Noble Rot | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Noble RotNoble Rot

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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.

Added by paulozanello on 02-20-2011

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Reviewed from notes
1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottled 2012 08:22
Poured from bottle into goblet.
A: Yellow in color with small white head that quickly recedes.
S: Grapes, sugar, saison funk.
T: Grapes more so than any other flavor dominate this beer/wine hybrid. This is really interesting and tasty. Can't believe how delicious these rotten/infected grapes are.
M: Light mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation
O: At $13.99/bottle pretty comparable in price range to other Dogfish Head beers. I will buy a couple more to pair with shellfish and to see what my mom thinks about it who loves white wine, but doesn't enjoy beer.

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I made Norther Brewers home brew, "Saison Du Vin" and it is now 1 year old. Compared to this home brew, the Dogfish's Noble Rot was sweeter. The ROH content for me is a little high as I enjoy the session component of a beer. I also watered it down w carbonated water & it was still great. The noble rot element, is very subtle when compared to a non rotted grape extract.... Still an excellent sipper.. I was surprised it did not blow past my home brew.... My home brew is better than I expected! Anyone know what yeast Dogfish used? I used belle saison....

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Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,575 ratings.
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