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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,436 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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Ratings: 1,436
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 104
Gots: 172 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very clear straw/pale straw color with a small amount of pure white head that disappeared fairly quickly.

Aroma: Tart, sour grape aroma, with a hint of strawberry and sour cherry.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Texture on the tongue is extremely light, with a buttery mouthfeel reminiscent of a good Chardonnay. Flavor up front is that of tart white grape and sour stone fruit, with a bit of buttery flavor as well. Finishes with a biscuity, crackery malt flavor.

Final Word: Very easy to drink, and will please both beer lovers and wine lovers alike! This beer uses the must of two grape varieties, as explained by Dogfish Head:
"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."
These ingredients lend this beer the tart, fruity sweetness of a white wine with the bready, grainy flavors of a malty beer. Very unique drinking experience, and the drinkability of this brew makes it easy for anyone to enjoy!

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

Dogfish Head's Noble Rot, ale brewed with botrytis-infected Viognier grape must. 9% ABV.

A: A finger of fluffy white head. Very clear golden yellow/goldenrod color. Constantly rising stream of bubbles up the center. Quite striking, actually! Decent lacing.

S: White grape juice and musty yellow apples, mostly. Very slight oaky caramel.

T/MF: Dry, with a sweetness as it settles. Slight acidity as it is held on the front of the tongue. Dry white grape/white wine flavor. More yellow apple towards the finish. Not a lot to it, but a nice beer. Maybe good as a salad pairing. Caesar, perhaps.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,436 ratings.