Nuova Mattina | Birrificio Del Ducato

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very good
201 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato
Italy
birrificiodelducato.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 07-24-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
201
Reviews:
99
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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11
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3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearnace: Produced a good finger of cloudy head that produce a slight amount of lacing but retained very well. The body is cloudy like a hefe with ample a good amount of carbonation.

Smell: Fruity, as notes of lime and orange dominate the nose to a backing of caramel malt, yeast and a touch of gingerbread. It's quite potent, but it just seems a bit overdone for some reason.

Taste: There is certainly a lime undertone to the entire beer, which is a little bit strange, given no lime was added. That being said, this is a flavour explosion. Initial notes of sour apples and pears give way to a blend of spices as pepper, corriander, ginger and a floral undertone I can't place with a fruity yeast backing which ends with some out of place earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is good, the transistioning is good, the head is good, why the average low score? The aftertaste on this one builds and cloys like crazy. The earthy hops blend in all the wrong ways with the spicing leaving an awful aftertaste.

Drinkability: Well that aftertaste has been struggling near the end of the beer, but apart from that it's pretty good. The sour lime note I particularly enjoyed, but then again I like the taste of lime so it might put off some people. Silky carbonation that knows to stay out of the way.

Final Thoughts: I would say change what hops your are using, because that seems (I think) that is bringing the only negatives to the brew. Then again, as my first Siason maybe I'm judging something wrong. This is a strange one, but I enjoyed it. It tastes like a Beligan that's been given steroids with how fruity and spicy it tastes. Thumbs up though.

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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nuova Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
3.9 out of 5 based on 201 ratings.
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