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:
165
Reviews:
32
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.76%
 
 
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20
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is very sour, tart, and funky along with some spice notes. Taste is the same with a dry woody aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that displays the lambic much more than the saison.

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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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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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 metter98
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle at the Hill Farmstead Anniversary Party, Friday night portion. I didn't write down the name, but thank you very much. From what I remember, this is a saison that then used Drie Fonteinen gueuze dregs. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a medium yellow-golden color that is mostly clear. Good fluffy white head with some ringy lacing on the way down. The nose brings quite a bit of funk along with some floral character. Bit of barnyard and hay. The flavor brings flowers and funk. Really like being on a farm with all of the elements there. Good body of straw and hay. Slight bitterness in the finish to go with the good amount of funk. Light to medium body with above average carbonation. Dry finish. Really good bottle. Glad to have tried this.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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

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

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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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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4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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