Noble Rot
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Noble RotNoble Rot
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
ABV:
9%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 12.99%
Ratings:
1,585
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Feb 15, 2022
Added:
Feb 20, 2011
Wants:
  123
Gots:
  241
SCORE
87
Very Good
Noble RotNoble Rot
Notes: 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.
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
 
3.86 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 15, 2022
Photo of Sigmund
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Sigmund from Norway

Bottle, from Costco, Sacramento. Golden color, white head. Aroma and flavour of American hops, saison yeast and grape must - an unusual combination, more interesting than really great. Not a bad beer though.

Apr 30, 2021
Photo of imnodoctorbut
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

"saison-esque" is certainly right.
very musty, no doubt thanks to the copious amounts of wine grapes added.
I absolutely loved the addition of Belgian yeast, which added to the already Paradigm-level of funk.
the brew was also quite spritzy and citric, layers of mellow tart upon the funk.
This was all gathered from my notes; I absolutely loved this phase of Dogfish where they went full blast with experimentation and digging up old and forgotten styles.

Jun 11, 2020
Photo of MikeWard
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

22oz bottle into a tulip. Bottled on date has worn away, but this is several years old at least.

Clear yellow body with a small white head leaving a little lacing. Decent carbonation.

A very faint light malty aroma.

Initial bitey on the tongue, this quickly fades away to reveal a slightly dry and somewhat sweet grapiness. The Saison base is merely a suggestion.

Mouth between medium and full. Finish a grapey wash.

Overall, and I freely admit to not being a big fan of grape must in beer, the grape factor dominates, and I got tired of this beer pretty quickly.

Jun 07, 2019
 
3.51 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Feb 20, 2019
 
3.75 by petrusek23 from Ohio on Nov 05, 2018
 
1.32 by justindavis2001 from Texas on Aug 27, 2018
 
3.74 by Quafftastic from Virginia on May 20, 2018
 
4 by Beerbuddha from Florida on Jan 07, 2018
 
4 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin on Oct 26, 2017
 
3.58 by wjbent from Florida on Sep 25, 2017
 
4.03 by rpjterp from Virginia on Sep 24, 2017
Photo of BillRoth
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BillRoth from Maryland

Had on tap at DFH Rehoboth Tap House

Aug 19, 2017
 
4 by DMcGirr from Massachusetts on May 31, 2017
 
4.43 by Comander_Shepard from Georgia on May 30, 2017
 
4.15 by PaleAleWalt from New York on May 19, 2017
 
3.73 by themegamancave from Illinois on May 04, 2017
 
4.3 by Erikshegda1994 from Pennsylvania on Apr 25, 2017
 
3.73 by nwhittin from Indiana on Apr 02, 2017
 
3.98 by alcohline_trip from Pennsylvania on Jan 23, 2017
 
4.04 by CUBeerBuff from Washington on Jan 19, 2017
Photo of 60sFolks
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by 60sFolks from Texas

L: very light golden color being a dark Beer Drinker I am not very enticing by the color.

S: distinct fruity smell.

T: I can taste the grapes all right but it is that peachy flavor that is the most distinct.

F: a very light feel but one must not forget this is a 9% ABV

Jan 01, 2017
Photo of LennyBound
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LennyBound from Illinois

Drinks like a carbonated wine.

Dec 27, 2016
 
3 by aztraz from Sweden on Oct 31, 2016
 
4.2 by Fenix2009 from Pennsylvania on Oct 19, 2016
 
4.69 by Tiger1218 from Maryland on Aug 05, 2016
 
3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York on Jul 20, 2016
 
4.49 by dag1991 from Ohio on Jul 17, 2016
 
4.25 by Narthax from Texas on Jun 23, 2016
 
3.85 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Jun 22, 2016
 
4.5 by Lance_Hathorn from Alabama on Jun 11, 2016
 
4.05 by slipperysoup from Illinois on Jun 11, 2016
 
4.18 by dcmchew from Romania on Jun 09, 2016
Photo of colts9016
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by colts9016 from Idaho

A frothy white head that has fair retention. The color of the beer is a pale yellow with a lot of carbonation bubbles.

A strong fruity esters, citrus, earthy, grass, oranges, a slight farm funk, and toasted malt.

A very rich earthy, oranges, and floral notes. A slight sour note with some funk. A nice toasted malt, grass and yeasty.

The mouthfeel of the beer is clean, crisp.

A very nice crisp easy drinking beer with a slight alcohol warming. The beer is a fizzy goodness in a bottle.

Jun 09, 2016
 
3.73 by CBrodbeck from Florida on Jun 04, 2016
Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by barczar from Kentucky

Definitely white grape must dominant, sweet, floral, with grainy undertones and a bit of yeasty funk.

Flavor is very vinous initially, tart, with a light biscuit malt sweetness that turns dry in the finish. Would be great for a wine drinker.

Apr 28, 2016
 
3.62 by WheelsPSU from New Jersey on Apr 22, 2016
 
4.18 by adamranders from Wisconsin on Apr 19, 2016
Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by zeff80 from Missouri

750ml bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, amber with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of white wine grapes, grassy notes and some toasted caramel. Wine-like taste with caramel and lemon notes.

Apr 09, 2016
 
3.41 by MrHolden from Texas on Mar 29, 2016
Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1585 ratings