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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

1,448 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,448
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 104
Gots: 176 | FT: 6
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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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Ratings: 1,448 | Reviews: 314
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3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw color with two or three finger of airy bubbly white head that faded into a faint collar. Decent wispy lacing was left.
S: Extremely vinous, as expected. This smells like dry white wine with a touch of spice. Smells a bit like a saison, but mostly smells like wine.
T: Follows the nose. Again, this tastes like carbonated white wine with a splash of mild saison. Very dry with mild to strong sweetness. Aftertaste is slightly buttery. There is a slight tartness to the brew, similar to grape skins, but it’s very mild.
M: Again, dry. Easy to drink though. Carbonation is scrubbing and frothy, and the body is medium.
O: A white wine lovers dream. Not bad if you like saisons. I’m glad I took a chance and tried this. I wouldn’t buy it again, but it’s not the worst of DFH usual disappointing series of experimental beers.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2012B. Pours almost crystal clear golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice small cap that lasts. Some very nice soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big grape, pear, lemon, grass, herbal, bread, floral, earth, clove, and light funkiness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of big lemon, grape, pear, apple, herbal, floral, earth, bready grain, grass, funk, and light spiciness. Light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of grape, lemon, tart apple, earth, herbal, bread, and light spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of flavors; with a nice funky tartness in the background that compliments the flavor profile perfectly. Zero cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly slick and quite crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. No cloying sweetness at all. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely outstanding experimental saison from Dogfish Head! Incredible balance of flavors with great complexity; and extremely smooth to drink. Really loved this one.

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3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a brandy snifter

A - Pours a golden/straw color and has a medium carbonation. Head dissipates almost right away but, will build quickly with a swirl of the glass. Lacing is heavy when cold and thins slightly as it warms up in the glass.

S - Smells of a white wine. Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Champagne come to mind with a dry, slightly funky aroma.

M - Very crisp with a high acidity. The carbonation really comes alive when it hits your tongue. Scrubs the palate clean while leaving a fruity and almost vanilla-esque film on the back middle portion of the tongue. The warmer it gets the more nuances you can taste. It's just like being a kid again and drinking sparkling grape juice only with alcohol added.

O - I like it. Won't work to hard to search it out in the future but, it's good. Flavors are very subtle when cold so, I would suggest you let it warm a bit. It is very refreshing and if it wasn't for the 9 % ABV, it could be easily session-able. It says "sorta-saison" as a description on the bottle but, I would put this more in the market of a "sorta overly fruity and warmish fermented lager with wine must added" category, although that may not necessarily fit on the label. Noble Rot is definitely worth tasting at least once.

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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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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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Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
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