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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:
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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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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A clear, somewhat bubbly looking mix between a Riesling and a pilsner. Sunshine yellow and some clear-ish, grape juice colors. Pretty quick, bright white head. Looks like a sub-par saison, but we all know there's something special about this brew.

Grapey, earthy backbone aroma. There's some soft, barely toasted cracker and pilsner malt aromas. Sweet, yet a sharp tartness that makes me think a dry Riesling and a chardonnay had a baby. Different indeed.

For something almost looks like wine and smells like wine, well.... it tastes winey too. Dry and tart from start to finish. Tart white grapes meet dry pils and wheat malts. There's maybe just a touch of spicy yeast that helps cut some of the grape juice's tartness a little. Thiss taste like a tart Saison had a baby with a semi-sweet white wine. The wine carries the dominant traits in my opinion.

This has a tart, winey palate, and the carbonation of a Saison. Good sipping beer that I will buy again and share with friends and loved ones.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 00:32:02 | More by scruffwhor
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rainydays2020

New York

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a .33L Cas'telain teardrop goblet.

Appearance- Very clear light golden color with one finger of thick white head.

Smell- white grapes, white wine. Very mild smell compared to the complex taste. This was that only part of the experience I was (somewhat) let down by.

Taste- Crisp, the tart fruity smell is in there, white grapes up front with some other complex flavors that I can't really name. Then honey, vanilla-almond biscotti, with a crisp lingering tart finish. Very little hop character which fits the style.

Mouthfeel- sweet and slick. Very bubbly

This is a great beer! The one thing I feel is missing is the smell. All that you really get is the white grape must and even that is somewhat light. However the lack of smell is compensated by the interesting character the must and botrytis infection adds to the flavor. Overall an incredibly unique wine-like character to this beer. I'd highly recommend this one to wine lovers. I've got one aging in my basement for future drinking!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 23:17:03 | More by rainydays2020
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased for $13.99. Bottled on 5/22/12. Poured into a DFH glass.

A - Pours a clear, very light straw colored, almost white wine in color. Rocky one-finger head, which quickly disappates. Nice lacing. Well carbonated.

A - Some farmyard funk at first and then a white wine.

T - Apple and grape. Zero bitterness. Sweetness in the middle and the finish. Hides its 9% ABV well.

MF - Fizzy.

O - I've had a number of saisons and this beer is very similar but very different. A saision with white wine like qualities. It is no where near the top of my saison list. Drink like a wine (slow, sips) and maybe you will enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 00:49:48 | More by Sludgeman
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VaRy

California

4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a tricky one. I do not see where exactly the "Noble Rot" can be placed on the beer map, and I therefore can not judge its conformity to any particular style. It certainly not brewed in Belgian tradition, so I would not label it as "saison". This beer is not aged in wine casks or what not, it is actually brewed with viognier must.

The result is stunning. The look is classic straw-colored pale pilsner (or should I say sauvignon blanc?) with very little head. Smell is certainly fermented grape and light hops. Taste... Well, it gets weird here. A mixture of pilsner and white wine does not sound appealing, but this one is absolutely superb. Bone dry, delicate, floral, fruity, ever so slightly spicy. Amazing!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 13:32:50 | More by VaRy
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damngoode

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice surprise. I didn't bother to read the label or the ba listing but at first taste I immediately thought, wow, that's a weird pils! I generally don't enjoy saisons, so this was an experience for me. Much hyped, I first heard of Noble Rot while I was working with Napa Smith Brewery. I like that this beer is light, bold, fruity, crisp, funky, and boozy! A whole lot packaged into one beer. I think the grape additions give a nice companion for the pilsner flavor. Light and slightly tart, this is an excellent beer to break up a summer afternoon marathon. Would love to pair this with some funky or sharp white cheeses. It grows on you!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 20:09:53 | More by damngoode
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One2Remeber

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale yellow, 2 SRM, crystal clear. Thin bubbly head fades quickly.

S: Strong Belgian yeast, mild notes of bubble gum and rich, sweet malts. Clean.

T: Sugary, reminscent of a Tripel up front, turns to gummy/fizzy and then finish of a yeasty bubbly saison. Lingers of citrusy lemon. Low to moderate spiciness stays around.

M: Moderate to low carbonation allowing for taste sensations to be quite alive.

