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Nuova Mattina - Birrificio Del Ducato

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BA SCORE
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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Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Poured from the bottle into a flute glass, a somewhat cloudy golden yellow, with a huge puff of frothy white head that renewed itself on every pour. Tons of Champagne-like fizzy carbonation. Aroma was grassy with hints of spice. Very crisp on the tongue, flavors of fresh grass, light yeast, peppercorns and ginger, and lemon zest, with an underlying earthiness. Very nice. Light, not quite medium-bodied, and quite an easy drinker overall.

Rifugium, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This morning's weather calls for overcast skies: Nuova Mattina's honey-golden color is smoggy while a huge, cottony cloud looms overhead. But there is some sun in the forecast: the liquid brightens intensely when held into the light. Its body never quite rids itself of the mist enveloping it, but still somehow manages to look radiant.

Though Italian, this beer smells like it's been hanging out with a group of Belgians. It has an overpowering yeastiness that with it carries notes of oven-fresh bread, but also earthy herbals and spicy phenols. Although a bit musty, the bouquet has an invigorating and inescapable lemongrass-like zest. Biscuit-y malt is strongly noted too.

The beer contains a fruity persona that falls somewhere between an orange and lemon. The citrus (and acidity of) is blunted, however, by a huge presence of toasted, biscuity malts - four different grains (three malted) in all. It's really bready and biscuity, with an oatmeal-like flavor and thickness. Though hardly sweet, this is one malty son-of-a-gun.

In all this talk about grains, the spices (ginger, coriander, green peppercorns and chamomile) go largely unnoticed. Of all those ingredients, the only one I can honestly claim to have noticed (before knowing what exactly was in there) is the chamomile; there is a strong flavor of dried flowers. And maybe, on second thought, the coriander and ginger too, though they aren't appreciated with obviousness the way they tend to be.

With its barnyard mustiness and strong yeastiness - not to mention the use of barley, wheat, rye and oats - a more true example of a farmhouse ale is hard to find. Nevermind that it comes from Italy; they have farms there too. Besides, are you really surprised that the Italians - a nation of gastronomes - turned out so capable at crafting delicious beer?!

biegaman, May 26, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for around 4$

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with an above average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, citrus, coriander/cloves, yeast

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with citrus and some faint yeast. There is also some clove and ginger flavour mixed with a peppery spiciness and some caramel. It finishes with a spicy and lightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Definitely an above average saison. There are some nice complex flavours that keep the beer interesting throughout the glass. Not something that I'd go out my way to have again, but still a beer that I'm glad I chance to try.

spinrsx, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of clickpush
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle to wine glass. Beautiful orange body capped by white head. Lots of carbonation. Smells fresh AND refreshing. Cracked peppercorn, lemongrass, orange zest. Spicy ginger (perhaps thanks to the label), fresh cut grass. Very high carbonation, dry finish. Lingering spicy notes. Honey, spring blossoms, Key lime. Lovely. Refreshing. Warming after feel.

clickpush, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of ATPete
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great custom bottle design.

Nuova Mattina pours a bright yellow/orange color with some haze and a small but sturdy head. Nose of apricot, huskey grain, nutmeg, rye and multigrain cereal. Light in body with some fruity, bitter and herbal hop characteristics. No alcohol presence. Refreshing and very drinkable. A well made and very enjoyable twist on the style.

ATPete, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of rinhaak
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring a bright orange-gold with a crazy 2.5 finger head that lingers for the entire glass, Nuova Mattina is bright and refreshing to the eyes, nose, and mouth. Floral aromas with lots of honey, clove, belgian yeasts, biscuit, and hints of hibiscus waft from the glass and greet the nose.

Is it unusual to equate the taste of a beer to sunshine? Well, this is that bright and forward. There are present flavors of honey and coriander, as well as a subtle spiciness of pepper and hops. And ever so vaguely in the background, one can taste a small amount of ginger.

Overall a well made beer that is balanced and fun to drink. Recommended.

rinhaak, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Carnevino (Venetian) in Las Vegas, NV

A: Pours a hazy bright golden orange in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy off-white head that dissipates but never completely disappears, leaving a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of ginger, green pepper, coriander, and tea combine with the pale malts and floral hops. There is a slight sweetness in the smell as if from honey.

T: The taste starts with the pale malts, followed by just a hint of the honey sweetness but leaves you with wonderful herbal flavors - specifically the coriander and green pepper with a subtle hint of ginger and tea. Subtle spiciness and just a hint of bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Quite dry in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and certainly one that I would like to have again. The flavors and smell were spot on for the style. The herb notes really complemented the flavor and the smell.

dbrauneis, May 03, 2012
Photo of Nickls
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a very generous pure white almost whipped cream like head that holds very nicely but some spotty lacing; very hazy darker marigold, almost orange, hue.

Aroma has quite a few different fruit notes happening; apricot and some apple; a little earthy and yeasty as well with a faint grassy hoppiness; becomes more woody as it warms. Taste is not nearly as fruity as suggested in the aroma, and comes out a bit tart, yeasty, and I swear almost a little funky (if ever so slightly); bit of a citric finish. Really nice stuff, snappy and a little murky at the same time. MF is thinner to medium with just the right amount of spritzier carbonation, and the body is actually quite chalky which was not optimal for me. Really fantastic on the drinkability scale. Interesting movement of flavors, and certainly a well-crafted brew. Very easy to quaff, and a really good example of the style. Nice stuff.

Nickls, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Belmont Party.

Poured hazy orange color with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate yeasty spice and fruit aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture, soft carbonation and large particles. Medium to heavy sweet&sour citrus flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration.

Solid refreshing beer.

tmoneyba, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of wschmit
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

wschmit, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

liamt07, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of WeedKing4
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

WeedKing4, May 26, 2012
Photo of peensteen
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

peensteen, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

GreesyFizeek, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of evlu1441
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

evlu1441, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

NittanyBeerFan, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of NJBeer265
4/5  rDev +3.4%

NJBeer265, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev +3.4%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of JReites
4/5  rDev +3.4%

JReites, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of disemgrowler
4/5  rDev +3.4%

disemgrowler, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of cpanossian
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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?

cpanossian, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Leafsj
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Leafsj, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +3.4%

BillRoth, Dec 08, 2013
Nuova Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
87 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.