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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,320 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,320
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 98
Gots: 154 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

yeti123, Apr 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

agreenman19, Apr 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

fiedler84, Apr 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

BillDrinksBeer, Apr 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

weezarc, Apr 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

wesleypipes237, Mar 31, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Huffaroma, Mar 31, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Turbodog666, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +3.9%

A nice hybrid, bringing an unusual range with a rather dry and fruity sense to the palate.

Presentation: 750 ml brown custom DFH capped bottle (The first custome glass I notice? Simple and not too noticeable illustration embedded in the DFH branding of a blue character under dripping blue. Small side note noting main characteristics and grape collaboration. Shows 9% Alc. by Vol. Served in small white wine globe.

A - Clear deep gold pour with a fair frothy head, moderate retention, small surface memory and minimal lacing.

S - Fruity… Grapes, unusual fruity touch, sweet, faint sour hint...

T - Which is not that present in the palate, interesting mix of dry graininess with a fruity sense, soft but firm with touches of grapes, citric hints, slight grass as it flows back to the soft sweet grape.

M - Medium body and carbonation, with a nicely prickly sense held around the bubbles.

O - Nice and stimulating, nothing too memorable but a new brew of note.

Notes: Not exactly up my alley but I would not mind having it again. And this socially, among white wine drinkers in particular, adds a nice pivoting point.

Daniellobo, Mar 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

msubulldog25, Mar 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

dlello2, Mar 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

ninner00, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Bobheed
4.58/5  rDev +19%

A: Very clear golden color, almost like a white wine with a fat bright white head

S: Getting a lot of typical saison types of smells. Get the earthiness and spicy notes at first. I also smelled some really pungent sourness in it

T: Unbelievable. For it being brewed with grape must, I really get a lot of apple in it more so than the grapes. A very sour green apple. Also got little bits of spicyness and the grapes played well with that

M: Very carbonated and very dry. Drinks almost like a champagne. This is the mouthfeel I was hoping Infinium would've had.

Overall I loved this. I really hope they continue to make more of it. This is one of those crazy DFH experiments that went totally right!

Bobheed, Mar 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

csustar001, Mar 27, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

TheBierBoutique, Mar 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

wrath98, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of BoatsSinkBro
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

bottle into snifter.
-Color of clear light gold, pale straw-like.
-Aroma light and airy. Sweet fruit notes you'd get from white wines dominate most of the smell.
-Taste starts with a bit of fruit, quickly rushes away with the sharp carbonation into a very tart and bitter middle and finish. You might catch some hop characters during the tart and bitter stage. Some malt notes poking through in the aftertaste, enough to remind you this isn't a white wine.
-Mouthfeel has quite a bit of carbonation, peaking during the middle and dying out in finish. Very crisp.

Not bad for what it is. Not exactly a beer I'd run to the store to get, but it's sort of like a something to crack open during occasions, with food (best with stuff that goes well with tart/dry white wine like seafood, cream sauces, any fatty stuff in general).
Not quite a white wine due to the unique bitterness and hop/malt characters shyly peeking through, but it's halfway there.

BoatsSinkBro, Mar 26, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

On tap, not bad. Very different than I thought it would taste. It was light but strong. Had a champagne type of taste initially. Turned out to be quite nice. i would purchase as a pack. i liked it because it was different. Disliked it because it was very outside the norm. hard to explain.

skatonic, Mar 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

andrewj17, Mar 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

SPriestle, Mar 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

SFC21, Mar 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

mikeywtc, Mar 24, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

750ml into wine-style glass.

Short prickly white head over a crystal clear yellow body with plenty of carbonation flowing up. No real lacing.

Aroma has a nice must blanketing a very white wine-like quality - lots of white grapes, hay/grass.

Very juicy on the palate, featuring flavors of white grape juice, hay, yeast, honey sweetness, and a somewhat tart finish. Great drinkability - Fairly dry, well carbonated, and pulls you back for more. How the hell is this 9%?!? Absolutely the lightest tasting, and clearest looking beer of this volume.

Was skeptical at first, but I really enjoyed this one and would not hesitate to pick up some more... especially for a nice dinner pairing with fish.

BeerImmediately, Mar 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

JxExM, Mar 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 24, 2012
Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,320 ratings.