Nuova Mattina
Birrificio Del Ducato

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From:
Birrificio Del Ducato
 
Italy
Style:
Saison
Ranked #621
ABV:
5%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,319
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 10.31%
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
106
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 15, 2021
Added:
Jul 24, 2008
Wants:
  11
Gots:
  20
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
My copy of New Morning is not current. This copy seems over-the-hill and down-the-slippery slope and, thus, makes it hard to rate and review compared to other saisons... most of who are drunk in their first year. But, I can see why many other reviewers like Nuova. It has an energetic use of ginger and other herbs; plus a true display of wheat and, probably, other non-barley grain variants... and knows enough that coriander helps that mixed malt bill. Drank Mattina with pizza from Bonci, an Italian chain with an outlet in Chicago. All good.

So, I have to give Ducato credit. I also owe them a micro-review, despite this my third from them (the other two were on the "1001" list.) But, I confess my prejudice against Italian ales in that they are not as good a value as I can get from Belgium. Nonetheless I go on Ducato's website and see that they have a collaboration with Duvel Moortgat for 15 years and will be distributing DM products in Italy next year. All good; given the high esteem I place for DM and how they let their brewers create and DM helps them spread the gospel, so to speak. So, I hope all this means that I can get more current ales from Ducato since, I'd suspect, the DM relations are reciprocal in the U.S.
Nov 15, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by archero from Texas

Oct 26, 2020
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
L — Pours a very slightly hazy golden orange body with 1.5 fingers of thick white head produced with moderate pour. Good retention and great lacing
S — Wildflower honey, chamomile, grassy hop, hint of vanilla
T — Again, lots of wildflower honey and chamomile, with a mild herbaceous/grassy hop bite to round things out. Not really getting any ginger or green pepper spiciness, which might be due to the age of this bottle. Still quite tasty
F — Light mouthfeel, medium carb. Very easy drinking and refreshing. Reminds me of a pilsner
O — Really unique beer that almost comes across as more of a gruit than a hopped ale. Quite shelf stable.

81/100
Mar 19, 2019
 
Rated: 3.88 by Knickfan3 from New York

Jul 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Riik3 from Illinois

Dec 30, 2017
 
Rated: 3.55 by ccrida from Oregon

Sep 24, 2017
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Reviewed by Libeertarian from Montana

4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25
From notes taken 04/29/17:

Dark but dull opaque yellow, similar to but more haze than your average Hefe. And plenty of yeasty dregs on the bottom. Light lemon-white head of fizzy froth, leaving walls and then berms of lace wherever it swirls. Good retention and keeps a filmy layer for the duration. In bottle, smells like sagebrush, in glass like ginger, banana pudding, yogurt, lemon or orange zest, faintly spicy yeast, approaching pumpkin spice even. Palate is basically a gingerbread — with extra ginger — spice Hefeweizen. Floral and spicy, might even detect the earthiness of green peppers. Coriander is subtle and could be mistaken for anything else in this. Heavy on the banana for what it is, moderate on the doughy wheat and yeast notes but it’s a wonderful balance. Not as close to your average Saison in terms of spiciness or appearance. Lower end of medium in body, creamy, with abundant and fine but loose sudsy carbonation. Flattens fast.
Jul 27, 2017
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
**
06/30/17
Vetri , Philadelphia, PA
Beer pairing with Tasting Menu

4/6

Cloudy yellow, big white head.
Strong and spicy. Coriander finish is interesting. Paired with Mafaldini pasta in Pork Ragu.

**
Jul 01, 2017
 
Rated: 4.61 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Jun 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.87 by Beer-Ed from Netherlands

Aug 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by steverx8 from England

May 14, 2016
 
Rated: 3.79 by Fabianno from Brazil

May 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.8 by redliner8 from Pennsylvania

May 04, 2016
 
Rated: 3.56 by marcrech from Brazil

Apr 24, 2016
 
Rated: 3.85 by geofort78 from Brazil

Apr 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by d_kizzle from California

Apr 15, 2016
 
Rated: 3.89 by DaPan from Canada (ON)

Mar 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.02 by Walbert_Neto from Brazil

Mar 14, 2016
 
Rated: 3.95 by BrazilianAussie from Brazil

Mar 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.57 by IrishColonial from Texas