O: Clean, unique, drinkable while possessing multiple dimensions, making it not a straightforward golden ale. Not a must try but an expected solid offering from DFH.

Serving type: growler

03-19-2013 01:14:47 | More by One2Remeber
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass, light golden colored with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: yeasty and sour, slight grape, grain, saisson smells

T: yeasty and sour, grape, sour cherries, lemon

M: light to medium bodied, alcohol well hidden

O: imagine a saisson mixed with a sour, interesing and unique

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 01:38:52 | More by M_C_Hampton
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Drunk_And_Sarcastic

California

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml into a tulip.

A - Light clear champagne colored. 3

S - Has the nose of a saison. Lots of yeast. There is also some light golden fruits, most notably pear and apples. Much like a white wine. Also has a hard cider-like nose. 3.25

T - Starts with traditional saison yeast. This then shifts to a more white wine like the nose. This consists of some pears and apples followed by some tartness. It finishes with more yeast and clove notes. 4

M - Lots of carbonation and a tad thin but strangely still sort of creamy. Interesting mouthfeel. Much like a sparkling wine. 4

Overall: This drinks more like a sparkling wine or hard cider. I think it's a great hybrid between beer and wine. It's a crisp, clean and easy to drink. It has a nice tartness and is a great option for white wine drinkers. That being said, I'm glad I tried but don't think it will be a repeat purchase, especially for $14. 4

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 04:08:24 | More by Drunk_And_Sarcastic
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful clean light yellow pour, 2 fingers of fluffy/foamy bright white head which dissipated slowly, tons of visible carbonation, excellent head retention, great lacing. smells of bready pilsner malt, lemongrass, white wine, coriander. slightly tart/sour on the palate, a spicy black pepper feel up front which i'm guessing is from the belgian yeast strain, definitely tasting a lot of white wine grape flavors, nice and funky farmhouse flavors. this is a wonderful saison with a slightly tart/sour feel to it, medium in body with high carbonation it is both refreshing, and sweet.

as far as the weird one offs that DFH releases, this is one of the best i've had. a very delicious, very refreshingly perfect for this 60 degree day, slightly sour which is exactly what i was hoping for. love it.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 00:32:37 | More by facundoCNB
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circus_cat

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw with fizzy short-lived head and quickly rising bubbles. If this were in a flute, I might think it to be sparkling wine or champagne.

S: Green grapes, green apples, some funky earthiness that reminds me it's beer

T: Mirrors the nose. Fresh citrus and tropical fruitiness--mango, passion fruit. Some earthiness through the middle. Ends with a not-quite cloying sweetness that hangs around.

M: Light and active. The bubbles really dance around like champagne. Some alcohol burn as it goes down.

This is a lot like drinking vino verde or prosecco until the malty earthiness reminds you it's a beer. The intentionally infected grapes add this sweetness that really pushes the limits but stays within reason. I wouldn't drink this all the time but it is a nice departure from the norm. It tastes a little like Delirium Tremens.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 14:30:01 | More by circus_cat
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flayedandskinned

California

4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2012
Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a translucent pale gold with a very slight greenish hue. As soon as the beer hits the glass, a 2 finger pure white head rises and almost immediately dissipates. This brew honestly looks like a blend of a pilsner and a glass of a pinot grigio.

Aroma: Traditional, spicy saison yeast notes leap right out of the glass at you immediately; ground pepper, musty hay, suggestions of pear. Underneath the yeast however, is freshly squeezed white grape juice. If you dig deep enough, you can detect sweet bready malt.

Taste: Similar to the the nose, big spicy yeast hits your tongue right away with a mere whisper of light, grassy hops letting you know that this is still a saison. Almost as soon as the hops hit your palate, the white wine aspects come into play; grape juice coats your tongue and causes the light, prickly carbonation to desist. The grape must is slightly sweet and definitely has some acidic, lemony attributes. The must really interacts and plays off the herbal, spicy yeast quite well. The 'beer' finishes tart and off dry. Lingering notes of yeast, grapes and and an overt, buttery coating of biscuit-y malt is left naked on your tonque.

Mouthfeel: This is where the wine/beer hybrid becomes super apparent. Thin, yet creamy mouth feel with light, prickly carbonation until about half way through the taste when the grape juice makes the carbonation stop dead in it's tracks. The 'beer' starts off feeling like a beer and half through it finishes naked and clean like a wine.

