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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

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97
Ratings:
198
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
14.87%
 
 
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Photo of Converge
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into 13.5oz tulip.

A - Massive head froths up before I got a quarter way into the pour. A solid fist of off-white bubbles sit atop a hazy golden-copper colored brew. This is one of those beers with a fantastic rocky head of thick foam, with chunks of foam hanging off the glass and sloppy suds sticking after every sip. Lots of yeasty sediment at the bottom of the glass.

S - Fresh lemongrass, ginger, coriander and sweet grassy notes upfront. Overall really fresh and zesty feeling with lots of citrus in the forefront and mild spices to balance it nicely. Cloves, yeast, with a touch of hay and banana as well.

T - A hefty mixture of spices, citrusy character from lemongrass and coriander, with ginger spiciness and cloves balancing it out. Mild fruity tones with banana, lime, and lemon. Finishes fairly dry with subtle grassy hops balancing the sweet, fresh opening. Pronounced honey sweetness permeates the palate on the breath out. Certainly a unique twang to this Belgian-turned-Italian brew.

M - Subtle spritzy carbonation kept quite low. Light-to-medium bodied weight. Mild spice on the back-palate, with light tingly bubbles that linger with a slight sweetness.

D - A unique Belgian ale from Italy of all places. A highly drinkable beer, with a zesty twang and freshness that makes it an excellent choice after working out in the summer sun. Good stuff from Birrifcio Del Ducato, looking forward to trying more from them.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nuova Mattina | 330 ml. | 5.8% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Birrificio Del Ducato
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Glass: crystal mug

Appearance:
Honey-gold with a righteous plume of angelic white.

Aroma:
A field of daisies on a summer day. It's floral, spicy, and aromatic.

Taste:
Ginger and coriander come out strong, backed by white pepper, lemongrass, and a soothing chamomile finish. It's an herbal, floral, and slightly bitter brew that I enjoyed more with a meal than without.

Mouthfeel:
Others have pointed out that Nuova Mattina falls short delivering a creamy mouthfeel. I agree. It is highly carbonated and too harsh.

Harmony:
I am very impressed by the subtlety and variety of the tastes and smells, but less so with how it feels in my mouth.

Would I get it again?:
Yes. It's an unusual, very Italian, take on the traditional Belgian Saison. However, the flavor is impeccable, and I'd love to have it again.

Bottled: ?
Served: August 12, 2011

Price = ?

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

Pouring a bright orange-gold with a crazy 2.5 finger head that lingers for the entire glass, Nuova Mattina is bright and refreshing to the eyes, nose, and mouth. Floral aromas with lots of honey, clove, belgian yeasts, biscuit, and hints of hibiscus waft from the glass and greet the nose.

Is it unusual to equate the taste of a beer to sunshine? Well, this is that bright and forward. There are present flavors of honey and coriander, as well as a subtle spiciness of pepper and hops. And ever so vaguely in the background, one can taste a small amount of ginger.

Overall a well made beer that is balanced and fun to drink. Recommended.

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

330ml bottle

A- Clear orange, gold hints if seen through light. Quite big head with fine and dense small bubbles. Good retention and enough lacing

S- Hoppier than expected. Fresh grass aroma, with some spicy notes underneath (sure pepper, maybe others). I'm also noticing some fruit hints, with lemon and maybe orange peel. Very lively and fresh

T- As the smell suggested malts are on the low side with a bit on an american IPA character, withouth being so bitter. Hops bring a fresh herbal feel and some light bitter undernotes (grapefruit maybe?); then spices (i still can clearly detect only pepper) bring complexity and a warming feel. More bitterness in the aftertaste. This beer is something in the middle between a Saison, a spiced beer and an IPA

M- The beer has a light body (quite too light to be fitting it's character in my opinion). It still feels enough rich on the mouth, thanks to it's smooth head and to lively carbonation on the back of the palate

O- An interesting and possibly unique take on the Saison style; peculiar but still an easy drinker. A stronger malt character would bring more complexity in my opinion

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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 Richardberg
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into a tulip. Hazy medium orange. Not much head, but it's quite thick, with good retention.

S - pretty much like the label says: lots of ginger, some coriander, lemonade, bit of peppery yeast.

T - spices are still present, but the overall brew lacks backbone. Very pale malts, and not enough of them. Much closer to a white ale that happens to be yeasty than a typical Belgian-style saison. Still tasty, though. Well balanced throughout, finishing slightly sweet yet dry.