Mar 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.78 by SafeBet from Italy

Feb 19, 2016
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle picked up back east. Lots of aroma, flowery, buttery, savory herbs. Taste is more subdued, flowers, abrupt finish. Light body, medium airy head.
Jan 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by ConradKenney from Maryland

Jan 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.69 by shelby415 from Oregon

Dec 23, 2015
 
Rated: 3.72 by McMatt7 from Pennsylvania

Oct 29, 2015
 
Rated: 3.93 by wethorseblanket from California

Oct 26, 2015
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Reviewed by Kurmaraja from California

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Italy definitely has a unique approach to brewing and flavor combinations; very culinary and almost always interesting, unique. This is no exception. Beautiful hazy yellow pour with an abundant creamy head that lingers. The nose has a bisquity backdrop, a rich mix of grains, on top of which a musty but piquant spice hovers ... I wouldn't have called out ginger or green pepper without knowing, but they make sense when I think about the overall impression. Body is light but creamy. A truly delicious beer.
Sep 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.93 by NateF90 from Connecticut

Aug 24, 2015
 
Rated: 3.91 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Aug 16, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by krome from Illinois

Aug 10, 2015
 
Rated: 4.34 by ricoslim from Florida

Aug 10, 2015
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
awesome beer, apparently brewed with green peppercorns and ginger and coriander and maybe some other interesting things. none of that really comes out too heavy in the beer, which is what i like best about it. its a saison in the truest sense, nice wheaty base and a real summery vibe to it, but its not as funky as i though, especially coming from these guys. i know they do they lambic blended one with 3f, and thats awesome too, i had them back to back, but i did expect at least some more bretty weirdness. the brett in it seems quite mild, and it grows on me as i sip on it. the ginger is there a little bit up front, but other than that all the extra stuff is subtle, until the coriander really turns on in the finish. expert carbonation and lots of fluffy textured body from all the wheat, a really uncommon feature, it feels almost thick, even with all the bubbles. especially well balanced and accented at various times through the drink, pleasing in its own right, and not totally in need of the lambic, but i have to say i prefer the beersel edition, one of the most compelling beers ive had this year, although this simpler version should not be overlooked. very very special, one of the best examples of the style from an italian brewer i have encountered.
Jun 19, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by Highbury09 from North Carolina

Jun 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.79 by SocalKicks from California

Jun 01, 2015
 
Rated: 3.6 by Corson from Canada (AB)

Apr 28, 2015
 
Rated: 4.17 by Pxlwix from Texas

Apr 05, 2015
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Reviewed by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
A beauty. Had on tap at Brigantessa in South Philly. Pours a beautiful hazy yellow with hefty head that dies soon, leaving some lacing. Spring in a glass!

The smell is not as powerful as the looks- subdued nose with some funk, acidity, barn aromas, day-old milk and a rainy day in the country.

The taste is on point- all the brightness, acidity and weirdness you expect from a saison/sour. Perhaps a bit low-key, but oh-so-refreshing and delicious. Notes of pineapple and lemon peel plus some pomelo.

The mouthfeel is big on tartness and spice, could use a little more body but it is fine alright.

Overall, I love this brew. It may not have, as a previous reviewer said before, the depth or complexity yoy expect in this kind of ale, but it is so drinkable and gorgeous.

Were it not for the price ($13 a glass, minus $2 happy hour), I'd drink this all day.
Apr 02, 2015
 
Rated: 3.87 by Sathanas from Canada (AB)

Mar 29, 2015
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Reviewed by SLeffler27 from New York

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
An Offero glass contains this hazy, golden-orange (SRM 5-6) beer. The frothy, white head builds to one-half inch before dropping to a thin blanket.

Spices are herbal sweet with orange, light perfume, and musky yeast.

Flavors are subtle with a blend of sweet to sour to bitter in that order. Apple with ginger forms a spicy foreground, while coriander and lemon develop as it warms. The finish is long and bitter.

Carbonation is explosive from this medium bodied beer, while alcohol is light in the dry, scratchy texture.

This one is close to the style guidelines, however, just short on the character and depth one would expect. I would be pleased to try it again on a warm spring day, but, alas, that appears to be far into the future this year.
Mar 22, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by Axnjxn from North Carolina

Mar 16, 2015
Nuova Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 207 ratings