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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 07-24-2008

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a hazy golden color with a thin white head on top that basically lasted less than a minute. The smell of the beer was a little herbal and a little spicy all at the same time. It also had some interesting floral aromas too. The taste of the beer was a little odd in my opinion, I'm not sure how well the blend of ingrediants work with each other in this one. The mouthfeel of the beer is light and kind of refreshing. Overall I wouldn't buy this again because I don't think it's worth the price on the tag. I'm glad I tried it but probably will leave it alone from now on.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rustic and complex Belgian style ale that piles on layer after layer of flavors onto a softly malted beer that gives a distinct impression of yeast Belgain Pale Ales.

The pour delivers a very creamy and froathy pour of medium golden, light amber colors and with a significant yeasty haze. Ivory foam carries a fluid texture and is supported by steady streams of carbonation. Lot of lace and superb retention really carries the visuals.

Malt balls, yeast, dough, and a kiss of powdered sugars all give a delicate and bready scent. Appricots, white grapes, apples, and pears give a fruity impression while spicy white pepper, corriander, and ginger balance against the malt and fruit notes. Quite flowery and floral otherwise for added intrigue and interest. Lightly grainy early on, the aromas are almost ideal.

Flavors do much the same with a sweet bread, lightly biscuity malt flavor with extra emphasis on true malt flavor and yeasty brine. Lightly minerally at mid palate just before the fruity flavors play on the malt and seem to give added impression of sweetness. Balanced spices of corriander, ginger, pepper, and almost-plastic carry the late flavors for a terse flowery finish. Somewhat perfumy in aftertaste.

Very creamy and richly textured as the constant carbonation continues the fuller than expected body well past mid palate. As the creaminess fades, the slickness of chamomile coats the mouth and prevents the dryness that's expected from Belgian Ales and gives greater impression of fullness and roundness even in finish and aftertaste.

The fruity/spicy flavors all represnt what's best about Saisons, but the malty richness, moderate weight, and oily feel keeps it more in line with Belgian Pale Ales. With the added spices, the beer offers a ton of complexity and variance.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of fruity ester and bready yeast is very enticing with good notes semi-sweet Belgian style malt bill. Taste is very refreshing with light notes of apricot and a bready yeast with a solid malt backbone with well balanced sweetness. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and somewhat similar yeast to some of the Unibroue beers.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml elegant mini champagne bottle - just 'New Morning' around here, i miei amici.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with a teeming, overflowing cavalcade of foamy white head, which, upon eventually settling, leaves a pockmarked limestone profile of lace around the glass.

It smells like a cross between tropical fruit salad and mildly funky white Italian cheese, with a gritty pale malt sweetness, white pepper, and some mild earthy drying hoppiness. The taste is rather multifaceted - grainy malt, some savoury spice (nutmeg and cardamom, with a twinge of black pepper), a bit of musty, yeasty funk, and leafy, earthy hops rounding things out.

The carbonation is reserved in its fizzy and frothy bite, the body an adequate medium weight, and somewhat creamy in its otherwise undeniable smoothness. It finishes just a tad off-dry, the grain still overseeing a dance floor populated with sassy yeast, fruit, indistinct table pepper dust, and wallflower hops.

A decent saison, the Euro-feel is certainly there, but not gone too far south as the production origins would suggest. Funkier than usual, style-wise, but not exactly George Clinton territory, amirite? Lots going on, and a promising offering from this upstart brewery from la terra del vino.

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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 oline73
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a mild amount of white head and some great lacing.

Smell: Very herbal and a bit perfume like. Reminds me a lot of fancy soap.

Taste: Extremely herbal, I'm not picking out many individual herbs, but there are a lot in there. Mild citrus notes and some crisp malt. There is a bitter herbal hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive, prickly carbonation and an extra dry finish.

Overall: I thought the herbal flavors covered up anything else that might have been going on. Not at all unpleasant, but taking a small step back would have been alright with me.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Lightly hazy, gold body with a thin, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Spicy, fruit nose liven up the pale malts present as do notes of fresh-picked herbs and field flowers.

Taste: Pale malts and malted wheat with a dull sweetness. Very spicy throughout its entirety, you certainly can't miss that ginger in there. Pops of floral and herbal hints. Apple and apricot fruitiness. Unforgiving underlying bitterness. Dry, herbaceous, lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, engaging carbonation.

