Beersel Mattina | Birrificio Del Ducato

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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
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
164
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.76%
 
 
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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 woosterbill
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Major thanks to Dan for sharing this very interesting-sounding brew.

A: Warm, slightly hazy amber body with 1/2" of ultrafine tan head. Ok retention, spotty lace.

S: Interesting. Floral funk, grapes, and some terrific flinty minerality. I want it to smell like Geuze, and it's obviously not quite to that level of funkiness. There's almost a ginger-like spiciness to it, which is fascinating - reminds me of Buffalo Rock soda. Hugely complex, very nice.

T: Starts out smooth and fruity, with powerful funk building in toward the long, clean, mineral-laden finish. Very, very enjoyable.

M: Exceedingly soft, lightly carbonated medium body. So, so, creamy and delicate.

O: This was a great beer, but I could never quite shake the nagging feeling that any blending with lesser beer is a waste of 3F Lambic. I'd love to see what this beer does with some time on it...

Cheers!

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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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Photo of timtim
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with an off-white head that sticks for a bit and leaves some lace. nose is well-integrated ginger and green peppercorn on top of oak, a slight funk, bright citrus, some malty sweetness, flowers and earth. taste follows suit and exhibits undercurrents of sour and funk, but it's if they were meant to be there. spicy finish with a warming sensation that seems to well up in a gingery green peppercorn kind of way and meld with a tiny bit of a hop kick and barrel notes. spices seem to amp up and play off of the oak. medium body with soft carbonation and a silky feel. very nice. good harmony. definitely not overpowered by the drie.

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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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Photo of ferrari29
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into a stemmed wine glass

A - Beer pours with a nice white, one finger sized, white colored head; plenty of visible carbonation; lacing was moderate in appearance; orange, light amber colored body; opaque

S - Deep, deep, leather and oak, wooden barrel nose; smell of rich red vinegar; not much else here, slight touch of malt, but its mostly covered up by the sourness that emanates from this beer

T - Well-balanced sour; one taste from the palate ensures a wide spectrum of flavors, sourness; deep earthy oak flavors; and touch of lime tartness; I really liked this one

M - Moderately carbonated; rich with leathery sour goodness; dry aftertaste and flavor washes away very quickly

D - Overall, this was a fantastic drink; I really love the Gueuze tone on this farmhouse ale; brewers found the perfect balance and walked a very fine line between your traditional farmhouse ale and a typical sour-forward beer; it could go either way

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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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Beersel Mattina from Birrificio Del Ducato
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