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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

1,435 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,435
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 104
Gots: 172 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: paulozanello on 02-20-2011

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.
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a brilliantly clear pale yellow with a white as snow, fluffy two finger head. I don't recall seeing a beer this light in color.

S - Beligian yeast ester profiles with lots of white wine.

T - A little Belgian yeast profile with some barnyard funk mixed in. A sour/tart profile is apparent and appears to be a product of the must. Lots of white wine and grape profiles in the flavor as well. Reminds me of some Bad Elf profiles without being as heavy on the Belgian yeast. Not much in the way of hops detected. As it warms, it becomes more like a wine than a beer.

M - Fairly light. I'd like to know the SG and FG of this beer as I am willing to bet the attenuation is in the mid to upper 80's if not in the 90%'s.

D - fairly easy to drink because of the crispness and absence of any malts with any color. Not being a wine drinker kind of makes it more work that is probably is for a wine drinker to consume.

Overall, an interesting creation. I'd be a little hard pressed to call this beer, but who knows. I homebrew a 4.2% ABV light ale that is nothing but two row and a couple ounces of 10 degree crystal and this is still lighter in color, which is amazing. I wish there were more sourness to this. Maybe it would come on with age, but I don't love this enough to get another for the cellar. Bette than some of the other more recent DFH creations.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

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4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Rehoboth brew pub. Draft -> Snifter

A - Cloudy bright orange, little to no head or lacing.

S - Slight sour citrus, hints of grape

T - Huge bright flavors up front that include the pinot gris grapes, some spice and a hint of sour funk. Tastes very much like wine. The beer settles in exactly as it arrived, bold crisp and sweet. It finishes clean and sour.

M - Thing to medium thin

O - I'm very glad that this was a snifter pour. Not counting the relatively high abv, it has a big smack to the palate of flavor. It's very good in my opinion as it blends the good qualities of a saison with a pinot gris wine.

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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been dying to get my hands on this and my beer shop finally had it.

A: Pours to a nice light gold color with two fingers worth of head that dissipates down to about a fingers worth of soft cloud like goodness. Reminds me of a bubbly white wine.

S: Alot of nice grape flavors going on but not very sweet grapes. Def smells like wine or champagne and the alcohol is noticeable on the nose. Also getting some hints of wheat but it is very very light.

T: Very unique. Some sweetness and tart from the get go, much like a dry white wine, however it lacks that punch u get from alcohol. Moving to a sourness that reminds me of a nice Belgian brew, with a nice flavor of yeast that hangs around for a bit as the tart dissipates. Hard to think of this as a beer but its delicious either way.

M: Above average carbonation works well with bringing home the spirit of the grapes and the feel of a nice white wine or champagne. After taste is clean and crisp and a leaves a dryness but one that is not quite as drastic as a dry pinot or other white wine.

O: Very nice brew. Not exactly what i'd call a beer but everything works very well and is a nice brew for special occaisions.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.59/5  rDev -6.8%

Date: 8/27/2014
Other notes: From the DFH website: "This is the absolute closest to equal meshing of the wine world and the beer world thats ever been done commercially,"

Appearance - 4.2/5
Pours an extremely clear yellow. I said about the beer that I last reviewed that it was the clearest beer I remember seeing, but this beer is even clearer. A moderate amount of head. The clearness helps one to see lots of carbonation flowing up. Looks appetizing.

Smell - 3.9/5
The smell is a good balance between fruitness and saison spiciness/breadiness.

Taste - 3.4/5
Extremely sweet. Fruitiness, maybe a hint of tartness. Saison spiciness/breadiness. Fairly balanced between those two tastes, but ultimately the sweetness is the move (over?)powerful element of the beer. So basically tastes like it smells, except when you taste, you also experience the sweetness. Supposedly this is supposed to taste somewhat like white wine. I am not an experience white wine drinker, but from what I remember, at first I didn't really think it tasted that much like white wine. But after sipping for a few minutes, I started to get more of a wine feel from the beer. Definitely an interesting taste.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Fairly crisp, light in body. Good level of carbonation. Nothing special here.

Overall - 3.5/5
Overall, this was an okay beer. It was a little too sweet for my liking. Plus I was not a giant fan of the taste in general, though it was definitely interesting. Probably won't pick up again (at least for a long time), but it was a nice experience.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20%

Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,435 ratings.