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

1,250 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,250
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 90
Gots: 140 | 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: 1,250 | Reviews: 294 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Proteus93:
Photo of Proteus93
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
More User Reviews:
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
Photo of Howlader
Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.3%

07-20-2014 20:06:01 | More by Howlader
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-19-2014 05:20:37 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
Photo of terrysjag
terrysjag

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-18-2014 23:33:42 | More by terrysjag
Photo of JoeRossi33
JoeRossi33

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-18-2014 15:48:01 | More by JoeRossi33
Photo of PatGreer
PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-18-2014 03:30:18 | More by PatGreer
Photo of KnowYourCraft
KnowYourCraft

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-14-2014 23:20:42 | More by KnowYourCraft
Photo of jbriggs7
jbriggs7

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.3%

07-14-2014 17:31:56 | More by jbriggs7
Photo of pisano
pisano

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-14-2014 16:09:00 | More by pisano
Photo of TheBrother
TheBrother

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-13-2014 20:29:13 | More by TheBrother
Photo of Mneme1984
Mneme1984

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-13-2014 19:18:32 | More by Mneme1984
Photo of pat_usher
pat_usher

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-12-2014 14:30:30 | More by pat_usher
Photo of Beans11
Beans11

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-12-2014 13:45:47 | More by Beans11
Photo of jburns301
jburns301

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-11-2014 03:44:07 | More by jburns301
Photo of drwatson32
drwatson32

Ohio

5/5  rDev +29.5%

07-10-2014 16:20:35 | More by drwatson32
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,250 ratings.