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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,404 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,404
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 100
Gots: 160 | 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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4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 750ml DFH champagne-style bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; it has a bottling date but to be honest I’m not sure what it means, other than it was brewed in 2012 (“BOTTLED ON: 2012E 13:27”)—but I’m given to believe this is a relatively fresh bottle. So, I dunno.

Appearance (4.0): Three fingers of bone-white, crackling head with plenty of fat, coarse bubbles and less of the fine foam. It has average retention, leaving a film on the surface after a while with a broad, thin collar; decent lacing around the glass. The body is a crystal-clear straw yellow, really surprisingly clear and crisp-looking (if I didn’t know what was in the glass I’d say it was an AAL). Crazy.

Smell (4.25): What an incredibly vinous aroma . . . mineral character (like pinot grigio), rather acidic white grape peel (like sauvignon blanc), and light and tart; but there’s also a somewhat subtle, underlying spiciness and earthiness that goes with the saison character. This is seriously like 50-50 wine and saison.

Taste (4.25): Just like the nose: again, a 50-50 hybrid, it seems. Very crisp, with modestly spicy (white pepper, some coriander) and earthy notes mixing with the same kind of mineral character in the nose—but then there’s a fruit dimension that’s part wine, part saison: lemon, pear, apricot, some lime, just all very bright and light but with a tart body and a soft edge. Plus a very, very lemony finish (coming from the hops?). No sense of alcohol whatsoever. What. The hell. Is going on here.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Once more, almost a 50-50 balance. Good carbonation with a velvety, creamy feel that tingles veeeery satisfyingly on the way down. The body is light, and has only a small amount of the starchiness of beer, and transitions into a very vinous finish with moderately acidic feel.

Overall (4.25): All in all, this has been a really enjoyable experience. Noble Rot walks the beer-wine line shockingly well—it really does appear to be as much beer as it does wine, without detracting from either set of qualities at all. This was a really excellent experiment in beer, and I’m very happy to have tried this. Definitely recommended for anyone who appreciates saisons or dry, white wine.

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Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,404 ratings.