Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.54/5 rDev -8.3%
On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.
Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and slight grape aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink but nothing all that special.
06-09-2013 02:31:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.63/5 rDev -6%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a fairly-clear golden color with a nice white head that sticks around before falling and leaving a good amount of lacing. The nose brings forward some nice saison yeast along with white wine and grapes. Also there is a bit of light citrus character. The flavor melds spice and white-wine character fairly well, adding in a bit of acidity. The mouthfeel is fairly light and has a lightly-acidic finish that is nice and dry. Experimental for sure, but certainly well made.
05-31-2011 11:12:48 | More by Thorpe429
3.91/5 rDev +1.3%
A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass surrounded by a thin film of bubbles covering the remainder of the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of white wine grapes are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the flavors taste a lot like white wine. Hints of spicy yeast are detectable towards the finish. Considering the beer's strength, surprisingly no alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with some notes of dryness towards the finish.
O: I found this to be a very interesting beer that's also quite drinkable—it's like sipping a "light" version of a pinot grigio white wine that isn't as full-bodied or dry and also hides its alcohol a lot better. I would definitely consider getting this again, especially if I was sharing it with a friend that really liked wine and was open to trying something different for a change.
08-15-2013 02:19:02 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Appearance: A hard pour raises a rocky inch of head; if it weren't for the lazy bubbles rising from the base of the tulip, I would say it looks like the Viognier that was mixed into the wort; quite a few strands of lacing, however
Smell: Interesting to pick out the wine and beer elements in the aroma; the pilsner malt is discernable but the grape aromatics from the Viognier grapes are more prominent - a bit of tart grape/lemon and a touch of honey
Taste: A touch of pilsner malt and then the tart grape flavors take over, adding a lemony bite by mid-palate; with the Botrytis I would have thought this might be sweeter though I do get a hint of it underneath; in the aftertaste, I would swear I was drinking a glass of white wine as the finish is primarily in a vinous direction
Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; the grapes add a puckery element
Overall: These Dogfish Head experiments are usually hit or miss for me; this one is a little different as I enjoyed it but would be unlikely to seek it out again
02-18-2012 22:08:25 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy beige color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with light spicy yeast ester and some light dry grape notes light dry hoppy notes also distinguishable. Taste is a complex mix of rustic malt with dry hoppy notes with light dry grapes notes that are more subtle then I had expected. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and hard to describe but very complex and still easily drinkable. I was almost expecting a mess of flavour based on the description but Dogfish were really able to create a very unique and interesting beer.
07-06-2012 18:22:00 | More by Phyl21ca
3.63/5 rDev -6%
Dogfish Head's introduction of Noble Rot is an exciting and refreshing choice that's ideally suited for hotter summer days. So why is this a dead-middle-of-winter release?
The beer pours as authentic Belgian Saisons should- bright yellow in color and carrying a mild hazed that allows for a diffused glow to emit. A fluffy white head caps the beer and retains well but eventually sucumbs to the acidity yet to come. The lighter color could suggest Berliner Weisse instead.
A spirited and tangy nose brings about the spicy fruity notes that make Saisons so wonderful. Crabapples, white grapes, under-rippened berries, and lemons offer a bright and refreshing scent with 0only a modest background note of light bread and yeast. The focused aromas are very direct and all about the grape.
Certainly lovers of white wines would appreciate this beer as the taste is simplistic and dedicated to chardonay flavor along with raw white grapes and must. Accented by the fermentation notes of tart apples, berries, lemons, and with the balance of white pepper and lactic acidity- the beer borrows Saison-like characteristics to add layers of complexity to the dominant grape flavor. Tartness boarders on sour notes and also make me think of Berliner Weissbiers as much as it does Saison. The supple support of pilsner malt comes across much more like wheat for a slightly elevated bread flavor and feel.
Bone-dry from start to finish, the beer's early and terse creaminess falls just as soon as the carbonation subsides. The dry-fruity, spicy character seems to disolve into the surfaces of the mouth and avoids feeling weighted in finish and aftertaste. Refreshing tartness allows a pleasant powdery tannic texture late and seems to dry the mouth.
Remarkably, the 9% alcohol is nowhere to be found. The alcohol warmth is surplanted by sharp acidity and making this beer much more drinkable than it should be. This is not a typical Saison. The brewers went and Dogfish Headed it up pretty well. Anyone seeking this beer should expect a lot of grape character and Berliner Weisse tartness to dominate.
02-20-2012 18:00:15 | More by BEERchitect
3.9/5 rDev +1%
Frothy three finger head with excellent retention and nice lacing on a clear straw with light gold hues body. Very crisp aroma with strong fruity ester presence mostly lemon and Belgian spice. Flavor is more on the sour side than sweet. More lemon mostly with an herbal note to the finish. Light to medium body and high carbonation with a moister finish than many other sailings out there. Overall a nice offering from dogfish. Little too sour for my tastes when it comes to saisons.