M - pleasant body for such a light tasting beer. not much in the way of fizz. what carbonation does remain adds to the creamy texture, which is nice, but I'd expect more action up front on the tongue with a light beer.

D - very drinkable. Not my favorite, but well worth a try if you have the chance.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Italian take on a Belgian saison has all kinds of complexity working in its favour. There's lots of great spice and a little fruit--banana, citrus--in the nose. It's super-crisp and refreshing on the palate, with plenty of hops mingling nicely with the addition of some herbs/spices. Great dry finish with a pleasant lasting bitterness.

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Photo of evlu1441
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this beer at my local beer store, and bought it solely based on the unusual bottle. This is my first experience with a saison style beer, and my third beer from Italy.

This beer pours a pale and hazy amber colour. There is a lot of carbonation floating up to the top, leading to a thick and foamy 2 finger head that shows no signs of going anywhere. I'm quite impressed.

The aroma is sweet pear and yeast, and slightly spicy. It's similar to some Belgian pale ales. quite nice.

The flavour is slightly sweet, with lots of fresh fruit flavour soming through. Towards the end, the malt character becomes more dominant, and hints of orange peel come through with a hint of hops.

Overall, I really like this beer. The flavour is subtle and layered, but still maintaining a high degree of drinkability.

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Photo of WhiteOak
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was very interesting, and was especially lively on tap.

A- Med/light golden color with a white head.

S- An odd sounding, but ultimately intriguing aromatic combination of cheesy funk, tropical flowers, lemon zest, malt and coriander.

T- Fresh lemony tartness and sweet maltiness are balanced perfectly upon a tightrope of coriander, ginger, and pepper spices.

M, D- Clean, balanced. The flavor is alluring and calls you back for more. A wonderful choice if you want something different.

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Photo of ssmack
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The colour of an orange sunset with a thin light beige head. Very little lacing and no retention.

A complex aroma of spices, citrus and yeast.

A tart, dry, almost chalky taste. The taste is a disappointment after the enjoying the aroma. Eventually a biscuit malt taste comes through with some hops in the aftertaste.

A dry feel with carbonation.

This was just OK for me.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off, i really hope this delivers for the rather staggering price tag of $10 for an 11.2oz. i know many italian crafts usually demand a decent toll, and it usually makes me nervous.
Pours a hazy tangerine orange wth a crest of superfine bubbles. Off the bat, its a rather attractive looking beer, so we're off to a good start.
The nose is a little restrained and muttled, at least compared to what i expected from the list of ingredients. I do get a bit of ginger zest and some perfume from the chamomile, even a bit of pepercorn heat in the depth of my nostrils. Overall nice but expected more of an onslaught.
Huge step forward on the palate with ginger and chamomile and again with peppercorn (i know its green pepper but i get more mild heat as a result). I enjoy the prickly spiciness and floral aspects that its got going on here. I have to admit, nice job on the flavors.
Theres a nice balance between a creamy mouthfeel up front followed by a carbonated punch that engulfs the entire back of my
mouth. Im left pleasantly satisfied with the flavors and zest on my
palate after each sip. The only obvious aspect holding me back from future purchases is the price tag, but this was indeed a nice beer that was thoroughly enjoyed.

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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 tmzl
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Pours with huge fizzyish, medium sized bubbles white head. Rocky slow retention, breaking down into big bubbles that leave fat, thick layer on the top at the end. Cloudy, copper, wheat dark yellow with fair amount of carbonation and lacing.

Smell: Chamomile! Rancid chamomile. Feels kinda stuffy, like a chamomile tea left too long to brew. Overall herbal feel, with earthy, floral, light lemon, white wine and peppery notes. Some funky yeasty notes hidden in the herbal part.

Taste: More pepper, gingery than in the smell, herbal part a bit smoother. Rich medium sweet malty part combined with strong herbal notes make an unique herbal teal like feeling, which doesn't really fly in my book. Light-med noble hop bitterness with some malt/wheat sweetness at the end. Sweetness goes into the sour zone with few sips.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body, still relatively smooth. Not too much going on tho.

Overall: Chamomile! They dominate over all other and combined with the rich malt backbone make a descent herbal tea. It is interesting, but doesn't appeal to me. Don't associate herbal chamomile tea with something pleasant - rancid remedy for stomach ache.

