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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,107 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1107
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%


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.

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webmanspidey

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, this is a clear light golden color. It is very fizzy with a decent amount of head. Smell is very sweet with a lot of fruit juice elements: pear, apple, white grape. There is some light spiciness, mostly clove. The taste is pretty unusual, with a tart and sour flavor being the dominating factor. There is still a lot of fruit presence, headed up by white grapes and apple. The alcohol is disguised very well. The mouthfeel is very unusual, a kind of silkiness I wasn't expecting from the beer's appearance. Pretty quirky, but I like it.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 01:29:33 | More by webmanspidey
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rlee1390

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear pale yellow, good deal of carbonation, two finger fluffy white head that leaves some lacing

S-Wheat spice, spices, yeast, clove and grapes

T-Spices some acidity (I would assume from the white wine grapes) grapes and wheat.

M-Light to medium bodied carbonated and a slightly dry finish similar to wine.

O-A nice beer? it does have many wine characteristics. An interesting hybrid.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 16:30:13 | More by rlee1390
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a tulip. The brew appears a perfectly clear color of golden yellow. A finger of white head site atop and as it fades, leaves some webby patterns of lacing on the glass.

The smell starts off with Belgian phenols. Clove, pepper, banana, apple skin, bubblegum and sweet smelling white grape juice. All of this comes together with an enjoyable mixture that is quite deep with almost a light tannic touch of an oaky quality towards the back.

The taste is spicy with Belgian yeast character. Clove, bubblegum, banana, and some wheat-like grain sweetness. This brew has quite a zip to it with tangy white grape juice elements. The aftertaste is earthy with again, some tangy wheat flavoring that mixes perfectly with the saison yeast character.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is quite spicy with a good mixture of flavoring. It is a solid take on the saison style with a pleasant grape twist. As it warns up, the alcohol produces a nice warming effect all the way down. This is a brew I will enjoy again the next time I see it available.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2012 14:59:56 | More by stakem
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Served in a Dogfish head goblet, check my twitter feed if you don't believe me. Beer is yellow, light clear with big bubbles, lot of carbonation, white bubbles, bright white, lots of lacing, decent retention. Looks good.

Aroma is grapes and wood with this sort of tea-like spiciness to it.

Beer is light in body, a little grainy on the finish, astringent but the grapes are the star of the show here. The must comes through quite well, I enjoyed it but it go slow going by the end of hte bottle, probably not a likely repeat.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 14:24:34 | More by drabmuh
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harrymel

Washington

2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Noble Rot - Reviewed 21FEB12
Bottled: early 2012
Pours a surprisingly light yellow ale with just a drifter of a white soapy foam top. Smells of grain and saison yeast and really, nothing else. Flavor falls into the berliner-weisse area for me - a slight tart and quite dry ale with little semblance to an average beer. Thin and moderately carbed, the beer is actually drier than I would anticipate.

With a beer brewed with so much must, the liquid is palatable, and even appreciable on some level. The botrytis is lost in this format however, as the sweetness, mouth watering and earthy character in botrytized dessert wines is much different than is presented here. Although decent, I would argue that it is maladvertised for the ingredients. This is simply a saison style beer with a shit ton of grapes.
(4/3/3/2/3)

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 06:51:32 | More by harrymel
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Very slightly hazed golden wheat color. Two and a half fingers of frothy white head. Retention is at least average and a moderate amount of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Clean, lightly biscuity malts. Quite earthy and outdoorzy. Apple orchard, rotting wood, the forest in spring after a rain. Then there's the vinous grape component. Interesting addition to this type of beer and it totally works. Good, but not overly impressive despite being quite unique.

3.5 T: Whatever botrytis is, it seems to be the source of the easily apparent tanginess in this. It's like an earthy variant of lactic acid. Next the grapes present themselves. If I didn't know better I'd have thought this was some sort of champagne. (As an aside, I might try to trick a wine snob with this, if I can find one.) Anyway, apple and apple orchard funkiness, woody, earthy, vinous, and lightly musty.

4.0 M: This even feels a bit like champagne. Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation with an almost champagne-like spritziness. It works.

3.5 D: I never had Infinium, but it seems like this is what they should have been going for. Interesting as usual from DFH.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 02:18:10 | More by DavoleBomb
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased in March of 2012. Unsure of the correct and accurate bottle date. Poured into a DFH snifter...

A - Pours a bright yellow, gold color that carries a slight haze with it. This beer really glows quite golden when held to the light. A foamy, bone-white head forms about 3 fingers thick. The head retains well, but slowly recedes to a cap leaving some nice lacing.

S - Sure this is beer? Comes across more like a crisp, white wine. Sweet notes of grapes, pear, apple and lemon shine through along with a yeasty note that reminds me of a nice saison. Interesting mix. Wheat like notes come next along with strong pilsner malts. Really interesting to try to discern which part is beer and which is wine.

