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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Ratings: 1,576 |  Reviews: 338
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Ryanm1
4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was given a 22 ounce bottle of this as a gift. Poured it out into a pint glass about a month after recieving. A mediocre amount of white head.

Very golden in color. Transparent which differs from some Saisons which can be cloudy. Served very chilled. Grape effervescence in the bouquet. Fruity, floral smell.

The first sip sweetness was dectected. You can tell that belgian yeast was used for the fuity taste that had a hint of grapes. Upon research pinot gris grapes were used in the fermentation process. High 9% + abv.

One of the best beern I had in months.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Been dying to get my hands on this and my beer shop finally had it.

A: Pours to a nice light gold color with two fingers worth of head that dissipates down to about a fingers worth of soft cloud like goodness. Reminds me of a bubbly white wine.

S: Alot of nice grape flavors going on but not very sweet grapes. Def smells like wine or champagne and the alcohol is noticeable on the nose. Also getting some hints of wheat but it is very very light.

T: Very unique. Some sweetness and tart from the get go, much like a dry white wine, however it lacks that punch u get from alcohol. Moving to a sourness that reminds me of a nice Belgian brew, with a nice flavor of yeast that hangs around for a bit as the tart dissipates. Hard to think of this as a beer but its delicious either way.

M: Above average carbonation works well with bringing home the spirit of the grapes and the feel of a nice white wine or champagne. After taste is clean and crisp and a leaves a dryness but one that is not quite as drastic as a dry pinot or other white wine.

O: Very nice brew. Not exactly what i'd call a beer but everything works very well and is a nice brew for special occaisions.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dasenebler
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL, 2012.

Pours a crystal clear, effervescent yellow-gold. Spotty lacing, decent retention.

The aroma is full of grape, melon and a funky yeast character reminiscent of fine cheese. A semi-sharp acidity also comes through.

The flavor is incredibly wine-like at first, and I feel like I'm drinking a dry, sparkling white wine. Then the bitterness kicks in on the finish, which is bone-dry but haunted by bready malts, reminding me this is beer. Acidic, with vinous notes and also sour apple and melon. Pretty funky as well, with a behind-the-scenes Saison character. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium-light.

A great attempt at fusing beer and wine, and also one of the best offerings, if not THE best, I've had from Dogfish Head.

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3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a one inch foam head that lingers for a while. Very filtered and lots of light coming through. An unexpected and impressive appearance for a stronger ale. Smell is mainly of belgian yeast and some light citrus/ fruity notes. Almost a wine-like scent to it which must be the grapes used in the brewing. Taste is very interesting. Very very sweet notes from the grapes. Again almost wine like flavors. Not very bitter at all. Interesting and delicious. The high alcohol content is somewhat obvious. The high carbonation makes the mouthfeel very pleasant. However the sweetness and the high alcohol content don't make it an incredibly drinkable beer. Overall, a very interesting beer. Definitely worth a try at least once.

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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle opened on 5.2.12.
Bottled on date: 2012C

A - Pours a light pale yellowish-orange, looks like white wine. A fluffy white head forms and has good retention.

S - White grapes and lemons.

T - White and green grapes, green apples.

D - Tart, good carbonation, and a light body.

O - A beer that is close to white wine, cool I guess.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of KajII
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a sparkling clear golden yellow with an average sized (1-2 finger) white fizzy head that diminished rapidly, leaving behind a light film with a medium collar and some pretty good sticky lacing.

The aroma was on the funky side with a mild hay malt and a musty Belgian yeast with notes of white grapes, green apple, a mild white wine and just a slight hint of alcohol.

The taste was sweetly tart with a nice note of grapes and malt early on, progressing into an almost sour funky taste with a big dose of yeast and a strong wine characteristic. The flavor stuck around for a nice long while, letting the tart yeasty wine flavor linger on the taste buds for a good long time.

Mouthfeel was light in body and nice and dry in texture with a good strong prickly carbonation.

Overall a very unique brew, a mix of wine and beer that was done so superbly that it gives it an almost champagne like quality with the body and flavor of an excellent Farmhouse Ale. Be warned this is one to be careful of; it has a 9% ABV that is virtually unnoticeable in the taste…

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Photo of Arborescence
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden, typical for a pilsner -- surprising as I was expecting something darker. Pours a modest white head that recedes immediately. Some carbonation is evident from the bubbling.

Aroma: Complex fruity aromas with hints of honey and floral characteristics. Yellow raisins. Some typical saison aromas: mainly yeast.

Taste: Very rich in fruity esters, quite a lot of bitterness. Honey-like sweetness and raisins still present. I think that some of characteristics are overwhelmed by the saison sourness, no doubt from the intricate mixture of Belgian yeast and botrytis.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, almost like a sparkling wine, but not with that much carbonation. A little bit foamy in the mouth. Light bodied otherwise.

Overall: A very interesting attempt at a wine/beer hybrid, and I'd say a successful one! It's a bit harsh at first, but I do really feel like drinking a champagne of beers! Dry white wine comes to mind as well.

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

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a pale golden orange, just about the color of sparkling apple juice. One finger fine white head dissipates slowly to a film and ring with good lacing. Aroma domintated by grape, leaning towards concord grape, faint malt, herbal hay. Very unusual flavor, vinous middle with a bit of sourness in the finish. Apple, grape and slight neutral malt. Dry with a hint of hops in the finish. Light to medium bodied. Some of the flavors are reminiscent of cider, but this leans more toward grape flavor and has a slight malt element not found in cider. I do not favor sour saisons, but this one I found enjoyable and quite different than anything I've had in the past. Another of Dogfish Head's experiments that worked out in an unusual, but satisfying way.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.71/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Overall: DFH had me surprised with this one, a saison that is more or less billed as, "Grapes... with more grapes." Despite my pre-opinion, Noble Rot happily proved me wrong. It's much more than a saison or farmhouse, something I could see blazing its own clarification as a "dessert beer".

Appearance: Clear, golden color like molten gold. Mild, attractive carbonation rising to a thin, cludy head.

Smell: Grapes; wine; oatmeal; cane sugar.

Taste: It's hard to tell that you're drinking beer, because it has a Riesling flavor made rich and sweetened with the grapes. Flavors of oats, strawberry, and a tinge of bitters balance the beverage.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp--this finished as clean as it tastes.

Sampled from a snifter

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of oldp0rt
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wanted to try this beer for a while and I'm happy I found it and had the chance to try it.

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

This beer looks pale but has a nice white foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly.

It smells fruity and a lot like white wine. The first sip tastes fruity with a lot of grape flavors. The carbonation was perfect with this beer and the finish was very dry just like white wine.

I enjoyed this a lot and would not hesitate to revisit.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of nathanb47
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 71.8% out of 100 with 1,576 ratings
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