1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

Not Rated.
Noble RotNoble Rot

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

1,334 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,334
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 98
Gots: 155 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Noble Rot Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,334 | Reviews: 299 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of christopheraknox
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

christopheraknox, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Stumpy29er
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Stumpy29er, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of IPx
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a DFH snifter glass

A: Pours a beautiful light golden yellow with a thick head that slowly settles to a thin bubbly lacing that does not ever go away

S: First whiff this beer smells like grapes and I can detect a certain "yeasty funk" which is not overwhelming but it is certainly there.

T: Weirdly enough when sipping the beer, it almost tastes like a white wine full of grape flavors. The after taste is a bit sour and the yeast funk becomes quite prominent

M: Very light, super carbonated, and very refreshing

Overall, I am very impressed with this beer. I am very intrigued by this interesting blend of almost a beer/ wine. I definitely would like to keep this in my stock ready to drink on a hot summer night

IPx, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Mcooly
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Mcooly, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Brown120
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Brown120, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

acurtis, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

rab53, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of demgoth
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

demgoth, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Viciousknishs
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a yellow golden color with a healthy two fingers bone white head. Very good head retention.

S- aromas of floral white wine, grape and a slight peachy note. Nice fruity said on yeastiness in the middle with white stone fruit esters. Musty cellar like characteristics also flesh out. Finishes with a dry nose with pale malt notes.

T- tart sweetness up front with white wine and peachy flavors. White grape juice and saison characteristics come out with a slight musty dry hay characteristics. Floral notes come out as well. Finishes very dry with a lingering white wine flavor.

MF- spritzy mouthfeel with a light body and champagne like carbonation.

D- super drinkable and refreshing.

Viciousknishs, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of bradner
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

bradner, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of JayS2629
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice. Rich, dark yellow with a two finger frothy white head that has descent retention. Sea foam lace.

the aroma is very chardoney like. Funky belgian notes. Lemony edges. Citrus splashes. Black pepper and pineapple. Tart, white wine complexity. Oak and lemon grass with faint vanilla.

Funky chardoney. Lemon, citrus rind, black pepper hints. Oak and vanilla notes. Tart with farmhouse funk. More like a wine than a beer. Hard to grade.

Wine like. Thin, highly carbonated with a slippery, oily edge.

Complex, interesting, tart, and wine-like. Good wine/beer? OK.

JayS2629, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After seeing this beer was offered at the Extreme Beer Fest (I couldnt make it), I was psyched to see it on the shelf in a local store.
The beer pours an extremely clear "cidery" color with a very light, pillowy head.
The aroma contains a musty sweetness, most likely from the double fermentation from two different grape varieties, but could be due to the saison yeast. Underneath this mustiness, there is an acidic, vinegar quality that was somewhat unexpected, but pleasant.
The taste profile is a very nice balance of "funk" and sweetness, which is intensified by the high level of carbonation. At the very finish, there a subtle tartness that lingered leaving me instantly wanting another sip. The taste contain no evidence that it is 8.3%ABV.
Light to medium in body, but contains a high level of carbonation.
This experiment definitely succeeded. I really enjoy highly carbonated beer, so the mouthfeel was great. With the high carbonation and slight dryness, Noble Rot would probably work well as a palate cleanser of creamy cheeses. Much better than I expected.

PEIhop, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yellow color with about a fingers worth of bubbly bone-white head that fizzles down to nothing but a layer of tiny bubbles within a minute or 2

S: The grapes are certainly the focus of this beer, with a sweet fruit character along with some must. Behind this is the usual DFH malt, yeast, and hop combo

T: Again, the grapes dominate. Has a lot of white wine character with more of a red wine sweetness. Some slightly tart/sour character as well, most likely from the yeast or infected grape must

M: Light-medium bodied with lots of carbonation

O: The saison base is decent, and the grape must adds a huge wine character to the beer. I would definitely enjoy this more in a month or 2 when the warmer temperatures start showing up, even though the higher abv works well for this time of year. I'd say that this is a nice new addition to their rotating line-up

