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Nuova Mattina - Birrificio Del Ducato

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BA SCORE
87
very good

165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-24-2008

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Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 John_M
3.8/5  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.

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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 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 wordemupg
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

Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottles passed at Brasserie V at a recent tasting

appearance: darkest of the saisons we had - murky dark straw body, thick beige head

smell: green peppercorns, ginger, chamomile and corriander. A strangely spiced saison for sure...

taste: green peppercorn provides a light amount of heat, chamomile evident in the finish. Ginger and corriander provide a nice flavor twist. Interesting, but after the fantome, thats about all it was

mouthfeel: boldly spiced but drinkable

drinkability: fine

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jrallen34
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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 stcules
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light chestnut wood color. Cream color head, quite good.
The smell is very fresh: spices, hop, anise, fresh hop, camomile, flowers, even some honey.
The taste is sure hoppy, dry, with a good amount of spiciness. Honey, bitter roots.
Light to average in body, quite good dryiness, and good drinkability.
Good bitterness in the aftertaste.
After some while, the spices disappear, and rises up the hop.
Maybe a bit to balance, but a good beer.

Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper/orange color. A large, bubbly, white head rises to over two fingers. The rocky foam has good retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: The nose is great. At first, spicy cinnamon, ginger and some sweet vanilla. Funky barnyard with some yeast. Hay, grass, and a lingering grapefruit aroma. Complex and excellent.
T: Follows the nose. Spicy cinnamon and ginger up front. Some sweetness. Funky barnyard flavors and plenty of hops. Grassy and floral. A light grapefruit bitterness lingers. Again, excellent.
M/D: A medium body, and dry. Though to much prickly carbonation for me. Very easy to drink. The bottle is way to small, it is gone in no time.

This is great. This has a great Saison base, and the spices really add some complexity without overpowering everything. Highly recommend if you can find a bottle.

Photo of rudzud
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold with major head and lace with a fruity bouquet for an aroma along with some yeast and touch of sweet malt. Smooth, light, well carbonated and spicy so there's a crispness to this beer. Balances with the candi sugar sweetness that is in there. Not as strong or flavorful as some saisons, but a citric hop bite that is lowkey mixes with some sour pear/white grape and hint of tropical fruit tastes. An easy to drink session beer that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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

A: Pours a hazy gold with a puffy, pillowy white head. Little chunks of yeast can be seen gathering at the bottom of the glass.

S: Soft and spicy on the nose with aromas of biscuit, caramel, Belgian ale yeast, coriander, grassy hops, and ginger. I'm not really picking up the green pepper or the chamomile.

T: Notes of green apple, unripened pear, green pepper, mild ginger, coriander, chamomile, lemon, bitter orange, spicy yeast, grass, biscuit, caramel, and honey wash across the palate. The finish is smooth and lingering with a pleasant combination of spicy Belgian ale yeast, pepper, biscuit, and orchard fruit.

M: Light in body, chalky, firm, and very dry. Carbonation is just intense enough to keep all of the spice flavors from running rampant. This is very drinkable for an ale of nearly 6.0% abv.

O: Having been somewhat disappointed by Birrificio del Ducato's Via Emelia (not a bad pilsner by any stretch, but it was perhaps built up too much by those who recommended it to me) and then impressed by Chimera, I can say that Nuova Mattina is an excellent take on a Belgian saison. The decidedly nontraditional spice flavors really work in this beer. A great effort overall from a brewery to watch.

Photo of drpimento
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
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!

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangey amber with a massive, growing head that is threatening to turn into a mushroom cloud.
Nose shows ginger, citrus fruits, floral characters, tea and doughy yeasty notes. Also some green herbal notes.
Flavours focus on ginger but also show herbal, spicy hops.Some soft malt underneath. Pretty easy drinking stuff.
Too much carbonation.

Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Reviewed on 6/22/08. Rating #200!! On tap at the Ginger Man. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of sour fruits, wheat. Flavor of sourness, oak, tartness. Slow sipper with a heavy mouthfeel. Pretty good saison, nothing incredibly remarkable about it though.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

Photo of hopdog
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle.

Poured a deeper and cloudy yellow color with a larger sized white head. Aromas of ginger, citrus, pepper, herbal, and fruity. Tastes of spices, floral, citrus, and herbal. Herbal all the way around. Some frothy lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 04/26/08.

Photo of Suds
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a golden colored beer with light amber hues. It has an amazingly stable and firm white head. The liquid is a little cloudy with lots of 'floaties'. Nice aroma...lots of fresh fruity (peach, pear, apple) and spice. There's some yeast and very pale malt in the backdrop. Moderately sweet with some herbal hop character (as well as bitterness) in the mid-taste through the finish. Not exceptional for the style, but the beer was nonetheless enjoyable.

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.

Photo of markgugs
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

Nuova Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
87 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.