Beersel Mattina
Birrificio Del Ducato

Beersel MattinaBeersel Mattina
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Belgian Lambic
Ranked #10
Ranked #3,470
4.14 | pDev: 8.45%
Birrificio Del Ducato
Beersel MattinaBeersel Mattina
Notes: A blend of New Morning and 18 month aged 3 Fonteinen Lambic refined for at least 12 months in bottle. It has a surprisingly citrus nose of leather, cellar and animal with hints of dried flowers and honey. Lasting and sapid in the mouth with a sour finish that always makes the lovers of this blend smile.
This beer could very well make you develop an addiction for spontaneous fermentation and turn your entire world upside down!

After a mechanical breakdown, 3 Fonteinen Brewery of Beersel (possibly the best Lambic blender in the world) had economic damage in the summer of 2009. The news caused such a stir in the International beer movement that I called Armand to know how things were. As he needed to sell his Lambic, I immediately got inspired to blend our New Morning with his beer. We selected three 18 month old Lambic barrels that we siphoned in a small tank on our truck. The journey back was long and hard, myself and Manuel took turns driving through Belgium, France and Italy only stopping for gas. After days hand bottling and months of maturation, the outcome has gone over and beyond our expectations and we can say with pride that it was worth it!
View: Beers
Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 179 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of BillRoth
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Del Lago Casino @ , NY. Wonderful blended lambic from Ducato and Drie Fonteinen . Beautiful pour with full but quick head; gorgeous harvest moon gold/rose wine red color. Clear and light. Excellent spontaneously fermented with hints of strawberry within the wood, funk and citrus in the nose; same with some field and leather arising in the taste. The strawberry was unexpected and delightful. Very gentle sipper. Was excellent as a stand alone, but also went very well with food. Loved this beer.

 515 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty golden color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention and no lacing. Aroma of sour and vinegary lambic with some funky barnyard notes also perceptible is interesting. Taste is mix of highly funky notes with some barnyard, Brett and leather with some over the top acidic and sour notes with some oak notes also perceptible. Body is full with light carbonation. Enjoyable but too acidic for my taste which ends up limiting the drinkability.

 476 characters

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Beavertown Extravaganza. Aroma is quite funky with barnyard and musty cellar notes. Taste is dry and funky with lambic style dusty farmhouse notes.

 157 characters

Photo of IKR
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly cloudy straw-yellow color with a modest-sized white head that quickly subsided to a thin white cap.

Smell: Moderate barnyard funk with some grassy hay notes.

Taste: Moderate grapefruit/citrus notes, grassy hay notes, mild barnyard funk mild floral and mild spicy notes are all present in the taste profile. The beer finishes with some mild floral and spicy notes.

Mouth-feel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly modest level of carbonation. A satisfying mouthful.

Overall: The floral and spicy notes while restrained work perfectly with the base lambic backbone. This was enjoyable and my fear that the spices and floral notes would overwhelm the beer was put to rest upon drinking this beer. n interesting and tasty treat.

 753 characters

Photo of Derek
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beersel Morning?

Not much carbonation, great aroma, flavour is like a watered down lambic, so it's not as intense or acidic. Some nice Brett character, but I expected more depth. The camomile is a bit odd.

 206 characters

Photo of tigg924
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Pours cloudy, bright yellow in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is light oak, lemon, and funk. Crisp, light bodied, with medium-low carbonation. Super tasty and enjoyable lambic. Could drink several of these.

 224 characters

Photo of Mateo2699
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark straw yellow hue, nice fizzy big bubbled head, moderate lacing. Aroma has a lot of citrus zest, lemon peel and some oranges. Plenty of sugary yeast, pretty doughy smelling. Following the nose well, it has a solid amount citrus zest, following a subtle tartness with a dry Belgian yeast character in the back end. Mouthfeel is relatively dry. Very light, citrusy and refreshing.

