Noble Rot | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a 13.5oz Libbey Tulip glass.

A- Pours a crystal clear golden with a white, frothy 3-finger head. Carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Beautiful lacing remains as the brew is consumed.

S- Sweet/Tart/Sour fruits (Granny Smith apple, green grapes, pear, peach, lemon zest) and cloves are all represented.

T- Sweet up front with a moderate dry finish. Much like the aroma, Granny Smith apple, green grapes, pear and lemon zest are all detectable. Additionally, I am a tinge of sourness as the brew warms.

M- Very light and refreshing thanks to the high carbonation. Perfect to enjoy this on a hot summer day shared amongst friends.

O- This beer possess traits of a Saison (Hennepin), Belgian Tripel (La Fin Du Monde) and a sparkling wine. However, the extremely light body and delicate carbonation makes this concoction unique. Highly drinkable and a must for all fans of any of the aforementioned libations. Personally, I wish that the sourness was a bit more pronounced...something a bottle with some age might reveal. Very worthy.

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4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My folks sent me this when they had dinner with the co-owners of Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Prosser, WA. I was more than happy to taste it!

A - Pours light golden like a dark champagne, white fizzy head of about a finger. Crazy carbonation bubbles coming up.

S - Smells of champagne and grape and a light malt. Sourness of grape tickles nose.

T - Very unique, appley mix with white grapes. Its heavier than champagne, but the carbonation is spot on. Sweet and tart all together, nice balance.

M - Carbonation tickles the palate, light body, finishes very cleanly. Finishes a bit winey and warm.

O - So unique, good saison, very drinkable.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Weyerbacher Cuvee

L-Light straw yellow, clear, 1/2 inch head little retention yields to a slim whitecap, some noticeable carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass

S-White grapes are noticeable immediately along with some saison yeasty funk, some sour tartness, mild lemon notes, shares similar characteristics with white wine

T-Somewhat follows the nose with a bit of a refreshing punch that is not revealed in the nose.......taste is better than the aroma.........taste has some champagne like qualities, sweet tartness some yeasty esters, grape and lemon

M-Lots of crisp carbonation, light, dry, very refreshing

O-refreshing crisp beer that has a balance of tartness from the grapes and funk from the yeast.......both sweet and sour at times.......probably the perfect sunday brunch beer

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pours very fizzy. Head fades to nearly nothing. Pale straw yellow in color.

Smell: Grapes, and yeast. Almost like a grape, but dry wine.

Taste: Upfront a slightly sour taste. Grapes, citrus, dry finish. Once again, similar to wine.

Feel: Light and fizzy. A lot of carbonation.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear gold with a massive fluffy white head that leaves an incredible amount of lacing. This is perhaps the most carbonated DFH beer I've had.

S: For me, the saison yeast comes through, with biscuity overtones and just the faintest trace of white wine. I was expecting the grapes to be the star here, but it smells like a solid saison.

T: Now here's where the grapes kick in. This tastes like a blend of a pinot gris with a Belgian beer (not too surprising, given the ingredients). If I were to review this strictly on the basis of the first sips, I would give it 4+, but there is something that actually becomes a bit much as you drink more of it, and I suspect it's something from the grape side of the equation. (Don't get me wrong, I love viognier and pinot gris can be good.) There's something oddly tannic in the finish that doesn't quite please nor match what I expect from a beer/white wine experience.

M: Very refreshing. I had it with an oily dish, and the carbonation worked perfectly. The finish I mentioned above does have a coating quality (maybe they need a lower alpha acid hop?), which detracts from an otherwise great mouthfeel.

O: I was quite excited when I read about the plans for this beer, and in wine-like servings, this is a wonderful achievement for DFH. I would recommend splitting a bomber among three people.

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