Nuova Mattina - Birrificio Del Ducato

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very good

176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato visit their website
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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Ratings: 176 | Reviews: 95
Photo of dirtylou
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

drinkability: fine

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.

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.

Photo of ATPete
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of jwjon1
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of nick76
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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)

Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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.)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of daftafne
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of BlueHammer
2.98/5  rDev -23%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of qchic
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of BBeerL
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
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

Photo of stcules
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
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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Nuova Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
87 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.