Nuova Mattina - Birrificio Del Ducato
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4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
06-11-2012 17:59:32 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
Another of the summer offerings from the LCBO...
A - Pours a hazy pale golden colour, two solid fingers of soapy beige head with solid retention and nice thick lacing.
S - Peppery spice, earthy notes, leafy greens, hints of lemon citrus rind and an a touch of cloves.
T - The cloves come through off the top, though a bit muddled amongst the lemon citrus notes and the leafy hops. Hints of spicing linger alongside some refreshing sour orange.
M - Lighter bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes surprisingly dry.
O - A tasty farmhouse with the slightest spicing to set it apart from the rest. The finish was a tad too dry for my liking, but its certainly worth a try. I hate to say it, but another win for the LCBO for this summer's seasonal release.
06-09-2012 01:34:32 | More by andrenaline
British Columbia (Canada)
4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
This Italian take on a Belgian saison has all kinds of complexity working in its favour. There's lots of great spice and a little fruit--banana, citrus--in the nose. It's super-crisp and refreshing on the palate, with plenty of hops mingling nicely with the addition of some herbs/spices. Great dry finish with a pleasant lasting bitterness.
06-08-2012 02:32:09 | More by CookstLiquor
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
06-08-2012 00:00:32 | More by spinrsx
3.58/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
06-05-2012 02:22:42 | More by jrenihan
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
06-03-2012 22:38:46 | More by korguy123
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
06-03-2012 22:32:03 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
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?!
05-26-2012 16:30:41 | More by biegaman
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
05-26-2012 02:02:12 | More by WeedKing4
4/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
05-26-2012 01:42:30 | More by Digimaika2
4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
330ml bottle poured into 13.5oz tulip.
A - Massive head froths up before I got a quarter way into the pour. A solid fist of off-white bubbles sit atop a hazy golden-copper colored brew. This is one of those beers with a fantastic rocky head of thick foam, with chunks of foam hanging off the glass and sloppy suds sticking after every sip. Lots of yeasty sediment at the bottom of the glass.
S - Fresh lemongrass, ginger, coriander and sweet grassy notes upfront. Overall really fresh and zesty feeling with lots of citrus in the forefront and mild spices to balance it nicely. Cloves, yeast, with a touch of hay and banana as well.
T - A hefty mixture of spices, citrusy character from lemongrass and coriander, with ginger spiciness and cloves balancing it out. Mild fruity tones with banana, lime, and lemon. Finishes fairly dry with subtle grassy hops balancing the sweet, fresh opening. Pronounced honey sweetness permeates the palate on the breath out. Certainly a unique twang to this Belgian-turned-Italian brew.
M - Subtle spritzy carbonation kept quite low. Light-to-medium bodied weight. Mild spice on the back-palate, with light tingly bubbles that linger with a slight sweetness.
D - A unique Belgian ale from Italy of all places. A highly drinkable beer, with a zesty twang and freshness that makes it an excellent choice after working out in the summer sun. Good stuff from Birrifcio Del Ducato, looking forward to trying more from them.
05-13-2012 00:25:35 | More by Converge
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
05-03-2012 06:03:59 | More by dbrauneis
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
03-19-2012 13:45:23 | More by rinhaak
4.05/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
03-18-2012 11:45:13 | More by GONZALOYANNA
District of Columbia
4.48/5 rDev +15.8%
orangey amber with an off white head that leaves lace. let's get to the good part... nose is ginger, exotic tea, malt, fruit, and flower. really lovely, bright smell. in the taste, ginger/pepper hits first. the ginger melds with a touch of caramelly sweetness and blends with the pepper perfectly. this folds in to a healthy, caramelly malt note that is coupled with floral and fruit (apricot?) notes. it's as if these spices are meant to be in saison, and they really do evoke a feel of a fresh, bright spring morning. what a wonderful beer. medium body with a soft feel. spicy finish that fades away in a warming sensation from the ginger and pepper. overall, an amazing take on the saison style and a fantastically spiced beer. huge winner in my book.
02-18-2012 20:36:40 | More by timtim
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
01-28-2012 01:53:24 | More by deapokid
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
01-14-2012 13:37:55 | More by Rifugium
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
12-16-2011 03:14:48 | More by wschmit
4.47/5 rDev +15.5%
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!
12-02-2011 03:39:00 | More by ChrisCage
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
11-27-2011 23:36:28 | More by peensteen
4.05/5 rDev +4.7%
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
11-27-2011 07:34:52 | More by wordemupg
Nuova Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
87 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.