T - Taste starts sweet and grainy all at once. Flavors of white grapes, pears, apples, and some lemony notes come through along with the pilsner malts, wheat and some grainy flavors. Some elements of a nice saison shine through. However, in the end, it really tastes like a glass of white wine with how vinous and tart it is in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Dry finish makes this one seem more and more like a glass of white wine. The carbonation reminds you that it is indeed beer.

O - Overall, I feel like this was one of the more successful "off-centered ales" that DFH has produced. I feel that this could be a great craft beer for any wine enthusiast to try. A really interesting mix of the two styles and one that I'd likely try again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 00:00:03 | More by KAP1356
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

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

750ml bottle.

Pours sparkling clear yellow with a trace of quickly dissolving sprity white head.

Aromatics lead off with sweet grapeskins, apples, bubblegum, honey, and cloves. Wine-like and sweetish but no oak.

Light bodied with a crispy mouthfeel.

Sweet malt, spicy wheat, cut grass, and honey-drizzeled grapeskins start the palate. A wine-like vineosity follows through with some warming alcohol.

Finishes sweetish with some lingering spiciness and honey-steeped apples.

Another interesting beer from DFH, but too sweet for me and not that complex. Dry it up with some oak aging and bottle conditioning and this beer would be improved.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 01:12:01 | More by brewandbbq
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travMI13

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. 750 mL bottle, shared with family, poured into a red wine glass.

A: Pours a transparent straw color with a finger of fizzy, faint white head the dissipates very quickly. Leaves behind very minimal lacing, but there is some nice pitting.

S: Musty and funky with the grapes and hints of wood present. This smells pretty good.

T: What an interesting taste. The sweet grapes are very strong, giving it a strong wine flavor, but the musty, funky tones are that of a saison. There are hints of wood present as well. Light, crisp, refreshing. You really are getting a combination of a white wine and a beer, with a touch of champagne in there as well. I don't know that I've had anything like it.

M: Sweet and dry, much like a dry white wine. The flavors linger, which is nice.

O: I think Dogfish Head did a fantastic job of executing a beer/wine hybrid. Instead of a wine, I brought this to a family dinner to share, and everyone was very impressed with this. I would certainly have it again. This was a great conversation and crossover beer, and it is certainly well-executed. I would be interested to see if DFH could do the same type of thing with some red grapes to make a red wine/beer hybrid.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 03:35:34 | More by travMI13
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Naugros

New Jersey

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

My first impression, when tasting this, um, beer, was, "Great...Sam's made a wine cooler. Didn't Bartle and James go out of style when the '80s mercifully ended?"

But then I really took some time to explore the tastes and aromas in this concoction. It IS a tad sweet for my liking, but they're going for that. The grains used really only come out in the wash and it really tastes like a sweeter white wine than a beer, but they were going for that too.

This is a hard one to grade (and I refuse to give extra points JUST BECAUSE it's DFH, c'mon people!) since it's both a beer and a wine. There are grains that have been fermented as well as grape juice. But I have to admit, if wine coolers were this good in college I would have drank more of them.

This beer shows a remarkably massive and foamy head that leaves meringue-like lacing behind. The color is that of pinot grigio and is too light to compare to anything in the beer world other than Coors Light (and I don't usually consider that beer).

The taste and aroma is mostly that of a sweeter, white wine like sauvignon blanc or a reisling, but it is exceptionally drinkable and the 9% ABV goes almost unnoticed. A touch of lemon makes it refreshing and there's a bit of an herbal essence behind it all. I wish I could nail down which herb, but I've drank the whole bomber and I can't quite get it.

Still, this is nothing I'll get again. It was novel, but I really need a true beer now...maybe a nice, hearty stout. God, I hope I don't get a headache from this the way I did from wine coolers.

Incidentally, this review had the most references to wine than any other I've ever written...understandably I guess.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 00:55:22 | More by Naugros
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BWarrington

Florida

4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tulip at 45 maybe 40. found this gem at whole foods

a- clear and gold with a white 2 finger head.

s- almost like a nice riesling wine. oak, citrus, and grape (very sexy)

t- has a nice grape flavor with some great citrus and oak tones(just as it smells)

m- farmhouse ales would be my favorite type of beer if they were not so dry. this is dry but not as bad as some others

o- im a huge saison dude and i would put this up in my top 5. ipa and stout guys will crush this beer but if you like sweet beers this one is for you. Its almost like a summer shandy except its a riesling instead of lemonade. if you see it buy it! and enjoy

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 23:35:01 | More by BWarrington
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into two oversized wine glasses. Pours a light honey yellow color, clear and brilliant, with a 1/4" white head that redues to a fizzy head. The fizziness continues as you swirl the beer in the glass.

