Noble Rot | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Noble RotNoble Rot
BA SCORE
3.85/5
1,578 Ratings
Noble RotNoble Rot
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,684
Reviews:
338
Ratings:
1,578
pDev:
12.99%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Gots:
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Trade:
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frothy three finger head with excellent retention and nice lacing on a clear straw with light gold hues body. Very crisp aroma with strong fruity ester presence mostly lemon and Belgian spice. Flavor is more on the sour side than sweet. More lemon mostly with an herbal note to the finish. Light to medium body and high carbonation with a moister finish than many other sailings out there. Overall a nice offering from dogfish. Little too sour for my tastes when it comes to saisons.

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Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and slight grape aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink but nothing all that special.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another white wine style offering from dogfish. this one pours as average as can be, with a mildly hazy pale look and a modest white head. smells like tannins and cologne. flavor is musty and grapey, like an old starburst soaked in chardonnay. had a sour characteristic, but it isnt brett. hard to place this one. feel is nice, good bubbles and a drinkable body. overall a unique creation bordering on not beer, like a lot of DFH brews. i support the creativity here though, keep em coming doods...

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out with a very beautiful clarity to it. The beer was clear yellow in color with a fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer has a little bit of funk on the nose but remains pretty soft. The taste of the beer bites the sides of the tongue. It's got an interesting amount of sourness to it but it's not strong enough to make you pucker up. It tastes more along the lines of a white wine. The mouthfeel is light, with moderate carbonation. Overall it was an enjoyable Saision.

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Photo of nmann08
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass surrounded by a thin film of bubbles covering the remainder of the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of white wine grapes are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the flavors taste a lot like white wine. Hints of spicy yeast are detectable towards the finish. Considering the beer's strength, surprisingly no alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with some notes of dryness towards the finish.
O: I found this to be a very interesting beer that's also quite drinkable—it's like sipping a "light" version of a pinot grigio white wine that isn't as full-bodied or dry and also hides its alcohol a lot better. I would definitely consider getting this again, especially if I was sharing it with a friend that really liked wine and was open to trying something different for a change.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head's introduction of Noble Rot is an exciting and refreshing choice that's ideally suited for hotter summer days. So why is this a dead-middle-of-winter release?

The beer pours as authentic Belgian Saisons should- bright yellow in color and carrying a mild hazed that allows for a diffused glow to emit. A fluffy white head caps the beer and retains well but eventually sucumbs to the acidity yet to come. The lighter color could suggest Berliner Weisse instead.

A spirited and tangy nose brings about the spicy fruity notes that make Saisons so wonderful. Crabapples, white grapes, under-rippened berries, and lemons offer a bright and refreshing scent with 0only a modest background note of light bread and yeast. The focused aromas are very direct and all about the grape.

Certainly lovers of white wines would appreciate this beer as the taste is simplistic and dedicated to chardonay flavor along with raw white grapes and must. Accented by the fermentation notes of tart apples, berries, lemons, and with the balance of white pepper and lactic acidity- the beer borrows Saison-like characteristics to add layers of complexity to the dominant grape flavor. Tartness boarders on sour notes and also make me think of Berliner Weissbiers as much as it does Saison. The supple support of pilsner malt comes across much more like wheat for a slightly elevated bread flavor and feel.

Bone-dry from start to finish, the beer's early and terse creaminess falls just as soon as the carbonation subsides. The dry-fruity, spicy character seems to disolve into the surfaces of the mouth and avoids feeling weighted in finish and aftertaste. Refreshing tartness allows a pleasant powdery tannic texture late and seems to dry the mouth.

Remarkably, the 9% alcohol is nowhere to be found. The alcohol warmth is surplanted by sharp acidity and making this beer much more drinkable than it should be. This is not a typical Saison. The brewers went and Dogfish Headed it up pretty well. Anyone seeking this beer should expect a lot of grape character and Berliner Weisse tartness to dominate.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cost was $14 at my local SoCal beer store. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm not big on Dogfish Head, but I have strangely high hopes for this one based on the marketing. Say what you like about Dogfish Head (and I frequently take jabs meself) - their label art is great and they know how to intrigue you with the descriptions of their beers. It's too bad the brewing is so often less appealing than the marketing, but I digress. 9% ABV confirmed.

