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Nuova Mattina - Birrificio Del Ducato

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 180
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (1,800 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml elegant mini champagne bottle - just 'New Morning' around here, i miei amici.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow 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 a gritty pale malt sweetness, white pepper, and 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 rounding things out.

The carbonation is reserved in its fizzy and frothy bite, the body an adequate medium weight, and somewhat creamy in its otherwise undeniable smoothness. It finishes just a tad off-dry, the grain still overseeing a dance floor populated with sassy yeast, fruit, indistinct table pepper dust, and wallflower hops.

A decent saison, the Euro-feel is certainly there, but not gone too far south as the production origins would suggest. Funkier than usual, style-wise, but not exactly George Clinton territory, amirite? Lots going on, and a promising offering from this upstart brewery from la terra del vino. (1,271 characters)

Photo of WhiteOak
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (855 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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 = ? (970 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of evlu1441
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (873 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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 (1,138 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.55/5  rDev -9%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (927 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (918 characters)

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (1,239 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Italian brewers give me the impression that they love spices. Nuovo Mattina, made with ginger, coriander, green pepper, and chamomile, examplifies that. The cap is off, so on to the beer:

Hazy tangerine color with whispy lace and head give the first impression of the beer. The second impression is the smell; what will that give? It's interesting, but mind you, the same could be said for other saisons. There's a little bubblegum and green pepper (which at first I though I smelled roasted peanuts), and finally a trace of corinader. That's half the spices; I guess that's okay. I'm hoping there's more in the taste.

Part saison, part spiced beer. Sure, saisons can be spicy, but the added spices are giving this beer a mind of its own. A sweet citrus flavor and faint gum create the canvas which the spices will paint on. I'm definately picking up the first three spices listed, all subtle, with the green pepper being most distinct. The one chink in the armor is its mouthfeel; very light and almost watery. On the other hand, it does seem to help the drinkability.

Do you like spiced beer? If not, then Novo Mattina may not be for you. If so, then give this four spice beer a try. Imagine the food pairings that are possible. (1,234 characters)

Photo of clickpush
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
2.96/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle poured into my Darkness glass...Not a gusher but a huge tope head rises about 8 fingers with great retention, decent lacing...The beer is a medium gold that looks really good...The front of the aroma is lots of chamomile, not off to a good start in my book. That slowly fades to a musky saison backbone that has really interesting accents of green peppers and coriander. Interesting but notes I'm not in love with a lot going on...The taste is terrible, it tastes exactly like watery days old tea. A hint of green peppers show which again, is interesting but not enough so to drink this.

Not worth trying. (620 characters)

Photo of cpanossian
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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? (718 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle, into a white wine glass,

A: Pours a cloudy medium orange with a frothy rocky white head, good retention, great lace, with almost a champagne like fizz look.

S: Green pepper dominates, very earthy (coriander), hint of flowers. Smells like a spring meadow really.

T: Ginger upfront, earthy center, and dominated by the green pepper on the back end. Definitely unique, a hard beer to describe.

M: Crisp, fairly light-bodied, medium earthy aftertaste, pretty smooth.

D: A weird beer, but once I got into it, I quite enjoyed it. I lowered the drinkablity, just because of its nature, something to contemplate on each sip. Pricey at $6, but it's definitely an experience from this Italian brewer. (712 characters)

Photo of Richardberg
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into a tulip. Hazy medium orange. Not much head, but it's quite thick, with good retention.

S - pretty much like the label says: lots of ginger, some coriander, lemonade, bit of peppery yeast.

T - spices are still present, but the overall brew lacks backbone. Very pale malts, and not enough of them. Much closer to a white ale that happens to be yeasty than a typical Belgian-style saison. Still tasty, though. Well balanced throughout, finishing slightly sweet yet dry.

M - pleasant body for such a light tasting beer. not much in the way of fizz. what carbonation does remain adds to the creamy texture, which is nice, but I'd expect more action up front on the tongue with a light beer.

D - very drinkable. Not my favorite, but well worth a try if you have the chance. (787 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Why, this is just amazing beer!!! Kind of blows me away. Way different than anticipated. Commercial description is very accurate. Poured with a huge, fluffy, foamy, frothy, off white head that lasts and some lace. Color is like tea with a spot of milk in it - very hazy to almost cloudy amber. Aroma is malt, spice, herbs, yeast. Flavor is much larger - I can taste each of the listed components plus some sweetness that balances the carbonic acid perfectly. I can drink the hell outta this beer. Body is excellent: mouth filling in the density and yet the carbonation is right where I like it. Finish is dry and bitter enough to not be cloying and yet the sweetness just makes me smile. Whoa is this good! (706 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

This beer pours fairly light gold color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is impressive, showing honey, white pepper and considerable clove. Flavors replicate the nose pretty close, though the beer is a bit lighter then I was expecting. Still, I appreciate how the modest sweetness is countered very nicely by the spice and hoppy bitterness. The finish is crisp, clean and dry. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a fairly long finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though the amount of spice in this beer makes drinking it down rather slow going.

Nevertheless, this is a pretty impressive saison style beer from Del Ducato. (679 characters)

Photo of Perrumpo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's during their Italian Fest.

Non-opaque golden color with a thin head. You can smell the herbs and wheat, as well as taste them. I'm a fan of spice wheat beers, so I liked this saison. A nice wheat flavor to it with the spices that aren't overpowering, but definitely present. The ginger is refreshing. Slight bitterness that I didn't mind at all. Overall, I think the mouthfeel and drinkability were good with this beer. Not quite as high as a good Witbier, but still similarly enjoyable. (513 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (509 characters)

Nuova Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
87 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.