Has a funky herb aroma, with cardamon, allspice, grassy greens, lemon, and corriander. Aroma is pretty typical for a saision.

Starts and finishes tangy and tart, with pinot gris grapes, light honey, oak, lemon, and a thin malty finish.

Light bodied, this is a tart wine-like brew that packs plenty of tang.

DFH is the only brewer I've found so far that finds that sweet spot between beer and wine. While Midas Touch gets you most of the way there, this one truly occupies that tart, malty and tangy place that you'd expect a wine/beer to be. That all said, however, this is not a particularly favorite style. Still, it is good as a once-in-while brew, especially when it is done as well as this.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 23:05:11 | More by TheHoppiest
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Noble Rot opens with an almost Flemish nose, full of sour and tart aromas that tingle the nasal passages. Lemons, oranges, limes, and pink grapefruit dominate the profile, along with a good backing of the kind of sour funk that goes well with Flemish sours (though nowhere near the potency). A good layer of baguette lies just beneath, joined by brown sugars and touches of caramel. Overall, the nose is intriguing, and obviously bends toward the citrus and sour profile, though is balanced enough by sugars and grain aromas to not smell like sour citrus candy.

On the tongue, the beer is more sour than the nose let on, beginning with a huge dose of fresh-squeezed and unsweetened lemon, lime, and grapefruit juices, mixed with a sour flavor that nicely complements the tartness, much like eating just the skin of a peeled grape or kiwi, without the sweet center to offset the tangy rind. These opening flavors make up the vast majority of the flavor profile, making the beer taste somewhat like sour candy. Some brown sugars and toast crust lie beneath, but can get easily lost against the sour/tart blast. The aftertaste is more sour/tart, perhaps even strengthened by the dying off of sugars, and at least for this reviewer is mixed with an overtone that reminds me of accidentally biting into a grape stem, or gnawing on a fresh-cut green tree twig, being heavily woody and plant-like. This latter flavor doesn't quite fit with the rest of the brew, and makes the aftertaste moderately unpleasant. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, once I got used to the sour/tart combo, I found the beer quite good, especially after I noticed that the flavors were strong enough to mask the 9% ABV. I do wish something could be done about the tree twig aftertaste, but luckily another mouthful of beer quickly solves that (admittedly, this is a very dangerous solution). Certainly an interesting brew, and like almost everything Dogfish Head makes, is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 22:11:05 | More by jondeelee
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pale yellow, kinda of like the color of a white wine. Saison? Really. Weak,thin mouthfeel. Nothing realy complex about this concoction. Pleasant enough to drink, but if I want a white wine,I will drink a white wine. Its cool what DFH attempts in the beer realm, but this isn't my favorite and I will not revisit.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 04:09:08 | More by tripledbrew
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served into a cup at the hotel

Pours a very light, pale yellow-green color. Like diluted olive oil. Well, to be truly descriptive, it looks like a glass of sauvingnon blanc or pinot grigio. It's light and it practically glows. But it also still looks very much like beer. Two fingers of soft white head fluff up after pouring. Lovely.

There are plenty of vinous aromas in this beer, as expected. White grapes for days, along with some melon and generic citrus. There's also plenty of pils malt in the aroma. Not much away in the way of yeast aromas here, but I won't take off points for that since Dogfish Head markets this beer as a "sorta' Saison" and not a Saison proper. I like this aroma, but I also know that there are other saisons (using the Dupont strain, mostly) that deliver the vinous aromas without any grape must used as an adjunct.

Noble Rot is more unique on the palate than it is on the nose. It's super-winey. This tastes like a beer cocktail; a blending of an average grocery store level American white wine with a blonde ale. There's a trace of yeasty spice here, but just a trace. It's mostly crackery pils malt and soft white wine (not varietal specific). I could give this a 3.5 but I think the beer is a good realization of what Dogfish Head was going for.

There's lots of carbonation in this beer, but it's all quite soft. That works for sure. Body on the lighter side of medium. I wish the beer were dryer. Overall, this is a fun beer that I enjoyed a bit more than this score indicates (and this is a good score from me). I'd have no problems polishing off a whole bottle by myself (and if it weren't for the alcohol I'd want a second).

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 14:10:23 | More by Reaper16
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alexkeil

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Dogfish Head tap takeover at Coles in Buffalo, NY.

I wish I knew more of the backstory on this beer before I tried it: they used grapes from the west coast and shipped them carefully keeping them at a certain temperature to keep the wild yeast from becoming active. DFH's use of ingredients is always inventive and impressive.

This is a bit of a different drinking saison as the spicyness is subdued and a bit more of the sweetness comes through; however, this finishes with a nice tartness and drys up from that 9% abv.

