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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,404 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,404
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 100
Gots: 160 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of farrago
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bleached white head, very airy and delicate, starts out over three fingers when you pour put resolves down quickly with lots of dimpling across the surface, not a large amount of lacing but what’s there is very sticky and longlasting. The liquid is a pale yellow to orange hue, shiny and fully transparent with a few bubble beads which sustain themselves well. The nose is sour and freshly penetrating, the wine component comes through clearly, boosting the florality as well as peach, apple, apricot, pear fruit, light banana, the citrus is a mix of lemon and white grapefruit, there’s a solid amount of ginger, coriander like spices, more leesy than yeasty, displays good lift given its relative heaviness in your nostrils. Medium-bodied, even sourer here with the addition of a strong grassiness alongside the elevating mixed citrus and unprocessed wheat and grains. You can make a better argument for yeastiness in the mouth, softens things a touch and supports the length of the apricot, peach, pineapple, green apple fruit. The baking spices take a step or two back from center stage. As it warms more of the pils qualities come out. The carbonation level is about where it should be, perhaps a little light. The funkiness is not dominant and, accounting for the overall sourness, the total experience is pretty clean. Good retronasal action after you swallow, extends presence.

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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a white wine glass. Bottle dated: 2012C 9:30

A: Pours a beautiful straw-like golden yellow, very clear with a great amount of carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass. Head is white, about half a finger worth of tightly packed small bubbles, surprisingly leaving a great amount of lacing.

S: Nose is funky, almost like wet hay. Some tart green apple, white grapes, and powdery yeast. Some small esters coming out at the end as well, lots of vinous qualities.

T: Taste is great, amazing complexity. Great vinous nuances, nice green apple/green grape tartness. Some small peppery notes cut the tartness as well.

M: Light-bodied; tartness at the front of the tongue, then carbonation cuts and lends to a great drying effect at the end. Overall I appreciate what Dogfish Head is doing with this brew. Great saison-ish/pilsner/sour, whatever it is...it's good.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Heatwave33 for the bottle.

Pours clear gold with a sticky 2 finger white head leaving good lacing.

Aroma contains some powerful musty grape along with brett.

Starts off somewhat vinous and spicy. Big bold red grape flavor throughout. The spiciness cuts through a bit on the finish, but there's still a subtle grape presence creating a nice dry lingering flavor on the back of the tongue.

Fairly light bodied with medium carbonation levels.

Not fantastic, but a very solid enjoyable beer.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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

Bottle. Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a two finger thick head. Long lasting foamy retention along with some lacing.

A wheaty saison yeast in the nose. Musty basement aromas. Slight fruity and floral notes.

Tart fruitiness throughout the flavor. Lemon and white wine flavors. It really reminds me of drinking a Pinot Grigio. Pilsner malts. A little yeasty with a good amount of funk with a tart finish.

Tart. Crisp. Medium bodied. Slight sour funky finish. Really does remind me of white wine in so many ways. Pretty good and interesting offering from DFH Ales.

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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the clearest yellow that you'll ever see on a beer. It all starts off crazy biting with this acidic thing going on, but either it calms down or my taste buds get used to it. I probably get used to it as there is still a kind of bite to it. I dig it, but it may be too much for some. Nice sugar and sweet tones with lots of fruity aspects. It's a pretty unique beer that leans very much towards the Belgian style of things, though remains unique. I'd be interested to see what this is like in a few years with some age.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My second review, collaborative effort with the wife. Picked this bottle up from a little shop in West Wrigleyville.

A - pours a pale yellow reminiscent of the garbage beers I drank in college. 1 finger head that recedes to about 1/8 inch for the rest of the beer. Medium carbonation that lasts for a while. Good lacing. Besides the color, a pretty beer.

S - grassy, saison-y, sweet and fruity. Interesting, but nothing special IMO.

T - yep, that's white wine. Good lord. Smooth and velvety up front, leading to very sweet white wine taste. Just at the moment you think you can't take anymore the sweetness fades and leaves a tart, mild alcohol burn behind.

M - rich at first, then crisp, sharp and tart, and stays there.

O - love trying DFH creations. Not my favorite style of beer but they have definitely come up with something original. Not sure I'll buy it again but it was very interesting and I enjoyed drinking it. Buy a bottle to share with a friend.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Light yellow, white head that disappears quickly, has lots of carbonation and is crystal clear.
I smell grapes and another aroma that I can only describe as earthiness.
Tart grapes, sweet, and another earthy funkiness. It is definitely an interesting beer.
Feels like champaign, light and effervescent. The carbonation makes it crisp and leaves a tingling sensation on my tongue.
This is a tasty beer that is not like anything I have tasted. I would be interested in having another one of these to age.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,404 ratings.