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Nuova Mattina - Birrificio Del Ducato

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BA SCORE
87
very good

162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Groulxsome
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale golden with nice, soft white head.

S: Lots going on here. A little funky sourness, lots of great yeasty smells, and some clove and peppery spiciness.

T: Again, there is a lot going on! Of the front I'm getting really deep earthy spices which then give way to more mellow floral spices. The middle taste reminds me of really nice gin with just a splash of tonic, some of those quinine, juniper, and pine notes. Lots of citrus, particularly lime (I'd say lime rind, but you can imagine an elevated and natural version of the chemical taste in Bud Lite Lime) with a little of the lime sourness. It finishes up with some nice light wheat and barley grain notes, a little bitter, and an dry, slightly sour aftertaste.

M: It's highly carbonated, frothy, and creamy, while still being pretty light and refreshing.

O: A really outstanding beer. An amazingly complex array of sourness, spices, and yeastiness. It's dry and refreshing while remaining interesting and exciting. I'd compare it to a great Belgian White, meets gin and tonic (with good gin) with a huge wedge of lime, meets a dry saison. Something that merits being drank again and again.

Photo of philmen
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of fostachild
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of bryehn
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from LCBO.
Explosively carbonated, this was a foamer. Pleasant aroma, yielding corriander, some yeast and malts. Good tasting saison,mostly pepper and chamomile,and spicier than your average saison. smooth drinker outside of the carbonation. Worth a try.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brassy blonde with piles of eggshell froth that lumps quite nicely and leaves chunky trailers. Lean grain with herb, lemon peel, yeast and as another reviewer said, sage.
Fresh baguette insides with some ripe pear, a waxy bite, white pepper or maybe rocket, some geraniol, and an intricate floral and herbal tea finish that has an undertone of curry spices.
Rose petal ending and tingling dry perfumed finish. Incredibly creamy, soft, round, slightly oily and medium.

"It is surprisingly spicy due to the use of wild flowers, chamomile, coriander, green peppercorn and ginger," says the website.

The nose flips between potpourri sack and spiced candle in a happy and intriguing fashion. The body is silky as and the flavors are incredibly nuanced. The one thing I can't place is the hops, but it hardly matters.

Italian craft at its best.

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.

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of bigox420
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of msarver16
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of liamt07
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Funky shaped bottle from the LCBO, 330ml into a tulip. Due date (best before): April 15, 2013.

Hazy golden brown with a really dense, lofty white head. Great retention and lacing. Nose has lemon, citrus rind, wheat, yeast and a wee bit of spice. Perhaps a bit of tartness. Well balanced and has all the right indications that this will be a solid saison. Gentle but quite complex spicing (cloves and nutmeg?), floral, wheat and more citrus. Medium light body, with a nice texture. Carbonation is medium. A refreshing saison, cool spice character. More carbonation would've helped this pop more.

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.

Photo of LoveBeerNo7
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of andrenaline
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jrenihan
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of korguy123
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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?!

Photo of WeedKing4
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Digimaika2
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of capuozzo84
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

Nuova Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
87 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.