Drinkability: Even for a saison it's a bit different, I'll give it that much. Maybe it's just the ginger.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Poured from the bottle into a flute glass, a somewhat cloudy golden yellow, with a huge puff of frothy white head that renewed itself on every pour. Tons of Champagne-like fizzy carbonation. Aroma was grassy with hints of spice. Very crisp on the tongue, flavors of fresh grass, light yeast, peppercorns and ginger, and lemon zest, with an underlying earthiness. Very nice. Light, not quite medium-bodied, and quite an easy drinker overall.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Carnevino (Venetian) in Las Vegas, NV

A: Pours a hazy bright golden orange in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy off-white head that dissipates but never completely disappears, leaving a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of ginger, green pepper, coriander, and tea combine with the pale malts and floral hops. There is a slight sweetness in the smell as if from honey.

T: The taste starts with the pale malts, followed by just a hint of the honey sweetness but leaves you with wonderful herbal flavors - specifically the coriander and green pepper with a subtle hint of ginger and tea. Subtle spiciness and just a hint of bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Quite dry in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and certainly one that I would like to have again. The flavors and smell were spot on for the style. The herb notes really complemented the flavor and the smell.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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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 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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Photo of liamt07
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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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 Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle, into a white wine glass,

A: Pours a cloudy medium orange with a frothy rocky white head, good retention, great lace, with almost a champagne like fizz look.

S: Green pepper dominates, very earthy (coriander), hint of flowers. Smells like a spring meadow really.

T: Ginger upfront, earthy center, and dominated by the green pepper on the back end. Definitely unique, a hard beer to describe.

M: Crisp, fairly light-bodied, medium earthy aftertaste, pretty smooth.

D: A weird beer, but once I got into it, I quite enjoyed it. I lowered the drinkablity, just because of its nature, something to contemplate on each sip. Pricey at $6, but it's definitely an experience from this Italian brewer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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?!

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Photo of stevoj
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.83/5  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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer by @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a solidly hazed peachy golden colour, with a frothy, rocky head of white. Minimal lace, possibly due to the relatively light body. Minimal carbonation, but everything else looks the business.

Nose is round and pleasant with Belgian characters coming through strongly. Decent peppery note as well, perhaps even a bush spice darkness. Slight juniper notes and a bunch of herbal notes—maybe basil. It's quite fragrant and bright—good stuff.

Taste is very similar, with that peppery spice and clean fragrant herbal notes coming through strongly, but it's backed up with a very nice sweet apricot character. Feel is very smooth and clear. It could use a little bit more rustic fragrance, or even a touch of acidity, but as it is, it's simple, but smooth and really quite pleasant.

Yep, this is good stuff. I'm really happy with it overall. It's solidly in style, albeit an approachable and pretty simple interpretation. But this simplicity makes it really very drinkable and enjoyable. Very good stuff.

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Photo of corby112
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Amis in Philadelphia.

Pours a cloudy, completely opaque dark orange color with tangerine edges and a frothy three finger pillowy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with rings and large chunks of soapy lacing.

Slghtly funky, earthy aroma with a subtle herbal character and a blast of sweet citrus. Hints of zesty pepper, coriander and clove as well as hints of orange peel and tangerine.

Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation up front along with a prominent spice character that fades as the palate adjusts. Hints of zesty pepper, ginger, and clove which are countered by an earthy herbal presence as well as some sweet citrus. It's also a touch floral with hints of orange peel, tangerine and mango. Pretty complex with subtle funk making this beer very quaffable. Paired really well with my meal. I enjoyed thus much more on draft than in the bottle.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY.

Foamy pour, 3-4 inches of head. Light golden amber color to this one. Good lacing down the glass.

Smells spicy, peppery, with some apples, pears, and Belgian yeast.

The taste is pretty similar- very peppery and prickly taste to this one. Some ginger and what I guess is coriander, and some citrusy goodness as well, orange and lemon.

Full, pretty creamy mouthfeel, full body, well carbonated.

My first Italian craft beer, and it's a good one. Saisons will never be my favorite style, but I can still really appreciate this one.

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