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RATINGS: 552   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A sort of Saison, fermented with Botrytis-infected Viognier and Pinot Gris grapes. This beer is brewed with Pils malt, organic Hard Red Winter Wheat malt, Warrior hops, Willamette hops, Liberty hops, Saison yeast and Botrytis wine must.

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4.1
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Appearance: 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.
Nose: Lemon bars and lemon peel. Crushed grapes and musk – 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 – leather, chamois, old white wine barrels, and brittle dusty hay. Lemongrass is an allusion. Lavender.
Palate: 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.
Final Thoughts: Delicious!!! Another home-run for Sam Calagione and Dogfish Head Brewery. I don’t 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 Sam’s example and get a little risqué with wine’s nemesis, Botrytis.

3.9
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle. Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Musty oaky white wine aroma. Sharp grape, white wine, light caramel and seriously dry oak finish. Sugary medium to full bodied palate.

4
beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2012
On tap @ the Brewpub-Clear light golden pour w/no head. Sweet, fruity aroma. Light, fruity flavor, grapes, some honey, a little wheat/grain, but not much. Very Wine like, if someone just handed you this glass you mught think it was wine, but it had a little more carbonation. This was very different for a beer, but very good. Wonder how much different it is in the bottle, have to get one & try to age it.

4.2
Oscarfminero (21) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
This is a twisted version of a saison style. It has a very wine like aroma, a bitter taste without being overwhelming. All and all a great option for a summer-esque beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
Tinco (623) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2012
Pours a very clear light golden color with lots of bubbles. Small white head. Looks alot like a sparkling white wine. Aroma is white grapes, funky, yeasty, musty, alot like a white wine. Taste is white wine, grapes, slightly tart, citrus, very wine like. This is a very interesting brew. Tastes alot like a white wine but I also get some malty funkiness going on. Hard to describe. You need to drink it to understand! Cheers!

3.5
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Very nice brew. Pours crystal clear. Grapes are with you every sip. Refreshing grape finish. Dry finish. Good brew

4.4
rejtable (2890) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2012
Wow! This is the tastiest beer I’ve had in months. Pours golden clear with a thin white head. Not much smell, maybe some grape. Aromas are white grapes, cereal, yeast with a nice bitter bite to the finish. Tastes are sour with some light sweet in the back. Mouth is medium body with psi sly carbonation.

3.3
jandd1983 (4690) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. It poured a clear yellow color with a small white head. The aroma was of malt, grapes, white wine and some grain. The taste was similar to the aroma with some acidity and alcohol. Very good.

4
colinize (316) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Becoming my favorite style of beer. Pours clear straw with no head. Sour and delicious. Clean. Wow.

3
dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Sampled up at EBF 12’. Dogfish Head was the last table I decided to hit up that night, so needless to say my palate was more then a little shot. I do remember however that this had a distinct pinot flavor/aroma to it. It was an interesting brew but I’m not sure if I’d order one on draft or not.


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