 382 characters

Photo of JFrank78
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank this delicious treat on draft at Beachwood in Long Beach this evening. Tart, robust, with an old world saison character, surely a by-product of the aged lambic. Very curious how this would be after being aged in the bottle. Outstanding beer.

 247 characters

Photo of RickyS
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The color of the beer is light yellow and cloudy with a medium-thin head that does not dissipate completely, leaving a thin layer of foam on the top. The aroma is an encyclopedic compilation of what you would find in other examples of the style. A floreal aroma is mixed with the tartness, lavender and lemon curd upfront. Tasting the beer, these two components evolve together on the palate, the floreal one transforming into a slightly metallic/bitter taste and the citrous aroma reemerging in the aftertaste. There is a somewhat viscosity in the mouthfeel of this beer where the carbonation is a little subdued. This is a very enjoyable and very refreshing product. Extremely well made.

 689 characters

Photo of Gasc0igne
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeous amalgamation of a beer. Super funky, light, refreshing, tart, and fruity. I'd say this would be a perfect introduction to the "heavier", straight, Lambic & Gueuze. Superb.

 185 characters

Photo of SLeffler27
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A huge four fingers of white meringue hovers above an almost clear straw ale (SRM 2). Random columns of tiny carbonation rise throughout while the head quickly turns rocky and slowly diminishes to a foamy pillow, leaving spotty, fine lace on the walls of the PBGC Hoppy glass.

Funky yeast dominates upon entry. This is followed by light sourdough and a peppery backdrop. Warmth brings out fresh pineapple and a floral aroma of lilac. I also detected light wood and sugar cookies.

The flavor is highly fruity with kiwi, moderate tartness, and pepper. The modest lingering finish is dry with a suggestion of oak

A soft cotton texture and medium body supports the subtle carbonation as this beer dries out the palate.

This is a fruity Saison which might have been anticipated by the label art. Easy drinking and generally a relaxing beer.

 839 characters

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber with a large head.
Nose shows heaps of funk, elderflower, herbal notes and spicy phenols.
Flavours include some acidity, more herbal notes, spicy saison-like farmhouse characters.
Carbonation is too high.

 221 characters

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 14, 2017
A: Deeply funky, barnyard, lightly foral with light spice and oak with moderate lasting sourness

A: Deep golden color, clear, with a thin-ish white head.

T: Lots of funky, barnyard notes, light citrus and floral notes, with deep sourness, though not acidic, light oak with a dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Tasty; over the nearly two year period when I first had this beer, it is now drinking much more like a lambic with just a hint of saison. The beer has excellent balance between the funk and sourness with a light oak character that compliments well.

Jun 30, 2015
A: Upfront aroma smells strongly of a classic saison: moderately sweet with light grainy, spicy aromatics, but finishes much tarter than a standard saison (from the lambic)

A: Hazy straw color that’s somewhat opaque, medium head retention

T: Upfront citrus quality, coupled with herbal notes from spices with a complex tart finish with no hop bitterness

M: Med-light bodied with medium carbonation finishes dry and quite tart

O: Refreshing; though pricey. While this beer is mostly a saison (80%), the small amount of lambic (20%), works quite well together. The beer appears like a saison, but the aroma, flavor, and complex tart finish lets you know this is more than just a farmhouse (brett) saison

 1,328 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i have seen bottle of this here and there, but the nearly 40 dollar sticker has kept me away this long. the nuovo mattina blended with 3f lambic, pretty cool. i wonder what the ratio is, as this beer isnt insanely sour, but does have a nice oaky wild funky bite, a lot of character coming from the lambic, but in perfect harmony with an already stellar base beer. i think it lightens up the body a lot, i liked the big body of the base beer, but this is a nice feature, makes it feel a lot more delicate. notes of sour lemons come right out, and oddly enough the spicy ginger root aspect is really amplified in this version. feels much more mature too, far drier and the wheat seems more broken down, decayed a little but in a good way. not so fresh and dense. refreshing as they come too, effervescent carbonation and a very light body on it. boldly flavored, and frankly not like anything else on the market. this is one of those beers, that for as often as ducato has missed, and missed expensively, beers like this force me to return to their portfolio, its special and probably worth the price. if people are dropping 40 or 50 bucks on 3f fruited stuff, this makes good sense where its at. make an effort to find this one if this is your jam, you certainly will not be disappointed.

