Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours a golden body with a thumbnail of off-white head. Tight curtains of lace. Soapy yeast and subtle plum on the nose. Definite dark fruits like grape in the mouthfeel. All-around flavors of grain, biscuit, and more dusty yeast. Champagne-like. Medium carbonation and light body. Very refreshing yet uncompromising to flavor. Another experimental triumph from DFH! ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2013
It really looks like a white wine, but carbonated (hence the sparkling wine-like experience). Itís so light and pale yellow in color that it almost looks green, while boasting a healthy, bright white head.
The aroma is dominated by what smells like a cross between a white wine and a hard cider. Itís clean in the nose, but definitely dusty. In the mouth, again, it tastes like a cross between a white wine and a hard cider fermented with Champagne yeast, and the effect of the carbonation really makes you think twice that this Isnít a sweet Champagne. Itís wickedly light-bodied and so fruity that you might as well forget that itís a beer. Itís good, but you really have to be in the mood for a white wine or hard cider if you want to really enjoy it. Still, for a fruit beerÖ pretty clean and easy. I, honestly, canít pull out any wheat or barley and definitely no trace of hops. They did a good job of blending everything so well that youíd second guess that this had any hops or grains in it. kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Hazy yellow like a bad white wine. Thin white ring head. Iím sure Sam is proud of this one for some reason but I donít know why. Its probably made from an ancient recipe or something. The aroma is waxy and like a bland white wine. The.flavor is bland and yeasty and like a white wine. The rest you can have for yourself. I ordered a beer and this doesnít fit the profile. cthomas2390 (228) - Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Not being converted to the sour, funky beers yet, i feel a bit biased. At the start itís overwhelmingly champagne with a cloying sweet funk that persisted thru to the end. Nevertheless, it grew on me a bit as I got into it and the raw wine flavours began to mellow while the more earthy, farmhouse notes made more of an appearance. Though I see its merit, itís not my favorite. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Interesting experimental brew, and surprisingly successful. A saison base with a sweet Pinot Gris addition. If you'd ask me if this would work, I'd say no, but it does. Pours with a champagne-like quality. Hides its ABV quite well. Not a beer is have every day, but I'm glad I tried it and am glad Dogfish went out on a limb and brewed it.
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DCLawyer (2837) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Pale gold, no head (looks exactly like apple juice). Funky, sour fruit. Tart aroma and taste. Goodgrief (2020) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JAN 20, 2013
On tap at Rehoboth. Pour with the appearance of white pear juice. Light and fruity with a dry mouthfeel. Pear and apple noticeable. Very light tartness. Enjoyable. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2012
750ml bottle, shared with Alden and company. Clear yellow color, good thin white head, very nice lace. Such an interesting taste and aroma! Citrusy, lemon, white grape aroma. Not as sour I expected! Really, just a nice amount of tartness. Very nice balance. Thereís more sweet taste than sour, I think here. Alcohol is very well hidden. Everyone was surprised to hear that it is 9% - flavor stands up to that ABV very well. Mediumish to biggery body. Dry finish, soft smooth carbonation. Kind of musty nose, but not bad, very interesting. White grape skins. Very good, very surprised with this. Was expecting something much more harsh scottw86 (1175) - Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Poured a clear yellow color with a fizzy white head. Aroma similar to white wine with lots of yeast notes. Taste is very carbonated with lots of grapes and fruit. Finish is surprisingly tart with even more grapes. Some slightly floral hops with a touch of grass. Overall itís not bad, but more like champagne than beer! otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Light clear straws resting under a lazy head of brilliant white fluff which slowly fades into a free-floating thin puddle of brilliantly white fluff. Swirls sunny and fluffy.
Lemon bars and lemon peel. Crushed grapes and musk Ė pits, stems, seeds, and skins included. Pears. Lazy white flower petals dozing under spring skies. Grains of paradise along the edges for pepper and spice. Love the pervasive musk and funk and farmhouse esters Ė leather, chamois, old white wine barrels, and brittle dusty hay. Lemongrass is an allusion. Lavender.
Yum and Wow! Each quaff floats across the tongue like powder puff clouds in a brilliant blue sky. Lemon, spice, and green and white grapes amidst an orchard of pears while freshly pressed grape musk drifts through the air ripe with juicy flesh, crushed skins, and pressed pits and stems. A scintillating affair between a sparkling white wine, champagne, and saison. Grains of paradise, candied ginger, lemon grass, and candied lemon peel weave in and out and linger in my breath. Funky leather and tart bitterness of skins in the back of each swallow. Grape musk in the middle.
Delicious!!! Another home-run for Sam Calagione and Dogfish Head Brewery. I donít know nearly as much about wine as I do beer, but if Sam can learn so can I. Noble Rot was a limited release and as much as I would love to see it become a regular seasonal/limited release, the chances are pretty slim. In the meantime, maybe those in the wine world can take from Samís example and get a little risquť with wineís nemesis, Botrytis.