BEERMILER12, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of jayhawk73
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Dogfish Head Pub in Falls Church:

Pours a light gold color, very clear with a small white head. Almost looks like a white wine, or sparkling cider. The nose is very wine-like, grapes, citrus, yeast and a little funk. Very light in character. The taste follows suit- very interesting wine/beer love child. None of the 9% abv is evident. Feel is light, heavily carbonated, and has a dry finish. I enjoyed this experiment- very interesting take on the style. Cheers.

jayhawk73, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split with a few buddies @ dirties... Poured into a
Shipyard tulip.... Don't know what to expect from this one.

A- pours a light golden with about 3/4 of multi sized bubble white head, very light lacing, looks good. Very clear.

S- white wine and a slight Belgian funk, almost reminiscent of oak, a very wine like aroma, I can deffinatley pick out the viognier. Deep inhales detect a whiff of almost peppery musty alcohol, I am assuming is the funk of the grape must. Almost sour smelling.

T- very white wine like, deffinatly, and the strange funk reminds me of oak notes, melon, and other light fruits, faint apricot, or peach.

M- very nice tight medium carbonation , creamy through the middle with a dry finish, the finish lasts but in a nice way, kinda like a palate cleansing white wine.

O- very good, and honestly much better then I expected, very white wine like, creamy and dry and the way the rot and slight belgianyness intermingle leaves almost oak like notes of complexity. Deffinatly enjoyed this.

PeterIngemi, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
3/5  rDev -22.3%

ohtheguilt, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of caseyf
4/5  rDev +3.6%

caseyf, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of lpotter
4/5  rDev +3.6%

lpotter, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of PacNWDad
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25.4oz bottle into an ale mug.

Very pale and clear. Liberal amount of head quickly dissipates into a thin film. Not much lace on glass - just a few dots persist. Aroma is kind of funky like a Belgian blonde. Definitely some citrus and a bit of apricot. The taste is predominantly sour. There is not much bitterness from any hops. Some sweet maltiness comes out on the back end, along with a winey/alcoholy character. Robust body, with medium carbonation. Surprisingly rich for a beer with such a light color. Overall, I enjoyed it - a nice experiment with grape must.

PacNWDad, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of pirmannt1
4/5  rDev +3.6%

pirmannt1, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of neobob187
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml into a DFH Snifter.

A: Very pale golden color. The lacing on the glass is great though. Retains a nice white foamy head. The carbonation is really noticeable when you hold it up to the light. Great beads of bubbles from the bottom of the glass, all the way to the top that don't let up.

S: The smell isn't very crazy. I get a slight musty pinot nose. But it's very subtle. Maybe a bit of lemon too.

T: This is where the beer is standing apart for me. It has a really nice pinot grigio flavor. It starts a little tart and lemony but ends with a rather sweet and dry finish. Reminds me of a champagne or possibly a dry cider.

M: Nice carbonation but not crazy for a saison. A light body, very easy to drink. The 9% doesn't really overtake this beer. It's well balanced.

O: Overall I really like this new offering. The PJ Faithful Ale and the new Tweason'ale aren't really my bag. But this beer I personally really enjoyed. I feel like it'd be a great beer to pair with cheeses or meats, especially with the significant amount of vinous wine flavors present.

neobob187, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of craigdb
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

craigdb, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of WMEugene
4/5  rDev +3.6%

WMEugene, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Yvaithe
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Yvaithe, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out with a very beautiful clarity to it. The beer was clear yellow in color with a fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer has a little bit of funk on the nose but remains pretty soft. The taste of the beer bites the sides of the tongue. It's got an interesting amount of sourness to it but it's not strong enough to make you pucker up. It tastes more along the lines of a white wine. The mouthfeel is light, with moderate carbonation. Overall it was an enjoyable Saision.

Knapp85, Feb 06, 2012
Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,334 ratings.