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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

1,425 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,425
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 103
Gots: 169 | 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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3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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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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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JCaweinstein
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow, white head that disappears quickly, has lots of carbonation and is crystal clear.
I smell grapes and another aroma that I can only describe as earthiness.
Tart grapes, sweet, and another earthy funkiness. It is definitely an interesting beer.
Feels like champaign, light and effervescent. The carbonation makes it crisp and leaves a tingling sensation on my tongue.
This is a tasty beer that is not like anything I have tasted. I would be interested in having another one of these to age.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale yellow, 2 SRM, crystal clear. Thin bubbly head fades quickly.

S: Strong Belgian yeast, mild notes of bubble gum and rich, sweet malts. Clean.

T: Sugary, reminscent of a Tripel up front, turns to gummy/fizzy and then finish of a yeasty bubbly saison. Lingers of citrusy lemon. Low to moderate spiciness stays around.

M: Moderate to low carbonation allowing for taste sensations to be quite alive.

O: Clean, unique, drinkable while possessing multiple dimensions, making it not a straightforward golden ale. Not a must try but an expected solid offering from DFH.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,425 ratings.