I would love to try this one again so I can appreciate some of the care that went into making it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 12:01:50 | More by alexkeil
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gford217

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours very light - a clear pale yellow with a big creamy white head that leaves some thick lacing and continues to be fed by a stream of bubbles in the middle.

Aroma is dominated by the grapes with some sweet sugary notes mixed in. The pale pilsner malts are evident but subtle.

Taste is tart up front, much more tart than the aroma would suggest. The sweetness comes out more after the initial grape tartness but it's swept away again in the finish, which is extremely similar to a white wine - dry with some boozy burn.

The mouthfeel is lively with strong carbonation and has a lot of similarities to a white wine.

I have to admit that the last couple of specialty brews from DFH have been disappointing so I've started to lower my expectations. However, this one surprised me on the positive side. Very good and very unique.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 04:01:59 | More by gford217
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DefenCorps

Oregon

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

I just had to. I've passed on some of DFH's more "normal" beers of late (another RIS? nah. DIPA? nah), but this sounded just too damn intriguing to pass up.

A brilliantly clear light yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a pretty stunning beer. The nose is pretty intensely vinous. Yes, there's a lot of white grape character, along with fruity white wine, but there's also a mildly musty, earthy character to it, and it doesn't appear to be from the yeast. A little herbal and a little minty. Pale base malt lends a moderately cracker-like backbone here, but this really is dominated by the grape and grape must.

The palate is pretty vinous, rather incredibly so. I'd be lying if I said bum wine didn't cross my mind, but there's more to it than a moderately fruity white wine. Yes, it's sweet, but it's musty, musky, mildly acidic (ripe lemons), and quite fruity (melons, grapes) as well as a moderate tannic character. Grape skins dominate the mid-palate. A touch spicy, though I'd be hard pressed to positively identify the yeast as a saison strain, it's almost tripel-like. A touch phenolic and fusel-y on the finish, this beer finishes a little sweet with some alcohol noticeable. Mildly funky but not really sour. Highly carbonated, this is one beer where that actually works. Yes, this beer has flaws, but it is a joy, both to drink and to deconstruct. I don't know what the botrytis has added her, but it does make me want to go out an buy a bottle of a beerenauslese.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 03:43:03 | More by DefenCorps
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-one thing about a saison is you'll never know what color it pours out. this is light transparent golden with a stable white head

S-smells...amazing. pale belgian malts with a great earthy tone to it. some spices as well. not getting the grape must. strong aroma.

T-comes in with an unusually tart taste of grapes and pale belgian malts. its a complex and decent flavor. it still keeps that earthy tone to it. the after-taste is matching with a good taste of grape skin. keep in mind, this beer is not fruity. the grape adds a nice but subtle complement to the flavor. this is complex and balanced.

M-high carbonation with a dry finish

O-this is definitely a different saison, if thats what you call it. it has some really great flavor to it. not as funky or as spicy as i like my saisons to be, but very enjoyable nontheless. i guess you can't truly rate this as a saison, but instead as an off centered ale. in that respect, it's great and extremely easy drinking for the ABV. i will enjoy all 750 mL of this.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 19:48:48 | More by AdamBear
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Brent

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, I'm sucker for inventive (a/k/a wacky) beer experiments, but this one really works. Great dry character - amazing drinkability for the abv. Up front a typical saison funkyness, but close behind is a reserved but distinctive apple cider vinegar note that harmonizes with the beer in a way that I found surprising. Finish was clean with a lingering touch of vinegar acidity. Quite an interesting experience.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 15:01:55 | More by Brent
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

another white wine style offering from dogfish. this one pours as average as can be, with a mildly hazy pale look and a modest white head. smells like tannins and cologne. flavor is musty and grapey, like an old starburst soaked in chardonnay. had a sour characteristic, but it isnt brett. hard to place this one. feel is nice, good bubbles and a drinkable body. overall a unique creation bordering on not beer, like a lot of DFH brews. i support the creativity here though, keep em coming doods...

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 07:38:24 | More by StonedTrippin
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vgarneth

North Carolina

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

As usual, with Dogfish Head, they're attempting to push the borders with craft beer. This beer has an interesting nose with light notes of sour citrus. The methods used in brewing this beer create a unique character that is quite different and mask the alcohol well. Mouthfeel is dry, like a sauvignon blanc, and complex. Nice job overall Dogfish Head!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 05:05:00 | More by vgarneth
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danedelman

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-very clean filtered yellow with slide shade of copper. Smaller head.

S-Lactobacillus strong, grapefruit, lemon and white wine.

T-Lacto up front with a lemony taste then following is a strong chardonay/white wine flavor. Very well done!!

M-light crisp and clean.

Overall I am very surprised at how awesome this is. I love the sweet and the tartness going on here and feel that DFH once again is a top brewer!!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 23:49:47 | More by danedelman
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Vec2267

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 23:09:10 | More by Vec2267
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threeviews

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

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Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
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