Beersel Mattina | Birrificio Del Ducato

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato
Italy
birrificiodelducato.com

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!
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Added by Thorpe429 on 06-04-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
166
Reviews:
32
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.76%
 
 
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Reviews by craytonic:
Photo of craytonic
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Popped up at whole foods in DC, I saw "Drie Fonteinen" on the label and purchased it instantly.

Appearance: yellow-hazy pour with a touch of orange.

Smell: spicy floral notes with definite drie fonteinen funk in the back. Spices are coriander, ginger and a few others I couldn't pin down.

Taste: I spent the entire bottle trying to find and enjoy the drie fonteinen element, I wish the blend component of 3F was 100% instead of only 18%. The spices make it interesting but ultimately not interesting enough.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, average carbonation. Very dry

Overall: decent beer, mostly because of the 3F addition, but very expensive.

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Photo of corby112
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
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.  

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Doomcifer
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of tigg924
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RickyS
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of JFrank78
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml teardrop bottle, 6.2% ABV. From the Italian label: a blend of the New Morning saison, and Drie Fonteinen's contributory lambic, subsequently aged for 18 months in the bottle.

This beer pours a hazy, sparsely pepper speck-strewn medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of dense and thickly foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some consistent blocky, mesa-esque lace around the glass as it gradually sinks away.

It smells of sour fruit, a bit of cherry and apple identifiers, with an underlying white cereal graininess, and a soft funky yeastiness. The taste displays nice floral, honeyed pale malt, and a much more moderated tartness, with the fruitiness dropping away a tad, letting the yeast character grow in kind. The funky earthiness is given almost free rein, amongst a clattering mineral note, that does little beyond, oh, providing the distraction that keeps things quite relatively sane.

The carbonation is softly frothy, the body a subtle middleweight, yet edgy and prickly at the same time, laying waste to the prospect of outright smoothness. It finishes a little more sweet than one would expect, bit still in the realm of the nicely sour lambic family.

A blend of an Italian farmhouse ale and hipster-friendly Belgian lambic. Works for me, the saison softness taking the edge off of an overly (big surprise) influential sour ale astringency. In the end, a pretty drinkable baby Frankenstein - hey, it's my first exposure, if only in a small dose, to 3F, and the name now makes sense, as the place name ode that it is.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Highbury09
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IKR
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of BKotch
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamLand
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.99/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funkadelic. Yes it is.

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Photo of largadeer
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Craig. 78% Saison with spices, 18% Drie Fonteinen lambic. Pours a glowing but cloudy amber with a tall head that retains nicely. Spicy, floral nose with citrus, ginger, mild funkiness and oak, slight sourness. Palate is light but flavorful, citrus forward (orange, pineapple, lemon) with moderate but indistinct spiciness, some herbal hop bite and a balanced, integrated sourness. The finish is bitter, spicy, strongly tannic. This is surprisingly good.

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Beersel Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
4.11 out of 5 based on 166 ratings.
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