Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery
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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
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
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
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
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
Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
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