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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,269 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,269
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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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03-31-2013 03:06:09 | More by s1ckboy
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Swervine44

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03-09-2012 02:24:48 | More by Swervine44
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TX-Badger

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-28-2014 01:56:36 | More by TX-Badger
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andrewj17

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03-25-2012 23:16:54 | More by andrewj17
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MichaelBigbone

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-14-2013 03:07:45 | More by MichaelBigbone
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amishbooze

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-22-2013 22:14:34 | More by amishbooze
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BeachRez

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-26-2013 03:28:04 | More by BeachRez
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Mutton_Mammoth

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-26-2014 06:03:34 | More by Mutton_Mammoth
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Crumpetsnbeer

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-14-2012 16:59:11 | More by Crumpetsnbeer
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-21-2014 14:47:45 | More by afsdan
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jnikkel

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

02-24-2013 03:24:59 | More by jnikkel
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joshwalt

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

02-28-2013 01:13:55 | More by joshwalt
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dweeuu

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03-09-2013 04:38:45 | More by dweeuu
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

09-14-2012 19:15:59 | More by Giantspace
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brheuer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03-25-2013 00:55:53 | More by brheuer
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doc_logic

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-09-2014 02:12:45 | More by doc_logic
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-18-2014 03:30:18 | More by PatGreer
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Badger6

Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into a snifter, bottled 12/09/2013 from imprint on bottle neck.

A: Light yellow color, crystal clear, lots of visible carbonation. 1-2 fingers foamy, white head, diminishes rapidly with almost no lacing. Nothing about the appearance screams better than average....

S: Main scent of white grape juice. Saison yeast is noticeable, with notes of pepper, lemon and wet straw- distinctly Brett-like. Starting to get exciting, very complex aroma.

T: Tart grape flavors up front, immediately followed by peppery yeast, other spices like coriander and clove hinting through, distinct lemony notes, and stone fruits into a smooth and refreshing finish. Unlike most saisons this has no malty or bread aftertaste. Easily the most complex tasting saison I've ever had.

M: Crisp body with a surprisingly balanced carbonation considering the appearance. As the beer warmed the mouthfeel mellowed. No booziness, and very easy and refreshing on the palate.

O: This is not a typical DFH. It may be 'off-centered' and unique, but it is not funky like many of their offerings. The white grape must is about perfectly balanced to the underlying beer. Easily one of the easiest drinking beers I've tasted, yet incredibly complex and full of flavor. This is the first time I've tasted this offering from DFH, and it is easily my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 02:44:24 | More by Badger6
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stumac

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drinkin this with Amanda while watching Tai Chi Zero. Pours up and looks just like champagne. Light murky golden color with solid white head. Decent lacing. Aroma of white grape must, a hint of pale malts in the backdrop. Taste is Saison, green sour apples, white grape, musty, a lil hot, some lemon. Medium body. Smoothe easy carbo. I dig it

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 03:47:22 | More by stumac
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BuxMontBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on tap at the TGI Friday's in Rehoboth Beach, DE

Served and enjoyed from a goblet glass.

A - The beer is a nearly translucent, pale yellow color. Beer was delivered to the table with a one finger, white, fizzy head. It fades away to a light skim. A small amount of lacing left on the glass.

S - A slightly sweet, almost wine-like smell.

T - The initial sip totally reminded me of drinking a white wine. A very distinct, tart and sour taste. The grapes and juice used in the brewing process really shine through. Very smooth. As the beer sits a bit and the sampling went on, more of the yeasty, Belgian-style tastes came through(spicy and banana-like taste). The alcohol is slightly noticeable but this is really a highly drinkable beer.

M - Medium consistency. Moderate carbonation.

