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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,294 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,294
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 94
Gots: 146 | 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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bdub32689

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-30-2012 14:28:52 | More by bdub32689
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jokulhaps

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-13-2013 02:37:26 | More by jokulhaps
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geekrot

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-11-2013 17:45:21 | More by geekrot
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Vec2267

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

02-28-2012 23:09:10 | More by Vec2267
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shamrock1343

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

04-29-2012 16:54:09 | More by shamrock1343
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yankeefan287

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-27-2012 04:13:00 | More by yankeefan287
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Ray7233

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-20-2012 01:19:58 | More by Ray7233
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InsuranceGuy

Delaware

3/5  rDev -22.3%

05-07-2012 20:18:06 | More by InsuranceGuy
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cjw333

California

3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-17-2013 07:36:08 | More by cjw333
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DaBubs

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

I've found these Dogfish Head one-offs to be pretty hit or miss, but this one was actually neither. I didn't love or hate this lab experiment of a beer, but I did appreciate the creative effort.

A - Deep golden color and a nice creamy head. Completely clear and obviously filtered.

S - This is where you notice the grapes. And boy do you notice the grapes. Green grapes, golden apples, and biscuits.

T - Not quite sour, and certainly not puckering, but it has an interesting sweet and sour characteristic. Too sweet for me, this strikes me as closer to Dogfish's take on berliner weisse than saison (a la Festina Peche), but those yeasty, Belgian clove and banana notes are there as well. I'd love to taste a little wood, or a little funk, or something else to make this beer more interesting.

M - Heavy carbonation and crisp, very champagne-like bubbles allow an otherwise viscous and somewhat syrupy brew go down easy.

O - As I said, I respect the effort. This is clearly a product of Dogfish Head's we'll-try-anything attitude, and lives somewhere between beer and wine. The problem is, it is neither a good beer nor a good wine. It is a fun experiment, but one bottle was plenty for me.

02-21-2012 06:19:08 | More by DaBubs
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pmatz2

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-24-2012 21:56:36 | More by pmatz2
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LJugel

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-22-2014 15:58:05 | More by LJugel
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steph1974

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-10-2012 22:46:42 | More by steph1974
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BigEZ_VZ

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -22.3%

02-13-2014 16:02:33 | More by BigEZ_VZ
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Mneme1984

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-13-2014 19:18:32 | More by Mneme1984
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klegos

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

01-26-2014 16:41:24 | More by klegos
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jALEson

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

02-13-2013 02:15:09 | More by jALEson
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ESPNman

California

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%

Served in a Stone IRS Snifter

A - Pours a white wine-like (shocking, huh?) straw yellow. It looks like an extremely pale pils, but more like white wine mixed with a pale cider. A vigorous pour results in two fingers of thick, pure white, fluffy head. Some spotty lacing.

S - Plenty of wine, funk, barnyard, and a bit of pale malt. There's definitely a musty funk smell there, but plenty of wine character shines through, giving this a sweet juicy aroma. The yeast lends a bit of extra fruit character to the nose.

T - Definitely an interesting and complex flavor to this brew. It starts out with some sweet grape juice notes mixed with some malt. It transitions from there into the musty, funky, mouth-puckering sour notes that this brew is best known for. It finishes tart and quite dry with a lingering barrel funk flavor... and a bit of cheese-like taste.

M - Medium carbonation, but very champagne-like in how it looks in the glass. It really feels like a sparkling wine in the mouth. Very dry on the finish.

O - Solid brew, and a successful experiment to be sure. It's sweet, it's tart, it has some solid yeast character, it retains all of the characteristics of its ingredients, and yet doesn't come across as muddled. Recommended.

01-31-2013 04:18:02 | More by ESPNman
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BWarrington

Florida

4.78/5  rDev +23.8%

Tulip at 45 maybe 40. found this gem at whole foods

a- clear and gold with a white 2 finger head.

s- almost like a nice riesling wine. oak, citrus, and grape (very sexy)

t- has a nice grape flavor with some great citrus and oak tones(just as it smells)

m- farmhouse ales would be my favorite type of beer if they were not so dry. this is dry but not as bad as some others

o- im a huge saison dude and i would put this up in my top 5. ipa and stout guys will crush this beer but if you like sweet beers this one is for you. Its almost like a summer shandy except its a riesling instead of lemonade. if you see it buy it! and enjoy

03-04-2012 23:35:01 | More by BWarrington
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Kranders

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

I really enjoyed this beer. Had this right after a big test. Poured a super clean, light golden color with minimal head. Very complex aroma, full of fruit and sour, with hints of wine in the backdrop. The taste falls somewhere between a sour and a white wine. Clean, oaky, with a bit of sour that rounds it all out into something fantastic. Lasts just a little bit on the tongue for an overall awesome beer.

02-17-2012 19:12:57 | More by Kranders
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drewburning25

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-01-2012 14:58:24 | More by drewburning25
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BelgianBeerHog26

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-10-2012 03:58:37 | More by BelgianBeerHog26
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Bob402

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-24-2013 02:09:45 | More by Bob402
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JMAC45

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-29-2013 00:17:49 | More by JMAC45
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klink40

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-13-2012 00:47:27 | More by klink40
Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,294 ratings.