Nuova Mattina | Birrificio Del Ducato

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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:
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Added by Todd on 07-24-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
200
Reviews:
98
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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11
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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 Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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 kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

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 with lasting effect. Flecks of spotty lacing around the edges of the glass.

It's aroma is very fresh feeling, with flowers and chamomile herbs leading off the aroma. 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 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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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 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 wethorseblanket
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

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Nuova Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
3.9 out of 5 based on 200 ratings.
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