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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,354 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,354
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 99
Gots: 158 | 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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Photo of Rutager
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a clear light gold with two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell. Belgian yeast and cloves, some red wine, a bit of light grains.

Taste. A little sour, slightly sweet. Some belgian yeast, light grains, and dry white wine with a little spice and wood.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with lively, medium strong carbonation.

Overall. Nice and refreshing. The grapes add lots of wine characteristics. Mixed okay with the belgian flavours.

Rutager, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of CypriotPhilosopher
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

CypriotPhilosopher, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear lemon yellow into my DFH glass. Fluffy and puffy white two finger head that fades rather quickly but leaves islands of sticky lacing all over the glass. Really nice carbonation!

S- White wine, funky yeast, lemon pepper and wild flowers. Some sour wheat notes, green apples, and a faint mustiness. Reminds me a bit of Ithaca White Gold.

T- Pinot Blanc, sour green apples, funked up wheat grains, hints of banana, and more dry white wine. Each sip has a start of sweetness that immediately gets overwhelmed with a tart apple, white grapes, and a touch of funky barnyard compost. You can feel that the black pepper wants to poke it's head out, but it gets shut down by the tartness and little bit of alcohol.

M- Really sour and tart. Lemony, fresh picked crab apples, wheat sweetness, and a subtle funk. Really dry and refreshing. The alcohol is hidden pretty well behind the sourness.

O- More white wine than Saison. Bits of wheat and sour apple shine thru. Little hints of peppery spice and a nice banana/clove/compost yeastiness. I'll certainly try to grab a few more of these. Not your typical saison, but what with DFH is ever typical?

Thickfreakness, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors.

A - Pours a clear golden yellow color, white head, sticky lace, bubbles on top, thin cap.

S - Funky yeast, wheat, light tart, some floral notes, light oak. Really has a straight forward saison note to it, which is very nice. As it warms you pick up on the oak and tartness.

T - A nice mix of funky yeast, oak, and white wine tartness. There's little to know white wine on the nose, but I can say, it really tastes like a dry Chard with a funky saison kick. Finish is light funk with a tart/floral notes.

M - Light, refreshing, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - Really an interesting beer. If you like saisons and you like white wine, this could be your favorite beer of all time. Really enjoyable and nothing like I've ever had before...would buy again. Good stuff.

Sean9689, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Skubaker
1.75/5  rDev -54.5%

Skubaker, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of TeamD
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

TeamD, Apr 05, 2012
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL to tulip. Bottle/Batch # 2012B. $14 for the bottle. Sampled 4/3/12.

A: One solid finger of bright white, foamy fizzy head is formed on a semi vigorous pour. Retention is short but persistent carbonation keeps a creamy film in the center of the glass and a thick foamy collar along the edges. The body is very light golden straw colored and exceptionally clear. More than moderate dots and slings of lace stick to the glass in irregular fashion.

S: Sweet white grape aromas laid over a base of crackery malts. Musty straw offers a balance to the sweeter side of the aroma. Lightly grainy. Botrytis reinforces the rustic quality to the saison-esque character and integrates the sweet, fruity esters in the process. The ABV begins to show as the temperature warms.

T: Sweet throughout - including on the finish. While the sweetness was never overbering, I would have liked to see a drier edge on the back end at least. A light tangy sourness grabs your attention, but the sensation is quickly replaced by the enduring sweet white grape outlasting all else on the tongue. Very vinous in character, this beer will surely appeal to the sweet white wine drinking crowd.

M: The mouthfeel starts out with a wonderful prickliness to the tongue which begins to taper off at the halfway point of the glass. Carbonation is adequate for the style, if not slightly understated. Body is medium light.

O: While Noble Rot is good from the bottle, I remember an even better showing when I sampled this beer from the tap in early 2011, when it was drier, crisper and had more wild yeast influence. A stronger sour bite would have helped tremendously - on both the flavor and the mouthfeel. But all in all, I think the product is fair for the price tag. And I think that most DFH fans will dig on this beer too.

FeDUBBELFIST, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev +3.9%

strongaf, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of mgrissom2002
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

mgrissom2002, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of yeti123
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

yeti123, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of agreenman19
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

agreenman19, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of fiedler84
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

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

weezarc, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of wesleypipes237
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Huffaroma, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Turbodog666
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Turbodog666, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 28, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

TheBierBoutique, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of wrath98
4/5  rDev +3.9%

wrath98, Mar 26, 2012
Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,354 ratings.