Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,406
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 100
Gots: 161 | 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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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I approached this beer with a little trepidation as it seemed sort of a forced hybrid. But Dogfish has never disappointed me before.

The appearance looks like a pilsner - very light and very carbonated. Looks a lot like champagne but with just a bit more yellow. Nice finger-sized white head.

Smell is all grape as expected. Again, much like champagne but a bit more grape scent then I've ever smelled in one.

Mouthfeel follows the appearance - very light and very carbonated.

Taste gets disappointing based on my expectation. I was expecting a spicy, hoppy saison with grape notes, but instead it tasted more like a grape-infused pilsner. Now I don't mind a good pilsner, but it wasn't at all what I was expecting. The grape got a bit overbearing as it went on and for the first time, I struggled a bit to finish a Dogfish.

Overall it was still very enjoyable, but it didn't meet the expectations I had and the grape got a bit too much by the end. I'd drink it again if I was offered, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,406 ratings.