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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

1,449 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,449
Reviews: 315
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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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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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.


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A - Pours a clear golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of farmhouse yeast and spices with some lemon zest, grape, with a bit of wheat and grains.

T - Starts off with a mix of grains, pilsner malt, white grapes, and a bit of tart lemon. Through the middle, some Belgian yeast comes through with a bit of spice and some more tart lemon peel. The finish is a mix of tart lemon, Belgian yeast, white grapes, and a bit of light yeast.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice flavor added by the white grape, and the base saison is really nice. Good balance.

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A - Pours clear yellow/golden brown with almost two fingers of creamy white head. Head has good retention. Pretty nice lacing.

S - Light earthy musty funk, pils malt and white wine. also some grain in the aroma. Somewhat mild, but nice.

T - The grape component of this is quite prominent. Taste includes some grape juice flavors, as well as white wine flavors. Has a pleasant tartness to it, especially near the finish. Also a nice funk presence, not overly heavy, but present throughout and more prominent on the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel has a nice acidity, with a dry earthy finish.

O - In some ways, this is one of my favorites from DFH. Definitely not a traditional saison, but a nice twist on the style.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this bottle on the day it was released. I was really excited to try something completely new.

It looks perfect for a beer made in the pilsner style. You've got that perfect golden color, with really tiny bubbles. I like the way that the foam sticks to the glass to leave some really good lacing.

It smells like a really good saison. I like the sour presence. You also get some really healthy wine-like smells.

The flavor is very dry. It is very challenging to drink.

It is definitely something completely different. I'm glad for having had this beer, but I don't think I will be buying another.

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On Tap at Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting.

The Noble Rot sports a nice golden yellowish color coming from the glass. A firm inch of off white bubbles that form like voltron. Nice stick towards the sides coating the glass. Retention is there. Smell is of the vinious/wine quality with underlining Saison traits.

The addition of whatever grapes used are bold and light rather than those purple type grapes. Wheat in the background with some earthy quality as well. This tastes fairly decent and the more sips that go down, the more I am digging this.

White wine character up front with some juice quality, some wheat mixing in with pale malt flavor with some twang on the finish. I thought this would be one of those syrup rich DFH beers but the lightness and non over sweetness bring this down to earth. While the 9% is quite high, this goes down easy like with no intrusion of the alcohol.

If this were 2 percent lighter, this would be even easier to take more gulps from quicker. Body is a sturdy medium with spritzy carb and a tart finish. Alive with flavor, Noble Rot is a nice step away from the overly extreme beers that make DFH a hit or miss brewery with me. This one is a hit, I just wish it came back in 4 packs.

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Was given a 22 ounce bottle of this as a gift. Poured it out into a pint glass about a month after recieving. A mediocre amount of white head.

Very golden in color. Transparent which differs from some Saisons which can be cloudy. Served very chilled. Grape effervescence in the bouquet. Fruity, floral smell.

The first sip sweetness was dectected. You can tell that belgian yeast was used for the fuity taste that had a hint of grapes. Upon research pinot gris grapes were used in the fermentation process. High 9% + abv.

One of the best beern I had in months.

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Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
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