1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

Not Rated.
Noble RotNoble Rot

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

1,264 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,264
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 89
Gots: 142 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,264 | Reviews: 294 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
MattyG85

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 08:36:44 | More by MattyG85
More User Reviews:
Photo of condorsim
condorsim

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-28-2014 18:15:57 | More by condorsim
Photo of M1A2
M1A2

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-28-2014 16:06:22 | More by M1A2
Photo of alexsergio
alexsergio

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-27-2014 18:36:38 | More by alexsergio
Photo of DrStiffington
DrStiffington

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-27-2014 18:01:34 | More by DrStiffington
Photo of seanchai
seanchai

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-27-2014 08:01:29 | More by seanchai
Photo of scott2269
scott2269

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-27-2014 05:05:38 | More by scott2269
Photo of G_Est
G_Est

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-26-2014 23:41:01 | More by G_Est
Photo of bkonk10
bkonk10

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-26-2014 20:50:41 | More by bkonk10
Photo of Mutton_Mammoth
Mutton_Mammoth

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-26-2014 06:03:34 | More by Mutton_Mammoth
Photo of Petersfavoritebrews
Petersfavoritebrews

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-26-2014 05:36:09 | More by Petersfavoritebrews
Photo of DrBier
DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-26-2014 04:10:08 | More by DrBier
Photo of Doomcifer
Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-26-2014 03:15:25 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of Buttstallion
Buttstallion

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-25-2014 19:30:46 | More by Buttstallion
Photo of DamienI
DamienI

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-25-2014 19:29:42 | More by DamienI
Photo of Syraquse
Syraquse

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-24-2014 02:49:16 | More by Syraquse
Photo of LostandBound
LostandBound

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-23-2014 00:12:54 | More by LostandBound
Photo of bosslux
bosslux

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-22-2014 15:42:38 | More by bosslux
Photo of joegard
joegard

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-22-2014 14:03:45 | More by joegard
Photo of MattXT
MattXT

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-21-2014 17:45:42 | More by MattXT
Photo of Wolfsley
Wolfsley

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-21-2014 04:38:28 | More by Wolfsley
Photo of groleau
groleau

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-21-2014 01:44:05 | More by groleau
Photo of Tonerelia
Tonerelia

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-21-2014 01:16:30 | More by Tonerelia
Photo of Tscheer82
Tscheer82


2/5  rDev -48.2%

07-20-2014 22:01:05 | More by Tscheer82
Photo of dbauer78
dbauer78

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-20-2014 21:59:51 | More by dbauer78
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,264 ratings.