Noble Rot
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
3.85 | pDev: 12.99%
Feb 15, 2022
Feb 20, 2011
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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Rated: 3.86 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 15, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
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
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Reviewed by imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
"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
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 3.51 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Feb 20, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Nov 05, 2018
Rated: 1.32 by justindavis2001 from Texas

Aug 27, 2018
Rated: 3.74 by Quafftastic from Virginia

May 20, 2018
Rated: 4 by Beerbuddha from Florida

Jan 07, 2018
Rated: 4 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

Oct 26, 2017
Rated: 3.58 by wjbent from Florida

Sep 25, 2017
Rated: 4.03 by rpjterp from Virginia

Sep 24, 2017
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Rated by BillRoth from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Had on tap at DFH Rehoboth Tap House
Aug 19, 2017
Rated: 4 by DMcGirr from Massachusetts

May 31, 2017
Rated: 4.43 by Comander_Shepard from Georgia

May 30, 2017
Rated: 4.15 by PaleAleWalt from New York

May 19, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by themegamancave from Illinois

May 04, 2017
Rated: 4.3 by Erikshegda1994 from Pennsylvania

Apr 25, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by nwhittin from Indiana

Apr 02, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by alcohline_trip from Pennsylvania

Jan 23, 2017
Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1585 ratings