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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,267 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,267
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 90
Gots: 142 | FT: 5
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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Proteus93

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always enjoy Sam's experiments, even if the beer isn't one of my favourite things.

A: Pale blonde topped with more head than I might have expected. Maybe it's the connection with wine, but I didn't really give the head much consideration. It recedes fairly quickly, but since it was poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter with a nucleation point, the bubbles continue to rise and leave a light mist over the top of the beer.

S: Musty, vinous, with a little bit of a yeast 'funk.' It all works fairly well together, and quite delicately. I can certainly appreciate the nose on this... it's one of the more unique scents from a beer that I have experienced.

T + M: The flavor is very vinous... pinot gris really stands out, but quite sweet--as far as wines go, that is. It's certainly not cloying. A little hint of citrus, and a little bit of barnyard-like yeastiness adding some interesting characters. All the while, the beer is quite dry with a sparkling body, somewhat reminiscent of champagne.

D: I found this to be one of the more fascinating brews I've experienced, and one of the better experiments from DFH. I certainly plan on picking up more to experience it again. While I am certainly no wine connoisseur, I do know that much of what is acceptable (and even encouraged) in beer can ruin a wine. This rather significant difference between the two makes this an unlikely marriage, and I'm pleased to see that the potential negative could be avoided to create an intriguing hybrid of the two... now if it could be done with a red varietal,!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 05:11:47 | More by Proteus93
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Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,267 ratings.