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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,302 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,302
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 95
Gots: 149 | 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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Kooz

New York

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

Looks crisp, pours pale yellow. Could almost be mistaken for a Bud. Taste sweet with an overall boozy feel, almost like a port. It's very nice. Mouthfeel is good; it's foamy and creamy, and really warms everything up. Smell sweet and slightly boozy. Overall, this is one of my favorite offerings from one of the best breweries on the planet.

05-06-2013 03:01:33 | More by Kooz
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DavyJones

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-10-2012 15:53:18 | More by DavyJones
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Florida

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wesbrownyeah

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Dogfish Head Noble Rot Saison style beer 9% as stated on the bottle. Poured from 25.4oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Crystal clear yellow fluid with a huge one and a half inch white head that falls slowly to a quarter inch of frothy head leaving the thickest patchy lacing i've ever seen on a Farmhouse beer.

S- Sweet white grapes with a little yeasty funk come to mind upfront. Dusty cellar lemon and grape musk is noted with citrus like rot scent as well.

T-M- Taste is one of a kind with a bite of unripe white grapes straight off the vine flavor and a musky over rippend rotten grape finish... nice mixture of Saison flavor. First off the taste is some what wine like with slight yeasty undertones to make it beer. Funky after taste of very overdone yeast almost makes its flavor a over fermented apple cider.
Mouthfeel is a watery medium carbonated sweet juice like fluid with a lingering musky film on the palate.

O- Looks like its a joke but one sip will leave you wanting more. For the style i'm not sure its there with the Farmhouse but its a sweeter version... OK in my book.

02-04-2012 02:14:32 | More by wesbrownyeah
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SkiBum22

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-04-2014 18:49:47 | More by SkiBum22
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #62 (Mar 2012):

LOOK: Very pale, bright, clear, Pils-like, active, big frothy white foam head

SMELL: Vinous, Pinot Gris, cheese, fruity, musty

TASTE: Light, vinous, concentrated white grape juice, fruity, slightly acidic, dry, spicy, cheesy, musty, tannic

This Saison (of sorts) was brewed with botrytis (noble rot) infected juice from Viognier grapes and Pinot Gris must, which was intensified by “dropping fruit” (cropping the grapes). It’s then balanced with Pilsner and wheat malts, and finished with a Belgian yeast strain. Although its wine-like flavors dominate, Noble Rot tastes just as interesting as it sounds; demanding a “must” try for adventurous palates.

01-17-2013 03:37:03 | More by BeerAdvocate
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California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-11-2014 07:04:01 | More by DaftPatrick
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-08-2012 16:17:20 | More by csmartin6
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warnerry

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +9.6%

A - Pours clear yellow/golden brown with almost two fingers of creamy white head. Head has good retention. Pretty nice lacing.

S - Light earthy musty funk, pils malt and white wine. also some grain in the aroma. Somewhat mild, but nice.

T - The grape component of this is quite prominent. Taste includes some grape juice flavors, as well as white wine flavors. Has a pleasant tartness to it, especially near the finish. Also a nice funk presence, not overly heavy, but present throughout and more prominent on the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel has a nice acidity, with a dry earthy finish.

O - In some ways, this is one of my favorites from DFH. Definitely not a traditional saison, but a nice twist on the style.

05-21-2012 02:35:09 | More by warnerry
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MJLatimer

Maine

3/5  rDev -22.3%

02-27-2012 02:18:11 | More by MJLatimer
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Wisconsin

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Florida

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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

On tap at the Birdsall House, in Peekskill, NY. At least a few months ago and reviewed from notes.

Pours near clear, light and yellowish. Also a near white delicate head, that leaves dense sheeting and ample fine lace.

Fruity wine like nose, grapey, dry and acidic.

This is a bittingly dry and at the same time quite fruity and flavorful creation. Wine like, crisp, complex and yummy in general. Nice job here by DFH

12-18-2012 15:42:14 | More by Billolick
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-21-2012 05:43:33 | More by standardcherry
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jburchett

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

04-21-2012 22:23:52 | More by jburchett
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mjtiernan

New York

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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Noble Rot opens with an almost Flemish nose, full of sour and tart aromas that tingle the nasal passages. Lemons, oranges, limes, and pink grapefruit dominate the profile, along with a good backing of the kind of sour funk that goes well with Flemish sours (though nowhere near the potency). A good layer of baguette lies just beneath, joined by brown sugars and touches of caramel. Overall, the nose is intriguing, and obviously bends toward the citrus and sour profile, though is balanced enough by sugars and grain aromas to not smell like sour citrus candy.

On the tongue, the beer is more sour than the nose let on, beginning with a huge dose of fresh-squeezed and unsweetened lemon, lime, and grapefruit juices, mixed with a sour flavor that nicely complements the tartness, much like eating just the skin of a peeled grape or kiwi, without the sweet center to offset the tangy rind. These opening flavors make up the vast majority of the flavor profile, making the beer taste somewhat like sour candy. Some brown sugars and toast crust lie beneath, but can get easily lost against the sour/tart blast. The aftertaste is more sour/tart, perhaps even strengthened by the dying off of sugars, and at least for this reviewer is mixed with an overtone that reminds me of accidentally biting into a grape stem, or gnawing on a fresh-cut green tree twig, being heavily woody and plant-like. This latter flavor doesn't quite fit with the rest of the brew, and makes the aftertaste moderately unpleasant. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, once I got used to the sour/tart combo, I found the beer quite good, especially after I noticed that the flavors were strong enough to mask the 9% ABV. I do wish something could be done about the tree twig aftertaste, but luckily another mouthful of beer quickly solves that (admittedly, this is a very dangerous solution). Certainly an interesting brew, and like almost everything Dogfish Head makes, is worth trying.

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Janeinma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%

Rich golden hued ale with just a trace of head that covers half of the top of this beer. Excellent clarity and vibrant carbonation bubbles. There's not much aroma here but I get the faint grape must that could almost be mistaken for a lager yeast smell. The taste delivers the strong,dry white grape flavor. The mouth is is moderately carbonated and dry.

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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, funky, and very juicy Belgian style aroma with big hints of grapes. Belgian yeast upfront with hints of pepper, clove, and a Brett like funky scent. Big white wine like scent of white grapes. Also some fruit hints of pear, apple, and citrus orange and lemon zest. Pale malts with hints of grains, wheat, straw, cracker, and biscuit. Some candied sugar as well. Hop presence is pretty subtle. A nicely zesty and spicy aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a nicely juicy, tart, and yeasty Belgian style taste with lots of grapes. Upfront taste of Belgian yeast with good notes of black peppers, clove, and a funky taste that is somewhat Brett like. Big taste of white grapes throughout giving a nicely tart white wine like taste. Also some fruit notes of pear, apple, lemon zest, and orange. Sweet notes of candied sugar. Soft pale malt with notes of wheat, grains, biscuit, straw, and cracker. Hops are very subtle. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Very juicy, spritzy, and funky. Finishes pretty dry. Alcohol heat is covered very well.

Overall: A very good twist on a Belgian Saison/Farmhouse ale. Good Belgian yeast notes with a great kick of tart and funky grapes.

01-17-2014 08:36:44 | More by MattyG85
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,302 ratings.