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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 07-24-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
200
Reviews:
98
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
17
For Trade:
1
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Photo of BGDrock
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: slight haze; big foam on pour, but diminishes quickly to a thin layer, leaving lace' apricot colour

Aroma: vinegary, acid, tart fruit, orange; mild spice; classic Belgian blond scent

Taste & Mouthfeel: thicker, creamier body than expected; mild overall, with something simlar to pumpkin spice being strongest - cloves, cinnamon; like a savoury dessert spice cake (would be nice with vanilla ice cream) and not too sweet; light bitterness/tartness provides contrast in the finish

Overall: wonderful, full mouthfeel and subtle, interesting spice flavour - and all well balanced

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Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of traumaqueen
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of pixieskid
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangey amber with a massive, growing head that is threatening to turn into a mushroom cloud.
Nose shows ginger, citrus fruits, floral characters, tea and doughy yeasty notes. Also some green herbal notes.
Flavours focus on ginger but also show herbal, spicy hops.Some soft malt underneath. Pretty easy drinking stuff.
Too much carbonation.

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Photo of aspect
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle.

A- Pours a bit cloudy with a large fluffy head that lasts quite some time. Some visible sentiment floating around almost looks like spices.

S-A bit complex on the nose, up front some citrus notes followed by some spices, the citrus notes are definatley the over powering here.

T- Quite refreshing with the citrus flavours up front, a slight bitterness at the end and a touch of spice.

M-Medium body, quite a bit of carbination.

I did enjoy it, I would probably pick another one up if I came across it again, its definatley a bit complex and a tough one to pickup some notes from, I would give it a go again.

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Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very interesting beer...

Pours a cloudy, light orange with an ample foamy head that dissipates quickly. Small-bubbled carbonation continues for an impressive length of time. Complex aroma including a wide variety of herbs & spices, plus lime, tea and pepper. Unfortunately I can't distinguish the specific herbal elements (and didn't read other reviews before starting this one). The flavour starts sweets and then transitions into a surprisingly pleasant bitter finish. No sign of the Belgian yeast at all until near the very end, where it is paired with some tropical fruit tones.

Not a style I personally choose often, but a beer I’m glad to have tried - and my first foray into Italy's nascent craft beer movement.

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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 ThinkAgain
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

A: Pours a hazy gold with a puffy, pillowy white head. Little chunks of yeast can be seen gathering at the bottom of the glass.

S: Soft and spicy on the nose with aromas of biscuit, caramel, Belgian ale yeast, coriander, grassy hops, and ginger. I'm not really picking up the green pepper or the chamomile.

T: Notes of green apple, unripened pear, green pepper, mild ginger, coriander, chamomile, lemon, bitter orange, spicy yeast, grass, biscuit, caramel, and honey wash across the palate. The finish is smooth and lingering with a pleasant combination of spicy Belgian ale yeast, pepper, biscuit, and orchard fruit.

M: Light in body, chalky, firm, and very dry. Carbonation is just intense enough to keep all of the spice flavors from running rampant. This is very drinkable for an ale of nearly 6.0% abv.

O: Having been somewhat disappointed by Birrificio del Ducato's Via Emelia (not a bad pilsner by any stretch, but it was perhaps built up too much by those who recommended it to me) and then impressed by Chimera, I can say that Nuova Mattina is an excellent take on a Belgian saison. The decidedly nontraditional spice flavors really work in this beer. A great effort overall from a brewery to watch.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Leafsj
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 philmen
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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 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 thehyperduck
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before date 01 04 2013. Nice to see some Italian craft beer on the shelves - hopefully this is a better representation of the Italian brewing scene than Peroni. Despite having close to 300 reviews under my belt, this is the first saison I have ever bothered to try... but I'll offer my amateur opinion anyway.

Pours a cloudy golden-amber colour with some visible sediment, topped with two fingers of frothy, sparkling-white puffy head. Good retention, with gobs of it sticking to the sides of the glass as it slowly seeps away. The aroma is, on the whole, rather sweet and clearly Belgian-inspired; some wheat malt sweetness, yeast and banana, with some coriander and peppery clove spiciness.

Tasty stuff for sure. Bready malts and wheat form a lightly sweet backbone, with a quartet of lemon citrus, earthy hops, apple skin and clove/coriander spiciness comprising the rest of the profile. A bit yeasty, with some lingering sweetness and spice in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, rather creamy with some good chew. Awesome mouthfeel; probably the highlight of this stuff for me (although it does taste quite good too). Relatively mild carbonation makes this is an extremely smooth brew.

Final Grade: 4.03, an A-. I can't really compare this to anything I've had previously (maybe a Belgian pale ale?), but my tongue knows when it has found something good. New Morning is a thoroughly enjoyable brew, with a complex flavour, great texture, and just the right amount of spice. A perfect glass of beer for one of the first uncomfortably warm nights of this summer.

As a general rule I don't like to session beers with spice (ranging from wits right up to the usual hefty Belgian sippers), but I did polish off this glass pretty quickly - so who knows? It's one of the most drinkable spiced brews I've ever had, that's for sure. A solid import choice by the LCBO - I am excited to try some of the other high-quality stuff in this seasonal release.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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