Overall: Yet another utterly unique ale(?) from Dogfish Head. I really enjoyed this beer and it is a A very successful marriage of both the wine and beer worlds. Would recommend it to any beer and wine lover equally. This is going to be in my refrigerator quite often.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 20:24:55 | More by flayedandskinned
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Roose13

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass

A: Fizzy clear yellow with rising bubbles. Two finger paper white head.

S: sour grapes, citrus

T: Sour grapes, pale like a lager, very bready. It's got a real strong sour kick right away.

M: Carbonated like a sparkling wine.

Overall: My first real saison. Something different, not really my thing though. I think it's a good beer that's better shared with friends.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 05:14:11 | More by Roose13
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kojevergas

Texas

3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cost was $14 at my local SoCal beer store. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm not big on Dogfish Head, but I have strangely high hopes for this one based on the marketing. Say what you like about Dogfish Head (and I frequently take jabs meself) - their label art is great and they know how to intrigue you with the descriptions of their beers. It's too bad the brewing is so often less appealing than the marketing, but I digress. 9% ABV confirmed.

Served straight from the fride and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a fizzy thin white head that quickly dissipates within about 5 seconds. We're left with a clear pale yellow coloured body. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's looking pretty downright awful for a saison, but I'm not going to judge it as a saison because Dogfish Head doesn't identify it as such per se (I always prefer to go with what the brewer considers a beer over what beeradvocate's imperfect categories consider it). Regardless of style, it doesn't look that great, though I guess it's somewhat vibrant. Meh.

Sm: Clear pale malts. Actually, I get some corn adjunct. Some white wine notes. Crystal malt. Honestly, if you poured this and had me smell it and told me it was an adjunct lager, I'd believe you. Maybe that's my broken nose, but I don't find this impressive at all. Clean and weak. A mild strength aroma. Unimpressive.

T: White wine notes. Clean pale malts. Pear-like sweetness. Lightly cider-esque. Clean barley. A bit acidic. Not very musty at all, actually. Clove from the yeast. Clean apple. Balanced - the best thing going for it. And it needs that, because it's awfully simple. I wouldn't say it lacks subtlety, but it's unimpressive.

Mf: Remarkably fizzy, with a pleasant underlying coarseness. Refreshingly wet. The mouthfeel here is a highlight, actually. Clean and enjoyable. It does dry a bit towards the climax. Carbonation is just a bit low.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but lacking anything interesting enough to warrant another purchase. In fact, it certainly seems overpriced for the lack of quality. Hides its ABV well. I think it's fair to call it wine-like. To its credit, it'd make a fantastic table beer for pairing with food. I like the cidre-like and wine-like qualities, but at some point, it seems to depart from being a beer. It's tough to settle on an opinion of this one as a result. This is definitely one to get again (hopefully at a better price) if you're looking to convert wine people to beer over dinner.

B-

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 04:47:35 | More by kojevergas
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mactrail

California

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Quite attractive with a clear lemon color and a fine-grained foam. Interesting winey fragrance full of flowers, wine barrels, and fresh grapes.

Quite sharp, with a flavor more like an acidic young white wine than a beer, but I like it. Tastes like a Saison, but with that grapey flavor. Nice yeasty flavors but not as dry as many beers using the Belgian yeast. Tangy and bright. Malt I don't taste much of.

From the 750 ml bottle bought at Liticker's Liquor & Deli in San Diego. I don't want to say how much, but I won't be buying another for that price. Still, it's an adventure in flavor, and much easier drinking than most of Dogfish Head's experiments.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 04:28:08 | More by mactrail
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mattkoon

South Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

i read an article about this beer a few months ago and i was really interested in trying it. then this past weekend i was at a beer tasting in charleston sc and there it was. my wife was with me and she is a wine drinker. she fell in love with this, and i really liked it so it was kind of the perfect drink for my house.
the color is a light yellow- like chardonnay. it smells like an earthy sassion and white wine mixture. which also sums up the taste- a great earthy light sassion paired with a sweet-dry white wine.
if you have wino friends and you want to drag them into the beer world this is a good start. this one will be a staple at my house whenever i can get it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 23:57:06 | More by mattkoon
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle - $10.99 at Sprayberry Bottle Shop in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale yellow body, though, with a little tinge of green to it. Fluffy, white heads that cashes out quickly leaving on appreciable lacing as it goes.

