Dogfish Head Noble Rot

Dogfish Head Noble Rot

Rated 3.500 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Dogfish Head Brewery

Milton, DE, United States

Style:  Wild Ale

9% Alcohol by Volume

35 International Bittering Units

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Availability: Limited Hmmm. We wonder if anyone will buy a beer with the word "rot" in the name? 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. "This is the absolute closest to equal meshing of the wine world and the beer world thats ever been done commercially," says Dogfish's Sam Calagione. 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. Noble Rot first went on tap at our brewpub in February of 2011 and went into full 750ml bottle production in January 2012.

ID: 47068 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 12 years ago

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Overall Rank3222
Overall Percentile94
Style Rank59 of 1298
Style Percentile95.5
Lowest Score3.1
Highest Score4.1
Average Score3.667
Weighted Score3.500
Standard Deviation0.278

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  • SIGMUND 6747 reviews
    rated 3.1 2 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Bottle, from Costco, Sacramento. Golden color, white head. Aroma and flavour of American hops, saison yeast and grape must - an unusual combination, more interesting than really great. Not a bad beer though.

  • AIRFORCE1 681 reviews
    rated 3.6 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    On tap at the Nova. Nicely carbonated with no head. Aroma is very saison like. Tastes like a high quality saison with a hint of fruit added. Can not taste the booze at all. Slight dry ending. I like it.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.6 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    A big thanks to MFry for sharing. This beer smelled a tad funky and skunky. I was expecting a sweet aroma due to the botrytis. This was a case where the flavor did not track the flavor as the beer was sweet and grapey. I liked it but not sure I would seek it out. Still big love for DFH!

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Golden pour, tight short white head, little lacing. White grapejuice and wine aroma and first flavor, some grape skins, honeysuckle, floral hops, tartness, then better as it warms. Interesting to say the least. Extra point for having the balls to brew this.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Wish list cross off. Not as funky or sour as I was hoping, but still good. It smells and tastes musty, very wine like with some fruity sweetness and zesty Belgian yeast coming through. A slight saison like tartness is really the only funky stuff. Not really a wild ale...no bacteria in this Bad boy. Some kind of grape fungus or something. Anyway, nice but hoping for something a little more outside the box for DFH.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.5 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    thanks to Lee for the bottle .. Pours medium gold .. great foam, lacing is solid .. . deep purple grape, grape skin, and tart yeasty mud .. . spiky mouthfeel .. . an alright brew just to muddled and sharp .. . . do you really love the lamp?

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 4.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    The beauty of Wild Ales/Saisons is you never know what you are going to get. A golden golden beer with a big frothy white head. There's good hang time on this one. Left behind is a thick film aside the glass and a thin ringlet. Big carbonation in this one. Grape fruity, sharp and tart. Really enjoyed this one.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Comes out of the bottle a clear, slightly wan solar yellow with a thick, fluffy white head. OK, so I prefer dark beers - I'll cut this some slack since it's a saison and not a porter. The head does leave some generous lacing - that's a half point right there. Aroma is robust and fruity, mainly apple and grape with a hint of banana and just a whisper of citrus, as well as a yeasty and slightly earthy undertone. Flavor fills the mouth with lip-puckering sour apple and yeast, plus subtle grape, malt and butterscotch notes. Texture is firm-bodied, edgy and lively, sour all the way down to the tummy. Though this is technically a saison, I recommend it to all lovers of sour beers - if sour is your, ahem, cup of tea, you should enjoy this one.

  • RAINMAN 892 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A new road for DFH. Pours piss yellow with a lilty white head. Definitely a great first try foray into this style. I think they actually went a little sweet for the american palate. Aroma is stinky. Flavor is sour-sweet. Has a little Orval going on. Fine by me, Sam never disappoints.

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