 1,287 characters

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow orange in color. Fairly cloudy in appearance. Interesting tart smell. Drinks super light. Very minimal sourness and earthiness notes. Delicate.

 159 characters

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/12/15 notes. On tap at Proletariat in NYC.

Funky as hell, very earthy, oaky, funky, cheese, lightly sour.

Interesting. Not my favorite but worth checking out.

 168 characters

Photo of bruachan
4/5  rDev -3.4%

The head retention is good for a (part) lambic. A light/orangy amber color

Tart aromas with plenty of apricot and nectarine. German hops suggest a soured tripel. Good funkiness, I should say.

The flavor increases in acidity throughout the taste. Plenty of hop flavor and some yeasty complexity. I’d like more spice/pepper in a farmhouse/saison and the sweetness is too intense for style and goes somewhat unresolved at the finish, regardless of one’s style expectations.

 476 characters

Photo of corby112
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy and very dark orange color that's almost brown with apricot colored edges and a two finger frothy, off-white head.  Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick, lasting ring.  Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind.  Some noticeable yeast sediment even with a careful pour.  Still looks great though.

Earthy, funky aroma with zesty spice, crisp fruit, barnyard character, dry oak and subtle acetic vinegar. Really nice blend of saison on lambic characteristics.  Lambic is a small portion of blend but is really strong in the nose.  Saison notes of peppery spice, flower petal, barnyard funk and bready yeast.  Citrus and light fruit notes with some apricot, orange peel and grapefruit.  Nice and musty with lactic acid and funky bugs but the lambic notes don't overpower the saison character .

Medium bodied with a tart puckering mouthfeel and and a nice balance of saison notes with a touch of lambic.  Earthy funk with barnyard must, straw and hay with zesty spice, flower petal and sweet acetic acidity.  Lots of coriander and pepper followed by funky farmhouse yeast, orange peel, curaçao and grapefruit before finishing with dry acetic acid and other lambic notes.  Dry and funky with oak and a lingering, subtle acetic vinegar flavor that leaves me wanting more.  

 1,317 characters

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, found no dates stating bottled on or best before

A- Bright orange/amber colour, slighlty hazy. White head, about one finger. Decent retention (whichi is nice since it's part lambic) and lacing

S- Tartness upfront and pretty distinct though lambic is just 18% of the beer. A hint of funk and a slight fruitiness (pretty much lemon) on the back of things. Lacks complexity

T- Sadly, as the smell suggested this beer lacks complexity. The 3 fonteinen lambic is sure distinct, but what remains is pretty much just tartness, with no other notes. Sourness is mainly upfront. Some herbal/grassy hints, a slight spiciness, lemon and orange notes show up in the finish and in the aftertaste, but still pretty much subdued. It is tasty, but boring

M- Totally flat, no carbonation to speak of. Also very light in body. Feels like tart water if something like that exists

O- Overall still nicely drinkable, but just nothing really worth praises. Let's face it. You don't have to give it a good score just because you need to justify spending loads of money on it. This was the most expensive beer i've ever bought, and totally not worth it's price

 1,154 characters

Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Paul for sharing, review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy amber color with one finger foamy, off-white head, decent retention with sporadic lacing.

S: Very fruity aroma, does remind of a lambic slightly with a little tartness to it. A little musty/funk and a very floral aroma at the end.

