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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,440 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,440
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 104
Gots: 173 | FT: 5
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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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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a bell-clear, light golden / straw yellow tone while yielding a healthy finger of white head; moderate retention and lacing. as its preceded repution indicated, the nose here is headlined by an assertive vinous quality. grape, a touch citric; on the dry side, and a bit tart.

flavor delivers more of the same. unabashedly vinous with grape and a little citrus. tart but not overly puckering. some yeast character. unique. medium plus bodied on the palate with carbonation a touch on the high side.

overall, an interesting brew to be sure, and you have to like the outside-the-box thinking - DFH's modus operandi. and while it was nice to try and i'm glad to have done so, i'm not head over heels. would be open to another visit but i won't seek it out... although i can see where it might fit the bill when a certain mood strikes.

(originally reviewed: 02-14-2012)

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer, with a perfect clarity that is pale yellow in hue. Tons of bubbles swarm upward to feed a big and quickly disappating white head that leaves a ton of sticky, thick lacing in its wake. The aroma is very vinous, white wine in particular with an almost champagne like quality. Definitely a touch of booze that mingles in with a distinctly Belgian strain of yeast that adds hints of citrus rind, lemon in particular, maybe a touch of grapefruit. Loving the way this smells, very aromatic and pleasant.

Vinous indeed. I let this warm up to a chilled state, and it definitely lets all of the flavors come out and shine. Medium to full body that is magnified by a full carbonation. It has a champagne like dryness to the body and finish, puckering the mouth. There is a distinct tartness to the flavor, giving further puckering characteristics. It comes to the brink of being sour, and has that syrupy leftover feel in the back of the mouth that I've found in sours, but it falls just short of being truly sour, just pleasantly tart. This combines with the Belgian yeast to create a tart saison-esque beer that has some farmyard qualities with a good amount of that awesome Belgian funk.

Definitely a cool concept that Dogfish did here, merging wine/champagne tastes with beer. Never knew anything about the kinds of grape must that go into this beer, but I'm glad DFH introduced me to them. Good stuff, definitely try this if you are into wine or beer!

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: Large bottle format poured into a snifter.

A: Clear burnished gold with a thin white head and ample, almost champagne like, carbonation. It leaves thick lacing behind.

S: Fruity: grape, grapefruit, funk (like brettanomyces), alcohol esters.

T: Grape, yeast, alcohol, slight citrus, and very biscuit champagne like finish: tart.

M: Medium and dry.

O: I am very pleased with this beer. The flavor is complex. The original blast of fruit almost makes it too sweet, but the pleasant, tart bread finish balanced the beer nicely. The alcohol is present (there is a nice warmth in the throat), but it is not overpowering. This is a must try.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on tap at the TGI Friday's in Rehoboth Beach, DE

Served and enjoyed from a goblet glass.

A - The beer is a nearly translucent, pale yellow color. Beer was delivered to the table with a one finger, white, fizzy head. It fades away to a light skim. A small amount of lacing left on the glass.

S - A slightly sweet, almost wine-like smell.

T - The initial sip totally reminded me of drinking a white wine. A very distinct, tart and sour taste. The grapes and juice used in the brewing process really shine through. Very smooth. As the beer sits a bit and the sampling went on, more of the yeasty, Belgian-style tastes came through(spicy and banana-like taste). The alcohol is slightly noticeable but this is really a highly drinkable beer.

M - Medium consistency. Moderate carbonation.

O - This beer really surprised me. I don't know what I was expecting but what I got was a fantastic beer from DFH. This beer, more than any other beer I've tried, would easily be enjoyed by both wine and beer lovers alike. Another great creation from DFH. Recommended.


Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,440 ratings.