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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,327 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,327
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 98
Gots: 154 | 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)
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Fitze, May 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

ridgeline23, May 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, May 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Mphis, May 24, 2014
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3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear, pale, yellow with a white head. Smells of slightly soured white grapes and green grass. The aroma is very clean. Tastes of more white grapes, a little sourness, lemon peel and spice. Light bodied for the most part with not even a hint of alcohol. This would be the perfect communion beer. If churches adopted this instead of cheap grape juice then maybe they could convert the beer community. I'm serious!

No I'm not.

stephens101, May 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DRTBrewster, May 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

tommy5, May 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

ncelauro, May 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

DylanCBS, May 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

epyon396, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Troville1990, May 17, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

MonkeyBread, May 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

paulys55, May 15, 2014
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CraigTravor, May 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

heatherzbeer, May 13, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This pours a clear, light yellow color with a slight, white head. The aroma is slightly tart and full of grapes. The taste is strong in flavor and drinks very much like a carbonated wine. This is a very unique take on the fruit beer category. Makes for great sipping beer that pairs well with lots wine based foods.

Lemke10, May 11, 2014
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superJoy, May 11, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Straw color. Transparent. Weakish head. Several thin patches of lacing.

Funky yeast and white grape aroma.

Mild gain flavor. Sweet, yet semi tart white grape. Yeast and fungus adds a funky, tart note. Mild leafy hop.

Medium body like a dry sparkling white wine. Well carbonated with a dry finish. Somewhat grainy texture.

Love the innovation. Not something I would drink every day but good for a change.

bnes09, May 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jsh420, May 09, 2014
Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,327 ratings.