02-21-2012 13:05:01 | More by kylehay2004
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
750ml bottle - $10.99 at Sprayberry Bottle Shop in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale yellow body, though, with a little tinge of green to it. Fluffy, white heads that cashes out quickly leaving on appreciable lacing as it goes.
Smell: Initial scents of lemon verbena, winey grapes, apples, and pears. Then, the soft wheat and pils malts. Characterful saison yeast throughout. Also, some alcohol definitely catching the nose.
Taste: Pils, wheat malts, a little grainy, a little doughy with some ground spice notes and moderate, initial sweetness. White grape, apple, even some tart pears interwoven with a lemony, herbal kick, but, mainly it's the taste of white wine. Lightly musty. The underlying spiciness ramps up a bit as the alcohol quickly takes hold, heading towards the warming, tart, relatively dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: It's solid. While not loved, I did like it fairly well for an interesting, wine-like, fusion-type beverage.
02-23-2013 19:58:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.9/5 rDev +1%
This beer poured out with a very beautiful clarity to it. The beer was clear yellow in color with a fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer has a little bit of funk on the nose but remains pretty soft. The taste of the beer bites the sides of the tongue. It's got an interesting amount of sourness to it but it's not strong enough to make you pucker up. It tastes more along the lines of a white wine. The mouthfeel is light, with moderate carbonation. Overall it was an enjoyable Saision.
02-06-2012 18:14:21 | More by Knapp85
4.5/5 rDev +16.6%
I had this on tap at the brewpub on 4/30/2011.
Served in a snifter glass it was a hazy golden color with a creamy off-white head. The retention was poor but that might have been from a dirty glass, and it didn't leave much lacing behind at all.
The aroma was stunning. It was bright and full, and fruity and sweet and somewhat tart. It's made with Botrytis- infected Viognier and Pinot Gris grapes, and I could really smell the Viognier.
In the mouth it was medium bodied with a smooth, fine-bubbled median carbonation that gave a gentle caress to the tongue. The slight tartness accentuated that a bit, leaving you with a gentle zest.
The flavor was very much as the aroma suggested it would be, but fuller and richer. It was sweetish with a somewhat tart zing and some slight funk within a golden and lightly-bready "Pilsen" malt base. It was mineralish, like crushed granite dust; and along with a bit of grassiness, a mild underlying bitterness, and a spritz of alcohol it balanced the very grape-like fruitiness nicely. It finished with a note of sweet fruit, funk and tart dryness (like wet-straw and chalk-dust), leaving behind a mild astringency.
Overall it was unique, refreshing, and interesting. Well worth seeking out!!!
05-01-2011 13:59:41 | More by NeroFiddled
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
This is the clearest yellow that you'll ever see on a beer. It all starts off crazy biting with this acidic thing going on, but either it calms down or my taste buds get used to it. I probably get used to it as there is still a kind of bite to it. I dig it, but it may be too much for some. Nice sugar and sweet tones with lots of fruity aspects. It's a pretty unique beer that leans very much towards the Belgian style of things, though remains unique. I'd be interested to see what this is like in a few years with some age.
04-14-2012 07:37:55 | More by RblWthACoz
4.35/5 rDev +12.7%
Pale yellow golden hue with a bright white head flowing thick...slightly clouded with a brilliant white head flowing thick. Aroma tart grapes with a fruity heirloom note, wild funky notes, bittering hops are minimal but explosive. Flavor has great white wine notes, including sugary notes of tart grape funk and wild hop notes especially deceiving considering the type of beer. I like how they call it a sorta-saison kind of a catch all terminology. Body isn't cloying at all, medium bodied with a dry finish. Mellow carbonation for sure, drinks much like a white wine. Overall as creative as beer ever gets using mainly infected grape juice to make a saison that doesn't suck. I just think it's more mead or wine like than anything related to a beer.
04-06-2012 23:26:40 | More by WVbeergeek
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
Served in a Dogfish head goblet, check my twitter feed if you don't believe me. Beer is yellow, light clear with big bubbles, lot of carbonation, white bubbles, bright white, lots of lacing, decent retention. Looks good.
Aroma is grapes and wood with this sort of tea-like spiciness to it.
Beer is light in body, a little grainy on the finish, astringent but the grapes are the star of the show here. The must comes through quite well, I enjoyed it but it go slow going by the end of hte bottle, probably not a likely repeat.
03-07-2012 14:24:34 | More by drabmuh
Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
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