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!
14°

Added by Thorpe429 on 06-04-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
165
Reviews:
32
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.76%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
32
For Trade:
2
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1.75/5  rDev -57.4%

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2.88/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of robbiepmelton
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
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

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IHyphySF
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Nice dark gold liquid small head that quickly evaporates after the inital pour.

S: Grapefruit and citrus smells of lemon and limes. The spices i smell are cinnamon and a slight smell of caradamon. The smell is quite tart and the 3fontinen lambic stands out.

T: Light refreshing saison with a light tartness to it. The mix is interesting and it is hard to classify it because it has that farmhouse funk with lemons and citurs but at the back of your mouth but the sour lambic stands out and has the fruity flavors of cherries.

M: the carbonation in this is quite low and i wish it had more bubbles in it. If it had better carbonation i would have enjoyed this much more.

O: This is a great beer but the prictag on it would make me skip buying another one. If the carbonation was slightly more bubbly i would be into it more and would buy a few more bottles of this. Overall taste is amazing and refreshing would definitely drink this on a warm day. This is one of those expensive purchases to try at least once.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

A very pleasant herbal/wheat concoction with nice citrus highlights.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Derek
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Beersel Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
4.11 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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