to boney for sending this little gem my way. (678 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (509 characters)

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. (572 characters)

Photo of evlu1441
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (808 characters)

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

On tap at TJs on the night that Double Jack made it Friday on a Wednesday.

The pour takes a looong time. This is all head out of the tap. Once it settles down into a reasonably proportioned beer, though, it looks pretty solid. Extremely clear, especially for a saison, and golden amber in color. There are irregular and wavy bands of lace that stick in an inconsistent pattern.

The aroma is grassy, bready, dry, and warm with peppery phenols and a hint of coriander. Somewhat muted, but the aroma does deliver in terms of depth. The taste is similar as some stonefruit esters meld with newly discovered floral notes that complement the more formidable peppery flavors nicely.

Light on the palate and very bright in terms of flavor and texture, this beer really surprised me. I haven't had a whole lot of luck with Italian craft brews, but this and the Verdi that we tried on this night both stood out as very solid. (918 characters)

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

Poured from bottle (with interesting shape) into clear wine glass. Persistent thick 2-3 finger creamy head, good retention and clumpy lacing. Color is a slightly hazy mellow gold - very eye pleasing.

Aroma is similar to a tripel - a little wild a little floral a little tart. Very fresh and refreshing smells.

Taste is crisp and dry. I think I taste some ginseng and bitter orange, even some honey? Label says ginger, coriander, green pepper, and chamomile. The brewer's combination of ingredients is sublime.

Light dry and crisp - very nice for meals or sitting under Tuscan sun.

Small 11.2oz bottle is very pricey though - why are all Italian micro-imports double or triple the price of German or Belgium micros? (718 characters)

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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Semi-hazy golden colour with a tall and puffy foam head that lingers a while and leaves a healthy amount of lacing.

S: Heavy spice aromas of clove, pepper, and faint ginger. Lemon zest, apricots, and a solid herbal/floral element. Quite varied and complex.

T: Varied spices, floral elements, grainy wheat, hint of sour lemon, tart apricots, and underlying honey notes. Pleasingly bitter with a semi-dry finish. Delicious.

M: Lighter bodied with a low-medium carbonation level. Appropriate oily character with a bit of a grainy texture.

D: A good, solid, satisfying farmhouse ale of which I'm glad I plucked a couple bottles off the shelf. Fairly respectable pricing at the LCBO also helps. (697 characters)

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. (1,212 characters)

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

Had this on tap at Max's during their Italian Fest.

Non-opaque golden color with a thin head. You can smell the herbs and wheat, as well as taste them. I'm a fan of spice wheat beers, so I liked this saison. A nice wheat flavor to it with the spices that aren't overpowering, but definitely present. The ginger is refreshing. Slight bitterness that I didn't mind at all. Overall, I think the mouthfeel and drinkability were good with this beer. Not quite as high as a good Witbier, but still similarly enjoyable. (513 characters)

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 (590 characters)

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

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. (1,155 characters)

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. (1,983 characters)

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. (1,224 characters)

Photo of deapokid
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on Saturday at The Farmer's Cabinet.

Body is an orangey-red with a dense layer of foam and light carbonation. It's still in the glass, making for a calm, but interesting first impression.

Aroma has a slight milkiness, accompanied by a dash of pepper. It's rather faint, but you can sniff out some nutmeg if you really stretch.

Powdered cinnamon, pepper and a bold, backend dryness are the main flavor components. It's really light drinking, but the sweet, buttery undercurrent is pleasant. They've dubbed this a Saison, but this feels more like a hybrid of a Belgian pale ale and a Christmas seasonal... especially with the pie spicing and maple notes. Overall, it's pretty out there, but no less delicious.

The dryness is present, but super mild, making for a light, sugary treat.

The "New Morning" moniker is accurate, because this is subtle and sweet enough to accompany pancakes at your breakfast table. Italian beer is nothing if not original. (961 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smart 330ml bottle.Oversized glass.Enjoyed many times since dec´11.Pure gold in color.Chill haze.White froth, creamy crown.Nice lacing rings.Intense floral fragancy,citric hints, slightly mint & melony hues.Mildy malty upfront. Sharp hoppy bitter flavor.Spicied & peppery notes.Flavorful medium body.Soft carbonation. Straight bitter finish.Piney aftertaste,orange touches.Refreshing & drinkable. (397 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Amis in Philadelphia.

