Noble Rot | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,574 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
Ratings:
1,574
Reviews:
338
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
12.94%
 
 
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116
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239
For Trade:
7
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a white wine; especially Chardonnay. A small head dissipates into a hint of lace is the only visual element that allows you to identify it as beer. Fruity, lemon like and honey like aroma. Delicious! Taste is fruity, like grapes. There is a slightly dry white wine like finish. Had it with fish. If you love white wine, this is the beer for you! Feel is low carbonation, light to medium bodied and refreshing. I love this one as I love all to most of Dogfish Head's products!

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3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 8/27/2014
Other notes: From the DFH website: "This is the absolute closest to equal meshing of the wine world and the beer world thats ever been done commercially,"

Appearance - 4.25/5
Pours an extremely clear yellow. I said about the beer that I last reviewed that it was the clearest beer I remember seeing, but this beer is even clearer. A moderate amount of head. The clearness helps one to see lots of carbonation flowing up. Looks appetizing.

Smell - 4/5
The smell is a good balance between fruitness and saison spiciness/breadiness.

Taste - 3.5/5
Extremely sweet. Fruitiness, maybe a hint of tartness. Saison spiciness/breadiness. Fairly balanced between those two tastes, but ultimately the sweetness is the move (over?)powerful element of the beer. So basically tastes like it smells, except when you taste, you also experience the sweetness. Supposedly this is supposed to taste somewhat like white wine. I am not an experience white wine drinker, but from what I remember, at first I didn't really think it tasted that much like white wine. But after sipping for a few minutes, I started to get more of a wine feel from the beer. Definitely an interesting taste.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Fairly crisp, light in body. Good level of carbonation. Nothing special here.

Overall - 3.5/5
Overall, this was an okay beer. It was a little too sweet for my liking. Plus I was not a giant fan of the taste in general, though it was definitely interesting. Probably won't pick up again (at least for a long time), but it was a nice experience.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/9/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, wheat, citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with some mild sweetness from flavors of citrus, fruit and spice which then transitions into a bit of tartness as the esters come in from the Belgian yeast. The malt character is on the thin side and there is very little hops presence, but still a good balance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty with good complexity, goes down easily, not too filling, well-disguised strong kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,574 ratings.
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