O - This beer really surprised me. I don't know what I was expecting but what I got was a fantastic beer from DFH. This beer, more than any other beer I've tried, would easily be enjoyed by both wine and beer lovers alike. Another great creation from DFH. Recommended.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 13:09:01 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DFH Signature glass on 3/8/12

Bottled in 2012B

Clear, pale gold hue - seems subdued but has a nice gleam when held to the light. A two finger head of fizzy white foam gives the impression of ephemeral doom, but the foam condenses into itself and deflates slowly from there, leaving thick rings of lace. Surprisingly impressive retention; doesn't get much better than this. Actually, it does. On the second pour, retention lasts longer and the already excellent lacing is thicker. Heck, this pour is even has more clarity.

For whatever reason I wasn't expecting the aroma to be so clean, but it is. The floral, prairie grass notes are all over the place, as are overtones of pollen. A touch of grain is softly woven in and is accented with spicy clove notes. Soft fruit tones drift about. I'm not sure what sort of aromas grape must imparts - perhaps the slight earthiness and dank quality?

Whoa, the taste is something else entirely. The grapes come through much more than in the aroma and have a dank, dense, over-ripe twinge. Yet somehow it keeps a nibble saunter. Simultaneously dusty and vinous. I'll admit that while there is a decent grassy backing, the spice and floral notes are downplayed, but I don't think it's a bad thing. Instead they quietly bolster the grapes which really take to wine-like flavor as the beer warms. I'm not inclined to call this tart or sour and biting is too strong a word. Perhaps nippy is sufficient. Toasty grains emerge after a while.

Body and overall feel are on the light side, but never fail to acknowledge the responsibility in transporting such flavor. Carbonation is spot-on, too; pillowy fizziness rolls around as it hits the 7am snooze button but soon accepts that it's morning and it's time to move along. The finish is chalk-dry and has a modest, lingering alcohol note and some flavor residuals. The grape-iness builds over time.

DFH did a good job with this one, managing to tread an awkward line between drinkable, interesting and an actual quality product. Noble Rot completely exceeded my uncertain expectations handily. My favorite part is that the complexities of the nose are expansive while the flavor profile is more stunted, making for broad experience all around.

I will pull the "smaller format" card on this one, though. A 750ml is a bit much for one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 05:36:53 | More by Ryan011235
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful clean light yellow pour, 2 fingers of fluffy/foamy bright white head which dissipated slowly, tons of visible carbonation, excellent head retention, great lacing. smells of bready pilsner malt, lemongrass, white wine, coriander. slightly tart/sour on the palate, a spicy black pepper feel up front which i'm guessing is from the belgian yeast strain, definitely tasting a lot of white wine grape flavors, nice and funky farmhouse flavors. this is a wonderful saison with a slightly tart/sour feel to it, medium in body with high carbonation it is both refreshing, and sweet.

as far as the weird one offs that DFH releases, this is one of the best i've had. a very delicious, very refreshingly perfect for this 60 degree day, slightly sour which is exactly what i was hoping for. love it.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 00:32:37 | More by facundoCNB
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2012 15:42:14 | More by Billolick
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stampfler07

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very light golden in color with a substantial frothy head and good lacing, some small bubbles rising rapidly through the glass

S- White, tangy grape aroma almost like a white wine, some green apple and a touch of lemon

T- Very white wine like on the front with plenty of dryness, in the middle the tartness fades somewhat with just a touch of bitterness, finish of sweet green apple and a tingling alcohol warmth

M- Moderate carbonation and very light in body

O- Quite enjoyable and complex, I very much enjoyed this beer and the marriage of wine and beer flavors and textures. Definitely will seek this out again in the future

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 02:11:59 | More by stampfler07
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Vec2267

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - crystal clear, pale yellow, lots of little bubbles, small white head that falls quickly but leaves decent lacing

S - grapes, lemon, acrid, some spice

T - very crisp and tart, the taste is dominated by the grape juice, green apple, lemon

M - extremely crisp and light, very refreshing

O - without the carbonation and the head I would have thought this was a glass of pinot gris - and this is better than any I've had recently - the beer elements add a richness and lushness that is a perfect foil to the tartness

I tend to prefer sweet to tart, and I can't stand Brett, so I am surprised I enjoyed this as much as I did. This is most definitely more wine than beer, but wow what a great marriage.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 23:09:10 | More by Vec2267
Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
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