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Photo of jwjon1
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Listed as a saison, but I'd go assertively hopped belgian golden ale with tons of spices. I didn't get the spices listed on the bottle (ginger, coriander, green pepper, chamomile), but was overwhelmed by nutmeg. Kinda like drinking a hoppy liquid pumpkin pie. That description probably sounds off-putting, but I rather enjoyed it. I got nothing in the way of pepper spice, lemon/sourness, ginger that others note. If not for the distinctive bottle shape, based on prior notes, I would have questioned if a bottle got mislabeled. Unfortunately, there is no distinguishing batch or brewing date markings against which to compare.

Very fun beer.

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

11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. No apparent dating.

A: Big, fine fizzy white head caps a clear, golden body. Head like Duvel, interestingly, body less pale, more bronzed. Good carbonation up through the body. Pretty.

S: Intruiging nose. It smells like a fine German lager--clean, bare malt smelt right up front. Then comes just a bit of spice, and some straw. A slightly alcoholic finish. Not quite what I expected, but not at all unpleasant.

T: Pretty good taste. Not exactly similar to a Belgian in the same style, but good nonetheless. Again, that sort of German malt profile dominates the sweetness, but there's some nice zippy clove notes. Grassy towards the end, really good. I'm very pleased with it. Different, but solid.

M: Mouthfeel is alright. A little bit cloying and sort of sticky, I think a bit more carbonation might be good.

O: Definitely worth a shot to switch things up in this category. It's not Fantome, but it's nice. Can't recall the price, but a good beer to shake up a style sometimes filled with dreary renditions.

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Photo of NuclearRich
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

**zynatore project version***
On tap at prime 16, poured into a stemmed tuilp.

A. Coppery golden hues of a moderately hazy liquid. Good foamy white head that lasts and laces.

S. Chammomile. Tart strawbwrries and unripe lemons. Vanilla, dry white wine, a little barnyard. Interesting aroma.

T. Just as interesting and intense. Spicy floral wild and tart.

M. Light bodied with a thinner carbonation. Slight astringent bite.

O. Always a pleasure to taste.a zymatore. Havent had the original, but this is wild in the stylistic and literal sense.

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

Poured from bottle (with interesting shape) into clear wine glass. Persistent thick 2-3 finger creamy head, good retention and clumpy lacing. Color is a slightly hazy mellow gold - very eye pleasing.

Aroma is similar to a tripel - a little wild a little floral a little tart. Very fresh and refreshing smells.

Taste is crisp and dry. I think I taste some ginseng and bitter orange, even some honey? Label says ginger, coriander, green pepper, and chamomile. The brewer's combination of ingredients is sublime.

Light dry and crisp - very nice for meals or sitting under Tuscan sun.

Small 11.2oz bottle is very pricey though - why are all Italian micro-imports double or triple the price of German or Belgium micros?

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Photo of BlueHammer
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was served to me in a snifter. It had a thick white head that dissipated quickly. The color was bright gold with a slight orange hint. It smelled slightly floral and yeasty. I detetcted something like lavendar that was also reflected in the taste. The taste was sharp and clean but not especially impressive. The finish was somewhat bitter.

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Photo of daftafne
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Rich O's in New Albany, IN tonight...

Served in a tulip glass, the gold amber liquid was slightly cloudy with very small head and a little lacing. It did not have a very robust smell but was of peppery citrus coriander. Tasted like it smelled with the addition of a little of the usual funky yeast and some earth. Slightly puckering. Overall light mouthfeel. Really, not the best flavored saison and not that well balanced I don't think, too much pepper and lemon overshadowing the beer.

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

Had this on tap at Max's during their Italian Fest.

Non-opaque golden color with a thin head. You can smell the herbs and wheat, as well as taste them. I'm a fan of spice wheat beers, so I liked this saison. A nice wheat flavor to it with the spices that aren't overpowering, but definitely present. The ginger is refreshing. Slight bitterness that I didn't mind at all. Overall, I think the mouthfeel and drinkability were good with this beer. Not quite as high as a good Witbier, but still similarly enjoyable.

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Photo of BBeerL
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow color, with a generous thick tight head on the pour. The smell shows the normal saison fruit flavors and light pepper.

A wonderfully balanced beer. The orange and corriander show nice and soflt upfront. Those flavors are quickly joined by a green pepper heat that helps to bring to life the traditional sassion flovors. The chamomile shows on the finish and helps to add full and roundness to the end which helps to keep the pepper flavors under control.

A great ale, and well worth the price

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