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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,451 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,451
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 104
Gots: 177 | 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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Ratings: 1,451 | Reviews: 316
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4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a snifter, the beer is a bright, vibrant, almost clear yellow coloring with a healthy, white, fluffy, frothy head. Aromas are rich in vino characteristics, with a white grape and boozey blend that is light and effervescent. Flavors are also wine-like, as is the body. This is borderline pinot gris. Sweet, smooth, and slightly dry grape characteristics with a rich, sugary body that avoids cloying. It really is like drinking a glass of carbonated wine. Slick, loose film along the glass as you drink. The aftertaste is tart, and slightly drying. A sweet, heavy finish that is slightly tart, leaving a bit of a pucker feeling in the mouth. Very unique, that is for sure.

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

A - crystal clear bright yellow with a two finger head and plenty of visible fizz.
S - mild earthy tones with light grape notes.
T - fizzy light beer taste up front with a big punch of white wine sweetness/tartness that lingers along with an alcoholic burn.
M - on the light syrup side despite the high carbonation.
D - too much of an odd brew to be an easy drinker.
The Saison label must be a catch all title for this one. It's quite interesting but would not be a regular purchase for me. Likely the same with others, thus it is a rotating brew.

Improves with warming/breathing and when a little cheese and crackers are added.

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

A - pours a brilliantly clear pale yellow with a white as snow, fluffy two finger head. I don't recall seeing a beer this light in color.

S - Beligian yeast ester profiles with lots of white wine.

T - A little Belgian yeast profile with some barnyard funk mixed in. A sour/tart profile is apparent and appears to be a product of the must. Lots of white wine and grape profiles in the flavor as well. Reminds me of some Bad Elf profiles without being as heavy on the Belgian yeast. Not much in the way of hops detected. As it warms, it becomes more like a wine than a beer.

M - Fairly light. I'd like to know the SG and FG of this beer as I am willing to bet the attenuation is in the mid to upper 80's if not in the 90%'s.

D - fairly easy to drink because of the crispness and absence of any malts with any color. Not being a wine drinker kind of makes it more work that is probably is for a wine drinker to consume.

Overall, an interesting creation. I'd be a little hard pressed to call this beer, but who knows. I homebrew a 4.2% ABV light ale that is nothing but two row and a couple ounces of 10 degree crystal and this is still lighter in color, which is amazing. I wish there were more sourness to this. Maybe it would come on with age, but I don't love this enough to get another for the cellar. Bette than some of the other more recent DFH creations.

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

A Total pils color, head thin and crisp not overbearing or lingering.

S Hints of pinot not strong but light and refreshing aromas.

T Sour grapes but yet delish! Just the right carbonation.

M Can taste the Belgian yeast yet tart not smooth

O This was served with a green salad topped with olive oil and pepper and the tart taste off set the flavor of the greens....yum! Love Saisons

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3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Southern Tier glass. It poured a light golden yellow color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a lot of the grapes and white wine qualities to it. I get a little spice along with some zesty citrus flavors to it as well.

The taste also has a lot of white wine characteristics to it. I get a the grapes coming out especially in the dry, crisp finish. Just a touch of the citrus and spice is noticeable. The grapes seem to dominate the flavor to the point where it's a little like a carbonated white wine.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being high. Overall it was a decent tasting beer but it was a little too close to white wine for me. The aroma had some decent beer qualities to it, but the taste was dominated by the grapes. It was a cool experiment but not something I think I'd purchase again. If I wanted a drink that tasted like white wine I think I'd just buy a good white wine.

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

A: Pours golden colored with lots of filtration and a bit of a white head that disappears almost instantly

S: Grapes, spice, berries, herby grassy notes

T: A really nice grape flavor up front, slightly grassy hoppiness in the middle, a sort of sweet champagne freshness and bubbliness, and a slightly tart berry flavor in the finish. Quite nice.

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

Bottle into tulip.

A- Super clear straw yellow pour with a two finger snow white head. Lacing is sticky and chunky.

S- Belgian(ish) yeast aroma with a touch of spicy pepper quality. The wine aroma is there but not popping out.. It's a nice mix between white wine and and grape juice.

T- Holy juicy wine batman. White wine with a dry finish. Slight yeast spiciness.

M- Light to medium bodied, good carbonation.

O- This is really agood mix, the dryness of the saison base is complimented by the juicy wine addition.

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Poured from a bottle into sniffer glass.

Appears as a yellowish pilsner or light lager. Lots of nice little micro bubbles with little to no lacing and about zero head retention. Smells slightly of a Belgian blonde or ipa but airy and slightly bitter. Agressive carbonation topped with a winey sweetness. Sour and present. Pinot grigio like finish. Somewhat dry but has wet hoppiness to it? Balanced in a way. Wouldn't classify it as a gulper but I would say this would pair well with something peppery or salty. A better exclusive craft from dogfish. Reminds me alot of the mélange e trois from Nebraska but much more drinkable.

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3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

clear pale straw color that is almost pilsner like in appearance with a nicely sized pure white head that quickly recedes yet laces very well.

sour, grape juice, very wine-like with some soft, sweet malts behind that.

sweeter than tart, but still plenty tart. definite white wine or a tart champagne. finishes very dry with a bit of tartness.

definite champagne type feel. sticky, with a very effervescent carbonation.

meh. its hard to rate this to style. definitely strays from a saison. a touch of earthy hay flavors, maybe. I'm not a wine fan, so I guess this one isn't something I'd never seek out, but they definitely achieved what they were trying to.

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Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
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