Served straight from the fride and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a fizzy thin white head that quickly dissipates within about 5 seconds. We're left with a clear pale yellow coloured body. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's looking pretty downright awful for a saison, but I'm not going to judge it as a saison because Dogfish Head doesn't identify it as such per se (I always prefer to go with what the brewer considers a beer over what beeradvocate's imperfect categories consider it). Regardless of style, it doesn't look that great, though I guess it's somewhat vibrant. Meh.

Sm: Clear pale malts. Actually, I get some corn adjunct. Some white wine notes. Crystal malt. Honestly, if you poured this and had me smell it and told me it was an adjunct lager, I'd believe you. Maybe that's my broken nose, but I don't find this impressive at all. Clean and weak. A mild strength aroma. Unimpressive.

T: White wine notes. Clean pale malts. Pear-like sweetness. Lightly cider-esque. Clean barley. A bit acidic. Not very musty at all, actually. Clove from the yeast. Clean apple. Balanced - the best thing going for it. And it needs that, because it's awfully simple. I wouldn't say it lacks subtlety, but it's unimpressive.

Mf: Remarkably fizzy, with a pleasant underlying coarseness. Refreshingly wet. The mouthfeel here is a highlight, actually. Clean and enjoyable. It does dry a bit towards the climax. Carbonation is just a bit low.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but lacking anything interesting enough to warrant another purchase. In fact, it certainly seems overpriced for the lack of quality. Hides its ABV well. I think it's fair to call it wine-like. To its credit, it'd make a fantastic table beer for pairing with food. I like the cidre-like and wine-like qualities, but at some point, it seems to depart from being a beer. It's tough to settle on an opinion of this one as a result. This is definitely one to get again (hopefully at a better price) if you're looking to convert wine people to beer over dinner.

B-

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hard pour raises a rocky inch of head; if it weren't for the lazy bubbles rising from the base of the tulip, I would say it looks like the Viognier that was mixed into the wort; quite a few strands of lacing, however

Smell: Interesting to pick out the wine and beer elements in the aroma; the pilsner malt is discernable but the grape aromatics from the Viognier grapes are more prominent - a bit of tart grape/lemon and a touch of honey

Taste: A touch of pilsner malt and then the tart grape flavors take over, adding a lemony bite by mid-palate; with the Botrytis I would have thought this might be sweeter though I do get a hint of it underneath; in the aftertaste, I would swear I was drinking a glass of white wine as the finish is primarily in a vinous direction

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; the grapes add a puckery element

Overall: These Dogfish Head experiments are usually hit or miss for me; this one is a little different as I enjoyed it but would be unlikely to seek it out again

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewpub in Rehoboth, served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a bright yellow/golden color with a layer of fluffy white head that leaves some lacing.

Smell: Belgian spice hits the nose first. I'm also picking up grape, some sweetness, and some mild booze.

Taste: There is a lot less spice in the taste than there was in the smell. I'm picking up the grape/wine flavor that gives the beer some sweetness. Overall I would say this beer is crisp with some alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Has a medium body with a super dry finish. The carbonation is mild and tingly.

Drinkability: This beer was very different from anything else I had ever tried. I liked it and it was very crisp. I would call this a wine lover's beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy beige color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with light spicy yeast ester and some light dry grape notes light dry hoppy notes also distinguishable. Taste is a complex mix of rustic malt with dry hoppy notes with light dry grapes notes that are more subtle then I had expected. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and hard to describe but very complex and still easily drinkable. I was almost expecting a mess of flavour based on the description but Dogfish were really able to create a very unique and interesting beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,578 ratings
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