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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,333 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,333
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 98
Gots: 155 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This saison-esque science project gets complexity and fermentable sugars from two unique wine grapes sourced with our friends at Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Prosser, Wash.

The first addition is unfermented juice, known as must, from viognier grapes that have been infected with a benevolent fungus called botrytis. This noble rot reduces the water content in the grapes while magnifying their sweetness and complexity. The second is pinot gris must intensified by a process called dropping fruit, where large clusters of grapes are clipped to amplify the quality of those left behind.

Noble Rot is brewed with pils and wheat malts and fermented with a distinct Belgian yeast strain. It has a spicy white wine body and a dry, tart finish.

(Beer added by: paulozanello on 02-20-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

hooliganlife, Sunday at 01:04 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

chaski101, Saturday at 01:06 AM
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4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very light yellow color, small white head with slight purplish cast, and signficant lacing.

S - Funky sour notes typical of certain Belgian yeasts, a slightly sour fruit odor coupled with mild maltiness and grain elements.

T - Follow the nose, but the clean pils and wheat malts are front and center, making for a wonderful combination of wine and beer. Delicious banana and bubble gum flavors pop up out of the yeast esters, proving the Belgian yeast is alive and well here. The close is a subtle wine sourness, that fades slowly.

M - Clean, crisp, and no sign of the serious ABV for the style.

O - Not a standard saison or farmhouse by any stretch, but a delicious and clean rendition that makes for a real surprise. I picked this one up on clearance, and now I wish I'd grabbed a couple more.

Tsar_Riga, Sep 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

grange893, Sep 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

livingtodie, Sep 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

tastes like a west african

one_young_somalian, Sep 22, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev -3.4%

VBWharfRat, Sep 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Not great. But you can understand the unique quality of this beer. You get the white wine feel, and the Belgian flare. You also have a slight sour aspect in this. I really was left wanting something more.But good overall.

Celtics17, Sep 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

hermit990, Sep 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

embass, Sep 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

TheAnk, Sep 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Brams17, Sep 16, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

wethorseblanket, Sep 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Washuffizi98, Sep 15, 2014
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

RyanGoodman, Sep 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

ptbathur, Sep 11, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

750ml bottle into a wine glass. This is a 2012 bottle - time to see how well it's held up.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color. The head is less than a finger high, white in shade...and it's gone. Terrible retention. No lacing, either. (2.25)

Smell: Somewhat...interesting, shall I say. There's a distinct note of crackery malt, backed by some Belgian yeast (albeit in a rudimentary fashion). Grape must makes itself more known the longer it opens up, along with a faint kiss of tart bacteria (I think?) At times, it makes a decent interpretation of a brett inoculated beer...so maybe it's a successful experiment? (3.5)

Taste: At first, its wine influence comes through strongly, with a healthy white grape note. Certainly, the aforementioned influence works FAR more fluidly than, say, 61 did. Its yeast profile manages to meld successfully with the grape flavors. A gentle wisp of bacteria-derived tartness on the back end is actually the main reason why this beer is so rock-solid. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: As expected, it's light in body and high in carbonation. The finish is slightly sweet and long, but forgivable considering it's not really trying to be a proper saison. No alcohol comes through either, so this is very easy to drink, if not quite refreshing. (3.5)

Overall: How 'bout them apples, one of DFH's crazy gimmicks actually works! It's a solid cross between wine and beer - even better, it doesn't actually seem like a crazy gimmick once I drink it. I'm genuinely shocked how tasty it is - it could even crack the 4 territory with a bit more depth. (3.75)

3.6/5: Doesn't taste gimmicky, it just tastes pretty damn good

ThisWangsChung, Sep 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Mr_Hoptimistic, Sep 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

RoamingGnome, Sep 08, 2014
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Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,333 ratings.