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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,425 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 1,425
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 103
Gots: 169 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, straw color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of grapes, pale malt, hint of hop, slight yeast, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness. Tastes of slight hops, grapes, pale malt, yeast, alcohol, hint of sweet malt, and tartness. Overall, strong grape characteristics in both aroma and body. Body has a good blend and is better then the aroma.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear golden 24 karat polished gold with a one inch bone white head. Scant lacing.

Aroma of yeast, lemon peel, sweetness and spice.

Taste is sweet and very saison like. Got the wheat, tartness and peppery. Definite wine like qualities. Citrusy Sauvignon Blanc tartness and buttery like a quality Chardonnay.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Fruity and spritzy.

Beautiful late spring day and this quaff just sparkles like gold in the sun. Love the white wines and this beer satisfies my taste buds. Great twist on a saison.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- pilsner gold. Full head.

Aroma- very floral with hints of honeysuckle sweets.

Taste- A sour and complex brew that reminds us of Flemish sour ale, but the clear gold color betrays a crisper white grape mellow sourness. Don’t serve too cold!

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 3/17/13.

Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,425 ratings.