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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
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
198
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
14.87%
 
 
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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 clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold with major head and lace with a fruity bouquet for an aroma along with some yeast and touch of sweet malt. Smooth, light, well carbonated and spicy so there's a crispness to this beer. Balances with the candi sugar sweetness that is in there. Not as strong or flavorful as some saisons, but a citric hop bite that is lowkey mixes with some sour pear/white grape and hint of tropical fruit tastes. An easy to drink session beer that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for around 4$

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with an above average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, citrus, coriander/cloves, yeast

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with citrus and some faint yeast. There is also some clove and ginger flavour mixed with a peppery spiciness and some caramel. It finishes with a spicy and lightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Definitely an above average saison. There are some nice complex flavours that keep the beer interesting throughout the glass. Not something that I'd go out my way to have again, but still a beer that I'm glad I chance to try.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another funky 330ml stubby long neck poured into pint glass 26/11/11

A hazy golden yellow with shitloads of sediment floating around, big bone white head sits for a few minuets leaving a couple specks of lace

S very floral with some ginger and spice, the nose is huge with even a little bubblegum of all things, I can't even place half of whats going on here but I do pick up on some yeast

T not as big as the nose but still very nice, peppery flavor I didn't smell and I`m wondering if there`s actually flowers inside this stuff

M light and fluffy from the bubbles and a perfumery aftertaste

O pretty nice stuff and a bit of a surprise too me, quite floral but it worked for me

pricy but I don`t feel ripped off but I doubt I`ll buy a second with so many other offerings around here I`ve yet to try

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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 jrallen34
2.96/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle poured into my Darkness glass...Not a gusher but a huge tope head rises about 8 fingers with great retention, decent lacing...The beer is a medium gold that looks really good...The front of the aroma is lots of chamomile, not off to a good start in my book. That slowly fades to a musky saison backbone that has really interesting accents of green peppers and coriander. Interesting but notes I'm not in love with a lot going on...The taste is terrible, it tastes exactly like watery days old tea. A hint of green peppers show which again, is interesting but not enough so to drink this.

Not worth trying.

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

375ml bottles passed at Brasserie V at a recent tasting

appearance: darkest of the saisons we had - murky dark straw body, thick beige head

smell: green peppercorns, ginger, chamomile and corriander. A strangely spiced saison for sure...

taste: green peppercorn provides a light amount of heat, chamomile evident in the finish. Ginger and corriander provide a nice flavor twist. Interesting, but after the fantome, thats about all it was

mouthfeel: boldly spiced but drinkable

drinkability: fine

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Photo of stcules
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light chestnut wood color. Cream color head, quite good.
The smell is very fresh: spices, hop, anise, fresh hop, camomile, flowers, even some honey.
The taste is sure hoppy, dry, with a good amount of spiciness. Honey, bitter roots.
Light to average in body, quite good dryiness, and good drinkability.
Good bitterness in the aftertaste.
After some while, the spices disappear, and rises up the hop.
Maybe a bit to balance, but a good beer.

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

Another of the summer offerings from the LCBO...

A - Pours a hazy pale golden colour, two solid fingers of soapy beige head with solid retention and nice thick lacing.

S - Peppery spice, earthy notes, leafy greens, hints of lemon citrus rind and an a touch of cloves.

T - The cloves come through off the top, though a bit muddled amongst the lemon citrus notes and the leafy hops. Hints of spicing linger alongside some refreshing sour orange.

M - Lighter bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes surprisingly dry.

O - A tasty farmhouse with the slightest spicing to set it apart from the rest. The finish was a tad too dry for my liking, but its certainly worth a try. I hate to say it, but another win for the LCBO for this summer's seasonal release.

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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 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 jrenihan
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like BB April 15, 2013

Beer is an orange-gold hue with a good sized white head. Decent retention.

Spices are the first scent to register. Pepper, clove, hard to differentiate anything else. I get a bit of a ginger scent as well. A hint of honey. Malt scent is present but hard to place- a bit bready. Muted light fruit scents.

Like the nose, the taste is focused on spice. Pepper, clove and ginger. Honey and fruit, but with a much subdued sweetness. A fairly dry beer.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Chewy.

Overall, OK. I am not a big fan of ginger flavours in beer, so that was a negative for me. Generally, to spice focused which detracts from other aspects of the beer.

