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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,383 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,383
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 98
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%

jackrodgers77, Mar 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

drewburning25, Mar 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Lantern, Feb 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

gwdavis, Feb 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

bobv, Feb 29, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74%

DMCNAC, Feb 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

suspect, Feb 29, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - crystal clear, pale yellow, lots of little bubbles, small white head that falls quickly but leaves decent lacing

S - grapes, lemon, acrid, some spice

T - very crisp and tart, the taste is dominated by the grape juice, green apple, lemon

M - extremely crisp and light, very refreshing

O - without the carbonation and the head I would have thought this was a glass of pinot gris - and this is better than any I've had recently - the beer elements add a richness and lushness that is a perfect foil to the tartness

I tend to prefer sweet to tart, and I can't stand Brett, so I am surprised I enjoyed this as much as I did. This is most definitely more wine than beer, but wow what a great marriage.

Vec2267, Feb 28, 2012
1/5  rDev -74%

Photo of threeviews
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a 13.5oz Libbey Tulip glass.

A- Pours a crystal clear golden with a white, frothy 3-finger head. Carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Beautiful lacing remains as the brew is consumed.

S- Sweet/Tart/Sour fruits (Granny Smith apple, green grapes, pear, peach, lemon zest) and cloves are all represented.

T- Sweet up front with a moderate dry finish. Much like the aroma, Granny Smith apple, green grapes, pear and lemon zest are all detectable. Additionally, I am a tinge of sourness as the brew warms.

M- Very light and refreshing thanks to the high carbonation. Perfect to enjoy this on a hot summer day shared amongst friends.

O- This beer possess traits of a Saison (Hennepin), Belgian Tripel (La Fin Du Monde) and a sparkling wine. However, the extremely light body and delicate carbonation makes this concoction unique. Highly drinkable and a must for all fans of any of the aforementioned libations. Personally, I wish that the sourness was a bit more pronounced...something a bottle with some age might reveal. Very worthy.

threeviews, Feb 28, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting beer here. Pours a light yellow color with very little head retention, very similar to a champagne/sparking wine. you can smell the white grapes in it right off the bat. The taste is dry and tart. Grapes mix well with the light malt flavor it gives off. i get a sort of apple flavor that is very pleasant and crisp. It's unlike any other beer I have had before. I great beer all around and something i would buy again though it is a little bit over priced.

Rhynes2, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

yankeefan287, Feb 27, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bomber into chalice

A-a very very clear yellow. nice head. slight carbonation bubbles

S-smells of some corn and malt. slight fruitiness.

T-very sweet/tangy. like a mild sour mixed with with a mild pilsner. hard to describe

MF-very smooth. light body. nice aftertaste

O-this is interesting. great mix. I can definitely taste the grape/barely mix. wouldn't mind having this on occasion. very over priced though.

Swim424, Feb 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

jbozley, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

MJLatimer, Feb 27, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very light golden in color with a substantial frothy head and good lacing, some small bubbles rising rapidly through the glass

S- White, tangy grape aroma almost like a white wine, some green apple and a touch of lemon

T- Very white wine like on the front with plenty of dryness, in the middle the tartness fades somewhat with just a touch of bitterness, finish of sweet green apple and a tingling alcohol warmth

M- Moderate carbonation and very light in body

O- Quite enjoyable and complex, I very much enjoyed this beer and the marriage of wine and beer flavors and textures. Definitely will seek this out again in the future

stampfler07, Feb 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

kiki3drt292, Feb 27, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a HF stemmed tulip

Pours a clear golden color with a huge, fluffy paper white cap. Chunky sheets of lacing coating the glass. A large amount of bubbles are present.

The aroma is of white wine, fresh peeled grapes, and an earthy must. Nothing too deep or overly complex.

Tart white grapes carry you through to a finish of white wine and earthy must. The flavors are all overlapping. Clean, tart, and dry. It is almost like a blend of sparkling white grape juice and white wine.

Light, tart, dry, and crisp. Light body, loads of carbonation. The finish is musty and tart. Almost juice-like.

I really don't know what to think about this beer. I'm not a wine drinker, but I appreciate the attempt at marriage. I have a hard time grading this as a saison so I am going on mostly personal taste with a bonus point for originality.

ColForbinBC, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

getbehindthemule, Feb 26, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber hue with a 2-finger white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Fairly thin nose that is sort of musty with a mildly hoppy aroma.

T: More sweet than bitter with a faint malty background. Goes down very smooth and finishes slightly hoppy.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Just a so-so pale ale. Nothing really special or anything I would remember.

ckollias, Feb 26, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head
Noble Rot

A hybrid ale brewed with grapes. Pours a bright, clear golden color. Aroma of sweet cider, phenolic yeast and a touch of malt. In the taste, some vinous qualities with lemon, citrus rind, mild Belgian ale yeast and faint hop. Gets progressively sour, which was the highlight of this brew. Almost as if aged in an old bretty barrel, there's a nice tang to this one. Strong comparisons to wine brew are well founded. Light to medium bodied, crisp, yet slightly syrupy. Overall, I like this ale alot, the sour component made it really work well.

Stinkypuss, Feb 26, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-poured into oversized wine glass, pour a crystal clear pale straw color with a white head with good retention
S-lemongrass and spice, no malt aroma
T-lots of lemon up front followed by the hop spiciness, finishes dry and a bit sour
M-Light bodied, especially for 9%, with high carbonation
O-I think it is a very well crafted beer, the grapes definitely add alot to the beer without hindering the style. One of DFH's better experiments

atr2605, Feb 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a sparkling clear straw gold color with a light head. The head faded very fast leaving just a slight film on the top of the beer and a very mild amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell – Smell of grapes and a bit of sourness meet the nose. There is some yeastiness that mixes in as well.

Taste- The taste starts out a little bit sweeter; like a sweet white wine; Moscato like. They consist mainly of grape flavors mixed with a bit of lemony citrus and some other lighter fruit flavors. As the taste progresses it gets a bit more sour and bitter and turns more dry white wine like.

Mouthfeel – Rather thin body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very white wine like and fitting for the taste profile of the brew.

Overall – It was an alright beer, but a bit too much on the side of wine. If I want wine I will drink wine thanks.

Darkmagus82, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

audrew, Feb 26, 2012
Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,383 ratings.