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Nuova Mattina - Birrificio Del Ducato

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BA SCORE
87
very good

156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
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 deapokid
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

deapokid, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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 wschmit
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

wschmit, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of ChrisCage
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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
Photo of peensteen
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

peensteen, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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

wordemupg, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of 57md
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

57md, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Knapp85, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Lion's Pride while on a beerventure.

A - Poured into a tulip a clear light gold with a two finger white head that leaves heavy side lacing.

S - LOTS of honey on the nose. It dominated with sweet malts, carmel, and honey. Light lemon too.

T - More honey overwhelms the taste. There are light belgian saison yeast notes, but for the most part the saison is wiped out by the honey.

M - Very underwhelming. The mouthfeel is rather thin and watery/flat.

O - I enjoyed this as a beer, but as a saison...not too sure. Really, really liked the honey notes, but it destroyed most of the good aspects of a saison.

rudzud, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of Zraly
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

Zraly, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml elegant mini champagne bottle.

This beer pours a hazy pale golden hue, with a teeming, overflowing cavalcade of foamy white head, which, upon eventually settling, leaves a pockmarked limestone profile of lace around the glass. It smells like a cross between tropical fruit salad and mildly funky white Italian cheese, with some mild earthy drying hoppiness. The taste is rather multifaceted - grainy malt, some savoury spice - nutmeg and cardamom, with a twinge of black pepper, a bit of musty, yeasty funk, and leafy, earthy hops round it out. The carbonation is reserved in its bite, the body medium weight, and somewhat creamy in its undeniable smoothness. It finishes just a tad off-dry, the grain still overseeing a dance floor populated with sassy yeast, fruit, and wallflower hops.

A decent saison, the Euro-feel is there, but not gone too far south as the production origins would suggest. Funkier than usual, style-wise, but not exactly George Clinton territory. Lots going on, a promising offering from this upstart brewery from the land of vino.

biboergosum, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of WhiteOak
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was very interesting, and was especially lively on tap.

A- Med/light golden color with a white head.

S- An odd sounding, but ultimately intriguing aromatic combination of cheesy funk, tropical flowers, lemon zest, malt and coriander.

T- Fresh lemony tartness and sweet maltiness are balanced perfectly upon a tightrope of coriander, ginger, and pepper spices.

M, D- Clean, balanced. The flavor is alluring and calls you back for more. A wonderful choice if you want something different.

WhiteOak, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of IronDjinn
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a very cool teardrop shaped 330 ml brown bottle. Pours out a cloudy apricot hue, tall spongy white head with excellent retention.

Aroma is complex. Picking up notes of dry peppercorn, passionfruit, papaya, pineapple, pear skins, tangerine rind, grapefruit rind.

Up front in the flavour is gingerbread, then the ginger breaks away on its own earthy self, and the cinnamon shortly follows suit. Nutmeg, clove and black pepper appear in the middle. A leafy astringency picks up in the middle and builds towards the finish, strongly hinting at a healthy hop presence. Dry spice and herbal bitterness linger on in the aftertaste.

Medium-light mouthfeel, creamy smooth texture, with low carbonation.

A very unique Saison to be sure, the phenols and esters are working their mojo, the star of this show is definitely the yeast as it shows off its goods.

IronDjinn, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

oline73, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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
Photo of JayQue
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

JayQue, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of evlu1441
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

evlu1441, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Viciousknishs
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazey golden color with a finger of white fluffy head. Sticky amazing lacing with some decent retention.

S- lots of tea like herbal qualities up front that blends into an awesome floral characteristic. The corriander stands out at first. Finishes spicy with the ginger and green pepper hightening it and balancing the herbal/floral aromas without diminishing it. Great nose!

T- floral flavors up front with a nice dry malt flavor. Herbal flavors intertwine with the coriander coming out nicely. Herbal spiciness on the finish with the green pepper and Ginger giving it an awesome palate cleansing quality.

MF- quenching grainy mouthfeel with a medium body and active fine champagne like carbonation.

D- with all the stuff put in this beer you think it would be a mess... It's not. Everything supports the other flavors making this complex and very drinkable.

Viciousknishs, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance; light orange in color with a one finger head that lasts a long time. Thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: spicy, peppery, and some grassy qualities are nice overall.

Taste: grass, pepper, spicy yeast, lemon zest, some orange, and a nice hop presence create a nice flavored saison.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish with a hint of dryness late.

Overall: on tap this beer really came through with some bold flavors and was nicely refreshing. This beer was very easy to drink too.

Gavage, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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

Cozzatoad, May 23, 2011
Photo of zaphodchak
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

zaphodchak, May 15, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

corby112, May 09, 2011
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

NittanyBeerFan, Apr 14, 2011
Nuova Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
87 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.