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Nuova Mattina | Birrificio Del Ducato

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3.88/5
Very Good
202 Ratings
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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

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Ranking:
#9,812
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
202
pDev:
10.31%
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of IrishColonial
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of liamt07
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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 stevoj
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
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 afsdan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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 DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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 BillRoth
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +1%
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 John_M
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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 rudzud
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Lion's Pride while on a beerventure.

A - Poured into a tulip a clear light gold with a two finger white head that leaves heavy side lacing.

S - LOTS of honey on the nose. It dominated with sweet malts, carmel, and honey. Light lemon too.

T - More honey overwhelms the taste. There are light belgian saison yeast notes, but for the most part the saison is wiped out by the honey.

M - Very underwhelming. The mouthfeel is rather thin and watery/flat.

O - I enjoyed this as a beer, but as a saison...not too sure. Really, really liked the honey notes, but it destroyed most of the good aspects of a saison.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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 wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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 ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of corby112
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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 lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Suds
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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 champ103
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Nuova Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 202 ratings
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