Beer: Nuova Mattina
Brewery: Birrificio Del Ducato
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Rich golden opaque body with a frothy white head that leaves a thick lacing.
Smell: Bright lemon and grass notes with a slight Saison yeast funk. It reminds me of walking by a fresh garden.
Flavor: Well I’ll be damned; I’ve never tasted anything quite like this before. Not only is it like walking by a fresh garden, it’s also like drinking a fresh garden. In the best way possible (the worst way possible would be being reminded of fertilizer I suppose).
Feel: Thin with full carbonation.
Concluding Remark: Our first Italian beer of the year, Birrificio’s Nuova Mattina is Terrifico and worth it’s steep price ($7 for 330ml). While drinking Nuova Mattina, I can imagine a piccola Nonna picking fresh herbs and fruits from her Tuscan garden, throwing them into a ceramic vat, and letting it all ferment through the winter to produce this sensational beer to enjoy in the nuova mattina (new morning).
This Italian Farmhouse Ale is brewed with coriander, ginger, green pepper, and chamomile. You can really detect each flavor as you go, from the slight spice of the ginger, to crispness of the green pepper, to the soothing element of the chamomile. It’s a beer for any season, for any time of day, from the new morning to the…old night? Sure. Yeah. Old night.