Smell: Initial scents of lemon verbena, winey grapes, apples, and pears. Then, the soft wheat and pils malts. Characterful saison yeast throughout. Also, some alcohol definitely catching the nose.

Taste: Pils, wheat malts, a little grainy, a little doughy with some ground spice notes and moderate, initial sweetness. White grape, apple, even some tart pears interwoven with a lemony, herbal kick, but, mainly it's the taste of white wine. Lightly musty. The underlying spiciness ramps up a bit as the alcohol quickly takes hold, heading towards the warming, tart, relatively dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's solid. While not loved, I did like it fairly well for an interesting, wine-like, fusion-type beverage.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 19:58:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale blonde colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, lace all the way down the glass, good retention as well. Smell is of spicy yeast, certainly saison like, fruity, citrus in the way of lemony, grape is initially minimal in the nose but becomes more aparent about halfway through, some sweet apple also there. Taste is full of grape and wine upfront followed by peppery/spicy yeast, fairly fruity, lemon, both sweet and tart points present here, some sweet wine/grape in the finish. Medium carbonation, medium body, lush soft creamy feel. This was rather enjoyable, quite drinkable with lots of solid flavours and depth.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 14:38:26 | More by peensteen
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speter

New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear gold with a massive fluffy white head that leaves an incredible amount of lacing. This is perhaps the most carbonated DFH beer I've had.

S: For me, the saison yeast comes through, with biscuity overtones and just the faintest trace of white wine. I was expecting the grapes to be the star here, but it smells like a solid saison.

T: Now here's where the grapes kick in. This tastes like a blend of a pinot gris with a Belgian beer (not too surprising, given the ingredients). If I were to review this strictly on the basis of the first sips, I would give it 4+, but there is something that actually becomes a bit much as you drink more of it, and I suspect it's something from the grape side of the equation. (Don't get me wrong, I love viognier and pinot gris can be good.) There's something oddly tannic in the finish that doesn't quite please nor match what I expect from a beer/white wine experience.

M: Very refreshing. I had it with an oily dish, and the carbonation worked perfectly. The finish I mentioned above does have a coating quality (maybe they need a lower alpha acid hop?), which detracts from an otherwise great mouthfeel.

O: I was quite excited when I read about the plans for this beer, and in wine-like servings, this is a wonderful achievement for DFH. I would recommend splitting a bomber among three people.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 18:30:25 | More by speter
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Maltmaiden

Alabama

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear bright straw yellow. Lots of carbonation.. almost looks like cider or chanpagne. Very tiny trace of a head but the carbonation keeps it from looking very flat. Kin of weird for a saison, but it looks pretty.

S: White grape right off the bat. some apricot, light malt. light funkiness. slight alcohol. rice? A Good smelling saison.

T: Sweet up front and then it dries out gradually. Kind of like a champagne actually, but with malt and very light hops. Apple, white grape, apricot. Some mustiness but not harshly so. Nice tasting.

M: The tang and carbonation really stings the tongue at first but then it leads into a sweetness, and then it dries out. very short lived finish, overall very clean. a complex and fun moutfeel.

O: I don't think the carbonation was obnoxious but I wish I could try it without so much...maybe it would be improved and taste more like beer to me. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but I want more out of this beer. Would like to have this for New Years!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 06:33:32 | More by Maltmaiden
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shand

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Noble Rots pours out a very pale golden color with plenty of carbonation. The aroma is sweet and spicy, with a little bit of a strange twang that's probably the infected grapes. The taste is an equal mix of sweet and tart grape and spicy saison flavors. The mouthfeel is light and briskly carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, Noble Rot is a success. It toes the line between beer and wine, successfully presenting characteristics of both. It's not something I'll drink something, but I enjoyed the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 05:53:39 | More by shand
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kp29

Arizona

4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brewed with grapes and grape must? Intriguing...

Noble Rot pours a clear golden yellow. Almost looks like it could be a glass of sparkling grape juice or champagne with all the carbonation going on in this one.

Pick up some grapes in the nose, ever so musty, kinda smells like wine.

