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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 104
Gots: 172 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

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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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Ryanm1
4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ChrisPratz
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been dying to get my hands on this and my beer shop finally had it.

A: Pours to a nice light gold color with two fingers worth of head that dissipates down to about a fingers worth of soft cloud like goodness. Reminds me of a bubbly white wine.

S: Alot of nice grape flavors going on but not very sweet grapes. Def smells like wine or champagne and the alcohol is noticeable on the nose. Also getting some hints of wheat but it is very very light.

T: Very unique. Some sweetness and tart from the get go, much like a dry white wine, however it lacks that punch u get from alcohol. Moving to a sourness that reminds me of a nice Belgian brew, with a nice flavor of yeast that hangs around for a bit as the tart dissipates. Hard to think of this as a beer but its delicious either way.

M: Above average carbonation works well with bringing home the spirit of the grapes and the feel of a nice white wine or champagne. After taste is clean and crisp and a leaves a dryness but one that is not quite as drastic as a dry pinot or other white wine.

O: Very nice brew. Not exactly what i'd call a beer but everything works very well and is a nice brew for special occaisions.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dasenebler
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL, 2012.

Pours a crystal clear, effervescent yellow-gold. Spotty lacing, decent retention.

The aroma is full of grape, melon and a funky yeast character reminiscent of fine cheese. A semi-sharp acidity also comes through.

The flavor is incredibly wine-like at first, and I feel like I'm drinking a dry, sparkling white wine. Then the bitterness kicks in on the finish, which is bone-dry but haunted by bready malts, reminding me this is beer. Acidic, with vinous notes and also sour apple and melon. Pretty funky as well, with a behind-the-scenes Saison character. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium-light.

A great attempt at fusing beer and wine, and also one of the best offerings, if not THE best, I've had from Dogfish Head.

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3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a one inch foam head that lingers for a while. Very filtered and lots of light coming through. An unexpected and impressive appearance for a stronger ale. Smell is mainly of belgian yeast and some light citrus/ fruity notes. Almost a wine-like scent to it which must be the grapes used in the brewing. Taste is very interesting. Very very sweet notes from the grapes. Again almost wine like flavors. Not very bitter at all. Interesting and delicious. The high alcohol content is somewhat obvious. The high carbonation makes the mouthfeel very pleasant. However the sweetness and the high alcohol content don't make it an incredibly drinkable beer. Overall, a very interesting beer. Definitely worth a try at least once.

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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle opened on 5.2.12.
Bottled on date: 2012C

A - Pours a light pale yellowish-orange, looks like white wine. A fluffy white head forms and has good retention.

S - White grapes and lemons.

T - White and green grapes, green apples.

D - Tart, good carbonation, and a light body.

O - A beer that is close to white wine, cool I guess.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of KajII
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a sparkling clear golden yellow with an average sized (1-2 finger) white fizzy head that diminished rapidly, leaving behind a light film with a medium collar and some pretty good sticky lacing.

The aroma was on the funky side with a mild hay malt and a musty Belgian yeast with notes of white grapes, green apple, a mild white wine and just a slight hint of alcohol.

The taste was sweetly tart with a nice note of grapes and malt early on, progressing into an almost sour funky taste with a big dose of yeast and a strong wine characteristic. The flavor stuck around for a nice long while, letting the tart yeasty wine flavor linger on the taste buds for a good long time.

Mouthfeel was light in body and nice and dry in texture with a good strong prickly carbonation.

Overall a very unique brew, a mix of wine and beer that was done so superbly that it gives it an almost champagne like quality with the body and flavor of an excellent Farmhouse Ale. Be warned this is one to be careful of; it has a 9% ABV that is virtually unnoticeable in the taste…

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MaseFace
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,437 ratings.