Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a two finger thick head. Long lasting foamy retention along with some lacing.
A wheaty saison yeast in the nose. Musty basement aromas. Slight fruity and floral notes.
Tart fruitiness throughout the flavor. Lemon and white wine flavors. It really reminds me of drinking a Pinot Grigio. Pilsner malts. A little yeasty with a good amount of funk with a tart finish.
Tart. Crisp. Medium bodied. Slight sour funky finish. Really does remind me of white wine in so many ways. Pretty good and interesting offering from DFH Ales.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ooooooh, now this bottle is some neat shite. I complain regularly about Dogfish putting creativity before quality, but no bitchin’ to be found here. Noble Rot is a fairly amazing little concoction, layered and complex and as deadly as a ninja. Pours beautifully, and the nose reeks of pils malt and France. Tastes, uh, saisony, with a mild peppery sweetness, but the grape must does some seriously strange things to this brew. The finish is prolonged and bready and winelike and tart and absolutely frigging delicious, like a second, tasty brew tacked on to the back of a well-made, deviously potent saison. If you find a bottle, buy it.
jeremytoni (3022) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2012 From a bottle poured a straw color with a small amount of head. Light tart malty flavor with a lingering finish.
Slipstream (2319) - USA - APR 11, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks very much like a sudsy wine or a cider. The lightly earthy aroma reminds my nostrils of cider plus a whiff of the barnyard. The flavor is sour and funky, with some grape juice and flowers. There is a little raunchy bitterness that suggests the brew might have been infected - but that might have been intentional. Once again DFH reaches for something way out of the ordinary - this stuff is definitely different! It does get more enjoyable as one gets used to the odd flavor, but Noble Rot still trods on dangerous soil by mixing together wine sourness with hop bitterness.
rocbyter (2000) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet light grain and fruit aroma. Clear yellow color with a large white head. Tart beginning with a mildly old malt sweet creamy finish.
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy straw color similar to a wit. A foamy one-finger bright white head hangs around for a few minutes. After settling, however, it clears into a bright golden elixer in the glass. White wine notes in the nose and taste. In fact, this tastes more like a dry Chardonnay or Pinot Gris than a beer. After a couple of glasses, I’m starting to appreciate this more. The heavy wine flavors have faded on my palate and the rustic spiciness of the Saison style really comes forward. Flavors of water cracker remain after the sip. This really grew on me and was a nice accompaniment for all of the flavors of my Easter dinner.
NikkTwist (2241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014 Draft at the Khyber in January 2012. Full and fruity. Chardonnay color. Small head but it lingers and creates lots of lace. Bright sour apples. Slight spice but the fruitiness overpowers it, though enough sourness to balance off much of the sugar. Grassy. Reads a bit too much as a fruit wine, but should get better with some age. UPDATE: Having a second time, now at Monks in June 2012. Has gotten a bit smoother with age without losing its bright notes. Still a nice full palate 6 months later. UPDATE: Having now at Monks in April 2014. Golden yellow Chartreuse pour. Very fizzy. Bright pears. Some acetic notes. Feels much harsher than I remember. UPDATE: Found a 2010 keg (original vintage?) on draft at Eulogy in August 2014. Slight hazy gold pour that still has a substantial frothy white head. Many of the sharper notes have mellowed considerably. Thinner but not flat. Still some life in it. The acetic notes are very faint now. Flavors are blurred together. Smoothed out very well. Some mild numbness on the tongue is the only indication that 10% ABV is still lurking in there.
BigBeer45 (1371) - Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
this ale had a clear pale yellow (straw) pour and made a three finger fluffy white head that receded a bit but always kept a cover, it left spots and sheets of lacing on the sides of he glass, the glass had a center stream of medium flowing bubbles with a couple of smaller streams elsewhere, and I found no sediment in the bottle,
this drink had faint aromas of white grapes, pale malt with faint bread, some light fruit sweetness that resembled white grape juice,
there was a little earth character in the background, and a little bit of phenols (smoke),
the flavors were pear fruit and white grape, some hints of apple cider with pale malt in the background, a little grape tannin to,
the finish was dry with some acidity that scrapes the palate a bit,
the mouth feel was less than medium and left the palate dry,
I thought this beer had the smell and taste of phenols, the alcohol was hidden well, I thought this beer was a little interesting.
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Pours a bubbly yellow with a large white head. Smells dry, like champagne, with an element of some sort of funk I can’t describe. I think the best way I could characterize this is by describing it as a sort of "sour champagne" taste. Definite wine grape character with the "botrytis" infection character apparent. VERY sour.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear yellow, frothy white head. Aroma of grape, grain, alcohol, light malt liquor DMS type aroma. Taste is sweet, some tart grape, the same eggy DMS funk. Not the greatest offering.