Not quite as sweet as I was anticipating but still some sweet and tart white grape flavor going on. Otherwise, though pretty dry and very reminiscent of a glass of white wine or maybe even a dry champagne.

Overall, an interesting hybrid beer that honestly tastes perhaps as much like a wine as it does a beer. I'm not usually a big fan of wine but this brew provides enough sweet and tart flavors mixed with the drying characteristics of a white wine to please my palate, although I couldn't drink this every time I was craving a beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 03:39:31 | More by kp29
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Florida9

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear golden straw yellow in color. Forms a fizzy white head that doesn't bother to stick around for very long, reducing to absolutely nothing, though the beer itself remains visibly carbonated. No lacing.

S: Aroma is very vinous and is much more "wine-like" than "beer-like." This one reminds me of some sort of cross between a buttery chardonnay and a minerally pinot grigio, though there is a faint, sweet, floral quality that doesn't fit either of the styles.

T: The taste is just...odd. Again very vinous with a minerally white wine on the start. Lightly sweet. Then more white wine. Actually, I'm really not getting much "beer" or Saison out of this one at all. Slightly acidic and grapey.

M: Light bodied. Heavier carbonation. Slightly acidic (but not sour).

O: This beer reminds me of a really shitty demi-sec champagne. And while its commendable that this isn't a shitty champagne, I'm not sure that a beer that tastes like a shitty champagne is any better than a shitty champagne in the first place. So, like many of Dogfish Head's beers, this one just goes to prove that saying that just because you can do something, doesn't mean that you should.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 02:28:15 | More by Florida9
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Doc_Hops

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very pale greenish yellow that actually resembles Sauvignon Blanc. Head is bright white; fluffy at first and then slowly disappears.

S- Very sweet and yeasty to begin. Definitely indicative of a saison but with a big hit of green grapes and a faint hint of green apples.

T- The best way I can describe it is like a wine gone bad...in a good way? Really interesting here. Almost like I poured a basic saison with a basic white white and this came out. Lots of grape notes and citrus notes paired with some interesting yeasty/ spice notes. Very complex and very different.

M- Very light bodied. Not much weight to it at all. Goes down quite smooth.

O- I like this beer. Very different than anything I've tried before I can say that. I think this beer might do better with some more time. I've got a few more bottles that I'm going to let sit for a while. If it chemically is anything like a wine, that leads me to believe it will definitely get better with age. But overall, very cool, very interesting.

Serving type- 750ml bottle poured into a wine glass. Thanks for reading.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 02:30:24 | More by Doc_Hops
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer and wine hybrid!!

Pours out a perfectly clear, bright, golden, yellow with 2 fingers of white head; looks more like white wine than beer.

The aroma has some subtle funk notes from the Saison yeast, there are some earthy/grassy tones, a bit of lemon and a good amount of white grape notes.

The taste is bursting with white grape notes, some very nice tartness (not too much though), some more funky/hay notes, some grassy notes, definite lemon zest and some floral character. Very refreshing to drink and finishes very dry.

The body and mouthfeel are very light and there is no carbonation at all. The alcohol is completely hidden in the aroma, taste and feel of the beer.

This is an easy drinking beer that does taste and feel somewhat like drinking white wine at the same time. An interesting beer to be sure and one to try. It won't be for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 01:40:01 | More by JohnnyMc
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Halcyondays

California

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle, finally this comes to the Southland, my local Total Wine had a huge pallet, great label,

A: Pours a very clear pils looking yellow with medium white head which leaves some spotty lace.

S: Honeysuckle flowers, lots of grass with a hint of peppery spice, spring meadow, nice fragrance.

T: Lots of floral character upfront with some sweet stone fruit character in the mid-palate (Viognier methinks). The beer gets tart real quick with a lot of lemon with a complex fruit character of unripe nectarine and apricot.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy, light at the end but never thin. Nice slightly acidic finish (Pinot Gris acid/green apple/tartness/malic). Tart middle throughout to the end.

O: I was hoping the botrytis would come more to the forefront, since I love Sauternes and other botrytis infected wines like Auslese Riesling and higher QmP when I can find them and afford them. I could taste the grapes and the Viognier character. This is a varietal I am quite familiar with and this beer conveys true essence of that grape. At the end, certainly a good flavour, I want some more rot, but in the end I do like the beer just looking at it straightforwardly.

Serving type: bottle

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