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Nuova Mattina | Birrificio Del Ducato

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Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato
Italy | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 07-24-2008

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Photo of jwjon1
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Listed as a saison, but I'd go assertively hopped belgian golden ale with tons of spices. I didn't get the spices listed on the bottle (ginger, coriander, green pepper, chamomile), but was overwhelmed by nutmeg. Kinda like drinking a hoppy liquid pumpkin pie. That description probably sounds off-putting, but I rather enjoyed it. I got nothing in the way of pepper spice, lemon/sourness, ginger that others note. If not for the distinctive bottle shape, based on prior notes, I would have questioned if a bottle got mislabeled. Unfortunately, there is no distinguishing batch or brewing date markings against which to compare.

Very fun beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foggy lemon with a small splash of tangerine. The static storm of fine yeast is great, as is a majestic head. The foam filled half the glass on the first pour and features a wonderfully dense, sticky texture that is perfect for festooning the glass with boatloads of gorgeous lace. Any Belgian saison would be proud to look like this.

The nose is as fresh and as bright as... a new morning. It's lightly spicy, herbal, musky, and even perfumy; all due to a list of ingredients that includes ginger, coriander, green pepper and chamomile. Those herbs and spices aren't identifiable per se, though their general characteristics are. Warming kicks the score up one notch. This should be good beer.

It's original beer, no question about it. As far as good, I need some more time to mull that one over. For starters, the mouthfeel lets down the flavor profile to some extent. NM has an acceptable light-medium heft, but needs a Belgian brewer's touch with respect to carbonation. There's very litte mouthfilling creaminess goin' on.

For whatever reason, the added ingredients are much more noticeable on the taste buds than in the nose. Ginger dominates the start, gives way to coriander at the midway point, and chamomile dominates the finish. A modest green pepper corn accent (with minor, but noticeable heat) is present from start to finish. If blinded, I could have picked out ginger and coriander, but probably not the other two.

I like the boldness of the spices and the way the flavor profile changes from start to finish. Although it isn't listed (and almost certainly isn't present), I also detect a citrusiness that is closer to Kaffir lime leaf than lemon or orange zest.

Nuova Mattina (New Morning) is both interesting and good, something that can't often be said of Italian craft beer. Unfortunately, the price, like most other high profile offerings from that country, is shockingly high. I paid $8.79 for an 11.2 oz. bottle. This is a tasty little treat, but that's highway robbery.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Converge
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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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.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky burnt orange colour. Big, fluffy, off-white head shows good retention. Lime and ginger aroma also shows floral, biscuit, and delicate pepper notes. Lime and ginger flavour up front with a delicate biscuit malt backing them. Finish is peppery with a gentle medicinal bitterness. Light-bodied with loads of fine carbonation create a mousse-like texture in the mouth. Light, complex, and spicy. A fine ale.

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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.

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Photo of BBeerL
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow color, with a generous thick tight head on the pour. The smell shows the normal saison fruit flavors and light pepper.

A wonderfully balanced beer. The orange and corriander show nice and soflt upfront. Those flavors are quickly joined by a green pepper heat that helps to bring to life the traditional sassion flovors. The chamomile shows on the finish and helps to add full and roundness to the end which helps to keep the pepper flavors under control.

A great ale, and well worth the price

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Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into a Duvel tulip, a whipped meringue foam appears, fluffy and voluminous. The body is a bright and glowing orange, with tiny unfiltered yeast particles floating within. A swirl rekindles the head, and it has a lasting effect. Bits of lace fleck the edges of the glass.

It's aroma is very fresh feeling, with flowers and chamomile herbs leading the nose. Citrus and hay, some light honey also. Very Spring-like.

Spicy taste at first, a little pepper, rose petals, and warming element of ginger possibly. I'm not a fan of ginger, but didn't mind it in this beer. Some orange zest and sun-dried straw, very quenching and refreshingly dry in the finish. An interesting medley of flavors, that push it into a more complex territory than many other Saisons. Not quite as quirky as Fantome, but it would appeal to that school of thought. Very pleasing and refreshing most of all.

(note: Reviewed when fresh, as a new arrival to the market. This beer is much more lackluster after it's been on the shelves awhile.)

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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 = ?

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass nets me a four-finger thick, fluffy, off-white colored head that forms a bit of a varied surface and leaves some lacing as it slowly subsides. The beer is a orange-tinged, straw gold color that shows a clear, orange / pale amber color when held up to the light (I don't think I have ever seen a beer this exact hue before, it is quite striking). The aroma is quite nice, it is very aromatic, satisfying, even appetizing and it is a nice mix of subtle spices, pale malt and yeast character. The individual components here work together to form a quite harmonious whole, with no components really over-shadowing the other aromas. Notes of sage, hay, lemon zest, orange peel, anise, peppermint, lightly toasted wheat, herbal coriander, . The peppermint note is quite distinctive at times (really more of a toothpaste smell now that I think of it) and very interesting for a beer that does not have this added.

