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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

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97
Ratings:
198
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
14.87%
 
 
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Photo of adamette
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle purchased at Winking Lizard in Warrensville Heights, Ohio last night for $12.00. Poured into a clean, clear pint glass by me.

A 2 inch off white head over opaque orange brown body with many "floaties" around, comprising about 5% of the liquid (a significant amount really). I love this look and I do not think that it can be improved. A side note: Love the bottom heavy bottle too!

S Wow! Great spice smells of ginger, peppers, nice soft saison background. Ineteresing and inviting. This smells like a saison with an attitude!

T GREAT spice profile in this saison carried right over from the smell to the taste. Ginger and green pepper really kick up spice profile, coriander and chamomile less noticeable. I love saisons with a big spice profile, like Great Lakes Grassroots Ale. This one cannot be improved.

M Moderate as the soft saison feel balances against the uncommonly strong spices.

D If it was free: Great! Since it cost more than one USD per ounce, not so much.

Notes: What a treat to have this (apparently) rare beer at Winking Lizard tonight. Winking Lizard continues to impress.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An Offero glass contains this hazy, golden-orange (SRM 5-6) beer. The frothy, white head builds to one-half inch before dropping to a thin blanket.

Spices are herbal sweet with orange, light perfume, and musky yeast.

Flavors are subtle with a blend of sweet to sour to bitter in that order. Apple with ginger forms a spicy foreground, while coriander and lemon develop as it warms. The finish is long and bitter.

Carbonation is explosive from this medium bodied beer, while alcohol is light in the dry, scratchy texture.

This one is close to the style guidelines, however, just short on the character and depth one would expect. I would be pleased to try it again on a warm spring day, but, alas, that appears to be far into the future this year.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a cloudy yellow / golden pour with 3 fingers of detergent-like head, nice lacing. smells of spicy belgian yeast, pepper, lemongrass.. typical saison profile with a bit of extra spicy character.. very vegetable-like!
the taste is a very strange one but delicious nonetheless! an earthy bitterness backs up a spicy overall tone. definitely taste the coriander and pepper.. the ginger is mostly in the spice.. which makes sense why it's such a nice spicy-like beer.. these are all naturally spicy on their own, blended with the belgian yeast make this fantastic! this is one of the BEST saisons i have tasted. love it, absolutely fantastic.
medium in body with high carbonation, yet still manages to have a creamy feel on the lips.

honestly, i say cough up the cash and pick this up. it is absolutely fantastic. the first beer from italy that i enjoyed thoroughly with no complaints.

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

Smart 330ml bottle.Oversized glass.Enjoyed many times since dec´11.Pure gold in color.Chill haze.White froth, creamy crown.Nice lacing rings.Intense floral fragancy,citric hints, slightly mint & melony hues.Mildy malty upfront. Sharp hoppy bitter flavor.Spicied & peppery notes.Flavorful medium body.Soft carbonation. Straight bitter finish.Piney aftertaste,orange touches.Refreshing & drinkable.

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

Bottle from Belmont Party.

Poured hazy orange color with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate yeasty spice and fruit aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture, soft carbonation and large particles. Medium to heavy sweet&sour citrus flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration.

Solid refreshing beer.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle from the LCBO, part of their summer release. When I saw this bottle I had assumed that some brandy or wine bottle had somehow accidentally lost its sense of direction and found itself in beer territory, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was a new brew - a craft brew from Italy no less!

Poured into a tulip. A deep amber-orange brew, with the slightest haze. A billowing head of froth is the result of the pour, which lingers as a substantial ring with some lacing patches. The head looks very Belgian, sitting there in heaps and patches.

Nose is farmhouse with a twist - soft wheat and barley malt, musk, a bit of yeast, spice (clove), leafy hops and lemon.

Spicy and yeasty, with an assertive blast of lemon zest to open things off, and finishing with leafy hops and a touch of spice. Nice, refreshing brew, and certainly appropriate for the season.

Carbonation is initially zesty but tapers off after a few minutes. Puckery, creamy feel.

Excited to see a brew from Italy that isn't of the pale lager fare, and even more so to find that the brew was well worth the wait. Nice saison with an extra lemon kick. Fine work.

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

Great custom bottle design.

Nuova Mattina pours a bright yellow/orange color with some haze and a small but sturdy head. Nose of apricot, huskey grain, nutmeg, rye and multigrain cereal. Light in body with some fruity, bitter and herbal hop characteristics. No alcohol presence. Refreshing and very drinkable. A well made and very enjoyable twist on the style.

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Photo of qchic
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

After drinking countless beers, I figured I would give reviewing a shot. Here goes:

My bulbous bottle from Italy, as opposed to the photo, says "Nuova Mattina" across the label.

Dingy orange, cloudy, no head really, only a few translucent bubbles around the perimeter of the glass after an aggressive pour. I smell herbs, spice, fruit, tartness, and a touch of honey.

