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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,293 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,293
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 94
Gots: 145 | FT: 4
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.

(Beer added by: paulozanello on 02-20-2011)
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harrymel

Washington

2.95/5  rDev -23.6%

Noble Rot - Reviewed 21FEB12
Bottled: early 2012
Pours a surprisingly light yellow ale with just a drifter of a white soapy foam top. Smells of grain and saison yeast and really, nothing else. Flavor falls into the berliner-weisse area for me - a slight tart and quite dry ale with little semblance to an average beer. Thin and moderately carbed, the beer is actually drier than I would anticipate.

With a beer brewed with so much must, the liquid is palatable, and even appreciable on some level. The botrytis is lost in this format however, as the sweetness, mouth watering and earthy character in botrytized dessert wines is much different than is presented here. Although decent, I would argue that it is maladvertised for the ingredients. This is simply a saison style beer with a shit ton of grapes.
(4/3/3/2/3)

03-07-2012 06:51:32 | More by harrymel
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MJLatimer

Maine

3/5  rDev -22.3%

02-27-2012 02:18:11 | More by MJLatimer
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dailyminefield

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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New York

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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Michigan

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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Georgia

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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Colorado

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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jibbyvonjibb

California

3/5  rDev -22.3%

A: Hay color. Clear. Moderate head.
S: Dupont-like pepperiness and spice. Coriander. Lemons. Don't detect much grape.
T: Slightly tart. Candy like: lemon drops. In the finish, an herbal sweetness that lingers much longer than I would like it to.
O: Feels too artificial for me, probably from excessive use of herbs. Also, I don't know if I'm crazy or everyone else is, but where do you detect wine flavor? I would classify this as a saison/wit, and a bad one at that. Damn you Dogfish head! Stop making "exotic" crappy beers and focus on quality products already.

05-04-2013 22:58:16 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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Jobin_24

Florida

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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Maryland

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,293 ratings.