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Oak Aged Noble Rot | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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3.88/5
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121 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oak-aged ale (“sorta-saison”) brewed with Alexandria Nicole Cellars grape must from botrytis-infected Viognier grapes.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
121
pDev:
9.79%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
37
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of jgunther71
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours up a clear, well attenuated gold, with a quickly receding two finger head with a fine bubble formation.
S: Immediate white grape, funk, tartness, and tannic notes, the depth of the grape really comes through.
T: Much more malty than I would have expected, somewhat reminiscent of a French Biere de Garde, some tartness, and a very puzzling, clean sourness that is quite pleasant. The funk is subtle but present, but I don't think I would even call this a fairly tart beer. A subtle cheesy quality and hits of red apple. There is a distinct flavor to the funk that is quite unique and a bit dirty in a good way. This is a somewhat earthy beer but not in the traditional sense of the term.
M: Fairly dry with a medium body.
O: This is an interesting beer, albeit one that is much more conventional in taste than its label would have you believe. It isn't really a saison in the traditional sense of the word, but it is an interesting experience and even though I doubt it will blow anyone away, it is definitely worth your time.

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Photo of Chad0131
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of buzzedup
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip

L: Clear light golden pour. Thin white head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Funk and oak... mild citrus and fruit. Grapes and white wine.

T/F: Follows the nose. Light... not feeling the 9% ABV at all. Chardonnay... white wine and grape must. Strong oak character with mild funk. No significant tartness. Summer fruits and hay. Zesty carbonation.

O: A super beer... different... and with strong white wine character and lots of oak presence. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled on 12/17/15. Hope this aged well, this is what happens when I don't pay attention to what all is in my fridge. Served in a DFH signature glass (chalice-type glass), the beer pours a mostly clear gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like apples, white grapes/wine, peppery spice, bready/grainy malt and earthiness. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some oak and mustiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and a bit slick. Easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this, although at the same time I wish I would have tried this fresher (I know it's my fault for putting it in the back of my fridge for so long). I think it's still drinking good now (if you're into white wine and/or musty/earthy type brews) so if there are any bottles still lying around, might as well pick one up!

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThePold
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta hand it to DogFish Head for experimenting. No head, this looks and smells like an apply wine. Not really a beer, more of a mead/wine thing. Still, a good bouquet and nose feel. Tardiness on the tongue. Carbonated like Apple juice. It is like a beer with wine mixed in. Really kind of grows on one.

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Photo of HermitDan
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheHopsman
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of axf4129
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blackop555
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold. Fizzy, bubbly, short, white head fades fast.

Smells white wine, oaky, grape, pepper.

Tastes white wine, grapes, pepper, musty, oaky and bready malt hints. Finish is dry with a peppery white wine linger. Alcohol not hidden very well at all. Medium light body and fizzy higher carbonation.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip:

L: champagne, cloudy gold pale pilsner look that also resembles white wine. Thin lacing and has a beer like head with white wine appeal just as I hoped from it is supposed to resemble white wine.

A: white grapes and white wine

F: scotch yet thin and bubbly carbonated but would like it to be dryer in taste, so not a dry as expected and no sour or tart feel.

T: beginning taste is like white wine mixed with beer that leaves with an oaky cider scotch after taste. It's almost like drinking white wine, beer, cider, and scotch all mixed in one.

O: almost too much going on, it's good but it's over power by the oak and whiskyflavors that it's hard to detect the fungus coated grapes of noble rot. But interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of BKotch
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of frekky
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mwilbur
2.92/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a clear pale yellow with moderate carbonation producing a fizzy 1/2 inch white head that quickly dissipates.
S: White wine, oak tannins, faint citrus, and a musty earthy note.
T: White wine, grape juice, oak tannins, and an off musty note.
M: Light body. Watery and weak. Disappointing.
D: Honestly, a waste of thirteen and a half dollars. The further I got into this one, the less I liked. I like the brewery, but this was a DP.

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Photo of DrKarl
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of orangebison
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, pale gold in color. Strong aromas of grape, oak, vanilla and white wine. Medium-to-heavy oak influence in the taste, with lots of vanilla and drying, woody character, as well as sweetness evoking grapes and melon. Less of the grainy malt character than in the original NR. Light bodied and easy-drinking. Could have passed for white wine in a blind tasting, in my opinion.

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Photo of Jbalintjr
3.04/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Lance_Hathorn
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Oak Aged Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 121 ratings