A complex saison with different layers of flavor, so I wouldn't recommend quenching your thirst with this beer as the label suggests. Also with a price tag of $8.99 for 11.2 oz., you'll want to enjoy it. I sense the ginger and green pepper, but it must be the chamomile that gives it the slickness after the spice. Some tart cherry and it all ends with dry bitterness.

Nice medium body, but carbonation was very low. Kept craving a little more prickliness.

Overall enjoyable. I wouldn't hesitate to drink this again, though the price tag will more than likely prohibit that.

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Photo of korguy123
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle into tulip. Date on back is 01/04/13

A- Slightly hazy orange pour with a two finger creamy off white head. Lacing just gobs on the glass and won't let go.

S- Typical saison aroma of apples and pears, lemon zest and a slight peppery spice from the yeast. This one is a touch different though, a little sweeter. It smells... heavier (for lack of a better descriptor)

T- It is not your typical saison, right up front you get the apples and pears, than it makes a sharp left. There is a flower taste, almost like chewing on a dandelion. Pepper flavor not the typical spice from the yeast variety. Not as refreshing as a saison, but still decent.

M- It is a little heavier than a typical saison, slightly chewier. An abundance of carbonation without being prickly.

O- I didn't expect this to be the same as any Belgian saison I've come across but it is completely out of left field. The pepper and the flower tastes really threw me. Not bad, just not my thing. Give me a light, slightly tart and refreshing saison any day.

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Photo of Zraly
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes:

A gold, pale, and hazy saison with a foamy white head poured into a pretty goblet. Nice nose of spice and yeast.

This hits the palate very dry, almost powdery. Nice thyme note up front. Light bodied with a "cottony" note. Cracker-like malt flavor provides the backbone, whereas the ginger, flowery, tea notes linger.

Very interesting and quite drinkable. This would be great for a sunny afternoon picnic basket lunch.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my I&G tulip glass....

A- I love the mini champagne style bottle with the "new morning" label on it....everything else is in Italian. The beer itself has a brilliant head on it, being several fingers thick, and it retains very well, with the dense meringue like foam sticking around for a long time. The lacing is excellent as well with a lot of soapy suds clinging to the glass. The beer itself is golden in color, and very cloudy due to the yeast left in the bottle. Overall a very delicious looking brew!

S- There is a lot going on in the aromas here. There is distinct spice and fruit aromas, along with floral notes. The spice that I find is of some clove and spicier ginger, while the fruit comes from apricot pits and overripe banana. There is some hop presence but not overwhelming. I agree with another review that there is lots going on and it is hard to pick everything out.

T- Again, there is lots happening on the palate. This is a sweet, yet spicy brew with lots of Earthiness up front. The bittering fruit pits are noticeable to provide the freshness of the beer, and there is a slightly peppery/ginger quality in the flavor that really enhances the overall flavor. It's a truly unique, yet very enticing taste that keeps me coming back for more.

M- This is a drying beer, as I feel the need to have another sip almost right after the swallow. The body is medium and the carbonation is fairly mellow....just a little more than I thought there would be but it is of a fine nature and pops on the palate delicately. The floral nature found in the aroma is noticed in the aftertaste as well, which I find contributes to the overall dryness.

O- I haven't had too many Saison style beers, but this is a great beer in my opinion. I find it to be well balanced, and think it would be an excellent beer to enjoy with a pasta dish made with a rose sauce. I really didn't think an Italian brewery, such as this one, would be able to come up with something so good! I will probably get this again in the future, but it is expensive, so it will be in moderation....however, I do need to let my beer buddies know about this one!

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Photo of timtim
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

orangey amber with an off white head that leaves lace. let's get to the good part... nose is ginger, exotic tea, malt, fruit, and flower. really lovely, bright smell. in the taste, ginger/pepper hits first. the ginger melds with a touch of caramelly sweetness and blends with the pepper perfectly. this folds in to a healthy, caramelly malt note that is coupled with floral and fruit (apricot?) notes. it's as if these spices are meant to be in saison, and they really do evoke a feel of a fresh, bright spring morning. what a wonderful beer. medium body with a soft feel. spicy finish that fades away in a warming sensation from the ginger and pepper. overall, an amazing take on the saison style and a fantastically spiced beer. huge winner in my book.

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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 nick76
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is very complex with yeast, malt, soap, vegetables, ginger, coriander, and leaves. The appearance is cloudy orange/gold with a very large head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth and a tad thin but helped a lot by plenty of carbonation. Overall I think the beer is unique and worth drinking.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden body with a half-finger of decently retaining white head.

Smell is kinda pilsnery, a tad bitter with a hint of lemon and black pepper.

Taste is odd, there's an immediate pilsner bitterness, and plenty of black pepper, or even green bell pepper. The finish is not so bitter though, slightly bready.

Mouthfeel is great, smooth with an almost fluffy texture.

Overall, not something I'd try again. The bitterness really threw me though it diminished eventually. Could probably make some good food pairings, chicken or steak diane maybe.

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

On tap at TJs on the night that Double Jack made it Friday on a Wednesday.