Dry, lightly tart and has a lightly fizzy texture all of which combine with the light body and make this beer quite quaffable. The beer has a nice backbone of spiciness that is distinctive, but not overwhelming; touches of coriander, thyme or perhaps rosemary, lemon grass, sage, mild arugula, a hint of pepper in the finish and that sort of peppermint / toothpaste note is here in the flavor as well, but I am starting to think that it is actually the chamomile that I a tasting (which makes me a bit perplexed with my palate). The malt provides a touch of palate fullness as well as lending flavors of wheat crackers, grassy grain, pale malt. As the beer warms up it picks up a hint of sweetness that accentuates some fruit notes of pear, aromatic apple, red currant and a touch of plum. Notes of clove, young ginger, a touch of spicy phenolics and the fruitiness seem mostly contributed by the fermentation character.

My second pour of this beer reinvigorates the carbonation, which adds both a touch of carbonic acid as well as a bit more of a peppery bite. This is just a very nicely balanced beer all around; it hits the spiced Saison ideal for me quite well as the spices definitely influence that character of this beer, but are not really individually noticeable and don't' detract from the other important characterizations of a quality Saison. Softly awesome, I really wouldn't have thought so much of this if I had stopped after my first 10oz, but this beer just works quite well and is thoroughly flavorful without being obvious.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of timtim
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

orangey amber with an off white head that leaves lace. let's get to the good part... nose is ginger, exotic tea, malt, fruit, and flower. really lovely, bright smell. in the taste, ginger/pepper hits first. the ginger melds with a touch of caramelly sweetness and blends with the pepper perfectly. this folds in to a healthy, caramelly malt note that is coupled with floral and fruit (apricot?) notes. it's as if these spices are meant to be in saison, and they really do evoke a feel of a fresh, bright spring morning. what a wonderful beer. medium body with a soft feel. spicy finish that fades away in a warming sensation from the ginger and pepper. overall, an amazing take on the saison style and a fantastically spiced beer. huge winner in my book.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my I&G tulip glass....

A- I love the mini champagne style bottle with the "new morning" label on it....everything else is in Italian. The beer itself has a brilliant head on it, being several fingers thick, and it retains very well, with the dense meringue like foam sticking around for a long time. The lacing is excellent as well with a lot of soapy suds clinging to the glass. The beer itself is golden in color, and very cloudy due to the yeast left in the bottle. Overall a very delicious looking brew!

S- There is a lot going on in the aromas here. There is distinct spice and fruit aromas, along with floral notes. The spice that I find is of some clove and spicier ginger, while the fruit comes from apricot pits and overripe banana. There is some hop presence but not overwhelming. I agree with another review that there is lots going on and it is hard to pick everything out.

T- Again, there is lots happening on the palate. This is a sweet, yet spicy brew with lots of Earthiness up front. The bittering fruit pits are noticeable to provide the freshness of the beer, and there is a slightly peppery/ginger quality in the flavor that really enhances the overall flavor. It's a truly unique, yet very enticing taste that keeps me coming back for more.

M- This is a drying beer, as I feel the need to have another sip almost right after the swallow. The body is medium and the carbonation is fairly mellow....just a little more than I thought there would be but it is of a fine nature and pops on the palate delicately. The floral nature found in the aroma is noticed in the aftertaste as well, which I find contributes to the overall dryness.

O- I haven't had too many Saison style beers, but this is a great beer in my opinion. I find it to be well balanced, and think it would be an excellent beer to enjoy with a pasta dish made with a rose sauce. I really didn't think an Italian brewery, such as this one, would be able to come up with something so good! I will probably get this again in the future, but it is expensive, so it will be in moderation....however, I do need to let my beer buddies know about this one!

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a cloudy yellow / golden pour with 3 fingers of detergent-like head, nice lacing. smells of spicy belgian yeast, pepper, lemongrass.. typical saison profile with a bit of extra spicy character.. very vegetable-like!
the taste is a very strange one but delicious nonetheless! an earthy bitterness backs up a spicy overall tone. definitely taste the coriander and pepper.. the ginger is mostly in the spice.. which makes sense why it's such a nice spicy-like beer.. these are all naturally spicy on their own, blended with the belgian yeast make this fantastic! this is one of the BEST saisons i have tasted. love it, absolutely fantastic.
medium in body with high carbonation, yet still manages to have a creamy feel on the lips.

honestly, i say cough up the cash and pick this up. it is absolutely fantastic. the first beer from italy that i enjoyed thoroughly with no complaints.

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Photo of Groulxsome
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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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!

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

11.2 ounce bottle purchased at Winking Lizard in Warrensville Heights, Ohio last night for $12.00. Poured into a clean, clear pint glass by me.

A 2 inch off white head over opaque orange brown body with many "floaties" around, comprising about 5% of the liquid (a significant amount really). I love this look and I do not think that it can be improved. A side note: Love the bottom heavy bottle too!

S Wow! Great spice smells of ginger, peppers, nice soft saison background. Ineteresing and inviting. This smells like a saison with an attitude!

T GREAT spice profile in this saison carried right over from the smell to the taste. Ginger and green pepper really kick up spice profile, coriander and chamomile less noticeable. I love saisons with a big spice profile, like Great Lakes Grassroots Ale. This one cannot be improved.

M Moderate as the soft saison feel balances against the uncommonly strong spices.

D If it was free: Great! Since it cost more than one USD per ounce, not so much.

Notes: What a treat to have this (apparently) rare beer at Winking Lizard tonight. Winking Lizard continues to impress.

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Nuova Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
87 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.
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