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
 
 
Wants:
119
Gots:
241
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 1,578 |  Reviews: 338
Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely white grape must dominant, sweet, floral, with grainy undertones and a bit of yeasty funk.

Flavor is very vinous initially, tart, with a light biscuit malt sweetness that turns dry in the finish. Would be great for a wine drinker.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of adamranders
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MrHolden
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nitter
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deac83
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of parris
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EvoRich
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of stevoj
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at brewery. Light golden straw colored pour, airy head. Wine/grapes come forth in the aroma, blend well for a nice tart, fruity taste. Clean but short finish. Solid Saison throughout.

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

Photo of mattboyer182
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bcm75
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of madelf66
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMay419
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of devilfluff
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biggerboat58
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Furley80
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bubbanoneck
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duff27
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz can into pint glass in January 2016. Brewed date on the can was 9/17/2015.

Appearance: Golden with white head. Beer color is a little hazy, and some carbonation. Head is thick, and leaves a thick film on the glass.

Smell: Aroma a mix of sweet aromas and some bitter hops. typical Saison sweetness.

Taste: The fruity flavor is very forward. There is some tartness from hops, along with some earthy tones. The fruit dominates, but it is not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth. Strong alcohol, which confirms the 9.0% listed.

This is a sweet Saison, and tastes sweet. It is not too sweet, and is interesting to drink for something different. I would drink this again, but not more than 1 at a time.

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Photo of Andonato
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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