1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

Not Rated.
Noble RotNoble Rot

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,384 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,384
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 98
Gots: 161 | FT: 4
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Noble Rot Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,384 | Reviews: 304 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Arithmeticus
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at DFH restaurant in Gaithersburg

A: clear, light yellow; creamy thin head; nice lacing
S: malt, grapes; relatively thin smell
T: carbonated, dry chardonnay; sour and sharp; bold, abrasive; few hops, little body or complexity

The experiment is wild but not offensive; I won't return to this one, though

Arithmeticus, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a tumbler. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Nearly clear dark yellow. White head and nice lacing.

Smell - Musty fruity aroma. Grape juice, specifically. Strong white wine presence.

Taste - Sweet as hell. Much more white wine flavor. Pilsner malt before a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Immensely sweet. It hints that it might dry out a bit into a musty fruity finish, but nowhere near it yet.

Overall - Hardly a saison, but I guess that's what Dogfish does. Really heavy and winey. Only a little bit of what I'd call beer behind the sugars.

Alieniloquium, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of harrymel
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

harrymel, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of MJLatimer
3/5  rDev -22.1%

MJLatimer, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of dailyminefield
3/5  rDev -22.1%

dailyminefield, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Ralphs66
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Ralphs66, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -22.1%

beergorrilla, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of HanniGunz
3/5  rDev -22.1%

HanniGunz, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of ElJosharino
3/5  rDev -22.1%

ElJosharino, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of mscudder
3/5  rDev -22.1%

mscudder, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of DaneBramage
3/5  rDev -22.1%

I shouldn't even rate this beer, because it's very carbonated/fizzy with a strong white wine mouthfeel
and I don't have the taste for wine. Not my cup of tea, so to speak.

DaneBramage, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of dgfishhead36
3/5  rDev -22.1%

dgfishhead36, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of metalblack
3/5  rDev -22.1%

metalblack, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of BierAdvoNikk
3/5  rDev -22.1%

BierAdvoNikk, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of bsinger45
3/5  rDev -22.1%

bsinger45, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of rkcrozier
3/5  rDev -22.1%

rkcrozier, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of b2rade2n
3/5  rDev -22.1%

b2rade2n, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of kevgod
3/5  rDev -22.1%

kevgod, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
3/5  rDev -22.1%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Caudalie
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Caudalie, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

jibbyvonjibb, May 04, 2013
Photo of Jobin_24
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Jobin_24, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of fehrminator
3/5  rDev -22.1%

fehrminator, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of cj8311
3/5  rDev -22.1%

cj8311, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of jbriggs7
3/5  rDev -22.1%

jbriggs7, Jul 14, 2014
Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,384 ratings.