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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,264 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,264
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 89
Gots: 142 | FT: 5
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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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-06-2014 00:27:40 | More by jzeilinger
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10 oz. pour into a snifter glass at the Falls Church Alehouse; unknown brewing/kegging date; drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - pale yellow-to-golden coloration; crystal clear (can both read and see through); received with an initial frothy white head that settled into a subtle glass lacing; no visible bubbles

S: 10/12 - predominately white wine/Chardonnay notes; some background Belgian yeast, pils and wheat with some alcohol

T: 16/20 - bright, refreshing vinous flavors immediately hit on first sip and continue to develop on the palate; as the flavor profile expands; the Belgian pils and yeast rear up - slightly peppery, estery and coriander; some alcohol but doesn't taste like 9% ABV; finishes dry and invites subsequent sips

M: 3/5 - much lower carbonation for style (and major reason for point detraction); light body

O: 8/10 - nice admixture of vinous and saison qualities; it's not as good as I remember it being, which, unfortunately, is my typical DFH experience as my palate has developed, but it remains an enjoyable Spring/Summer offering and is dangerously drinkable; $10.50/10 oz. snifter is craziness though

TOTAL - 40/50

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2014 20:38:55 | More by MNishCT77
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DustinSWB

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

04-04-2014 14:31:34 | More by DustinSWB
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IAmHollywood13

Ohio

5/5  rDev +29.5%

04-02-2014 14:05:25 | More by IAmHollywood13
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Scepter

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-02-2014 03:38:12 | More by Scepter
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Falcon91Wolvrn03

California

3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a thick white head, good size bubbles, and lacing that sticks to the side of the glass forever.

Smell: A champagne and sweet white wine scent, with a hint of lemon.

Taste: A sour white wine taste with a bit of bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, smooth, but a bit sour.

Drinkability: Has a little too much sour/bitter for my liking, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 06:18:44 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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Arkay

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-31-2014 17:48:36 | More by Arkay
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michaelfcasey

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-31-2014 03:34:53 | More by michaelfcasey
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OnryAndMean

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-22-2014 18:38:15 | More by OnryAndMean
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TheRicker

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03-20-2014 16:29:25 | More by TheRicker
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jmint

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-17-2014 23:32:18 | More by jmint
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-17-2014 13:03:49 | More by sgttibbs
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-16-2014 20:49:38 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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Hypersomnia

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-16-2014 20:20:04 | More by Hypersomnia
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dmartin118

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-16-2014 20:05:16 | More by dmartin118
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RobinLee

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-16-2014 02:41:02 | More by RobinLee
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rel

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-16-2014 02:11:58 | More by rel
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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-16-2014 02:10:14 | More by LarryMyers
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zero_signal

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-16-2014 01:14:37 | More by zero_signal
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little_star

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03-15-2014 22:22:07 | More by little_star
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mkf629

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03-15-2014 01:23:15 | More by mkf629
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Brinks

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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Zetcha7x

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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MightiestBeard

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-13-2014 00:34:38 | More by MightiestBeard
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale straw, champagne-like head that leaves no residue on surface or glass. Aggressive carbonation, slight fogginess. Looks crisp, but so darn light/flavorless.

S: White grapes, slight yeast/bread.

T: Closer to wine than beer. Apples, pear, off-dry, background yeast/bread. Acidity brings a nice crispness. For the delicacy of the flavors the high ABV is hidden well.

M: Super carbonated, full bodied but still quick-flowing.

O: It's good, a cool concept executed very well. Would be a great crossover drink for either wine or beer diehards.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 07:40:48 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,264 ratings.