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Nuova Mattina - Birrificio Del Ducato

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BA SCORE
87
very good

152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 8
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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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

msarver16, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of capuozzo84
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

capuozzo84, May 21, 2012
Photo of WhiteOak
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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 Kkottonmouthkngz
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off, i really hope this delivers for the rather staggering price tag of $10 for an 11.2oz. i know many italian crafts usually demand a decent toll, and it usually makes me nervous.
Pours a hazy tangerine orange wth a crest of superfine bubbles. Off the bat, its a rather attractive looking beer, so we're off to a good start.
The nose is a little restrained and muttled, at least compared to what i expected from the list of ingredients. I do get a bit of ginger zest and some perfume from the chamomile, even a bit of pepercorn heat in the depth of my nostrils. Overall nice but expected more of an onslaught.
Huge step forward on the palate with ginger and chamomile and again with peppercorn (i know its green pepper but i get more mild heat as a result). I enjoy the prickly spiciness and floral aspects that its got going on here. I have to admit, nice job on the flavors.
Theres a nice balance between a creamy mouthfeel up front followed by a carbonated punch that engulfs the entire back of my
mouth. Im left pleasantly satisfied with the flavors and zest on my
palate after each sip. The only obvious aspect holding me back from future purchases is the price tag, but this was indeed a nice beer that was thoroughly enjoyed.

Kkottonmouthkngz, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of mintjellie
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky burnt orange colour. Big, fluffy, off-white head shows good retention. Lime and ginger aroma also shows floral, biscuit, and delicate pepper notes. Lime and ginger flavour up front with a delicate biscuit malt backing them. Finish is peppery with a gentle medicinal bitterness. Light-bodied with loads of fine carbonation create a mousse-like texture in the mouth. Light, complex, and spicy. A fine ale.

mintjellie, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Converge
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Converge, May 13, 2012
Photo of IronDjinn
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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 jwjon1
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

jwjon1, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of deapokid
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Viciousknishs
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 03, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

BuckeyeNation, May 15, 2008
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

GONZALOYANNA, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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: 4.05, 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.

thehyperduck, Jun 25, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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 MaximalC
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

MaximalC, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

JohnnyBarman, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of BGDrock
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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

BGDrock, Nov 02, 2012
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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
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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
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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
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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
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Nuova Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
87 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.