Pours a cloudy, completely opaque dark orange color with tangerine edges and a frothy three finger pillowy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with rings and large chunks of soapy lacing.

Slghtly funky, earthy aroma with a subtle herbal character and a blast of sweet citrus. Hints of zesty pepper, coriander and clove as well as hints of orange peel and tangerine.

Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation up front along with a prominent spice character that fades as the palate adjusts. Hints of zesty pepper, ginger, and clove which are countered by an earthy herbal presence as well as some sweet citrus. It's also a touch floral with hints of orange peel, tangerine and mango. Pretty complex with subtle funk making this beer very quaffable. Paired really well with my meal. I enjoyed thus much more on draft than in the bottle. (927 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another funky 330ml stubby long neck poured into pint glass 26/11/11

A hazy golden yellow with shitloads of sediment floating around, big bone white head sits for a few minuets leaving a couple specks of lace

S very floral with some ginger and spice, the nose is huge with even a little bubblegum of all things, I can't even place half of whats going on here but I do pick up on some yeast

T not as big as the nose but still very nice, peppery flavor I didn't smell and I`m wondering if there`s actually flowers inside this stuff

M light and fluffy from the bubbles and a perfumery aftertaste

O pretty nice stuff and a bit of a surprise too me, quite floral but it worked for me

pricy but I don`t feel ripped off but I doubt I`ll buy a second with so many other offerings around here I`ve yet to try (806 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (655 characters)

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. (1,269 characters)

Photo of jwjon1
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Listed as a saison, but I'd go assertively hopped belgian golden ale with tons of spices. I didn't get the spices listed on the bottle (ginger, coriander, green pepper, chamomile), but was overwhelmed by nutmeg. Kinda like drinking a hoppy liquid pumpkin pie. That description probably sounds off-putting, but I rather enjoyed it. I got nothing in the way of pepper spice, lemon/sourness, ginger that others note. If not for the distinctive bottle shape, based on prior notes, I would have questioned if a bottle got mislabeled. Unfortunately, there is no distinguishing batch or brewing date markings against which to compare.

Very fun beer. (643 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foggy lemon with a small splash of tangerine. The static storm of fine yeast is great, as is a majestic head. The foam filled half the glass on the first pour and features a wonderfully dense, sticky texture that is perfect for festooning the glass with boatloads of gorgeous lace. Any Belgian saison would be proud to look like this.

The nose is as fresh and as bright as... a new morning. It's lightly spicy, herbal, musky, and even perfumy; all due to a list of ingredients that includes ginger, coriander, green pepper and chamomile. Those herbs and spices aren't identifiable per se, though their general characteristics are. Warming kicks the score up one notch. This should be good beer.

It's original beer, no question about it. As far as good, I need some more time to mull that one over. For starters, the mouthfeel lets down the flavor profile to some extent. NM has an acceptable light-medium heft, but needs a Belgian brewer's touch with respect to carbonation. There's very litte mouthfilling creaminess goin' on.

For whatever reason, the added ingredients are much more noticeable on the taste buds than in the nose. Ginger dominates the start, gives way to coriander at the midway point, and chamomile dominates the finish. A modest green pepper corn accent (with minor, but noticeable heat) is present from start to finish. If blinded, I could have picked out ginger and coriander, but probably not the other two.

I like the boldness of the spices and the way the flavor profile changes from start to finish. Although it isn't listed (and almost certainly isn't present), I also detect a citrusiness that is closer to Kaffir lime leaf than lemon or orange zest.

Nuova Mattina (New Morning) is both interesting and good, something that can't often be said of Italian craft beer. Unfortunately, the price, like most other high profile offerings from that country, is shockingly high. I paid $8.79 for an 11.2 oz. bottle. This is a tasty little treat, but that's highway robbery. (1,998 characters)

Nuova Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
87 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.