T: Nice grassy flavor up front mixed with some light fruit, mostly apple and grape. There is a little bit of funk, but the flavor profile is a lot less lambic driven than the aroma was.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Different, not really similar to many beers I have had, and for that I give it some props. The sour fan in me would have preferred a bit more from the lambic, but at only 18% of the beer, I didn't expect it to be over the top.

 784 characters

Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml teardrop champagne style bottle poured into tulip 29/7/12

A hazy amber orange, a few tiny bubbles streaming up the side feeding a thin but dense cream colored head leaves some random lace

S lots of barnyard funk, citric hops, a little chewing gum and some white fleshed fruit, floral notes add a nice touch, smells great

T a little mint and dry cereal I didn't smell, slightly sour cider notes, smells good but missing a little complexity the nose had

M the tiny bubbles work well for it here making it feel creamy, slightly acidic and just a little tart

O 4.25 would be a nice option with this one so slightly higher here, interesting beer that was very easy too drink, no issues downing the big bottle solo

a nice mix of funk without going over the top, not at all what I was expecting but a pleasant surprise indeed

 833 characters

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a fairly clear golden color with a tall white head. An interesting fruitiness on the nose, almost tropical, and quite intense. The funk component is there, but not quite as much as just straight Drie Fonteinen lambic. A slight mustiness to go along with some straw and grass. The flavor has the same strong fruit flavor as well as a nice funk and a very good dryness on the finish (despite the sweetness that I do pick up). Interesting beer.

 453 characters

Photo of Converge
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a 13.5oz tulip.

A - Pours a deep golden-apricot with tons of haze. Small bubbly white head. Minimal retention and lacing, but that was expected. A rather unique looking brew.

S - Soft funk and tart fruitiness. Some peach, white grapes and apples. A little barnyard funk for sure, with some hay and other odd aromas. The lambic definitely dominates the nose, with only a touch of spices coming through from the saison. Subtle sweetness of powdered candy. Overall, this smells very nice and very inviting.

T - A little less interesting than the nose. Soft bretty funk, dry earthy herbal notes, bitter spices and subtle grassy hops. Pungent, yet rather thin and mild. Fruitiness is reserved, with some acidic lemon, white grape, and tart apple. A fair amount of peculiar complexities; chalk, salt, and even cheese. Light funk and tart notes linger nicely. Fruity notes and floral esters grow as it warms.

M - Slightly thin, but not overly so. Smooth feel. Moderate but light carbonation. Finishes quite dry.

D - This will, in all likelihood, be my only chance to try Drie Fonteinen, and even though the lambic portion is only 18%, it pretty much dominates the profile, and leaves little trace of BDD's Nuova Mattina. While an interesting experiment, the product yielded isn't all together tremendous. All around drinkable and tasty however, and a brew I was happy to try. Probably not worth the price though...

 1,438 characters

Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, John!

Orange with a thin white head with decent retention and lacing, this looks good. The nose is sour and funky. The saison base beer is clear in it rustic cereal character, along with a fruity, citrus nose. Modestly funky with clove and Brett notes nicely expressed. Nice lambic nose, though not quite as deeply complex.
The palate opens sour with a moderate lemony and lactic acids, but too thin. Nice Brett flavors with some dry, funky white wine, mildly mineral-like with dry and mildly musty grapes. Medium-light in body with a thin and watery finish that's got a nice lactic sourness, this is solid and very enjoyable. Thanks again, John!

 667 characters

Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By the glass at Max's today.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose... oh boy! I pick up considerable sour funk, along with honey, vanilla and light wine. This smells like a serious sour lambic or gueuze. The flavor profile replicate the nose, though I'm surprised by how dry it is, and how dominated by brett this beer is. The sour isn't over the top, but it still completely dominates the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, sour funk finish.

Mehhh... this is a solid beer, but I just think it could be so much more. The aroma profile really makes one think this will be incredible, but on the palate, it's kind of one dimensional. Still a solid beer, but it could be so much more...

 763 characters

Beersel Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 179 ratings