The pour takes a looong time. This is all head out of the tap. Once it settles down into a reasonably proportioned beer, though, it looks pretty solid. Extremely clear, especially for a saison, and golden amber in color. There are irregular and wavy bands of lace that stick in an inconsistent pattern.

The aroma is grassy, bready, dry, and warm with peppery phenols and a hint of coriander. Somewhat muted, but the aroma does deliver in terms of depth. The taste is similar as some stonefruit esters meld with newly discovered floral notes that complement the more formidable peppery flavors nicely.

Light on the palate and very bright in terms of flavor and texture, this beer really surprised me. I haven't had a whole lot of luck with Italian craft brews, but this and the Verdi that we tried on this night both stood out as very solid.

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

Pours with a very generous pure white almost whipped cream like head that holds very nicely but some spotty lacing; very hazy darker marigold, almost orange, hue.

Aroma has quite a few different fruit notes happening; apricot and some apple; a little earthy and yeasty as well with a faint grassy hoppiness; becomes more woody as it warms. Taste is not nearly as fruity as suggested in the aroma, and comes out a bit tart, yeasty, and I swear almost a little funky (if ever so slightly); bit of a citric finish. Really nice stuff, snappy and a little murky at the same time. MF is thinner to medium with just the right amount of spritzier carbonation, and the body is actually quite chalky which was not optimal for me. Really fantastic on the drinkability scale. Interesting movement of flavors, and certainly a well-crafted brew. Very easy to quaff, and a really good example of the style. Nice stuff.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Semi-hazy golden colour with a tall and puffy foam head that lingers a while and leaves a healthy amount of lacing.

S: Heavy spice aromas of clove, pepper, and faint ginger. Lemon zest, apricots, and a solid herbal/floral element. Quite varied and complex.

T: Varied spices, floral elements, grainy wheat, hint of sour lemon, tart apricots, and underlying honey notes. Pleasingly bitter with a semi-dry finish. Delicious.

M: Lighter bodied with a low-medium carbonation level. Appropriate oily character with a bit of a grainy texture.

D: A good, solid, satisfying farmhouse ale of which I'm glad I plucked a couple bottles off the shelf. Fairly respectable pricing at the LCBO also helps.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazey golden color with a finger of white fluffy head. Sticky amazing lacing with some decent retention.

S- lots of tea like herbal qualities up front that blends into an awesome floral characteristic. The corriander stands out at first. Finishes spicy with the ginger and green pepper hightening it and balancing the herbal/floral aromas without diminishing it. Great nose!

T- floral flavors up front with a nice dry malt flavor. Herbal flavors intertwine with the coriander coming out nicely. Herbal spiciness on the finish with the green pepper and Ginger giving it an awesome palate cleansing quality.

MF- quenching grainy mouthfeel with a medium body and active fine champagne like carbonation.

D- with all the stuff put in this beer you think it would be a mess... It's not. Everything supports the other flavors making this complex and very drinkable.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cracking open the bottle precipitates a startlingly loud hiss, leading me to suspect some intense carbonation. Pours a handsome, translucent, golden amber color with an absolutely mammoth head of delicate, rocky, white froth--and this was with a nearly surgical pour. We're easily bordering on 3 inches here, folks. May God have mercy anyone that chooses a vigorous pour. This is why the word preternatural was invented...

Aroma is light and mild, smelling of yeast, lemon, floral notes, and maybe a dash of indeterminate spices. Flavor has a base of gentle, honeyed malt, pervasive Belgian yeast, and an appreciable earthiness typical of saisons. Determination of the spice profile becomes more manageable as the beer warms, with pepper being the first to emerge. Clove also manages to come through. Effusive carbonation nearly sizzles on the palate but is acceptable for the style. Broad, dense swaths of lacing cling impressively to the glass as the beer recedes, almost as if it was just lathered with dish soap.

Overall, this is a very palatable, albeit not especially complex, saison with a glorious presentation. It's crisp, perky, and full of the Belgian character I'm so fond of. I would readily drink this again.

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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 WeedKing4
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the LCBO. Pours a very nice, hazy, dark orange with a good amount of white head. Lots of spices and grain come through in the taste. Not an overpowering spice flavour though. Very interesting offering that isn't difficult to drink. Just a crazy kind of flavour for a beer. I'd consider picking this one up again.

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Photo of AugustusRex
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

-This is my first Saison
-Seems to have a mild brett character
-Not a big fan of brett, reminds me of penicillin
-Taste is almost like a mix between a czech pilsner and Orval
-Too expensive, not as refreshing for summer as a decent clean hoppy lager, and not interesting enough to have instead of a good heavy beer at night

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

11.2oz bottle to wine glass. Beautiful orange body capped by white head. Lots of carbonation. Smells fresh AND refreshing. Cracked peppercorn, lemongrass, orange zest. Spicy ginger (perhaps thanks to the label), fresh cut grass. Very high carbonation, dry finish. Lingering spicy notes. Honey, spring blossoms, Key lime. Lovely. Refreshing. Warming after feel.

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