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Photo of wedge
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Tasty Beverage

Hazy gold covered by a moderate layer of stable creaminess. Lovely aroma...herbal, floral, and spicy with a gentle sweetness, some dried fruit, and cereal grain. The flavor is more notably yeasty with softly sweet doughy notes and slight pepperiness. Not super spicy, but there is a dry and bitter floral quality. Medium-light body has some creaminess, though it seems to thin out towards the end of the glass and the carbonation is fairly gentle. A pretty nice Saison...

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A beauty. Had on tap at Brigantessa in South Philly. Pours a beautiful hazy yellow with hefty head that dies soon, leaving some lacing. Spring in a glass!

The smell is not as powerful as the looks- subdued nose with some funk, acidity, barn aromas, day-old milk and a rainy day in the country.

The taste is on point- all the brightness, acidity and weirdness you expect from a saison/sour. Perhaps a bit low-key, but oh-so-refreshing and delicious. Notes of pineapple and lemon peel plus some pomelo.

The mouthfeel is big on tartness and spice, could use a little more body but it is fine alright.

Overall, I love this brew. It may not have, as a previous reviewer said before, the depth or complexity yoy expect in this kind of ale, but it is so drinkable and gorgeous.

Were it not for the price ($13 a glass, minus $2 happy hour), I'd drink this all day.

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Photo of peensteen
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange colour, 1.5 fingers of rocky head, good amount of lace left. Smell is yeasty and very floral, a good portion of spice, ginger is the most apparent spice in here, lots of flower presence though, some candy scents. Taste is very floral upfront followed by some yeasty points, spices come in, pepper and ginger, light orangey flavours are there, but packed with floral notes especially in the finish. Medium high active carbonation, medium body, carbonation is quite prickly though and assaults the tongue. This was a nice little beer here in a fairly odd shaped bottle, maybe the most floral beer I have ever tasted, thanks to boney for sending this little gem my way.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/22/08. Rating #200!! On tap at the Ginger Man. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of sour fruits, wheat. Flavor of sourness, oak, tartness. Slow sipper with a heavy mouthfeel. Pretty good saison, nothing incredibly remarkable about it though.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

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Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle.

Poured a deeper and cloudy yellow color with a larger sized white head. Aromas of ginger, citrus, pepper, herbal, and fruity. Tastes of spices, floral, citrus, and herbal. Herbal all the way around. Some frothy lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 04/26/08.

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Photo of deapokid
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on Saturday at The Farmer's Cabinet.

Body is an orangey-red with a dense layer of foam and light carbonation. It's still in the glass, making for a calm, but interesting first impression.

Aroma has a slight milkiness, accompanied by a dash of pepper. It's rather faint, but you can sniff out some nutmeg if you really stretch.

Powdered cinnamon, pepper and a bold, backend dryness are the main flavor components. It's really light drinking, but the sweet, buttery undercurrent is pleasant. They've dubbed this a Saison, but this feels more like a hybrid of a Belgian pale ale and a Christmas seasonal... especially with the pie spicing and maple notes. Overall, it's pretty out there, but no less delicious.

The dryness is present, but super mild, making for a light, sugary treat.

The "New Morning" moniker is accurate, because this is subtle and sweet enough to accompany pancakes at your breakfast table. Italian beer is nothing if not original.

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Photo of 57md
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This offering was a cloudy straw color with little head and no retention.There was a definite smell of cloves upfront. This beer is very light and thin with flowery notes. Camomile is present for sure and there is cinnamon in the finish. This was interesting, but not worth the price from my perspective.

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Photo of JayQue
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grape and Gourmet has been featuring Italian beers lately. This one tasted good from a 2 oz pour at a Thursday tasting...and the bottle is cool....short and stubby with a long neck.

Looks good! Hazy straw gold color; big delicately bubbling white head; good head retention, thick lacing.

Smell is fairly mild..better as the beer warms up...lemon zest and a little funk.

Taste has all the Saison elements....lemon zest, yeasty, a little funk but the ginger is somewhat unbalanced and a bit too pronounced. Saisons should have more subtlety and the ginger overpowers the more delicate flavors a bit.

Mouthfeel is good, nicely carbonated, crisp and a bit of tartness/funkiness.

Overall pretty good but the ginger should be pulled back a little. Also $9.49 for a 11.2 oz bottle is a bit pricey.

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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 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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Nuova Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
3.9 out of 5 based on 198 ratings.
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